Camanachd Leòdhais’ new manager Iain “Diablo” Sinclair faces his first test of the season this weekend as na Leòdhasaich travel to face Lochbroom in the traditional Cuach a’ Chuain Sgìth (Minch Cup) fixture.
As a historian, Sinclair will know that his team have never beaten na Braoinich in eight attempts but every year, whether in the cup since 2007 or in the league since 2011, the gap between the two sides has lessened.
Last year’s scheduled fixture was cancelled due to its proximity to the league fixture between the sides so Lochbroom are the holders thanks to a 6-0 win in 2011. The game will throw-up at 1pm at the Inverlael pitch.
This season Sinclair is looking to strike a balance between maintaining the progress of the last two years whilst also introducing more youth into the squad. Players such as his own son Paddy, Michael MacLeod and Connor Chalmers are expected to make a bigger impact this year, whilst young Hearach Fraser Binns is a sure fire prospect amongst other keen youngsters.
The core of the squad remains largely unchanged, but with stalwarts such as Scott Murray, Stuart Campbell, Paul Duke and Eòghan Stewart possibly finding it difficult to attend every game due to various commitments with work and family, it is vital to keep the flow of players coming through.
Training numbers have been high under the new regime and there is an air of positivity surrounding the club.
Circuits on Thursday night have got the team in shape as have Saturday training sessions with the stick.
Large numbers of school pupils have also been attending training at the Nicolson Institute. Any of these pupils are welcome at senior training sessions and information is available at the club website, camanachdleodhais.com about training times and how to join the club as a non-playing member or how to join the 100 Club.
The club has taken to twitter also so that fans can keep up to date with club news. Follow Camanachd Leòdhais @lewiscamanachd.