There’s a double bill for Bute’s shinty fans to enjoy in Rothesay this Saturday, April 18, with both the local club’s teams in cup action on home soil.
First up are Bute’s first team, who take on Oban Camanachd at 12 noon in the quarter-finals of the Gregor Cameron Consultancy Celtic Society Cup.
They’ll be followed by first round action in the Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup, as Bute’s second team host their Kinlochshiel counterparts at 2.30pm.
Bute’s first team earned their crack at Premier League opposition courtesy of a penalty shoot-out win away to Glenorchy in the first round of the competition on April 4.
The two teams last met in the National Division last season, with the Mossfield Park team racking up 13 goals without reply in the games between the sides as they won promotion to the top flight while Bute were relegated to South Division One.
But the progress made by Bute since then was demonstrated by their win on penalties in the Balliemore Cup last Saturday, against a Skye team who had eased to a 3-0 Camanachd Cup victory in Rothesay in the two sides’ previous meeting in May 2014.
Coach Ted McDonald told The Buteman: “Every one of the boys worked really hard on Saturday. They got their thinking caps on, they listened to what they were being told from the sidelines, and they did what we asked them to do.
“Any Premier League team will give us a tough test. Those are the teams we need to measure ourselves against if we’re going to improve as a team and as individual players.”