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Ballynahinch make it a great treble

Ballynahinch clinched promotion to Division One of the All Ireland League in empathic style with an eight try rout of Highfield at Ballymacarn Park.

The bonus point 56-3 win means the Hinch finished second in Division Two a point ahead of nearest rivals Lansdowne and club spokesman John Dickson was delighted with the historic season which also saw the Co Down club win the All Ireland Cup (right) and the Ulster Senior League title.

“We set out to get into Division One as one of our main goals for the season and we achieved that at 4 o’clock on Saturday afternoon and it’s a case of a job well done this year,” stated Dickson.

“It has been a season that any club would be proud of and we’re just delighted that we have achieved what we set out to do.”

Hinch were relegated to Division Three in 2006 but bounced back the following season, last year they finished 10th in Division Two and Dickson believes the signing of Kiwi out half Ryan Bambry was a huge turning point.

“We went through last season without a recognised No10 and we lost matches last year on the basis that we had no goal kicker,” enthused Dickson.

“This year we more less have the same side except for Ryan who can kick from anywhere but he can also control a game brilliantly and once the forwards seen on the pitch what they were doing was actually going to achieve something all of a sudden the whole thing seemed to click.”

Hinch will play in Division 1B of the newly revamped top flight next season and Dickson is confident the club can compete.

“The coaches will be identifying areas were we have good cover and areas were we’re weak in cover and that is what they will concentrate on and see if they can attract new players into those positions and it’s going to be a very exciting year,” added Dickson.

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