PLAYER DEVELOPMENT IN THE GREATER BELFAST AREA
Had the opportunity to catch up with Ballina Director of rugby Darragh Quinn at Upritchard Park on Saturday prior to the match against Bangor in the All Ireland League. My interest was in how this club had made the progress to where they are at present in such a short space of time. It is not so long since Donaghadee 1st XV travelled to Heffernan Park and defeated Ballina 32 - 14 in the All Ireland Junior Cup on the 27th October 2012. Ballina now top Div 2C of the All Ireland League after being promoted to the All Ireland League through the Round Robin Playoffs having previously competed in the All Ireland League. Donaghadee are now top of Div 3 of the Kukri Ulster Rugby championship after suffering successive relegations from Div 1. What was the secret of the Ballina success. Darragh told me they had used 39 players so far this season. 36 of these players had come through their Mini and Youth structure. I asked him about the progress of Connemara and Creggs both former All Ireland League clubs who are now competing for the Connacht Junior 1A league title this season. Their success like Ballina has been built on developing their own players coming through their Mini and Youth structures.
It left me asking the question why clubs in the Greater Belfast area are not doing more to develop their own players. We have all witnessed how the rural clubs in Ulster are leaving the Belfast clubs behind. From Ballynahinch, Banbridge, City of Armagh, Clogher Valley, Enniskillen, Omagh, Dungannon, City of Derry, Limavady, Rainey OB, Ballymoney, Randalstown, Ballymena, Ballyclare and Carrickfergus you can see the progress these clubs have made. This work is ongoing through Ulster Rugby and their Development Officers to bring clubs and Schools together in the rural communities to build and strengthen their player base. I know Malone RFC have been at the forefront of Youth Rugby in the Belfast area for many years. The sad thing is these players are not progressing through to playing Adult rugby at the club. Last week the club were unable to field their 3rd and 4th XV teams to compete in Cup competitions. The question I would have to ask is where have all the players who have come through their Youth structure gone to over the last 5/10 years.
I had the opportunity to speak to Michael Howard from Instonians RFC on the progress they are making with establishing Youth Rugby teams in the club. It is an ongoing process with their second row Sean Shuttleworth evidence of a player who has come through the clubs Youth structure to play for the 1st XV. I also noted they are able to organise Youth fixtures during the week with their under 14s and 16s playing Carrickfergus on Thursday night. From a personal point of view I am delighted to see clubs playing rugby at this level outside the traditional window of Saturday morning. Shawsbridge neighbours Cooke RFC have been working hard under Noel Brown to establish Youth Rugby at the club. From beginnings at under 14 level the club have progressed to under 18 level.
What Michael Howard wanted to see happening was the nine clubs in the Belfast area coming together to put in place a plan to increase the number of players at Mini and Youth level playing rugby. Is their merit in what Michael is saying. Traditionally the clubs in Belfast have relied on the Grammar Schools to provide their players with their rivalry I feel being an obstacle to looking at the bigger picture in creating opportunities for more boys and girls to play rugby. Too many schools in the Belfast area don't play rugby. Too many clubs don't have any relationship with these schools. The clubs should be asking themselves why this is happening.
Ulster Rugby want to see a 'Holistic' approach being taken by the clubs in Belfast to reversing the player drain. Is it not time the clubs set aside their rivalries to come together and put in place arrangements to benefit all our rugby clubs and sustain our playing base.
I mentioned Donaghadee RFC. Under Community Development Officer Guy McManus they now have teams at under 14 and 16 level representing the club in the Youth leagues. Their neighbours Bangor RFC are fielding an under 14 side as they build for the future with David Coey and Stephen Montgomery playing a key role at the club and in Bangor Academy. These are examples of what can be achieved.
Looking at Connacht it is the new emerging clubs that are replacing the more established clubs. Look how Galwegians and Galway Corinthians have struggled in recent seasons. In Belfast Instonians, CIYMS and Academy not to forget North and Collegians before they merged into Belfast Harlequins were all senior clubs. If the clubs in Connacht can get it right why can the clubs in Greater Belfast area not take those first courageous steps to work together for the long term benefit of the Domestic game in Belfast. Ulster Rugby can take the lead - but we need all the clubs to work with them.
Rugby is a sport for all abilities. Club structures should reflect that inclusiveness. The Post of Director of Rugby has become a key post in clubs to coordinate all playing activities within their clubs along with a pro active playing committees. Again I am surprised to learn that a number of clubs don't have such structures in place.
This is an area that I have talked about for a number of years. We are not doing enough to teach players the basic fundamental skills from an early age. This has to start with Mini Rugby and upskilling the coaches to develop the young players and give them the skills to play rugby. This includes passing, tackling and kicking. Too often I have been watching games of rugby at all age groups and have been horrified to see young players not being taught the basics of rugby union. We keep talking about transferable skills from soccer and GAA. Why are we not teaching these young players the skills they learn from soccer and GAA. Why has someone else to do this job. Kicking is such an integral part of rugby union. Sadly players are not being taught how to kick and catch a rugby ball. I watched a young player in a recent match struggling with his kicking game and the impact it had on his team. The question I was asking was no one spending time with this player to improve his kicking game, Does it pose the question that we don't have specialised coaches with the skills to teach players individual skills such as kicking for example. Who are the specialised coaches available to teach players how to scrummage and jump in lineouts. Coaching time with players has to be focused and structured to improve that individual player.
I agree that the upskilling of coaches has to be ongoing with regular workshops to ensure they can improve the individual player and his team.
ALL IRELAND LEAGUE
For the second weekend running we had 13 results reversed from the fixtures in Round 8. The teams now have a three week break before the Round 12 fixtures recommence on Saturday the 16th February. They will then play a block of four matches before they break again for two weeks before the final three Rounds of fixtures are completed on the 13th April.
Two points separate Malone and Banbridge at the top of the league after Round 11. Malone remain top after defeating Old Wesley 21 - 17 at Donnybrook with Banbridge holding on to make it back to back wins after recording a 18 - 16 win over St Mary's College at Rifle Park. Both these teams will meet at Gibson Park in Round 12 on the 16th February. Ballynahinch bounced back from their defeat at Malone to defeat Ulster neighbours Ballymena 19 - 14 at Ballymacarn Park. The win moves them up into 4th place three points behind leaders Malone. Ballymena find themselves in 10th place after losing their Round 10 and 11 games. City of Armagh are in 7th place after drawing 23 - 23 away to Naas. With five points separating the top six sides and only 12 points separating all ten teams in this league every point is vital as teams battle it out for the league title and a top four finish. The contest at the bottom has six points separating the bottom four teams with Ulster side Ballymena in need of league points to avoid finishing in 9th and 10th place.
Queens University could not make it back to back wins after they went down to Cashel 35 - 15 in Round 11. They find themselves in 6th place as they trail leaders Highfield by 26 points. UL Bohemians are in 4th place five points ahead of the students in the battle for the playoffs.
Injuries had depleted Rainey OB Head coach John Andrews of several of his experienced players with his young side overcoming Sunday's Well 21 - 12 at Hatrick Park to keep their 3rd place. Dungannon were unable to record back to back wins losing 26 - 8 to second place Greystones on the road. They now find themselves level on points with 10th place Sunday's Well. Belfast Harlequins made it three wins away from home when they won a crucial relegation game at Skerries 11 - 7 to move up to 8th place.
Omagh had their title ambitions seriously dented when they lost 23 - 14 away to 10th place Seapoint. The Tyrone team remain in 4th place 14 points adrift of leaders Ballina with the playoffs once again their target this season. Bangor find themselves in 6th place nine points of the playoffs and only eight points ahead of 9th place Thomond after losing 46 - 28 at home to league leaders Ballina at Upritchard Park. Head coach Michael Ferguson and his players find themselves potentially involved on the fringes of being caught up for the third season in a row in a battle to avoid finishing in 9th and 10th place. The outstanding performance of the day has to go to City of Derry who surprised second place Midleton at the Craig Thompson stadium to win 19 - 18 with captain Stephen Corr scoring two of their three tries.
KUKRI ULSTER RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
After Round 13 seven points separate the top three sides Ballyclare and Instonians with Dromore having a game in hand. It is a case of these three teams seeking a maximum five points from every league game in an attempt to gain an advantage in this title race. It is looking as if the meetings between Ballyclare, Instonians and Dromore at the Cloughan in March will go some way to deciding the league winners. Grosvenor in 4th place find themselves only seven points ahead of 5th place Cooke after losing their last two league games. Both teams meet at Gibson Park on Thursday night in a rearranged league game with points vital to both teams. 6th and 7th place Portadown and Carrickfergus met at the Tom Simms Memorial Grounds in a game full of drama. Portadown had built up a commanding 26 - 10 lead at halftime only to conceded 20 unanswered points in the second half to lose 30 - 26. For Carrick Head coach Warren McLean it made it two wins from three since he took over. New Portadown Head coach Stuart Lamb will be aware his side have now lost their last three league games by narrow margins having scored 12 tries and conceded 14. There was plenty of drama at the bottom end of the table. Enniskillen picked up four valuable league points in their 21 - 0 win at Coleraine with Enniskillen prop Gavin Warrington making it six tries scored in twelve league appearances this season. CIYMS almost snatched victory over Instonians at Belmont as a late penalty attempt drifted wide in losing 29 - 27 to Belfast neighbours Instonians. CIYMS find themselves one point ahead of 10th place Coleraine and four points behind 8th place Enniskillen. Matches coming up between Enniskillen, CIYMS and Coleraine will go a long way in deciding the teams who will finish in the bottom two places. The 10th place team is automatically relegated with the 9th place team going into the playoff match with the team finishing second in Division 2.
Clogher Valley made a big statement at the weekend in defeating Academy 17 - 12 at the Cran in the race for the league title. It remains a contest between Limavady, Clogher Valley, Academy and Randalstown for the league with ten points between the four sides. Both Limavady and Academy have a game in hand on Clogher Valley with Randalstown having two games in hand on Clogher Valley. Again the fixtures involving these teams in the remaining weeks will go a long way in deciding who wins this league. Ballymoney, Ards and Lurgan continue their battle to finish in 5th place. Larne, Lisburn and UUC all lost their games on Saturday. It is looking as if it will be between Lisburn and UUC to avoid finishing in 10th place with the 9th place team going into a playoff match with the second place team in Div 3.
Leaders Donaghadee retain their 12 point advantage with six matches remaining after picking up another bonus win at Civil Service. Monaghan remain favourites to finish in second place.
RIVER ROCK TOWNS CUP 2ND ROUND
This weekend we have 16 teams competing in eight second round fixtures. They include six teams from Div 1 of the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship who received a bye in the 1st Rd. They are joined by four teams from Div 2 along with sole Div 3 representatives Strabane and five Ulster AIL second xv teams. Ballyclare are the current holders and face a difficult tie away to one of the favourites Ballynahinch seconds at Ballymacarn Park who last won the Cup in 2017. Ballynahinch seconds and their coaches Mark McDowell and Davy Harris will be looking their team to make amends for losing the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup Final to Dromore. Can Ballyclare coaches Mike McKeever and Ricky Lutton steer their team through this match. Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup holders Dromore play neighbours Banbridge seconds at Barban Hill. Another of the potential favourites will be City of Armagh seconds who retained the Kukri Conference Div 1 title in December. They travel to play Strabane. Another appetising tie is the meeting of the top two teams in Div 2 Limavady and Clogher Valley at the Cran in Fivemiletown. Clogher Valley have quite a record in the Towns Cup last appearing in the 2015 Final before losing out to Ballynahinch seconds and will be looking to make the quarter finals. Limavady under new Head coach Graeme Eastwood have made a big impact this season as both teams pursue promotion to Div 1 this season. Last season Portadown lost out to Ballyclare 27 - 6 in the Final of the Towns Cup. Recent coaching changes at Portadown have seen Stuart Lamb and Mark 'Chunka' Neilly take charge. The team have turned around early season performances and certainly have the talent in their playing squad to return to the Kingspan stadium this season. They welcome Larne to Chambers Park on Saturday afternoon. Can influential Larne scrum half Ryan Garrett and his players cause an upset. The talent is certainly within their playing squad. At Stevenson Park Enniskillen are the visitors for Dungannon seconds. Enniskillen contested the 2016 and 17 Finals losing out to Bangor 31 - 25 and Ballynahinch seconds 17 - 13 in two very dramatic games. Current Ulster winger Robert Balacoune announced his arrival as a future Ulster player in the final against Ballynahinch in 2017 with his impressive running. Can Gary Longwell and his Randalstown team cause an upset at the Tom Simms Memorial Playing Fields in his last season before stepping down as Head coach at the club. Their opponents Carrickfergus have made coaching changes with Warren McClean once again taking charge of the playing side. He has had an immediate impact with the team winning two from three league games. The team showed their character to come back from 26 - 10 down at home to Portadown last Saturday to win 30 - 26.
Eaton Park in Ballymena with host the remaining tie when Coleraine travel to play an inform Ballymena seconds on Friday night with a 7.45PM kick off. For Coleraine Head coach Benjy Van Der Byl and his players they will be looking a Cup run to build momentum going into their remaining league games. Ballymena seconds coaches Gareth Fisher and John Nicholl have assembled a competitive second xv at Eaton Park this season. They will be aware that if they can overcome Coleraine they will be a team who can contend for the Towns Cup this season.
With no All Ireland league matches this weekend the AIL Ulster second xv teams will be able to field strong competitive teams. The Quarter Finals of the Towns Cup will be played on the 23rd February when Round 13 of the AIL takes place.
WEEKEND RESULTS/TEAM SELECTIONS 26.1.19
ALL IRELAND LEAGUE ROUND 11
Shannon 7 Garryowen 28
Dublin University 29 Clontarf 21
Terenure College 49 UCD 21
UCC 25 Lansdowne 22
Young Munster 5 Cork Constitution 31
Buccaneers 20 Old Belvedere 12
Ballynahinch 19 Ballymena 14
Ballynahinch team: 1. Jonny Blair, 2. Zac McCall, 3. Tom O'Toole, 4. John Donnan, 5. Jack Regan, 6. Aaron Hall, 7. Ollie Loughead, 8. Conall Boomer, 9. Rhys O'Donnell, 10. Jonny McPhillips. 11. Aaron Cairns (Capt), 12. Ryan Wilson, 13. Ross Adair, 14. Richard Reaney, 15. Paddy Wright, 16. Clayton Milligan, 17. Ben Cullen, 18. Keith Dickson, 19. Robin Harte, 20. George Pringle.
Points scorers: Tom O'Toole, Rhys O'Donnell, George Pringle 1 x try each, Jonny McPhillips 2 x cons.
Ballymena team: 1.Nacho Clandero Crespo, 2. Jonny Spence, 3. Chris Cundell, 4. David Whann, 5. Connor White, 6. Connor Smyth, 7. Marcus Rea (Capt), 8. Stephen Mulholland, 9. Michael Stronge, 10. Bruce Houson, 11. Darrell Montgomery, 12. Tim Small, 13. Matthew Norris, 14. Jordan Foster, 15. Rodger McBurney, 16. Andrew Ferguson, 17. Josh Bill, 18. Jacque Bolger, 19. Glenn Baillie, 20. Dean Reynolds.
Points scorers: Michael Stronge, Darrell Montgomery 1 x try each, Timmy Small 2 x cons.
Banbridge 18 St Mary's College 16
Banbridge team: 1. Michael Cromie (Capt), 2. Peter Cromie, 3. Stuart Cromie, 4. Alex Thompson, 5. Chris Allen, 6. Robin Sinton, 7. Ethan Harbinson, 8.Stephen Irvine, 9. Neil Kilpatrick, 10. Josh Cromie, 11. Adam Doherty, 12. Jonny Little, 13. Andrew Morrison, 14. Conor Field, 15. Robert Lyttle, 16. Andrew Jackson, 17. Corrie Barrett, 18. Dale Carson, 19. Aaron Kennedy, 20. Hugo Harbinson.
Points scorers: John Porter, Josh Cromie 1 x try each, Adam Doherty 2 x pens and 1 x con.
Naas 23 City of Armagh 23
City of Armagh team: 1. Paul Mullen, 2. Andrew Smyth, 3. Philip Fletcher, 4. Peter Starrett, 5. Josh McKinley, 6. James Hanna, 7. Robbie Whitten, 8. Neil Faloon, 9. Harry Doyle, 10. Cormac Fox, 11. Shea O'Brien, 12. Chris Cousens, 13. Chris Colvin (Capt), 14. Evin Crummie, 15. Ryan Purvis, 16. Jonny Morton, 17. Oisin Kiernan, 18. Nigel Simpson, 19. Ollie Millar, 20. Gerard Treanor.
Points scorers: Neil Faloon, Chris Cousens, Ryan Purvis 1 x try each, Cormac Fox 2 x pens and 1 x con
Old Wesley 17 Malone 21
Malone team: 1. Ben Halliday, 2. Adam McBurney, 3. Ross Kane, 4. Michael Shiels, 5. Matthew Dalton, 6. Dave Cave, 7. Ross Todd (Capt), 8. Joe Dunleavy, 9. Graham Curtis, 10. Callum Smith, 11. Andy Bryans, 12. Nathan Brown, 13. Josh Pentland, 14. Rory Campbell, 15. Jack Owens, 16. Dan Kerr, 17. Ricky Greenwood, 18. Ryan Clarke, 19. Shane Kelly, 20. Mark O'Connor.
Points scorers: 1 x penalty try + con, Michael Shiels, Adam McBurney 1 x try each, Rory Campbell 2 x cons.
Dolphin 19 UL Bohemians 23
Galwegians 5 Navan RFC 7
Highfield 40 Nenagh Ormond 22
Old Crescent 49 Blackrock College 17
Cashel RFC 35 Queens University 15
Queens University team: 1. Brian Cunningham, 2. Alexander Cunningham, 3. Andrew Weir, 4. David Whitten (Capt), 5. Ali Burke, 6. David Swann, 7. Andrew McGrath, 8. Gary Dillon, 9. Matthew Keane, 10. Richie McMaster, 11. Jonny Hunter, 12. Conor Shiels, 13. Rory Bell, 14. Mark Keane, 15. Jonny Milliken, 16. Matthew Millar, 17. James Catterson, 18. Curtis Pollock, 19. James Longwell, 20.Conor McAuley.
Points scorers: David Whitten, Mark Keane, Alexander Clarke 1 x try each.
Sligo 17 Galway Corinthians 18
Wanderers 7 MU Barnhall 38
Greystones 26 Dungannon 8
Dungannon team: 1. Ross Stewart, 2. Malcolm Allister, 3. Glen Sinnamon, 4. Guilhem Lopez, 5. Stephen Todd (Capt), 6. David Leyburn, 7. Mark Riddell, 8. Alex Gormley, 9. John Russell, 10. John Buckley, 11. Caolan Mulgrew, 12. Andrew Weir, 13. Mervyn Brown, 14. Matthew Montgomery, 15. Conor McGeough, 16. Jamie McNeill, 17. James Gamble, 18. Peter Doran, 19. James McMahon, 20. Adam Evans.
Points scorers: Caolan Mulgrew 1 x try, John Buckley 1 x pen.
Rainey OB 21 Sunday's Well 12
Rainey OB team: 1. Aidan McSwiggan, 2. Brad Roberts, 3. Kieran Donaghy, 4. Jack McIntosh, 5. Michael McCusker, 6. Matthew Millar, 7. Charlie Clarke, 8. George Fritz, 9. Jason Bloomfield, 10. Andrew Magrath, 11. Michael O'Neill, 12. Oisin Quinn, 13. Conor Fitzsimons, 14. Andrew Donaghy, 15. Scott McLean, 16. Fintan Quinn, 17. Michael Caithness, 18. Eunan Shaw, 19. Andrew Browne, 20. Caolan Devlin.
Points scorers: Fintan Quinn 1 x try, 1 x penalty try + con, Scott McLean 3 x pens.
Skerries 7 Belfast Harlequins 11
Belfast Harlequins team: 1. Toby Mannus, 2. Saul Herdman, 3. James Harrison, 4. Callum Leckey, 5. Danny Annett (Capt), 6. Jaz Andress, 7. Jona Siri, 8. Ben Alexander, 9. Connor Young, 10. Mark Kettyle, 11. James McConnell, 12. Mark Gribben, 13. Jordan Hylton, 14. Richie McKee, 15. Mark Glover, 16.Rory winters, 17. Mark McGrath, 18. Troy Webber, 19. Timmy Emerson, 20. Peter Dunlop.
Points scorers; Ben Alexander 1 x try, Mark Gribben, Timmy Emerson 1 x pen each.
Bruff 32 Malahide 17
Tullamore 11 Thomond 15
Bangor 28 Ballina 46
Bangor team: 1. Philip Whyte, 2. Andrew Shaw, 3. James Leary, 4. Lewis Stevenson, 5. David Caughey, 6. David Bradford (Capt), 7. Jamie Clegg, 8. Curtis Stewart, 9. Liam Preston, 10. Gareth Millar, 11. Mark Widdowson, 12. Desi Fusco, 13. Phil Broderick, 14. Nathan Graham, 15. Declan Maguire, 16. Andrew Jackson, 17. Charlie Clegg, 18. Michael Ferguson, 19. Craig Burton, 20. Adam McCusker.
Points scorers: 2 x penalty tries + cons, Mark Widdowson, Adam McCusker 1 x try each, Gareth Millar 2 x cons.
City of Derry 19 Midleton 18
City of Derry team: 1. Jimmy Hamilton, 2. David Ferguson, 3. Ben Pollin, 4. Adam Bratton, 5. Gerard Doherty, 6. Conor McMenamin, 7. Chris Lamberton, 8. Stephen Corr (Capt), 9. Rory McGinty, 10. Alex McDonnell, 11. Callum O'Hagan, 12. Thomas Cole, 13. David Lapsley, 14. David Graham, 15. Simon Logue, 16. Ross Harkin, 17. Paddy Owens, 18. Craig Huey, 19. Colin Campbell, 20. James Perry.
Points scorers: Stephen Corr 2 x tries, Simon Logue 1 x try, Alex McDonnell 2 x cons
Seapoint 23 Omagh 14
Omagh team: 1. Richard Hemphill, 2. Phil Ewing, 3. Richard Smyth, 4. Jonny Sproule, 5. James Sproule, 6. Kaine Holden, 7. Adam Longwell, 8. Matthew Clyde, 9.Stewart McCain (Capt), 10. Stuart Ballantine, 11. Matthew Eccles, 12. Luke Hanson, 13. Scott Barr, 14. Neil Brown, 15. Ali Beckett, 16. Peter Todd, 17. Nathan Kilfedder, 18. Mervyn Edgar, 19. Scott Elliott, 20. Ryan Mitchell.
Points scorers: 1 x penalty + con, Stewart McCain 1 x try, Scott Elliott 1 x con.
KUKRI ULSTER RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
Ballyclare 29 Grosvenor 12
Ballyclare team: 1. Dean Jones, 2. Matthew Coulter, 3. Al Boyd, 4. Robert Boyd, 5. Grant Bartley (Capt), 6.Aaron Playfair, 7. Gary Weatherup, 8. Dave Clarke, 9. Andy Eastop, 10. Niall Lawther, 11. Michael Kirk, 12. Joel McBride, 13. Robbie Reid, 14. Owen Kirk, 15. Gary Clotworthy, 16. Jordan Birnie, 17. Ryan Tweed.
Points scorers: Niall Lawther, Dave Clarke, Gary Clotworthy, Aaron Playfair 1 x try each, Robbie Reid 1 x pen and 3 x cons.
Grosvenor team: 1. Mark Rainey, 2. Stuart Smyth, 3. Pearce Jamison, 4. Peter Davison, 5. Willie Rea, 6. Sam Purdon, 7. Connor McKee, 8. Andrew Kelly (Capt), 9. Allen McCluggage, 10. Peter Davison, 11. Jonny Farquhar, 12. Jos McConkey, 13. Cameron Knell, 14. David Egner, 15. Adam Skelton, 16. Ben Davies, 17. Neil Adams.
CIYMS 27 Instonians 29
CIYMS team: 1. John Kavanagh, 2. Scott McNarry, 3. Michael Lilly, 4. Tim Acheson, 5.Mark McConkey, 6.Patrick Butler, 7. Scott Dowle, 8. Shane Moffett, 9. Cameron Stewart, 10. Paddy Beverland, 11. Peter Raine, 12. Rob Haldane, 13. Nathan Burns, 14.Gareth Peden, 15. Jonny Haldane, 16. Harry Jenkins, 17.Matthew Kilgore.
Points scorers: Peter Raine, Nathan Burns, Shane Moffatt, 1 x try each, Rob Haldane 1 x try, 2 x cons and 1 x pen
Instonians team: 1. Conor Gallagher, 2. Neil Saulters, 3. Alan Whitten, 4. Tom Matthews, 5. Sean Shuttleworth, 6. Massimo Kiri Kiri, 7. Mark Mairs, 8. John Andress, 9. Paul Marshall, 10. Richard McCarthy, 11. David McGovern, 12. David Scott (Capt), 13. Matthew Kilpatrick, 14. Donal Moloney, 15. Ross O'Donnell, 16. Denis Shuttleworth, 17. Johnny Mooney.
Points scorers: Matthew Kilpatrick 3 x tries, John Andress 1 x try, Richard McCarthy 3 x cons and 1 x pen
Carrickfergus 30 Portadown 26
Carrickfergus team: 1. Joel Bell, 2. Alan Whitley, 3. Paul Greenaway, 4. Chris Rodgers, 5. Ian McMenamin, 6. Ryan Gibson, 7. Jack Millar, 8. Ryan McGonigle (Capt), 9. Conor Cambridge, 10. Jack Burton, 11. David Moore, 12. Brian Alexander, 13. Fionn McCormick, 14. Michael Black, 15. David Carse, 16. Adam Gibney, 17. Neil Hastings.
Points scorers: Chris Rodgers, Ryan McGonigle, Brian Alexander 1 x try each, Fionn McCormick 1 x try, 2 x pens, 2 x cons (15 x points).
Portadown team: 1. Mark Henderson, 2. Robert Reid, 3. Matthew Davison, 4. Matt Stevens, 5. Danny Alexander, 6. James Wright, 7. Gary Hall, 8. Lloyd Gravatt, 9. Brian Forrestal, 10. Brett Flack, 11.Jack Orr, 12. Jordan Taylor, 13. Josh Matchett, 14. William Holden, 15. Tom Caesar, 16. Aaron McMaster, 17. Aaron Abraham.
Points scorers: William Holden, Matt Stevens, Robert Reid, Tom Caesar 1 x try each, Josh Matchett 3 x cons.
Coleraine 0 Enniskillen 21
Coleraine team: 1. Chris Breadon, 2. David Greatorex, 3. Aidy Nevin, 4. Simon McLean, 5. Fergal Wiseman, 6. Bernard Mullan, 7. Josh Christie, 8. Steven Dickey, 9. Matthew Kennedy, 10. Jonny Crowe, 11. Stevie Callaghan, 12. Kyle McAuley, 13. Gavin Piennar, 14. Martin Senk, 15. Brian Cochrane, 16. Martin Julz, 17. J Wiseman.
Enniskillen team: 1. Gavin Warrington, 2. Ryan Cathcart (Capt), 3. Gareth Beatty, 4. Gavin Parke, 5. Jamie Kelly, 6. James Carleton, 7. John Arnold, 8. Ricky Lee, 9. Nick Finlay, 10. Adam Lendrum, 11. Conor Hoy, 12. Jack Rutledge, 13. Tyler Miller, 14. Jarlath Maguire, 15. Ashley Finlay, 16. Steven Fox, 17. Gary Thorton.
Points scorers: Ashley Finlay, Ricky Lee, Gavin Warrington 1 x try each, Adam Lendrum 3 x cons.
Dromore 38 Cooke 3
Dromore team: 1. Justy Savage, 2. Fraser Mulholland, 3. Tom Lyttle, 4. Jonny Maguire, 5. Ross Bingham, 6. Adam MacGregor, 7. Peter Elliott, 8. Ben Heath, 9. TJ Morris, 10. David Lyttle, 11. Andrew Rutledge, 12. Graeme McCandless, 13. Aaron Stewart, 14. Brian McClearn, 15. Adam McDonald, 16. Mark Hylands, 17. Rory Pepper.
Points scorers: Ben Heath, Brian McClearn 2 x tries each, Peter Elliott, Adam McDonald, Rory Pepper. David Lyttle 1 x pen
Cooke team: 1. Declan McClements, 2. Ross Dunning, 3. Russell Hunter, 4. Andrew Quigley, 5. Jonathan Walsh, 6. Josh Harper, 7. Matthew Elliott, 8. Jason Lyons, 9. Ryan Flavelle, 10. Phil Wood, 11. Andrew Pollock, 12. Kyle Mitchell (Capt), 13. Jonathan Backus, 14. Andrew Nelson, 15. Alex Gourley 16. Jonathan McClune, 17. Luke Tarry.
ULSTER RUGBY PREMIERSHIP 2ND XV LEAGUE
Ballymena seconds 16 Malone seconds 12
Ballymena team:1. Jack Francis, 2. James Taggart, 3. Houston Bonnar, 4. Veikune Ika, 5. Jonny Browne, 6. Ryan Mattison, 7. Reuben Russell, 8. Matthew Dick, 9. Jack Fleming, 10. Steven Shaw, 11. Jonny Rossborough, 12. Alan Smyth, 13. James Wheeler, 14. Jack Lewis, 15. Sam Millar, 16.Dominic Gallagher, 17. Jacque Bolger.
Points scorers: Alan Smyth, Matthew Dick 1 x try each, Sam Millar 2 x pens.
Malone team: 1. Lee Barlow, 2. Scott Finlay, 3.Philip Eadie, 4. Jonny Davies, 5. Josh Davidson, 6. Tom Dullage, 7. Stuart Doddington, 8. Max Porter (Capt), 9. Callum Jeffrey, 10. Connor Spence, 11. Jack Knox, 12. Ricky McCullagh, 13. Andy McConnell, 14. Chris Jordan, 15. Bruce Duff, 16. Charlie Shannon, 17. Matthew Hamilton.
Points scorers: Max Porter 1 x try, 1 x penalty try + con
Omagh seconds 10 Ballynahinch seconds 39
Omagh team: 1. Kyle Alexander, 2. Jordan Brolly, 3. Ethan McKeown, 4. Glen McKinley, 5. David Cummings, 6. Freddie McDowell, 7. Jack Mitchell, 8. Dean Porter, 9. Eoin Murnaghan, 10. Peter Scott, 11. Scott Ballantine, 12. Dean Kane, 13. Stephen MacLaine, 14. Ben Scott, 15. Oscar Nelson, 16. Matthew Sproule, 17. Jake Cunningham.
Points scorers: Dean Porter 1 x try, Eoin Murnaghan 1 x pen and 1 x con.
Ballynahinch team: 1. Scott Connolly, 2. Conor Piper, 3. Kelvin Hamilton, 4. Tom Martin, 5. Robert Gilmore, 6.Graeme McKitterick, 7. Stuart Elwood, 8. Brian Howard, 9. Lewis Finlay, 10. Hilton Gibbons, 11. Jonny McCoubrey, 12. Eamon McAnulty, 13. Ricky Gill, 14. Aaron Ferris, 15. Joe Bingham, 16. Harry McCormick, 17. David Harris.
Points scorers; Aaron Ferris, Jonny McCoubrey 2 x tries each, Stuart Elwood, Lewis Finlay, Graeme McKitterick, 1 x try each, Hilton Gibbons 2 x cons.
KUKRI ULSTER RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
Ards 40 Lisburn 5
Ards team1. Andrew Foster (Capt), 2. Tom Arthur Donnan, 3. Matty Kane, 4. Onisi Burekama, 5. Ross Torney, 6. Robert Hull, 7. Ryan Thompson, 8. Graeme Taylor, 9. Alex Hendrickse, 10. Paul Cox, 11. Matthew Warnock, 12. Michael Lawton, 13. David Armstrong, 14. Michael taylor, 15. Aaron May, 16. Paddy Bond, 17. Matty Bell.
Points scorers: Aaron May, Tom Arthur Donnan, Alex Hendrickse, Paddy Bond, Michael Lawton 1 x try each, Paul Cox 1 x try and 5 x cons ( 15 x points)
Ballymoney 48 UUC 10
Clogher Valley 17 Academy 12
Clogher Valley team: 1. Philip Hopper, 2. Kyle Cobane, 3. Neil Henderson, 4. Eugene McKenna, 5. Michael Treanor (Capt), 6. David Sharkey, 7. Aaron Dunwoody, 8.Ryan Wilson, 9. Mark Ellis, 10. Paul Armstrong, 11. Fleming Agnew, 12. Rodney Bennett, 13. Reece Smyton, 14. Josh Coulter, 15. Ewan Haire, 16. Josh Coulter, 17. Mark McKenna.
Points scorers: Michael Treanor, Ryan Wilson 1 x try each, Paul Armstrong 1 x pen and 2 x cons.
Academy team: 1. Chris Nash, 2. Lee Moody, 3. Troy Wilson, 4. Kyle Gregg, 5. Brian Cahill, 6. Richard Henderson (capt), 7. Stewart Martin, 8. Keith Dobbin, 9. David Kenny, 10. Jordan Buchanan, 11. Jamie Wilson, 12. Callum Lyle, 13. Stevie Stewart, 14. Simon Beattie, 15. Chris Cooper, 16. Peter Jackson, 17. Andy Eggleton.
Points scorers: Chris Cooper 4 x pens.
Larne 18 Randalstown 23
Larne team: 1. Luke Burford, 2. Craig Gibson, 3. Micah Stevenson, 4. Matt Crampsey, 5. Jonny Cole (Capt), 6. Ryan McAllister, 7. Jack Hill, 8.Eddie Hunter, 9. Ryan Garrett, 10. BJ McFaul, 11. Anton White, 12. Matthew Agnew, 13. Jordan Burns, 14. Jonny Hall, 15. Aaron McBride, 16. Andrew Hyndman, 17. Scott Montgomery.
Points scorers: Jonny Hall 1 x try, Ryan Garrett 1 x try, 2 x pens and 1 x con.
Randalstown team: 1. Simon Adams, 2. Scott Stevenson, 3. Gary Hume, 4. Dean McCroary, 5. Scott McClenaghan, 6. Peter Knowles, 7. Ian Hume, 8. David Smith, 9. Tommy Holland, 10. Martin Connolly, 11. Niall McGlade, 12. Daniel McGlade, 13. Jordan Foster, 14. Eoin Letters, 15. Michael Smith, 16. Marty O'Neill, 17. Kyle Hetherington.
Points scorers: 1 x penalty try + con, Gary Hume, Eoin Letters 1 x try each, Martin Connolly 2 x pen.
Limavady 19 Lurgan 15
Limavady team: 1. Clive Scott, 2. Luke Montgomery, 3. Rory Squires, 4. John Purcell, 5. Michael Rice, 6. Ben Riley, 7. Jonny Lees, 8. Darren Corrigan, 9. Peter Wilson, 10. Gavin Martin, 11. Stewart Roddy, 12. Stuart Simpson, 13. Jamie Millar, 14. Graham McAleese, 15. Jim McCartney, 16. John McCollum, 17. Perry Semple.
Points scorers: John Purcell, Ben Riley, Michael Rice 1 x try each, Jim McCartney 2 x cons
Lurgan team: 1. Graham Currie, 2. Martin Follis, 3. Ryan Emerson, 4. Neil Adamson, 5. Daniel Lyness, 6. Sam Longstaff, 7. Ryan Osbourne, 8. Dean Wilson (Capt), 9. Chris Jenks, 10. Dylan Gill, 11. Richard Hull, 12. Jack Wilson, 13. Ben McIIwaine, 14. Ryan Mooney, 15. Stephen Nolan.
Points scorers: Ben McIIwaine 1 x try, Stephen Nolan 1 x try, 1 x pen and 1 x con.
Civil Service 10 Donaghadee 26
Monaghan 25 Virginia 7
Newry 36 BHSFP 7
Ophir 5 Holywood 76
PSNI 27 Strabane 3
FIXTURES SATURDAY 2ND SATURDAY 2019
RIVER ROCK TOWNS CUP SECOND ROUND
Strabane v City of Armagh seconds
Dungannon seconds v Enniskillen
Carrickfergus v Randalstown
Ballymena seconds v Coleraine. Played Friday 1st February 2019. KO 7.45PM
Clogher Valley v Limavady
Portadown v Larne
Ballynahinch seconds v Ballyclare
Dromore v Banbridge seconds
KUKRI ULSTER RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
Grosvenor v Cooke. Played Thursday 31st January 2019. KO 7.30PM
Enjoy your rugby this weekend.
Updated 16:33 - 30 Jan 2019 by Roger Corbett