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Success all round for Hinch

By Ronnie Ingram

It was a successful weekend for Ballynahinch as not only did their Firsts secure the double with a 27-7 Ulster Senior League victory over City of Derry but they were also named as the Kukri Sports Club of the Year and Paul Pritchard collected the Ken Goodall Player of the Year award.

And all this on top of the fact that their Thirds reached the final of the Harden Cup with a 24-7 win at Malone III and their evergreens eliminated Letterkenny II 19-10 in the semi-final of the Ravenhill Cup.

The conditions at Ballymacarn Park for the visit of Derry were far from ideal with a slippery ball and heavy going underfoot but the home side adapted well.

They dominated the possession and territory but only managed one try in the first period. This came after 10 minutes when centre Stuart Morrow ran through to touch down.

Richard Reaney kicked an early second-half penalty to increase Hinch's lead but Derry struck back when Richard Baird crashed over. Semple added the conversion but the remainder of the game belonged to Hinch.

On the hour, Conor Pyper scored and that was followed by a penalty try goaled by Reaney. In the last play, scrum-half Christopher Gibson linked with James McBriar and he chipped through for Morrow to seal his second try, which was converted.

Richard Hart, the Hinch Director of Rugby, thought it was an entertaining encounter.

"We were consistently on the attack and Derry were given very few opportunities to score. They certainly fought hard and never gave up but we have strength in depth and that is one of the reasons for our success this season," he said.

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