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McCambley Cup 16th December 2017

Ballymena IV called on their experience to beat a profligate Rainey III side 34-24 in the second round of the McCambley Cup at Hatrick Park. Rainey would probably have gone on to win the game had they not butchered three glorious chances in the second half. Rainey had the services of a couple of their more senior players for this game, but while their scrum held their own, they won very little lineout ball. At half-time, Ballymena led 8-6. Rainey actually led 16-11 at a stage with tries from McCrea and McSwiggan keeping them in touch. But, while the seasoned visitors took their chances, Rainey did not make the ball do the work and were made to pay for their generosity.

Regional League South 18th November 2017

Scorers: Lawrence(1*Try), Andrews(1*Try), Crooks(2*Try), Hall(1*Try), Gordon(1*Try), Lloyd-Evans(3*Conv, 1*Pen)


Three tries in the last fifteen minutes enabled Rainey OB III to pull clear for a 44-17 victory over Dromore II in Regional League South.  Although midway through the second-half, the outcome was in the melting pot, the next try was likely to prove vital and it was Rainey who scored it when back-row man Lawrence took a pass from McSwiggan to go clear.

Regional South 4th November 2017

Scorers: Campton(1*Try), Hall(1*Try), Ferson(1*Conv)



Although conditions were perfect at the Palace Grounds as Armagh IV kicked off against Rainey III, the start by the Magherafelt men was far from being so.  On their first possession, out-half Hall's attempted chip over the defence was charged down and caught by an Armagh player who sprinted from halfway to score under the posts.  The conversion was good.  Five minutes later, they were 12-0 down when they proved unable to withstand an Armagh catch and drive from a 5m lineout.

Regional South 28th October 2017

Scorers: Lloyd-Evans(1*Try), Mulholland(1*Try), Hall(1*Try), Hastings(1*Try), McLean(1*Try, 5*Conv)


As Rainey III took the pitch against Banbridge V, a quick glance at the physicality of the opposition raised concerns as to how a team comprised of mainly U20s players would cope with their bigger and older opponents. In the event, although they lost 40-35, they were more than up to the challenge.


Kicking off with the wind at their backs, Rainey held Bann in their own half, with backrow Lawrence putting in numerous tackles, until a turnover was forced. From the scrum, out-half Hall released his backs to devastating effect. The ball reached winger Crooks, who interlinked beautifully with fullback McLean as they tore the Banbridge backs to shreds, before feeding inside to scrum-half Lloyd-Evans who had an easy canter over the line. In the first of five of excellent kicks, Mclean added the extras.