Shinty: Memories of Bute’s Balliemore win in Beauly

This Saturday’s Balliemore Cup final between Bute and Beauly brings back plenty of memories of the 2006 final between the same two teams.

Stuart Strathie and James Craig scored for the island team either side of a Danny Marshall strike as Bute secured the trophy with a 2-1 win at Beauly’s own Braeview Park ground.

The story of the final was memorably captured through neutral eyes by the Wing Centre, author of the Glenurquhart shinty blog Keeping Out of the D, who wrote: “Don’t Beauly do gala days well?

“Balliemore Cup day was no exception - superbly sunny weather, a well organised operation for relieving punters of their money, hospitality tents, an excellent new pavilion and the grass at Braeview like the turf at Wimbledon.

“If the Camanachd Cup final is to go anywhere else it could do worse than go to Beauly where at least the populace play the game and, if the noise coming from the crowd as Donnie McDermid of Bute was taking his shies is anything to go by, are actually passionate about the result.

“Credit to the Bute man - he took the barracking and the shies stayed immaculate.”

To read the Wing Centre’s impressions of that day, click here (scroll down to the headline ‘Despair in the Square - Would Gerry have put up with it?’) - and keep your fingers crossed for a similar outcome on Saturday!