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Half time mini rugby Larne v Bangor RFC at Ravenhill

By Stephen Johnston

12 lucky P7 children recently got the opportunity to follow in their heroes' footsteps and play on the hallowed turf of Ravenhill during half time.

Half Time Mini Rugby 25.10.13

Ulster v Cardiff Blues

Twelve lucky P7 children recently got the opportunity to follow in their heroes’ footsteps and play on the hallowed turf of Ravenhill during half time rugby when Ulster played the Cardiff Blues.

The boys met at the club at 5pm eagerly looking forward to the night ahead. Davy Wilson kindly allowed the team to use the club minibus which only added to the occasion. On arrival at Ravenhill the boys were shown to their seats and settled in to watch the first half of the match. Ulster dominated and the boys enjoyed watching two Ulster tries before halftime.

Excitement built as the boys were summoned from their seats to get ready for their big moment. They were playing Bangor and knew they would be in for a tough game. As they took the field the roar from the crowd encouraged the boys to give their best effort.

Although Bangor scored first Larne dominated the remainder of the game and equalised with a fine solo try from Luke Burns. The game finished a draw and the Larne boys were very happy with the result. All the boys played extremely well and can be proud of their efforts on the pitch.
They enjoyed having their photo taken with Sparky the mascot then returned to their seats to watch the second half. Although Ulster took their time they eventually ran out comfortable winners making it a perfect end to the evening.

The boys headed back to the bus and onwards to the club, singing their hearts out all the way home.

This was a great night for the boys and they all enjoyed the experience greatly. Special thanks to Joy Sparkes at the Ulster Branch, and Davy Wilson, for their help organising the night.

P7 team: Caleb Lyness, Jack Lough, Ryan Adair, Callum Adair, Dee Speers, Ryan Erskine, Luke Burns, Sam Bateman, David Pattinson, Mark Andrews, Ben Robinson, Adam McGarel

Coaches: Gareth ‘McGeeghan’ Jamison, Ricky Adair, Colin Adair

Photos (professional) of the match can be purchased and downloaded via the link below.

Larne v Bangor Dixon Digital Album

Some of the photos that were taken by Colin Adair:

Larne v Bangor - Larne RFC Album

Updated 08:06 - 18 Nov 2013 by Stephen Johnston

Where next?

Parents of Mini Rugby Open Day & Larne 2nds v Ballynahinch Top of the Table clash Larne RFC are holding an open day for parents of mini rugby on Saturday 9th November. Larne 2nds v Ballynahinch game and Ireland v Samoa on TV.


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