Shinty: New Bute coach up for fresh challenge

Action from the last meeting in Rothesay between Bute and Lochside Rovers, a South Division One clash in August 2013 which Bute won 3-0.
Action from the last meeting in Rothesay between Bute and Lochside Rovers, a South Division One clash in August 2013 which Bute won 3-0.

Bute Shinty Club’s new first team coach says he’s looking forward to the challenge of his first season in charge.

Ted McDonald has extensive coaching experience with South teams of the past and in the Scotland international set-up - but has never coached his local team before.

Speaking to The Buteman before the start of the 2015 season this Saturday, the new man told us he’s not expecting an easy ride following a difficult 2014 campaign which saw Bute relegated from the sport’s National Division with just one league win to their name.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting the club up and running again,” McDonald said.

“The league won’t be easy - there are teams in South Division One who will take points off everyone - and I’m not expecting wonders in the first year, but if we can get ourselves into a good position in the league, and maybe get a wee run in one of the cups, I’ll be happy.”

McDonald’s new charges are due to host Lochside Rovers at the Meadows in their opening game this Saturday, although heavy rain has already put the fixture in doubt - while the option of switching the venue to Oban is not available.

Bute’s second team begin their South Division Two campaign this Saturday with an away match against Tayforth in Musselburgh.

* More Bute shinty news in the March 6 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.