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2019 Award Winners – Donald and Callum at the Double!

October 20th, 2019 No comments


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.

Loss to Strathspey away; Alba boys meet an old friend

July 29th, 2018 No comments



The first team travelled on Saturday to Grantown-on-Spey for the away game versus Strathspey and suffered a 4-0 loss.

The team was missing several regulars and also had a few players feeling the effects of recent illness, and there was a recall for Honorary Club Chieftain Sean MacLeod who has been unavailable this season.

As our team played against a strong wind in the first half, Strathspey plundered four goals and if not for some great saves by John in goals it might have been more. However, in the second half it finished 0-0 with some much improved play and the young players growing in confidence and ability. Callum MacRitchie had a good game in the midfield and Alicia MacSween played well at wing-back. The game will stand them in good stead for the future.

August only has two home games – Inverness on August 11th and Boleskine on August 25th. Hopefully both teams will travel to complete a first clean sweep of teams travelling over since our first league season in 2011!

After the match, Ally and Sean went to represent the club at the Alba v England match in Kingussie, along with another long-term absentee Paddy Sinclair. Sean managed the national Gaelic team as they won this international representative match 11-1 and Paddy scored a fine goal. Get back in the Dubh is Gorm a Phaddy Diablo!

The lads also met up with former Camanachd Leòdhais youth player Robert Kearney who has continued to play the sport he picked up in Lewis back in England. Young Robert made an impressive showing as the youngest on the English side and it is great to see him stay involved in the game. Cùm a’ dol a Raibeart!37921412_2062352683788570_7927807169334870016_n

Ally Lamont – Donella Crawford Volunteer of the Year; Club also shares Fair Play Award

October 23rd, 2017 1 comment


Congratulations to Ally Lamont on winning the 2017 Donella Crawford Award for Youth/Schools at the Marine Harvest Shinty Awards in Inverness. This national recognition of the incredible amount of work done by Ally in his time back in Lewis is well-deserved. He has gone over and above the call of duty to leave a legacy of enthusiastic and talented youngsters who have already started to show they are the future of Camanachd Leòdhais.

It is a heavy loss for the shinty community, and indeed the wider community, in Lewis & Harris that this talented and capable young Gaelic speaker is unable to secure a teaching position in his homeland but we wish him all the best in Mallaig, and we look forward to him continuing his playing career in the Dubh is Gorm next season. Ally was recently awarded Player of the Year and Manager’s Player of the Year at the Camanachd Leòdhais awards dinner.

The Club also shared the One Team Club Fairplay Award with Lochcarron Camanachd which Ally also collected. The club has won this award on several occasions and we would like to think that it is a testimony to the spirit in which we try to play the game win, lose or draw. Congratulations to Lochcarron as well, as well as to all the other award winners.

Duaisean 2016 – Prize Winners

January 3rd, 2017 No comments
Ally Lamont was awarded the inaugural Captain's Player of the Year Award

Ally Lamont was awarded the inaugural Captain’s Player of the Year Award

The following player of the year prizes were awarded in Stornoway Golf Club on Monday 2 January 2017 after the Iomain Challainn.

Senior Player of the Year and Manager’s Player of the Year – Michael MacLeod

The new Manager’s Award is a Ceremonial Caman from the 1968 Macaulay Cup Final, presented to Donald Shaw, Kyles Athletic – donated to club for presentation by his son, Dougie Shaw.

Youth Player of the Year – Steven Morrison

Women’s Player of the Year – Alicia MacSween

Captain’s Player of the Year – Ally Lamont