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Doddie Weir Veterans tournament at Bangor

2 weeks ago By STEPHEN NUTT

Black Knights rise to the occasion and show their pedigree!

Last Saturday Ards Rugby entered their Black Knights team into the Doddie Weir Foundation Veterans Tournament at Bangor.

First up for the Black Knights was a North Down derby against a Bangor team whose average age was somewhat less than the Black Knights. 

Bangor outscored Ards 3 tries to 2, with Chris Allen and Shane Stewart scoring.

Next up were Portadown with the Black Knights winning a bruising encounter 3-2, try scorers were Chris Allen, Gordie McBride and Graeme Taylor.

The Black Knights won their match 3-2 against a fancied Dungannon team; try scorers were Michael Higginson, Scott young and Simon Crowe.

This set up a winner takes all game against the World Legends Select team which included Alan Bateman, Craig Chalmers, Paddy Johns, Peter Bracken, Paddy Wallace, and Andy Ward. 

The Black Knights gave the World Legends there toughest game of the day, with the ‘Legends’ openly admitting they had to change their style of play. 

The Legends edged out the match 3-2 with Gordie McBride and Simon Crowe scoring for the Black Knights.

Notable Black Knights highlights included former Scotland Captain and current Ards & Regent House Rugby Development Officer Budge Pountney making his Black Knights debut, former Ulster & Ireland scrum half Isaac Boss playing in the Ards shirt just like his brother Brad in the mid 1990’s.

Rugby was not the only winner with all participating players making a financial donation towards the Doddie Weir Foundation and Clifton Special School.

Well done to Bangor Rugby on the hosting of the tournament.

Updated 21:47 - 6 Aug 2018 by STEPHEN NUTT

Where next?

Preseason friendly - Ards 7 v Insts 17 Useful preseason outing for Ards.

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