Sport: Bute set for a busy weekend of action

Bute’s summer sporting calendar reaches a peak this weekend, with shinty, football, rugby, cricket, golf and equestrianism all vying for the headlines.

On the shinty front there’s a double bill at the Meadows on Saturday (August 3), with both Bute Shinty Club’s teams in action - the club’s second team face Tayforth in South Division Two at 12 noon, with the first team hosting Aberdour at 3pm.

Bute Rugby Club, meanwhile, play their first home fixture in more than three years on Saturday when they host a ‘social XV’ from Allan Glens RFC in Bishopbriggs. The game kicks off at the King George V playing fields, behind Rothesay Leisure Pool, at 2pm.

Over the wall from the rugby field, at the Public Park, Rothesay Brandane AFC have a pre-season friendly against Gourock Amateurs on Saturday, kicking off at 2.30pm.

The game is the Danes’ last chance to fine-tune fitness and tactics before the 2013-14 Caledonian League season begins on August 17.

At the Lade Park, over the wall from the football field and next door to the rugby pitch, Bute County Cricket Club play host to Galloway in the WDCU Championship, hoping to finally secure their first win of 2013 and kick-start their battle against relegation.

Away from team sports, there are plenty of individual honours up for grabs - not least at Rothesay Golf Club, where two of the season’s biggest trophies are up for grabs this weekend.

Saturday sees the playing of the 36-hole Bennie Trophy, a scratch competition set up in 1937 by George Bennie, the inventor of the ill-fated Bennie Railplane, who had a holiday home in Rothesay; the Bennie Trophy will be followed on Sunday by the two-man strokeplay competition for the Wee Bennie, which traditionally attracts one of the largest entries of the season at Rothesay.

At Port Bannatyne Golf Club the focus is on the sport’s younger players, with the Robert McAlister Memorial Trophy up for grabs on Sunday in the club’s annual junior open.

Last - but certainly not least - is Bute Pony and Riding Club’s championship gymkhana on Sunday afternoon, with the top performers from the club’s championship show last weekend looking to build on their success.

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