Bute Shinty Club’s fixture list for the 2016 season has become a little clearer after the draws for most of the season’s major cup competitions were made on Monday.
The Inverness Museum and Art Gallery hosted the draws for the senior and reserve cup competitions for both the north and south of Scotland, along with the national intermediate championship for the Balliemore Cup, won five times by Bute’s senior team since the tournament was launched in its current format 30 years ago.
In the Glasgow Celtic Society Cup, sponsored for a second year by the Gregor Cameron Consultancy, Bute’s first team will play host to Strachur in the first round on March 26, with an away tie against cup holders Kyles Athletic awaiting the winner in the quarter-finals on April 16.
The Balliemore Cup draw handed Bute’s senior team a long away trip to Strathglass, who finished in mid-table in last season’s North Division One; the tie will be played on April 9, and the winners will be at home to Taynuilt in the last eight on May 21.
Bute’s second team also face a long journey north in the first round of the Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup after being drawn away to Boleskine of North Division Two in the first round; that tie will be played on April 9, and the winners will be at home to either Caithness or Beauly in round two on April 30.
The Bullough Cup draw, the south area competition for reserve and junior teams, handed Bute a first round bye; the island club will be away to either Tayforth or Lochside Rovers in the second round on June 11.
Monday’s full draws for the competitions in which Bute’s first or second teams are involved are as follows.
Gregor Cameron Consultancy Celtic Society Cup
First round (March 26):
Glenorchy v Oban Celtic
Bute v Strachur
Ballachulish v Col Glen
Taynuilt v Aberdour
Second round (April 16):
Ballachulish/Col Glen v Oban Camanachd
Kyles Athletic v Bute/Strachur
Taynuilt/Aberdour v Inveraray
Glasgow Mid Argyll v Glenorchy/Oban Celtic
Semi-finals (May 14):
Taynuilt/Aberdour/Inveraray v Glasgow Mid Argyll/Glenorchy/Oban Celtic
Kyles/Bute/Strachur v Ballachulish/Col Glen/Oban Camanachd
Final: Saturday, June 25.
First round (April 9):
Strathglass v Bute
Kilmallie v Inveraray
Oban Celtic v Glenorchy
Caberfeidh v Inverness
Ballachulish v Glasgw Mid Argyll
Aberdour v Col Glen
Quarter-finals (May 21):
Caberfeidh/Inverness v Aberdour/Col Glen
Kilmallie/Inveraray v Ballachuligh/GMA
Strathglass/Bute v Taynuilt
Oban Celtic/Glenorchy v Beauly.
Semi-finals (June 18):
Oban Celtic/Glenorchy/Beauly v Kilmallie/Inveraray/Ballachulish/Glasgow Mid Argyll
Strathglass/Bute/Taynuilt v Caberfeidh/Inverness/Aberdour/Col Glen
Final: July 16.
Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup
First round (April 9):
Caberfeidh v SCOTS Camanachd
Oban Lorn v Lewis
Aberdeen University v Kinlochshiel
Boleskine v Bute
Kyles Athletic v Fort William
Kilmallie v Lovat
Inverness v Lochaber
Caithness v Beauly
Kilmory v Inveraray
Glenurquhart v Lochside Rovers
Aberdour v Kingussie
Glasgow Mid Argyll v Skye
Second round (April 30):
Kilmory/Inveraray v Oban Lorn/Lewis
Newtonmore v Glasgow Mid Argyll/Skye
Boleskine/Bute v Caithness/Beauly
Glengarry v Aberdour/Kingussie
Aberdeen University/Kinlochshiel v Kilmallie/Lovat
Glenurquhart/Lochside Rovers v Lochcarron
Caberfeidh/SCOTS Camanachd v Kyles Athletic/Fort William
Tayforth v Inverness/Lochaber
Quarter-finals (May 28):
Glengarry/Aberdour/Kingussie v Kilmory/Inveraray/Oban Lorn/Lewis
Caberfeidh/SCOTS Camanachd/Kyles/Fort William v Tayforth/Inverness/Lochaber
Boleskine/Bute/Caithness/Beauly v Glenurquhart/Lochside Rovers/Lochcarron
Aberdeen University/Kinlochshiel/Kilmallie/Lovat v Newtonmore/Glasgow Mid Argyll/Skye
Semi-finals (July 2):
Caberfeidh/SCOTS Camanachd/Kyles/Fort William/Tayforth/Inverness/Lochaber v Aberdeen University/Kinlochshiel/Kilmallie/Lovat/Newtonmore/Glasgow Mid Argyll/Skye
Boleskine/Bute/Caithness/Beauly/Glenurquhart/Lochside Rovers/Lochcarron v Glengarry/Aberdour/Kingussie/Kilmory/Inveraray/Oban Lorn/Lewis
Final: July 30.
First round (May 14):
Tayforth v Lochside Rovers
Dunoon v Aberdour
Kyles Athletic v Inveraray
Glasgow Mid Argyll v SCOTS Camanachd
Quarter-finals (June 11):
Oban Lorn v Kilmory
Dunoon/Aberdour v Kyles/Inveraray
GMA/SCOTS v English Shinty Association
Tayforth/Lochside Rovers v Bute
Semi-finals (July 16):
GMA/SCOTS/English Shinty Association v Tayforth/Lochside Rovers/Bute
Dunoon/Aberdour/Kyles/Inveraray v Oban Lorn/Kilmory
Final: September 10.