Craig Morrison 1989-2009
Always the first name on the teamsheet whenever and wherever the Black and Blue is worn…
This section of the website is dedicated to the memory of the late Craig Morrison who was tragically taken from his family in early July 2009.
Craig’s passing was marked by an impeccable minute silence at the Hebridean Celtic Festival Challenge Cup Final the following week.
His death left a hole in the club where his enthusiasm and dedication to training was unmatched, time permitting.
Our thoughts will always be with his family and in 2010 the club created a lasting memorial to Craig and his passion for shinty in conjunction with their wishes with the establishment of the Craig Morrison Shield which is presented to the winners of the Craig Morrison Stornoway Shinty Sixes.
The first winners of the trophy were Skye Camanachd and the trophy was presented in front of Craig’s family and friends by his father Graham Morrison. A report on the first tournament can be read here.http://news.stv.tv/highlands-islands/185462-shinty-tournament-tribute-to-quad-bike-accident-player/
The 2011 tournament was played between 3 Lewis Camanachd teams. Lewis “B” were the winners.
After a year’s abeyance, the competition was reinvigorated in 2013 with a fantastic four team tournament involving Lewis “A”, Lewis “B”, Kincraig and Uist. Lewis “A” won an entertaining and skilful competition but the real winner was shinty in the islands, to which Craig was dedicated intensely. Craig’s mother and father presented the trophy and his mother said “He would have loved this.” His memory will always be cherished by those who played alongside him and future generations of Lewis players will know the role he played in the club’s early years.
The 2014 competition was held on Saturday 21 June. It was won by Will Church’s VI.
In 2015, the competition moved midweek as part of the Fichead Bliadhna Festival and was a roaring success with 5 teams, including the new ladies side, and several guest from away making the numbers swell. It was won by the Tina Turners, captained by Peter Gomez. As Craig’s mother Kareen said, “He was never prouder than when he represented Camanachd Leòdhais, and so proud myself that team are remembering him in this way .”
A date is to be set for the 2016 tournament.