Camanachd Leòdhais looked forwards and backwards with their annual awards dinner recently.
For the first time, the Player of the Year prize was shared. Top-scorer Will Church and club stalwart defender Daniel ‘Gaga’ Gallagher jointly received the silver quaich.
Will scored 14 goals this season and is the club’s all time top scorer. ‘Gaga’ has always been an important figure for Leòdhasach shinty, but in 2013 found another level and he impressed many opponents with his defensive play this year.
As the prize is voted for by their team-mates, both players deserved the support and respect of their peers. Scott MacLeod won the Junior award. Scott received representative honours with Skye Wester Ross this year as well as captaining the Lewis colts.
His family have a strong connection with the club and hopefully Scott will soon make his first team debut. Presentations were also made to chair Annette Murray and Trish Sinclair for their contributions off the park.
Iain Sinclair summed up a season which brimmed with potential but too often fell short of greatness by looking at the top ten moments. Wins against Strathspey and Uist were big highlights and the club joined in song and dance to look forward to both league and cup challenges in 2014 with vigour.
The first act of 2014 will be the traditional Iomain Challainn at Bayhead on Saturday 4th January, with players meeting at 1.30pm for a 2pm throwup.
In the tradition of old fixtures between the Stornoway Athletic Club and the Stornoway Tailors at Tong beach, as well as the games played in the 1990s revival, this ancient Gaelic tradition will see two sides picked and playing for bragging rights for the next year.
Any shinty players visiting the island are also invited to take part if they wish and it is always an entertaining spectacle for those who wrap up warm. Come and watch! Iomain Challainn - New Year Shinty Match Bayhead, 2pm, Saturday 4th January