Not quite plane sailing for shinty boys

Camanachd Leòdhais are well renowned for their resourcefulness in the face of adversity.

So it was no surprise that they almost pulled off another incredible journey as they attempted to play the Minch Cup against Lochbroom on Saturday.

Thanks to the difficulties with the Isle of Lewis on Friday, the boat was not going to be sailing from Stornoway on Saturday morning. Having had a friendly game against Lochcarron cancelled the week before, the Lewis boys were not going to give up on the chance of shinty action before the season proper starts.

A few phone calls were made and 13 players and officials were all set to be booked for a flight to Inverness to be picked up by mainland based players. Unfortunately, even the best laid plan ‘B’s of mice and men can be jinxed, and a soaking of rain on Friday afternoon had left Lochbroom’s Inverlael’s pitch unplayable so the game was cancelled before the Dubh is Gorm reserved their tickets.

Last year, Lewis were unlucky to not win the Cuach a’ Chuain Sgith for the first team after an agonising extra-time defeat and were looking to lift the trophy as they prepare for a season in Marine Harvest North Division Three which starts in early March.

Lewis Camanachd forward Donald Lamont paid tribute to his clubmates on the eve of the season saying: “It truly shows the spirit of the club, the lads have been training hard and this shows the commitment of the players. The people of Lewis and Harris will hopefully continue to get right behind the club in the season to come.”

You can read all about Camanachd Leòdhais’ progress this season every week in the Gazette, starting with a season preview in this week’s edition.