Lewis plate up for Lovat after successful sixes for Church

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Camanachd Leòdhais will face Kiltarlity side Lovat for the second time this season in the new Strathdearn Plate competition this Saturday.

The two sides will meet at Balgate, scene of a 7-1 win for Lovat last time out.

Donald Lamont scored Lewis’ only goal that day in the Sutherland Cup.

The day was marked by the presentation of a quaich by Lovat to mark the first meeting of the clubs.

Iain Sinclair will be able to call on the services of Scott Murray again, absent from the Cup loss to Strathspey, which placed Lewis into the plate, and the recent league victory over Kilmallie, as well as having Eòghan Stewart available, the Big Gaelic Teacher having missed the first cup game for a wedding.

Lewis’ next home game is the 12th of July against Lochbroom, which will be the last game before the split.

Despite the Dubh is Gorm sitting second, Broom and Kilmallie have games in hand, but the islanders retain an outside chance of making the top three if they can beat the Ullapool side.

The vast majority of the squad stayed fit with the 2014 running of the Craig Morrison Stornoway Sixes last Saturday.

In the absence of other clubs, the Lewis players divided into three teams under the tutelage of coaches Duncan MacIntyre, Will Church and Conor Macdonald.

Whilst it was MacIntyre himself who enjoyed the lion’s share of goals with five on the day, it was Mr Church’s six which won the day.

Goals from Michael MacLeod and Peter Gomez in the final game against the Macdonald side clinching the Shield.

MacLeod was named player of the tournament, and continues his fine form since returning home for the summer.

It was great to see Kenny Mould, Dudley Johnson and Connor Chalmers all getting involved in some shinty again as well as some youngsters more than matching their older counterparts.

It was another fine day to remember the greatly missed Craig Morrison, who passed away in 2009.

Entries are now open for the Camanachd Leòdhais Summer Camp which will run from 14-18 July, the week of the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

The cost is £25 for the week, which will be run at Smith Avenue in association with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Motiv8 programme and support from the Co-operative, and can be booked by phoning Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais 01851 822800.