IN PICTURES: Shinty: Bute pre-season nine-a-sides

Bute Shinty Club’s preparations for the 2016 season moved up a gear with an invitational nine-a-side tournament at Rothesay Joint Campus on Saturday.

Featuring two Bute teams and visitors from Kyles Athletic, Col-Glen and Dunoon, each game in the competition was played over 15 minutes, with Bute 1 and Kyles winning through to the final after topping the round-robin table.

Bute 1 take on Kyles in the final of the island club's invitational nine-a-sides in Rothesay on Saturday, February 6.

Bute 1 take on Kyles in the final of the island club's invitational nine-a-sides in Rothesay on Saturday, February 6.

The final itself finished goalless, meaning a penalty shoot-out was required to decide the winners - and thanks to successful strikes by James Craig and Craig Mackay and two fine saves by Bute keeper and captain Kevin Queen, it was the hosts who emerged victorious.