Ballynahinch VII start Minor East 2 campaign with win over Malone IV
Ballynahinch VII were far from full strength as they started their Minor East 2 campaign with a resounding 64-3 win over a Malone IV side expected to be one of their main challengers for the title.
Last season, Hinch came within two points of lifting the trophy and that is something captain Clem Bassett wants to rectify.
He said: "This was an encouraging start, especially as we were without regulars Paul Koscielny, Matty Harris plus last year's top try scorer and player of the year Johnny Wilson.
"It was scrappy for the first 10 minutes but once we broke through and scored the first try, that gave us the encouragement to push for more.
"There were some outstanding performances with Fraser Bowsie scoring a hat-trick of tries and Joel Callaghan kicking seven conversions but our man of the match was Steven Seymour, who set up a number of the scores."
Bassett, who was also on the sidelines through injury, went on: "Emlyn Williamson broke through for the first try and shortly afterwards we were 19 points ahead.
"Bowsie and Pete McKee added converted tries and by the interval Trevor Brown had also touched down for the accurate Callaghan to add the points.
"With our forwards gaining most of the possession it was difficult for Malone to really get into the game. Our confidence grew and we ran in another six tries from Bowsie (2), McKee, Williamson and great finishes by Chris Armstrong and Jason Patterson."
The other results in East 2 were as follows: UUC III 29 Academy III 13 and Donaghadee III 12 Civil Service II 15.