Starting this Saturday, with an away fixture to Strathspey, Camanachd Leòdhais face the final season run in of four games which may very well decide their final position in Marine Harvest North Division Three.
The awful weather at the end of March and beginning of April caused the postponement of the original ties with Strathspey and Inverness (now 31 August) and these difficult away ties are combined with the final home game of the season against Lochbroom on the 24th and an away fixture to Caberfeidh next Saturday.
Lewis need to take some points from these games to raise themselves of the bottom of the table. Every game is a veritable four pointer as all the teams are around them in the bottom half of the table and a decent return of results could be at least a couple places difference.
Lewis defeated Strathspey earlier in the season in Shawbost but the Grantown side have taken advantage of their central location and have managed to sign up some very experienced players such as Alan MacDiarmaid (ex-Kinlochshiel) and Donald Colville (ex-GMA) to augment their developing squad, who will be a tougher proposition at home. Freuchie Park, in the shadow of the castle of home of controversial ex-Rangers owner Craig Whyte, is a challenging park to play on and was the site of the legendary 6-6 draw between the sides last spring.
Iain ‘Diablo’ Sinclair can call upon Scott Murray, whose new job on the mainland has restricted his home appearances this summer. With Lewis falling to two close defeats in July, the mercurial Murray may have just been the added x-factor who could have taken them over the line. However, the Lewis squad is growing more experienced and battle hardened with every week and remains focused on their goal of rising the rankings.
Reflecting this determination, joint top scorer Duncan MacIntyre said: “These are season defining games coming up. We’d better be ready to put absolutely everything into these games. I know we can do it.”
School and youth shinty will restart after the schools commence, the club will be running regular competitions throughout the autumn and winter and will be looking for volunteers to help with these. Please contact the club via Facebook or Twitter.