Lewis and Harris’ shinty players head away for the comparatively short journey to Inverlael outside Ullapool to face Lochbroom in the penultimate game of the season this Saturday.
The game will throw-up at 1.30pm at the pitch at the head of Loch Broom. Camanachd Leòdhais have played there already this season in the Minch Cup and also when it was used as a neutral venue for their fixture against champions Aberdeen University.
The club are hopeful that any football fans returning from the Highland Amateur Cup Final in Inverness might stop by on the way back to check out the match.
Lewis manager Paul Duke wished Back all the best in their game against Avoch, “Good luck to the Bacaich. It’s good for sport in the islands to have teams competing at as high a level as possible on the mainland. That’s been the philosophy behind our own debut season in the league and who knows; with some more dedication from our younger players in training we could hopefully be making the journey away to shinty cup finals in a few years time.”
When pressed on how he thought the game against their mainland neighbours would go; “We haven’t had a really close game against the Broom yet this season. In the Minch Cup we had a very experimental team out and when they came over for the first-ever home game, the whole occasion and the fact we were running around beforehand like headless chickens definitely count against us.” “However, we tend to play well on their park where we did well against Aberdeen University and I hope to have a strong side out for this one. It would be nice to pick up at least a point before the season comes to a close. We can’t catch any of the teams above us but they have all benefited from being given walkovers, usually against each other!”
“It will be very hard for the Association to deny us our rightful place in the league next year. We have jumped through all the hoops and then some and every team that has come over has been impressed with the set-up and the hospitality. Next year we’ll have the team to match.”
Indeed, Camanachd Leòdhais have confounded doubters this season with the amount of points and goals that they have picked up but also by having a full complement of teams travelling over.
Scott Murray and Calum “Stompy” Stamper go into the last couple of rounds of games with the top scorer position up for grabs as they sit on four goals each, although one of Murray’s was in the non-league HebCelt Cup. Stuart “Tyson” Campbell and Donald Lamont are sat on three apiece.
The other challenge which the club face is limiting the amount of goals conceded to under a hundred in order to give their final standing a little gloss. They presently sit on 91, so do not have too many to play with over the last couple of games. The defence has been complimented for good tackling and hitting this year but too often make silly errors which have cost cheap goals. However, playing every week has been of great benefit to all the players and training numbers, amongst the senior players at least, are as good as some much larger clubs on the mainland.
The club’s website www.camanachdleodhais.com has statistics for this season and is also a good way to keep up to date with shinty in the Western Isles.
Marine Harvest North Division Three
Lochbroom V Leòdhas
Inverlael by Ullapool, 1.30pm
Referee John Sloggie