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Bayhead blitz for superb Stornoway who return to winning ways

Stornoway Rugby Club are cautiously optimistic of achieving their best ever season since entering Caley North 2 after the high-flying Hebrideans rocketed to a five league win of the campaign.

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Skate hunters out in force as anglers reel in massive catches

Skate hunters out in force as anglers reel in massive catches

The freshwater close season seems to have flown in and we are on the brink of another new season.

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Family affair at the top of the pile

Family affair at the top of the pile

There are a number of members falling into the father and son category at Stornoway Golf Club, but only two such pairings are registered for the Car Hire Hebrides Winter League. Perhaps more parent and child partnerships will play in future, because the two pairings competing for the Winter League trophy now fill first and second places in the overall competition.

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The winter League race is hotting up

The winter League race is hotting up

It was four degrees below zero when I prised open the vertical blinds at 7am last Saturday morning. The ground was white and, despite clear skies, I knew that there would be no golf played in Stornoway that day. I went back to bed, expecting at any moment to hear my mobile buzz with that most depressing of messages: Course Closed.

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Impressive performance by SYRFC

Impressive performance by SYRFC

This time last year and Stornoway were sent home from Ellon with their tails firmly between their legs after a humbling and painful 88-5 defeat.

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Western Isles Darts Festival

Western Isles Darts Festival

Suits and clobber so loud you can’t hear the person next to you. Check.

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july date confirmed for hebrides triathlon

july date confirmed for hebrides triathlon

12-months on from the trial run of the Hebrides Triathlon the sporting event for the most devoted and fearless of all athletes will return to Lewis this July.

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Lewis lads shine in Highland junior comp

Lewis lads shine in Highland junior comp

Highland u13

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Leighton Thomas secured his second Winter League victory of the current campaign at Bute Golf Club on Saturday.

Rain dampens thoughts of summer

An amphitheatre created around an arena no larger than the shortest hole on Stornoway golf course was the centre of attraction in global golf last weekend. The stands constructed around the 16th hole at Scottsdale, Arizona, hold over 20,000 spectators and the intimidating and inspiring atmosphere generated is the major attraction of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The overall attendance at the event was in excess of 700,000, making the Phoenix Open easily the highest attended event on the PGA Tour.

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Hole in one for happy Huw

Hole in one for happy Huw

It was third time lucky for the Ken MacDonald & Co TeXmas Scramble last Saturday. Wintry weather resulted in two postponements at the tail end of last year but there was a silver lining: when the competition was eventually played, conditions could hardly have been better for the time of year.

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Harris Golf Club news and views

Harris Golf Club news and views

The Harris Golf Club AGM took place recently in the Harris Hotel. This was a special meeting in that the Captain Mal Hall was standing down after a lengthy period in ‘office’ and so the club now has a new captain with Kenny Morrison taking on the position.

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Making a splash

The hugely talented swimmers from Swim Western Isles made another regional splash at an event in Inverness.

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Sportscotland Gold status for two Uist schools

Sportscotland Gold status for two Uist schools

Daliburgh and Balivanich Primary Schools have been recognised with a prestigious national award for innovation and achievement in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport.

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Back to business on the golf course

Back to business on the golf course

To be honest, any weather conditions that allowed golf would have been acceptable. With the course closed most weekends for a month, there would have been few complaints if the CarHire Hebrides Winter League had been played in heavy rain and high wind. Instead, last Saturday proved to be a glorious day of sunshine and, with the course whipped dry by a week of wind, conditions underfoot were better than they have been for months.

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Kitted out for the new season

Kitted out for the new season

Adding a splash of colour to the snow covered Bayhead turf are the senior stars from Stornoway Rugby Club.

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Stornoway Bridge Club notes

Stornoway Bridge Club notes

Unfortunately, the pre-Christmas Bridge notes weren’t published so the success of Annie MacKinnon and Isabel Robertson at the Christmas Bonanza failed to reach the masses.

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Debut fight win for Lewis-based Thai boxer Gary

Debut fight win for Lewis-based Thai boxer Gary

A Stornoway-based Muay Thai fighter has won his maiden bout and he admits he has been bitten by the fighting bug and he has already booked his second fight.

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Stornoway hand Highland a sting

Stornoway hand Highland a sting

Stornoway Rugby Club defied Mother Nature’s icy moodswing over the weekend to take to a Bayhead turf hidden beneath a covering of snow and ice for their league fixture against Highland.

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Schools shinty spectacular

Schools shinty spectacular

A Primary School shinty festival, supported by Lewis Camanachd proved to be a big hit with youngsters from five island schools this week.

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Island Dancers wow internationally

Island Dancers wow internationally

Eleven hugely talented Hebridean Highland Dancers from the Claire Wilson and Lynn Maclean Schools of Dance topped off their successful competitive year to travel to Belgium to compete in the Internationale Taptoe Belgie.

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