League Shinty Saturday 15th. March 2014
Both of our matches were postponed due to pitch conditions on 8th. March, this Saturday we
are scheduled to play away to Fort William in the National League and at home to Glasgow Mid Argyll in South Division
2. We need a better attendance at our training sessions and the return of players who have not yet committed
to the season ahead, your club needs you all.
Our P5 and under First Shinty team travelled
to Fort William on Saturday 1st. March 2014 to take part in the National Finals of the First Shinty League. The team
of Calum McMillan, Leon McMillan, Marcus Planck, Jack McKirdy, Robin McAlister, Aiden McGregor, Rory
McDonald and Gordon Currie were accompanied by parents and friends as well as coaches James Craig and Iain McDonald.
They were drawn in the toughest group and in their
opening game, perhaps showing some nerves on the big occasion, lost 6-0 to the eventual winners Beauly (maybe a bit of retribution
for our Balliemore Cup Win). A good team talk by coaches Iain McDonald and James Craig sent the team out for the next
game against decent Strathkelvin team in a better frame of mind, 2 goals from Aiden McGregor and 1 each from Rory McDonald
and Marcus Plank ensured a comfortable 4-0 victory. Next up were South End from the Isle of Skye and another success
for Bute, winning 2-1 with goals from Rory McDonald and Leon McMillan. Our next game was against Inverlochy who were the winners
of Lochaber Region and were managed by Fort William legend Willie McDonald, the boys played well and were really unlucky
to lose 1-0, meaning our chances of qualifying were very slim with only one game left to play against Taynult. Team selection
was changed to give Robert McAlister and Gordon Currie a start, however after losing two early goals it was decided to bring
back on Rory McDonald and Leon McMillan, they had an instant impact and we won the game 4-3 with 2 goals from Leon
Mcmillan and 1 each from Rory McDonald and Aiden McGregor.
We finished up a very fine third in our section and all of the boys played their part, enjoying a successful
day in a very well run tournament. The coaches Iain McDonald and James Craig are very proud of their team, as are the parents
of the boys, they represented our club and Island and did not let us or themselves down, they came home proudly with
their heads held high from a job well done.
The Robert McAlister Trophy Competition, played in the memory of Robert McAlister
who died in a tragic accident on the family farm, was held on Sunday 2nd. March in the Pavilion
and was well supported by teams from Bute, Kyles, Strachur, Inveraray and Dunoon.
Our P5 and under team, back from their trip yesterday to Fort William for the National
Indoor Finals in which the finished a fine third in their section, showed no signs of fatigue in winning all their games defeating
Kyles 3-1 in the final to lift the trophy. Well done again boys.
The George Reid Memorial Trophy for P7 and under was won by a strong Kyles team who defeated Inveraray 6- 1 in the
to Iain McDonald, James Craig and their helpers for their fine organisation, to the referees who performed to a
very high standard, to those who supplied the hot drinks and filled rolls and to all others involved in making the event
such a success. We look forward eagerly to next years competition.
2014 Cup Draws
Bute have received a good first round draw in the first round of the Camanachd Cup being drawn
at home to Taynuilt, the tie to be played on Saturday 3rd. May 2014. Not so good was the draw for the Celtic Society
Cup which will involving travelling to Oban on 29th. March for a first round tie against Oban Celtic, the winners playing
Oban Camanachd, again in Oban on 19th. April. If we progress from these matches we will face one of Kilmory/Ballachulish/Inverary
in the semi final on 17th. May. The Macauley Cup first round has paired us with Glasgow Mid Argyll, to be played in Glasgow
on 26th. April, giving us the opportunity to gain revenge on last seasons league defeats. The winners of this tie
then are rewarded by a home match against either Kyles Athletic or Inveraray in the second round due to be played on
Bute have received byes in the first round of both the Sutherland and Bullough Cup competitions.
The second round of the Sutherland is still to be drawn however we were drawn away to the Army` team the Scots Camanachd in
the second round of the Bullough.
A reminder that our first and
second team training is held at the Rothesay School Campus at 6-15pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights. All senior players to
attend and we would welcome anyone interested in joining to come along and give it a go. A high level of fitness is essential
if we are to have a successful season so please make every effort to attend.
To all Members
is not only the players and coaches who contribute to the success of our club, we are a community club and each and every
one of us has a part to play, we must pull together and work for the good of the club as a whole. A successful team
on the park depends on the hard work and efforts of all club members. We need to keep our clubhouse and changing facilities
in good condition to help provide funds for its upkeep, it costs a lot of money to run a club such as ours and we need to
look at other sources of income, all ideas are welcome.
We would thank our sponsors for their continued and valuable support, we really do appreciate them and welcome their
We also look forward
once again to welcoming those who attend on match days to provide support to our teams, it gives the players a boost
and makes them give that bit more effort, please continue to come along, bring family and friends and stay for a while
after the games to enjoy a drink or two in the bar.
We would ask once again for your support by buying tickets for our weekly lotto draw so efficiently
managed by Tommy Howat, this provides valuable funds for the club as well as offering good prize money to those who participate.