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Campa na Càisge | Easter Camp 9-11 April

March 21st, 2019 No comments
Na Leòdhasaich Òga

Na Leòdhasaich Òga

Tha Camanachd Leòdhais toilichte a ràdh gum bi iad, an compàirteachas le Iomain Cholmcille, a’ ruith campa fad trì làithean ann an làithean-saora na Caisge. Tha an campa ann do chloinn eadar BS6 is AS2 agus tha fàilte air gach ìre de dh’eòlas air an spòrs.
Thèid an campa a ruith o Dimàirt 9mh gu Diardaoin 11mh an Giblean agus bidh dà sheisean gach latha. Ruithidh seisean na maidne o 10m gu meadhan-là agus thèid seo a ruith air fad tron Ghàidhlig. Bidh an seisean seo freagarrach airson luchd-labhairt fileanta agus eadar-mheadhanach. Thèid an dara seisean a ruith eadar 1f is 3fm agus bidh seo fosgailte do luchd-labhairt fhileanta agus eadar-mheadhanach agus luchd-ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig.
Thèid gach uidheamachd a thoirt seachad ma tha sin a dhìth ach feumar dìon-lurgainn agus brògan freagarrach airson na pàirce gach sìde. Feumaidh gach pàiste deoch agus greim-bìdhe agus ma bhios iad a’ frithelaadh an dà sheisean, bidh lòn paicte a dhìth.
Taing do Phròiseact Iomain na h-Òige aig Iomain Cholmcille, chan eil ach cosgais £3 mu choinneach gach seisean.
Tha àiteachan gann air a’ champa agus feumar an glèidheadh is a phàigheadh ro làimhe. Cuir fios gu Joanne Mitchell air 01851 860642 no post-d gu airson fòirm clàraidh.

Camanachd Leodhais is pleased to announce that, in partnership with Iomain Cholmcille, we will be running a 3 day camp during the Easter break. The camp will be for children from P6 to S2 inclusive and all levels of playing experience will be welcomed.
The camp will run from Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th April and there will be 2 sessions each day. The morning session will run from 10am to 12noon and will be run entirely in Gaelic. This session will be suitable for intermediate and fluent Gaelic speakers. The afternoon session, running from 1pm to 3pm, will be an open bilingual session in Gaelic and English, suitable for all levels of language skill.
All equipment will be provided but shin pads and footwear suitable for the all weather pitch will be required. All children will need to bring a drink and snack and those attending both sessions will need a packed lunch.
Thanks to the generous support of Iomain Cholmcille’s Iomain na h-Òige Project we are able to offer this camp at the cost of only £3 per child per session.
Places will be strictly limited and must be booked and paid for in advance. Please contact Joanne Mitchell on 01851 860642 or  joanne.mitchell6[ @] for a booking form or download it from the link below.

Registration Form 

Tha Iomain Cholmcille agus Pròiseact Iomain na h-Òige a’ faighinn taic Bhòrd na Gàidhlig – Tha Iomain Cholmcille a’ brosnachadh cleachdadh na Gàidhlig ann an iomain air feadh na h-Alba.

Iomain Cholmcille and the Iomain na h-òige project receives funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig – Iomain Cholmcille promotes and develops the use of Gaelic in shinty throughout Scotland.

2019 First Shinty Festival A Massive Success!

January 16th, 2019 No comments


The annual First Shinty Festival took place at the Lewis Sports Centre on Wednesday 16 January and the club was on hand to help out!

A fantastic turnout saw 63 kids from Sgoil Lionail Parent Council, Laxdale Primary School, Shawbost School and Stornoway Primary take part in a morning of fun and games.

Everyone enjoyed themselves as the youngsters developed their skills and played several games.

A huge thank you to everyone that helped make the event possible, between the organisers, the coaches and of course the schools. Hopefully we are looking at the future of Camanachd Leòdhais!

A reminder that we do have shinty training available at all junior levels. For those in primary, there is training on every Saturday at Stornoway Primary during the school term from 1-2PM for only £2. The children are split into two sessions depending on age and ability so that those newer to the sport can learn from the very start.

For secondary pupils, there is training available at The Nicolson Institute on Fridays at 2pm.

Young Hearach designs Camanachd Association 125 year logo

July 26th, 2018 No comments

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The Camanachd Association marks 125 years this year since its founding in the Victoria Hall in Kingussie on the 10th of October 1893.

A 125th anniversary logo has been chosen after a competition, which attracted hundreds of entries, was won by primary seven student John Robert Chisholm of Sgoil an t-Òib (Leverhulme Memorial School), Harris.

It is great that a pupil from our islands has achieved this honour.  Congratulations John Robert from all at Camanachd Leòdhais.

There are a range of events planned by the Association across Scotland to mark this milestone. One is the International Challenge match between Alba and England this Saturday (28/7) at the Dell, in Kingussie at 7pm .  There are several Camanachd Leòdhais players who will be involved with the Gaelic-speaking team’s fixture which happens after our away game versus Strathspey at 1.30pm. Crisdean, Ally and Dukey are the first team regulars in the squad, along with Sean and Paddy who both long histories with the Alba squad.  Good luck lads. The Player of the Match awards are sponsored by Isle of Harris Gin.


We also welcomed our good friend Katie Drain from the Camanachd Association for a One-Day Youth Camp this week. Thanks to Katie and the CA for runnigns this event along with our local coaches.

David Cleary farewell goal not enough to prevent Lochaber leaving with points.

June 24th, 2018 No comments


On Saturday, the first team had  a competitive game against Lochaber but the Spean Bridge side eventually came away from their visit to Shawbost with a 3-1 win.  It looked like we might get something from the game at halftime as David Cleary managed to level the scores at 1-1 but Lochaber grabbed two second half goals to put the result beyond doubt. However, the first team was competitive throughout and continue to show improvement with the big test of high scoring Lovat next weekend.

It was appropriate that David signed off from a brief but impactful Dubh is Gorm career with a goal against the team he also scored his very first goal against last season (in a slightly more ignominious 11-1 defeat). A native of Tipperary who grew up playing hurling, David has worked as a maths teacher at the Nicolson Institute for the last couple of years and the club has been very lucky to have his input on and off the pitch.  After a couple of games adapting to the change from hurling to shinty, David has become an important player with 7 goals to his credit. He has also had a big impact in the school, taking on the coaching burden after Ally Lamont left last session, and bringing through the excellent crop of youngsters who are now taking a much bigger role on the pitch.


Donald Lamont said “For a man who has only played two half-seasons, David has had a big impact, he’s a great character and will be missed especially for his work with the youth. As a sign of his undoubted impact on the youth he was presented with a hurling helmet in Irish colours and a Tipperary sliotar by the young players he has coached.”

David now heads to Thailand to take up a teaching position abroad and he goes with our very best wishes, and he will always have a warm welcome in Eilean an Fhraoich. (David (left) pictured with Club Captain Peter Gomez and Ally Lamont)



Under 14 match – Leòdhas 4 Beauly 9

March 24th, 2018 No comments

The weather held out just long enough on Saturday 24th March for everyone to enjoy a fantastic morning of junior shinty as our u-14 side hosted Beauly in a well-contested affair at Smith Avenue.

Beauly took the lead in the first couple of minutes but Lisa Mason equalised from a corner. Beauly then got their noses back in front just before the half time whistle.

The second half saw goals galore. Murdo MacRitchie equalised for Lewis shortly after the restart before a Beauly goal blitz saw them take a 5-2 lead. Lisa smartly deflected a Stewart MacRitchie shot to cut the deficit to 5-3 before a Callum MacRitchie strike made it 5-4 with fifteen to go. Beauly managed to take the initiative in the latter stages, stopping the comeback in its tracks, ultimately coming away with a 9-4 victory.

Both sets of players can be very pleased with their performances on the day. The goalkeepers and defenders for each side can be very proud of how well they did even with all the goals scored.

A massive thank you to Beauly for coming across the Minch to play us. We are incredibly appreciative of their efforts and hope they enjoyed travelling over as much as we enjoyed hosting them. Hopefully we can return the favour and send our juniors onto the mainland for a rematch in the near future.

Thank you to Henry MacInnes for refereeing the game. Beauly presented the club with a Gaelic plaque to commemorate their crossing the Minch, and it was apt that this was the first time a senior club has sent a youth team to Lewis, and that it was the same club who we made our league debut against in 2011.

Beauly youth team visit

March 20th, 2018 No comments


Our youth team will be welcoming Beauly Under 14s to the island this Saturday 24th March.

The club are delighted to have a mainland youth team visit the island for the first time in many years. It is always great for the Leòdhasaich Òga to expand their skills against other opposition.

Sadly Shawbost is double booked so the game will be played on the Smith Avenue Astro from 10am.

The first team will be away to Kilmallie.

Vice Captain’s team win inaugural Dr Barden Trophy

June 28th, 2017 No comments


Saturday saw the Lewis Camanachd Under 14s participate in what is hoped to be an annual match on Shawbost pitch. A 9 a side game was played between teams selected, in the traditional Lewis style, by Captain Harrison and Vice Captain Macdonald.

The game finished 6-0 to the Vice captains team, although the scoreline did not reflect the flow of the game. Kieran Macdonald scored two well worked goals very late in the first half to give his Vice Captain team a 2-0 lead at half time. 19429857_1392714434139846_6896861690141620880_n

Harrison’s team however had a number of chances in the first half and early in the second half with only some great goalkeeping from Owen Mackenzie and misfortune denied them a goal. An unfortunate injury to Stewart Macritchie (who fought well for the captains team all game- earning him Man of the Match) disrupted the momentum of the game for the Captains team in the second half. 19510583_1392714327473190_616673977896428250_n

Kieran Macdonald went on to score a further 3 goals to take his personal total to 5 for the day (at this point Kieran took a turn in goals and made a wonderful save to deny Dylan Murray). Callum Macritchie who won the battle of the midfield for the Vice captain team finished the scoring with a long range effort which evaded Conor Kearney in goals. The game finished 6-0 and a great day of shinty was had by all on the Shawbost field. It certainly won’t be long, on the evidence of this game, before Kieran, Robert, Daniel and company will be playing the sport they love on the same pitch for the Senior team.
Many thanks to Donald Lamont for refereeing the game, Jo Mitchell and the parents for organising the day (Including all the fantastic food) and Iain Sinclair for coaching the youngsters. Lets hope Lewis Camanachd have many more successful youth days in the future.

Far North Sixes 2017 – Report

June 3rd, 2017 No comments


A veritable squadron of Leòdhasaich took to the Minch on Saturday 3 June to attend the Far North Sixes, run by Kinlochbervie. We had three teams in the Under 14 section – a very promising number adn they did themselves proud. Glengarry A won the tournament but all our sides showed up well, scoring goals and winning games.

Camanachd Leòdhais Blues came out best of our squads, with four wins, and two defeats, coming third behind KLB Juniors on goal difference alone. CL Blacks edge out Glengarry B for fifth place by virtue of scoring one goal more, whilst CL Yellows matched the Blacks’ scoring and defensive record but were unlucky to only yield 1 draw.

A cracking day, thank you to all the parents and coaches for their support, and congratulations to Kinlochbervie on another successful tournament on their tenth anniversary. A revived Lochbroom saw off Lochcarron to win the senior section, which also featured KLB, Caithness and Strathglass Ladies.

Back home in Lewis, the first team were happy to finally have the first home game of the season, although the 11-1 score to a strong visiting Lochaber side after only one game in ten weeks was probably not the result we were looking for. The result was however put into perspective with the minute silence before the game which was held for Eilidh MacLeod of Barra and the victims of the Manchester Bombing, and Duncan Rodger of Kilmallie Shinty Club, who both passed away at a young age recently. Our thoughts go to their family and friends

Shinty Shop Robertson Cup Sixes 2017

May 19th, 2017 No comments


Report by Mr Lamont.

The two Nicolson Institute teams that were away at the Shinty Shop Robertson Cup 6s at Glenurquhart’s Blairbeg did themselves proud yesterday. Although no games were won it was a great experience for them and a chance to see the standards they must strive for. They have all come on a lot in a short time and will no doubt continue to improve.

Goalkeeper Ciaran Murray was awarded Nicolson player of the tournament, for a string of fine saves, good hitting and showing a maturity and high level of game understanding. Kieran Macdonald was awarded for Nicolson goal of the tournament, and although not many goals were scored, it was truly an absolute beauty. Kieran took a Callum Macritchie pass out of the air with his caman and didn’t hesitate in arrowing the ball into the top corner.

Speaking about the tournament, event organiser Allan MacLeod said “The turn out for today’s competition was fantastic, especially seeing the Nicolson Institute travelling from Stornoway to take part which is a massive commitment. We are very appreciative of the continued support of as we look to celebrate 20 years of this competition in 2018”

Glenurquhart went on to win the tournament having beat a strong Lochaber in the semifinals and then Portree in the final 2-0.

Success at Lewis & Harris Shinty Festival 2017

January 21st, 2017 No comments

Over 100 primary kids attended the Inaugural Lewis & Harris First Shinty Festival at Ionad Spors Leodhais on Tuesday 17th January. It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm of the children (and teachers) aswell as the high level of skill on display. We are certain a large number of kids caught the “shinty bug” today – no need to worry Mums and Dads – it is incurable!

The club would like to thank Steve Munro and his team at Active Schools for running the event and ensuring it ran so smoothly.

Bha deagh latha aig a h-uile neach a bha an lathair. Camanachd gu brath. Dubh is Gorm.