We are a step closer to a final decision on League Entry from the Camanachd Association following recent events.

The Association’s Competitions Committee submitted a paper which recommended that we be retained in the league, subject to consultation by the Association with clubs and the Referees’ Association.

The Board of Directors met on 28th September and agreed for the consultation to go ahead with a final decision to be given at the next Board Meeting which will be at the end of November.

We believe that we have made an excellent case for retention. Shinty is a sport transformed in the Western Isles and with a burgeoning youth set-up in Lewis and Harris, a developing fundraising program and good support from our community of sponsors, including Harris Tweed Hebrides, the Independent Mortgage Shop and WJ MacDonald Butchers, we are entrenching shinty in the community.

We also have the excellent facility that is Sgoil Shiaboist, which has been praised as one of the top shinty pitches in the country by none other than Hugh Dan Maclennan. Our results on the park this year compare favorably with the debut seasons of other new clubs in the past ten years. We also fulfilled all our away fixtures with at least a full complement of 15 in our squad.

We would like at this juncture to thank all the clubs and officials who we met this season, for their hospitality when we visited and for making the effort to travel to Shawbost for our home games. It was greatly appreciated and we hope that we are given the opportunity to compete again next season and retain our place in the shinty family. A particular thank you to those clubs and referees who have already sent their best wishes.

By eoghan

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