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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 2nd. May 2016 were 11,18 and 20. There were no winners this week therefore the jackpot will be £600 next week.
Please remember to buy your tickets and encourage family and friends to take part. 
Latest News
Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com  
David Kilpatrick has agreed to return as our Second Team Manager, its good to have you back David. 
 2016 Season
On Saturday 30th. April our first team hosted Oban Celtic in a Macaulay Cup tie, this was a very keenly contested match with South First Division team Oban going ahead through Daniel Madej after 77 minutes. Bute as always played strongly to the end and were rewarded after 88 minutes when young Scott Harvey found the net with a magnificent drive to make it 1-1 after 90 minutes. 30 minutes of extra time provided no more goals and it then went to penalties where Bute went through by 2-0 due to strikes by Iain McDonald and Duncan Davidson to set up a home tie in the next round against Inveraray, who beat Premier League Oban Camanachd 3-2. Our thanks again to Wendylee Brownlee of GB Automarine who kindly sponsored this match.
Our second team were also at home, playing Dunoon Camanachd in a South Division 2 fixture, several of our boys were playing their second game of the day having turned out for the first team earlier. This did not seem to bother our young players and we came away with a 2-0 victory, our goals coming from Chris McGowan after 12 minutes and the mercurial Ryan Craig after 88 minutes.
Well done to both our teams and our thanks to all those who came along to lend their support.
 Come along and support both teams and enjoy a drink or two in our bar following the games.
Cup Draws
Camanachd Cup 1st.Round away to Beauly on 7th. May.
Bullough  Bye in first round then on 11th. June 2016 away to winners of Tayforth/Lochside Rovers.
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
On Sunday, 24th. April, we hosted the Robert McAlister Memorial Trophy for primary school teams at the Meadows. This proved to be yet another exciting display of shinty from our stars of the future and was well attended by teams from Bute and the surrounding area as well as a large number of spectators. Our teams won both of the trophies on offer playing to an extremely high standard.
Our thanks to all the teams who took part, we hope to see you again next year. Thanks also to all those involved in the orginisation of the day, a great deal of hard work was involved, to the parents and friends who gave such great support to the teams and to Chuck and Jackie McAlister for their continued support.  
The South of Scotland Under 13 Development Competition is a round robin tournament which will start on 28th. April with a further round each month culminating in the area final being played on the day of the MacAuley Final in Oban on 3rd. September.
The first round robin games of the South of Scotland Qualifying tournament for Primary Schools were played at Taynuilt on Thursday 24th. March. Very well done to our P7 and under team who were unbeaten on the day.

Rothesay 3-0 Taynuilt; Rothesay  2-0 Park; Rothesay 5-0 Rockfield; Rothesay 1-1 Glasgow.
David Kilpatrick has just informed me of the latest donation to our club funds. Our sincere thanks to Ewan and Liz Ferguson of Ardmaleish Boat Yard for their generous cheque for £300 to be used by our youth section.
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.