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Many thanks to Biddy Attachments, who sponsored the recent AIL league match against Wanderers. 

Many thanks to Eral UK Ltd, who sponsored the recent AIL league match against MU Barnhall.  

 

And our thanks to the ball boys on the day, pictured here with Les Kiss (Director Rugby, Ulster)

Also pictured is another of our club sponsors, Peter Bryson (Bryson's Bar,  Magherafelt), together with Les Kiss (Director Rugby, Ulster) & Graffin Parke (President  IRFU Ulster Branch)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Ulster Branch President John McKibbin & Graffin Parke
Former Ulster Branch President John McKibbin & Graffin Parke
Graffin Parke & ROB President John Overend
Graffin Parke & ROB President John Overend

 

At the IRFU Ulster Branch AGM held recently at Hatrick Park, long-standing ROBRFC club member and stalwart, Graffin Parke, was elected as the new Ulster Branch President for the 2017/18 season, taking over from outgoing President John McKibbin. Graffin is the first ever member of Rainey old Bys to hold this prestigious position and everyone at the club wishes him every success for his year in office.

Rugby aficionados have had the Lions' exploits in New Zealand to keep them entertained for much of the close season and now that the eagerly-awaited fixture lists for the Ulster and All-Ireland Leagues have been announced, clubs can step up their preparations.
 

Rainey Old Boys are looking forward to returning to Division 2B which looks wide open.  They have been training since late July and will take their preparations up a level when they travel to Fivemiletown on Saturday for the annual Derek Lee Memorial Match against Clogher Valley.  Both sides take the opportunity to give all their squad a run out in this fixture.  The juniors are always difficult opponents at the Cran, which is one of the best playing surfaces in the country.  Then, on August 19, a bright,young Omagh, back in the AIL after a long absence, come to Hatrick Park for a friendly.

Rainey Old Boys were well represented at Ulster Rugby's annual Awards Dinner, which was held at Aquinas Grammar School on Saturday evening.  With four nominees across three catagories, the Rainey Boys came away with two winners.

 

Ulster U18 Captain Michael O'Neill and Ulster U18 and Irish U18 Clubs & Schools repesentative Jack McIntosh were both nominated for the Ulster Carpets Youth Player of the Year, with Jack McIntosh earning the win.  

 

In the Ken Goodall Outstanding Club Player of the Year category, John McCusker (Ulster A, Ireland U19) and Tommy O'Hagan (Ulster A) were the local nominees, with Tommy O'Hagan getting the nod. Tommy was also nominated in the BT Young Player of the Year category, but lost out to Ulster regular Jacob Stockdale.

 

Well done to all the boys!