It may be a small milestone in shinty terms, but for this club and the man a big one – Will Church’s clincher on Saturday in the fine 3-0 win over Caberfeidh marked the big man’s 25th goal for the club in only his third season playing shinty.

A former hockey and cricket player, with a positive attitude to fitness and training, Will’s unorthodox but effective style has made him into a consistent outlet for goals for the Dubh is Gorm. His goals have been scored against the following clubs:

Uist – 5
Strathspey – 4
Lochbroom – 4
Inverness – 4
Caberfeidh – 3
Kilmallie – 2
Strathglass – 2
Skye – 1

His brace against Uist in the 2011 Mòd Cup were his first goals for the club, securing National Silverware in his first appearance, but he has popped in goals against a host of teams. He started slowly in his first full season with only 3 goals, although he suffered with injury. He top scored in 2013 with 14 goals and in 2014 he leads the charts again with 6 at present. It will be a big ask for him to outstrip last year’s total but he will still be gunning for the magic Ten mark in the “Race for the Drams”.

All time goalscoring charts

Whilst it is not the end of the season, Will’s milestone is a good time to take stock of the all time standings at the club. Every player who has scored three or more goals is included on this list. It includes goals scored in friendlies but not those in sixes:

Will Church – 25
Duncan Macintyre – 19
Donald Lamont – 14
Scott Murray – 13
Stuart “Tyson” Campbell – 11
Calum “Stompy” Stamper – 10
Paul Duke – 7
Kenny Mould – 5
Ally MacKenzie, Ally Lamont, Paddy Sinclair – 3

Race for the Drams 2014

As you can see, Dukey is making some strong running, more than doubling his Lewis Camanachd career total this season. Good to see young Ally and Paddy starting to grab some goals. As stated above TEN goals are needed to qualify for the eponymous prize.

Will – 6
Duncan – 5
Dukey – 4
Donald – 3
Paddy – 2
Ally Lamont – 2
Duffy – 1

Big game this Saturday, away to Strathspey. “Strath Cam” have had the better of us this season, so let’s hope the lads can carry on the good form of late and gain a first victory in Grantown on Spey.

By eoghan

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