Champions 2019 – Lewis quickest on the HebCelt Draw in Shootout Drama

July 20th, 2019 No comments


The 13th HebCelt Cup Final was certainly not an unlucky one for the watching spectator, as yet again the Island teams served up a thriller for the HebCelt crowds as good as anything in the main arena.

On an absolute scorcher of a day, 90 minutes couldn’t separate Camanachd Leòdhais and defending champions Uist Camanachd as the game finished 1-1. Aberdeen University’s Donnie MacRae gave Uist a first half lead. With 18 minutes to go Donald Lamont equalised with his 11th goal of the season but Uist managed to withhold some heavy pressure to ensure that the game finished tied at 90 minutes.

This led directly to the lottery of the penalty shootout and after all was said and done, Scott MacLeod scored the winning penalty to ensure the trophy came home to Lewis.

A huge thank you to Uist Camanachd for coming over and to the HebCelt Festival for their continued support.

A final thank you to everyone that came out to the game today. There was a large crowd on hand to witness an excellent game.

Next week is our final home game of the season as Strathspey make the trip to Shawbost.

We hope you come and support the Heb Celt Cup champions!

Race for the Drams

Donald’s goal in the HebCelt extends his lead in the scoring charts even further, after scoring his 10th goal in the 3-1 defeat at against Strathglass a couple of weeks ago. He is now only three goals short of equalling Will Church’s record for goals in a season recorded in 2013.

Donald Lamont 11

Ally Lamont 3

Scott MacLeod 2

Connor Chalmers, Stuart “Tyson” Campbell 1

Craig Morrison 1989-2009 | Ten Years Gone, Never Forgotten

July 2nd, 2019 No comments



This week the club remembers the untimely passing of Craig Morrison at the age of 20 on the night of the 6th of July 2009.

Craig passed away in a tragic quad-bike accident ten years ago and left a hole in a fragile young club where a kind, friendly and committed young man and shinty player had been.

Hailing from Back, and having started playing shinty as a youngster in the developing Lewis shinty scene, Craig became a fixture at the club during the early days of the senior club, being an ever-present at training, playing in the Strathdearn and Sutherland Cup, as well as winning the HebCelt Cup in 2008. He would even drag in his brother Shaun to fill a shirt when numbers were low. Craig was a quiet, unassuming but important part of keeping the Dubh is Gorm going.

Craig was a second year deck cadet in the merchant navy. He had been working for Scotline and very much enjoyed life at sea.  He was home on leave and looking forward to returning to college in August at the time of his death.

craig 2008

Craig Morrison at HebCelt Cup Final 2008

The loss of Craig happened just weeks before the HebCelt Cup in 2009, devastating his family and friends, and whilst there were initial thoughts of postponement, with the agreement of Craig’s family, the game went ahead, with a minute silence impeccably held by players from both Lewis and Uist. Uist won the game 3-0. Afterwards, Paul Duke spoke of a conversation that he had a month or two previously with Craig, ever the sportsman with the good of shinty at his heart, Craig had said “It would be quite nice if Uist won it this year, to keep things interesting.” Despite his short life, Craig would leave a lasting legacy amongst those who played with him.

MInute Silence For Craig Morrison July 2009

Minute Silence For Craig Morrison July 2009

After the initial coming together as a club in 2009, the 2010 started off as a difficult season for Camanachd Leòdhais with heavy cup defeats and a spread out player pool who were starting to feel a sense of discouragement after many years of plowing a lonely furrow for little success. What happened next became an important event in both paying tribute to a fallen friend, and protecting the future of the club he cared so much.

In order to mark Craig’s memory, the club committee decided to revive the Stornoway Sixes, which Craig had featured in its only previous playing in 2007, as the Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes. This also gave the club some extra competitive shinty on the island, a rare thing in the pre-league days. A memorial shield was commissioned and teams from Skye, Lochcarron, and the infamous Stromeferry (No Ferry) United, which featured players from Kinlochshiel, Lochbroom and Uist, ensured that all the West Coast’s clubs were there to pay tribute.


The West Coast Shinty Community Comes Together to Pay Tribute to Craig Morrison in 2010

The success of that first tournament in 2010, including a draw by our A team against Skye Camanachd A, helped galvanise the club’s spirit and certainly contributed to the groundswell of enthusiasm for league entry in 2011. Craig would surely have been one of the most enthusiastic backers of that decision, and his memory was without doubt a motivating factor in  driving those involved to secure that first home game against Lochbroom.

Skye Camanachd A won that first sixes tournament, with Craig’s close friend and Camanachd Leòdhais legend Scott Murray winning Player of the Tournament, and both prizes were presented by Graham Morrison, Craig’s father.

Craig Morrison Sixes 2016 Winners "Simply the Best - Michael MacLeod VI"

Craig Morrison Sixes 2016 Winners “Simply the Best – Michael MacLeod VI”

Graham has continued to present the trophy whenever possible, the tournament having been held every year since, other than 2012, (a list of winners can be found here) and he is often joined by Craig’s mother Kareen, and the rest of the family. Our thoughts remain with them always and Craig’s memory is never far from the thoughts of those who played alongside him whenever they go on the park to represent the Dubh is Gorm.

The Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes 2019 will be held in the autumn after the end of the league season. Entries are welcome from all shinty clubs and selects. Contact secretary Jo Mitchell for more information.

Craig Morrison 1989-2009 – Gus am bris an là


Club record second away win of season with 4-1 victory in Cannich

June 24th, 2019 No comments


After a long lay-off, punctuated only by a walkover when Inverness did not travel, last week’s 2-0 reversal at home to Beauly had been the only action the club had seen since games in May v Boleskine and Lochcarron.

Therefore the club was delighted to come away from an away trip to Strathglass with a 4-1 win.

Early goals made all the difference against a young opposition side supplemented by some veterans at Cannich.

Donald grabbed his eighth of the season after only four minutes to give the club the perfect start, before Connor Chalmers quickly made it two with his first goal since 2016.

Although Strathglass pulled one back, and made it a tighter game, Donald reestablished the lead with his ninth of the season, a record haul for him with the season just over half way complete. He’ll now be confident of being the first player in many years to get into double figures for the season.

In the second half, Tyson scored his first goal for the club since 2013 to finish off the scoring. It was a welcome win down at a ground which has been a happy hunting ground over the years for the Dubh is Gorm. Thanks to Strathglass for the game, and we welcome them to Shawbost on the 6th of July. The points from the win and the walkover to Inverness means we sit just two points behind the Cannich side.

In other news the club would like to pass on congratulations to Micheal Macdonald, former club secretary, and a key figure in the history of the club, having been the signatory to the club’s constitution. Micheal graduated in Medicine from the University of Aberdeen this weekend. Here he is joined by his brother Conor, former Lewis manager, and father, David, Honorary Chieftain. ‘S math rinn thu a Mhicheil!


Strathdearn Cup Preliminary – Lovat 6 v Leodhas 1

May 3rd, 2019 No comments


Lovat has been a regular venue for cup matches in the last few years, with matches in the Sutherland Cup, the defunct Strathdearn Plate and now the Strathdearn Cup. This preliminary round tie was refereed by Callum Duff as the team faced a tough task against the 2018 North Two Champs to break the club’s knockout cup hoodoo going back back to formation in 2007.

The club also made a return to playing in front of the cameras, which can be seen below, and thanks to the efforts of a well drilled Lewis defence with Michael MacLeod showing the benefits of playing at a higher standard last year, it was a tight game until around ten minutes before the interval with Ryan Ferguson finally getting the better of Scott MacLeod in fine form to give Dougie Shaw no chance between the sticks.

In the second half the Dubh is Gorm continued to go toe to toe with the Kiltarlity outfit, but the Lovat folk were determined to put the game to bed, and it seemed that they had with goals in quick succession on the hour mark from Martin Bell and Laura Gallacher.

However 5 minutes later, some great work from a free hit by Tyson and Callum MacRitchie fed Donald Lamont in the D and with one touch knocked it past the keeper. 3-1, and Donald matching a strike he scored on Lewis’ first game against Lovat 5 years before, and his fifth of the season.

Lewis rallied, and might have got a second to put the game back in play, but after pushing hard, our boys tired, and opportunities arose for the Lovat forwards, and exploiting this, the deadly Raymond Rennie grabbed a hat-trick to make the score 6-1 in the final ten minutes. Gaga had marshalled him excellently all game, and it was mark of how good a job he did for 80 minutes that he kept Rennie so quiet for the vast majority of the match.

The final score was not a reflection of the fine effort that the Dubh is Gorm put in throughout the match, but a great learning experience for the youngsters, in particular Callum who got a good run out against strong opponents. Gomez also made his 90th appearance for the club off the bench. In closing, we must pay tribute to Lovat’s hospitality and new facilities which were both excellent! The sauce for the chicken second to none!

Other than the HebCelt, the club’s cup exploits come to an end for another year, with a long awaited cup win still to materialise. However, if efforts continue along the lines of those shown on Saturday, then 2020 may hold some cup run glory at last. Returning to the league, home games start on May 11th against Boleskine. Come down to Shawbost and show your support!

Kingussie 4 – 1 Leòdhas; Brave performance at the Dell by the Dubh is Gorm

April 13th, 2019 No comments

Ceann a’ Ghiùthsaich 4 – Leòdhas 1

scoreboard dell


Camanachd Leòdhais put in an excellent performance and pushed North Division One side, Kingussie Colts, all the way in the first round of the Sutherland Cup on Saturday 13th April at the historic Dell. Seeing the club’s name up in lights on the iconic Kingussie scoreboard was a sign of how far the club has come since the first cup matches in 2007.

Unfortunately na Leòdhasaich fell behind to a Ryan Borthwick goal after only 6 minutes, but our boys did not let that get them down and worked hard with Donald Lamont scoring on 24 minutes to equalise and also go clear as the club’s all-time top scorer on 40 goals.

Kingussie were frustrated by a hard working Lewis first half performance and only managed to go in ahead thanks to another from Borthwick on the stroke of half-time.

In the second half, our lads stuck to their task well, but Kings received a penalty on 56 mins that Borthwick scored to gain his hat-trick and then the Badenoch side finally gained some closure on the game with Calum Miller’s goal with 15 left.

However, they were made to fight every step of the way for their place in the second round by a motivated and passionate Dubh is Gorm squad, and despite the club still having not broken its cup hoodoo, it was a day for the whole island to be proud of its shinty team. Despite his record-breaking achievement, Donald showed his typical selfless class by tweeting “A proud day for the club. Proud of our performance. Dubh is Gorm gu siorraidh buan!”

Next week the club has another free weekend. We resume the week after away to Lovat in Strathdearn Cup action.

Race for the Drams 2019

Donald Lamont 4

Ally Lamont 3

Scott MacLeod 2


Donald Lamont hat-trick as Dubh is Gorm record victory at Bught

March 23rd, 2019 No comments


After a weather-delayed few weeks, the club finally got its Mowi North Division Two season back up in running in the best style with a record league win against a young Inverness reserves at the Bught Park outside pitch.

The club gave a debut to Ryan Symonds, but it was at the front that the club excelled from early on with a first half of energy and power.

Donald opened the scoring on 17 minutes, adding a second minutes later, before his brother Ally made it three on 21 minutes. Scott MacLeod made it four on 26 minutes and the game was out of reach for the Town side. Donald completed his hat-trick on 34 minutes to become the joint-top scorer in the club’s history, equal with Will Church on 39. {The above photo is by frequent photographer Iain Cochrane – more photos can be found below}

Half-time arrived with no further score. In the second half, Drew McNeil rallied his squad and we could only add Ally’s score to make it six, which was matched by the final goal of the match by Inverness’ Finlay Calder. The game finished 6-1, a record score in the league for Lewis Camanachd.

The club is away to Beauly next Saturday.

In other news, this week teh club was drawn against Kingussie away in the Sutherland Cup, this will be a first visit to the legendary Dell, and the first time the two clubs have faced each other since the same competition back in 2008, which resulted in a 14-0 defeat in the early days of Camanachd Leodhais.

This week also a young Nicolson Institute team visited Skye and had a useful and educational match against Portree High School. An older and more experienced Sgitheanach squad emerged 12-0 winners but it was a good experience for all involved.

Campa na Càisge | Easter Camp 9-11 April

March 21st, 2019 No comments
Na Leòdhasaich Òga

Na Leòdhasaich Òga

Tha Camanachd Leòdhais toilichte a ràdh gum bi iad, an compàirteachas le Iomain Cholmcille, a’ ruith campa fad trì làithean ann an làithean-saora na Caisge. Tha an campa ann do chloinn eadar BS6 is AS2 agus tha fàilte air gach ìre de dh’eòlas air an spòrs.
Thèid an campa a ruith o Dimàirt 9mh gu Diardaoin 11mh an Giblean agus bidh dà sheisean gach latha. Ruithidh seisean na maidne o 10m gu meadhan-là agus thèid seo a ruith air fad tron Ghàidhlig. Bidh an seisean seo freagarrach airson luchd-labhairt fileanta agus eadar-mheadhanach. Thèid an dara seisean a ruith eadar 1f is 3fm agus bidh seo fosgailte do luchd-labhairt fhileanta agus eadar-mheadhanach agus luchd-ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig.
Thèid gach uidheamachd a thoirt seachad ma tha sin a dhìth ach feumar dìon-lurgainn agus brògan freagarrach airson na pàirce gach sìde. Feumaidh gach pàiste deoch agus greim-bìdhe agus ma bhios iad a’ frithelaadh an dà sheisean, bidh lòn paicte a dhìth.
Taing do Phròiseact Iomain na h-Òige aig Iomain Cholmcille, chan eil ach cosgais £3 mu choinneach gach seisean.
Tha àiteachan gann air a’ champa agus feumar an glèidheadh is a phàigheadh ro làimhe. Cuir fios gu Joanne Mitchell air 01851 860642 no post-d gu airson fòirm clàraidh.

Camanachd Leodhais is pleased to announce that, in partnership with Iomain Cholmcille, we will be running a 3 day camp during the Easter break. The camp will be for children from P6 to S2 inclusive and all levels of playing experience will be welcomed.
The camp will run from Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th April and there will be 2 sessions each day. The morning session will run from 10am to 12noon and will be run entirely in Gaelic. This session will be suitable for intermediate and fluent Gaelic speakers. The afternoon session, running from 1pm to 3pm, will be an open bilingual session in Gaelic and English, suitable for all levels of language skill.
All equipment will be provided but shin pads and footwear suitable for the all weather pitch will be required. All children will need to bring a drink and snack and those attending both sessions will need a packed lunch.
Thanks to the generous support of Iomain Cholmcille’s Iomain na h-Òige Project we are able to offer this camp at the cost of only £3 per child per session.
Places will be strictly limited and must be booked and paid for in advance. Please contact Joanne Mitchell on 01851 860642 or  joanne.mitchell6[ @] for a booking form or download it from the link below.

Registration Form 

Tha Iomain Cholmcille agus Pròiseact Iomain na h-Òige a’ faighinn taic Bhòrd na Gàidhlig – Tha Iomain Cholmcille a’ brosnachadh cleachdadh na Gàidhlig ann an iomain air feadh na h-Alba.

Iomain Cholmcille and the Iomain na h-òige project receives funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig – Iomain Cholmcille promotes and develops the use of Gaelic in shinty throughout Scotland.

Skye 9 – Lewis 0 in Kaid Cup

February 20th, 2019 No comments


The club travelled to face friends and neighbours Skye Camanachd for the John ‘Kaid’ Maclean Cup on Saturday.

They faced a strong Skye reserve side which also featured former Scotland U21 Jordan Murchison who is returning from injury. Murchison got the hosts off to a strong start with a couple with Cameron MacKay and a Marcus Scott brace making it 5-0 at half-time.

Daniel Morrison grabbed a second half hat-trick with Skye skipper Sam MacPhee getting the other. MacPhee lifted the trophy at the end of the game.

Despite the scoreline, there were some good passages of play from our side and there was strong battling attitude which will do the side well in the North Division Two campaign ahead.

Thank you to Skye Camanachd as always for the invitation and for their support over the years, adn we look forward to renewing acquaintances yet again in the years ahead.

John “Kaid” MacLean Cup 2019 – Saturday 16 February

February 13th, 2019 No comments

Lewis captain on the ball against Skye

Camanachd Leòdhais will travel to Portree to play Skye Camanachd seconds for the John “Kaid” MacLean Cup this Saturday. Leòdhas played Skye for the “Kaid” in 2016, going down to a 3-0 defeat. The “Kaid” is a handsome trophy which was revived for Skye’s commemoration of the Battle of Festurbert in 2015, where it was won by Kingussie.

The two clubs haven’t met since the Mòd Cup in Shawbost in 2016 which also finished 3-0 in the Sgitheanaich’s favour, although the two clubs were supposed to contest the “Kaid” in 2017 but weather led to its cancellation.

The 2019 John “Kaid” MacLean Cup throw-up at 2.30pm (TBC) Pàirc nan Laoch, Portree.

You can see some archived articles about the clubs’ games against each other here. The picture above is from the first ever meeting between the sides in 2010.

Fundraising Car-Wash

Thanks to everyone who came and supported the club last Saturday – a grand total of £737.10 was raised.

2019 Fixture list released

February 1st, 2019 No comments

Fixtures and Results 2019

Camanachd Leòdhais’ fixtures for 2019 have been published by the Camanachd Association. The club will spend March and April travelling to the mainland. The newly rechristened Mowi North Division 2 has mercifully been reduced to 9 teams – which means 16 games. The first away game will be Lochcarron on 2 March, followed by Boleskine.

The first home game will be on 11th May against Kilmallie. Kilmallie is also the final scheduled game for the club in 2019, with an away trip to Canal Parks on the 24th of August.