Ballynahinch RFC Take A Tumble At Lansdowne

Lansdowne Enjoy Win After Two Defeats By Ballynahinch RFC

Lansdowne Enjoy Win After Two Defeats By Ballynahinch RFC

AIL League,

Saturday 21st October,

Final Score: Lansdowne 45 Ballynahinch 19.

Lansdowne were worthy winners on Saturday as Ballynahinch conceded seven tries in the wide open spaces of the Avivia Stadium main pitch reports James Kirk.

Their opponents clearly had revenge on their mind after losing twice to the Co.Down men last season and after a summer spent revamping their squad they cut loose, capitalising on the visitors inability to convert a strong start into points.

Claytan Milligan races clear during the AIL R3 clash between Lansdowne and Ballynahinch at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. ( Photos by John Dickson / Dickson Digital ©).

They jumped out to a nineteen point lead.

Then they added late tries after Ballynahinch scored through Claytan Milligan to make it 24-14 on the hour mark to give them a sniff of getting something from the game.

Ballynahinch had travelled with plenty of confidence after their bonus point victory over Cork Constitution last week and a slew of Ulster releases to boost the side but they looked sluggish and the extra game they had in their legs due to the Bateman Cup SF perhaps took its toll.

Bryn Ward is tackled by Stephen Madigan during the AIL R3 clash between Lansdowne and Ballynahinch.

Going back-to-back for 4 weeks against Division 1A opposition and finishing with 80 minutes against a Lansdowne side renowned for the speed of their play was a tough proposition.

Adam Craig and his troops will be thankful for the break next weekend before a home fixture against a revitalised Shannon side.

Callum Irvine pictured during the AIL R3 clash at the Aviva Stadium.
Aaron Sexton in possession faces a Lansdowne challenge.
Shay Storey scores during the AIL R3 clash between Lansdowne and Ballynahinch.

Craig will have backs Mark Best and Jack Milligan available for selection after observing concussion protocols and welcomed the return of George Saunderson after his concussion layoff.

But long term injuries to some key forwards mean Ballynahinch have limited scope to freshen up their tight five in readiness for the physical challenge of another block of AIL fixtures.

Ballynahinch 1-21 : John Dickson, Claytan Milligan, Kyle McCall (capt), Tommy Donnan, Declan Horrax, Callum Irvine, Zack McCall, Bradley Luney, Chris Gibson, Dominic Clapcott, Aaron Sexton, Paul Kerr, Ben Moxham, Shay Storey, Conor Rankin, George Saunderson, Harry, McCormick, Bryn Ward, Aaron Cairns, Ryan Wilson, Ben Carson.


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Club Notes

The Women’s XV learned all about the quality of the top end of the Premiership as they shipped a sixty point defeat to Enniskillen at home.

They will hope to have a few key players back for the return fixture in a fortnight.

The seconds continued their impressive league campaign with an excellent bonus point victory over league champions Ballymena and will travel to Clogher Valley on Saturday full of confidence.

The 4ths and 5ths continued their fine start to the season with bonus point victories and are top of their league sections.

Pre-match lunches are back. To book a place for the next AIL home game vs Shannon on November 4th contact James Shaw on 07740308051.

Youth Training continues on Mondays at 7pm for boys and Wednesdays at 7pm for girls.

All players U12/U14/U16/U18 welcome and no experience necessary. Contact Clifton Quinn for details on 07501228045.

The Ballynahinch mini rugby players: A day of fun-filled rugby was had on Sunday in Ballynahinch RFC, when many excited young rugby players took to the pitch for the return of the Aviva Mini Rugby Provincial Festivals. The Ulster Provincial Festival saw teams from across the province come together and play, with representation from Ballymoney RFC, City of Armagh RFC, Finn Valley RFC and Bangor RFC to name but a few. Since its inception, the Aviva Mini Rugby Festivals have been crucial to the rugby development of young boys and girls across the country, as they get the chance to play against their peers, while learning new tips and tricks, in a safe, non-competitive, and enjoyable environment. Over 2,000 children will take part in the Aviva Mini Rugby Festivals this year, with the final, all-girls festival, still to take place in Navan RFC on Sunday November 19th. Many of those who showcased their skills at Ballynahinch RFC will see their dreams come true, when the Aviva Mini Rugby National Festival returns to the Home of Irish Rugby, Aviva Stadium, early next summer. (Photo by ©INPHO/Bryan Keane).

Mini rugby continues on Saturday mornings from 9.30-11am. Boys and girls from P1 – Yr8 are all welcome, with training run for each age group in their school year. Mini rugby news is posted weekly on the club Facebook page:

For more details contact David Martin – Mini Convenor on 07837944892 or email: