Shinty: Puddle postponement leaves Bute frustrated

A puddle measuring little more than half a dozen square feet caused the postponement of Bute Shinty Club’s second team match at home to Ballachulish on Saturday.

The Camanachd Association announced shortly after 9am that the game had been called off due to an unplayable field and no alternative venue being available.

With sunshine and blue skies above Rothesay at the time of the announcement, we went to the Meadows ourselves to check out the condition of the pitch, and discovered it was entirely playable - with the exception of the aforementioned small puddle along a short stretch of one touchline.

Not surprisingly, the decision led to a good deal of frustration in the Bute camp: reacting on Facebook to the news, second team player Robert McKechnie insisted that the pitch was not unplayable and said the puddle problem would have been fixed before the start of the match.

Also on Facebook, Bute’s first team coach Graham Fisher - whose side don’t have a game this weekend - said the rules on second team player availability meant Ballachulish would have faced a far stronger Bute team on Saturday than the one which lost 5-0 at Jubilee Park on the opening day of the campaign.

The match is to be rescheduled for a date later in the season.