HebCelt and Motiv8 Summer Camp

July 16th, 2017 No comments

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The middle of July is always a busy time for the club, and we’re happy to say the first team got things of to a good start securing their first point on the park this season with a thrilling 1-1 draw against Strathspey, Craig MacLeod with his first goal since scoring against California!

The Hebridean Celtic Festival Cup is this Saturday 22nd July and we look forward to welcoming Uist to Bayhead for the 11th final as we mark ten years since the 2007 match between Lewis and Heb All Stars. Thanks to the Hebcelt for their continued support of this fixture, a great advert for shinty in the Western Isles and great to be back on Bayhead again.

Our annual Motiv8 shinty camp is also running this week, Monday to Friday  @ Smith Avenue astro (11am to 2pm each day). Lots of spaces left! Parents should sign their children up by phoning the sports centre or going to the reception. The full cost must be paid to the sports centre, coaches will not be taking money on any of the days.  The camp is for 8-14 year olds and for locals, tourists and club regulars. Please share with anyone who may be interested.

The Craig Morrison Sixes are later than usual this month and will be held to coincide with the visit of the English Shinty Association. We look forward to welcoming Na Sasannaich, who will join California, The SCOTS and St Andrews Uni as touring sides to Lewis.

Vice Captain’s team win inaugural Dr Barden Trophy

June 28th, 2017 No comments

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Saturday saw the Lewis Camanachd Under 14s participate in what is hoped to be an annual match on Shawbost pitch. A 9 a side game was played between teams selected, in the traditional Lewis style, by Captain Harrison and Vice Captain Macdonald.

The game finished 6-0 to the Vice captains team, although the scoreline did not reflect the flow of the game. Kieran Macdonald scored two well worked goals very late in the first half to give his Vice Captain team a 2-0 lead at half time. 19429857_1392714434139846_6896861690141620880_n

Harrison’s team however had a number of chances in the first half and early in the second half with only some great goalkeeping from Owen Mackenzie and misfortune denied them a goal. An unfortunate injury to Stewart Macritchie (who fought well for the captains team all game- earning him Man of the Match) disrupted the momentum of the game for the Captains team in the second half. 19510583_1392714327473190_616673977896428250_n

Kieran Macdonald went on to score a further 3 goals to take his personal total to 5 for the day (at this point Kieran took a turn in goals and made a wonderful save to deny Dylan Murray). Callum Macritchie who won the battle of the midfield for the Vice captain team finished the scoring with a long range effort which evaded Conor Kearney in goals. The game finished 6-0 and a great day of shinty was had by all on the Shawbost field. It certainly won’t be long, on the evidence of this game, before Kieran, Robert, Daniel and company will be playing the sport they love on the same pitch for the Senior team.
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Many thanks to Donald Lamont for refereeing the game, Jo Mitchell and the parents for organising the day (Including all the fantastic food) and Iain Sinclair for coaching the youngsters. Lets hope Lewis Camanachd have many more successful youth days in the future.
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Far North Sixes 2017 – Report

June 3rd, 2017 No comments

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A veritable squadron of Leòdhasaich took to the Minch on Saturday 3 June to attend the Far North Sixes, run by Kinlochbervie. We had three teams in the Under 14 section – a very promising number adn they did themselves proud. Glengarry A won the tournament but all our sides showed up well, scoring goals and winning games.

Camanachd Leòdhais Blues came out best of our squads, with four wins, and two defeats, coming third behind KLB Juniors on goal difference alone. CL Blacks edge out Glengarry B for fifth place by virtue of scoring one goal more, whilst CL Yellows matched the Blacks’ scoring and defensive record but were unlucky to only yield 1 draw.


A cracking day, thank you to all the parents and coaches for their support, and congratulations to Kinlochbervie on another successful tournament on their tenth anniversary. A revived Lochbroom saw off Lochcarron to win the senior section, which also featured KLB, Caithness and Strathglass Ladies.

Back home in Lewis, the first team were happy to finally have the first home game of the season, although the 11-1 score to a strong visiting Lochaber side after only one game in ten weeks was probably not the result we were looking for. The result was however put into perspective with the minute silence before the game which was held for Eilidh MacLeod of Barra and the victims of the Manchester Bombing, and Duncan Rodger of Kilmallie Shinty Club, who both passed away at a young age recently. Our thoughts go to their family and friends

Kinlochbervie Camanachd – Celebrating Ten Years

June 2nd, 2017 1 comment

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As we celebrate our own ten year anniversary, it’s a good time to pay tribute to a club we’ve had a long friendship with who are also marking ten years of driving shinty forward on the edge of the world – Kinlochbervie Camanachd.

As part of Highland 2007 “The Highland Promise”, Kinlochbervie High School pupils voted to spend some of their funding allocation on learning shinty. The inaugural training session took place in June 2007 with coaches Heather MacNeil, PE and parent Duncan Clark. The sessions were open to pupils from P5 to S6 and run on a weekly basis with an average of 30 pupils attending (a very large proportion of the school roll).


Over ten years this club has kept on developing, with players graduating and some of them playing for other teams in the North (including the late lamented Lochbroom) as well as the abortive Naver Athletic team who made one short foray into the cups. They have travelled all across the country to school tournaments, they were regular attendees at our much missed Mid-Minch Medal and won it all three times it was run in 2008, 2009 and 2010.and even took part in the 2011 Camanachd Association Development league against Uist and Strathspey, finishing third.

However their biggest event has always been the Far North Sixes, held in Scourie and running sections for adults and under 14s.

Camanachd Leòdhais first attended the Far North Sixes in 2010, taking two teams, and won it! It was a very important morale boost forr a club who up until that point had only experienced big defeats in the cups. With league entry, the next couple of years were taken up with getting the senior team settled in the leagues, but we sent a youth team in 2013, before sending a senior and youth side in 2014. We sent some fringe players in 2015 and 2016 bolstered by a couple of experienced players to help them gain experience.

Three Camanachd Leòdhais players have won the player of the Tournament award – Scott Murray in 2010, Al Reed in 2015 and Steven Morrison in 2016.

The Far North Sixes has always been an excellent event, and with the event marking ten years, and Duncan Clark bowing out as head coach, we can only pay tribute to himself, Paula, Heather and all the others involved with KLB and wish them every success in the future. We are sending over three under 14 squads, with Camanachd Leòdhais Yellows, Blues and Blacks all looking to gain experience in what will hopefully be a great day weatherwise as it has been in the past.

Gu math fada beò iomain ann an Dùthaich MhicAoidh!

Shinty Shop Robertson Cup Sixes 2017

May 19th, 2017 No comments

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Report by Mr Lamont.

The two Nicolson Institute teams that were away at the Shinty Shop Robertson Cup 6s at Glenurquhart’s Blairbeg did themselves proud yesterday. Although no games were won it was a great experience for them and a chance to see the standards they must strive for. They have all come on a lot in a short time and will no doubt continue to improve.

Goalkeeper Ciaran Murray was awarded Nicolson player of the tournament, for a string of fine saves, good hitting and showing a maturity and high level of game understanding. Kieran Macdonald was awarded for Nicolson goal of the tournament, and although not many goals were scored, it was truly an absolute beauty. Kieran took a Callum Macritchie pass out of the air with his caman and didn’t hesitate in arrowing the ball into the top corner.

Speaking about the tournament, event organiser Allan MacLeod said “The turn out for today’s competition was fantastic, especially seeing the Nicolson Institute travelling from Stornoway to take part which is a massive commitment. We are very appreciative of the continued support of shintyshop.com as we look to celebrate 20 years of this competition in 2018”

Glenurquhart went on to win the tournament having beat a strong Lochaber in the semifinals and then Portree in the final 2-0.

Dr Alasdair Barden Trophy

May 17th, 2017 No comments

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It’s a long way from Nairobi to Back, and a long way from a few curious folk on a wet Tong pitch on a New Year to a fully operational and competitive senior shinty side.

Dr Alasdair Patrick Barden was born in the former British Colony in 1963 just weeks after independence. he was the Dux at Knox Academy in Haddington, and whilst studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh he became steadily more involved in Gaelic Language and culture. He married local girl Donna Campbell in 1993 on St Kilda (the first wedding since 1926 before the evacuation.) and became a much loved and respected GP in Stornoway, whilst building a house in Col Uarach.

It seemed that the good Doctor had a penchant for reviving old traditions, and reading about the old New Year “Iomain Challainn” tradition of playing shinty on the New Year, Alasdair and Donna rounded up some enthusiasts and curious volunteers and re-established the tradition on January 2nd 1995. The score has been lost in the mists of time, but this was THE moment that shinty returned home.

Dr Barden would go on to round up enthusiasts such as Boyd MacKenzie, Kenny Morrison and Neil Ferguson who had made their home on the island, and with their help would establish a range of clubs and competitions all under the banner of Comunn Camanachd Leòdhais. Training was held in the Tong Hall, and there were teams in Tong, Sandwick, Stornoway and Back all competing. There was the Dozen Cup and the once jewel in the crown of Hebridean Shinty The Lord of the Isles Trophy, which it is hoped to revive one day if it can be found in Uist. Many youngsters would gain their first experience of their native sport under the tutelage of this Gaelic learner from East Lothian, and this passionate and dedicated man left a legacy for shinty in the Western Isles which continues to this day.

Sadly, Alasdair was killed in a tragic accident at the age of 34 in 1998. He left behind Donna and his young sons Dòmhnall and Tearlach. This was a great blow to the wider community, including the budding shinty community. Donna would continue to support the sport in the coming years, but it was left to the likes of Boyd MacKenzie to soldier on and keep the shinty flame burning for the next 7 or 8 years before the present Comann Camanachd Leòdhais was constituted.

Dr Barden’s contribution to Gaelic is marked by the Dr Alasdair Patrick Barden Memorial Salver at the Royal National Mòd for a song from Sutherland or Skye, and his sons presented the HebCelt Cup in 2015 to mark 20 years since their father’s revival of the sport and it was a touching moment to see two young Gaels mark their father’s legacy in this way.

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However, until now the club has not had any permanent memorial to Dr Barden’s immeasurable contribution. To mark Alasdair’s revival of shinty in Lewis, the club is delighted to introduce the Dr Alasdair Barden Trophy as part of the Dr Barden Youth Festival. This will be held for the first time on the 24th of June 2017. Please note change of date from 20th May

Open to all youth players from P2 upwards. Players from P6 and upwards can compete for the Dr Barden Trophy in teams allocated on the day. P5 and under players will take part in skills training and mini games. Registration from 10.30am. Competition starts at 11.00m. Awards Ceremony at 1.00pm. Soup and sandwiches, teas, coffees and home baking. A silver collection will be held with proceeds being split between the Samaritans and the Club.

We hope that you come along and pay tribute, and see the newest generation of Leòdhasach shinty stars start their journey.

Dr Alasdair Patrick Barden, BSc, MB ChB

Born: 28 December, 1963, at Nairobi, Kenya Died: 13 June 1998, at Coll, Isle of Lewis

Clach air a Chàrn.

Marking ten years since first ever Cup match

May 7th, 2017 No comments

A few quick shinty notes.

Our Home Season opener versus Caberfeidh was postponed and will be rearranged for a future date.

We are on the road again next weekend for a Strathdearn Cup match versus Lochaber. Then home shinty returns in earnest with Lovat making their first trip to Shawbost, followed by Boleskine then Lochaber.

It is worthy of note that Saturday marked 10 years to the day since the club played the first ever competitive fixture by a Western Isles club in Camanachd Association Competition. We went down 6-0 to Glasgow Mid-Argyll at Yoker in the Sutherland but it was an important and historic day, not to be forgotten by those who made the four day trip!

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BBC Island Blogging reported on the match – also captured Dukey’s infamous penalty 😉

 

 

April update

April 24th, 2017 No comments

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There was a great deal of heartbreak in April with the first team falling short to last minute defeat against Inverness in the league (2-1 goal by Dougie Shaw) and then the next week in extra-time in the cup (Gomez and Will grabbing our goals). Sadly the cup hoo-doo remains in place. This was preceded by a 5-0 defeat away to Strathspey.

Lochcarron away was called off due to Battery Park being unplayable and with no other fixture scheduled, our next game is our first home game of the season against Caberfeidh on 6th May. This will be an appropriate time in our 10th Anniversary season for our youth players to be playing for the inaugural Dr Barden trophy. More info to follow. Thanks also to Katie Drain, Camanachd Association Development Officer for visiting last week. Much appreciated.

Best of luck to our players involved in exams in the coming month, but remember the benefits that playing shinty can have in terms of helping you relax and stay in balance during this time. See this article for further details.

Thanks to Iain Cochrane for the photos from Inverness.

March 2017 update

March 14th, 2017 No comments

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The club faces Lovat this Saturday, a first visit to Kiltarlity since a brace of cup games in 2014, and our first ever taste of league action against the side relegated from North One last year.

The club opened the season with an 8-1 defeat against a strong Glengarry in very poor conditions, Al scoring our consolation goal.

We followed this up with a 3-0 loss away to Boleskine, the above picture showing the young nature of our developing squad. Great to see Stompy and Dougie back, and the under-17s staking a claim for a regular starting slot. After Lovat, we face Strathspey, then Inverness, first on League action, then Sutherland Cup duty.

Fixtures have been updated and can be viewed here.

Season Seven Begins – A look back

March 1st, 2017 No comments

[This is an updated version of the article run last year]

It’s hard to believe the club enters its seventh season as a league club, and that it has been almost six years since that we started out our big adventure as a league shinty club with a brave 5-1 defeat against Beauly. It’s also ten years since the club first entered the cups so it has been a real rollercoaster over the last decade.

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Micheal and Gaga against Beauly – First Ever League Game 2011

What follows is a synopsis of our progress in the leagues over the last six years, as you can see there has been steady progress made, with a steady increment of goals and points with every season.

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The Squad are addressed by John “Spod” MacLeod at Shawbost before the first ever home game Vs Lochbroom

2011 was obviously an experiment from which many of the enemies of island shinty expected nothing less than total humiliation for us (some whispers were even heard that we wouldn’t score a goal the whole season).  In that regard, scoring a goal a game and gaining a point vs Strathglass in Cannich and defeating Ardnamurchan in Lewis was considered a success by player-manager Paul Duke. Those who were in Beauly on the first day of the season will have it live long in the memory; Stompy’s first minute goal was like a gift from Heaven.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Calum Stamper 4, Stuart Campbell/Scott Murray 3, Donald Lamont 2

2011 Final Position 10th/10 W1, D1, L16, GS18, GA101, PTS 3 (North Division Three)

 

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2012 First Game against Kilmallie – Ben Nevis in the background

2012 saw us pick up a first ever win on the mainland at the Bught Park, as well as  completing the double over Inverness in Shawbost. Draws were achieved in an epic at Freuchie against new boys Strathspey, and yet again at Cannich. Sadly, Strathglass became the first team to fail to travel to Lewis and points were granted as well. It gives nobody at the club pleasure to receive points from teams who fail to travel, and whilst there have never been more than two occasions per season where this has happened, it is never a happy event.  The increase in goals came about thanks to Scott Murray who finished top-scorer as well as Will Church emerging as a goalscorer.  The great decrease in goals conceded was another marker of the side’s growing maturity as Paul Duke stepped down from his managerial role.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Scott Murray 7, Stuart Campbell 4, Will Church 3

2012 Final Standing 8th/10 W3 D2 L13 GS26 GA69 PTS 8 (North Division Three)

 

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2013 Diablo agus na Balaich at Caberfeidh

2013 was Iain “Diablo” Sinclair’s first season in charge and the season was marked by an increase in goals thanks to Duncan MacIntyre and Will Church racking up high totals. What was marked was the number of games drawn or lost by only one goal. Draws were gained at Cannich yet again as well as Lochcarron and Cabers.  The goals against column was badly affected by two heavy defeats to Lochaber, but it was otherwise another year of improvement at the back. However, Inverness gained revenge for their double defeat the season before, taking Lewis’ scalp at Shawbost and possibly aggrieved to not avoid bottom spot on goal difference thanks to our last day draw with them at the Bught.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Will Church 10, Duncan MacIntyre 8, All other scorers 1 each

2013 Final Standing 9th/10 W3 D4 L11 GS37 GA62 PTS 10 (North Division Three)

 

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2014 Squad against Caberfeidh

2014 saw the North Division Three butchered down to six teams and a split, proposed by Strathspey put in  place with the top three and the bottom three playing off. This caused no end of problems, with three teams (Lochbroom, Strathspey, Lewis) finishing on equal points and almost equal goal difference and goals scored as well! (Kilmallie were one point behind and only due to giving a walkover to Cabers). Lewis slipped into the top-three based upon some formula which Astie had put in place. Whilst we benefited from the league set-up, it was not the best solution for shinty at the lower levels. Over and above that it took six weeks to finish the six fixtures left, the problems continued after the split as the bottom half were essentially dead rubbers, which Lochbroom failed to fulfil (a sorry end for our neighbouring club, marking their last competitive action to date) and in the top half where Strathspey’s own split required them to visit Shawbost yet again after a successful cup visit and an unfortunate walkover earlier in the season. The Grantown side sadly failed to travel yet again and may have been aggrieved that this handed the initiative to their island rivals. Whether or not this meant that Lewis were worthy of second place in the league was a moot point. We showed up well in the truncated league, defeating Inverness twice, overcoming champions Cabers (delaying their league title celebrations), and beating Kilmallie for the first time, as well as being the better team in both drawn games against Lochbroom.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Will Church 5, Duncan MacIntyre/Paul Duke 4, Donald/Ally Lamont 2

2014 Final Standing 2nd/6 W6 D2 L6 GS29 GA30 PTS 14 (North Division Three)

 

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2015 – Final game in old Woody’s Strips and first game in Aberdeen

2015 was the final year of Diablo’s reign and it was a year of challenge with the club now amalgamated into North Division Two. For the most part the club competed well, continued to progress and equalled its points total from 2014,   There were wins at Boleskine, Cabers and Inverness as well as home wins against Inverness and Strathspey with two walkovers from Kilmallie and Lochaber reflecting the two from Strathspey the year before. There were no draws. In a more challenging division it was no surprise that the goals against increased, although some of the scorelines were disappointing.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Will Church/Donald Lamont 5, Duncan MacIntyre 4, Peter Gomez 3

2015 Final Standing 8th/10  W7 D0 L11 GS35 GA69 GD-34 PTS 14 (North Division Two)

 

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2016 – Squad Photo before Lochcarron Friendly

2016 saw the club move forward under the tutelage of Duncan MacIntyre.  A promising pre-season was swiftly followed by a difficult start to the season with some heavy defeats and several failures to build on promising positions in what was to prove the most competitive league the club had played in to date. However, after a difficult few months, there was a marked improvement in results from June onward, with improved morale and, more importantly, points on the board. This was coupled with the great strides in developing players, especially amongst the youngsters and also Duncan’s own development as a manager. The club finished the season with a lot of optimism for the future, with a new resilience forged in the difficulties of the early stages of the season, a manager committed to a positive and skilful style of shinty in post and several promising youngsters emerging.

Top 3 League Goalscorers – Paul Duke/Will Church 5, Ally Lamont/Kenny Murray 4, Donald Lamont 3

2016 Final Standing 9th/10  W3 D1 L14 GS24 GA66 GD-42 PTS 7 (North Division Two)

 

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2017  sees the club beginning to move towards a new era with youngsters just starting primary school when the club made its first strides into league shinty starting to emerge, along with some club stalwarts retiring or moving on. The club enters its seventh season, and its second under Duncan MacIntyre with the determination to climb higher in the league by building on last year’s promising end to the season whilst playing an attractive brand of shinty.

2017 Final Standing ?/10  W? D? L? GS? GA? GD? PTS ? (North Division Two)