If you are already hooked on shinty and were disappointed not to get your fix last weekend, don’t worry, the Camanachd Association have rescheduled a home game for Camanachd Leòdhais this Saturday.
Lochcarron Camanachd will be travelling over the Minch and are sure to bring over a good squad after they had an enjoyable time at last year’s Stornoway Sixes. They were due to come over at the end of June for this fixture.
The Kishorn Camandoes, who come from Wester Ross, are by far the biggest team to have come across. They have had a reasonably successful season so far and with strong links between the area and Lewis, the match up will spark a lot of local interest.
Manager Paul Duke will be looking for his players to get another game under their belt in front of a home crowd, and is hopeful that even a quarter of those who attended the first game with Lochbroom come back on a regular basis.
It is even more important for the momentum of the sport in the islands to have another fixture as soon as possible after the club were left in the lurch last weekend.
At the last minute, lower league strugglers Ardnamurchan pulled out of their Marine Harvest North Division Three fixture with na Leòdhasaich, leaving Lewis unsure whether they will receive the points or not. Lewis were initially told that the Moidart side had team-raising difficulties but the Camanachd Association’s official website cited travel difficulties. It seems likely that the game will be rearranged for June.
“It was highly disappointing, especially after the week before and also all the effort we put into publicity last weekend. Plenty of people were looking to come back for the game after the first one.”Said Duke.
He also put out a message to his players “Selection will first and foremost be based on dedication to training, we have to put in double the effort off the park in order to have a fighting chance against the mainland sides, fitness and good solid hitting are what make the difference at the end of the day.”
“People love coming to watch the shinty and we hope they continue to support us. We have a 100 Club up and running and we are looking for new members to join it. We have re-launched our website with a new address, camanachdleodhais.com so people can contact us via it.”
In other Hebridean Shinty news, not to be outdone by the Leòdhasachs, Uist Camanachd made their own historic plunge into senior shinty last weekend when they competed in the North Senior Development league at Beauly. There they faced sides from Strathspey and Kinlochbervie and performed admirably in the competition, coming second to Upper Strathspey. This was the first time the Uibhistich have competed in Mainland competition and comes a week after a successful trip to Skye where the U14s competed excellently against the hosts and were unlucky to only draw with Lochcarron in the u14 Development League.
Marine Harvest North Division Three, Saturday 28th May
Camanachd Leòdhais V Lochcarron, 3PM, Sgoil Shiaboist