Shinty: Bute happy to be cup final underdogs

Robert Walker, in action for Bute against Kyles Athletic earlier this season, returns to the Bute squad for this Saturday's Balliemore Cup final after his wedding last weekend.
Robert Walker, in action for Bute against Kyles Athletic earlier this season, returns to the Bute squad for this Saturday's Balliemore Cup final after his wedding last weekend.

Bute Shinty Club’s first team coach Graham Fisher says his side are content to be the underdogs going into this Saturday’s Balliemore Cup final.

Bute will line up against Beauly at Jubilee Park in Ballachulish looking for a fourth Balliemore win in ten years - and Fisher told The Buteman this week that if history is any guide, he’s happy not to see his players lumbered with the tag of favourites.

“ We’re probably the underdogs,” he admitted, “but that doesn’t bother us at all.

“In fact, every time we’ve won the cup in the last ten years, the other team has been favourites before the game.

“We know Beauly are really strong in the centre, and they’re going well in North Division One, but we don’t know an awful lot more about them.

“But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because sometimes you can spend too much time worrying about your opponents.”

The first of Bute’s three recent Balliemore Cup wins came courtesy of a 2-0 win over Lochaber at Taynuilt in 2004; that was followed by a 2-1 defeat of Beauly at the Inverness-shire side’s own ground two years later, and a 2-1 victory over Caberfeidh at Portree in 2011.

* Our Balliemore Cup final build-up continues on Friday with a look back to that 2006 game in Beauly, and we’ll have live score updates from Ballachulish throughout Saturday’s final too.

* For more Bute shinty news ahead of this weekend’s big match, check out the July 19 issue of The Buteman - on sale now!