Strathspey’s inability to field a team last Saturday for the final post-split fixture saw Camanachd Leòdhais secure second place in Marine Harvest North Division Three in only their fourth league season.
It is a great milestone for the club and one that rightly shows how vibrant the sport of the Gael is becoming in the Western Isles.
Whilst the disappointment of not being able to sign off the season with a game, it is still a great achievement for the club, and captain Duncan MacIntyre signed off with: “We can only be proud of the ethos of our club which puts Shinty before everything. The team has been fantastic this season, we have managed to combine youth and experience to great effect”
“On a personal note it has been an absolute honour to Captain Camanachd Leodhais this season and cheers to the lads for a great season.”
The concession by Spey confirmed that the advent of the split has been an unmitigated disaster in terms of sporting integrity with a disgruntled Kilmallie unable to rise above fourth and Lochbroom conceding all their post-split fixtures.
The Camanachd Association will have to look hard at the needs of the small clubs for the coming season as evidently playing the same team four or five times a year is not an attractive set-up. It looks increasingly likely that Skye will escape relegation and that Aberdeen University will be dropping down.
One Dubh is Gorm player who did get a run out at the weekend was Ronan ‘Diablo’ Sinclair who represented the club as part of the Skye Wester Ross U14s at the Ferguson Transport & Shipping Shield for the North District Championship.
Ronan played at Wing Back in both games, the semi final against Inverness-shire which SWR lost 2-1, as well as a stint at half-forward for the 3/4th place playoff victory vs Badenoch. Lochaber were the eventual winners with a 5-1 win over Inverness-shire.
As the Shield also functions as the trials for the North Select, Ronan’s name will now go forward for selection to the final 16.
Ronan had a run of substitute appearances for Lewis this season, and will hopefully be joined by many other youngsters next season.