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U16s end their season at Larne tournament (05/05/18)

4 months ago By STEPHEN NUTT

Ards U16s end the season in the sun at Larne

The tournament was made by Ards, Donaghdee, Cooke, Randalstown and hosts Larne/Ophir.

The Ards squad of 17 players was small compared to their opponents who had bolstered their squads with school players.

Ards lost their opening match to Randalstown, conceding two early tries and with matches only lasting 8mins each way, Ards never really had time to get back into the match.

Next up were the hosts Larne, both teams had played each other already several times this season and it was predicted to be a close game, but Ards struggled to contain this Larne team which contained a lot of new faces and Larne ran out victors, but Ards were able to keep their heads high and scored some good tries themselves.

Ards' next match was against local rivals Donaghdee, who requested that the game be played for only 10 minutes in total and with 10 players each; Randalstown came to Donaghadee's assistance and provided five players to help their depleted squad; the game ended in a draw but the final was blown as Ards were heading for the try line down the right wing.

To finish the day was a quick 5 minute game against Cooke, which looked more like a training game than a competitive one; a close relationship that has developed between Ards & Cooke this past season and it was hard to take the game seriously. From the sidelines, all that could be heard from both teams was laughter.

It was a fitting end to the season that has been a rollercoaster ride with a lot of highs and lows but all throughout this season, the boys enjoyed their time at Ards and continue to show their enjoyment at touch Rugby on Tuesday nights.

Updated 20:48 - 13 Aug 2018 by STEPHEN NUTT

Where next?

Subway Ulster Rugby Junior Summer Camp Ulster Rugby Summer Camp to be held at Hamilton Park.
Ards RFC host Junior inter pro A great day's success both on & off the field


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