Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com
The 2014 season is now over and it was a challenging one for
our club . Our First Team had a tough time being short in experience due to a number of senior players not being
available for various reasons and we struggled in the National League being relegated to South Division 1. We did however
retain a core of dedicated team members who were augmented by a number of young players being introduced to this level perhaps before
we would have hoped. These youngsters however did not let us down and we look forward to their continued development
next season with hopefully several more experienced players returning to the fold. Team Captain Kevin Queen and James Craig
must be congratulated for all their efforts in selecting the team from a very limited pool of players. Thanks also to
our Team sponsors George and Katie Ross of Macs Bar.
The Second Team management of David Kilpatrick and again mainly young players team deserve
great praise for finishing a creditable fourth in South Division 2 and also for lending players to the first team, well done, this bodes well for the future of our club. Thanks again to David Kilpatrick of the Bike Shed for
his continued sponsorship.
More encouraging was the performances of our under 14, P7 and P5 teams who all improved as the season progressed
and they all won trophies to bring back to Bute, these are the future of our club and we should all lend them our full
support, especially on match days. The outdoor season may be over however they can now concentrate on the forthcoming
indoor tournaments to be held over the winter. These teams are coached by Duncan Cowan, James Craig, Iain McDonald and
Tommy McKirdy who all give freely of their time, our thanks go once again 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.
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 Lotto, 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.