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Bann bank cool £2,500 bonus

By Jonathan Bradley

Banbridge's Adam Doherty landed his club £2,500 over the weekend as the full-back took part in Ulster Bank's inaugural 'Drop Kick for Your Club' initiative at the Aviva Stadium.

Taking place at half-time of the All-Ireland League final - which Clontarf won against Cork Constitution - Doherty was one of four kickers selected to take a 32-metre drop-goal for the chance to win the top prize of £10,000.

Despite the quartet all missing the target, each club took home a share of the prize money to help improve club facilities.

The three other kickers were Simon Gillespie from Barnhall RFC in Kildare, Declan Bannon from Bruff RFC, Limerick and Ross Keller from Ballinasloe RFC in Galway with each province represented in the competition.

The initiative was launched last month and saw as many as 168 entries from rugby clubs all over the island of Ireland looking to take part as Ulster Bank continue to show their support for grassroots rugby.

Former Ulster, Ireland and Lions flanker Stephen Ferris, who was acting as an ambassador for Ulster Bank, thought the showcase in the Aviva was a great advert for club rugby.

"It was a fantastic day for grassroots rugby," he said. "Not only have we seen a fantastic standard of skill from Clontarf and Cork Con but we saw four deserving clubs being awarded crucial funding by Ulster Bank.

"Club rugby in Ireland continues to play an important role in the growth of the sport and I am delighted to be here as Ulster Bank demonstrate their support across all four provinces."

Over the past few seasons, Ulster Bank have provided over €130,000 in funding to over 170 rugby clubs across the island and are delighted to continue their support with this new initiative.

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