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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Community Series Malone RFC Rainey Old Boys RFC

Club Men: Rainey Old Boys 17 Malone 10 Community Series U1

On Saturday Rainey entertained Malone in a Community Series Ulster Conference 1 game at Hattricks Park, Magherafelt. For over 30 minutes defences dominated proceedings, before a Jules Storey try after 34 minutes, converted by Callum Smyth broke the deadlock. Rainey replied before the break with a penalty goal by Scott Mclean to leave Malone leading […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Community Series Dungannon RFC Omagh Academicals RFC

Club Men: Omagh Academicals 10 Dungannon 13 Community Series U2

Omagh Academicals entertained their “near neighbours” Dungannon in an Ulster Conference 2 match in the Community Series on Saturday afternoon. There was no score in the first quarter which Dungannon just about edged. However it looked as though Omagh had scored first at the start of the second qorner only for the effort out wide […]

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2020-21 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Community Series Queen's University Belfast RFC

Club Men: Ballynahinch 17 Queen’s University 20 Community Series U1.

It was a much changed Ballynahinch side that took the pitch for an Community Series Ulster Conference 1 game against Queens at Ballymacarn Park. Report and images by Bob Given. For the first 30 minutes the packs sounded each other out, before, in the 34th minute Queen’s attacked from deep and following quick ball from a […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Community Series Old Belvedere RFC Old Wesley RFC

Club Men: Old Wesley 30 Old Belvedere 18 Community Series L1

Old Wesley entertained near neighbours Old Belvedere on Saturday afternoon at Donnybrook with the home staging a second half revival to take the game. Wesley started strongly and they controlled much of the territory and possession in the first quarter. However, the scoreline read 0 – 5 in favour of Belvedere after a break out […]

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2020-21 Ballymena RFC Bangor RFC Club Rugby Men Community Series

Club Men: Bangor 41 Ballymena 34 Community Series U2

Saturday 10th October 2020 saw Ballymena Rugby Football club travel to Upritchard Park, Bangor to take on Bangor Rugby Football Club in the Community Series. Bangor opened the scoring early with a try inside the first 5 minutes when A Smyth pushed he way over for a try close to the posts. It was easy […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Community Series Ulster

Club Men. Community Series Week 3 Preview

There was only one fixture completed in the Ulster Conference Division 1 in Week 2 with City of Armagh moving to the top of the league after a last minute win against Ballynahinch. Division 2 also only managed one completion with Bangor coming out on top against Omagh Academicals. Unfortunately our photographer had gone to […]

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2020-21 Ballyclare RFC Club Rugby Men Larne RFC U18 Club Rugby

Club Men: Ballyclare 0 Larne 26 U18 Friendly

Larne came out on top against Ballyclare in an U18 hit out at The Cloughan on Saturday morning. It as a well contested game from both sides but Larne were just that bit sharper in attack and were able to take their chances. Cain Ferguson gets the opening score against Ballyclare Cain Ferguson opened the […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Grosvenor RFC Instonians RFC Ulster Championship D1

Club Men: Instonians 6 Grosvenor 37 URC D1

Grosvenor visited Shaw’s Bridge to play near neighbours Grosvenor in a Kukri Rugby Championship Division One game on Saturday afternoon. Instonians took the lead with a Matthew Keane penalty goal but Grosvenor responded with an Andrew Kelly try to lead 5-3. Two Adam Skelton penalty goals extended the lead, to leave the half time score […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Donaghadee RFC Lisburn RFC Ulster Championship D2

Club Men: Lisburn 11 Donaghadee 13 URC D2

Lisburn and Donaghadee had a bit of a scrappy match in the Ulster Rugby Championship D2 on Saturday afternoon at Eglantine Road. Tempers boiling over has been a feature of quite a few matches, post lockdown, but this one was too scrappy with the constant niggling spoiling what could have been an entertaining game. It’s […]

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2020-21 Ballynahinch RFC City of Armagh RFC Club Rugby Men Community Series

Club Men: Ballynahinch 21 Armagh 22 Community Series

Ballynahinch entertained Armagh in a Round 2 game in the Ulster Section of the Community Series at very gloomy and damp Ballymacarn. Both packs sounded each other out in the opening minutes before Armagh opened the scoring with a Cormac Fox penalty goal on 12 minutes. Greg Hutley equalised for Ballynahinch minutes later. Ballynahinch made […]

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2020-21 Bangor RFC Club Rugby Men Instonians RFC U16 Club Rugby Ulster

Club Men: Instonians 7 Bangor 19 U16 Friendly

The enlarged squads of Instonians U16’s and Bangor U16’s met on Saturday morning for a ‘hit out’ at Shaw’s Bridge. The game was played over three 20 minute periods to allow coaches to rotate their squads. After a tentative start, Bangor turned the screw scoring 3 tries on 5, 14 and 20 minutes, 2 converted, […]

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2020-21 Banbridge RFC Club Rugby Men Friendly Instonians RFC

Club Men: Instonians U14 entertain Banbridge U14 for a squad hitout.

On Wednesday night the enlarged squads of Instonians U14s and Banbridge U14s met under lights at Shaw’s Bridge. Four 15 minute games were played, A’s played A’s in the first quarter, Bs played Bs in the second and in the final quarters the teams were mixed up. A lot of tries were scored on a […]

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2020-21 Ards RFC Club Rugby Men Randalstown RFC Ulster Championship D2

Club Men: Randalstown 31 Ards 15 URC D2

Randalstown opened up their league challenge with a bonus point win against Ards at Neillsbrook Park on Saturday afternoon. However, the visitors will be wondering how they didn’t get more out of the game. It was an ideal afternoon for an open game and both sides obliged. Randalstown set the tome with an early score […]

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2020-21 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Community Series Malone RFC Ulster

Club Men: Malone 17 Ballynahinch 29 Conference 1

Ballynahinch will be delighted to leave Gibson Park, with a win over a very dogged Malone team, in the first round of games in Ulster Conference 1 of the Community Series. Both teams sounded each out in the first quarter, before Aaron Cairns ran in an unconverted try from deep to give Ballynahinch a 5 […]

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2020-21 Carrickfergus RFC Club Rugby Men Instonians RFC U18 Club Rugby

Club Men: Instonians 5 Carrickfergus 24 U18 League East

Instonians entertained Carrick at Shaws Bridge on Saturday morning in the opening round of the U18 League East. The home side kicked off in sunny conditions and the kept Carrick pinned in their own territory for most of the first half hour. However the Carrick defence was resolute and a break on the 30 minute […]

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2020-21 Belfast Metropolitan College Club Rugby Men Malone RFC U18 Club Rugby Ulster

Club Men: Belfast Met 26 Malone 45 U18 League East

Report and images by Bob Given. On a very sunny and warm Saturday morning Belfast Met met Malone U18 in an U18 League East match at the Castlereagh Campus. Hot on the heels of their resounding victory last week over Banbridge, Malone hit the ground running, with ruthless determination. By half time they had wracked […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Ulster Championship D1 Ulster Championship D2 Ulster Championship D3

Club Men: Ulster Rugby Championship Preview.

The Ulster Rugby Championship returns this weekend with a full set of fixtures across the three divisions. We have set up a competition page for Division 1 here and we’ll get Division 2 and Division 3 sorted in the coming weeks. However, up to the end of December we will be concentrating primarily on D1 […]

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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Community Series Ulster

Club Men: Community Series Week 1 Preview.

The Men’s Community Series commences this weekend with 12 Ulster senior sides competing in two provincial conferences over the first three months of this unusual season. We’ve set up a competition static page here and fixtures, results and all our content related to the Community Series will appear there. Ulster Conference 1 Conference 1 features […]

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2020-21 Ballyclare RFC Club Rugby Men Friendly Larne RFC

Club Men: Larne U21 19 Ballyclare U21 46

Larne RFC christened their new floodlights last night with the first leg of back to back U21 matches last night. The second leg takes place at The Cloughan next Wednesday. It’s a testament to the hard work of the clubs development coaches that they were able to field two strong sides at this age grade […]

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2020-21 Academy RFC Club Rugby Men Cooke RFC Friendly Ulster Championship D1 Ulster Championship D2

Club Men: Cooke 22 Academy 12 Preseason

We ended up at Shaws Bridge for the second week running due to a late Covid cancellation but having got there I’m pleased to report that the Cooke and Academy players have realised that you have to run at towards the camera when you are going to score if you want to get those pictures […]

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2020-21 Banbridge RFC Club Rugby Men Malone RFC U18 Club Rugby

Club Men: Malone U18 40 Banbridge U18 7 Preseason

On a sunny morning at Orangefield Playing Fields Malone U18 entertained Banbridge U18. Banbridge kicked off and went on to the attack but Malone countered from deep to leave Sam Green with a free run up the wing before he dotted down for the first try, after 4 minutes, converted by Conor Henry. A period […]

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2020-21 Ballyclare RFC Ballymoney RFC Club Rugby Men Friendly Ulster Championship D1 Ulster Championship D2

Club Men: Ballyclare 80 Ballymoney 0 Preseason

Rugby made a welcome return to The Cloughan at Ballyclare on Saturday 19th September with a pre-season hit out against Ballymoney RFC. The game was played over 4 x 20 minute quarters. Ballyclare started strongly and were on the scoreboard early when out-half Matthew McDowell cut through a space in the Ballymoney defence to score […]

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2020-21 Belfast Harlequins RFC Club Rugby Men Community Series Friendly Queen's University Belfast RFC

Club Men: Belfast Harlequins 28 Queen’s University 17 Preseason

Belfast Harlequins entertained Queen’s in this friendly game, prior to the commencement of the Community Conference next Saturday. From the start it was obvious that both teams intended to attack from deep, at times throwing caution to the wind, or at least, into a very gentle breeze! From a counter attack Harlequins took the lead […]

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2020-21 Belfast Harlequins RFC Club Rugby Men Friendly Queen's University Belfast RFC

Club Men: Belfast Harlequins II 14 Queen’s University II 22 Friendly

We caught up with this game on the stroke of half time. Queen’s were leading 17 -7 through tries by Harry McMeekin, David Keelan and Simon McMaster. Belfast Harlequins had taken the lead early on through a Owen Henry try, converted by Alex Armstrong. The second half was much more ‘nip and tuck’, as the […]