Strathdearn Cup Preliminary – Lovat 6 v Leodhas 1

May 3rd, 2019 No comments


Lovat has been a regular venue for cup matches in the last few years, with matches in the Sutherland Cup, the defunct Strathdearn Plate and now the Strathdearn Cup. This preliminary round tie was refereed by Callum Duff as the team faced a tough task against the 2018 North Two Champs to break the club’s knockout cup hoodoo going back back to formation in 2007.

The club also made a return to playing in front of the cameras, which can be seen below, and thanks to the efforts of a well drilled Lewis defence with Michael MacLeod showing the benefits of playing at a higher standard last year, it was a tight game until around ten minutes before the interval with Ryan Ferguson finally getting the better of Scott MacLeod in fine form to give Dougie Shaw no chance between the sticks.

In the second half the Dubh is Gorm continued to go toe to toe with the Kiltarlity outfit, but the Lovat folk were determined to put the game to bed, and it seemed that they had with goals in quick succession on the hour mark from Martin Bell and Laura Gallacher.

However 5 minutes later, some great work from a free hit by Tyson and Callum MacRitchie fed Donald Lamont in the D and with one touch knocked it past the keeper. 3-1, and Donald matching a strike he scored on Lewis’ first game against Lovat 5 years before, and his fifth of the season.

Lewis rallied, and might have got a second to put the game back in play, but after pushing hard, our boys tired, and opportunities arose for the Lovat forwards, and exploiting this, the deadly Raymond Rennie grabbed a hat-trick to make the score 6-1 in the final ten minutes. Gaga had marshalled him excellently all game, and it was mark of how good a job he did for 80 minutes that he kept Rennie so quiet for the vast majority of the match.

The final score was not a reflection of the fine effort that the Dubh is Gorm put in throughout the match, but a great learning experience for the youngsters, in particular Callum who got a good run out against strong opponents. Gomez also made his 90th appearance for the club off the bench. In closing, we must pay tribute to Lovat’s hospitality and new facilities which were both excellent! The sauce for the chicken second to none!

Other than the HebCelt, the club’s cup exploits come to an end for another year, with a long awaited cup win still to materialise. However, if efforts continue along the lines of those shown on Saturday, then 2020 may hold some cup run glory at last. Returning to the league, home games start on May 11th against Boleskine. Come down to Shawbost and show your support!

Kingussie 4 – 1 Leòdhas; Brave performance at the Dell by the Dubh is Gorm

April 13th, 2019 No comments

Ceann a’ Ghiùthsaich 4 – Leòdhas 1

scoreboard dell


Camanachd Leòdhais put in an excellent performance and pushed North Division One side, Kingussie Colts, all the way in the first round of the Sutherland Cup on Saturday 13th April at the historic Dell. Seeing the club’s name up in lights on the iconic Kingussie scoreboard was a sign of how far the club has come since the first cup matches in 2007.

Unfortunately na Leòdhasaich fell behind to a Ryan Borthwick goal after only 6 minutes, but our boys did not let that get them down and worked hard with Donald Lamont scoring on 24 minutes to equalise and also go clear as the club’s all-time top scorer on 40 goals.

Kingussie were frustrated by a hard working Lewis first half performance and only managed to go in ahead thanks to another from Borthwick on the stroke of half-time.

In the second half, our lads stuck to their task well, but Kings received a penalty on 56 mins that Borthwick scored to gain his hat-trick and then the Badenoch side finally gained some closure on the game with Calum Miller’s goal with 15 left.

However, they were made to fight every step of the way for their place in the second round by a motivated and passionate Dubh is Gorm squad, and despite the club still having not broken its cup hoodoo, it was a day for the whole island to be proud of its shinty team. Despite his record-breaking achievement, Donald showed his typical selfless class by tweeting “A proud day for the club. Proud of our performance. Dubh is Gorm gu siorraidh buan!”

Next week the club has another free weekend. We resume the week after away to Lovat in Strathdearn Cup action.

Race for the Drams 2019

Donald Lamont 4

Ally Lamont 3

Scott MacLeod 2


Donald Lamont hat-trick as Dubh is Gorm record victory at Bught

March 23rd, 2019 No comments


After a weather-delayed few weeks, the club finally got its Mowi North Division Two season back up in running in the best style with a record league win against a young Inverness reserves at the Bught Park outside pitch.

The club gave a debut to Ryan Symonds, but it was at the front that the club excelled from early on with a first half of energy and power.

Donald opened the scoring on 17 minutes, adding a second minutes later, before his brother Ally made it three on 21 minutes. Scott MacLeod made it four on 26 minutes and the game was out of reach for the Town side. Donald completed his hat-trick on 34 minutes to become the joint-top scorer in the club’s history, equal with Will Church on 39. {The above photo is by frequent photographer Iain Cochrane – more photos can be found below}

Half-time arrived with no further score. In the second half, Drew McNeil rallied his squad and we could only add Ally’s score to make it six, which was matched by the final goal of the match by Inverness’ Finlay Calder. The game finished 6-1, a record score in the league for Lewis Camanachd.

The club is away to Beauly next Saturday.

In other news, this week teh club was drawn against Kingussie away in the Sutherland Cup, this will be a first visit to the legendary Dell, and the first time the two clubs have faced each other since the same competition back in 2008, which resulted in a 14-0 defeat in the early days of Camanachd Leodhais.

This week also a young Nicolson Institute team visited Skye and had a useful and educational match against Portree High School. An older and more experienced Sgitheanach squad emerged 12-0 winners but it was a good experience for all involved.

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.

Skye 9 – Lewis 0 in Kaid Cup

February 20th, 2019 No comments


The club travelled to face friends and neighbours Skye Camanachd for the John ‘Kaid’ Maclean Cup on Saturday.

They faced a strong Skye reserve side which also featured former Scotland U21 Jordan Murchison who is returning from injury. Murchison got the hosts off to a strong start with a couple with Cameron MacKay and a Marcus Scott brace making it 5-0 at half-time.

Daniel Morrison grabbed a second half hat-trick with Skye skipper Sam MacPhee getting the other. MacPhee lifted the trophy at the end of the game.

Despite the scoreline, there were some good passages of play from our side and there was strong battling attitude which will do the side well in the North Division Two campaign ahead.

Thank you to Skye Camanachd as always for the invitation and for their support over the years, adn we look forward to renewing acquaintances yet again in the years ahead.

John “Kaid” MacLean Cup 2019 – Saturday 16 February

February 13th, 2019 No comments

Lewis captain on the ball against Skye

Camanachd Leòdhais will travel to Portree to play Skye Camanachd seconds for the John “Kaid” MacLean Cup this Saturday. Leòdhas played Skye for the “Kaid” in 2016, going down to a 3-0 defeat. The “Kaid” is a handsome trophy which was revived for Skye’s commemoration of the Battle of Festurbert in 2015, where it was won by Kingussie.

The two clubs haven’t met since the Mòd Cup in Shawbost in 2016 which also finished 3-0 in the Sgitheanaich’s favour, although the two clubs were supposed to contest the “Kaid” in 2017 but weather led to its cancellation.

The 2019 John “Kaid” MacLean Cup throw-up at 2.30pm (TBC) Pàirc nan Laoch, Portree.

You can see some archived articles about the clubs’ games against each other here. The picture above is from the first ever meeting between the sides in 2010.

Fundraising Car-Wash

Thanks to everyone who came and supported the club last Saturday – a grand total of £737.10 was raised.

2019 Fixture list released

February 1st, 2019 No comments

Fixtures and Results 2019

Camanachd Leòdhais’ fixtures for 2019 have been published by the Camanachd Association. The club will spend March and April travelling to the mainland. The newly rechristened Mowi North Division 2 has mercifully been reduced to 9 teams – which means 16 games. The first away game will be Lochcarron on 2 March, followed by Boleskine.

The first home game will be on 11th May against Kilmallie. Kilmallie is also the final scheduled game for the club in 2019, with an away trip to Canal Parks on the 24th of August.



Strathdearn Cup – Club Drawn in Prelim round v Lovat

January 31st, 2019 No comments

Related imageWhilst the publication of the Camanachd Association fixture list is still a while away, the club received confirmation of its first scheduled cup fixture in the Strathdearn Cup. The North Reserve Cup was initially drawn on Tuesday 29th January but the draw was aborted halfway through, the club had been drawn intially in a prelim round fixture away against Kilmallie. However, in the rescheduled draw held on Thursday 31st January the club managed to end up in the Preliminary Round again but this time against Lovat. The two clubs will face each other on 27th April at Balgate, Kiltarlity.  Five time Strathdearn winners, Lovat were the North Division Two champions last year and will be playing in North Division One this season. The winners of this tie will face Lochcarron away in the first round proper on 25th May.

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.

Latha sònraichte a’ comharrachadh call na h-Iolaire | The Iolaire remembered by Camanachd Leòdhais and Kinlochshiel

January 2nd, 2019 No comments

A very special Iomain Challainn at Bayhead on January 1 2019 marked Camanachd Leòdhais’ contribution to the Iolaire Commemorations, marking 100 years since the tragedy that had such an indelible impact upon the life, culture and language of our islands.

January 1st 2019 will forever have a special place in the history of our young club.

Together with our dear friends from Kinlochshiel Shinty Club we honoured those island men who, having survived four gruelling years of war, lost their lives yards from home when HMY Iolaire struck the Beasts of Holm.

We remembered them. We reflected on their journey knowing that the traditional New Years shinty match would have been on the minds of many. We played the game that was so cruelly denied them.

‘Shiel, the 2018 Macaulay Cup winners had graciously accepted the club’s invitation to represent the Iolaire’s departure point of Kyle of Lochalsh and they sent a squad with several Macaulay and Premiership winners in its number.

Earlier in the day Alasdair Lamont (Leòdhas) and Calum MacLean (‘Shiel) represented the clubs at the official ceremony at Holm, before returning to join their teammates at Bayhead. Calum was an very fitting representative for his club, as his own great-grandfather was one of the 79 to survive the disaster.

Both teams were marched out, Lewis dressed in their traditional “dubh is gorm”, ‘Shiel wearing white shirts, red shorts and white socks, led by young Martin MacRae of Kinlochshiel on the pipes. Referee Henry MacInnes blew the whistle to mark a solemn and impeccable two minute silence in memory of the 201 men lost. A large crowd was in attendance to witness a fantastic game of shinty which was played at a ferocious pace and in great spirit.

Lewis were not overawed by their illustrious opponents, and battled hard and fast against the mainland side, and combined with the tight park for 24 players this helped even up the game. Only a magnificent strike by Scotland U21 Cap Oliver Macrae separated the sides at halftime, and Lewis tested out Neil MacRae a couple of times, forcing corners. Donald Lamont and Daniel Gallagher were rising to the challenge of playing a set of players from many leagues above, and the 1-0 scoreline was certainly a good show for the home side.

In the second half, Kinlochshiel took a while to get going and the home side were still making some bold flurries, one of which almost foxed Neil MacRae in goals. However, very shortly after this Shiel made themselves comfortable with two quick goals from Ali Nixon and Archie MacRae. Oliver MacRae added a fourth later on, and young Lewis keeper Kieran Murray kept out several other shots well, including a long ranger from former Lewis player and founder member Eoghan Stewart, now at Strathglass, who was a guesting for Shiel as a substitute.

Despite a valiant performance the class of Kinlochshiel shone through and the Kirkton boys won 4-0 on the day. No fewer than 8 Lewis youth players got a taste of the action – all in awe of getting the opportunity to play in the same game as Premier Division Champions and Macaulay Cup Winners. . The quality of play from Kinlochshiel was a treat to behold, with players such as David Falconer, Paul MacRae, Duncan MacRae and Martin MacRae all showing truly excellent skills and will hopefully help the many Lewis youngsters who took part yesterday in developing their own skills. Lewis players, both young and old, did themselves and their island very proud and in this first ever meeting of the two clubs, the bonds of friendship have been made which will last for many years to come.

After the match, event organiser Donald Lamont thanked everyone who attended, including a significant number of Kinlochshiel travelling supporters. Camanachd Leodhais president and chair Annette Murray gifted a beautifully crafted plaque to Kinlochshiel to commemorate their participation in this unique fixture and Kinlochshiel director Neil MacRae, presented a silver salver to Camanachd Leodhais likewise. “Neily Ach” is the uncle of Camanachd Leodhais players Crisdean and James MacRae and he expressed Kinlochshiel’s gratitude at being able to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in “The Game That Was Never Played”.

The match was followed by an official reception at the Caladh Inn which was enjoyed by all.

Moran Taing | Many Thanks

Camanachd Leòdhais are deeply indebted to a huge number of people who made Tuesday’s event possible.

First and foremost Kinlochshiel. To give up 3 days of their time at New Year to take part in this game was a huge effort on their part and we will be forever grateful for that. A new bond has been created. The power of sport and shinty especially.

We would also like to thank the Iolaire Working Group for all their help and support over the past 12 months. They bought into the idea from the start.

Point FC kindly gave us use of their pitch liner and paint.

Jim did sterling work ferrying players around in the minibus.

The special plaque we commissioned was done with the gift of wood from the saw mill and help from Kate Macdonald and the Nicolson Institute Art department.

The event could not have taken place without financial contributions from our supporters. We in particular would like to thank Ishga, The Lewis and Harris Sports Council, Iomain Cholmcille, DS MacIntyre & JJ Sales, NFU Insurance Services, Stornoway & Skye.

The wider club and supporters would also like to thank those committee members who gave their all in terms of vision, energy and organisation over the last few months to make this game a reality.

Mairidh an cliu gu brath. Cuimhnichidh sinn iad.