Back to winning ways at the Bught: Inverness 0 – Leòdhas 3

June 3rd, 2018 No comments

The club recorded its first win at the Bught Park since 2015 with a three nil win over a youthful Inverness second team. This was the club’s third game without defeat thanks to goals from Donald Lamont, David Cleary and an own goal in the first half. The game was an agreed switch of venue between the sides, which will see Inverness now travel to Sgoil Shiaboist later in the year. The win lifts the club into 7th in the table, 1pt ahead of Strathspey who have played a game less.

In the next two weekends old friends Caberfeidh and Lochcarron will travel for successive Ross-shire derbies at Siabost. Come along and the support the Dubh is Gorm.

Tributes paid as Will Church sets sail for pastures new

May 20th, 2018 No comments

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Camanachd Leòdhais paid a fond farewell to one of its undoubted legends after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Beauly.  Will Church was not able to sign off from his shinty career with a 40th career goal from 68 games, but he did have the benefit of seeing that the future of the club is bright, as young Alexander Gordon’s goal helped secure a point at Shawbost, and several other youngsters played an important part.

 

Having moved to Lewis at the beginning of the 2010s for work, Will came to the sport of shinty  fairly late, being picked up thanks to a taster session at the HebCelt in 2011 where his ability to gave a ball a good smack was evident straightaway, and he would make up for lost time by going on to have a seismic impact for a developing Lewis shinty team lacking a true goal threat in its early years.

 

After a few substitute appearances in our first league season, he chose the greatest moment to score his first goals for the club – a brace against Uist which brought home the trophy which the club had set out to capture when it was reformed in late 2006. The photo at the top of the page is one of the iconic pics of an incredible year.

 

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His 2012 season saw him begin to find his way in his new sport, and a hand injury against Strathglass brought about the famous ice hockey gauntlets which were to become his calling cards as his unorthodox but effective playing style caused North Three defenders nightmare. He soon found his feet and would go on to be the top scorer in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

 

Marriage and family commitments meant that Will took a step back at the end of the 2016 season, but still made an occasional goal scoring appearance in 2017. However, he has now made what is surely his last appearance in the Dubh is Gorm, as he and his family are making the bold move to Sweden where they go with the club’s very best wishes ringing in their ears. Thanks for the memories Will. Gur math thèid leibh anns an t-Suain!

 

Will Church with 2018 Club Captain Peter Gomez, Donald Lamont

Will Church with 2018 Club Captain Peter Gomez, Donald Lamont

 

Donald Lamont made the following impassioned speech at a special function after the Beauly game that was held to mark Will’s contribution to the sport of the Gael in Lewis and Harris.

 

Today marked game number 68 for Will – finishing on an incredible total of 39 goals. It is hard to believe that was his last game in a Lewis shirt as he and his family set off on a new adventure in Sweden at the end of the month, although I still haven’t lost all hope of seeing Finn wear the famous Number 10 shirt in a few years time.

 

“It is great to see so many of our junior players here, who are stepping up to the plate and thriving in our squad at such a young age, I am particularly pleased they are here because although they played very little with Will – the man I am about to describe is what they should be aspiring to when they wear the famous Dubh is Gorm – above all else Will is a role model who epitomises the values of this club.

“Will is one of the best team mates I have ever had the pleasure of playing with. He knew what to say when things weren’t going well and he was more pleased than anyone if you succeeded. Throughout the years as a club when we have struggled on the park it is characters like Will that have brought us through, kept us going, encouraged us and made us do ridiculous circuit sessions in the dead of winter when every other sane shinty player is having a well earned rest. But that is the drive we need and we must ensure we follow Will’s example.

“Everyone will have their own favourite Church moment or goal: Winning the 2011 Mod Cup with a 2 goal salvo ensuring one of the greatest return journeys in the history of sporting away fixtures. Glè mhath were the boys! A last minute equaliser versus Strathglass at Cannich when all seemed lost. A jaw dropping individual goal at the Bught in a 3 nil defeat of Inverness. When we needed some magic to happen Will always provided it. Our famous 1-0 win at Castle Leod in 2015 – who scored? Will.When we beat Kilmallie for the first time who got the first goal that day? Will.

“Off the field Will is a devoted family man which has meant we haven’t seen as much of him lately but Jinxy made this comment which I think is a fitting way to end this tribute. “An intelligent guy with a sharp wit. Loves a good rum and is even more of straight shooter with a few drinks in him.”

“As a club we are going to miss Will hugely and we, Camanachd Leòdhais, wish him all the best for his new life in Sweden. We hope you stay in touch and keep following the fortunes of the club online.”

Will Gomez

3-3 Home Draw v Strathspey, Beauly visit on 19th May

May 18th, 2018 No comments

The first home game of the season played against old sparring partners Strathspey was a game that was affected by the strong West Side wind, and saw us race ahead 3-0 thanks to a goal by Donald Lamont and a brace by David Cleary but then Strathspey level it at 3-3 but for us then to hold on. It was an exciting match and one that showed the renewed resilience of our side this season.

For the statistically minded, it was also the first time the club has taken at least a point from the homecoming fixture since entering the leagues.

Also thanks to finding some scoring form this year,  here is the goalscorers chart in the Race for the Drams.

David Cleary 2

Paul Duke 2

Donald Lamont 2

Crisdean MacRae 1

Peter Gomez 1

Up this Saturday 19th is a home game against Beauly. We have already played Beauly in the Sutherland Cup, succumbing to a 5-0 defeat at Braeview Park.  This will be a challenging fixture but one that will hopefully see manager John Macaskill continue to blood our young squad.

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Saturday 19 May
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Sponsors 2018

May 12th, 2018 No comments

Thank you to local family butcher W J MacDonalds LTD for sponsoring our match balls once again this year. They have been with us since we joined the league in 2011 and we very much appreciate their support.

Thank you to our shirt sponsors Woody’s Express Parcels, the number one stop for all your delivery needs.

Thank you also to Outer Hebrides Campervan Hire who are sponsoring our home games this year. They have campervans available that you can hire to travel throughout the Outer Hebrides.

We would also like to thank Lewis & Harris Rangers Supporters Club for agreeing to host our post-match meals this season as well as Stag Bakeries for providing us with rolls.

Finally, a huge thank you to John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance for all their work in making sure Shawbost pitch is in tip-top condition! They really do some excellent work!

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Away win in Cannich! 4-0 to the lads!

March 31st, 2018 No comments

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A big win and the first away win in three years! The boys played well to go in 2-0 in at halftime thanks to goals from Dukey and Gomez. Strathglass might have felt aggrieved to go in two down on the balance of play, but we came out and kicked on in the second half with excellent goals from Donald and a screamer from Dukey. Great performances all over the park kept Strathglass at bay to secure a first win in Cannich.

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

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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.

Lochcarron 3 v Lewis 0 | Season 8 underway

March 15th, 2018 No comments

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We got our 2018 season under way finally with a 3-0 defeat away to Lochcarron at Battery Park.

Liam Arnott scored on 8 minutes, but it was held at 1-0 until the 74th minute when Michael MacKinnon scored and then Lance McCuish with five minutes left.

There were debuts for Rab Macaskill and Crisdean MacRae as well as James MacRae returning for his second stint at the club, and Seumas Charity for his third stint with the Dubh is Gorm. Overall it was game which showed promise for the season to come.

We face Boleskine away this Saturday at Smith Park, Inverarnie – throw-up at 1.30pm.

 

New Gear for the New Year – Available now in the Club Shop.

February 16th, 2018 No comments

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Grab yourself some fresh Camanachd Leòdhais gear for the 2018 season. We have some cool looking new designs for you to strut about at training, supporting on the sidelines, or just representing our awesome island on the mainland.  The link to the O’Neill’s club shop is at the top right of the page or here. The Dubh is Gorm have gone with a white highlight this year to compliment the club colours, harking back to the original Woody’s Express strips from 2007-2010. All tops are customisable with and all bear Leòdhas on the back as per club tradition.  Show your Leòdhasach pride! Coimhead snasail agus ceannaich tè an-diugh! 

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2018 Fixtures released – Cabers away up first, Spey in homecoming fixture

February 5th, 2018 No comments

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The Camanachd Association recently published the 2018 Draft Fixtures and as always, this gives Dubh is Gorm players and supporters plenty to chew upon for the next few months.

To start of our eighth season as a league club, we will face our fellow Ross-shire club and old acquaintances Caberfeidh at Castle Leod on Saturday 3rd March, before another Ross-shire trip to Lochcarron on the tenth. There is then a run of games with Boleskine, Kilmallie and then Strathglass.

The club has only entered one cup this year, the national junior trophy, The Sir William Sutherland Cup and we have been drawn out of the hat against Beauly on the 7th of April. Two challenging away fixtures follow with Lochaber and Lovat in late April.

Old rivals Strathspey are the homecoming visitors this time around on the 12th of May, with Beauly the week after. After a very disappointing number of teams did not travel for league business in 2017, it is hoped that there will be no call-offs in 2018 and that shinty fans in the Western Isles will have a full card of fixtures to enjoy throughout May, June and July. We finish with a flurry of away games before Boleskine are due to come for a home game on August 25.

The league again contains 11 teams.  The full fixture list can be found here.