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2017-18 Ballpark Features

Shame on Shane?

[pullquote]Ballpark is back and he’s having a go at Ulster Legend Stephen Ferris! This could be the shortest comeback on record! 😆 😆 🙄…

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2013-14 Ballpark Features

Ballpark: THE EMPIRE STRIKES HACK

Parky has got off his bike for long enough to pen an article on the changing face of Ravenhill. Good to have him back but is “The Force” still with him …

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2012-13 Ballpark Features

CANT

Suffering from too much rugby? Is it the sort of rugby we want to see? Is Schmidt the right man for Ireland – the get him out campaign starts here! Parky considers the Lions and Ireland tours! [more]

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THE END IS NIGH!

As of this ‘sunny’ Friday morning there is no team announcement for Saturday’s showdown or hoedown, if you believe some of the Ulster fans.…

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A SEASON OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

Ulster’s season climaxes in a possible 3 game streak potentially culminating in a RABO PRO12 decider at the RDS. Notice I say potentially because…

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Oops-a-Logie!

After all the jacks are in their boxes, And the clowns have all gone to bed, You can hear sadness staggering on down the…

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YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT UP … OR COULD YOU?

You could make this up, well perhaps not but if you had to find a suitable paradox for mollycoddling people and being bitten for…

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IT’S SPORT JIM, BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT!

A bloke I know, who’s one of the cycling cadre I hang out with these days, played for a very good CI rugby team…

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ROOSTING CHICKENS AGAIN

Due to unforeseen circumstances I was back at Ravenhill sooner than I had imagined, I mean, I was back this season for the Zebre…

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DRAFTING GREY SQUIRRELS, DAYS OF SUMMER AND DISTANT MEMORIES

Strange how the memory of the most mundane summer’s day assumes all the momentous significance, when your gripped to base of your soul by…

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STALE MATE

The 6 Nations cometh and for some the excitement rises with the anticipation of a trip to Rome, a journey to Wales or a…

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Do They Know It’s Ulstertime At All?

The Men from the Burgh Do! Treading somewhat warily were the Helensburgh men on Friday night as they made their way to Ravenhill via…

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From Here to 2013

In case you haven’t the heart/willpower to read any further, I will take this opportunity to wish all my readers, (I think that’s about…

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FALLEN SHADOWS ROUSING TIMES

Everybody here, seems to like to laugh, look at Johnny King jivin’ across the floor. He can play the fool and make a few…

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An Emotion

I am not an emotional man by nature though I would admit to have cried occasionally and made others weep, period. On Friday night,…

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In Perversity

Perversely I am somewhat glad that Ulster didn’t walk all over the Scarlets on Sunday and post a cricket score. At one stage a…

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The Thomond Tank Engine

There was shock and awe amongst Irish rugby pundits on Saturday week ago when an Ulster and Ireland centre ran with the ball in…

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CANT AND RANT

South Africa duly beat Ireland on Saturday last and it’s not as if the world has caved in judging by the reaction of everyone…

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THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING MIST I SEE

‘Through the early morning mist I see, visions of things to be’ Saturday 8.45am I am peering up a long straight road, the late…

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A MILLION MILES DOWN A SLOW ROAD

Not too sure my local newspaper shop welcomed my early arrival this Sunday morning but I had assumed the bedroom clock told the truth…

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A Shadow Falls Part 3.

As I sit at the keyboard this Sunday morning 14th October 2012 on eve of yet another year of my life disappearing into history,…

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Talk Can be Cheap

Talk can be cheap, did you see it coming? Friday week ago Ulster travelled to Cardiff and after a minutes silence began a match…

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A SHADOW FALLS – Part 2

When the obituaries have fallen silent and the tributes have long since faded into the distant recesses of the mind, when the normal service…

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A SHADOW FALLS

I should be blogging about a great game on Friday night between Munster and Ulster at Ravenhill and the great advert for Irish rugby…