Shinty lads face winner takes all clash

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The shinty season comes to a tense climax this Saturday for Camanachd Leòdhais with a winner takes all clash with fellow strugglers Inverness at the Bught Park this Saturday.

A good 2-2 draw away to Caberfeidh, and an unfortunate walkover to Lochbroom has left Lewis on level pegging with the town side.

The town have finished their first team season so are expected to field a strong side on home turf. The match begins at 12.30pm and anybody in Inverness with a Lewis connection should get along and support the island team.

Iain ‘Diablo’ Sinclair will have a full squad to choose from this weekend and he made good use of the fallow weekend with a fine six on six friendly match in Stornoway.

There was of course disappointment that the club could not sign off in front of home fans with a match, but there is the possibility of visits by Kinlochbervie and also Lovat once the season is over and this may allow the Hebcelt Cup winning Black and Blues to say thanks to their intrepid fans.

One Leòdhasach player who did get some competitive action this weekend was Scott MacLeod. Scott, whose brother Michael has been a regular first team player over the past couple of seasons, received representative honours with the Skye & Wester Ross Under 14 Select at Spean Bridge.

The only other Western Isles player to do so previously was Paddy Sinclair at U17 level.

Competing against the other three north districts, Inverness, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scott played a full semi against Inverness, contributing to a 1-0 win.

Co-manager John MacLeod admired his touches at wing forward, as well as his fortitude to recover from a knock in the first half.

Scott was unable to take part in the final against Lochaber as he had to catch the ferry. SWR lost 2-1, but Scott will receive a runner’s up medal for his efforts.

With regular youth events being planned for the winter, Scott will hopefully be the first in a long production line of Hebridean talent competing on the mainland at under 14, under 17 and eventually senior level.