Ulster Rugby Round Up Podcast E8: Life lessons and an unknown future
Our popular Ulster Rugby Round Up podcast has returned after a week's sabbatical.
Our popular Ulster Rugby Round Up podcast has returned after a week's sabbatical.
The basic requirement was achieved as Banbridge were able to bank four points in beating Old Belvedere, in their All Ireland Division 1B clash, but the hosts just shaded it by 15-14.
Ballynahinch proved much too strong for Ballymena in a brutal Division 1B clash in the rain and mud at Eaton Park last night.
Malone's bid to stretch their winning run to seven games in Division 2A came crashing down last night in their Ulster derby with Queen's University at Gibson Park as the students put in a huge shift to deservedly triumph.
This should be some clash when Ballymena and Ballynahinch do battle tonight under the Eaton Park lights (kick-off 8.00pm).
Unless the weather decides to intervene, tonight's Ulster derby between Division 2A's unbeaten leaders Malone and in-form Queen's University (kick-off 8pm) at Gibson Park promises to be a tasty encounter.
Portadown and Malone II will battle it out this afternoon to decide who will have the daunting task of travelling to Ballynahinch II in the semi-final of the Millar, McCall, Wylie Junior Cup on November 25.
Ballynahinch need to strike back tomorrow in the wake of last Saturday's deeply disappointing Ulster derby reverse at Banbridge.
It's Ulster derby time and what a clash it promises to be when Malone and Armagh come together at Gibson Park.
It's week seven of the Ulster Rugby Round Up and as always, Gareth Hanna picks the brains of Jonathan Bradley and Adam McKendry.
Four games in and Malone find themselves top of the 2A table having won all their games with their previous AIL outing seeing Paddy Armstrong's side run up a whopping 70 points against Galwegians.
Ulster suffered only their second defeat of the season last weekend, which gave our usual panel plenty to discuss on this week's Ulster Rugby Round Up.
Even though Craig Gilroy marked his comeback from injury with a try, Ulster 'A' were unable to avoid defeat from their visit to Cornish Pirates in the British and Irish Cup.
Craig Gilroy makes his first competitive appearance of the season tomorrow when he lines out for Ulster 'A' in their second round British and Irish Cup clash at Pool Five leaders Cornish Pirates (kick-off 2.30pm).
Ballynahinch II, Malone II, Banbridge II and Armagh II have managed to avoid each other in this afternoon's quarter-finals of the Millar, McCall, Wylie Junior Cup and it would be no surprise if these second strings of AIL clubs all qualified for the semis on November 25.
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There will be no home comforts for Ballynahinch as they seek an incredible fourth First Trust Senior Cup in succession.
The only surprise in the First Trust Senior Cup quarter-finals was the 16-6 defeat of Banbridge by their more junior AIL opponents Armagh at Palace Grounds.
They had wanted to sign off the first four-game segment in some style and Ballynahinch certainly achieved that by beating UL Bohemians 34-17 at Ballymacarn Park.
After watching his side beat Wasps to return to the top of the Aviva Premiership, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall expressed sympathy for the Coventry outfit as they prepare to visit his old stomping ground.
Ian Porter was Banbridge's man of the match when he made both their tries and kicked 13 points in the All-Ireland League 1B success over Ballymena.
The league's occasional forays into Friday night games continue this evening when Ballymena and Banbridge come together at Eaton Park (kick-off 7.30).
For a newly promoted side, Armagh have clearly exceeded all expectations to sit top of Division 2A and they are aiming to end the first segment of games by racking up an impressive four wins from four when bottom side Blackrock College visit the Palace Grounds.
With the third offering of our Ulster Rugby Round-Up podcast, Gareth Hanna once again picks the brains of rugby reporters Jonathan Bradley and Adam McKendry.
After round two's drama, Banbridge were intent on putting things right when they hosted Naas, who arrived at Rifle Park as the league's pacesetters, and Dan Soper's squad duly delivered with a 42-35 bonus point victory.
A drop goal in the final two minutes gave Ballynahinch II a narrow 22-19 Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup victory over Instonians at Ballymacarn Park.
Eye-catching result of the weekend? Well, that was at Omagh Academicals where the home side obliterated Bective to the tune of 52-17, a result which took the Tyrone side to the top of the Division 2C table.
They are sitting top of the pile in 2A after impressively getting through two wins from two, but Malone readily admit that such form so early in the season is absolutely no guarantee of anything to come.
After an error-ridden display at Eaton Park, which resulted in a 10-6 defeat to Dolphin, Ballymena are on the road to Limerick determined to put things right when they meet UL Bohemians.
As we continue to hone our fledgling Ulster Rugby Round-Up podcast, Gareth Hanna once again picks the brains of rugby reporters Jonathan Bradley and Adam McKendry.
Two rounds in and Division 2A already has an encouraging look to it with Malone - who have Ulster star Chris Henry doing some coaching - still setting an early pace and Armagh tucked in behind them just a point adrift of the Belfast side.
Two rounds and already there is a certain symmetry to the 1B table with Banbridge, Ballynahinch and Ballymena in third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Omagh marked their return to the All-Ireland League in fitting style last weekend with a late penalty from Scott Elliott bringing them the four valuable points from the long trip to Bruff.
As Ulster Rugby's Pro14 season is now up and running, we're aiming to bring you a considered look at all the latest news from the province and the local club game.
There was really no hiding from it, Belfast Harlequins made their own sizeable contribution to their opening day defeat when hosting Navan at a damp Deramore.
After a season of just about hanging on in the top flight, Ballynahinch and Ballymena are planning for better returns in this campaign while for newcomers Banbridge it will be about quickly learning the ropes in a higher division.
With what was a challenging first season back in the AIL safely negotiated, Bangor come into this campaign intent on thriving. And having recruited former Ulster lock Lewis Stevenson as player/coach, while Jason Morgan now oversees affairs from the...
After two rounds of the five to be played in the SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership only two teams are undefeated - Armagh the Division 1 champions who have a maximum 10 points while Queen's in Division 2 have nine.
Connacht coach Kieran Keane didn't want to get carried away with his first win but at the same time acknowledged this was a big outcome as he moulds a side together at the Sportsground.
Banbridge have kicked off their campaign with two victories from their opening two games - indeed, they scored five tries in each - but they face a real test tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Ballynahinch in the SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership Division One.
Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale has become an ambassador for the Lurgan Tigers youth section ahead of their 'Game of Two Halves' initiative at Pollock Park this weekend.
City of Derry are delighted to have New Zealander Trevor Will as their new coach and his expert knowledge combined with the addition of a number of new recruits will strengthen the Judge's Road squad.
Armagh took their first step towards retaining their SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership Division One title when they proved too strong for Ballynahinch 32-19 at Palace Grounds.
SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership holders Armagh start the defence of their title with a difficult home game against Ballynahinch tomorrow afternoon.
With Ireland currently preparing for games against the USA and Japan, Ulster pair Jacob Stockdale and Kieran Treadwell will be hoping to make their international debuts in the coming weeks, but one man from the province has already beaten them to the...
There's just one game to go now as both City of Armagh and Rainey Old Boys face play-off finals with AIL promotion the prize for the respective winners.
Belfast Harlequins have recruited Methodist College's Nicky Wells to be the club's new head coach as the Deramore outfit seek to bounce back from a disappointing season.
A rather fortunate bounce of the ball in the second half of extra time resulted in Ballymena IV defeating the holders Ballymoney IV 16-14 to clinch the McCambley Cup final at Kingspan.
Another great afternoon of Cup finals at Kingspan beckons, starting with the McCambley decider (12.30pm), followed by the Gordon West (2.30pm) and concluding with the Forster Cup (4.30pm) in which Malone IV will be attempting to retain the trophy.
This weekend sees the introduction of knockout rugby for those clubs involved as the AIL enters its final stages of sorting out the composition of next season's five divisions.
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