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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 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 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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2019-20 Ballynahinch RFC City of Armagh RFC Club Rugby Men Ulster Senior Cup

Senior Cup. City of Armagh 38 Ballynahinch 34

[pullquote]Report and pictures courtesy of Bob Given Photography[/pullquote] On a chilly Friday evening at the Kingspan Stadium, defending champions, City of Armagh, met Ballynahinch in the Senior Cup Final.  It was a match which ebbed and flowed, with the lead changing hands on a number of occasions. The game was minutes old, when following a […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League 1A Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Cork Constitution FC

Energia AIL 1A. Ballynahinch 5 Cork Constitution 16

I finally caught up with AIL 1A runaway leaders Cork Constitution on Saturday afternoon when they visited Ballymacarn Park to play Ballynahinch in the league.  The Cork side made their journey home with four points after coming out on top in their battle against Hinch and some pretty awful weather to win 5 – 16.  […]

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2019-20 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Dungannon RFC Ulster Senior Cup

Senior Cup. Ballynahinch 30 Dungannon 21 (Semi Final)

Ballynahinch pulled away from a dogged Dungannon to secure their place in the Ulster Senior Cup Final against City of Armagh on 6th March.  It was a scrappy first quarter. Dungannon probably shaded territory and possession but defences but the were unable to break down the Hinch defence.  Ballynahinch cut loose towards the end of […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League 1A Ballynahinch RFC Clontarf RFC Club Rugby Men

Energia AIL 1A. Ballynahinch 11 Clontarf 10

Hinch, rooted to the bottom of AIL 1A, have only scored 8 points less but have haemorrhaged 70 points more than Clontarf who were sitting 4th before today’s match. Could this porous defence be corked and get Hinch some badly needed point? The welcome return of Marcus Rea, Aaron Cairns and Kyle McCall from Ulster […]

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2019-20 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Queen's University Belfast RFC Ulster Premiership

Ulster Club Rugby. Queen’s University 10 Ballynahinch 20 (URP D1)

Queen’s University welcomed Ballynahinch to The Dub on Saturday afternoon for a SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership Division 1 match. Luke Pollock is awarded a try for Queen’s [pullquote]As it was, Rainey Old Boys beat Banbridge with a try bonus and wrapped up the incredibly short league a week ahead of schedule.  [/pullquote] The students went […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League 1A Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Young Munster FC

Energia AIL 1A Ballynahinch 24 Young Munster 26

It’s not the first game this season where Ballynahinch will be kicking themselves after a narrow defeat at Ballymacarn Park! [pullquote]Report and pictures from Richard Owens.[/pullquote] In the bowels of winter, the biting wind from the west straight down the pitch would give a huge territorial advantage if either team could harness its strength. Neither […]

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2019-20 Ballynahinch RFC City of Derry RFC Club Rugby Women Ulster Premiership

Club Women: Ballynahinch 5 City of Derry 56 (Deloitte Premiership)

City of Derry moved took full advantage of an earlier defeat of Omagh by Queens to move into second place in the Deloitte Premiership following a 5 – 56 win at Ballynahinch on Saturday evening. A strong Derry side took full advantage of a rebuilding Ballynahinch with Claire McGill and Donna Redmond crossing early to […]

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2019-20 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Queen's University Belfast RFC Ulster Senior Cup

Club Men: Ballynahinch 38 Queen’s University 27 (Senior Cup)

A hat trick from Aaron Cairns saw Ballynahinch pull clear to record a 38 – 27 win against a resilient Queen’s University in the first round of the Ulster Senior Cup at Ballymacarn Park on Saturday afternoon. Due to an overrunning first game of the day and crappy traffic in Belfast I was a little […]

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2018-19 Ballynahinch RFC City of Armagh RFC Club Rugby Men RB Fleming Cup

Club Men: U16 RB Fleming Cup

City of Armagh U16 completed a league and cup double after beating Ballynahinch U16 in the RB Fleming Cup final at Ravenhill on Saturday.  I must admit the Orchard County side won this game with some style, scoring four tries without reply in their 29 – 0 win.  Armagh took control from the off and […]

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2018-19 Ballynahinch RFC City of Derry RFC Club Rugby Women Ulster Junior Cup

Club Women: City of Derry 8 Ballynahinch 3 (Junior Cup SF)

It was a weekend for big reversals as City of Derry Women reversed a 0 – 48 defeat in the league against Ballynahinch last weekend to an 8 – 3 win in the Ulster Women’s Junior Cup semi final at Judges Road on Sunday afternoon. This time round the Derry team were able to call […]

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2018-19 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Women Queen's University Belfast RFC Ulster Junior Cup

Club Women: Ballynahinch 27 Queens University 10

Queens University Women travelled to Ballymacarn Park on Sunday afternoon for the Ulster Women’s Junior Cup Quarter Final match against Ballynahinch Women. The students appeared determined to entertain and even with the strong wind behind them they opted for running the ball at every opportunity. Their youthful exuberance certainly caused plenty of problems for Ballynahinch […]

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2018-19 Ballyclare RFC Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Towns Cup

Club Men: Ballynahinch II 14 Ballyclare 31 Towns Cup

A scintillating first half from Ballyclare, against Ballynahinch II at Ballymacarn Park, sees the Co. Antrim side progress to the next round of the Towns Cup. As a Larne man it pains me to write this, but Ballyclare were simply magnificent in the first half of this match, outdoing their opponents in almost every facet […]

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2018-19 All Ireland Cup Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Women St Mary's College RFC

Club Women: Ballynahinch 0 St Mary’s 36 (WAICUP)

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2018-19 Ballymena RFC Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Ulster Senior Cup

Club Men: Ballymena 22 Ballynahinch 20 (Senior Cup Semi Final)

A rejuvenated Ballymena held of Ballynahinch at Eaton Park to progress to the Senior Cup Final next month where they will face City of Armagh, who beat Rainey OB 31 – 15. Ballymena were quick out of the blocks, with out half Tim Small pulling the strings, as they piled the pressure on the visitors. […]

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2018-19 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Dromore RFC Ulster Junior Cup

Junior Cup: Dromore 22 Ballynahinch II 19

Dromore lift the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup for the first time since 1939 with a 22-19 win over arch-rivals Ballynahinch at Kingspan Stadium last night. Tries from Tom Lyttle and Ben Heath, combined with a penalty try secured the win for the Co Down side as they held off a Hinch fight back in […]

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2018-19 All Ireland League 1B Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Malone RFC

Club Men: Ballynahinch 21 Malone 13 (UR Premiership D1)

A second half fightback saw Ballynahinch clinch the SONI Ulster Premiership at Ballymacarn Park. Second half tries from Keith Dickson and Ryan Wilson saw the hosts overturn a 13-6 deficit at the break. Richard Reaney nudged the home side ahead but was cancelled out by Rory Campbell inside the first ten minutes. Campbell gave the […]

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2018-19 All Ireland League 1B Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Malone RFC

Club Men: Ballynahinch 11 Malone 7 (AIL 1B)

Ballynahinch moved back up to fourth spot in AIL 1B following this win against Malone at Ballymacarn Park on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon.  This was another game heavily influenced by the prevailing weather conditions.  Hinch did all their scoring in the first half as Ross Adair continued his try per game since debuting […]

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2018-19 All Ireland League 1B Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Old Wesley RFC

Club Men: Old Wesley 16 Ballynahinch 27

Old Wesley and Ballynahinch went head to head at Donnybrook on Saturday afternoon in the AIL 1B with Hinch returning north with a win in the bag. It was a cagey game dominated by the boots of Old Wesley’s Rory Stynes and Ballynahinch’s Peter Nelson. We’d said in our preview that we are waiting for […]

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2018-19 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Men Grosvenor RFC Ulster Junior Cup

Club Men: Grosvenor 26 Ballynahinch 30 (Junior Cup)

Grosvenor entertained Ballynahinch II in the semi final of the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup at Gibson Park on Saturday afternoon. It beats me that people will spend hundreds of pounds for a nothing match down in Dublin when there are little gems like this game on their doorstep most Saturday afternoons. There may not […]

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2018-19 Ballynahinch RFC City of Derry RFC Club Rugby Women Ulster Premiership

Club Women: City of Derry 0 Ballynahinch 12 (URWC D1)

City of Derry entertained Ballynahinch at Judges Road in an Ulster Rugby Women’s Championship D1 match on Sunday afternoon. It was a match where defences largely dominated, the thumping tackles causing numerous stoppages which didn’t help the flow of the game. Derry edged the territory and possession in the first half but Hinch always looked […]

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2018-19 Ballynahinch RFC Club Rugby Women Malone RFC Ulster Premiership

Club Women: Malone 46 Ballynahinch 0

Malone Women entertained Ballynahinch Women in the Ulster Rugby Women’s Championship Division 1 at Gibson Park on Sunday afternoon. The home team ran out 46 – 0 winners against an experiential Hinch side who took the opportunity to look at a few player options. Malone’s points came from tries by Holly Brannigan (2), Eimear Hagan, […]