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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.   

Latest News

Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com  
 
On Monday 11th. May the draw for the second round of the Camanachd Cup was made and we have been drawn away to National League team Glasgow Mid Argyll, the tie to be played on Saturday 30th. May. 
 
2015 Season
 
On Saturday 23rd. May our teams were both at home at the Meadows, our First Team played a rearranged Macaulay Cup first round tie against Premier League Team Oban Camanachd. The first half was mainly dominated by Bute as we attacked the Oban defence however all we had to show for this pressure was a fine 25 yard effort from James Dunn which flew into the net past the away goalkeeper. Oban were awarded a controversial penalty however justice was served when Kevin Queen easily dealt with the effort to leave Bute 1-0 ahead at half time.
  
This was truly a game of two halves as right from the restart Oban attacked strongly as our centre line started to struggle and our defence made mistakes, we lost three quick goals scored in the 48th., 57th. and 60th. minutes and things looked bleak. We did have the occasional attack and always looked dangerous on the breakaway forcing several fine saves from the Camanachd goalkeeper, the best of which was from a strongly hit 30 yard effort from James Dunn.  Oban however completed the scoring in the 78th. minute for a 4-1 victory.
 
This display showed that at this level we have to concentrate for the full 90 minutes and give support to each other, it was not all bad news however and we can look forward to next weeks Camanachd Cup tie against Glasgow Mid Argyll knowing that we can compete at a higher level.         
 
Before this our second team entertained Glenorchy in a South Division 2 fixture and deservedly ran out winners by 2-0, our goals came from Neil McKirdy after 15 minutes and a really well worked team effort that was finished off by young Craig Fisher in the 80th. minute. Despite a number of late call offs manager David Kilpatrick was still able to put out a young team which competed strongly and showed a will to win which bodes well for the future of the club  


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 boys had already defeated Glasgow Kelvin and Kyles before we travelled to play Aberdour on 24th. May. This proved to be a game of two halves, it was 0-0 at the interval although Bute were the better team. In the second half we scored almost at will with 9 goals without reply for our biggest win to date. The goals came from Scott Harvey with 4, Craig Fisher and Willie Boag with 2 each and Andrew McLaughlin with 1. Well done again lads, you are making your coaches and club very proud of your efforts, keep up the good work.         
 
In the McKay Cup for under 14 years twelve a side teams Rothesay were drawn against Ardnamurchan in the quarter finals, this tie was played at Inveraray on Tuesday 19th. May and in the first meeting between any teams from Bute and Ardnamurchan our boys ran out comfortable winners by 5-1 with Rory McDonald scoring 3. 
In the next round we play the winners of Rockfield and Park in Oban, date to be arranged.
 
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. 
 
2015 Senior Cup Draws
 
Camanachd Cup
Second Round 30/05/2015 - Glasgow Mid Argyll v Bute.
 

Balliemore Cup.
Quarter Final 23/05/2015 -  Bute v Kilmallie   
 

 
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.