Camanachd Leòdhais received more national recognition at this year’s Marine Harvest Shinty Awards, which were held as always in conjunction with the Marine Harvest Shinty Hurling International Series in Inverness.
The Leòdhasaich were given the One Team Club Fair Play Award for 2013, having the lowest number of bookings throughout the year. The club had previously won this award in 2011 during their debut league season.
President of the Camanachd Association, Archie Robertson, paid tribute to the spirit with which the islanders play the game but also humorously noted: “The park at Shawbost is so windy that perhaps the referees are too scared to take their cards out of their pockets in case they blow away!”
Unfortunately, manager Iain “Diablo” Sinclair could not attend the awards dinner due to the ferry breaking down, so the award was picked up by Lewis squad player Eòghan Stewart in his stead. Eòghan was in attendance as he was assistant coach for the National Women’s Shinty Squad, assisting Glenurquhart’s Stuart Reid who helped steer the Scotland Ladies to a 13-11 win over Dublin County Camogie on the Saturday morning.
He said: “It was a great pleasure to be involved in the international set-up and to work with Stuart, and the other assistants, Scott Campbell and Yvonne Bowman. The squad had great qualities of dedication and skill which every shinty player should have and their performance was one of grit and determination. I am also proud to have represented Lewis Camanachd whilst coaching, and hopefully we could see more women in Lewis involved in shinty.”
Unfortunately, the senior and u21 men could not add to the efforts of their female counterparts, although both teams made great efforts in trying to overcome the Irish hurlers, the senior men losing 18-14 in what may be manager Drew McNeil’s last match in charge. Kevin Bartlett, formerly Caberfeidh, now Lovat was the standout for Scotland with 12 points of the Scots’ total.
Continuity was the name of the game for Lewis Camanachd at the club’s AGM last week, with all office bearers retained in position. Iain Sinclair will continue as manager but with Duncan MacIntyre taking on an assistant manager role and Will Church and Conor Macdonald assisting as coaches. MacIntyre was also named as Captain, and will be looking forward to driving the teams forward after a fine season up front. Sean MacLeod has been named as Youth Co-ordinator and is looking forward to driving youth shinty forward in the islands. If you are interested in helping out with youth coaching, please contact Sean via the club website camanachdleodhais.com.