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About Our Shinty Club


There had been several teams on the island before the formation of the present Bute Shinty Club in 1946, the first  of these being established in 1906. North Bute were the most successful having been runners-up in the 1923 Sutherland Cup.

Bute have had a great deal of success over the years winning many cups and league titles. Between 2004 and 2013 Bute have won the South Division 1 twice, were four times Balliemore Cup winners including 2013 and reached 3 consecutive Celtic Cup finals, this being the most successful period in the clubs history.

We have our own clubhouse which has a newly refurbished and enlarged bar, an extensive catering kitchen and  a large function room catering for up to 140 guests. We can host all types of social occasions such as weddings, birthdays, retirement, fundraising, etc. and welcome all enquiries.  

In 2015 our first team won the South Division 1 Championship and were therefore promoted to the 
National League, we look forward to the increased level of competition in this division.


Our second team remain in South Division 2 and will be looking to improve even more on last seasons fine performances, again with the aid of our young stars of the future and several more experienced players returning to the fold.

James Craig, Duncan Cowan, Iain McDonald and several others continue to be very active in training and coaching youngsters up to the age of 14 years having approx. 50 involved at present, the club has already benefited by several of the under 14`s 
having played for the First and Second Teams, the hard work of these coaches will ensure the future of our club in the years to come. Our youth teams performed very well during 2015 reaching several finals and gaining valuable experience. Shinty is now being introduced into the curriculum of Rothesay Academy to provide competitive sport to their pupils and all our youth teams, including Primary School age groups, are now involved in a competitive shinty environment which is greatly aiding their development.   

Lottery result
The numbers drawn on Monday 30th. May 2016 were 6, 14 and 18. There was one lucky winner of the £900 jackpot which means we are back to £100 next week, this is still worth winning so please remember to buy your tickets and encourage family and friends to take part. 
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Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com  

 2016 Season
Results for Saturday 28th May
Bute welcomed Ballachulish, the basement team in the National league, to a sun kissed Meadows with both teams seeking their first league win of the season. Bute began the day only 1 point ahead of the Quarrymen with the Red Army's only points to date coming from two hard fought, but impressive, draws against title contenders Kilmallie & Inveraray.

With Bute keen to make a quick start Duncan Davidson won the first throw up and this set the tone in a prolonged period of pressure for the hosts. Any nerves were settled after only two minutes when a John MacCallum shy from the left was controlled by Iain McDonald, taking a touch by his man and placed his finish in the bottom corner. Bute were dominating proceedings with the centreline of MacCallum, Davidson & Adam Stirling constantly supplying the forwards who were creating chances but not able to add to their tally.

That changed on the stroke of half time when Bute all but sealed the game with a quick fire double salvo. The second goal was a mirror image of the first when a Davidson shy from the right was dispatched low beyond the keeper by Gordon McMillan who was just getting a feel for his new stick when he snapped it over his opponents stick and spent the half time interval looking for the receipt. Bute increased their lead two minutes later when James Craig fought for possession on the edge of the D and his resulting effort was blocked by the full back which fell fortuitously for McDonald to drill into the bottom corner.

Bute came out after half time focussed on the task in hand but with a slight drop in tempo due to the scorching weather. The red wall at the back comprised of Donnie McDermid, Arran Dunn, Ryan Craig and Chrissy Lawrence, with their high pressing and clearances out of defence forming the bedrock of many attacks.

Manager Ted McDonald started to rotate some of his players with Franco Devlin coming on in the forward line and he scored with his first touch. After some good approach play by Craig McKay down the left the ball was worked out to the right hand side of the D and Devlin's unstoppable first time strike cannoned into the corner of the net.

Scott Harvey came on in place of McKay in the forward line and didn't seem overawed as shown by his physical play against much older opponents. Goalkeeper and captain Kevin Queen was a virtual bystander throughout and gave an accurate assessment of his own performance after the match; "5 fags and a clean sheet"

This was a vital win for Bute and sets them up well for the long trip to the Bught Park to face Inverness. This is a key game for Bute as a win would see them establish a 4 point gap over second bottom Inverness with 3 games in hand over the highland side therefore full attendance at training and a strong travelling squad are essential.

(Report by John MacCallum)
Our second team also recorded a victory, defeating Aberdour by 1-0 in a South Division 2 match at the Meadows thanks to an early goal by Neil McKirdy. Similarly to our first team we made and missed many chances despite having the majority of the pressure and had goalkeeper John Whitelaw to thank for several  fine saves confirming the two points won.

Cup Draws
Bullough  Bye in first round then on 11th. June 2016 away to winners of Tayforth/Lochside Rovers.
Macaulay Cup We have home advantage in the second round, facing Inveraray.     
 Youth Shinty
Our Primary School teams took part in a six a side tournament at Taynuilt on Sunday 22nd. May. The play of our teams was as bright as the sun which shone all day as both our P7 and P5 teams reached their respective finals. Well done to Marcus Planck, who as well as being captain of our winning P7 team, beating Ballachulish 2-0 in the final, was also the worthy winner of the player of the tournament. Our P5  team also did exceptionally well before going down in their age group final against Taynuilt by 2-0, runners up lads but go for winners next year. We are very proud of all the players who took part on the day.
Well done to our young players and to their coaches who put in so much effort on training days and taking the boys to games. Thanks also to all the parents and other supporters who went along to lend their support, it makes all the difference and spurs the boys on.
The South of Scotland Under 13 Development Competition is a round robin tournament which will start on 28th. April with a further round each month culminating in the area final being played on the day of the MacAuley Final in Oban on 3rd. September.
The first round robin games of the South of Scotland Qualifying tournament for Primary Schools were played at Taynuilt on Thursday 24th. March. Very well done to our P7 and under team who were unbeaten on the day.

Rothesay 3-0 Taynuilt; Rothesay  2-0 Park; Rothesay 5-0 Rockfield; Rothesay 1-1 Glasgow.
David Kilpatrick has just informed me of the latest donation to our club funds. Our sincere thanks to Ewan and Liz Ferguson of Ardmaleish Boat Yard for their generous cheque for £300 to be used by our youth section.
The membership fees of £50 for senior players and £10 for juniors will be due before or at our AGM in January 2016 and we will accept payment in stages. We would also like to stress the importance of our Club Lottery in contributing to our income and would ask you all to play this weekly, its a way of supporting your club and an opportunity to win some money.    
To all Members
 It is not only the players and coaches who contribute to the success of our club, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes that we sometimes take for granted . A team on the park depends on the hard work and efforts of all club members. 
George McNeish works tirelessly in keeping our clubhouse up to standard ably assisted by many of our players who also give freely of their time to make repairs to the property. George can also be found behind the bar on match days and other occasions dispensing great cheer to all.     

We turn up on match days to a clean clubhouse and the away teams are treated to excellent meals prepared and served by Nancy Gourlay and Margaret Whitelaw, the soup is always delicious as is Nancy`s home baking. Margaret ensures our playing strips are washed and ready for each match. Sincere thanks to you both.
It takes a great deal of money to run our teams and maintain our clubhouse, in David Herriot we have a treasurer who looks after our finances with great skill, he ensures money is made available whenever necessary and also that we have funds in the bank.
This money comes from three other main sources of income, we receive a payment from Argyll and Bute Council for providing changing facilities for other local clubs, however it is the efforts of two other club members who provide a constant income stream.
Our Chairman Barry Martin puts a great deal of effort into gaining and arranging various lets for our clubhouse including weddings, birthday parties etc. as well as dog training lessons and fitness classes for adults all providing good monetary income, this takes up a great deal of his time and often goes without notice, our thanks, well done Barry.     
Last but not least we have Tommy Howat ably running our Club Lottery, he goes round the various outlets every Monday collecting the tickets and money, supervises the draw and pays out the winnings. Without this source of income we would struggle financially. Thank you Tommy. We would ask once again for your support by buying tickets for this lotto draw, it offers good prize money to those who participate.     
Once again my apologies to anyone I have omitted from this list, the fault will be entirely mine. 


Bute Shinty Lotto
Bute Shinty Club run a weekly 3 number lottery with a £100 rollover jackpot (Max £2000).
The numbers are drawn on Monday, with winners (if any) announced on Tuesday.
Ticket can be purchased at several local shops on the island.