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2. Season 2013-2014


The 2013-2014 saw some new developments in the club. Lawrence Kelly was appointed head coach back in 2011-2012 season but faced a tough season in Qualifying 2 section. However 2013-2014 proved to be a good year:

Larne 1st XV

Captained by James McCluggage and coach Laurence Kelly.

Unfortunately losing to Carrick in the Hawkins Cup over 2 legs and pipped to the league by season rivals Holywood but won the following:

Winning the Moore Cup at Randalstown 15s Tournament

Winning Gordon West Cup - beating Holywood 29-12

Winning the Plate at Carrick 7s Tournament

2nd XV

2nd XV also enjoyed a very good season, captained by Stephen Johnston, in which they topped the table including the performance of the season at home against Ballynahinch, before being beaten away by the league winners Hinch away to stay a deserved 2nd place runners up and promotion into Junior League 1.

Home win against Ballynahinch:

2nd XV team v Portadown:

3rd XV

Larne 3rds saw a massive improvement in not only performance but the number of players that turned out week by week and at training. Captained by Ben Meikle. Their superb efforts over the season saw them through to the Butler Shield final in which they were edged out by Malone in a highly entertaining game.

Larne 3rds Team v Malone - Butler Shield Final

Larne 3rds v Belfast Harlequins

Mini & Youth Rugby

Larne RFC's Youth & Mini development has come on leaps and bounds over the past couple of seasons.

The youth rugby of Under 13s, 15s and 17s is improving each week and numbers continuing to grow.

Under 17s

Larne's Under 17s also enjoyed a good season by winning the Ophir 7s tournament at the start of the season.

Larne RFC Under 17s in new kit

Under 13s

Mini Rugby

The mini rugby now sees over 100 kids come out every Saturday morning in all elements to enjoy fun. Many thanks and congratulations go out to all of the coaches, parents and volunteers that help flourish the vital sport at such a young age.

One of the many highlights of the season for the mini rugby was the opportunities for some of the teams to play at Ravenhill.

Some of the members pictured with former Larne RFC and Ulster player David McIlwaine.

Also the lucky Primary 6 team that beat off rival teams to play at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in a Round Robin competition - proving a great hit with the young team!

Pictured at the Aviva Stadium

See Also:

Larne RFC - History and the making of a Club

Larne RFC Seasons 2001-2012