First Stornoway Shinty Championship

The future of the sport looks bright as Island youngsters competed at the first championship.
The future of the sport looks bright as Island youngsters competed at the first championship.
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The future of shinty in Lewis and Harris looks bright after a successful first Shinty Championship in Stornoway last Saturday.

Three teams, from Tong/Stornoway, Lochs and Harris competed in the Primary age competition. The Stornoway/Tong team were the eventual winners, but all the young teams did themselves proud.

Keith Bray was awarded player of the tournament with seven goals for the Town team, whilst Malin Grafton for Lochs and Connor Macdonald for the Hearaich were also stand out performers, scoring two goals each.

The great turnout from both kids and parents was a fillip for the club as they launch their senior season this Saturday against Inverness in Marine Harvest North Division Two.

The Highland Capital side’s second team will be feeling the positive benefits of their first team working under former Scotland manager Drew McNeil. They will hope to take points of their island rivals at the Bught Park, looking for revenge after a late mugging in the same fixture last season.

Iain ‘Diablo’ Sinclair has an almost full squad to choose from, with Seumas Charity re-signing from the defunct Lochbroom an added bonus.

However, this will be his sides first competitive action of the year whereas Inverness have had a couple of friendlies, including a confidence building thrashing 
of Caithness.

It will be a crucial match, with a real run of tough games over the next month, but Lewis can hope at on and off the park, things are looking good for the future.

Next fixture

Marine Harvest North Division Two

Inverness vs Camanachd Leòdhais

Saturday, March 7, Throwup TBC