Top prizes for Bute trio at shinty awards

Marine Harvest South Div One Player of the Year.  Iain MacDonald accepts the award from Alan Sutherland

Marine Harvest South Div One Player of the Year. Iain MacDonald accepts the award from Alan Sutherland

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Bute Shinty Club half-back Iain MacDonald and coaches Barry Martin and David McVey all received top prizes at the sport’s annual awards ceremony this week.

Having led the team to promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking without dropping a point, and to a third Balliemore Cup prize in eight years, it came as no surprise to hear Martin and McVey announced as the winners of the South Division One ‘coach of the year’ award at the ceremony in Inverness on Friday.

And despite watching his team-mates in the forward line bang in goal after goal at the other end of the park, it was MacDonald’s consistently assured displays at half-back throughout the season that caught the eye of the judging panel.

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