Players anticipating return to shinty action after winter wipeout

Camanachd Leòdhais were left with a fallow weekend after the cancellation of the MV Isle of Lewis sailings last weekend.

This meant that the islanders were unable to travel to their fixture with rivals Strathspey in Grantown On Spey and it will now be rescheduled. However, the free weekend will have allowed players to recharge their batteries after a fine draw the previous week against Lochcarron, in which the islanders were very unlucky not to secure full points.

This Saturday, with better weather on the horizon, na Leòdhasaich will travel to Caol Lochaber to face title challengers Kilmallie.

Last year Lewis played a great first half against Kilmallie in Caol on a cracking day of weather, going in at half time 0-0. The Loch Eil side team put on the afterburners in the second half and eventually eased to a 5-0 win. Kilmallie matched this result on their visit to Shawbost. They have started brightly with a 100% record and are looking to escape North Division Three. it will be a tough fixture but Iain ‘Diablo’ Sinclair looks to have as strong a team as possible for the long journey. Sean MacLeod may make his first appearance of the season having been busy with preparations for his imminent nuptials recently.

He can also draw on the fighting spirit of his squad as they look to grab a result. After the draw with Lochcarron, which follwed on from a draw with Strathglass, Sinclair had the following to say “We can start shedding any inferiority complex we might have had that these larger clubs will beat us.”

This attitude should hold the islanders in good stead

Youth shinty is making great progress at Stornoway Primary, although it too fell victim to last weekend’s poor weather. It will continue this Saturday at 10 am at Stornoway Primary. Equipment is provided as well as expert training.

Live commentary of the game will be available on the club’s twitter account @lewiscamanachd.

Kilmallie V Camanachd Leòdhais

Marine Harvest North Division Three

Canal Parks, Caol 1.30pm