Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com
Training for all senior players will commence at the
School Joint Campus on Tuesday 20th. January and then Thursday 22nd January, both nights from 6-30 to 7-30pm, thereafter
on the same days and times each week. Please make every effort to attend and get fit for the new season. Our
first friendly has been arranged for 7th. February when our First Team will travel to play Strachur, it is hoped that games
against Glenorchy and Col Glen will also be arranged.
Saturday 24th. January we had the second round of winter league development
games for P5 and P7. Our P7 team beat Strachur twice by 5-0, beat Dunoon 2-1 and drew the second game 1-1 and drawing
twice against Kyles the first game ended 1-1 while the second was 2-2. Our P7 team still have a chance to reach the National
Finals if the win every game in round three.
P5 team have already qualified for the Finals and on Sunday beat Strachur by 4-0 and 2-0, Kyles by 6-0 and 3-0 before losing
to Dunoon P7 team by 3-1 and 2-1.
Our thanks to
all who came along to support our teams and to those who organised the event .
On Sunday 15th. February we host the Robert McAlister Memorial Trophy which we again hope
will attract a good number of visiting teams for the various age group sections, the start time has yet to be confirmed.
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.
The new bar is progressing well and
should be completed by the end of January, it is hoped that this will attract more social bookings and therefore increase
We are now looking forward to the
2015 season, we have entered teams in South Division 1 and 2 as well as all cup competitions for which we are eligible, the
first cup draw for 2015 has been already been made, we have been drawn at home to Premier League Club Oban Camanachd
in the Macaulay Cup with the winners having a home tie with the winners of Oban Celtic and Ballachulish.
Although our first team was still eligible to play in the
National League we decided that the development of our younger players would be best served by our entering the South
Division 1. It is hoped that several senior players who for various reasons did not play last year will return to the
fold and improve our playing prospects for 2015.
The Second Team will continue in South Division 2 and with the management of David Kilpatrick
and again mainly young players we are sure they will once more do our club proud. Thanks
again to David Kilpatrick of the Bike Shed for his continued sponsorship.
The winter season for our youths has now commenced and we hope to build on the encouraging performances of last season of our under 14, P7 and P5 teams who all improved as the season progressed, they
all won trophies to bring back to Bute, they are the future of our club and we should all lend them our full support,
especially on match days. These teams are coached by Duncan Cowan, James Craig, Iain McDonald, Tommy McKirdy
and Julie Robertson who all give freely of their time, our thanks go once again to them for their efforts in support
of our club. Many thanks also to Colin Lockhart of Ardbeg Mini Market for his generous cash
donations and continued support of our youth section, it makes a big difference to the boys.
The membership fee of £40 for senior players is now due and can be paid to any committee
member. It takes a great deal of money to run our club and register the players with the Camanachd Association and subscription
fees are much needed, we will accept payment in instalments.
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
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 Lottory, 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.