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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.   

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

  
 2016 Season
 
The 9 a side tournament on Saturday 6th February at the 3g pitch at the school campus proved to be a big success despite the weather. Five teams took part, Bute A and B, Col Glen, Dunoon Camanachd and Kyles Athletic with Kilmory withdrawing late on Saturday morning. 
 
All games were played in a very competitive fashion showing all that is good in our sport. Each team played 4 matches with little between the teams in most games, at the end of the day however the final was played between Bute A, who had won 3 and drawn one and Kyles, who had won 2, drawn 1 and lost 1.
 
This was another very close match with no scoring at the end of regulation time and the match went to penalties. The wind and rain made this very difficult for the players with Bute winning by 2 penalties to 1 out of the 10 taken, Craig McKay and James Craig scoring for Bute. 
 
Our thanks to all teams who turned out in such difficult conditions, it was especially pleasing to welcome Dunoon Camanachd in their first season of competitive shinty. 
 
The referees, Ted McDonald and Barry Martin, should also be thanked for duties and of course Margaret Whitelaw who provided sandwiches and hot soup which was especially welcome on such as cold and wet day. 
 
We would hope to make this an annual event and welcome back all teams next year. 
 
I received the draft 2016 league fixture list on 1/2/2016 and will post games on the fixtures page, the full list is available on the Shinty Web Site
 
 
Cup Draws
 
Balliemore First Round 9th. April 2016 away Strathglass, winners at home to Taynuilt in the 1/4 final on 21st.May 2016.
 
Sutherland First Round 9th. April 2016 away to Boleskine, winners at home to Caithness/Beauly in the 2nd. round on 30trh. April 2016.
 
Bullough  Bye in first round then on 11th. June 2016 away to winners of Tayforth/Lochside Rovers.
 
Celtic First round on 26th. March at home to Strachur, the winners away to Kylkes on 16th. April.
 
Macaulay Cup this has given us a first round tie at home against Oban Celtic with the winners then having home advantage in the second round, facing either Oban Camanachd or Inveraray.     
 
 
Youth Shinty  
 
Congratulations to our P7, P5 and P3 and under teams who played so well at the first shinty tournament held at the school campus on Saturday 23rd. January, the P7 and P5 teams have again qualified for the finals to be held in Fort William. Well done to all.
 
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.