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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 6th. June 2016 were 7, 13 and 17. There was no winner therefore its £200 next week. Its only £1 a ticket so please remember to take part, encourage your family and friends to enter, its worth a try.
 
 
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Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com  
 

 2016 Season
 
Results for Saturday 18th. June 2016
 
Ballachulish 4-1 Bute

Bute went into this game knowing that a win would ease them away from the relegation zone and build on a string of solid previous performances. However a woeful performance meant that Ballachulish drew level with Inverness at the bottom of the league and Bute remain mired in the relegation dogfight.

For the second week in a row Bute found themselves 2 goals down within 10 minutes of the start. Both goals came from long distances shots which Kevin Queen lost in the glare of the bright sunshine and left Bute with a mountain to climb. Bute slowly worked themselves back into the game and enjoyed periods of sustained pressure but never created any clear cut chances but had to be wary as Ballachulish looked to press home their advantage on the break.

In the second half the pattern remained the same with Bute having slightly more of the ball but Ballachulish having more of a cutting edge and extended their lead in the 52nd minute with a close range finish from John McDonald. This knocked the wind out of Bute's sails and couldn't muster a response with Ballachulish going 4-0 up in the 80th minute. Substitute William Boag drilled home a fine finish with 3 minutes remaining but it was scant consolation on a disappointing afternoon.

Fixtures for Saturday 25th. June 2016.  
 
Our second team travel to play Dunoon Camanachd in a South Division 2 fixture, our first team have no game this week.
 
Our Primary 7 team, who defeated Park Primary School in the South Final, travel to play Newtonmore PS at An Aird, Fort William, in the National Final of the McKay Cup. Our boys will be hoping to continue their recent run of good form and success, we wish them good luck on their big day, if you can make the trip north to lend your support it would mean a great deal to our young team.
  
 Youth Shinty
 
Our Primary 7 School team continue to shine, on Sunday 18th. June they defeated Portree Primary School by 6 goals to 2 to win the Tulloch Cup. Another fine win for our players of the future. The team was Rory McDonald, Jack McKirdy, Gordon Currie, Callum McMillan, Leon McMillan, Ryan Tierney, Aidan McGregor, Marcus Plank, Robin McAllister and Ben Watson.
 
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.
 
 
 
Membership   
 
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.