A big thank you to everyone who attended the 2013 Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes. It was three years since the inaugural event and two years since the last one so it was great to see that four teams took part, Lewis A (In Woody’s Express Strips), Lewis B (In Harris Tweed Hebrides Strips), Kincraig and Uist, playing in their old Tigh Dearg Hotel strips, bringing back memories of the classic HebCelt games.
The teams started in a group stage to decide semi-final placing
Uist 2 Kincraig 0 (Seumas Boyle 2)
Lewis A 2 Lewis B 0 (Will Church, Duncan MacIntyre)
Lewis A 3 Kincraig 0 (Duncan MacIntyre 3)
Lewis B 1 Uist 0 (Peter Gomez)
Kincraig 2 Lewis B 0 (Jo Watson, Kevin Kennedy)
Lewis A 1 Uist 0 (Duncan MacIntyre)
This meant that Lewis A finished on top of the group, Uist were second, Kincraig third and Lewis B fourth. As the competition went on the games became tighter and better quality with players catching on to the short sided form of the game. There were two classic semi-finals played
Lewis A 1 Kincraig 0 (Will Church)
Uist 0 Lewis B 1 (Ally Lamont)
Third/Fourth Place Playoff Kincraig 2, Uist 0 (Jo Watson 2)
The final was a pulsating game with the score equal after full time, with Ally Lamont having started with a streaking shot for the B team but Seumas Charity equalising after concerted effort from the A Team. This led to penalties and those which did hit the back of the net were good quality strikes, Sean MacLeod and Graham Cay scored for the B Team but Will Church and a double from Duncan MacIntyre (yes we went back round!) made it 3-2 on penalties to the A-Team.
Final Lewis A 1 (Seumas Charity) Lewis B 1 (Ally Lamont), Lewis A win 3-2 on penalties.
Of more importance was the fact that Craig’s family was there to present the Craig Morrison Shield to the winners. Craig was an integral part of Camanachd Leodhais in the early cup matches and his tragic passing at the age of only 20 is still felt to this day whenever the team takes the park. Diablo reflected on the fact that the club is one big family and Craig remains a part of that family. His mother said that he would have loved the day and we’re sure he would have agreed with the choice by John Nally of Peter Gomez as Player of the Tournament with a performance of grit and determination and also the absolute goal of the day, where he beat the whole Uist team ends up and cooly slotted it home. It was also grat to see Uist up in Stornoway and enjoying their shinty, and we look forward to seeing them at HebCelt.
Below are a few shots from the day but more can be found at Coinneach’s flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/coinneach_murray/sets/72157634412998320/
Craig Morrison 1989-2009