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Friday Night Shinty a Success

December 8th, 2016 No comments

Come to Lewis and see some of the Big Names of Shinty every Friday night!

Begun at the start of November, the Friday Night Shinty league for P6-S2 has been a big success so far – with set teams (Newtonmore, Oban, Lovat, Skye, Taynuilt and Fort William) playing together every week in a fun and exciting indoor format. Great to have such enthusiastic youngsters involved as well as enthusiastic coaches, both developing their skills.

Every Friday from 5 to 6 pm in the Sports Centre.  Scores to follow soon.

 

Youth and Ladies Update

November 7th, 2016 No comments

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The recent AGM confirmed a new structure for Youth which was proposed by outgoing Head of Youth Development Eoghan Stewart.

The following people were appointed to the posts for 2017.

Youth Coordinator with Responsibility for Primary Age Shinty – Joanne Mitchell
Under 14 Coaches – Ally Lamont & Stuart “Tyson” Campbell
Under 14 & Under 17 Manager – Iain Sinclair

These individuals will work together, along with other coaches and volunteers, to develop Youth Shinty throughout Lewis & Harris.

Alicia MacSween was appointed as Ladies Captain for 2017 and will represent the Ladies team at Committee Meetings.

Welcome back Ronan as we finally return to winning ways

September 4th, 2016 No comments

After a challenging league season, we signed off with a good strong 4-1 win over Inverness at Shawbost. In a great sign for the future, we finished the game with four players under-17, with Steven Morrison getting his first start, Scott continuing to play a leading role and Alexander Gordon making his first team debut as a sub. Thanks to Inverness for making the trip.

However, all other successes aside, the big story was the return of Ronan Sinclair after six months out the sport. Ronan was airlifted to hospital on the eve of the league season with a life-threatening illness. This put a real cloud over the start of the season, and it was to his credit that his brother Paddy played against Cabers in the opening day game, and indeed was the only bright spot in a very poor performance by our side that day. Thankfully, Ronan returned home after several procedures but it was unsure if he would ever play sport again, having been a keen rugby player and footballer as well as his shinty interests. We were therefore absolutely delighted to welcome him back to training a few weeks ago and to see him play the final ten minutes of the game.  A proud moment for Ronan and the whole Sinclair family, including father Iain “Diablo” and mother Trish.

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Ronan Sinclair

Manager Duncan MacIntyre thanked all the players who’ve contributed this season, which steadily improved after a slow start in a very competitive league. The club marks ten years as a senior club next year and we look forward to the youngsters striding confidently into that future and building on the lessons learned this year.

The win gives us a better chance of avoiding bottom spot depending on results by other clubs, but the club has come to establish itself as a respected part of the shinty community.

There was some movement on the scoring charts, although Donald and Scott didn’t add to their totals, making it unlikely that the bottle of whisky on offer to anyone reaching 10 goals in the season will be bought.

Goalscorers after end of league season 2016

Donald Lamont 8

Scott MacLeod 6

Paul Duke 5

Will Church 5

Kenny Murray 4

Ally Lamont 4

Duncan MacIntyre 2

Connor Chalmers 1

Eoghan Stewart 1

There will be one more opportunity for those at the top of the charts to reach for the Drams when we have the Mod Cup in October. A lack of player availability for Uist has meant they unfortunately are unable to participate in the 2016 fixture, so Skye Camanachd Seconds will be taking their place, the venue is TBC but will most likely be Shawbost.

Thanks to Poppy for the picture of a rainbow.

Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes – Simply the Best!

July 17th, 2016 No comments

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Last Wednesday saw a great night in memory of two Morrisons who are greatly missed by all the shinty community in Lewis.

The Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes had their second midweek running after last year’s successful trial and it once again proved an excellent addition to HebCelt week.

For the first time there was a youth competition, with three teams, the Bocan Boys, the Tolsta Terrors and the Juniors. It was won by the Tolsta Terrors with Seumas Mac a’ Ghobhainn winning the local young player of the tournament prize and Calum Murray of Glasgow Gaels winning the overall player of the tournament.

The awards were presented by Murdo Morrison, father of the late Diane Morrison. Diane passed away suddenly in 2012 , and in her memory a collection as made from all the players which raised over £150 for the British Heart Foundation, for whom the family have tirelessly fundraised since her untimely passing. The club will now make hold this collection at the event every year.

The senior tournament saw a three team double round robin, with both teams playing each other twice. There were Al’s Pals (captained by Al Reed), Simply the Best (Michael MacLeod) and Fiorentina Turner (Peter Gomez).

Simply the Best 2 (Donald 2) – 0 Fiorentina Turner

Simply the Best 2 (Donald 2) – 2 Al’s Pals (Will 2)

Al’s Pals 2 (Ally 2) – 0 Fiorentina Turner

Fiorentina Turner 0 – Simply the Best 1 (Conal)

Al’s Pals 3 (Ally 2, Will) – Simply the Best 1 (Donald)

Fiorentina Turner 1 (Lisa) – Al’s Pals 0

The results meant that Simply the Best and Al’s Pals were tied on points, so a penalty shootout was held. Donald’s penalty snuck past Eoghan so the title went to Michael’s team. He received the shield from Craig’s father Graham and mother Kareen and other members of the family who were in attendance.

Rory MacDiarmid was named young player of the tournament, but all the youngsters who took part in the adult competition, including Steven Morrison, Robert Kearney, Lisa Mason, the Murray brothers and Rory’s own brother Conal all looked promising for the future.

Ally Lamont edged his brother and Steven Morrison for player of the tournament thanks to some incredible strikes which threatened to burst the net.

Kareen said afterwards that Craig would have loved the event. He was a great, enthusiastic personality and his loss in 2009 was a terrible blow to all his family and friends. We look forward to playing tribute to him for many years to come.

 

Kings of the Castle – Bun Sgoil Steornabhaigh InterHouse Quaich

June 23rd, 2016 No comments

On Wednesday 22 June, at Stornoway Primary, the four house shinty teams competed for the Inter House Shinty Quaich.

Castle were first, Glen second, Ranol 3rd & Creed 4th. Castle captain, Calum Ross was player of the tournament. Calum has been a standout player for Lewis Camanachd U14s and for Stornoway in the Cupa na Sgire recently.

Thanks to Stornoway Primary, and Headteacher Annette Murray for the long standing support the school has given shinty for over a decade now.

Cupa na Sgire 2016 – Na Lochan a’ buannachadh!

June 20th, 2016 No comments
Na Lochan - Winners Cupa na Sgire 2016

Na Lochan – Winners Cupa na Sgire 2016

Bha latha uamhasach math ann Disathairne aig Siabost. Chluich oigridh Camanachd Leodhais ann am farpais sgireil airson a’ chiad uair ann am bliadhnaichean. Bha tri sgiobaidhean ann – An Taobh Siar, Na Lochan agus Steornabhagh. Bha na h-aireamhan caran iseal leis gun robh co-fharpais ball-coise a’ dol (iochd!) ach bha farpais sgoinneil ann eadar an fheadhainn a chluich.

Is e na Lochan a bhuannaich an fharpais air fad, ach bha deagh chluich aig a h-uile sgioba agus cluicheadair a bha an lathair. Chaidh Cupa na Sgire, an sgiath a thug SCOTS Camanachd dhuinn ann an 2009, a thoirt do Ruairidh MacIlleinein, sgiobair nan Loch le Donnchadh Mac an t-Saoir, manaidsear a’ chiad sgioba.

Taing mhor dhan a h-uile duine a thug taic dhan latha.

Lochs v West Side
2 (Ruairidh Maclennan) – 2 (Morgan Macsween)
5 (1 Ruairidh / 3 Innes Begg / 1 Robert Kearney) – 1 (Seumas Smith)

Lochs v Stornoway
3 (2 Innes / 1 Robert) – 0
1 (Robert Kearney) – 1 (Owen Mackenzie)

Stornoway v West Side
2 (Owen) – 5 (3 Morgan / 1 Lisa Mason / 1 Allisha Mason)
0 – 5 (3 Lisa / 2 Morgan)

Lochs 10 points
West Side 8 points
Stornoway 4 points

Top goal scorer – Morgan Macsween 7

A great day at Shawbost for the first Cupa na Sgire. Lots of great play from the three sides, Stornoway, Lochs and West Side, but it was Lochs who won a hard fought tournament. The new trophy, which is the repurposed shield gifted to the club by the SCOTS Shinty Club in 2009, was given by Duncan MacIntyre to Ruairidh MacLennan, Lochs Captain. Thansk to all who made the event possible.

Ross-shire Sixes Report

June 10th, 2016 No comments

Lewis Camanachd’s under 14s took part in the Ross-shire sixes at Castle Leod , Strathpeffer for the first time last Saturday.A squad of seven competed for The Gunn Trophy and The Dundonnel Cup.They were: Robert Kearney, Andrew MacDonald, Dylan Glover, Lisa Mason, Morgan MacSween, Keith Bray and Calum Ross.

First game was against a strong Caberfeidh side.The Leodhasaich competed well for the initial part of the game before succumbing 7 nil to Cabers.The Trophy was being played on a league basis so next up were Kinlochshiel, this was the first time any Lewis side had played a Shiel side.Lewis played well and looked to be heading for a draw but Shiel’s experience showed and they knocked in 4 in quick succession to win 4nil.

The Leodahasaich were not downhearted and went into The Dundonnel Cup full of hope.Robert Kearney’s fine hitouts from goals led to the dynamic Keith Bray getting in a good position to lash the ball into the net to give Lewis a 1nil lead.Kyle which consisted of the Shiel team replied immediately but in a repeat move of the first goal Keith Bray again gave Lewis the lead. Shiel equalised before the final whistle. However this was a knockout competition and Kyle found their scoring touch and ran out winners 7 to 2. The other two teams taking part were Strathpeffer and Dingwall.

So good performances from the Leodhasaich and hopefully next year Lewis will be able to put teams into the primary competitions as well.

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A weekend when the sun shone

May 30th, 2016 No comments


It was a busy weekend for the club, with three teams in action for the first time in our history.

At Shawbost, a late equalizer from Ally Lamont helped us secure a 2-2 draw with Caberfeidh. Connor Chalmers had opened the scoring in the first half.

Fairplay to Cabers who were reduced in number by the end of the game, but it was a relief for all at the club to move off “Love” and on to our first point of the year! Next up is Glengarry at Shawbost. An important game for Duncan the manager as he is a Glengarry man himself, earning North U21 honours whilst playing for the Lochaber side back when the game was in Black and White.

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Over on the mainland in Scourie, our Under 14s put in an admirable performance in what was their first taste of mainland shinty, grabbing a win and draw and putting in admirable performances against winners Glengarry. Keith Bray was the man of the hour, with three beautiful goals! All the boys had a great craic and even christened the new mascot, Bochan!

We also had a team in the open competition, which was very strongly contested, but it was a good learning experience for several younger players. Eoghan and Seumas couldn’t make Shawbost for teh firsts so they tagged along, with members of the ladies squad, Wee John Hearach and the young man who was named player of the whole tournament, Steven Morrison. Steven showed some great touches in all the matches and he was the worthy winner in main referee Duncan Clark’s eyes.

Then of course, there was this great photo – courtesy of Donna Bray.

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Cuairt Ceitidh | Katie Drain Trip A Big Success

May 25th, 2016 No comments

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The club shrugged off the disappointment of a last minute postponement by Inverness (To Be Rearranged) by focusing on the fantastic positivity of Camanachd Association North Development Officer, Katie Drain’s visit last week.

Katie arrived on Wednesday and attended Stornoway Primary Training. She then delivered a shinty festival in the Nicolson Institute, CPD at Stornoway Primary AND attended senior training on Thursday, and then visited Harris for a festival at Sir E Scott on Friday, followed by a Foundation Coaching Course on Friday Evening and Saturday Morning, before sailing away for a well earned rest.

Katie really enjoyed her visit, especially the scenery and we’d like to thank her for her time and effort in coming over. We look forward the future development of our youngsters.

The youngsters will be taking part at the Far North Shinty Sixes this Saturday in Scourie – with an u14 team and an open team with a couple of senior players accompanying the U17 players in that side.

The First Team face Caberfeidh at Shawbost on Saturday at 2.30pm. Go along and support.

Youth Festival a Massive Success

May 12th, 2016 No comments

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Saturday’s youth festival was an unbridled success. Upwards of twenty juniors attending a mix of indoor & outdoor activities before each receiving a certificate from club manager Duncan MacIntyre. Well done to all of you!

A big thank you to everyone who attended & helped organize the big day, including John who was a stalwart referee and to Jo and everyone who organised the food and drink in the kitchen. Fantastic to see the local community supporting the club & over £200 was raised for the MFV LOUISA Crew family fund as well.

We are always looking to have more juniors getting involved in shinty so please feel free to shoot us a message if you want to know more!

Sadly, the first team couldn’t notch up a first victory of the season in a disappointing 5-0 defeat to Kilmallie.

The next home game is against Caberfeidh on 21st May

The following week is the home game against Inverness as well as trip away for the juniors and a mixed side to the Far North Sixes in Scourie.

The 4th of June sees Glengarry visit as well as the club hosting the WCA Development League. Details to follow. The club may also send a youth side to Strathpeffer for the Ross-shire Sixes.