U16s win at Ballyclare
By STEPHEN NUTT
Improved performance by U16s at a wet Ballyclare
With no league matches for a few weeks the UPS sponsored Ards U16s took the opportunity to travel to The Cloughan to play their Ballyclare counterparts in a friendly match in what were very wet conditions. Ballyclare were short of players and it was agreed for to play 13 a side with Ards players making up the Ballyclare numbers.
The game was played in a high tempo from both sides. Both sides sounded each other out through the forwards before the game opened up through the backs. With a full complement of forwards the scrums were competitive and allowed some players to try out different positions. Ballyclare were first to hit the try line before Ards began to settle down and run in four tries. Ballyclare did not give up and scored a late try just before half time. Their conversions were missed but Ards were on target. Half time score Ards 28- Ballyclare 10
The second half was as fast as the first with neither side holding back. Handling errors in the heavy rain played a major factor but it wasn’t long before Ards took the first score with a wonderful conversion from a tight angle. Ballyclare came back at Ards with a strong run from their open side flanker who scored 2 tries in succession. The conversions were missed and the game continued. Ards spurred on by their captain Callum O’Hanlon, kept up the pressure and scored a further two tries with only one conversion missed before Ards man Bailey Young, playing for Ballyclare, ran through the Ards defence for a great individual try. He even managed to convert and brought the game to a close at 47-27 to Ards.
Ards try scorers were Joel Hutton, Ryan Harris, Darragh Kelly and Callum O’Hanlon x 4.
An open invite is extended to any boy or girl interested in ‘Giving it a try’ at the UPS sponsored Ards Youth Rugby we are recruiting players between 12-17yrs to play in the U14, U16 & U18 age groups. Just turn up on at Hamilton Park on a Thursday evening from 630pmand introduce yourself - no experience is necessary. For further details email -firstname.lastname@example.org or contact - Stevie Nutt 07783475153