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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 150 guests. We can host all types of social occasions such as weddings, birthdays, retirement, fundraising, etc. and welcome all enquiries.  

In 2016 our first team played in the
National League, and although we had some problems along they way we finished two places above the relegated team and can look forward to another season in this division.

 

Our second team remained in South Division 2 and with the aid of our young stars of the future and several more experienced players returning to the fold we comfortably finished mid table.


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

 

Our youth teams performed very well during 2016, our P7 team sweeping all before them winning all competitions they entered including the national Tulloch and McKay Cups.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 lottery numbers drawn on drawn on Monday 5th. December were 6, 14, and 20. no winner so its up to £700 next week, you could buy a very big turkey with all the trimmings and lots of wine, spirits and beer with that.
 
 
Latest News
 
The Annual General Meeting of Bute Shinty Club will be held in the Clubhouse on Friday 6th. January 2017 at 7-00pm. This will include the election of office bearers for 2017 and any other competent business.
Any proposed alterations to our Constitution must be made to the secretary at least 14 days prior to the meeting.
All existing and new members welcome, please make every effort to attend and lets all work together to make it a successful 2017 for our club.
 
The  clubhouse and bar will be open on Monday 2nd. January from 2-00pm until late, all members, family, supporters and friends of all ages are very welcome to come along and join us, lets make it a good start to 2017 for our club, we look forward to seeing you there. 
 
 
Our Player of the Year Awards were held in the clubhouse on Saturday 12th. November and a large gathering of members, players, family, supporters and friends had a most enjoyable evening.
 
First Team manager Ted McDonald gave his award to Ben Clarke, mentioning his goals which were vital in keeping us in the National League.
Second Team Manager David Kilpatrick gave his award to Andrew McLauchlan for his all round efforts at training and on match days, stressing his total dedication to our club.
The Players Player of the year went to Ryan James Craig, a fitting decision by his team mates for his outstanding efforts over the year both for our club and at representative level. Ryan also picked up the Young Player of the Year award, a great double for Ryan.
 
Tribute was also paid to three valuable members of our backroom team who retired from their duties this season, Tommy Howat from the lottery, George McNeish as our clubhouse convenor and Nancy Gourlay from our match day catering team. Tommy and George both received a bottle of very fine whisky, although Nancy could not make the night John McIntyre delivered a bouquet of flowers to her home. Barry Martin expressed thanks on behalf of the club and thanked them for their many years of service, they will be badly missed. 
 

Youth Shinty
 
Ryan Craig and Aaron McKirdy starred for the South of Scotland under 17 select against the North at Fort William on Sunday 2nd. October, this was a very close encounter and the South were unlucky to lose by 5-4 after extra time.
We also had three players selected for the under 14 team, Marcus Plank, Andrew McLachlan and Scott Harvie played  on the same day, also at Fort William.
Although again our boys played very well the South lost by 8-1.
Congratulations to all our young players for being selected for these matches, they are a credit to our club. 
 
 
 
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. 

We turn up on match days to a clean clubhouse and the away teams are treated to excellent meals prepared and served by Margaret Whitelaw, the soup is always delicious as is the 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 John MacCallum 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 John. We would ask once again for your support by buying tickets for this lotto draw, it offers good prize money to those who participate.     
 
In addition we very much welcome the support given by our sponsors, George and Katie Ross of Macs Bar, Greig and Mara Fisher of McIntyre Butchers and Colin and Maggs Lockhart of Ardbeg Mini Market.
 
We also received  in excess of £10,000 in grants and donations, the Big Lottery Fund with over £7000, £800 from Foundation Scotland, £500 from ForBute and various donations from members and supporters, many thanks to you all. 
 
 
 
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.