2020 season cancelled – Club statement

May 30th, 2020 No comments

The Camanachd Association has today announced the cancellation of all current competitions due to be played in 2020. Unfortunately this puts a premature end to our tenth consecutive league campaign as well as the Strathdearn & Sutherland cup competitions.

Whilst disappointing, we recognise that completing these competitions in the current climate was going to be extremely difficult & we appreciate that the Camanachd Association have come forward & provided clarity.

We look forward to getting back to playing shinty whether it be later this year or next.

Click on the link to read the full statement from the Camanachd Association.100947327_3035992519812021_14454699549786112_o

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Nuair a thill an iomain – When the shinty returned

May 14th, 2020 No comments

Action from Lochbroom V Lewis at Shawbost

An-diugh, o chionn naoi bliadhna chaidh a’ chiad gheam lìog ann an eachdraidh Innse Gall a chluich aig Sgoil Shiaboist air Taobh Siar Eilean Leòdhais. Gu freagarrach, chluich Leòdhas an aghaidh Loch Bhraoin, a’ chiad sgioba a chluich an club nuair thòisich sgioba nam fear ann an 2007.

Chaidh an geam leis na Braoinich gu h-ìre mhath furasta 7-1, ach chunnaic na ceudan de dhaoine eachdraidh ga dèanamh air a’ phàirc agus far na pàirce an latha sin. Bha mòran dhaoine air strì is sabaid fad ùine mhòr airson a’ chothruim seo agus ged nach urrainn dhuinn ar deicheamh seusan mar chlub lìog a chomharrachadh, tha sinn a’ coimhead air adhart ri bhith a’ cluich an ath bhliadhna no nuair a tha e sàbhailte tilleadh dhan iomain.

Today nine years ago the very first league game in the history of the Outer Hebrides was played at the Sgoil Shiabost pitch on the West Side of Lewis. Fittingly it saw Camanachd Leòdhais face Lochbroom, who were the first team the club had played when the senior men’s team was started in 2007.

The game went quite easily to the Broom 7-1 but hundreds of people saw history being made on and off the park that day. Many people had struggled and fought to bring about this happening and although we aren’t at the moment able to mark our tenth season as a league club properly, we look forward to next year or whenever it will be safe to return to shinty.

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Sguad Leòdhais v Lochbroom 14/5/11  – Conor Macdonald, Daniel Gallagher, Eoghan Stewart, Stuart “Tyson” Campbell, Scott Murray, Paul Duke, Calum Stamper, Micheal Macdonald, Sean MacLeod, Donald Lamont, Paddy Sinclair, Michael MacLeod, Daniel McFadden, Andrew Murray Macdonald, Andrew Henderson

Leòdhas 1 (Scott Murray) Lochbroom 7 (Sandy Urquhart 2, Josh Talbot 2, Jamie MacFadyen 2, Steven Bellshaw) – Referee: John Spod MacLeod, Skye

Match report from Stornoway Gazette 19/5/2011

Shawbost for Shinty as Hebridean History made

Camanachd Leòdhais suffered from a touch of stagefright as they went down to Lochbroom in the first-ever game of league shinty to be played in the Western Isles.

The eyes of the shinty world and indeed a great deal of the national media were on a small piece of ground on the Westside of Lewis as the game of the Gael returned to the land of the Gael.

A crowd of over 200 watched as history was made and the game started, a little late due to some teething problems with getting the new goals in place.

Fans came from far and wide, but special mention must go to die-hard fan Kevin “Lamp-post” Morrison, who had driven from Newcastle (via Glasgow to pick up Stuart “Tyson” Campbell”).

Lochbroom had taken a large travelling support as well and although they had left the mainland in heavy rain, the sun shone as the game began at Sgoil Shiaboist.

Lining up for Lochbroom was Martin “Toad” MacLean, who had played for Beauly in the last senior shinty game in Lewis, the Mod Cup against Skye in 1987.

Lewis started the brighter of the two teams, despite having not been able to have a warm-up but Donald Lamont and Calum “Stompy” Stamper did not take advantage of the opportunities which fell their way.

Unfortunately, the first goal to be scored was a Lochbroom one as Sandy Urquhart took advantage of room to blast the ball past Conor MacDonald after quarter of an hour.

Lochbroom were then on the front foot and they doubled their lead 5 minutes later with a messy goal that MacDonald almost stopped with his foot and then went in off the post.  Josh Talbot was the scorer.

Captain Scott Murray struck a long ball in from 40 yards which deceived former Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper Ruairidh Hughes.  This historic strike was greeted by a roar from the watching crowd.

Sean MacLeod was having a fine game on the left wing having cut out the flights of fancy which have blighted his game for large parts of this season. In fact his opponent was substituted just after Murray’s goal by James “Ach” MacRae, who has links with Bernera, due to his dominance.

Then the mistakes which would cost the islanders the chance of winning the game started, the first one from Eòghan Stewart, who in a rush of blood to the head ran to tackle Talbot leaving Urquhart totally free to receive a push pass and slam the ball home.

Steven Bellshaw began to pull the strings at buckshee forward and his pushing and prodding pulled the defence apart, with Gallagher, Duke and Stewart all over the shop, Talbot grabbed the fourth and with the Lewis centre-line being drawn back to assist, Broom’s full centre Jamie MacFadyen used the room this created to score with 5 minutes left of the first half. MacFadyen was very impressive and got the upper hand on both Murray and Campbell in midfield.

The second half saw the game settle down and Lewis again had the best of the play despite playing against the wind.  The forwards were too profligate yet again although debutant Daniel McFadden showed in spells that he will be a great player in the future.

Any chance of a Lewis comeback was ended on 65 minutes after a concerted spell of scrappy defending, which might easily have been ended by simply putting the ball out the wings, resulted in Bellshaw scoring a scrappy goal that emerged from a melee on the edge of the D and rolled in, Stewart stretching despairingly to clear as it finished two inches over the line.

Lewis rallied again but MacFadyen scored the goal of the day when a well worked piece of play between himself and Paddy Wilson split the defence.  However, Stewart tackled him and it seemed that the big Gaelic teacher had pinched the ball, however the bounce favoured MacFadyen and he carried on to slot the ball home with quarter of an hour remaining.

Na Leòdhasaich then began to fade in the last fifteen due to a lack of fitness but nevertheless they closed out the game without any further damage, although they were disappointed to have conceded more goals against Lochbroom than against any other team in the league bar Aberdeen.

The large crowd stayed for the full game and almost on cue an Atlantic squall hit 5 minutes after the final whistle.  Of course, such a large crowd will not be the norm but if even a quarter of these new shinty fans return each week it will be a great boost for both the moral and the coffers of the club.

Lewis manager Paul Duke, who was watched by his new-born son Seumas, “I think that the occasion got to us especially as we were running around putting things in place up until the last minute. Our all round general play was good we just suffered from a few simple but catastrophic errors by the defence.  We also didn’t take any of our chances up front, scoring goals changes the complexion of a game. That was Lochbroom’s strongest possible side and they also had the edge in fitness.  I want to send a message to our players especially the youth, they need to start attending training and getting fit if they expect to get on the park.”

Lochbroom double goalscorer Sandy Urquhart said “We were very impressed by the Lewis boys, they have improved greatly, the score didn’t reflect their level of performance and we all had a great time in Stornoway.”

Despite the score, it was a highly successful day and in the post-match function at Stornoway Golf Club, sponsored by Harris Tweed Hebrides, a range of speakers including Harris Tweed Hebrides chairman Brian Wilson and Camanachd Association president Archie Robertson, paid tribute to both teams, to the individuals, both past and present, who brought shinty back to Lewis and Harris and to the historic nature of the day.

This was Robertson’s first official visit as President of the sport’s governing body. Although he was clear to point out that Lewis are still “on trial” as regards continued league entry, it was also evident that he was impressed by the whole set-up.

Also speaking at the function was Hugh Dan MacLennan, who commentated on the game for MacTV.  The esteemed shinty historian praised the surface at Shawbost “It was certainly one of the finest surfaces in shinty, it is a fantastic facility.”

So history has been made, and now begins the normality of regular matches in Lewis.  Next up is Ardnamurchan this Saturday, Lewis will be looking to avenge a 6-2 defeat in Strontian last time out.  Come along and show your support.

 

 

Make it a Glen Double in the Cups for Lewis

February 6th, 2020 No comments

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The club will be facing more “Glens” than a whisky connoisseur this season. after we were drawn against South Division Two Glenorchy in the first round of the Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup.

This will be the first time the clubs have met due to playing in different districts. Glenorchy are based at Dalmally, and have a proud history as a club, being established in 1965, have played at Premier Division and National Division level within the last decade, and indeed won this very competition in 1982.

The game was a home draw for the club so the committee will be looking at all the options for playing the fixture in a suitable venue due to the timetables and lack of availability of Shawbost Park until May. The winner will face a trip to either Kyles Athletic or Kilmory on the 23rd of May.

Camanachd Leòdhais have played South district opposition on four occasions in the Sutherland Cup in its history; GMA in 2007, a 4-0 defeat at Yoker; Aberdour in 2009, a 5-0 defeat at the Bught; Inveraray in 2010, a 9-0 defeat at Inveralel and Oban Lorne, a defeat on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Ganavan.

This follows on from the already confirmed Strathdearn Cup preliminary round against Glenurquhart on the 28th of March. This was also a home draw, but again the committee will be investigating where this will be played due to the timetables and lack of Shawbost’s availability. The winner of that game will meet Inverness in the next round.

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2020 Draft Fixtures Published

February 2nd, 2020 No comments

The draft fixtures for 2020 have been published by the Camanachd Association.

The club starts its 10th season as a league club with a visit to Boleskine on the 7th of March (where incidentally the club finished its first league season). Then it’s a visit to Strathspey, and then to Inverness before March is completed with a Strathdearn Cup Preliminary Match against Glenurquhart, the first time the clubs will have met in a competitive fixture. The winner will face Inverness in the first round proper.

The rest of the season’s fixtures can be seen here  although other fixtures of note are the first home fixture against Strathglass on the 2nd of May, and the season coming to an end with an away game to Aberdeen on the 15th of August and a home game v Lochaber on 22nd of August.

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Deagh latha còmhla ris na Gàidheil aig Farpais nan Gàidheal

January 18th, 2020 No comments

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Dh’fhalbh Pòl, Sean, Callum agus Rab gu Inbhir Nis airson Farpais nan Gàidheal, farpais airson brosnachadh cleachdadh Gàidhlig ann an iomain, agus bha iad gu math taingeil do Ailean agus Iain Doochan às an Eilean agus Alex Dunnings à Meadarloch airson cluiche còmhla riutha. ‘S e deagh chothrom beagan cluiche a dhèanamh ron t-seusan agus coinneachadh ri Gàidheil eile ann an saoghal na h-iomain.

Inbhir Nis 3 v Leòdhas 1 (Callum MacRitchie)

Aiseag an Stròim 4 v Leòdhas 1 (Alex Dunnings)

Srath Ghlais 2 v Leòdhas 2 (Alex Dunnings, Iain Doochan MacPherson)

Camanachd an Eilein 5 v Leòdhas 1 (Iain Doochan MacPherson)

‘S e na Sgitheanaich a bhuannaich an fharpais aig a’ cheann thall agus bha i ga cur air dòigh le Iomain Cholmcille le taic o Bhòrd na Gàidhlig. Chaidh Callum ainmeachadh mar an cluicheadair as fheàrr aig Camanachd Leòdhais tron latha.

A great day out for Rab, Paul, Sean and Callum at the Gaelic Community Sixes – Farpais nan Gàidheal in Inverness. Joined by Allan and Iain Doochan from Skye and Alex Dunnings from Benderloch. It was a fun day meeting up with Gaelic speaking pals from across Scotland, and Callum was awarded the best Lewis player prize, thanks in no small part to a phenomenal goal against Inverness.

 

Iomain Challainn – Team Dukey takes the spoils on pens

January 5th, 2020 1 comment

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After the special occasion of the Iolaire game for the last Iomain Challainn, normal service was resumed for 2020 with two sides picked by senior players Paul Duke and Stuart “Tyson” Campbell for the traditional New Year game on the 4th of January again played at Smith Avenue.

Entirely unintentionally it was a little tribute to the 30th anniversary of Skye’s Camanachd Cup win with a team led by a Skyeman taking on a Newtonmore led team.

Team Dukey – Yellow

Dukey, Ciaran, Sean, Kieran, Craig, Stewart, Callum

Team Tyson – Red

Tyson, Willie, Owen, Dylan, Gaga, Daniel Harrison

 

Kieran opened the scoring for the Dukey team but a hat trick from Tyson himself took his team into halftime with the lead 3-1.

Callum responded after the interval, but Tyson added a brace and then Dylan notched a goal to make it 6-2 and make it look like the Sgitheanach would triumph over the Newtonmore man’s team. Then the big fightback started with Callum and Ciaran grabbing two each (Callum completing his hat-trick) to make it 6-all, then Stewart made it 7-6 to Dukey’s team. Tyson himself made it 7-7 at the last gasp to complete his double hat-trick and bring it penalties.

It was a tight penalty shootout that went several ways, but in the end  Dukey’s team got the momentum and penalties from the captain, Stewart and Ciaran made it a 3-2 score. A good day had by all and good to see the young players having a strong impact in the game. It was a great way to mark the 10th running of the revived Iomain Challainn since it was started on Hogmanay 2010 by Sean MacLeod who played for Team Dukey in this fixture as well as a good way to begin our tenth season as a league club.

 

2020 Committee Confirmed

November 2nd, 2019 No comments

The Annual General Meeting of Comann Camanachd Leòdhais was held at 6pm on Tuesday 29th October in the Comhairle Offices on Sandwick Road, Stornoway.

The office bearers for the 2020 committee were chosen at the meeting. The Chieftain and Chair/President roles were appointed last year as per the constitution for a two year period, so the present office bearers in those positions will carry on until the next AGM.

Chieftain – Iain Sinclair

Chair – Annette Murray

Secretary – Joanne Mitchell

Treasurer – Kenny MacLeod

Fixture Secretary – Donald Lamont

Merchandising and Sponsorship – Ally Lamont & Paul Duke

Child Protection Officer – Annette Murray

The AGM also confirmed the continuation of John MacAskill and Andrew MacAskill as first team manager and assistant manager respectively. This also confirmed Donald Lamont as captain for 2020, having taken on the role halfway through the 2019 season.

Thanks to those who were on the committee in 2019. Whilst that is the club committee settled for the year ahead, the club would welcome any volunteers who wish to get involved with the club at all levels.

2019 Award Winners – Donald and Callum at the Double!

October 20th, 2019 No comments

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The club held its annual Awards night, held yet again in conjunction with the Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes on the same day, on the 19th October in the Caladh Inn in Stornoway. We welcomed the competing teams, alongside well travelled fan Roddy Maclean and numerous club stalwarts as the awards for 2019 were made to the deserving winners.

Donald Lamont earned an historic double, winning both the Senior Player of the Year, voted for by his team-mates, and also the Manager’s Player of the Year, earning the Ceremonial Caman from the 1968 Macaulay Cup Final, presented to Donald Shaw, Kyles Athletic – donated to the club for presentation by his son, Dougie Shaw. Donald’s contribution off the field has always been vitally important to the club, but this year was his best season ever in terms of on the park with a goal tally of 11, which also made him the club’s top scorer of all time, and he may have got more and broken the season record if hadn’t been hampered with the injury which he continued to play through until the end of the season.

Donald, who assumed the Club Captaincy duties half way through the season and was confirmed by John MacAskill as continuing in this role in 2020 with Stuart Campbell as Vice-Captain, also made his choice of Captain’s Player of the Year. This went to Callum MacRitchie, who also achieved a unique double as he retained the prize for Young Player of the Year. Callum was unable to attend the event, but his Youth Player Award was accepted on his behalf by Dylan Murray, who was also mentioned by Assistant Manager Andrew MacAskill as being very close to achieving the award himself.

There was also an opportunity for Andrew and Scott MacLeod to be recognised for their recent joint award for the Lewis & Harris Sports Council Youth Coach of the Year Award. John MacAskill took the opportunity to also pay tribute to Paddy Sinclair and Daniel Gallagher for their on field contributions this year which touched on a challenging season, but one which was also very positive and saw the club become the LHSC Club of the Year for the first time.

There was also a successful raffle held which raised money for club funds. Congratulations to all the Prizewinners, and many thanks to those who donated prizes. There was also the fiercely contested Whisky Coin Competition, a new tradition introduced to us by our guests from Strathglass who donated a bottle of whisky for the closest pound coin to the bottle won by Stewart MacRitchie.

Strathglass win 2019 Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes

October 20th, 2019 No comments

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On a gusty but sunny Saturday, Lewis shinty paid tribute to the memory of the late Craig Morrison with an entertaining spectacle of sixes shinty on the astroturf at Smith Avenue on the 19th of October.

The Craig Morrison Shield was claimed by the young Strathglass Shinty Club six player-managed by former Lewis stalwart Eoghan Stewart. They overcame Lewis B in an entertaining final 1-0 with the National League experience of young duo Penri Jones and Colin Birnie key to the win for the Cannich side. Their only hiccup during the day was a reveraal of the same scoreline in the group stage against the same opposition, with Scott MacLeod scoring.

The other visiting team were sixes specialists Stromeferry No Ferry United, whose title defence suffered a blow with the injury to Keith “Trumisgarry” Macdonald in the group stage, and then they were defeated on penalties by Lewis A after a scoreless semi-final. However in a highscoring game, Dougie “Dan” MacKenzie of Lochcarron put on an exceptional show for the crowd with a wonder goal and also a golden goal straight from a shy in the third place playoff v Lewis A. Our very own manager, John, who also played in goals for Lewis B, had stepped in to fill the Strome goals in this game also grabbed a goal straight from a by-hit!

Both visiting teams really added to a great day and their input was much appreciated. Thanks to both Strathglass and Stromeferry for their efforts in coming over, as well as attending our awards dinner in the evening as well. It was a great opportunity for many of our young and new players to gain experience as well, and Young Player of the Year and Captain’s Player of the Year Callum MacRitchie showed up well with two goals.

The shield was presented as always by Graham Morrison, Craig’s father. It would have been an occasion that Craig would have savoured as a passionate shinty man who was taken far too soon in 2009. May his memory remain cherished for as long as shinty is played in these islands.

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Group Stage

Lewis A 1 (Paul Duke) v Lewis B 1 (Callum MacRitchie)

Strathglass 3 (Eddie Noble, Colin Birnie, Jordan Zblewski) v Stromeferry No Ferry United  0

Lewis B 1 (Scott MacLeod) v Strathglass 0

Stromeferry No Ferry United 2 (Keith Macdonald, Dougie Mackenzie) v Lewis A 2 (Stewart Macritchie, Dylan Murray)

Lewis B 1 (Callum MacRitchie) v Stromeferry No Ferry United 0

Lewis A 0 v Strathglass 2 (Eddie Noble 2)

Standings Lewis B 1st, Strathglass 2nd, Lewis A 3rd, Stromeferry No Ferry United 4th

Semi Finals

Lewis B 0 V Stromeferry No Ferry United 0 (4-3 on Pens)

Lewis A 0 V Strathglass 4 (Penri Jones, Jordan Zblewski, Colin Birnie 2)

Final

Lewis B 0 V Strathglass 1 (Penri Jones)

 



October update – LHSC Awards Double, Shinty-Hurling, Craig’s Sixes

October 16th, 2019 No comments

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The club was thrilled to be double winners at the Lewis and Harris Sports Council Awards on October 8th 2019 in the Comhairle Chambers. The Club was named Club of the Year, the first time the club has acheived that illustrious award, and the Young Person’s Coach of the Year was awarded jointly to Andrew MacAskill and Scott MacLeod. Scott and Donald Lamont were there to accept the awards. A great tribute to all involved with the club for their efforts in another long and challenging season.

Previous success at the Awards has been seen by Paul Duke, Over 18 Sportsperson of the Year in 2014 and Al Reed for the Young Person’s Coach of the Year in 2016.

Iomain Cholmcille Representative Honours

The club was also privileged to have two players involved in the recent Iomain Cholmcille Shinty-Hurling for Gaelic speakers held this year on the 12th of October in Glasgow as part of the Royal National Mòd. Stuart “Tyson” Campbell and Pàdraig Sinclair both gained call ups for the game against Fir Uladh from Ireland, and they were unlucky to be on the losing side of a tight match 13-12. Camanachd Leòdhais’ Sean MacLeod was co-manager again, and assistant manager Andrew MacAskill was also in attendance keeping a watchful eye on proceedings and assisting with keeping the social media updated.

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Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the untimely passing of Craig Morrison. The Sixes are held annually as the club’s tribute to Craig and his continuing legacy at the club. This year’s Sixes competition takes place on Saturday 19th October from 1pm and we would welcome teams with an interest in taking part to contact Donald Lamont via the club Facebook page. The Sixes will be followed by our annual Awards Dinner that evening, which all are welcome to attend.

Craig Morrison Sixes 2016 Winners "Simply the Best - Michael MacLeod VI"

Craig Morrison Sixes 2016 Winners “Simply the Best – Michael MacLeod VI”