Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Bassett swaps ref's kit for playing role

Well known Ulster Senior referee Clem Bassett has decided to take up the game again and he had a big part to play in Ballynahinch seventh's 54-0 victory over Ophir seconds in Minor East 2.

The 50-year-old centre, who will keep refereeing in the mornings, last turned out ten seasons ago.

He joins two other players, 56-year-old Dale Elliott and out-half Paul Koscielny who were all in Hinch first's team that gained promotion to the AIL.

The third half century player is wing forward Andy McNeill. It is hoped that the team will eventually include seven or eight of that history making side.

It is packed with plenty of experienced players like Kiwi Brendan Warn, South African Richard Morrison both in the second row and former first's hooker Chris Armstrong.

The back row is especially formidable with Johnny Wilson, Emlyn Williamson and Matty Harris.

On Saturday they were much too strong for an Ophir side that were in Junior 6 last season.

Terry Hilland, Wilson and Harris each had two tries with Armstrong, while Nic McCavery, David Martin and James Gregg scored once.

Though, it must be said goal kicking is not their strong point and only two were converted by Martin.

Their Man of the Match was Wilson, who at 20 stone and 6ft 5ins, was especially difficult to stop.

The other Minor East 2 result was – Belfast Harlequins fourths 10 CIYMS fourths 55.