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Shinty clubs ready for 2017 season

Last Saturday saw the start of the 2017 shinty season. Although the weekend’s fixture schedule was severely hampered by the weather, all the clubs and players are raring to kickstart their respective campaigns after a long winter without any action. Looking ahead to the coming season, we asked local clubs about their ambitions for the campaign.

Bute

ROTHESAY was the centre of some of the biggest news in the close season after the Camanachd Association announced that the club have withdrawn their entry to the National Division and will, instead, enter South Division 2.

Manager John Mac­Callum explains the decision: ‘With Skye and Strathglass now in the National Division, there were genuine fears that Bute would not be able to fulfil the season with two teams.’

Kyles Athletic winning the 2016 Celtic Society Cup.

As a result of voluntarily dropping down a division, Bute will start eight points in arrears before a stick is swung in anger. With an exciting crop of teenagers comprising the backbone of the squad this season, 2017 will be an intriguing year for Bute.

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