Bann 4ths 57-12 Ophir 2nds
Ophir turned up with 12 men, and after some debate it was agreed that we would take the league points and also play with 12 men, to give everyone a game.
The day was a very special occasion because Maynard Sinton, an ex Banbrudge 1st XV lock, was playing with his two sons, Tim and Robin, the latter having only turned 18 years of age on Saturday. I have to take my hat off to Maynard who despite his 54 years, got a real taste for the game again and had to be dragged off the pitch to accommodate our rolling substitutions.
After just five minutes Jerry Ramsey broke the line, kicks through and scored under posts. John Woods narrowly missed the conversion.
Ophir came back quickly and cut through the Bann defence to score. The conversion was missed leaving the score level at 5-5.
A quick penalty to Bann run by Woods led to his try under posts. Again no extras were added but Bann 10-5.
A great break by Ramsey supported by the veteran lock Paul Cairns resulted in a try for Cairns who under the posts. A Drop kick conversion by Geoff Little saw Bann go 17-5 ahead.
When Cairns broke out of defence from their 22 the ball was taken on by Danny Andrews, who passsed back inside to Cairns who popped to Johnny Sleator to score under posts. The conversion was missed by Little. 22-5 to Bann
A tremendous run with the ball going through nearly everyone one’s hands, was finally taken on by Neal Cochrane to score. Conversion missed, 27-5.
Another break from Ringo Ringland to run around 13 players (including one of his own) ended with a super score in the corner. Super effort to convert by Little just missed. 32-5
From The kick off the new outhalf, Matthew Bird broke out of defence and passed to full back Anderson who ran in from halfway, with two dummies and scored under the posts. No conversion 37-5
Ringo again broke from the middle of the park and ran to the 22 where he fed Ramsey to run in for score. No conv by outhalf Birdy despite great effort. 42-5.
A solo effort to run the length of the pitch and score by debutant senior player Robin Sinton lit up the game. He narrowly missed his own conversion attempt. 47-5.
Sinton senior then took a line out ball, passed to No 1 son, Tim Sinton who fed holiday brother Robin Sinton . The ball was moved on to Ringo on halfway who ran length of of pitch to score. No conv. 52-5.
Paul Cairns and Maynard Sinton joined forces in the second row, with a combined age 103 years!!! Is this a record?
Ophir who never said die, had a late rally, kicked to corner, won the ball and ran in for try which they converted. 52-12
The game finished with a second try from Paul Cairns who out paced the opposition into the corner. 57-12.