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Ballyclare Rugby Club

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Ballyclare leave it late in Portadown

Ballyclare travelled to Portadown on Saturday knowing the need to obtain maximum points to continue to challenge for the title in their competitive league. The home side which had struggled in the first half of the season have rejuvenated since Christmas, appointing a new coach and had recorded some notable results.

Changes to the Ballyclare side saw Michael Kirk return to the wing, and Robert Boyd to the second row. Joel McBride also returned to the starting line-up. Matthew Coulter continued his return to full fitness with a spot on the bench.

For the second time in 3 matches, Ballyclare scored straight from the kick-off. Immediately going on the offensive Ballyclare surged into the Portadown 22 with a Willie Stewart carry. The ball was quickly moved to the right wing where Owen Kirk stayed strong to power in for the opening score. Robbie Reid slotted the conversion. 7-0
Portadown then enjoyed a good period of possession, recycling the ball effectively without making too much progression deep into Ballyclare territory. On 20 minutes Ballyclare were inside the Portadown 22 again, making steady progression. Portadown were penalised under their posts, Ballyclare elected to scrum, as their set piece had been on top in the early part of the game. The ball was secured as the scrum wheeled slightly to open up the right hand side of the pitch. A mistimed run/pass resulted in a knock on, denying what looked a certain score. Portadown won the ball on their own put in and kicked to safety.
Portadown again enjoyed some possession and looked dangerous at times. On 35 minutes, at a line out in the Ballyclare half, Portadown won the ball and passed it back. A Portadown player ran straight through the Ballyclare forwards still in line out formation. The Portadown open side wing forward continued the run into the Ballyclare 22 breaking a tackle attempt. The ball was spread right where Portadown had an overlap on the right wing, running in to score. The conversion was added to leave the half time score 7-7.

Ten minutes into the second half following good work at a breakdown by Dave Clarke which forced Portadown to concede a penalty. A kick to the corner resulted in a line out. Ballyclare lost possession and Portadown cleared. This resulted in another line out further out from the Portadown line. Portadown robbed the ball, illegally, Ballyclare kicked to the corner again. The ball was won and passed out the backs. Willie Stewart hit the line and couldn’t be stopped to go in for a score. Reid again was successful with the conversion kick. 7-14.

The Ballyclare lead lasted for barely a minute. Portadown from the restart forced play in the middle of the pitch around the Ballyclare 22. The Portadown number seven broke through a last ditch tackle to score between the posts. With the conversion added it was all square.
Portadown continued to pressurise Ballyclare with some determined play. They kicked a penalty soon after to take the lead for the first time 17-14. Ballyclare responded well and put together some good phases of play inside the Portadown half. Michael Kirk finished well to put Ballyclare back into the lead in the competitive match. Reid added his third conversion. 17-21

Ballyclare’s Gary Weatherup was given a yellow card for infringement at the breakdown leaving Ballyclare with 14 men for 10 minutes in the final quarter. Portadown kicked the resulting penalty to the corner and retained possession. Ballyclare resisted the first drive for the line but the ball was recycled, the second charge broke through the Ballyclare defence to score. The conversion was added to give Portadown a 24-21 lead as full time approached. Ballyclare looked to heading for their third league defeat of the season. A kick at goal which could have guaranteed a draw was turned down in favour of a kick to the corner. Ballyclare were going for it. Ballyclare lost the resulting line out allowing Portadown to clear. A losing bonus point was all that Ballyclare looked to be getting from the game.

In added time however, Ballyclare put together an impressive period of play. The ball was recycled through several phases close to the Portadown line before being moved to the right wing where Willie Stewart crossed the line in the corner for the bonus point fourth try. Reid made it four kicks from four with the conversion. Ballyclare celebrated as the final whistle sounded. 24-28

Ballyclare matched the bonus point wins of other title contenders Instonians and Dromore to remain two points clear at the top of the table. Grosvenor visit The Cloughan next week for what will be another keenly contested fixture.

Ballyclare 1st XV (1-17) D Jones, J Black, A Boyd, Robert Boyd, Grant Bartley, A Playfair, G Weatherup, D Clarke, A Eastop, R Reid, M Kirk, W Stewart, J McBride, O Kirk, G Clotworthy, M Coulter, N Lawther.

There were three matches played at The Cloughan on Saturday where the 2nd XV romped to a 13 try 70-0 win against Belfast Harlequins 2nd XV. The 3’s lost 45-0 against league leaders Queens 3’s. The 4’s played Malone 4’s who arrived at the Cloughan without a full side. This resulted in a one sided affair and an early stoppage. Paul Morrow scored 2 tries as well as a try each for Rick McKee, Colin Morrow, Marcus Hanna and Chris Coburn. Phil Moan also scored 2 tries in a man of the match performance. Dave Crawford and John Wasson were successful with 2 conversions each. 48-0 was the final result. Next week the 4’s play currently undefeated Randalstown 3’s in the QF of Forster Cup.
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Ballyclare leave it late in Portadown

Ballyclare travelled to Portadown on Saturday knowing the need to obtain maximum points to continue to challenge for the title in their competitive league. The home side which had struggled in the first half of the season have rejuvenated since Christmas, appointing a new coach and had recorded some notable results.

Changes to the Ballyclare side saw Michael Kirk return to the wing, and Robert Boyd to the second row. Joel McBride also returned to the starting line-up. Matthew Coulter continued his return to full fitness with a spot on the bench.

For the second time in 3 matches, Ballyclare scored straight from the kick-off.  Immediately going on the offensive Ballyclare surged into the Portadown 22 with a Willie Stewart carry. The ball was quickly moved to the right wing where Owen Kirk stayed strong to power in for the opening score. Robbie Reid slotted the conversion. 7-0
Portadown then enjoyed a good period of possession, recycling the ball effectively without making too much progression deep into Ballyclare territory.  On 20 minutes Ballyclare were inside the Portadown 22 again, making steady progression. Portadown were penalised under their posts, Ballyclare elected to scrum, as their set piece had been on top in the early part of the game. The ball was secured as the scrum wheeled slightly to open up the right hand side of the pitch. A mistimed run/pass resulted in a knock on, denying what looked a certain score. Portadown won the ball on their own put in and kicked to safety.
Portadown again enjoyed some possession and looked dangerous at times. On 35 minutes, at a line out in the Ballyclare half, Portadown won the ball and passed it back. A Portadown player ran straight through the Ballyclare forwards still in line out formation. The Portadown open side wing forward continued the run into the Ballyclare 22 breaking a tackle attempt. The ball was spread right where Portadown had an overlap on the right wing, running in to score. The conversion was added to leave the half time score 7-7.

Ten minutes into the second half following good work at a breakdown by Dave Clarke which forced Portadown to concede a penalty. A kick to the corner resulted in a line out. Ballyclare lost possession and Portadown cleared. This resulted in another line out further out from the Portadown line. Portadown robbed the ball, illegally, Ballyclare kicked to the corner again. The ball was won and passed out the backs. Willie Stewart hit the line and couldn’t be stopped to go in for a score. Reid again was successful with the conversion kick.  7-14.

The Ballyclare lead lasted for barely a minute. Portadown from the restart forced play in the middle of the pitch around the Ballyclare 22. The Portadown number seven broke through a last ditch tackle to score between the posts. With the conversion added it was all square. 
Portadown continued to pressurise Ballyclare with some determined play. They kicked a penalty soon after to take the lead for the first time 17-14. Ballyclare responded well and put together some good phases of play inside the Portadown half.  Michael Kirk finished well to put Ballyclare back into the lead in the competitive match. Reid added his third conversion. 17-21

Ballyclare’s Gary Weatherup was given a yellow card for infringement at the breakdown leaving Ballyclare with 14 men for 10 minutes in the final quarter. Portadown kicked the resulting penalty to the corner and retained possession. Ballyclare resisted the first drive for the line but the ball was recycled, the second charge broke through the Ballyclare defence to score. The conversion was added to give Portadown a 24-21 lead as full time approached. Ballyclare looked to heading for their third league defeat of the season. A kick at goal which could have guaranteed a draw was turned down in favour of a kick to the corner. Ballyclare were going for it. Ballyclare lost the resulting line out allowing Portadown to clear. A losing bonus point was all that Ballyclare looked to be getting from the game.

 In added time however, Ballyclare put together an impressive period of play. The ball was recycled through several phases close to the Portadown line before being moved to the right wing where Willie Stewart crossed the line in the corner for the bonus point fourth try.  Reid made it four kicks from four with the conversion. Ballyclare celebrated as the final whistle sounded. 24-28

Ballyclare matched the bonus point wins of other title contenders Instonians and Dromore to remain two points clear at the top of the table. Grosvenor visit The Cloughan next week for what will be another keenly contested fixture.

Ballyclare 1st XV (1-17) D Jones, J Black, A Boyd, Robert Boyd, Grant Bartley, A Playfair, G Weatherup, D Clarke, A Eastop, R Reid, M Kirk, W Stewart, J McBride, O Kirk, G Clotworthy, M Coulter, N Lawther.

There were three matches played at The Cloughan on Saturday where the 2nd XV romped to a 13 try 70-0 win against Belfast Harlequins 2nd XV. The 3’s lost 45-0 against league leaders Queens 3’s. The 4’s played Malone 4’s who arrived at the Cloughan without a full side. This resulted in a one sided affair and an early stoppage. Paul Morrow scored 2 tries as well as a try each for Rick McKee, Colin Morrow, Marcus Hanna and Chris Coburn. Phil Moan also scored 2 tries in a man of the match performance. Dave Crawford and John Wasson were successful with 2 conversions each. 48-0 was the final result. Next week the 4’s play currently undefeated Randalstown 3’s in the QF of Forster Cup.

 

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Shaun Kirk

Ballyclare 1st XV play Portadown at Chambers Park tomorrow. At the Cloughan there are 3 home matches.

2nd XV v Belfast Harlequins 2's
3rd XV v Queens 3's
4th XV v Malone 4's

All games KO at 2.30pm. All support welcome.
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Ballyclare 1st XV play Portadown at Chambers Park tomorrow. At the Cloughan there are 3 home matches.

2nd XV v Belfast Harlequins 2s
3rd XV v Queens 3s
4th XV v Malone 4s

All games KO at 2.30pm. All support welcome.

Strong Ballyclare performance see’s return to top of the table

Ballyclare visited Belmont the home of CIYMS RFC on Saturday continuing their league campaign. With Instonians winning a closely contested fixture against Dromore on the Friday evening, a win was essential to return to the top of the table.

On yet another great day of weather conditions for rugby, the Belmont pitch, as ever, provided an excellent playing surface. Ryan Tweed replaced the unavailable Robert Boyd in the second row, with Aaron Playfair joining Gary Weatherup and Dave Clarke in the back row. Andy Eastop returned to scrum half following return to play concussion protocols. Gary Clotworthy again partnered Willie Stewart in the centre with Niall Lawther at full back. Joel McBride took a spot on the bench returning from a hamstring twinge.

Ballyclare kicked off and started strongly. Good breaks by Stewart and Clarke brought play into the CI 22. At A ruck on the right hand side of the pitch, Eastop fed Owen Kirk on the blind side. Kirk made good progression cutting in field. Kirk slipped a pass to the supporting Clotworthy who touched down for the opening score. A penalty kick to the corner saw Ballyclare bearing down on the CI line soon after. A lineout ball to two saw Ryan Tweed power for the line however a wayward pass from the breakdown saw the ball put into touch again this time for a CI throw in. The home side won the lineout and cleared the ball to safety.
CIYMS took the lead with a try on 17 mins. With play just inside the CI half, the ball was turned over allowing the CI scrum half to dart through a gap and bring play deep into Ballyclare territory. Ballyclare then conceded a number of penalties which kept them on the back foot. With the referee playing advantage to CI the home side found the gap in the Ballyclare defence to score under the posts. The conversion was easily added for a 7-5 home lead. The CI lead increased when they were presented with a penalty in front of the posts soon after, Ballyclare again penalised at the breakdown. Stewart Cusick scored in the left hand corner following good hands through the backs to level up the scores again. The conversion from wide left was missed. Ballyclare regained the lead with 5 minutes remaining in the half when Willie Stewart cut a fine line to burst through the CI defence and score under the posts. Reid added the conversion. HT 10-17

CI cut their deficit with a penalty early in the second half before Ballyclare scored again. Scrum half Eastop crabbed across the pitch before looking for the gap to release the Ballyclare runners. A well timed pass from Eastop to Gary Clotworthy left the centre room to power over the line to score Ballyclare’s fourth, bonus point try. The conversion from wide right was well struck by Reid to add the extra points. 13-24.

Ballyclare continued to pressurise CI in their half. The ball was won at a line out on the edge of the CI 22 and Ballyclare set up an excellent driving maul. The maul progressed effectively towards the try line and when CI brought the maul down, illegally the referee had no option but to award the penalty try. 13-31
The high penalty count against Ballyclare culminated in a yellow card for Joel McBride. The centre punished by the referee for too many Ballyclare offences.

Gary Weatherup found the CI defence napping, the experienced flanker receiving a pass from a ruck from Eastop to run through and touch down, without a hand being laid on him. Reid converted. 13-39. Ballyclare rounded off the game with a seventh try, Owen Kirk the scorer. The left winger came into the line at pace and crossed under the posts. The final whistle sounded following Reid’s conversion.

Full time CIYMS 13 Ballyclare 45

Ballyclare 1-17: D Jones, J Black, A Boyd, R Tweed, G Bartley, A Playfair, Gary Weatherup, D Clarke, A Eastop, R Reid, S Cusick, W Stewart, G Clotworthy, O Kirk, N Lawther, R Henderson, J McBride.

At the Cloughan the 2nd XV’s run of good form continued with a 36-5 victory over Bangor 2nd XV. The 3’s went down 24-13 away to Lisburn 2’s.

Fixtures Saturday 19th January
Portadown v 1st XV
2nd XV v Belfast Harlequins 2nd XV
3rd XV v Queens 3rd XV
Malone 4’s v 4th XV
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Strong Ballyclare performance see’s return to top of the table

Ballyclare visited Belmont the home of CIYMS RFC on Saturday continuing their league campaign. With Instonians winning a closely contested fixture against Dromore on the Friday evening, a win was essential to return to the top of the table.

On yet another great day of weather conditions for rugby, the Belmont pitch, as ever, provided an excellent playing surface. Ryan Tweed replaced the unavailable Robert Boyd in the second row, with Aaron Playfair joining Gary Weatherup and Dave Clarke in the back row. Andy Eastop returned to scrum half following return to play concussion protocols. Gary Clotworthy again partnered Willie Stewart in the centre with Niall Lawther at full back. Joel McBride took a spot on the bench returning from a hamstring twinge.

Ballyclare kicked off and started strongly. Good breaks by Stewart and Clarke brought play into the CI 22. At A ruck on the right hand side of the pitch, Eastop fed Owen Kirk on the blind side. Kirk made good progression cutting in field. Kirk slipped a pass to the supporting Clotworthy who touched down for the opening score. A penalty kick to the corner saw Ballyclare bearing down on the CI line soon after. A lineout ball to two saw Ryan Tweed power for the line however a wayward pass from the breakdown saw the ball put into touch again this time for a CI throw in. The home side won the lineout and cleared the ball to safety.
CIYMS took the lead with a try on 17 mins. With play just inside the CI half, the ball was turned over allowing the CI scrum half to dart through a gap and bring play deep into Ballyclare territory. Ballyclare then conceded a number of penalties which kept them on the back foot. With the referee playing advantage to CI the home side found the gap in the Ballyclare defence to score under the posts. The conversion was easily added for a 7-5 home lead. The CI lead increased when they were presented with a penalty in front of the posts soon after, Ballyclare again penalised at the breakdown. Stewart Cusick scored in the left hand corner following good hands through the backs to level up the scores again. The conversion from wide left was missed.  Ballyclare regained the lead with 5 minutes remaining in the half when Willie Stewart cut a fine line to burst through the CI defence and score under the posts. Reid added the conversion. HT 10-17

CI cut their deficit with a penalty early in the second half before Ballyclare scored again. Scrum half Eastop crabbed across the pitch before looking for the gap to release the Ballyclare runners. A well timed pass from Eastop to Gary Clotworthy left the centre room to power over the line to score Ballyclare’s fourth, bonus point try. The conversion from wide right was well struck by Reid to add the extra points. 13-24.

Ballyclare continued to pressurise CI in their half. The ball was won at a line out on the edge of the CI 22 and Ballyclare set up an excellent driving maul. The maul progressed effectively towards the try line and when CI brought the maul down, illegally the referee had no option but to award the penalty try. 13-31
The high penalty count against Ballyclare culminated in a yellow card for Joel McBride. The centre punished by the referee for too many Ballyclare offences. 

Gary Weatherup found the CI defence napping, the experienced flanker receiving a pass from a ruck from Eastop to run through and touch down, without a hand being laid on him. Reid converted. 13-39. Ballyclare rounded off the game with a seventh try, Owen Kirk the scorer. The left winger came into the line at pace and crossed under the posts. The final whistle sounded following Reid’s conversion.

Full time CIYMS 13 Ballyclare 45

Ballyclare 1-17: D Jones, J Black, A Boyd, R Tweed, G Bartley, A Playfair, Gary Weatherup, D Clarke, A Eastop, R Reid, S Cusick, W Stewart, G Clotworthy, O Kirk, N Lawther, R Henderson, J McBride.

At the Cloughan the 2nd XV’s run of good form continued with a 36-5 victory over Bangor 2nd XV. The 3’s went down 24-13 away to Lisburn 2’s.

Fixtures Saturday 19th January
Portadown v 1st XV
2nd XV v Belfast Harlequins 2nd XV
3rd XV v Queens 3rd XV
Malone 4’s v 4th XV

Matches Saturday 12th January

CIYMS v 1st XV

2nd XV v Bangor 2nd XV

Lisburn 2nd XV v 3rd XV

All games KO at 2.30pm. All support welcome.
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Matches Saturday 12th January

CIYMS v 1st XV

2nd XV v Bangor 2nd XV

Lisburn 2nd XV v 3rd XV

All games KO at 2.30pm. All support welcome.

The draw for the River Rock Towns Cup was made this evening. We have been drawn away to Ballynahinch 2's. Full draw below. Matches to be played on or before Saturday 2nd February. ... See MoreSee Less

The draw for the River Rock Towns Cup was made this evening. We have been drawn away to Ballynahinch 2s. Full draw below. Matches to be played on or before Saturday 2nd February.

 

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Away draw, quelle surprise!

There’s a surprise 🤔

Coaches, players, parents and friends of Ballyclare RFC P7 mini rugby team did a bag pack in Ballyclare Asda on Saturday, raising funds for their upcoming tour. Thanks to Asda and all who contributed. ... See MoreSee Less

Coaches, players, parents and friends of Ballyclare RFC P7 mini rugby team did a bag pack in Ballyclare Asda on Saturday, raising funds for their upcoming tour. Thanks to Asda and all who contributed.

2 weeks ago

Ballyclare Rugby Club

Ballyclare do the double over Enniskillen

The first fixture of 2019 for Ballyclare RFC 1st XV was a home league game. The fixture saw Enniskillen as visitors. Ballyclare travelled to Enniskillen on the opening day of the season at the end of August. Ballyclare came away with a bonus point win that day. A similar result was required on Saturday following the defeat to Dromore.

Country Estates were the kind sponsors of the game whilst Campbell Gordon sponsored the match ball. David Blair provided the Ballyclare Man of the Match Award.
Ballyclare couldn’t have got off to a better start when from the kick off an Enniskillen player knocked on in an attempt to catch the ball. The ball rebounded into the kick chasing Robert Boyd’s hands. At pace Boyd bore down on the Enniskillen try line. He was eventually tackled just short, from the ruck, scrum-half Ryan McIlwaine’s pass found Robbie Reid who crossed to score. The conversion attempt was missed but Ballyclare had a 5-0 lead immediately.

Ballyclare continued to pressurise Enniskillen with some good play. From a scrum on the Enniskillen 5m, No 8, Dave Clarke picked up and fed Ryan McIlwaine who popped up the ball for Robbie Reid to cut through the Enniskillen defence and score his second try of the match and kicked the conversion. 12-0

The Ballyclare playmaker got his hat trick try on 25min. Ballyclare were inside the Enniskillen 22 again. The ball was moved back and forth across the pitch. Good breaks in the build up from Niall Lawther and Dave Clarke kept the Enniskillen defence busy. The ball ended up in Robbie Reid’s hands who cut through to dot down again. The conversion was good. 19-0

Enniskillen started to come into the game towards the end of the half and Ballyclare had to work hard in defence to resist. However they saw it out to halftime without conceding.

The two-sides defences were to the fore in the early part of the second half. Both sides had attacks which never really came to anything. Midway through the second half the tight game saw another try. Ballyclare advanced in the Enniskillen 22. Fast recycling of the ball and good hands saw Gary Clotworthy put Owen Kirk in at the right hand corner for Ballyclare’s bonus point try. The try capped a good performance from the right winger.

Enniskillen pressure was rewarded with a try. Enniskillen were enjoying the upper hand in the scrum. An attacking scrum, inside Ballyclare 22 on the left side, had to be reset several times by the referee. Ballyclare were eventually penalised, the visitors chose to scrum again. The ball was recycled this time and Enniskillen backs moved to ball quickly to their right wing who had room to run in to score.

A try for scrum-half Ryan McIlwaine, right at the end of the game was just reward for a strong performance. Reid’s conversion brought his tally to 21 for the day, the out half deservedly awarded Man of the Match.

Ballyclare travel to CIYMS next Saturday as the league programme continues. The first round of the Towns Cup was played on Saturday, Ballyclare await news of the draw and opponents for the second round.

Also playing at The Cloughan the 2nd XV had a big win against bottom of the table Portadown 2’s. 71-15 the result, scoring 11 tries.

A third home game saw the 4th XV go down narrowly, for their first home defeat in four years, to a strong Academy 2’s team. The festive period has been tough on the 4th XV suffering two defeats in succession having been previously unbeaten. In the match against Academy, both defences were on top. A John Wasson penalty gave Ballyclare the lead. Ballyclare however lost front rower Mo Finlay, to a serious rib injury. With defences dominating the only further scores in the game were three Academy penalties, Ballyclare’s indiscipline costing them. Ballyclare had Academy under pressure in the final quarter, Academy down to 14 men with a second row in the sin bin, but couldn’t get the winning score.
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Ballyclare do the double over Enniskillen

The first fixture of 2019 for Ballyclare RFC 1st XV was a home league game. The fixture saw Enniskillen as visitors. Ballyclare travelled to Enniskillen on the opening day of the season at the end of August. Ballyclare came away with a bonus point win that day. A similar result was required on Saturday following the defeat to Dromore.

Country Estates were the kind sponsors of the game whilst Campbell Gordon sponsored the match ball. David Blair provided the Ballyclare Man of the Match Award.
Ballyclare couldn’t have got off to a better start when from the kick off an Enniskillen player knocked on in an attempt to catch the ball. The ball rebounded into the kick chasing Robert Boyd’s hands. At pace Boyd bore down on the Enniskillen try line. He was eventually tackled just short, from the ruck, scrum-half Ryan McIlwaine’s pass found Robbie Reid who crossed to score. The conversion attempt was missed but Ballyclare had a 5-0 lead immediately. 
 
Ballyclare continued to pressurise Enniskillen with some good play. From a scrum on the Enniskillen 5m, No 8, Dave Clarke picked up and fed Ryan McIlwaine who popped up the ball for Robbie Reid to cut through the Enniskillen defence and score his second try of the match and kicked the conversion. 12-0

The Ballyclare playmaker got his hat trick try on 25min. Ballyclare were inside the Enniskillen 22 again. The ball was moved back and forth across the pitch. Good breaks in the build up from Niall Lawther and Dave Clarke kept the Enniskillen defence busy. The ball ended up in Robbie Reid’s hands who cut through to dot down again. The conversion was good. 19-0

Enniskillen started to come into the game towards the end of the half and Ballyclare had to work hard in defence to resist. However they saw it out to halftime without conceding.

The two-sides defences were to the fore in the early part of the second half. Both sides had attacks which never really came to anything. Midway through the second half the tight game saw another try. Ballyclare advanced in the Enniskillen 22. Fast recycling of the ball and good hands saw Gary Clotworthy put Owen Kirk in at the right hand corner for Ballyclare’s bonus point try. The try capped a good performance from the right winger.

Enniskillen pressure was rewarded with a try. Enniskillen were enjoying the upper hand in the scrum. An attacking scrum, inside Ballyclare 22 on the left side, had to be reset several times by the referee. Ballyclare were eventually penalised, the visitors chose to scrum again. The ball was recycled this time and Enniskillen backs moved to ball quickly to their right wing who had room to run in to score.

A try for scrum-half Ryan McIlwaine, right at the end of the game was just reward for a strong performance. Reid’s conversion brought his tally to 21 for the day, the out half deservedly awarded Man of the Match.

Ballyclare travel to CIYMS next Saturday as the league programme continues. The first round of the Towns Cup was played on Saturday, Ballyclare await news of the draw and opponents for the second round. 

Also playing at The Cloughan the 2nd XV had a big win against bottom of the table Portadown 2’s. 71-15 the result, scoring 11 tries.

A third home game saw the 4th XV go down narrowly, for their first home defeat in four years, to a strong Academy 2’s team. The festive period has been tough on the 4th XV suffering two defeats in succession having been previously unbeaten. In the match against Academy, both defences were on top. A John Wasson penalty gave Ballyclare the lead. Ballyclare however lost front rower Mo Finlay, to a serious rib injury. With defences dominating the only further scores in the game were three Academy penalties, Ballyclare’s indiscipline costing them. Ballyclare had Academy under pressure in the final quarter, Academy down to 14 men with a second row in the sin bin, but couldn’t get the winning score.Image attachmentImage attachment

3 weeks ago

Ballyclare Rugby Club

3 home matches this weekend.

1st XV v Enniskillen
2nd XV v Portadown 2
4th XV v Academy 2

Thanks to 1st XV match sponsor Country Estates.

All games KO 2.30pm. All support welcome.
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3 home matches this weekend.

1st XV v Enniskillen
2nd XV v Portadown 2
4th XV v Academy 2

Thanks to 1st XV match sponsor Country Estates.

All games KO 2.30pm. All support welcome.Image attachment

 

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Results Saturday 5th Jan 1st XV 31 Enniskillen 5 2nd XV 71 Portadown 2's 15 4th XV 3 Academy 2's 9

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Disappointment in Dromore

Ballyclare RFC travelled to Barban Hill, Dromore on Saturday to round off the first half of the seasons fixtures. On a still, dry day conditions were excellent for rugby. Ballyclare welcomed Dave Clarke back into the match day squad for the first time this season following an ankle break during the summer.

Dromore had Ballyclare under pressure from the kick off, inside their 22. Dromore recycled the ball through several phases as the Ballyclare defence held initially. Following a number of pick and goes on the Ballyclare line, Dromore forced their way over just to the right of the posts. Following the conversion Ballyclare were 7-0 down in the first 5 minutes. Ballyclare rallied and brought play into the Dromore half. At a ruck, just inside the Dromore half, close to the right touch line the ball spilled out on the blind side. Dromore’s left wing was quickest to react, scooping up the ball and setting of for the Ballyclare line. A scrambling defence caught the run inside the 22 but the ball was recycled by Dromore and spread right where the gap was found to go in for their second try, which was again converted. 14-0

Dromore were penalised on their own 22 soon after allowing Robbie Reid to pull 3 points back for the visitors with a penalty about midway through the half. Ballyclare’s lineouts were mistiming a lot, especially when thrown to the rear. From a lineout on the edge of the 22 Ballyclare lost the ball on their put in and never recovered as Dromore powered in for their third try in the right hand corner. The long distance conversion was good. 21-3

Ballyclare brought play into the Dromore half again and had another kick at goal when Dromore were penalised at the breakdown. The kick was unfortunately wide. A good Ballyclare attack swept into the Dromore 22, but a knock on ended the play. Ballyclare finished the half strongly but errors hindered any scoring opportunities. Dromore still looked dangerous with ball in hand but Ballyclare were now looking able to resist their territorial advantage.

Ballyclare played some excellent rugby in the second half putting Dromore under pressure. A knock-on, with the line in sight ended a promising Ballyclare attack on 15 minutes allowing Dromore to clear from the resulting scrum. The Dromore defence held strong against some driving runs by Ballyclare centres Stewart and McBride. Ballyclare dominated the second half but couldn’t breakdown the Dromore defence until the final five minutes when Joel McBride found the room to break and score. The conversion was pushed just wide leaving the final score 21-8.
The loss leaves Ballyclare still top of the league at the half way stage but with Instonians and Dromore now breathing down their necks.

Ballyclare will look to return to winning ways next week when Enniskillen visit The Cloughan.

Ballyclare 1st XV (1-17) D Jones, J Black, A Boyd, R Boyd, G Bartley, P Robinson, G Weatherup, R Tweed, R McIlwaine, R Reid, O Kirk, W Stewart, J McBride, S Cusick, G Clotworthy, R Henderson, D Clarke.

At the Cloughan, Aaron Playfair scored Ballyclare’s only try as the 2nd XV went down 35-7 against Ballynahinch 4th XV.

Fixtures Saturday 5th January

1st XV v Enniskillen
2nd XV v Portadown 2nd XV
4th XV v Academy 2nd XV

3 home matches, all support welcome.
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Disappointment in Dromore

Ballyclare RFC travelled to Barban Hill, Dromore on Saturday to round off the first half of the seasons fixtures. On a still, dry day conditions were excellent for rugby. Ballyclare welcomed Dave Clarke back into the match day squad for the first time this season following an ankle break during the summer.
 
Dromore had Ballyclare under pressure from the kick off, inside their 22. Dromore recycled the ball through several phases as the Ballyclare defence held initially. Following a number of pick and goes on the Ballyclare line, Dromore forced their way over just to the right of the posts. Following the conversion Ballyclare were 7-0 down in the first 5 minutes. Ballyclare rallied and brought play into the Dromore half. At a ruck, just inside the Dromore half, close to the right touch line the ball spilled out on the blind side. Dromore’s left wing was quickest to react, scooping up the ball and setting of for the Ballyclare line. A scrambling defence caught the run inside the 22 but the ball was recycled by Dromore and spread right where the gap was found to go in for their second try, which was again converted. 14-0

Dromore were penalised on their own 22 soon after allowing Robbie Reid to pull 3 points back for the visitors with a penalty about midway through the half. Ballyclare’s lineouts were mistiming a lot, especially when thrown to the rear. From a lineout on the edge of the 22 Ballyclare lost the ball on their put in and never recovered as Dromore powered in for their third try in the right hand corner. The long distance conversion was good. 21-3

Ballyclare brought play into the Dromore half again and had another kick at goal when Dromore were penalised at the breakdown. The kick was unfortunately wide. A good Ballyclare attack swept into the Dromore 22, but a knock on ended the play. Ballyclare finished the half strongly but errors hindered any scoring opportunities. Dromore still looked dangerous with ball in hand but Ballyclare were now looking able to resist their territorial advantage.

Ballyclare played some excellent rugby in the second half putting Dromore under pressure. A knock-on, with the line in sight ended a promising Ballyclare attack on 15 minutes allowing Dromore to clear from the resulting scrum. The Dromore defence held strong against some driving runs by Ballyclare centres Stewart and McBride. Ballyclare dominated the second half but couldn’t breakdown the Dromore defence until the final five minutes when Joel McBride found the room to break and score. The conversion was pushed just wide leaving the final score 21-8.
The loss leaves Ballyclare still top of the league at the half way stage but with Instonians and Dromore now breathing down their necks.

Ballyclare will look to return to winning ways next week when Enniskillen visit The Cloughan.

Ballyclare 1st XV (1-17) D Jones, J Black, A Boyd, R Boyd, G Bartley, P Robinson, G Weatherup, R Tweed, R McIlwaine, R Reid, O Kirk, W Stewart, J McBride, S Cusick, G Clotworthy, R Henderson, D Clarke.

At the Cloughan, Aaron Playfair scored Ballyclare’s only try as the 2nd XV went down 35-7 against Ballynahinch 4th XV.

Fixtures Saturday 5th January

1st XV v Enniskillen
2nd XV v Portadown 2nd XV
4th XV v Academy 2nd XV

3 home matches, all support welcome.

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Match day squad for tomorrows game in Dromore.

 

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Best of luck Clare 👍🍾🤞😜

Always Goodluck Ballyclare rugby....😍

4 weeks ago

Ballyclare Rugby Club

If you haven't yet, please take a few minutes and complete the Cloughan Project survey. Players, non players, male and female youth players, Hares, all sections of the club, let them know your views.Now that everyone has settled down after Christmas and are contemplating our new year's resolutions, why not take 5 mins and fill out our survey. It will close early in the new year and we will take the results to relevant stakeholders to pursue our plans. This survey is our way of showing potential Funders, The Council, Sports Governing Bodies that the people of Ballyclare and its surrounding area feel that Ballyclare is short of Sports Facilities, and that the people want additional sports facilities. This is your chance as an individual to be heard...get your friends, your children, you classmates, your workmates, whether they are an active sportsperson or not to fill out the survey. Young people, this is your future, we want you to have your say...what do YOU want for Ballyclare. Think Big, Dream Big. We have a passion for Sport. Lets make somewhere to play! #TheCloughanProject https://goo.gl/forms/EI1ReHgE3FCUrV6B2 ... See MoreSee Less

If you havent yet, please take a few minutes and complete the Cloughan Project survey. Players, non players, male and female youth players, Hares,  all sections of the club, let them know your views.Image attachment

Matches this weekend.

Dromore v Ballyclare, 2.30pm, Barban Hill

2nd XV v Ballynahinch 4th XV, 2.30pm, The Cloughan

All support welcome.
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Matches this weekend.

Dromore v Ballyclare,  2.30pm, Barban Hill

2nd XV v Ballynahinch 4th XV, 2.30pm, The Cloughan 

All support welcome.

Wishing all members and supporters a very happy Christmas.

Clubhouse bar will be open from 3pm-7pm on Boxing Day.
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Wishing all members and supporters a very happy Christmas. 

Clubhouse bar will be open from 3pm-7pm on Boxing Day.

Two games this weekend.

3rd XV v Larne 2nd XV

Banbridge 4thXV v 4th XV

2.30pm KO. All support welcome.
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Two games this weekend.

3rd XV v Larne 2nd XV

Banbridge 4thXV v 4th XV

2.30pm KO. All support welcome.

1 month ago

Ballyclare Rugby Club

Please take the time and complete The Cloughan Project survey.Massive thanks for to the 264 people who have responded so far. However we need more responses, this survey is our way of showing potential Funders. the Council, Sports Governing Bodies that the people of Ballyclare and its surrounding area feel that Ballyclare is short of Sports Facilities, and that the people need sports facilities. This is your chance as an individual to be heard...get your friends, your children, you classmates, your workmates, whether they are an active sportsperson or not to fill out the survey. Young people, this is your future, we want you to have your say...what do YOU want for Ballyclare. Think Big, Dream Big. We have a passion for Sport. Lets make somewhere to play! #TheCloughanProject https://goo.gl/forms/EI1ReHgE3FCUrV6B2 ... See MoreSee Less

Please take the time and complete The Cloughan Project survey.Image attachment

1 month ago

Ballyclare Rugby Club

Congratulations Stevie Crawford.👏🏉👏Congratulations to Ballyclare Rugby Club's First XV Manager Stephen Crawford, the well-deserved winner of your Unsung Hero Award 2018. He'll not appreciate this recognition we're sure but anyone who has ever met him knows the passion and commitment he has for the game and the Cloughan club. He'll be there on training nights and match days come rain or shine, organising the kit every week, and setting up the team changing room every Friday night. He makes sure the boys have everything they need on match days from coffee to Jaffa cakes and he's always there when they need him. Every club needs a Stephen Crawford and we should all be proud of and thankful to Stevie and the many like him who help our sports clubs punch way above their weight every year. Well done Stevie and best wishes to you and your family and everyone at Ballyclare Rugby Club in 2019. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations Stevie Crawford.

 

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Pete Kirk you were just as important back in the day!!

Great job Stevie, hugely deserved and good luck with rest of season, hopefully passed on wisdom from Ian’s days and what not to do during mine, look forward to past Managers dinner in coming years 👍🎉🍾🍺🍺🍷🍷🏆🏆🏆🏆

Always a hero in the eyes of Youth Section at BRFC. Well Done Stevie

Well deserved Stevie and I'm sure, as we are, that you're delighted that it's paying off on the pitch.

Two wins in awful conditions today.

Ballyclare 2's 24
Rainey 2's 10

Ballyclare 4's 33
PSNI 2's 0

Well done all involved.
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Matches Saturday 15th December

2nd XV v Rainey OB 2nd XV

4th XV v PSNI 2nd XV

Both games at The Cloughan. 2.30pm KO

All support welcome.
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Matches Saturday 15th December

2nd XV v Rainey OB 2nd XV

4th XV v PSNI 2nd XV

Both games at The Cloughan. 2.30pm KO

All support welcome.

 

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Any update on games, on or off, bloody awful weather?

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