Lewis shinty team up against Lochbroom

Commonwealth Baton Bearer Iain Sinclair faces the biggest match of his managerial career this Saturday as Lewis Camanachd face off against Lochbroom at Shawbost.

Fresh from the honour of carrying the baton in Ness, Sinclair must ensure that his team win the game against their former landlords in order to ensure a top half finish.

He can call on a strong squad, although a recent mauling at the hands of crack North one outfit Lovat may have shaken a little confidence.

Captain Duncan MacIntyre will be looking to get amongst the goals, as he has had a quiet time this season.

Will Church will be looking to reach the milestone of 25 goals for the Dubh is Gorm as well.

Goals will be important against a Broom team which has a lot of power and strength.

However, the two teams had a 0-0 draw in awful conditions at the start of the season in Ullapool so the form guide is not that clear.

Whilst Lewis may sneak into the top half of the table and enjoy the benefits of a guaranteed top half finish with a win, it is unclear where a draw would place them, and the Camanachd Association may end up with 4 teams on the same number of points.

shinty camp

Frankly, the split has been a disaster, with only one fixture for each half of the table being possible per week. The season may stretch past the Camanachd Cup final itself, always a marker that there has been a problem with a backlog of fixtures.

Beyond the imminent crunch against Lochbroom, minds cannot wander to the upcoming Hebridean Celtic Festival Cup match, which is supported by the Co-operative this year.

Uist are expected to travel in strong numbers this year for the clash at Bayhead on the 19th of July.

Through the week of the Hebridean Celtic Festival, Camanachd Leòdhais will be running a Commonwealth Shinty Camp for 8-14 year olds at Smith Avenue, in association with the Comhairle’s Motiv8 programme and the Co-operative.