MacNeil appeals for home support for shinty team

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil has urged islanders to support their local shinty team on Saturday when they play their first home game in North Division 3.

Lewis Camanachd take on Lochbroom at the Shawbost School Park with a 3pm throw up and Mr MacNeil a former shinty player while at Strathclyde University, has

urged as many people as possible to cheer on the team.

Commented Mr MacNeil said: “It was a huge undertaking for Lewis Camanachd to seek and get entry to North Division 3 for the 2011 season. While competitive shinty is new to Lewis, the sport has a huge history in the islands, with camanachd being played on the machairs of Lewis long before football.

“Although the team have played a number of games away from home, this will be their first home game on Saturday against Lochbroom in Shawbost, and it will give many in Lewis who are interested in the sport an opportunity to watch competitive shinty being played on the island for the first time.

“I would encourage those with an interest in Shinty and who can to make every effort to try and attend the match, and cheer the side on, and prove to the shinty world that competive shinty in Lewis is here to stay.”