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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 120 guests. We can host all types of social occasions such as weddings, birthdays, retirement, fundraising, etc. and welcome all enquiries.  

In 2014 our first team were relegated from the 
newly formed National League and although due to League reconstruction we are still eligible for that division for 2015 we have decided to play in South Division 1 to further enable the development of our younger players. We also hope to welcome several players returning to the fold,  this together with the core of last seasons team should make us more competitive in 2015.

 

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.

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. 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.   

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Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com  
 

2015 Season
 
On Saturday 18th. July our First Team were at home to Lochside Rovers who had won 7 and lost only 1 game in the league to date. Bute continued their recent good form and scoring record as we strolled to a 4-0 win, a margin which could have been even greater but for an outstanding display from the away goalkeeper Brian Logan.
 
We were only 1 up at the interval from a goal scored by Gordon McMillan who after 21 minutes finished off a well worked passing movement involving three other home players. The second half started in controversy when in the 47th. minute Duncan Davidson scored from close range with the away support claiming the referee had blown for a foul against Duncan prior to the ball crossing the line. After discussing the incident with the goal judge the referee allowed the goal to stand.    
 
Bute continued to press the away defence and substitute Robert Walker hit a fine 20 yard shot in the 61st. minute which flew into the net. Robert scored again in the 78th. minute when his long range effort was misjudged by the keeper. 
 
The hard to please manager Ted McDonald once again was delighted with the result which moves us up into second place in the league with 6 wins and two draws for 8 matches, 5 points behind Inveraray with 4 games in hand.     
 
Our Second Team fixture against Oban Lorn had to be postponed as the condition of the playing surface would not allow two games to take place.



Youth Shinty  
In the Marine Harvest under 14 9 a side league we are in the same section as Kyles, Oban Camanachd, Glasgow Kelvin, Ballachulish and Aberdour. Our team were at home to high flying Oban Camanachd on Sunday 14th. June and in a very entertaining game that was played like a cup tie we ran out winners by 5-4, a very close finish despite us being 4-1 ahead with 10 minutes to go. This means we are still unbeaten in this league. Well done again lads, each and everyone of you played your part.    
 
On Thursday 25th. June our under 13 team travelled to Kyles to play in a round robin format against the home team, Strachur and Dunoon. We beat both Strachur and Dunoon before losing to a physically stronger and much taller Kyles team, they must feed them something special to reach that size at under 13 level. Well done again boys, you continue to make us proud of your efforts.
 
Training for all senior players has been switched to the Meadows from 17th. March on Tuesdays and Thursdays, both nights from 6-30 to 7-30pm. Please make every effort to attend. 
 
 
Membership   
 
The membership fees of £40 for senior players and £10 for juniors are now due 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.