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SONI Ulster League 9th September 2017

Scorers: McIlroy(1*Try, 1*Pen, 3*Conv), Barker(1*Try), Bloomfield(1*Try), P.McCusker(1*Try)

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There has been a real buzz around Rainey Old Boys rugby club this summer with the news that recruitment has gone really well.  The strength in depth of the senior squad will improve greatly and some of the newcomers are top quality players who can have a real impact.  Many of the attendance at last Saturday's SONI Ulster League game with Omagh Academicals would have been getting their first glimpse of some of these players and, while Rainey won that game 29-21, they will be hoping that they can hit the ground running when they entertain Old Crescent in Week 1 of the AIL on Saturday.

Ulster Senior Cup 1st Round 2nd September 2017

Scorers: McMurray(1*Try), Stewart(1*Try), McIlroy(1*Conv)

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With a number of players not making themselves available for the early season games, Rainey Old Boys had to call on some unfamiliar faces for their first round Ulster Senior Cup against Banbridge at Hatrick Park.  The Rifle Park side proved to be far too good for them and were able to move up a gear when Rainey hit back to trail by only five points midway through the second half.  A late score gave Banbridge a 32-12 victory which takes them and the other first round winners Malone, Dungannon and Ballynahinch through to the second round stage.

SONI Ulster League 26th September 2017
Scorers: Pritchard(1*Try), McIlroy(1*Try,1*Conv)
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Ulster League points were on offer at Upritchard Park where Bangor and Rainey Old Boys met in Section B of the Soni Championship.  But, with the AIL programme now less than three weeks away, both sides were more interested in performance rather than points.  With the much-travelled Lewis Stevenson now at Player/Coach, Bangor have been encouraged by their pre-season form and the addition of  the former Ulster forward gives them a big pack whose dominance in the tight won the game for them on Saturday.  Rainey tried a number of permutations in the front five at Bangor and will hope that they can come up with an answer to their problems sooner rather than later.  Forced into living off scraps for much of the game, they played some very good rugby to get back into the picture, but a late score saw Bangor home on a 22-12 scoreline.

Senior Friendly 19th August 2017

Scorers: Stewart(1*Try), McIlroy(1*Try, 3*Conv), McMurray(1*Try), Stirling(1*Try)

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While visitors Omagh Academicals had a makeshift pack on view, Rainey Old Boys took the opportunity to give more of their squad a run-out when the sides played a Senior friendly at Hatrick Park which was in peak condition for the start of the season. There was some good rugby played along with the inevitable early season unforced errors as Rainey ran out 26-22 winners.

Derek Lee Memorial Cup 12th August 2017

Scorers: McIlroy(1*Try, 7*Conv), Moran(1*Try), Crooks(2*Try), Bloomfield(1*Try), McMurray(1*Try), Hall(2*Try)

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While the scoreline would suggest a landslide victory for Rainey, Clogher Valley enjoyed their fair share of possession when the sides met in the Derek Lee Memorial Match at the Cran.  Up front, the Valley worked hard and had several spells close to the Rainey line, but they did not know how to turn possession into points.  Rainey held all the aces behind the set piece to score eight tries, all but one converted by out-half McIlroy, for a 54-3win.  They put together a lot of nice moves with good handling and offloading.