A busy festive period is in store for Lewis Camanachd team

After a well-deserved break from almost two years of constant shinty, Camanachd Leòdhais have resumed training on Saturdays in preparation for an intense pre-season after Christmas.

It has been heartening to see the younger players come through as well as some old faces return to the fold.

The club would like to see many more new faces and anybody with an interest in coming to training should contact coach Andy MacDonald on 07760667630. Midweek training will begin in the New Year.

The players and officials of the club will also be celebrating in style at this year’s annual Dinner Dance, held this year in the Masonic Hall on Saturday 22nd December, starting at 7pm. If anyone would like tickets, please contact Andy also.

Those in attendance will vote on their senior and junior players of the year. Last year’s winners were Paul Duke and Al Reed but several players have made their claim in 2012.

There will be an opportunity for players to get back in the swing with the traditional “Iomain Challainn” at Bayhead on Hogmanay at 1pm.

This long-standing Hebridean fixture follows in the footsteps of matches played before the Great War between the Stornoway Aths club and the Tailors of the Town and also between the Captain’s and Vice Captain’s teams.

The revival of these fixtures under the late Dr. Barden in the 1990s was crucial in the development of the shinty as it is today in the islands.

Last year Daniel “Gaga” Gallagher’s side won the day but the game is always close as the sides are devided equitably and is always a fine spectacle.

The game is open to any players who wish to play and visitors and spectators are more than welcome for this great Gaelic tradition.

Iomain Challainn

Bayhead, 1pm, Hogmanay