News

21-04-2014   Ulster Under 15 Bowl Final

After a thrilling final played at the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena, Banbridge U-15s came out to top of a gritty Ballynahinch side to claim the Ulster Bowl.


17-04-2014   Club Tidy Up

The Annual Club Tidy Up will take place on Saturday 26th of April at 10.00am. We would like as many volunteers to come and lend a hand. All ages and sizes welcome. You may even find that pair of boots you mislaid earlier in the season


10-04-2014   Junior club pitch side hoarding fund-raising initiative

Looking good, but unfortunately has to be paid for - Please support the junior club pitch side hoarding fund-raising initiative. Get your name on it for £20 - all proceeds going to car park fund. Contact Raymond Reid and Alan Harvey


02-04-2014   Bann end Ulster League with seven try shut out

Banbridge rounded off their Ulster Championship League campaign by taking maximum points from a seven-try win over Ards, with an Andrew Morrison hat-trick in 13 minutes either side of the interval putting the game beyond Ards' reach.


25-03-2014   Bann 17s power into Plate quarters

Bann's Under-17s powered their way into the quarter-finals of the Ulster Carpets Plate competition with a comprehensive nine-try win over Larne. Cameron Cromie opened the scoring from the kick-off as he took advantage of a Larne knock-on


25-03-2014   Under strength Thirds overcome Glynn men

This mid-week Junior League game produced almost 60 points and thrills aplenty, with Bann Thirds eventually emerging as winners despite being reduced to 14 men with just 10 minutes played. The home side recovered quickly from the loss of injured centre Matthew Kerr, opening the scoring with a Jeff Dodds penalty after a rolling maul had forced Larne back into their "22".


25-03-2014   Mistakes deny Bann in Donnybrook

The best possible start and the worst possible finish - that sums up Banbridge´s All-Ireland League game against Bective Rangers last Saturday. With the spring sun shining brightly at Donnybrook Bann made a blistering start, scoring two tries in the opening five minutes. That should have laid the foundation for a bonus point win.


25-03-2014   U19s efforts fall short in AIL challenge

Bann's U-19 coach Willie Kirkwood had nothing but praise for his players despite their defeat in Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final.

"I couldn't have asked for more from them," he said reflecting on the game. "They gave it everything they had and finished the game exhausted.


25-03-2014   Bann denied at Donnybrook for second week running

For the second successive week Banbridge scored four tries against Leinster opposition only to be denied a win by conceding a score from the last action of the game. The previous Saturday an injury time penalty had handed Bective Rangers full points and last weekend, on the same Donnybrook pitch, Old Wesley scored a last-minute unconverted try to share the spoils.


18-03-2014   Supporters bus to Old Wesley

There will be a supporters bus going to Donnybrook this Saturday for Banbridge's AIL encounter with Old Wesley. The bus will be leaving the club at 10.30am and will cost £15 per person. Lunch is available at Old Wesley for €15, including match entry fee. Anyone interested should contact John Ewart on 07921 168831.


16-03-2014   AGM and Player Awards Night

The player Awards Night will be held on Saturday 10th May at 7pm in the Club. All players, supporters and members are encouraged to attend.

For tickets contact Noel Thompson on 07870 227118, Simon McKinstry on 07736 773113 or Alan Harvey on 07768 660532.

The Banbridge RFC Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st May at 7.30pm. Nominations have been received and are on the club noticeboard. All members are encouraged to attend this very important event in the club calender.


10-03-2014   BRFC Junior Club hope to commission an advertisement hoarding

BRFC Junior Club hope to commission an advertisement hoarding to be placed on the "Pitch for All" which is due to open in August 2014.

It is intended to offer the opportunity for mini and youth players, and parents to have their names printed on this hoarding in recognition of their support for this project.

This is being offered at a cost of £20 per name, and is a junior club fund-raising initiative to help secure additional finance which will be utilised for resurfacing of the car parking area adjacent to the pitch at the entrance to the club grounds. Please support this initiative as we are in sight of the finishing line regarding this project.


03-03-2014   Bann climb with bonus point win over Rainey

Banbridge climbed out of the relegation zone in Division 2A thanks to this bonus point Ulster derby win over Rainey. The Rifle Park side were ahead after just three minutes and never looked like giving up that lead, although it wasn't until the last move of the game that they secured the crucial fourth try.


03-03-2014   Dologhan to the fore in U13s win

Bann's U-13s faced Ballymena and knew they would have a hard morning's work in front of them after a run of successive defeats over the past month. Bann started the game retaining their own kick off and through their forwards brought play deep into the Ballymena ‘22'. The pairing of captain Tom Dologhan and Mathew Reid made breaks from rucks and with support from Jordan Howard and James O'Rourke re-cycled to allow Dologhan to score the first try.


03-03-2014   Bann secure bonus point win in Bruff

For the second successive weekend Banbridge travelled back from Munster with a win under their belts, only this time they collected a try-scoring bonus point for good value. Bruff had only picked up one win in their All-Ireland League campaign this season but they belied their lowly league position by capitalising on some ineffectual kicking to score the opening try in the 10th minute


03-03-2014   U17s battle for draw with Ballymena

Bann's injury-ravaged Under-17s welcomed back out-half Cameron Cromie and centres James Waugh and Curtis Jackson and this trio were to play vital roles in this bruising encounter that was evenly contested from start to finish.


03-03-2014   Bann reign in the rain

Banbridge notched up the fourth win of their Ulster Championship League campaign against a Dungannon side that has not enjoyed the best of fortunes this season in either the provincial or national leagues.


03-03-2014   Bann edge out of relegation zone with Derry win

City of Derry's promotion hopes suffered a setback on Saturday when a resurgent Banbridge side deservedly picked up a third win of the season, edging the Rifle Park side further away from the relegation zone. Banbridge coach Daniel Soper was delighted with his team's performance. "We were even better than in the wins against Ballymena and Rainey," he said. "I thought our defence was excellent - the lads seemed to be enjoying their rugby, especially with ball in hand.


03-03-2014   Bann defeat students in poor conditions

Perhaps it was the ‘hangover' from their Ulster Senior Cup success in last mid-week's final, or maybe the absence of a number of key players as a result of their efforts against Ballynahinch at Ravenhill, but for whatever reason Queen's never looked like repeating their AIL and Cup successes over Banbridge in Saturday's Ulster Championship League game.


03-03-2014   17s run riot against Armagh

Saturday morning rugby came back to Rifle Park with a bang for the U17s after the spell of bad weather. Ross Haughey got his first rugby of the season starting in the front row. Adam Reaney was a late cry-off so Alex Walker started at out half and Cameron Cromie moved to centre. With some intense training sessions under their belt Bann were eager to let loose and test themselves against Armagh.....


03-03-2014   Bann hold on in Highfield

A try each either side of half-time from wingers John Porter and Hugo Harbinson brought Banbridge their fourth All-Ireland League win and edged them closer to mid-table security. Playing with slope and wind advantage in the first half, the visitors had been rocked by a Ben Murphy try in the 18th minute, the Highfield winger having finished off a well-constructed move to give his side a five point lead.


26-02-2014   Friends Draw and Presidents Food Challenge

This Saturday Night (12th April) will see the next of our friends draws starting at 7pm.

Before this will be our President vs food challenge which this week will be sponsored by Dominos Pizza in which a club select will face of against the visiting teams in what has become a popular fixture on an AIL Saturday.

Nibbles will also be served from 6.30pm


19-02-2014   Ladies Committee of Banbridge Rugby Club plan their 40th Anniversary Dinner

The Banbridge Rugby Club Ladies Committee have reached 40 years of service and are having a celebratory dinner to mark the occasion. 

 The Ladies Committee was founded in 1974 to support the men’s club in the catering of events and functions in Rifle Park.

From then until now the Committee has flourished and Banbridge Rugby Club is the envy of clubs all over Ireland for the assistance and support the Ladies Committee provide.

We are therefore keen to contact any past members to come and join us on Friday 16th May to share in these celebrations.

 

Ladies who were part of the team anytime from 1974 are asked to contact Barbara Cairns on 07990 537504 to express their interest in attending the dinner.


18-02-2014   Concussion Recognition & Management Seminar

Armagh RFC, Tuesday 25th February 2014 7.30pm – 8.30pm 
DR. GARRETT COUGHLAN | BSc Physio, PhD | Medical Coordinator and National U-20's Team Physiotherapist | IRFU Medical Department will be  presenting.


Please bring this information to the attention of any parents, players, coaches, referees or other volunteers involved with the game as it is a subject which has implications at all levels.

An invitation is attached for onward transmission to interested parties or to be posted on notice boards. An online booking system is in operation to help record information of attendees as well as links to the IRB Concussion module which is now compulsory study material for all IRFU Coaches.


10-02-2014   Six Nations Sunday Lunch

The annual six nations lunch took place on Sunday the 2nd of February where over 100 people enjoyed a fantastic dinner followed by a riveting Ireland Scotland game. Many thanks go as always to the ladies committee for their hard work.


06-02-2014   PITCH FOR ALL PROGRESS REPORT

The contractors recently reported that they are satisfied with the condition and grass growth on the new pitch despite the recent adverse weather conditions. The pitch will be re-sown in the spring and any remedial work will also be undertaken then. The second phase of the project is currently underway with fencing, kerbs and the re- alignment of spectator areas progressing well so a big thank you to all who have enabled this essential work to be carried out.


22-01-2014   Thirds hold out for narrow win

Bann Thirds picked up their fifth league win of the season as they defied the treacherous conditions and an experienced Cooke side to edge home by the narrowest of margins. The home side had taken a 10-3 lead into the break, thanks to Keir Patterson's try off an Andy Cowan feed from a ruck, with Macauley Little adding the conversion and a later penalty.


22-01-2014   Bann U19s remain unbeaten in league playoffs

Limavady made the long journey to Rifle Park for this Under-19 play-off game last Wednesday. But they found themselves up against a home side in excellent form and despite battling hard throughout the game the visitors eventually shipped five tries while managing a solitary penalty in reply.



16-01-2014   Bann scrape losing BP at Barnhall

A converted try three minutes from the end of this All-Ireland League game salvaged a point for Banbridge. And they were probably fortunate to come away with anything after playing second fiddle to the home side for much of the game.


16-01-2014   U19s title challenge remains on course

Bann's Under-19 side took a significant step towards the Ulster Premier League title by defeating the previously unbeaten Portadown side by the narrowest of margins. The Chambers Park side had inflicted the only blemish on Bann's record by defeating them in their previous meeting this season.


07-01-2014   Ladies Rugby continues at Rifle Park

Players are reminded that coaching sessions for ladies continue at Rifle Park on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. All ladies aged 18 and over, with or without experience of rugby, will be made more than welcome.


07-01-2014   5-try U17s see off Letterkenny

Letterkenny made the long trip for this reverse fixture in the league. Bann welcomed back Ben Reid, Samuel Mount and Adam Cromwell from injury. Having narrowly won against the visitors earlier in the season Bann were prepared for a tough encounter.


07-01-2014   U19s maintain form in League Play-offs

Bann's Under-19 side made it two from two in the Ulster Premier League play-offs, scoring four tries and conceding none to a Randalstown side that provided a tough physical challenge.


06-01-2014   Bann lose narrowly to new league leaders

Galwegians travelled back to Connact on Saturday with the four points they needed to take over top slot in Division 2A of the All-Ireland League. But their defence had to be at its best to keep at bay a Banbridge side that compensated for the absence of a number of regulars with a whole-hearted performance.



27-11-2013   Good win for Under 17s

James Waugh led a Bann Under 17s which was determined to avenge the earlier friendly defeat to the skilful Armagh outfit.


27-11-2013   Notice

The Officials, players and supporters of Banbridge RFC would like to offer their sincere condolences to Club President Noel and former 1st XV captain Norman Thompson on the passing of their mother earlier today (Wednesday).


27-11-2013   Bann get off the mark

“The Star of the County Down” was sung in the visitors’ changing room at Eaton Park with especial gusto on Saturday after Banbridge had picked up their first win in five AIL outings by beating the previously all-conquering Ballymena.


25-11-2013   BANN 4's STAGE LATE COMEBACK

Bann 4ths welcomed Lisburn 3rds to Rifle Park for their second home game of the season with a team mixed with youth and experience.


24-11-2013   Pre Match Lunch Update

The following prematch is a sell out and have no availability and NO walk ins will be catered for.

Old Crescent 1st May


19-11-2013   Mistakes cost Bann

An error-strewn performance by Banbridge in Saturday’s Ulster Senior Cup semi-final allowed Queen’s to claim their place in the Ravenhill final against Ballynahinch.......


19-11-2013   Injuries cost Under 17s

Bann’s injury-ravaged Under-17s made the long journey to County Cavan to play Virginia.......


13-11-2013   Convincing win for Under 19s over 'Hinch

After conceding an early try to visitors Ballynahinch, Bann’s Under-19 team took control of this game, eventually running in eight tries while restricting ‘Hinch to that solitary opening score.


13-11-2013   Under 15s lose out to Lurgan

Bann U15s took to the field under the captaincy of Jamie Mullan looking to get their league campaign started after the previous defeat to Letterkenny.


12-11-2013   Last gasp loss for Bann

Declan Kidney was an interested spectator as he watched UCC extend Banbridge’s losing AIL run to four games, thanks to a dropped goal kicked seven minutes from time by his son Kevin.


12-11-2013   U19s win in Virginia

An early penalty from Aaron Kennedy settled the nerves of the visitors after the long trip to Co Cavan and set them up for a first half...............


07-11-2013   2014 Six Nations Ticket Applications Open

Applications for Six Nations Tickets are now open.  Click here to download your application form.


06-11-2013   Pre Matches SOLD OUT!!

The pre- match receptions on the 14th December (Queens) and 30th November (Galwegians) are fully booked. Unfortunately no walk ins can be catered for!

There is still plenty of availability for other games, contact Stevie Cross for details


05-11-2013   Judith meets Ruan on Bristol flight

Judith Moorhead recently ticked off one of her bucket list items when she met and had her photograph taken with her favourite rugby player (husband Derek excluded of course). Here she is with Ulster and South Africa player Ruan Pienaar who she met on a flight to Bristol.


29-10-2013   Can Alan Thompson defend his title?

This Saturday after the dust has settled on the pitch, Club President Noel Thompson will be choosing his select team to face off against Galwegians in the club house in an eating challenge.

After one team stands victorious while the other languishes in defeat complimentary food will be available to all before the 4th Friends Draw of the season.


28-10-2013   Novemberfest!!

Its back, our 3rd anual beer festival is set for the 23rd of November. The annual event will have the usual festivities with traditional Bavarian music, beer and games. Tickets cost £10 and come with a FREE half chicken.


24-10-2013   Bann through to Senior Cup Semi Final

Banbridge eventually saw off the challenge of a highly-motivated Instonians side to take their place in the last four of the Ulster Senior Cup.


24-10-2013   Bann through to Senior Cup Semi Final

Banbridge eventually saw off the challenge of a highly-motivated Instonians side to take their place in the last four of the Ulster Senior Cup.


20-10-2013   Away Match Tickets

Applications for this years RBS 6 Nations AWAY tickets are now due. tickets will be £80 each. Those interested parties should contact John Ewart (07909978505)

Home applications will follow shortly.


14-10-2013   Bann back to winning ways

Banbridge picked up their second Ulster League win and a bonus point to boot in a high-scoring game at Magherafelt. Coach Daniel Soper said afterwards that it was important to get the win after successive defeats in their previous two outings. “We played some good rugby today with the ball in hand,” he commented.


14-10-2013   Your Club Your Country Prize Draw

This year the Ulster Branch has issued the 'Your Club Your Country' draw with some spectactular prizes on offer. tickets cost £5 each and best of all all the money raised goes straight to the rugby clubs 'Pitch For All' project.

If you would like a ticket ask any player, coach and committee member.


14-10-2013   Bann let Junior Cup tie slip

Donaghadee survived a late flurry of scoring by Banbridge Seconds to take their place deservedly in the third round of the Junior Cup.


08-10-2013   A lesson from the Students

Ian Porter’s early penalty gave Bann the lead but Chris Colvin hit back with that opening Queen’s try from a move that covered the length of the pitch.


08-10-2013   Dalzells and Samsung onboard with Banbridge RFC

1381270110::-::ip_dalzells.jpgWith a new season of All Ireland League rugby under way, Banbridge are delighted to have Dalzells of Markethill with Samsung onboard as our new main club sponsor.  Dalzells have been long time supporters of Banbridge RFC and the latest development is testament to the Markethill based electrical suppliers commitment to local sport. 

A family business with more than 55 years of expertise in home appliances, Dalzells are the largest Independent Home Appliance Retailer in Northern Ireland.

Visit armaghelectrical.com to see their full range of Samsung appliances and much more.

Club Captain Ian Porter (left) wears the new 2013-14 Dalzells and Samsung sponsored 1st XV kit. 


08-10-2013   Makeshift Under 19s take the points

With Macauley Little still injured, Jason Gribbon on Ulster U-18 duty and Aaron Kennedy in Bann’s All-Ireland squad, the U-19s were forced to field a makeshift half-back combination in the shape of Alan Thompson and Jack O’Hagan.


08-10-2013   Makeshift Under 19s take the points

With Macauley Little still injured, Jason Gribbon on Ulster U-18 duty and Aaron Kennedy in Bann’s All-Ireland squad, the U-19s were forced to field a makeshift half-back combination in the shape of Alan Thompson and Jack O’Hagan.


04-10-2013   Galwegians Pre Match

The Galwegians Pre-Match is now fully booked.


04-10-2013   Hard fought win for young U15s side

Bann welcomed back captain Alastair McDowell from injury for the derby game with Ballynahinch. Jack Myles was moved to centre to add a bit of physicality to the midfield.


04-10-2013   Not the start the new coaches wanted

With new coaches Jonathan Brown and Philip Jordan in attendance for their first game since taking over the roles, Bann’s Under 17 side got off to a bad start at Ballynahinch, conceding five first half tries through a mix of poor tackling and organisation.


04-10-2013   Mini Festival at Rifle Park

Banbridge held their Annual Festival of Mini Rugby last Saturday at Rifle Park. Over 650 players of primary school age from three clubs, Armagh, Ballynahinch and Portadown, joined the host club on a sunny morning when 72 games were played on 12 pitches.


04-10-2013   Kennedy scores 21 to bring home the spoils

Bann scrum half Aaron Kennedy opened the scoring with a penalty after five minutes.
Ten minutes later the Bann pack were camped on the ‘Hinch line. The defence tried to clear but the kick was charged down and captain Adam Kelly dived on the ball to score the first try of the day.


04-10-2013   A hard fought win for Briggs' 5s

The more experienced Bann pack started well and good carries through Kris Eadie and Thomas Thornton took play into the Clogher Valley half.  However the Clogher tackling was effective and prevented any Bann scores in the opening period of the game. 


04-10-2013   A Bridge too Far

A third place finish in last season’s Division 2A of the All-Ireland League would have marked Banbridge out as being among the favourites to contest the promotion places this time around.


24-09-2013   Dominant scrum just not enough

Twenty four points up in as many minutes, Ballynahinch looked to be cantering their way to a five-point win in last Wednesday’s Ulster Senior League game at Rifle Park.

But as Banbridge fought back, dominating much of the play for the remainder of the game, the visitors had to wait until the last play of the game to add to their tally with the bonus-point fourth try.


24-09-2013   Tough encounter for inexperienced U15 side

Bann U15s introduced four boys to their first ever game of rugby in this friendly against a well organised Portadown side which piled the pressure on Bann from the outset.


24-09-2013   A hard fought win

BANBRIDGE   29      ARMAGH   24

Banbridge repeated their Senior Cup success of the previous Saturday in last weekend’s Ulster Senior League game at Rifle Park, holding out against a late Armagh rally to pick up five points.

Skipper Richard Rainey kicked his side into an early lead when Bann went over the top at a ruck. It was to set a worrying pattern in the first half as the home side continually fell foul of the referee, conceding a dozen penalties in total. So despite picking up two tries, Bann’s lead at the break was a meagre three points as the boot of Rainey exacted a full price for the home side’s illegalities.


23-09-2013   Golf day re-scheduled

The Pitch for All golf day has now been re-scheduled to Spring / Summer 2014.


17-09-2013   U15's over power Malone in season opener

BANN U-15s   37      MALONE U-15s   12

The U15s under the captaincy of Alistair McDowell took to the field eager to set down a marker early in front of the home support. Within 10 minutes Bann found themselves in the Malone ‘22’ after good work from the forwards. Quick ball from scrum-half Jamie Mullan to Charlie Jones playing at 10 saw Jones crash over for the opening score.


17-09-2013   Seconds dispatch Derry in Junior Cup

BANN SECONDS   42      CITY OF DERRY SECONDS   19

After successive league defeats at Malone and Instonians, Bann Seconds kick-started their season with what was ultimately a comprehensive Junior Cup win over City of Derry.

Having taken a 20-5 lead into the interval, Bann allowed Derry to claw their way back into contention at 27-19 with 15 minutes remaining, largely through their own indiscipline. But two late tries against the fading opposition left the winners with a margin that probably flattered them.


17-09-2013   Irvine brace secures Senior Cup Win

ARMAGH   20      BANBRIDGE   32

Banbridge negotiated their way safely through the first round of the Ulster Senior Challenge Cup, eventually overcoming the tricky challenge of a useful Armagh side at the City Grounds last Saturday.

Coach Daniel Soper was pleased, not just with the result, but also with the intensity his team showed in overturning a half-time deficit. “That was quite a physical game”, he commented afterwards. “Armagh really put it up to us and that’s great in terms of preparation for the All-Ireland League.”


17-09-2013   U17's start season with a bang

BANN U-17s   41      MALONE U-17s   31

Bann’s Under 17s got their season off to a winning start, winning this friendly against Malone with rather more ease than the score would suggest.

The visitors kicked off the scoring with a 5th minute unconverted try but Bann’s response was immediate, with centre Adam Reaney handing off three defenders on a 50 metre run to the try line. Out-half Alex Walker burst through the Malone defence on the “22”, converting his try for good measure.


11-09-2013   Instonians 21 Banbridge 15

Banbridge coach Daniel Soper is unlikely to be pressing the panic button just yet, but he will have been disappointed to have lost this second Ulster Senior League game of the new season.

Instonians play their All-Ireland rugby in Division 2B and so Bann might reasonably have expected to come out on top. Those pre-match expectations would have been reinforced by Shandon Scott’s 9th minute try, the out-half shimmying over the home line after a sustained assault in which flanker Ryan Patterson and scrum-half Aaron Kennedy played prominent roles.


11-09-2013   A Close Encounter for the 5's

 On Saturday Banbridge Fifths entertained neighbours Portadown in the first game of the new season. It was a tight affair throughout and the opening half hour produced no points.  Portadown produced some strong forward play and forced Bann to give away several penalties, however all were outside of their kicker’s range. 


09-09-2013   BRFC Pitch for All Golf Day

Friday 27th September 2013 at Banbridge Golf Club

Tee off times available between 10am and 3pm

£120 per four ball including green fees and a meal

Sponsorship of greens, tees, longest drive and nearest the pin available for £50.00 (minimum donation).

All proceeds to Pitch fund.

To book times contact John Ewart mobile 07909978505 or Alan Harvey mobile 07768660532


09-09-2013   WOMEN'S RUGBY AT BANBRIDGE

Banbridge RFC is throwing open the doors at their Open Evening on Wednesday 25th September and inviting all ladies and girls aged 16 and up to give rugby a try!

The Open Evening which kicks off at 7.30pm is a session of non-contact drills and games.

New players will receive great coaching that will bring you up to competitive game standard. You will learn everything you need to know.

If you are already a player and are moving to Banbridge then come along and introduce yourself - there are lots of positions up for grabs.

Click on the link to find out more.


08-09-2013   NEW DEFIBRILLATOR

A welcome addition of a defibrillator to BRFC's First Aid capability was recently unveiled. The defibrillator is wall mounted in the entrance hall of the clubhouse and is for emergency use for all who use the facilities of BRFC.


02-09-2013   MINI RUGBY REGISTRATION DAY

The new mini rugby season has kicked off at Rifle Park but don't worry if you missed registration day as it will run for the next couple of Saturdays.

 

Mini rugby is for boys and girls from P2-P7 and there is a panel of qualified coaches ready to take each of the year groups, with a full programme of festivals and fixtures throughout the season. Coaching sessions run from 9.30-11.00am.


02-09-2013   BANBRIDGE 18 MALONE 22

Banbridge suffered a narrow defeat in the opening game of their Ulster Senior League campaign, losing out to a Malone side that made the most of the scoring opportunities that came their way.

 

This was a game to keep the spectators engaged on a warm summer’s evening, with both sides showing a willingness to run the ball from deep positions.


23-08-2013   BANBRIDGE RFC MATCH PRICES

A Season Tickets will gain you entry into all home 1st XV matches.

Season Tickets cost £40 each offering a saving of up to £20 on entry into matches over the season.

Match entry costs £5 for All Ireland League fixtures and £3 for Ulster League fixtures.

Season Tickets are available by contacting John Ewart on 07909 978505.


15-08-2013   An Evening With The Lions with Rory, Tommy Bowe and Sean O'Brien - Thursday 29th August

Join Banbridge RFC in welcoming home their very own Lions Hero Rory Best, who will be joined by team mates Tommy Bowe and Sean O'Brien as they sit down to discuss their experience of that unforgettable, victorious tour to Australia in what promises to be an enthralling and entertaining evening.


an evening with the lions

Relive the highlights of the Lions' summer tour through the eyes of those at the heart of the action.  Hear in their own word's about Tommy Bowe's miraculous recovery from injury, Sean O'Brien's battle for a test shirt, and Rory Best's rise to captain after missing out on initial selection.

Great prizes are on offer for the night include personalised signed photographs with the Lions, signed Lions jerseys and signed photographs of the three players in action.

Proceeds from the evening go towards Banbridge RFC's 'Pitch For All' Project and will include a donation to the IRFU Charitable Trust.

Buy your tickets here.


09-08-2013   Guinness Series 2013 tickets

Orders for tickets for the Guinness Series 2013 should be placed with John Ewart before 26th August 2013. For further details click here.


17-07-2013   Training Continues

Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday on the pitch for 7pm! All new players are more than welcome to attend.


09-07-2013   Banbridge Rugby Club Needs you

One of the clubs biggest fundraising ventures of the year happens this Saturday (13th) in Scarva.

Would anyone who is free and would like to volunteer in the car park by helping direct cars or work in the bar could you please contact Andy Duke (07803018454).

Your efforts will be rewarded in the clubhouse after with a free steak and a few drinks.

It is hoped most club members would help even if just for a few hours!

 


04-07-2013   Help Tyrone on the Ride of the Lions

This year is the 125th Anniversary of the British & Irish Lions, and a group of ex British and Irish Lions and ex Australian Wallabies rugby union players are riding 1,000km over 6 days from Melbourne to Sydney between the 2nd and 3rd tests of the Lions Tour of Australia 2013.


30-06-2013   Friends Bar-B-Q and Final Draw

TO:-  FRIENDS OF BANBRIDGE RUGBY CLUB

BAR-B-Q & FINAL DRAW

The final draw for the 2012-13 season will be held in the Clubhouse on Friday 5th July. Food will be available for all ‘Friends’ from 7.30pm and the draw will take place at 9.30pm.


17-06-2013   Rory Captains Lions

This Tuesday Clubman Rory Best will have the highest honour in world rugby, captaining the British and Irish Lions against the ACT Brumbies, in Australia.

All at Banbridge RFC would like to send out Best Wishes to Rory!


17-06-2013   Party for the Pitch

Saturday 24th August 2013 is a night on the Banbridge Social Calendar not to be missed.

The ‘Party for the Pitch' will take place in a marquee on club grounds where you will enjoy;


15-06-2013   Summer Touch Tournament

Saturday 29th of June sees the Clubs annual touch tournament.

The tournament will follow the previous years format with squads of 10 and a maximum of 7 on the pitch at any one time.

If all team entries could either text (07803018454) or email (andy@greersofantrim.com) Andy Duke with your interest as soon as possible.

The cost will be £3 per head which included food and all proceeds going to the 'Pitch for all Project'


12-06-2013   June Event - Touch Tournament

The Annual Summer Touch Tournament will take place on Saturday 29th June at 2pm.


04-06-2013   New signings for 2013-14 Season

This incoming season will see a number of players returning to Rifle Park following stints elsewhere.

Shandon Scott (Full Back), Chris Leathem (Centre/Wing) and Matthew Irvine (Wing Forward/No. 8) all return to Banbridge following two season spells at Malone.

Miles O'Hagan's return has been a little longer coming, returning to the club where he first played mini rugby before moving onto secondary school and into the senior ranks with Belfast Harlequins. Miles favoured position is full back.

Newcomers Philip Lunn and Andrew Hyde complete the signings at this stage of the season.


03-06-2013   A sad day for Banbridge

It was with great sadness that the club learnt of the passing of Laurence 'Spla' Bramall last Wednesday. Big Spla joined the club after school in 1978, and featured for every team from the 1st XV to the 5th XV. Whilst normally taking up a position in the Second Row, Spla wasn't averse to playing in the backs, and it is said that he always fancied himself as a bit of an outhalf. As he often remarked of himself 'he had a nice touch for a big man'. Larger than life on and off the pitch; great fun, a great member and everyone's friend, Spla will be greatly missed by all.


23-05-2013   Upcoming Friends' Draws and BBQ

The final Friends draw will be held on Friday 5th July and all Friends are invited to come along for a free B-B-Q and entertainment, so keep that date free!


23-05-2013   RaboDirect Pro Final - live in the Clubhouse

The rugby club is now an Ulster Rugby Official Fan Zone Site for Saturdays Final. So come down early, grab a good seat to watch the match on the big screen, and pick up your free supporters flag to cheer Ulster on.

The clubhouse will be open from 3.30pm on Saturday for the big game, which kicks off at 4.45pm.

Beer and a Curry will be available for £5

And if Rory scores, pints will be £2 for the remainder of the match.


22-05-2013   New AGM date

The Annual General Meeting of Banbridge RFC will now take place on Thursday 13th June at 7.30pm. All members are encouraged to attend.


20-05-2013   Junior Club AGM

The AGM of Banbridge RFC Junior Club will be held on Wednesday 12th June at 8.00pm. All members welcome and encouraged to attend.


18-05-2013   Porter and Honeyford pick up top prizes at Club Awards night

A full house enjoyed an excellent awards evening last Saturday night which saw Ian Porter pick up the Player of the Year Award, the U19s win Team of the Year, and Tim Honeyford win Club Honours.


18-05-2013   Club achieve highest food hygiene rating

Banbridge RFC has been awarded the highest food hygiene rating of 5 stars under the national Scores on the Doors Scheme...


14-05-2013   Youth Awards 2013

Rory Best was also on hand on Saturday to give out the U13, U15 and U17 end of season awards.


14-05-2013   Mini Rugby Awards 2013

The Mini Rugby season at Banbridge concluded on Saturday with the annual end of season BBQ and Awards ceremony. And the players enjoyed the company of their most successful predecessor, with Rory Best who started playing mini rugby at Rifle Park, calling into to hand out the awards.


13-05-2013   Bann U19s complete cup double

Bann's Under-19 side proved themselves the province's top team by adding the Ulster Cup to the Nutty Krust Trophy they had picked up just eleven days previously.


11-05-2013   U19s go for double at Ravenhill

Banbridge's Under-19 side will travel to Ravenhill on Saturday hoping to cap a very successful season by completing the cup double.

With the Nutty Krust Cup already locked away in the Rifle Park clubhouse cabinet, the young Bann side will be hoping they have to make room for the Roland Barr Cup. Their opponents in that Ulster final will again be Portadown, the side they beat to lift the Nutty Krust trophy.


11-05-2013   U19 Pen Pics

Ryan Dennison will lead out Banbridge U19s when they take to the Ravenhill turf on Saturday. We take a look at Ryan and the rest of the U19 squad ahead of Saturday's big match.


10-05-2013   Players Awards Dinner - 11th May 2013

The 2013 Players Awards Dinner will be held in the Clubhouse on Saturday 11th May 2013.

For tickets for yourself, your partner, supporter, parent or friend you need to contact Andy Duke on 07803 018454.

Price - Adult tickets £15.00 Youth £12.00


10-05-2013   Supporters Bus for Ravenhill Final

A bus has been organised for the U19s Cup Final against Portadown on Saturday. It is leaving the club at 2pm and leaving Ravenhill at 5pm sharp because of the Players' Awards Dinner.

The cost is £5 each (no concessions). Anyone interested must contact Tim Honeyford 07766365225 or John Ewart 07909978505. There are 49 places and they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Admission prices at the ground are: Adults £6.00 and Children £3.00, however any child (Under 18) arriving in a BANBRIDGE RFC shirt will be admitted free.


02-05-2013   Under 19 Cup Final News

Some news for the Under 19 Cup Final at Ravenhill on Saturday 11th May.

Banbridge v Portadown - Kick Off 3.20pm.

Banbridge have been allocated the HOME dressing room.

Admission prices are: Adults £6.00 and Children £3.00, however any child (Under 18) arriving in a BANBRIDGE RFC shirt will be admitted free.


01-05-2013   U19s comeback secures first silverware

Banbridge U-19s had to come from behind twice before eventually overcoming a stout challenge from host club Portadown in the final of the Nutty Krust Floodlit Tournament.


01-05-2013   U19s comeback secures first silverware

Banbridge U-19s had to come from behind twice before eventually overcoming a stout challenge from host club Portadown in the final of the Nutty Krust Floodlit Tournament.


29-04-2013   U19s in first of cup showdowns

The U19s impressive season will reach its climax with two cup finals over the next week and a half starting with the Nutty Krust tomorrow night (30th April). Competition hosts Portadown will provide the opposition in the contest which kicks off at 7.45pm at Chambers Park.

11 days later, the U19s will travel to Ravenhill to face City of Derry in the Roland Barr Cup.

Your support at both these matches would be very welcome.


29-04-2013   Ladies Committee AGM and Dinner

The Ladies Committee held their annual general meeting and dinner at the weekend.

See the Ladies Committee page for some photos.


27-04-2013   John Clarke Sidecar Fundraiser - 27 April 2013

The rugby club's long time barman John Clarke will once again be holding his annual fundraiser this Saturday night in the clubhouse to raise funds for his team to compete in various events in the MCE British superbikes series 2013.


23-04-2013   Volunteers wanted for Bann 10k

The Banbridge 10k Run will take place this year on 22 May starting at 7pm and the organisers are looking for volunteers to assist with marshalling the event.


15-04-2013   Tenth BP win gives Bann third spot in 2A

Banbridge recorded their tenth bonus point win in their final outing of the season, leaving them in third place in Division 2A of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League behind promoted Terenure and Corinthians.

While Coach Daniel Soper was evidently well pleased with his squad's performance in their first season after promotion, he knew that Bann's final tally of 51 points was one more than Malone needed to win promotion twelve months ago. However with the top two teams having picked up 63 and 62 points respectively, there was no denying their right to the promotion prizes.


15-04-2013   U19s in Nutty Krust Semi after win over Omagh

Bann's Under-19 side battled their way through to the semi-finals of the Nutty-Krust Floodlit Tournament with a hard-fought win over Omagh.

The Co Tyrone side took an early lead with a converted try.....


13-04-2013   Mini Festival at Rifle Park

The club will play host to a Mini Rugby Festival on Saturday 13 April, for the P5 age group. This festival will be led by the Ulster Branch and sponsored by Domino's Pizza. All players should report to the clubhouse at the usual time and bring warm clothes to wear between games. The first match will start at 10:30 and the festival will finish at 13:00.

Volunteers are needed to help with car parking, set up and tuck shop. Please contact George MacCormac or any of the P5 coaches if you can assist.

There will be usual coaching sessions for the other age groups.


12-04-2013   Ladies Committee Quiz - 12th April

The Ladies Committee will be holding their annual table quiz on Friday 12th April, and this year they will be fundraising in aid of the rugby club's Pitch For All project.

The quiz is open to everyone and will start at 7.30pm. Supper will be served on the evening.

Derek Moorhead will once again be running the Belfast Marathon and this year he will also be fundraising in aid of the Pitch For All project. Derek will seeking sponsorship in the weeks coming up to the Marathon on 7th May. Your support for Derek and the club will be very welcome.


10-04-2013   Armagh Festival success for Bann Minis

Over 1,000 players from nine clubs, including three from Leinster, took part in Armagh Rugby Club's Annual Festival of Mini Rugby, held in bright spring sunshine last Saturday.


10-04-2013   19s book place in Ravenhill final

Bann's Under-19 side may have lost out by a single point in their attempt to win the Ulster League but they have given themselves every chance to compensate, with this semi-final win taking them through to a Ravenhill appearance against City of Derry in the final of the Ulster Cup.


10-04-2013   Porter on form in bonus point win

A bonus point win in their penultimate game has left Banbridge within touching distance of a third place finish in this their first season in Division 2A of the All-Ireland League. If their defence looked creaky at times, evidenced by Seapoint's three tries, Bann more than compensated in attack as they ran in five tries.


04-04-2013   Armagh Mini Festival Details

The mini section will travel on Saturday to take part in the Armagh Festival. The bus will leave the clubhouse at 8.30am sharp, returning at 3.00pm. Players are asked to bring warm clothing eg track suits, as there will be gaps of up to an hour between games. Food will be provided by the host club.


03-04-2013   Midweek action at Rifle Park

Rifle Park will play host to three midweek fixtures this week, starting this evening with the 2nds league fixture against Ards 2 (7.30pm).  The U19s face Randalstown in the cup tomorrow (Thursday) evening; and on Friday an U16 side will host Carlisle on tour from England.


03-04-2013   Bann claim maximum points in Galway thriller

Banbridge made their first ever visit to Crowley Park a winning one as they edged out Galwegians in an eight try thriller. With the teams side by side near the top of Division 2A going into the game it was always likely to prove a close affair. And at the end, with both sides having picked up the bonus point for scoring four tries, the result was settled by Ian Porter's penalty kicked near the end of the first half.


22-03-2013   23rd March Fixture Update

  • All Banbridge games are now off.
    • The Mini Sections fixture away to Armagh is off, and there is no practice at home.


    20-03-2013   Seconds hold on for vital win over Queens

    Having beaten Queen's Seconds by a single score the previous week, Bann Seconds knew to expect another tight match in the return league game. However that was not how it was looking as Bann took the game to Queens and scored an early try through Peter Cromie.


    20-03-2013   McArdle impresses in comfortable win for U13s

    Unfortunately for Newry they could only field 13 players against a full strength Bann. It didn't bode well when the Newry team were warming up and their coaches were explaining how to scrummage.


    17-03-2013   Mini Programme for rest of season

    Mini Programme for the remainder of the season:
    May 11 BBQ & Awards and pre-orders for next season kit


    14-03-2013   Stirling performance from Adam sees 19s progress

    Banbridge Under-19s recorded the second win at the Group Stage of the Ulster Cup,scoring six tries without reply against Ballymoney.


    14-03-2013   Bann finish Ulster League with win at Dub

    Banbridge travelled to upper Malone to play Queens knowing that a win would secure their highest ever finish in the Ulster Senior League. Constant rain and strong wind made the opening exchanges error strewn


    14-03-2013   Win at Dub sets up league decider for 2nds

    Bann travelled to ‘The Dub' to play this rearranged league fixture on the back of two defeats, all be it that those games were on the 2nd and 16th February. Having not played in three weeks you would have thought the 2s would have been a little rusty, but the opposite was the case.


    07-03-2013   Watt leads the way in 19s rout

    Banbridge made a winning start in the Nutty-Krust Floodlit Tournament, easily beating Lisburn to claim their place in the second round.


    07-03-2013   Jackson stands out in U15s victory

    Bann U15s carried their recent good form in friendlies into this first cup game against the much fancied Armagh.


    06-03-2013   Fourths avenge Roughfort loss with fifteen try demolition

    With Bann Fourths stepping onto their 'lucky' pitch at Rifle Park, this grudge match was one that Team Manager John Woods wanted to win after the visitors had edged home by a point at Roughfort in November.


    06-03-2013   Bann schooled in Cork

    Four tries in each half from a well-drilled UUC outfit saw Banbridge suffer their heaviest defeat in All-Ireland rugby for several seasons. The students gave early warning of their potential when they capitalised on a poor Bann lineout to put winger Olann Dennehy in for the opening score with just three minutes played, with out-half Sean Og Murphy adding the conversion.


    06-03-2013   Weakened 19s still too strong for Malone

    Bann's Under-19 side made a great start to the Group Stage of their Ulster Cup campaign, seeing off the challenge of old rivals Malone despite missing three of their top players.


    06-03-2013   Fifths defeat Hinch to reach McCambley semi

    Banbridge Fifths entertained neighbours Ballynahinch Sixths in the quarter-final of the McCambley Cup. Bann set out their stall from the first whistle and immediately worked the ball into the ‘Hinch half and tested their defence.


    26-02-2013   Kerr-iffic hat-trick gives timely morale boost

    Banbridge lined out against a very much changed Lisburn side from their meeting in October, and with Lisburn just four points behind Bann in the league and in the relegation zone, a win for Bann was the only option.


    26-02-2013   Fifths maintain form ahead of crucial cup encounter

    Bann travelled to Fivemiletown in the league on Saturday hoping to continue their recent good run in the league and cup.


    26-02-2013   Second half Blitzkrieg sees Bann return to form

    Banbridge returned in style to their pre-Christmas winning ways, running in six second half tries against Midleton to consolidate their fourth place in Division 2A of the All-Ireland League.


    26-02-2013   Pre-match Reception fully booked

    Please note that the DLSP prematch reception is fully booked.


    21-02-2013   Academy in Schools Trophy Final

    Banbridge Academy 1st XV face Portora Royal in the Schools' Trophy Final on Wednesday 27th February; kick-off is at 2.30pm at Stevenson Park, Dungannon. Get down and give them your support.


    20-02-2013   New BRFC Code of Conduct

    The club's General Committee has recently approved a new Code of Conduct which covers players, coaches, spectators, members and patrons of our clubhouse. Everyone involved in Banbridge RFC is asked to familiarise themselves with and adhere to the new Code of Conduct.


    20-02-2013   Fifths march into McCambley Quarters

    Bann Fifths travelled to Larne in the third round of the McCambley Cup hoping to continue their progression in the competition. It was a frantic start to the match with both teams trying the difficult skills rather than just keeping possession and doing the basics.


    20-02-2013   Haughey hat-trick helps 4ths to convincing win

    Bann set out on a very heavy Rifle Park pitch on what is to be the start of a series of home games, with some players returning after a long absence from the action.


    20-02-2013   Bann salvage losing bonus from Derry defeat

    Banbridge suffered their fourth All-Ireland League defeat in spite of scoring four tries at Judges Road on Saturday. In between Bann's bright opening quarter, which yielded two tries, and the final ten minutes, when they picked up another brace, City of Derry scored four of their own. And with out-half Richard McCarter slotting over three conversions and three penalties, the home side picked up maximum points for their efforts.


    20-02-2013   Indiscipline costly for Seconds

    Banbridge made the long journey to Judges Road full of optimism having won all four of their games so far in the 2nd XV league. However it was clear from the outset this wasn't going to be an easy game, as the City of Derry backs attacked at every opportunity out wide and from two such attacks penalties were conceded and Derry raced into a 6-0 lead.


    11-02-2013   Bann score six in much needed win

    A bonus point win over Instonians gave Banbridge the mid-season boost of which they were sorely in need. This may only have been an Ulster League game and against an Instonians side going through a re-building phase. But after four successive set-backs since Christmas, two in the Ulster League and two in the All-Ireland, the result and the performance will have pleased coach Daniel Soper, especially in advance of this weekend's trip to City of Derry


    11-02-2013   U19s finish league campaign with win

    Banbridge U19s went into their final league game knowing that Larne, the only team to have beaten them this season, had already won the league. With the home pitches unplayable, the team travelled up to the Banbridge Academy pitches to play their first game in over a month


    06-02-2013   Seconds push Hinch all the way in Towns Cup

    Saturday saw Bann Seconds start and end their Towns' Cup campaign but it could have been very different. It was a game of very few chances and if Bann had taken one of their opportunities there could have been an upset, but alas it wasn't to be.


    03-02-2013   Italy v Ireland

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    31-01-2013   Wales v Ireland live in the clubhouse

    The big match on Saturday is undoubtedly Banbridge 2s away trip to face Ballynahinch 2s in the Towns' Cup. But for those who don't fancy travelling to endure the cold, blustery conditions of Ballymacarn Park in early February, the Wales v Ireland match will be shown in the warm surroundings of the clubhouse at Rifle Park. Kick off is 1.30pm.


    28-01-2013   Bann promotion hopes suffer further setback

    Banbridge's poor post-Christmas form continued as they slumped to a fourth successive defeat and their second in the All-Ireland League after heading into the holiday break as early season pace-setters.

    For the first time in this season's AIL campaign they failed to register a try, testimony to a robust Corinthians defence whose determination to withstand Bann's early second half onslaught proved crucial to the outcome.


    23-01-2013   Rory nominated for ERC Player of the Year

    "the heartbeat of Ulster who are looking to go one better than last season in the Heineken Cup. Intelligent, combative and consistent. Quite simply one of the most complete hookers in rugby. Only two other hookers have delivered more successful lineout throws than Best (64) this season."


    21-01-2013   Pitch For All - Soccerbuster

    Soccerbuster is back and this time all fundraising will go towards the Pitch For All fund. Test your football knowledge and try and pick your path through fixtures to a top prize of £500.


    21-01-2013   Bann second best in top of the table clash

    Banbridge suffered the second setback in their All-Ireland League campaign when Dublin side Terenure inflicted a four-try defeat in last Saturday's game played at a gloomy Lakelands Park.

    The sides had gone into the fixture with identical records, having each won six of their seven games played. That suggested that the encounter between the teams would be closely contested and the big crowd which turned out for the game, including a sizeable number of visiting supporters, obviously expected a tight tussle.


    21-01-2013   Win tickets to Ireland v England at Corinthians prematch

    Watch out for the opportunity this weekend to win tickets to Ireland v England in a special prize draw in the club on Saturday. Tickets £10.


    16-01-2013   Six Nations Sunday Lunch - Ireland v England

    The rugby club will once again be hosting a Six Nations Sunday Lunch on 10th February ahead of Ireland's encounter with England. Lunch will cost £10, or £5 for children under 12 years of age and numbers are limited.


    15-01-2013   Veteran Dodds guides Seconds to victory

    After a disappointing performance two weeks ago against Malone, Bann Seconds were back in 2nd XV league action against City of Derry 2s on Saturday. A bit of a reshuffle saw Adam Doherty back at outside half and veteran Jeff Dodds at half back, and it was the latter who grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck to ensure the home side came out on top.


    15-01-2013   'Kenny too strong for Bann 15s

    Letterkenny made the long journey to Banbridge looking to keep up their play-off hopes. Bann seemed to take a while to find their feet, with the tricky visiting three quarters proving to be a handful.


    15-01-2013   Bonus point scant consolation in second half turnaround

    With three tries racked up in the opening half and a 20 point cushion to take into the second period against pointless City of Derry, Banbridge looked all set to harvest another five points from Saturday's Ulster League fixture at Rifle Park. But in a remarkable turnaround the visitors dominated the second half, running in five tries to a single Bann touchdown, with the last of those leaving the home side with a solitary bonus point for their four tries.


    14-01-2013   Towns' and McCambley Cup Draws

    The draws have been made for Bann's two surviving cup competitors.

    Bann 2nds have been drawn away to cup favourites Ballynahinch 2nds in the Second Round of the Powerade Towns Cup. The match will be played on Saturday 2nd February.

    And in the third round of the McCambley Cup, Bann 5ths have been drawn away to Larne 3rds. The match will be played on Saturday 9th February.


    11-01-2013   Friends draw - 26th January at 7pm

    The next Friends draw will take place in the Clubhouse at 7.00pm on Saturday 26th January


    11-01-2013   U19s score five on the road

    Following several weeks of inactivity and with a few regulars unavailable because of inter-provincial duty, Bann's Under-19s were fortunate to be able to call on the services of 1st XV squad members Peter Cromie and Adam Doherty for the visit to Enniskillen.


    05-01-2013   Annual Men's Dinner - starts 7pm!

    For those attend the 2013 Annual Men's Dinner, canapes will be served in the bar from 7pm, before the dinner commences in the function room at 7.30pm. All attendees are asked to arrive promptly.


    04-01-2013   Corinthians prematch on 26th January is sold out

    The prematch reception ahead of Banbridge's home fixture against Corinthians is sold out. Follow the link below for more information on prematch receptions this season.


    02-01-2013   15s fightback to edge Hinch in tight contest

    Following defeats to Ballymena and Randalstown, Bann Under-15 coach John Mullan asked his squad for a Christmas win and the boys duly obliged, emerging victorious after a typical derby scrap against neighbours Ballynahinch.


    02-01-2013   Understrength Bann denied at Gibson Park

    Banbridge had to be content with a losing bonus point from Saturday's Ulster League game played at Gibson Park.

    Neither side was at full strength but it was the home side that dominated the opening quarter, opening up a 12 point gap through two tries and a conversion.


    29-12-2012   Saturday 29th December round up

    In Saturday's other matches Banbridge 2nds lost 28 - 22 at Malone in the Conference League, their first league defeat of the season.

    The Under 13's lost 24 - 19 at home to Ballynahinch.


    23-12-2012   Bann maintain form ahead of Christmas break

    This Ulster League battle between the two teams setting the pace in Divisions 2A and 2B of the AIL ended in a bonus point win for the home side.

    Rainey's Mark O'Connor slotted over early penalties either side of Michael Cromie's unconverted try for Banbridge. Lock Chris Allen then crossed for the home side, with Gregg Taylor's conversion taking his team into a 12-6 lead.


    23-12-2012   Rugbytots coming to Banbridge

    Rugbytots, a rugby based play programme for girls and boys aged from 2 to 6 years is coming to Banbridge Rugby Club.  The programme will run on Fridays from 15th February 2013 with two sessions; the first at 3:30pm for ages 2-3½, and the second at 4:15pm for ages 3½ - 6yrs.

    Free Taster sessions available, please contact Justin for details. 0845 313 3245 or justin@rugbytots.co.uk

    Book online at www.rugbytots.co.uk Facebook: Rugbytots Ni, Twitter: Rugbytotsni


    20-12-2012   Grab your last minute stocking fillers this Saturday

    1355962750::-::banbridge_rugby_004_sml.jpg1355962735::-::banbridge_rugby_006.JPGWith Christmas now only days away there is still time to grab your last minute gift from our club shop.

    Club scarves and beanies make an ideal stocking filler in the winter months; and with a full range of playing and leisurewear there is something for everyone.  Visit our club shop online to view the full range.

    The club shop will be open on Saturday 22nd December: 9.30am - 12pm and 1pm - 2.30pm.

    The shop will be open after U19 training on Thursday night (see Marc Eadie) or alternatively you can phone Marc or Paul who will do their best to sort you out in time. Marc 07827 338401 or Paul 07795 607187.


    19-12-2012   Training - Thursday 20th December

    Senior training will take place at Banbridge Leisure Centre at 7pm on Thursday night.


    17-12-2012   Pinion and Kerr - Hat-trick Heros for U13s

    You wait months for a hat-trick, then two come along at once! The results of the Ballymena ground staff's efforts in the face of last week's rain and harsh frosts were remarkable with Banbridge U-13s arriving off the long coach trip to inspect an excellent playing surface.


    17-12-2012   Thirds give Hinch stiff test in Cup

    Having already suffered defeat twice at the hands of league pace-setters Ballynahinch Thirds, Bann Thirds can hardly have relished the thought of travelling to Ballymacarn Park for this first round Crawford Cup game. In the end the favourites duly took their place in the next round but not before they had survived a stiff test by a spirited Bann side.


    17-12-2012   Allen and Porter steer Bann to Stevenson Park win

    Two tries from lock Chris Allen and the boot of scrum-half Ian Porter earned Banbridge their third win from six Ulster Senior League outings this season. The sound of the studs as the teams ran onto the Stevenson Park pitch gave audible evidence of its frosty condition. That may well have had a bearing on the slackness in both defences throughout, with players slipping out of half-hearted tackles all too easily.


    12-12-2012   Four tries not enough for U19s

    With Matthew McDonald stepping up to the 2nd XV it was Chris Watt who took over the unfamiliar role of out-half for this match against a very strong Larne team who had only been beaten once all season.


    12-12-2012   Late Cromie try seals bonus point comeback

    Banbridge's replacement hooker Peter Cromie was mobbed by his team-mates when he touched down from the last passage of play in Saturday's All-Ireland League game at Rifle Park. Their delight was understandable, not just because it secured a fourth and bonus point winning try, but also because of the determination he had shown in forcing his way over the line despite the efforts of three Bective forwards.


    09-12-2012   Club Shop Christmas Opening Hours

    There have been a few enquiries about the shop opening hours in the run up to Christmas.

    So to ensure you get those last minute presents here are the times.

    SATURDAY 22ND DECEMBER 9.30am - 12MD 1pm - 2.30pm.

    See Marc after Under 19 training on Tues and Thurs or Paul at 9.00pm on Tues.

    Finally, if that doesn't work phone us and we will do our best to sort you out in time. Marc 07827 338401 or Paul 07795 607187.


    07-12-2012   Judith wins Ulster v Leinster tickets

    Judith Moorhead was the luck winner of 2 tickets to see Ulster v Leinster courtesy of Dominos Pizza, Banbridge following a prize draw held in the rugby club on Saturday.


    06-12-2012   Towns Cup Draw

    The draw for the 1st round of the Towns Cup has been made and Banbridge 2nds have received a bye. Bann will go directly into the 2nd round draw and will play their first game in the competition on 2nd February.


    05-12-2012   1sts at Stevenson Park on Thursday evening - no training Tuesday

    Please note that the Ulster League game scheduled for Saturday 15th December between Dungannon and Banbridge has been brought forward. The match will now be played on Thursday 13th December at Dungannon. Kick off 7.45pm.

    As a result of the fixture change there will be no training on Tuesday evening.


    04-12-2012   Weakened U15s lose to Randalstown

    With eight Bann regulars missing through injury or other commitments this was always going to be an uphill battle against a team that had scored 80 and 50 points against Ballymena and Ballynahinch respectively.


    04-12-2012   Bann suffer Rosbrien defeat deja vu

    Banbridge crashed to their first All-Ireland League defeat of the season, going down to a last-minute try at Old Crescent on Saturday. Eighteen months previously there had been a similar outcome to their promotion/relegation play-off at the same venue, when the Limerick side had secured their Division 2A status thanks to a late drop goal.


    21-11-2012   McCambley Cup draw

    The 5th XV have been drawn away to Hollywood 3rds in the first round of the McCambley Cup. Matches to be played on Saturday 8th December.


    19-11-2012   U19s score seven on the road

    Banbridge hit the ground running against Omagh with some great pressure and all the territory, but it was the home team that opened the scoring after five minutes with a penalty.


    19-11-2012   Last quarter fightback keeps Bann top

    Having conceded 12 first half points to an impressive Cashel side, Bann came good after the interval to secure their fifth win in as many outings and retain their place at the top of Division 2A of the All-Ireland League.


    19-11-2012   U15s triumph in tough trip to Derry

    After the long trip north Banbridge U15s were keen to get started. The starting line-up saw the influential Adam Cromwell at No 8 with Adam McMahon taking over Cromwell's flanker duties. William Wilson starting at full-back was to prove a big difference between the sides.


    14-11-2012   Burns scores brace in U15s win over Rainey

    This was seen as a must win game for Bann after the previous week's defeat to Virginia but the day started in the worst possible way when flanker Adam Cromwell got injured in the warm-up.


    14-11-2012   Fourths score four in Eaton Park defeat

    Bann Fourths made the journey to Eaton Park on Saturday for another away game as they tried to improve on their slow start to the season.


    14-11-2012   Thirds draw a blank against league leaders

    League pace-setters Ballynahinch Thirds underlined their claim to retain the Junior League Section One title with a four-try win over their Bann rivals.


    14-11-2012   U13s suffer first defeat of the season

    Bann U-13s went into this game recalling their falling short at the Plate semi-final stage last year away to Rainey and looking to put on a better show. Unfortunately it wasn't to be as the strong Rainey side pulled out to a 19-0 lead in the first ten minutes, shattering the confidence of a Bann team that hadn't shaken off their pre-match jitters.


    07-11-2012   U19s hold on to defeat Instonians

    In an error-strewn game Bann's Under-19s were fortunate to come away from Shaw's Bridge last Saturday with the narrowest of wins after the home side missed two straightforward shots at goal in the last five minutes of the game.


    07-11-2012   Beattie stands out in U13s win

    Again the weather played its part as the clear blue morning sky and bright sunshine glistened off the overnight frost and dew. The playing conditions may have been perfect for rugby, but it seemed from the lack of enthusiasm in the Bann camp that the lads would prefer to still be in bed at home, out of the cold.


    07-11-2012   U15s fightback comes too late

    Bann took to the pitch under strict orders to use their power through the middle and their pace out wide. In the first five minutes the pacy William Wilson made 20 metres down the narrow side. Deep in the Virginia "22" the ball was quickly recycled to Matthew Blain who crashed over for the opening score.


    07-11-2012   Bann go clear with win over Queens

    A Queen's side still searching for their first win of the season still had the potential to be a banana skin for pace-setters Banbridge in Saturday's All-Ireland league game at Upper Malone. But despite a spirited first half display following which they could easily have held the lead, the students eventually succumbed to a Bann side which had just too much firepower throughout the ranks.



    29-10-2012   Mo hat-trick helps keep Bann on top

    A hat-trick of tries in the first half from centre Andrew Morrison paved the way for a third bonus point win for Banbridge in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League. With hooker Jonny Weir also crossing for a try before the break Bann were guaranteed at least a bonus point, but the 24-7 lead they had built up virtually assured them even at that stage of a full haul. And so it proved as they doubled their tally after the break to cement their place at the top of Division 2A.


    29-10-2012   Allen scores three on return to action

    Bann Thirds were still on a high from their convincing win over Ballymoney last Saturday when they ran out at home against another league topping side, Coleraine Seconds. Despite having lost a few players from their team, Bann were still confident taking the field - and well they might have been.


    29-10-2012   Last minute kick denies Fifths

    On Saturday Bann Fifths entertained the current table toppers in the Minor South league, Enniskillen Thirds. However it was Bann who were playing the better rugby in the opening exchanges and with the Bann pack rucking effectively they drove into the ‘Skins' "22". The referee awarded Bann a penalty which Jackson duly dispensed for a three point lead.


    29-10-2012   Pitch-for-All Project launched

    From its inception in 1926, Banbridge RFC has never been a club to stand still. Continual improvements in the club facilities over the subsequent 86 years have allowed Banbridge to grow into the thriving community club that it is today. The grounds remained largely unchanged for much of the club\'s earlier years, with Banbridge playing matches on two sloping pitches on poorly drained ground at Rifle Park.


    28-10-2012   Club Shop Opening hours for October

    To see the club shop opening hours for October and the range of clothing available click on the link below or click on the club shop page.


    27-10-2012   Exciting new development to be launched on 27th October

    From its inception late in 1925, Banbridge RFC has never been a club to stand still. Continual improvements in the club facilities over the subsequent 87 years have allowed Banbridge to grow into the thriving community club that it is today.


    26-10-2012   Upcoming prematch lunch dates

    Pre-match lunches are a great opportunity to get friends or work colleagues together for a great Saturday afternoon out.  An excellent two course meal in a relaxed atmosphere provides the perfect build up ahead of an All Ireland or Ulster League encounter. 


    24-10-2012   Friends draw details for the season

    The first of this season's draws will take place in the Clubhouse this Saturday night (27 th Oct) at approx 7.00pm. Prizes of £1,000 and £150 will be up for grabs, with a further £50 for a Friend present when the draw is made.


    22-10-2012   Returning players help Thirds to victory

    After an early season which was massively disrupted by injuries, Bann Thirds Manager Andy Duke was relieved to be able to field a team at something close to full strength for the visit of joint table-toppers Ballymoney Seconds.


    22-10-2012   U13s score seven past Malone

    A blissful autumnal morning greeted the players as they ran on to do battle at Rifle Park. With the sun shining and the spectators in expectant mood Bann Under 13s were determined to put on a good show and banish the memories of the previous weekend when their previous 100% record had been marred by a draw at Carrick.


    22-10-2012   Jackson scores four in 15s win over Malone

    Bann started their encounter against Malone with a sense of purpose and a change in attitude, obviously keen to put the defeats in their two previous games firmly behind them.


    18-10-2012   U13s disappointed with draw

    Banbridge travelled for a tough fixture, the sun was shining but the frosty ground gave an indication that autumn had arrived. A very full coach arrived at Carrick with 21 U-13s ready to rumble!


    15-10-2012   Fourths run 'Money close

    Bann Fourths made the long journey to Ballymoney for what was expected to be one of the toughest games of their league campaign.


    15-10-2012   Late Haughey try seals win for Fifths

    A bigger, stronger pack allowed Bann Fifths to dominate the early exchanges in this league game with Omagh 4ths. The forwards created the space to allow the backline to move the ball wide, however when the ball needed to reach the wingers either no pass came or the pass went to ground and several good scoring opportunities were missed as a result.


    15-10-2012   U15s find Carrick too strong

    This much anticipated league game at Carrick eventually turned into a one-sided affair after an evenly fought first half. The thundering runs of Lee Jackson and Adam Cromwell kept Bann in the Carrick half in the first 20 minutes. But too often the support was slow and lacking in intensity, allowing Carrick to effect turnovers.


    15-10-2012   U19s share spoils in Fivemiletown

    Bann's Under-19 side finally got their league season started with an away trip to Clogher Valley on Saturday. It was a very hesitant start for the young Bann side as they kept giving away possession to the well-drilled Clogher outfit.


    15-10-2012   Hinch defeat adds insult to Bickerstaff injury

    After two thumping wins in the All-Ireland League Banbridge were brought back to earth at Ballymacarn Park last Saturday, going down on a 6-2 try count to a slicker Ballynahinch side.


    10-10-2012   FOBRFC - first draw 27th October

    This season's 'Friends of Banbridge Rugby Club' is up-and-running, with the first draw scheduled for 7pm on Saturday 27th October after the Highfield game.


    08-10-2012   13s avenge lasts seasons heavy defeat

    The game kicked off in glorious sunshine on a lush pitch with Banbridge facing the sun for the first half. There was a lot of tension in the team, last year they came a very distant second and nerves were high. The first 10 minutes were evenly contested, with several good passages of play from both sides and the referee trying to play as much advantage as possible.


    08-10-2012   Blain scores as 15s lose to Lurgan

    Bann U15s' preparation for the league campaign had suffered because of the cancellation of two friendlies. But they took to the field, under the captaincy of Jack Flanagan, itching to get started against a Lurgan side which had always provided stiff opposition.


    08-10-2012   Bann score seven to go top

    With both Banbridge and visitors Old Wesley having recorded useful wins on the first weekend of All-Ireland League action, the stage was set for a tightly contested encounter on Saturday. Although Bann had the edge in the first half, they managed to score just two unconverted tries, so that when livewire Wesley winger Barry McLaughlin raced in for a try just before the break, all the home side had to show for their dominance was a 13-8 lead.


    08-10-2012   International Ticket Applications

    International Ticket Application forms have now been issued with membership applications forms.  Applications are invited from paid up members.  Forms are available here and should be returned no later than Saturday 27th October.


    08-10-2012   Fifths lose late on in Cavan

    Bann Fifths travelled to Cavan on Saturday hoping to pick up their first away points of the season and indeed they started the brighter of the two teams.


    05-10-2012   Blue Sox Tour 2013

    The tour list for Wales 2013 is now on the wall in the club house and those potential tourists interested in going should sign up. 27th - 29th September 2013. Miss it. Miss out.


    01-10-2012   Andrew and Sammy inspire Seconds to cup win

    Andrew Waugh, son of Coach Mark, and Sammy the Bear added their support to the Second XV who overcame Armagh 2nds in the Junior Cup at Rifle Park. The Seconds maintained their 100% record, defeating their opponents 20-8.


    01-10-2012   Quinn on form as Fifths win at home

    Bann Fifths entertained Ballyshannon on Saturday hoping to continue their recent run of form. Indeed it was the home side that started the stronger, driving their way into the opposing half.


    01-10-2012   Super second half sinks 'Stones

    An exhilarating second half performance earned Banbridge an unexpected bonus point win in the opening game of their Division 2A campaign in the All-Ireland League. Having seen their team secure promotion last season, the Bann supporters would have travelled to Greystones more in hope than expectation, especially given the host team's sixth place finish in the Division in April.


    01-10-2012   Kids enjoy The Outlet Mini Rugby Festival

    Over 500 boys and girls took part in the Outlet Mini Rugby Festival at Rifle Park last Saturday. Armagh, Ballynahinch and Dundalk joined with the host club with matches played at every grade from P2-P7.


    27-09-2012   Bann U17s recognised at Sports Awards

    Banbridge U17s picked up the Shoefair Sports Special Achievement Award at the Banbridge District Junior Sports Awards on Thursday night in recognition of their success over the past two season. The U17s completed an unprecedented league and cup double for two successive seasons, cementing Bann's place as the most successful club at youth level, having won the CE Bowman cup a record seventh time.


    26-09-2012   Mini sides to contest Outlet Trophy

    The Mini Rugby Festival season kicks off on Saturday when Armagh, Ballynahinch and Dundalk travel to Rifle Park to contest the Outlet Trophy.


    25-09-2012   Improvement pleases Soper ahead of AIL

    Having already turned over AIL Division 1B sides Belfast Harlequins and Ballynahinch, Armagh were entitled to approach Saturday's Ulster League game in confident mood. After all, Bann had only one managed one victory and that against an Ards side nestling uncomfortably at the bottom of the table.


    21-09-2012   Mini Rugby at home this Saturday

    Would parents please note that the mini rugby fixture at Ballynahinch arranged for Saturday has been postponed. There will be a practice at home at 9.30am instead.


    20-09-2012   A tale of two halves as Bann win at Ards

    Banbridge turned on the style in Saturday's Ulster Senior League game against Ards, racking up six tries with a display of fluent, controlled rugby to which the home side had no answer.

    At least that's the way the first half turned out.


    20-09-2012   Blue Sox are Yorkshire bound

    This weekend, perennial tourists, The Blue Sox will once again depart Banbridge, this time travelling to Yorkshire to take on West Park Leeds RUFC.


    20-09-2012   Seconds hold on to maintain winning form

    Coaches Gareth Bronte and Mark Waugh could not have asked for a better start from their team than wins in all three Conference Three games. But this latest success came at a price as the team limped over the finishing line with twelve players on the pitch, thanks to two injuries and a yellow card.


    14-09-2012   Tourists build bridges in historic rugby match

    When Banbridge's South African tourists arrived at Kylemore Sports Ground for the second match of their tour of the Western Cape, they were oblivious to the part they would play in what has been celebrated back in South Africa as an historic rugby match.


    11-09-2012   Seconds claim win in Hatrick Park encounter

    Bann Seconds made it two wins from two in the Conference Three League with a hard-fought win at Rainey last Saturday.


    11-09-2012   Errors cost Bann dear in Senior Cup

    Any hopes Banbridge had of providing a first round Senior Cup challenge to Ballymena to rank alongside their performance in last season's final had been extinguished by half-time, with the Eaton Park side opening up an interval gap of 22 points.


    06-09-2012   Tourists enjoy fantastic trip to Western Cape

    When Banbridge 1st XV travelled to Vancouver in August 2000, no one thought it would be twelve years before they embarked on another Club tour. With preparations eventually in place, 28 players, 1 referee and 9 alickadoos departed from Banbridge RFC on 15th August 2012, Cape Town bound.


    04-09-2012   Autumn International Tickets

    Tickets applications are now invited from club members for Ireland's Autumn Internationals against South Africa and Argentina.


    03-09-2012   Mulholland seals win for Seconds

    Bann Seconds enjoyed a winning start to their season when they overcame the challenge of their Belfast Harlequins counterparts in a Conference Three game.


    03-09-2012   Late Quins fightback denies Bann

    When Matthew Johnston raced in at the left hand corner for an unconverted try that extended Bann's lead to nine points with seven minutes remaining, a winning start to the season looked odds on for the home team...


    28-08-2012   New signings line up against Quins

    Bann coach Daniel Soper will be waiting for a report on the club's South Africa Tour before finalising the starting line-up for his side's first Ulster League game on Saturday. The tourists returned home on Monday evening after a three-game trip to the Southern Hemisphere which saw them lose the first two narrowly before coming good in their final outing.


    28-08-2012   Mini Rugby Registration this Saturday

    It's Registration Day this Saturday when a new season of Mini Rugby kicks off at Rifle Park, starting at 9.30am. Boys and girls who simply want to give the game "a try" will be made more than welcome. There are grades for every primary school year from P2 up and regular matches throughout the season. So if you've been thinking of taking up the game, now's your chance.


    12-08-2012   Fixtures confirmed for the season

    The fixtures for the 2nds, 3rds, 4ths and 5ths have been confirmed for the season ahead and are now available here on the website. The make up of the 3rds, 4ths and 5ths respective leagues is available here - click find out more below.


    29-07-2012   Banbridge open AIL 2A with Greystones trip

    Banbridge will open their AIL Division 2A campaign with a trip to Greystones at the end of September, finishing the season at home to DLSP in April. The Ulster Senior League and Cup fixtures have already been announced and will see Banbridge open their season at home against Belfast Harlequins on 1st September. Visit the team page for all fixtures.


    29-07-2012   Banbridge - South Africa Tour 2012

    After months of planning and fundraising, the clubs much anticipated tour to South Africa is now only a matter of days away. Thirty players and eight club officials will depart from Banbridge RFC on Wednesday 15th August, arriving in Cape Town the following day.


    11-07-2012   Soper welcomes new signings

    Club Coach Daniel Soper was delighted to welcome four of Banbridge\'s new signings to the club at the recent players meeting.


    11-07-2012   Fantastic Evening With Rory Best

    A packed clubhouse enjoyed An Evening with Rory Best in the recent fundraiser for the club's tour to South Africa. With Kenny McElroy asking the questions, Rory spoke at length on a variety of subjects about his rugby career and his life away from the game.


    11-07-2012   Derek and Andy complete 69 mile run in 15 hours

    Andy Gorringe and Derek Moorhead completed their 69 mile Ultra Marathon from Carlisle to Newcastle in aid of the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal in a very impressive time of 15 hours, 2 minutes and 25 seconds.


    27-06-2012   An evening with Rory Best - Thursday 28th June

    Banbridge RFC are delighted to host an evening with Rory Best on Thursday 28th June 2012 (please note the change of date).

    Rory is currently touring New Zealand with the Irish team and it is our pleasure to have him in the club at the end of what has been a memorable season with a mix of highs and lows for the Ulster and Ireland hooker.


    23-06-2012   Derek and Andy to run Ultra-Marathon for WGAA

    On 23rd June, Banbridge RFC's Honorary Secretary Derek Moorhead and past player Andy Gorringe will undertake a two day ultra marathon event starting in Carlisle and following Hadrian's Wall to Newcastle.


    20-06-2012   BRFC Golf Day - July 20th

    Banbridge RFC will be running a golf day at Banbridge Golf Club on 20th July 2012. A fourball costs £120 (£30 each) and includes a round of golf and a meal afterwards in the golf club restaurant. Dinner will be followed by the awards and presentations.


    20-06-2012   John Best awarded an MBE

    Banbridge's Director of Rugby John Best has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours announced at the weekend.


    16-06-2012   2nd Annual Touch Rugby Tournament - 16th June

    Banbridge RFC's 2nd Annual Touch Rugby Tournament will take place on Saturday 16th of June and teams of all abilities are very welcome. The rugby will be followed by a BBQ and games with a few prizes on offer!


    06-06-2012   Ian Porter returns to Rifle Park

    Banbridge are delighted to announce the signing of a number of new players for the forthcoming season including Ulster scrum half Ian Porter. Jonny Graham, Gregg Taylor, Matthew Johnston and Matt Wilson have also signed to bolster the Bann squad ahead of the new season in AIL Division 2A.


    06-06-2012   Players Meeting - 26th June

    There will be a Players Meeting on Tuesday 26th June at 7pm, followed by touch rugby. All players are very welcome.


    05-06-2012   Stephen Cross elected President at AGM

    Stephen Cross has been elected President at last Friday's Annual General Meeting. Noel Thompson steps up into the Senior Vice President role and Alan Harvey has been elected Junior Vice President.


    31-05-2012   Ulster Bank Rugby Force Day - Volunteers Wanted - 30th June

    On 30th June Banbridge RFC will be holding an Ulster Bank RugbyForce Weekend and are seeking volunteers to lend a helping hand to the carry out a series of improvements to the club and grounds on the day. Work starts at 11am.


    31-05-2012   Junior Club AGM - Wednesday 6th June at 8pm

    This year's Junior Club AGM will take place on Wednesday 6th June, starting at 8pm in the clubhouse.


    15-05-2012   Check out our brand new range of club clothing

    1337068627::-::Clubshopbutton.pngOur club shop page is now live online featuring our brand new range of playing, training and leisurewear.

    The new improved club shop opens at 9.00am on Saturday 1st September. Any queries e-mail info@banbridgerfc.com


    09-05-2012   Doc nominated for Player of the Year Award

    Banbridge's Adam Doherty has been nominated for the Ulster Youth Player of the Year Award to be presented tomorrow (Thursday) night at the annual Ulster Rugby Awards ceremony taking place at the Culloden.


    05-05-2012   Mini and Youth End of Season Awards

    The Mini and Youth Sections will hold their End of Season Awards and BBQ this Saturday (12th). Mini awards will be from 9.30am to 12.30pm, with the Youth section following after from 12.30 onwards. And we will be delighted to welcome Ulster's Craig Gilroy and Paddy Jackson to present the awards.

    The annual penalty kick competition will follow the Youth awards ceremony.

    Mini club orders for the new kit will be taken prior to the Presentation and BBQ and there will be an opportunity to try garments for size if parents wish.


    05-05-2012   Double Double sealed with drop goals

    Two injury-time drop goals saw Banbridge U-17s edge home against Malone and complete an Ulster League and Cup double for the second successive year, bringing the CE Bowman Cup back to Rifle Park for a record seventh time.

    This was not a classic - finals rarely are - but it held the attention of the large body of supporters from both clubs throughout until, eight minutes into injury time and to the evident delight and relief of the Rifle Park fans, the referee blew the final whistle.


    30-04-2012   U17s go for the double - again

    Having secured the Ulster League title earlier in the season, Bann's Under-17 side travel to Ravenhill on Saturday hoping to complete the double by lifting the Ulster (CE Bowman) Cup for what would be a record seventh time.


    30-04-2012   Club Strength Training

    Club strength training is available on a Saturday morning at 11am for £5 with Aaron Donaghy at his gym on the Scarva Road. The session will give you opportunity to get some education on how and what to do in gym in your own training. It is open to all club members but requires a minimum of ten players for it to run. If you interested can you let Daniel Soper know on 07790537874 by Wednesday of this week.


    28-04-2012   Carol and Colin amongst prize winners

    A very successful season for Banbridge Rugby Club was rounded off last Friday night with the Club Awards Dinner, when long-serving forward Colin Bickerstaff picked up the top trophy.

    With the Firsts having made the Ulster Senior Cup final for the first time in their history, followed by their first promotion in 14 seasons, the Firsts Player of the Year Trophy was always going to be hotly contested. For his sheer consistency plus an ability to perform well in any of the three forward rows Bickerstaff was a worthy and very popular winner.


    28-04-2012   Simply Deanes 'Rugby Special' at The Outlet

    If you are lucky enough to be heading to the Aviva Stadium this Saturday for Ulster's Heineken Cup semi final, then why not pop into Simply Deanes at The OUTLET on the way and fuel up with a special rugby Breakfast Brunch.


    27-04-2012   Players' Awards Night - Friday 27th April

    The 2011-12 Players' Award Night will take place at the rugby club on Friday 27th April at 7pm. Click through for more details


    26-04-2012   2nd Family Bus arranged for trip to The Aviva

    A second family bus has been arranged for the trip to Dublin for the Ulster v Edinburgh Semi Final on 28th April. 12 places remain on this bus. Anyone wishing to travel on this bus should contact Paul Wright on 07766 995829 to reserve a place.


    24-04-2012   Cup action this week - U15 change in KO time

    Our U15s and U19s are both playing in crucial knock out competitions this week. The U19s face Ballynahinch in the semifinal of the Nutty Krust Cup at Portadown on Wednesday night (ko 7.45pm). While on Saturday the U15s travel to Barban Hill to face Dromore in the U15 Bowl Final (ko 10am). On Friday night, Banbridge will compete in Ulster Club Sevens at Deramore Park (matches start 6.30pm). All the teams would welcome your support.


    23-04-2012   Double sucker punch sinks U17s All Ireland hopes

    Two tries in as many minutes midway through the first half of this All-Ireland semi-final saw Navan through to the final at Bann’s expense.


    20-04-2012   New playing kit unveiled

    Banbridge are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with kit suppliers Onside Sportswear in what will represent a significant development in playing and supporter wear for the club. The new partnership will provide a brand new range of specially customised Banbridge RFC wear starting with a new playing kit for our mini rugby and 1st XV teams.


    19-04-2012   Seconds win Conference League 3 undefeated

    Banbridge 2nds have finished top of Conference League 3 having completed the season undefeated. A single draw away to Malone 2nds saw the only points dropped through the league campaign.


    17-04-2012   U17s in All Ireland Semi Final - 21st April

    The youth rugby season is reaching a climax and Banbridge U17s are still battling for silverware on two fronts. With the Ulster League title already secured Bann will face Malone at Ravenhill in the CE Bowman Cup Final in an attempt to secure a league and cup double for the second season running. Before that their focus will be on their All Ireland Semi Final against Navan this weekend.


    16-04-2012   Bonus points proved crucial as Bann promoted

    Bann coach Daniel Soper was elated when the promotion was finally confirmed. "The boys have worked hard throughout the season," he said amid the on-pitch celebrations. "Ok the last three games didn't work out as we'd planned, but even in defeat we kept on picking up bonus points and those proved crucial in the end.

    "There are a lot of young guys in the squad and they'll continue to improve so we have no worries about being competitive in Division 2A. That defeat in last season's promotion play-off hurt a lot, but the guys responded in the right way, working hard to improve their skill and fitness levels and they fully deserve this promotion."


    15-04-2012   Banbridge promoted in dramatic league finish

    Despite this third successive defeat Banbridge won promotion to Division 2A of the Ulster Bank League on the back of results elsewhere. And with supreme irony their conquerors on Saturday were condemned to relegation to the junior ranks as a result of Ards' win at Navan.


    14-04-2012   Promotion beckons for Bann

    Banbridge go into Saturday's final game of their All-Ireland League Division 2B campaign knowing that a win over Wanderers will earn them promotion for the first time since they joined the ranks of senior rugby 14 seasons ago.

    On paper it looks like a banker - second-placed Bann at home against the side propping up the 16-team league. But after a blistering run of five bonus point wins Bann have faltered in their last two outings.


    13-04-2012   Secrets out for Quiz Night

    Banbridge Rugby Club will host a charity quiz night in aid of the Hope Foundation on Friday 13th April featuring an exclusive raffle and auction of signed Ulster and Ireland prints.

    Conleth McCambridge set off for India at the end of February to volunteer for the Hope Foundation providing media training and bringing rugby to the street kids of Calcutta.

    Click through for details and to see some of the signed photos on offer.


    09-04-2012   Jake drives U15s to Bowl Final

    A Jake Chambers-inspired Banbridge made their way into the Ulster Bowl final after defeating a gritty Monaghan side. Bann had all the territory in the first half but it was Monaghan who scored first with a breakaway try from their centre after some poor handling from the Bann boys.


    09-04-2012   U13s lose to Rainey in Plate Semi

    After the long drive to Rainey's ground there were signs that the Bann team hadn't really got off the bus when Rainey scored a converted try in the second minute of the game.


    09-04-2012   U17s dispatch Valley to secure Ravenhill return

    Bann's U-17 side took another step towards retaining the CE Bowman Ulster Cup by inflicting an eight-try defeat on Clogher Valley. The home team simply had too much power and pace in their ranks for the battling Tyrone side and they now await the outcome of the Malone-Randalstown semi-final


    04-04-2012   Youth Semi-finals this weekend - early ko for U17s

    Saturday's youth semis this weekend are as follows

    U-17 Cup - Banbridge v Clogher Valley ko 10.30am
    U-15 Bowl - Banbridge v Monaghan ko 11am
    U-13 Plate - Rainey v Banbridge ko 11am (venue changed under Youth Regulations to balance out Clubs' travelling)


    02-04-2012   Frustrating defeat sets up tense finale

    For the second successive week Banbridge failed to register the win that would have sealed promotion to Division 2A of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League.

    It was another frustrating day for Bann coach Daniel Soper. "The refereeing of the set scrum made it difficult for us," he reflected. "But that was only one of a number of factors that saw us lose the game. Our ball retention was poor and we've work to do at our rucking.


    02-04-2012   Blistering start sets up U13s for win over 'Skins

    In recent games Bann have suffered due to slow starts, with their heads still in the shed, whilst the opposition have started well, and as the big Enniskillen team headed up to the pitch it was imperative that Bann hit the field running in this key quarter-final game.


    02-04-2012   Hard working U17s win through to cup semi

    Bann's Under-17 side had to work hard for this win in the quarter-final of the Ulster Cup. Lurgan played well to their strengths, namely a big solid pack and tactically astute out-half, but ultimately the greater all-round ability of the home side told.


    02-04-2012   U15s blitz Cavan in rampant first half

    As a contest this game was decided in the first half. Against the breeze the Bann backs ran riot through the Cavan defence.


    30-03-2012   Youth Cup Draws

    Banbridge's youth teams have all been awarded home fixtures in the quarter-finals of their respective cup competitions. The U17's topped their round robin group to progress into the Cup quarter-finals, while the U15s and U13s have been entered into the Bowl and Plate respectively.

    U-17 Cup v Lurgan
    U-15 Bowl v Cavan
    U-13 Plate v Enniskillen
     
    All matches to be played this Saturday 31st March.


    30-03-2012   Charlie's got the Wright stuff

    And so to the final game in the first series of cup round robin matches. Banbridge had to win to stand any chance of staying in the cup, and if Virginia were to win, Bann would be moved to the plate competition.


    26-03-2012   Barnhall deny Bann in promotion race

    When Banbridge sailed into a 17-3 lead after just 15 minutes of play, the home supporters must have been looking forward to a bonus point win and, depending on results elsewhere, a night of celebrating promotion.


    26-03-2012   Jardine scores brace as U15s beat Ports

    After leaking four tries to Ards the previous week Bann were under strict instructions to go out and enjoy themselves under the sunshine at Rifle Park. Portadown travelled with a big reputation after putting 35 points on Ards.


    23-03-2012   Ladies Annual Charity Quiz - 23rd March

    The Ladies Committee will hold their Annual Charity Table Quiz on Friday 23rd March at the rugby club.  This year's nominated charity is 'Love for Life'.


    22-03-2012   Jacko's 4ths slip into semi under radar

    Banbridge have made significant assaults on various competitions during the season so far. But one side has been quietly going about its business, recording great wins against strong opponents, and are now one win away from a cup final.

    Stephen Jackson's Fourths have recorded wins against Grosvenor 2nds and Ballymoneys 3rds in the first and second rounds of the tournament and this Saturday will face Dungannon 4th in the Forster Cup Semi-final


    20-03-2012   Bann maintain winning form ahead of Barnhall visit

    Banbridge followed up their two-point win over Belfast Harlequins with a fifth Ulster League success, despatching Malone deservedly on a three-two try count.


    20-03-2012   Flanagan impresses as U13 score eight at Lurgan

    Banbridge played their second game in the cup away at Lurgan Tigers ground. On arrival the place was buzzing, a family fun day was in full swing and several of the team saw a bouncy castle from the coach as we arrived and forgot we were there to play rugby! Leader of the pack to go bouncing was Charlie Wright, who convinced Jamie Mullan that it would be "wicked".


    15-03-2012   Rory to become Ireland's most capped hooker

    A rugby career that saw its earliest steps taken on the uneven long grass of the Old Rifle Park pitches back in the late 1980s will pass another massive milestone when Rory Best leads Ireland out on St Patrick's Day at Twickenham.


    12-03-2012   McAllister kicks late winner at Deramore

    A Clark McAllister penalty two minutes from full time gave Banbridge their fourth win this season in the Ulster Senior League, as well as registering Bann's first ever win against Belfast Harlequins at Senior level.


    12-03-2012   Goujon Messi-esque as Coleman and Moorhead shine

    Bann Fifths played host to Armagh and the side included Kris Coleman and Rab Moorhead who have been unavailable for most of the season for one reason or another. Each made a significant contribution to the game.


    11-03-2012   Banbridge recognised with Club of the Year award

    Banbridge RFC has been honoured at the Banbridge District Council Sports Award, picking up the award for Club of the Year.


    10-03-2012   U17s face Ports in Ulster League Final

    Banbridge U17s will face Portadown in the final of the Ulster U17 Ulster League Playoffs this Saturday at Lisburn RFC. The match kicks off at 12 noon and all support is welcome, so please come and cheer on a deserving team.


    10-03-2012   Bann U17s retain Ulster League Title

    Banbridge's Under-17 side will represent Ulster in the All-Ireland semi-finals after their comprehensive win over Portadown in Saturday's Ulster League play-off final. Having topped Section One of the provincial league, the Rifle Park lads had to battle hard to edge home 10-7 against Virginia in the quarter-finals before a 33-0 win over Instonians set up the final at Lisburn against their local rivals.


    09-03-2012   BRFC Spring Ball - Friday 9th March

    There are still some tickets left for this great 'Club' night.  Please call Andy Duke on 07803 018454 or email Andy by Wednesday 7th March to secure your place.


    08-03-2012   Banbridge delight at Best appointment

    There will be an immense feeling of pride around the Rifle Park clubhouse when Rory Best leads Ireland out for their Six Nations game against Scotland on Saturday.


    06-03-2012   U17s produce their best in cup win

    Bann U17's played Virginia on Saturday, in the first round of the cup and ran out 45 points to nil winners, in their best team performance of the season so far. The result was tainted by an injury to Captain Adam Kelly, who dislocated his elbow at the start of the second half. Kelly has been inspirational in his leadership this season and will be sorely missed in this Saturday's league play off final.


    06-03-2012   U13s down but not out

    Banbridge U-13s had a sobering start to their Cup campaign coming up against a strong, well-balanced Virginia side. Played in firm-underfoot conditions, the game allowed for plenty of running and passing and both sides competed well in the first half.


    06-03-2012   Bann prevail in see-saw struggle

    Bann took another big step towards securing promotion with a hard-fought bonus point victory in Clifden on Saturday. And with a last minute try giving Cashel victory against third placed Barnhall, the Rifle Park side are now nine points clear of the chasing pack, with three matches remaining.


    29-02-2012   Thirds match postponed

    The Thirds trip to Ballymacarn Park this weekend has been postponed as Ballynahinch 3rds have a cup tie which takes precedence.


    26-02-2012   Below par Bann ship seven to 'Gannon

    Banbridge's Ulster League form continued in stark contrast to their showing in the All-Ireland League as they shipped seven tries to a Dungannon side that looks set to clinch the provincial title. The home side had all the early pressure and Simon McKinstry's 5th minute try, converted by Brendan Ward, was no more than they deserved.


    26-02-2012   Emphatic victory takes U17s into League Final

    Banbridge U17s overcame Instonians 33-0 at Rifle Park to set up a League Final contest against Portadown.


    26-02-2012   Seconds exit Towns' Cup in dramatic contest

    On Saturday, Rifle Park played host to Banbridge 2nds against Enniskillen in the Towns Cup quarter final.


    22-02-2012   Bann shut out Sligo to maintain winning form

    Banbridge's drive for promotion was given further momentum by Saturday's fourth successive bonus point win, with Sligo becoming the latest side to fall victim to the Rifle Park outfit.


    21-02-2012   Banbridge v Dungannon

    Please note that Banbridge's match against Dungannon will be played this Saturday.


    14-02-2012   Mackin and Quinn score in away defeat

    Bann Fifths travelled to Magherafelt on Saturday to play Rainey Fourths with only 14 players. However, with a positive attitude, they started the brighter of the two teams.


    14-02-2012   U17s League Playoff rearranged for this Saturday (18th)

    The U17s League Quarter Final Playoff match against Virginia, postponed last weekend due to unplayable pitches has been rearranged for this Saturday, kicking off at 11am at Rifle Park. All support is very welcome.


    14-02-2012   Sligo Prematch Reception - SOLD OUT

    Please note that the Pre-match Reception for this Saturday's fixture against Sligo is now fully booked.


    09-02-2012   Minis going to Cooke

    The Mini Section are going to Cooke this Saturday morning - players to meet at 9am and should be back at the club by 12.30pm


    08-02-2012   Photos from the Sunday Roast

    The hard working ladies and social committees hosted over 100 people to an excellent roast beef dinner ahead of the Ireland v Wales match last Sunday. Follow the link below for photos.


    07-02-2012   U17s and U15s in League QF playoffs this Saturday

    Banbridge U17s and U15s will both take part in League Quarter Final Play-off matches this weekend . The U17s won their section to set up a home tie against Virginia, while the u15s were section runners up and will travel to face the same opposition.

    All support home or away will be very welcome.


    06-02-2012   Banbridge Academy v Cambridge House

    Banbridge Academy will face Cambridge House in the 4th round of the Schools Cup this Saturday (11th February at 11am).


    06-02-2012   U13s enjoy good natured tie at Gibson Park

    Banbridge U-13s travelled to Malone with only 12 players due to a string of injuries and cry-offs. The eager Malone squad were more than willing to provide players to Bann to facilitate a full 15-a-side contest, which gave a clear indication of the good-natured competition that lay ahead.


    06-02-2012   U17s win Section 1 with victory at Malone

    A last minute Banbridge try last weekend against Malone at Rifle Park set up this Saturday's return fixture as the Section 1 decider in the U17 league competition. The winner of the Gibson Park encounter would secure themselves a home fixture in the quarter final, and it was Banbridge who ultimately prevailed recording a 5-17 win.


    06-02-2012   Bann stay second with 5-try win in Sutton

    A third successive bonus point win for Banbridge consolidated their second place position in Division 2A of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League.


    06-02-2012   Scratch 15s win ahead of league play-offs

    With League play-off status already assured Bann U-15s travelled to Gibson Park with no less than 10 regulars missing for a variety of reasons. After some frantic Saturday morning calls 15 players were able to take the field.


    30-01-2012   Bann up to second with win in Nenagh

    Banbridge defied the ground conditions to pick up an unlikely bonus point win at Nenagh, a result which for the first time this season hoisted them into a promotion place in Division 2B of the All-Ireland League.


    30-01-2012   Bann progress into Towns Cup quarters

    Banbridge Seconds out-scored their Rainey counterparts four tries to one to take their place rightfully in the quarter-final of the Towns' Cup. But they again laboured at times to kill off the opposition, although the encouraging thing is that they do produce the goods when they need to.


    30-01-2012   Bann 2s to host 'Skins in Towns Cup Quarters

    Banbridge 2nds have been drawn at home against Enniskillen in the quarter final of the Towns' Cup with the match to be played on Saturday 25th February at Rifle Park.


    25-01-2012   Conleth in Indian mission

    On the 26th February, Conleth McCambridge will embark upon a four month mission to India with the Hope Foundation where he will work with children in the slums of Calcutta to teach them video and photography skills as well as pass on some of his rugby knowledge.


    23-01-2012   Resolute Seconds remain undefeated after visit of Quins

    Belfast Harlequins Seconds visited Rifle Park on Saturday to face the Conference League pace-setters.


    23-01-2012   Late rally sinks 14 men Fourths

    A late rally from Ballymoney 3rds saw off a valiant Bann Fourths who struggled to hold on to a ten try lead having been reduced to 14 men through injury. In the end 'Money outscored the home side three tries to two for the win.


    23-01-2012   Bann score seven past Wesley

    Banbridge won the last of three mid-season friendlies in emphatic style, running in seven unconverted tries at Donnybrook in their final outing before the All-Ireland League programme resumes.


    19-01-2012   6 Nations tickets update - some Italy tickets remaining

    International ticket update: the Scotland match is sold out but some tickets are still available for the Italy match. Anyone interested in tickets for this match should contact John Ewart on 07909 978505 for more detail.


    16-01-2012   Changes take toll on Thirds

    Having notched up only their second league win of the season last week, Banbridge Thirds took the field against Ballyclare Seconds for the second time this season with renewed optimism.


    16-01-2012   Andrews grabs winner for Seconds over Hinch

    Bann Seconds entertained Ballynahinch Seconds at Rifle Park in a League match on Saturday, hoping to get back on track after their last outing, a disappointing defeat at Instonians.


    16-01-2012   Fifths claim excellent win at Palace Grounds

    John McIlwaine was the happiest man at Rifle Park on Saturday evening after his Fifths side had come home from Armagh with the league points. The hard working manager was delighted with the way his side had overcome a raft of late changes in personnel to pick up just their second win of the season.


    15-01-2012   Newcomer Haughey impresses in U15 win

    After the long journey to Rifle Park, Derry took to the field and immediately set out their intent by taking the game to Bann through their back row who were working tirelessly.


    15-01-2012   Bird impressive as Thirds avenge cup defeat

    Two late tries gave Bann Thirds a rather flattering if deserved win against a Portadown side which had knocked them out of the Crawford Cup just a few weeks previously.


    15-01-2012   Three for McDowell in nine try win

    Enjoying much better weather than during their last match, and with some very welcome side-line support, Banbridge took on City of Derry, playing into the wind in the first half.


    13-01-2012   U13s Squad Newsletter

    The U13 coaches have taken some time to put together a great newsletter for the players and their parents. Click the link below for fixture information; a special tailored fitness plan; coach CVs; to find out what is a 'fartlek'; and lots more.


    05-01-2012   Bann face Malone under Gibson Park lights

    Banbridge will travel to Gibson Park tomorrow (Friday) evening to face Malone in a friendly. Match kicks off at 7.45pm.


    05-01-2012   13s happy with away draw

    The U-13s played Ballynahinch away last Wednesday night in difficult stormy conditions. Captain Charlie Jones opted to play with the strong wind in the first half and Bann started well with an early try.


    05-01-2012   Returning players show promise in Shaw's Bridge win

    After the excitement of Banbridge's Senior Cup final game against Ballymena nearly three weeks earlier, this Ulster League match at Shaw's Bridge was always going to be a low-key affair. Both teams fielded well short of full strength but it was Banbridge who showed up the better in the early stages, with their attacks demonstrating the greater cohesion and bite.


    05-01-2012   Friends of BRFC draw dates

    The next Friends of BRFC draw is planned for the following date.

    April 14 - after Wanderers game

     


    05-01-2012   Make-shift Seconds narrowly defeated

    Bann Seconds travelled to play Instonians in the 2nd XV League with a vastly changed team due to seasonal unavailability.


    05-01-2012   IRFU - Your Club Your Country Prize Draw

    Club Committee members are selling tickets for the IRFU's Your Club Your Country Prize Draw in the coming week. Don't miss out on your opportunity to win one of the great prizes on offer. Click through for a full list of prizes.


    28-12-2011   U13's and U15's Matches

    The U13's and U15's are playing Ballynahinch tonight @ 7pm.



    22-12-2011   Boxing Day Rugby - Academy Old Boys XV v Club XV

    A Banbridge Select XV will once again host a Banbridge Academy Old Boys XV in the traditional Boxing Day fixture at Rifle Park. The match kicks off at 4pm and will be followed by the Ulster v Leinster match live on TV in the clubhouse.

    If you would like to play for the club side please contact James Mathers on 07967 823372.


    22-12-2011   Soccerbuster

    Congratulations to our Soccerbuster winners Neil Allen and Marc Eadie. It is planned to run another one early in the New Year, anyone interested in trying their luck again can register their interest with their seller or contact Brian Cromie on dinky9crom@aol.co.uk.


    21-12-2011   Training schedule for the Christmas period

    The training and match schedule for the Christmas and New Year period is as follows:


    18-12-2011   Lots of cheer at the Festive Feast

    Seventy odd players, past and present, wearing an array of festive themed attire enjoyed a 2 course turkey dinner at the Players' Festive Feast in the clubhouse.


    18-12-2011   Four receive Century Club Blazers

    Banbridge RFC recognised the achievement of four players, John Nelson, Mark Waugh, Albert Finney, and Jeff Dodds, who have all reached the impressive milestone of 100 All Ireland League caps. The players were all awarded with special club blazers at the Players' Festive Feast.


    15-12-2011   17s win with lacklustre performance

    Bann kicked off and right from the start put Lurgan under pressure, turned over a Lurgan lineout and drove to within 5 metres of the Lurgan line where Richie Graham was on hand to dive over for the first score.


    15-12-2011   Bann defeated in Senior Cup Final

    Banbridge left Ravenhill with their heads high following their defeat in last Wednesday's First Trust Senior Cup final. Feelings of intense pride were mixed with bitter disappointment as they reflected on a performance that will have impressed the considerable crowd who came along to see if the underdogs were capable of causing an upset.


    14-12-2011   Supporters buses for Ravenhill Final - update

    There are a few spaces left on the second supporters bus heading to Ravenhill for Wednesday nights First Trust Senior Cup Final. Buses leave at 6.15pm, returning for 10.15pm. The cost is £3 for adults and £2 for everyone under-18 (£1 if you wear a club jersey). (Entrance to Ravenhill is not included)

    Anyone wishing to travel on the bus should contact David Dodds no later than Monday evening. Click through for contact details.


    13-12-2011   Minis to face Ballymena in Cup Final curtain raiser

    The Senior Cup Final will be preceded by a game between Banbridge and Ballymena P5s. So get there early and support our stars of the future. Minis kick-off at 7.00pm.


    12-12-2011   Cromie grabs winner for U15s in Lurgan

    Lurgan started off this game as every home team should, encamping themselves in the Bann "22" waiting for an opening. It took some great defending from the Bann pack to keep Lurgan at bay.


    12-12-2011   Rampant Bann climb to third with nine-try victory

    An injury-ravaged, possession-starved Ards side was no match for a rampant Bann outfit, whose nine-try win hoisted them into third place in Division 2B of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League.


    12-12-2011   Jones and Wright score for U13s at Lurgan

    The U-13s travelled to Lurgan, probably the strongest team in the province , hoping to show improvement from their home 85-0 drubbing earlier in the season.


    12-12-2011   Seconds remain top with win over Newry

    Bann Seconds retained their place at the top of the Conference League with an emphatic ten-try win over local rivals Newry.


    11-12-2011   Ulster Senior Cup Final - Wednesday 14th December

    With the All Ireland League taking a break until late January, Banbridge now turn their attention to the imminent trip to Ravenhill for the Ulster Senior Cup Final against Ballymena.


    10-12-2011   Players Festive Feast - Saturday 17th

    There are about 15 tickets left for the Players Festive Feast so if you haven't got yours yet please contact your team captain as soon as possible.

    Christmas Jumpers should be considered mandatory attire for the evening.


    10-12-2011   Bonus point win for Bann

    Banbridge earned a bonus point win with a home victory over Ards in the Ulster Bank League.


    05-12-2011   Chambers grabs crucial try in Fourths win

    The Fourths ground out a 16 - 9 home win over Academy 2nds, while the Fifths lost in the last action of their Rifle Park clash with Cavan.


    05-12-2011   Bann dominant in Hatrick Park win

    Rainey's unbeaten record in Division 2B of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League was terminated decisively on their own patch last Saturday by a Banbridge team with their thoughts still on a promotion spot.


    05-12-2011   Ten-try Seconds emphatic in top of the table clash

    Bann Seconds travelled to play Donegal in the Conference League, and they took just three minutes to shake off the effects of the long bus journey by registering a try via the impressive powerhouse centre James Andrews.


    01-12-2011   Award for Pat

    It's not often that Pat Best misses a rugby match, even more so when Banbridge will be making their first ever appearance in the First Trust Ulster Senior Cup Final. But on this occasion she can be forgiven as she has been summoned by a much higher authority.


    01-12-2011   Friendlies for U13s and U15s this Saturday

    The U-15s and U-13s will travel to play friendlies against Armagh this Saturday, bus leaves at 10.15am for 11.30am


    28-11-2011   Buller brace helps Fifths to Rainey win

    Banbridge Fifths entertained Rainey Fourths on a dark windy November afternoon that required floodlights for the most of the game.


    28-11-2011   Boyne inflict blow to Bann's league hopes

    The euphoria generated by Bann's Senior Cup semi-final win over Instonians the previous weekend was blown away in Drogheda on Saturday, not by the strong wind that blew down the Shamrock Lodge pitch, but by a mix of their own ineptitude and the efforts of a hard-working Boyne side showing all the energy, enthusiasm and spirit to be expected from a side newly-promoted to the senior ranks.


    25-11-2011   South Africa Tour Table Quiz

    The South African tourists will be hosting a fundraising table quiz night on Friday 25th November, starting at 7.45pm. More details to follow.


    25-11-2011   U13s, U15s, and U17s matches off

    The U13s, U15s and U17s matches tomorrow (Saturday 26th November) have been cancelled due to unplayable pitches. The U19s match is still on.


    21-11-2011   Fourths lose on the road

    Ballymoney started the brighter of the two teams in this Junior League game, and indeed had the better of the early confrontations up front. Their scrum was putting pressure on the Bann front five and from one such scrum Bann were penalised for early engagement, allowing the home side to take a three point lead.


    21-11-2011   U17s put ten past Carrick

    After their narrow defeat at City of Derry, Bann's Under-17 side bounced back in style, running in ten tries against their Carrick counterparts.


    21-11-2011   Bann sweep aside Inst to reach first Senior Cup Final

    Banbridge ruthlessly swept aside the challenge of Instonians to claim a place in the final of the First Trust Senior Cup for the first time in their history.

    Last season the Belfast side had recorded a 39-8 win over Bann en-route to winning promotion out of the bottom tier of the All-Ireland League. But on Saturday the team they had left behind in the AIL competition hit them for six in the provincial cup, clocking up three tries in each half to rightly claim their place opposite Ballymena in the Ravenhill showpiece final.


    21-11-2011   5-try Seconds avenge earlier Derry defeat

    Bann Seconds entertained City of Derry Seconds in a Conference League game wishing to shake off their disappointing performance in exiting the Junior Cup the previous week, and also to avenge a defeat by the same opponents on the first day of the season.


    21-11-2011   U15s suffer heavy defeat in top of the table clash

    Bann U15s trained hard in the bad weather to prepare themselves for the visit of the very strong Carrick side. Prior to this meeting the two teams had been unbeaten in the league but Carrick’s winning margins had been much higher than Bann’s.


    15-11-2011   Bann narrowly edged out by Hinch

    Ballynahinch travelled to Rifle Park boasting the best record of all twelve Ulster teams competing in the All-Ireland League. They duly recorded a win in this Ulster League game, and probably deserved to, but they were pressed right to the end by the improving home side.


    15-11-2011   Seconds suffer dissappointing exit in cup quarter-final

    Having seen off the challenge of Dromore and Armagh Seconds in the early rounds of the Junior Cup, and buoyed by an unbeaten record since early September, Bann Seconds travelled to take on Coleraine in the cup quarter-final in optimistic mood. However they never recovered from a poor start, eventually shipping eight tries to a home side that took all the chances that came their way.


    13-11-2011   Ein Prosit! - Photos from Novemberfest 2011

    Click through for photos from Banbridge RFC's inaugural Novemberfest event.


    08-11-2011   15s defeat Derry with Jardine double

    Bann Under-15s, sponsored by the Northern Bank, made the long early morning trip to City of Derry hoping to continue the good run of form that has seem them win all three league games to date.


    08-11-2011   Three-try Thompson lead 2nds to victory

    Bann Seconds travelled to Newforge to play PSNI in the Conference League hoping to get some momentum back after the previous week's disappointing 10-10 draw at Malone. They duly eased to a 29-12 victory courtesy of a gritty performance from a much changed team.


    08-11-2011   13s work hard for impressive win

    Banbridge U-13s, sponsored by The Leader, took on City of Derry in a tough game that was considerably closer than the final scoreline suggests.


    08-11-2011   Ward hat-trick helps Bann to win over Naas

    A hat-trick of tries from Brendan Ward set Banbridge on their way to a comprehensive win over Naas, a result which lifts them into third place in Division 2B of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League.



    01-11-2011   Banbridge up to fourth after bonus point win in Cork

    An impressive first half display which saw them run in a bonus point-winning four tries earned Banbridge a third win in four All-Ireland League starts.


    01-11-2011   Seconds disappointed with Gibson Park draw

    Bann Seconds travelled to Gibson Park to play Malone Seconds in the Conference League wishing to keep their recent good form going. Although they extended their unbeaten run, it was courtesy of a disappointing 10-10 draw.


    28-10-2011   Bann drawn at home to Instonians in Senior Cup Semi

    Banbridge have been drawn at home to Instonians for the semi-final of this year's Senior Cup, with the fixture to be played on 19th November. The draw took place yesterday at Ravenhill and Michael Cromie was in attendance for Banbridge; follow the link to watch his reaction after the draw (courtesy of InTouch Rugby).


    26-10-2011   Doherty in Ireland U18 National Talent Camp

    Adam Doherty has been selected in the Ireland U18 National Talent Camp which will meet for the first time this weekend at Clongowes. A squad of 36 has been selected, with Doherty being just one of three Ulster players included.


    26-10-2011   Bann in Senior Cup Semis after win over Armagh

    Banbridge earned their place in the semi-final of the Ulster Senior Cup by repeating their All-Ireland League win over neighbours Armagh.


    26-10-2011   15s work hard for win on the road

    After their good home win over Lurgan last week Bann U15s were in optimistic mood when they gathered for the early start to their trip to Ballymoney.


    26-10-2011   Under par 17s score eight past 'Money

    The conditions were far from ideal for this game but by the time kick-off came around the rain had eased a little. Bann played into a strong wind in the first half.


    26-10-2011   U13s reverse loss with good win over Hinch

    Bann U-13s, sponsored by The Leader, were determined to follow up last week's away win by reversing their earlier season loss to Ballynahinch.


    26-10-2011   13s bounce back with big win over 'Money

    The U-13s bounced back from a heavy defeat at the hands of Lurgan to record a 43-17 win over their Co Antrim opponents


    26-10-2011   Bann U15s run eight past Hinch in impressive win

    Bann U15s welcomed a Ballynahinch side to Rifle Park that had beaten them by over 40 points last month at Ballymacarn Park.


    26-10-2011   19s start campaign with win over Inst

    Fielding for the first time this season because of inter-provincial commitments, the U-19s proved too strong for the previously unbeaten Instonians as they out-scored the visitors three tries to one for a 20-11 victory.


    26-10-2011   Ferris brace helps Seconds to comfortable win

    Bann enjoyed the wind in the first half of this league game, and from the off they pressurised the visitors,


    18-10-2011   Pack power Bann to AIL victory over Armagh

    Banbridge held out against a battling Armagh side to record their second win from three games in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League.


    18-10-2011   Ross inspirational as Seconds avenge defeat

    Bann Seconds' reward for dispatching Dromore in the first round of the Junior Cup was a home tie against Armagh Seconds, in a game eagerly anticipated to rectify a recent poor League defeat against the same opponents.


    15-10-2011   Friends of BRFC - first draw 5th November

    Our Friends of BRFC draw continues for another season with the first draw happening in only a matter of weeks. If you haven't already signed up there is still an opportunity to do so. Forms are available in the clubhouse or alternatively you can speak with a club committee member.


    14-10-2011   Banbridge RFC on CNN

    For those that missed it here is the news item from CNN featuring Banbridge RFC, including interviews with Simon Best, Daniel Soper and Simon McKinstry.


    13-10-2011   Armagh return in busy Saturday at Rifle Park

    This Saturday sees Armagh return to Rifle Park for the second time in less than a month - with the respective 1st XVs meeting in the AIL; while the club's respective 2nd XVs meet on the adjoining pitch in the second round of the Junior Cup. It is a busy week in Banbridge with home fixtures for the 5ths and U19s facing Hinch's Evergreens and Instonians respectively.



    10-10-2011   13s show spirit in heavy defeat

    Saturday was a character building day for the U-13s as they lost 85-0 to a highly disciplined, highly organized Lurgan team.


    10-10-2011   Misfiring Bann manage losing bonus point in Cashel

    Newly promoted Cashel followed up their opening day success at Suttonians by turning over Banbridge in their first All-Ireland home game.

    Bann had just missed out on promotion last season, but this was a pale shadow of the side that had run Old Crescent so close in the end-of-season promotion play-off.


    10-10-2011   U15s score five in league opener

    The U15s got their league campaign off to the perfect start with a comfortable home win over the much fancied Lurgan.


    10-10-2011   Mini Rugby at Rifle Park this Saturday

    Saturday's mini fixture against Dromore has been switched to Rifle Park. Players to meet at 9.30 as usual.


    10-10-2011   Upcoming Social Events

    Saturday 17th December - Players' Festive Feast

    Friday 9th March 2012 7.30pm for 8.00pm - Club Formal in the Belmont Hotel

    More details to follow.


    08-10-2011   Mini rugby in Ballynahinch on Sat 8th October

    Parents please note that the mini section will travel to Ballynahinch on Saturday morning (8th) and will not be at home as previously indicated. Players are to meet at 9.30am at Rifle Park and should be collected at 12.15pm.


    07-10-2011   Bann men ready for final Ulster Youth Interpro

    Ulster U18s go into their final interprovincial match in confident mood following on from victory last week against a strong Connacht side.

    And with five players, include four starters in the 22-man squad, Banbridge remain well represented.


    05-10-2011   Garry completes NZ Charity Cycle

    Banbridge's Garry Best has finished the IRFU Charitable Trust 1000km cycle in NZ managing to complete every leg. Garry was one of only a few who manged to compete the entire journey.

    Well done Garry!


    05-10-2011   Your suggestions wanted!!

    The General Committee are currently conducting a review of the club and playing facilities in order to to identify areas that could be improved or upgraded, finances permitting.


    04-10-2011   Packie hattrick not enough as Thirds 'Downed by Ports

    Bann Thirds travelled to Portadown last Friday night to take on their second string in a league encounter under floodlights. It was a very wet night and the pitch was particularly slippy after a day's heavy rain.


    04-10-2011   Pack power Bann to opening AIL win

    Banbridge put their indifferent Ulster League form behind them to get their Ulster Bank League campaign off to a winning start.

    But it was a far from vintage performance by the home side with a late interception try giving Navan a sniff of victory in the dying minutes. However Bann held firm to get the win warranted by a steamrolling forward display that had the Navan eight in increasing bother as the game progressed.


    04-10-2011   Seconds dump Dromore out of cup

    Qualifying League 1 side and near neighbours Dromore were the visitors to Rifle Park to take on the Banbridge second string in the first round of the Junior Cup. The underfoot conditions reflected the continual rain which had fallen for the previous 24 hours, but both teams provided a reasonable, if at times dour, standard of rugby.


    04-10-2011   13s score three in improved second half

    After a very poor first half, when lack of discipline combined with poor tackling and rucking to allow Ballynahinch to build up a considerable lead, Bann improved considerably after the break.


    04-10-2011   15s lose last friendly ahead of league campaign

    A depleted Bann U15s travelled to Ballynahinch missing no fewer than seven regulars due to injury and other commitments. They suffered a heavy defeat due to the superior skills and size of some of the ‘Hinch players. With the guys back from injury this result can be turned around.


    04-10-2011   Blue Sox return from Italian Tour

    Banbridge's perrenial tourists, The Blue Sox, have returned from another enjoyable trip in Europe; this time enjoying the sunny weather of the Adriatic Coast in Italy where they faced RC Cesena and RC Forli.

    For photos and a full tour report click here.

    The Blue Sox 2012 Tour will be heading to Leeds - the tour is open to all club members over 18 years; for details see here.


    29-09-2011   Bann all set for All Ireland League

    All Ireland League rugby returns to Rifle Park for another season with Banbridge welcoming Navan to Rifle Park this Saturday.

    Banbridge are now competing in Division 2B of the Ulster Bank sponsored league following a reorganisation at the end of last season. And following the disappointment at Old Crescent on the last day of the season, when Bann lost out narrowly on promotion, the players and coaching staff are keen to get back into action.


    29-09-2011   Super Saturday 1st October

    Saturday 1st October promises to be a big day at Banbridge RFC, with Navan coming to Rifle Park for the opening fixture of the AIL, allied with a Junior Cup fixture for Bann 2nds against Dromore; and the 4ths facing Rainey OB also at home.

    The Thirds travel to Portadown on Friday night for a 7.30 kick off.


    26-09-2011   Massive turn out at Mini Rugby Festival

    Bann's mini rugby teams had their first taste of competitive action on Saturday when the club hosted a Festival of Mini Rugby, sponsored by The Outlet.

    Armagh, Holywood and Lisburn were the welcome visitors and a total of over 450 players aged 6-11 took part in a series of games over nearly three hours.


    26-09-2011   Poor Seconds suffer heavy defeat

    On Saturday Bann Seconds hosted Armagh in the 2nd XV League, and the recent run of results seemed to give the players the idea that they could just turn up and a result would follow. The effect of this was that they allowed Armagh to dominate nearly all facets of play, and by the time the home team tried to shrug off their lethargic approach, Armagh were out of sight on the scoreboard.


    26-09-2011   Bann narrowly defeated ahead of start of AIL

    Newly-promoted Armagh edged home in this Ulster League game, the last for both teams before the start of the All-Ireland League this Saturday. The match had an added interest, coming as it did just three weeks before the sides meet again at Rifle Park in the AIL, the result of which will be of greater importance to both clubs.


    22-09-2011   Five Bann youth players to face Munster

    Congratulations to Banbridge youth players Peter Cromie, Jonathan McCreery, Kacper Kruzycki, Matthew McDonald and Adam Doherty who have been selected to play for Ulster U18 (Youth) against Munster in Thomond Park on Saturday 24th September. (Kick off 1.00pm).


    19-09-2011   Sam spurs Seconds on to 'Ard fought win

    Bann Seconds did enough to win this Second XV League game without ever reaching the level of performance of which the team is capable.


    19-09-2011   Ten try Bann register first Ulster League win

    Banbridge and Ards went into this Ulster League game both looking for their first win of the season. But it was clear from the opening exchanges why the North Down side had already shipped heavy defeats as Bann began to run up the points at the rate of close to one a minute.


    12-09-2011   Seconds hit Rainey for six

    Bann's second string travelled to Magherafelt on Saturday, hoping to use last week's home win to get back on track in the 2nd XV League. This they duly achieved by a comfortable margin after an early second half blitz had steamrollered the Rainey resistance.


    12-09-2011   Rainey v Bann - kick off at 6.15pm

    Please note that Banbridge's Ulster Senior League match at Rainey will kick off at 6.15pm on Wednesday evening.


    08-09-2011   Pre-match receptions booking up fast.

    Anyone interested in attending any of this season\'s prematch receptions should contact either John Ewart (07909 978505) or Stephen Cross (07798731421) to secure a place.

    The receptions for the AIL matches against Armagh (15th October) and Ards (10th December) are already fully booked, however names are being added to a reserve list should places become available.


    06-09-2011   Bann face Dundalk in floodlit friendly

    Bann will play Dundalk this Thursday (8th) in a floodlit friendly at Rifle Park, kicking off at 8pm.


    06-09-2011   Bann players feature for Ulster Youth

    Five Banbridge players featured for Ulster Youth on Saturday in their defeat to an Exiles U18 side.

    Ulster, captained by Bann's Adam Doherty, lost 7-45 in the fixture played at Campbell College. Bann's Peter Cromie scored the province's only try, with Doherty adding the conversion.

    Johnny McCreery, Matthew McDonald and Kasper Kruzycki were also in the squad.


    05-09-2011   Late Queens scores deny Bann

    Bann went down to the second defeat of their Ulster League campaign after running out of steam in the final quarter hour of their home game against Queen's.

    Coach Daniel Soper was again forced to select from a squad severely hit by injury and unavailability, but the student ranks were similarly depleted. So it was to the credit of both sides that they put on an entertaining first half, the spectators being treated to a total of six tries with Bann finishing the half on the right side of a 25-22 scoreline.


    05-09-2011   Newly promoted Thirds win at Cooke

    Bann Thirds travelled to Belfast to take on Cooke Seconds in their first league game since earning promotion. With a very different side than the one that did the league and cup double last season, coach Andy Duke was nervous going into the game.


    05-09-2011   Cowan brace see Seconds to first win

    Bann Seconds entertained Cavan in their second game of the season, and the first in the Conference League, again showing numerous changes from the selected team due to injury and unavailability.


    31-08-2011   Mini Rugby Registration - Saturday 3rd September

    A new season of mini rugby kicks off this Saturday, 3rd September, at Rifle Park, with all boys and girls of Primary School age (P2-P7) invited to register at 9.30am.

    A change back to the date of eligibility of 1st July means that boys and girls will play in school years.


    30-08-2011   Bann lose league opener in Derry

    On an afternoon at Judges Road when the rain was never far away, a greasy ball combined with early season player rustiness to make this an error-strewn and at times fractious start to the provincial senior league programme.


    18-08-2011   Banbridge pre-season friendlies

    Banbridge will face Cooke on Thursday 18th followed by Ulster U20s on Tuesday 23rd August in pre-season friendlies ahead of the league opener away to City of Derry. Kick off for both friendlies is at 7.30pm at Rifle Park.


    17-08-2011   South Africa 2012 Tour - spaces still available

    There are still spaces available for the tour to South Africa in the summer of 2012. If anyone is interested and would like to find out more contact club captain Simon McKinstry on 07736 773113 or email simonm75@hotmail.com.


    13-08-2011   Night at the Races - France v Ireland - Saturday 13th August

    Banbridge RFC will host a Night at the Races on Saturday 13th August to raise funds for the upcoming tour to South Africa and the Ulster Cancer Foundation. All horses have now been sold.

    Ireland will face France in their second World Cup Warm up match on the evening and rugby will be shown in its entirety. It is planned to begin the horse races at half time with the remaining races after the rugby is finished.

    The rugby kicks off at 7.45pm

    Pints of Carling £2 all night; Alcopops £2 each during the rugby.


    13-08-2011   Andy Morrison scores twice in Ulster U20s win

    Andy Morrison in action for Banbridge.Banbridge's Andy Morrison scored twice in Ulster U20's comprehensive win over Midlands on Friday.  Full report available here.


    09-08-2011   U15 and U17 training continues

    Pre-season training continues for the U15s and U17s. Training is on Mondays and Wednesday starting at 6.45pm. Senior training continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


    09-08-2011   Supporters bus for City of Derry

    It is hoped to run a supporters bus to City of Derry on 27th August for the first Senior League game of the season. Anyone interested should contact John Ewart on 07909 978505 by 20th August to register their interest.


    01-08-2011   BRFC Pool Competition - Thursday nights

    Fancy yourself as a bit of a pool player? Why not try your luck in the BRFC Pool Competition on Thursday nights during the season. Entry is £10 with £150 cash prize for the winner. Contact Michael Cromie on 07595 874 270 for details and to register your interest.


    01-08-2011   Question of Sport - a great success

    Over 500 people attended Banbridge RFC's Question of Sport and enjoyed a great evening of entertainment. Follow the link below for photos from the night.

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    30-07-2011   BRFC presents A Question of Sport

    Demand for tickets has been huge, but if you haven't got yours yet you will be able to buy at the door on the night. Doors open and food served from 7pm.

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    27-06-2011   Mini rugby registration - Saturday 3rd September

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    Mini Rugby registration takes place on Saturday 3rd September at 9.30am.

     


    23-06-2011   Ladies Summer Tag Rugby

    It is planned to run Tag Rugby during July and August for girls of any age. Anyone interested should contact Donna Mount on 07761 494 735 for details.


    23-06-2011   Scrap metal fundraising collection

    The rugby club will be running a scrap metal fundraising collection in late August (date and venue to be advised). Members are asked to gather up and hold onto their scrap metal and bring it along that weekend to help raise much needed funds for the running of the club. Details will follow in the coming weeks.

    The following will be accepted - scrap cars, old machinery, scrap steel, copper, brass, stainless steel, aluminium, scaffolding, scrap electric cables, lead, lead acid batteries, electric motors, old radiators, old steel barrels and old steel gates etc.

    PLEASE DO NOT BRING : FRIDGES, TELEVISIONS, MICROWAVES, TIMBER, TYRES etc,


    15-06-2011   Players Preseason Meeting & 2012 Tour Meeting

    There will be a Players Pre-Season meeting on Tuesday 28th June at 7.30pm in clubhouse followed by Overseas 2012 Tour meeting.


    07-06-2011   Touch Rugby - every Thursday in Summer

    Touch rugby continues at the club over the summer taking place every Thursday night starting at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.


    04-06-2011   Touch Rugby Tournament - Saturday 4th June

    The rugby club is holding a touch rugby tournament this Saturday afternoon, kicking off at 2pm. Ten teams have entered so far, however if you fancy a game and aren't in a team yet, bring your mouldies or trainers with you and it should be possible to fit you in somewhere. Players are asked to be at the club from 1.30pm. The tournament will be followed by the Friends Gala BBQ, Draw and Disco.


    03-06-2011   Happy Hour @ Rifle Park

    Happy Hour @ Rifle Park between 5-6pm on Saturday. Buckets of Alco-Pops for £10 and £2 a pint.


    25-05-2011   Volunteers required for Pipe Band Championship

    On 18th June, Banbridge RFC will once again host Co Down Pipe Band Championship and with this event offering the club a great opportunity to raise funds, volunteers are required to help run the bar. Andy Duke and Simon McKinstry are the points of contact and there will be two shifts 1030 - 1530 and 1330 - 1830. If you can help on either of these please contact Simon on 07736 773 113 or Andy on 07803 018 454


    24-05-2011   Youth Awards and kicking competition

    The youth awards will be presented at the Clubhouse this Saturday (28th May) at 5.30pm. Following the most successful season since the youth section started in the mid-90s, a large turnout of players, parents and supporters is expected.

    For those who fancy their chances as kickers (and doesn't just about everybody at some stage) there will be a penalty kick competition (for all ages) starting at 4.00pm. This will be followed by burgers and hotdogs before the awards are presented.

    And the squad photos of the U-17s (Ulster League and Cup winners), U-15s (Ulster Premier League champions) and U-13s (Ulster Plate winners) will be taken at 6.00pm.


    21-05-2011   2011 Ladies Committee AGM

    The 39th BRFC Ladies Committee Annual General Meeting took place in the Clubhouse on Friday 13th May 2011

    Click here for details.


    16-05-2011   Thirds crowned Harden Cup Champions

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    Banbridge Thirds rounded off their long season in style by picking up the Harden Cup at Chambers Park on Saturday.

    The trophy, awarded to the winners of the play-off between the winners of the five Junior League sections of Ulster rugby, last resided in the Rifle Park clubhouse in 1991, when Bann's Third XV, then operating under the nickname of "Heslip's Heroes", had brought it back from Ravenhill.


    15-05-2011   3rds crowned Harden Cup Champions

    Banbridge 3rds completed the season in some style on Saturday adding the Harden Cup to their Junior 2 league title after a hard fought victory over Dungannon 4ths. Two tries apiece from Gary McKibben and John Porter plus 12 points from the boot of Mark Doherty saw Bann secure the win despite a late comeback effort from their Tyrone opponents.

    Full report to follow.


    10-05-2011   Thirds crush Cathedral City cup challenge

    aving eventually been declared Junior League Second Two Winners, Banbridge 3rd XV were drawn against Armagh 2nd XV, winners of Section One, in the quarter final of the Harden Cup.


    10-05-2011   Thirds defeat Stags to make Harden Final

    Having defeated Crawford Cup winners and Junior Section One champions Armagh Seconds 46-20 in the preliminary round of the Harden Cup, Bann Thirds might have been expected to stroll it against Junior Three winners Grosvenor Seconds in the semi-final.

    That was anything but the case as the city side proved to be a well-organised outfit with a solid defence and pace aplenty in the threequarters, leaving Bann to fall back on the trusty boot of full-back Mark Doherty for their narrow win.


    02-05-2011   Bitter disappointment for Bann

    A drop goal two minutes from the end of normal time ended Bann's promotion dream at Old Crescent on Saturday.

    It was a cruel way to lose out, but having taken a 6-15 lead into the break, the Rifle Park side's failure to add to their tally after the interval had left them vulnerable against an Old Crescent team that wouldn't give up.


    02-05-2011   U17s dig deep to claim League and Cup Double

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    Banbridge Under-17s completed the Ulster League and Cup double with a hard-fought win over Ballynahinch in the Cup Final played at Ravenhill last Saturday.

    The Bann side had just returned on Wednesday night from an arduous tour in the Biarritz area of France. And after electing to play the first half into the strong wind blowing down the pitch, they needed to dig deep to turn round a 10-17 interval deficit.


    01-05-2011   Thirds face Grosvenor 2nds in Harden Cup Semi

    The Thirds' win over Armagh 2nds in the Harden Cup has set up a semi-final match at Grosvenor next Saturday (7th May), kick off at 2.30pm.

    The Harden Cup is contested by each of the Junior League section winners, with this tie pitting the Thirds (winners of Junior 2) against Grosvenor 2nds (winners of Junior 3). The other semi-final will take place at Stevenson Park where Junior 5 winners Dungannon 4ths face Junior 4 winners Omagh 3rds.


    01-05-2011   U15s lose out to City of Derry in Final

    Last Saturday saw Bann’s U-15 side play their third Ulster final in three years at Ravenhill......


    01-05-2011   Highs and lows on big day for club

    Saturday was a day of mixed emotions for Banbridge RFC with the delight for U17s and 3rds with their cup victories tempered by the defeats for the 1st XV and U15s.

    A late drop goal for Old Crescent denied Banbridge in their promotion playoff, losing 16-15 in Limerick, while two late tries for City of Derry saw off the U15s cup challenge in the final at Ravenhill.

    Meanwhile at Rifle Park, the 3rds emphatically defeated Harden Cup favourites Armagh 2nds 46-20 to progress into the semi-final.

    The biggest celebrations of the day were enjoyed by the U17s at Ravenhill where they defeated Ballynahinch 20-17 to complete a fantastic Ulster League and Cup double.

    Full reports to follow for all matches.


    28-04-2011   Club success raises family dilemma

    With Bann Firsts playing in Limerick on Saturday shortly after the club's U-15 and U-17 teams battle for cup honours at Ravenhill, many of the Rifle Park club's supporters have had tough decisions to make in deciding which venue to attend.

    But for one set of parents, Brian and Julie Cromie, the decision has been especially difficult...


    26-04-2011   Ken puts on fundraising performance of Rare Oul Times

    Former club president Ken McElroy and the Nomadic Theatre Company are putting on a fund raising performance of the Rare Oul' Times in the Grand Opera House on Monday 9th May, in support of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.


    26-04-2011   U17s French tour off to winning start

    The U17s recorded a 37-19 against St-Paul-Les-Dax in the first fixture of their French tour on Monday.

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    26-04-2011   **BRFC 2011 AGM - Friday 20 May at 7.30pm

    The 2011 AGM has been arranged for Friday 20th May 2011, starting at 7.30 pm.


    25-04-2011   AIL Promotion Playoff Preview - Old Crescent

    Saturday 30th April promises to be one of the most eventful in the club's history with the Firsts chasing promotion in Limerick and two youth teams hoping for silverware at Ravenhill.


    25-04-2011   Bann make Gannon fight for Stevenson Park win

    In any other season this end-of-term Ulster League game would have been of little consequence to a Banbridge side which had completed its All-Ireland League programme.

    But with the promotion play-off just ten days away the Bann coaches and supporters were keen to see how their side measured up against a team from the higher Divisions.


    25-04-2011   Bann Youth teams contest two Ravenhill finals

    While our senior squad are in Limerick preparing for their promotion play-off with Old Crescent, two of our youth teams will be at Ravenhill contesting the finals of the provincial cup competitions.

    The U-17s take on local rivals Ballynahinch while the U-15s face City of Derry. And with the U-13s having already won the Plate competition at their grade, this could be Bann\'s most successful season ever since youth rugby started at Rifle Park in the mid-90s.


    19-04-2011   Dungannon v Banbridge

    Banbridge will travel to Stevenson Park tomorrow evening (Wednesday) to take on Dungannon in the Ulster League. Match kicks off at 7.30pm.


    19-04-2011   U17s ease past Dromore into cup final

    Bann U17s continued their winning ways on Saturday, easing through against Dromore to claim their place in the final of the Ulster Cup.


    19-04-2011   Saturday 30th April - a big day for Bann

    Saturday 30th April is a big day for Banbridge rugby club with three teams all playing in the climactic match of their season - all needing your support.

    The U15s and U17s are both at Ravenhill in the final of their respective cup competitions, kicking off at 12.15 and 13.30 respectively.

    And in Limerick, Banbridge will face Old Crescent in a promotion playoff match to decide who will take the final spot in Division 2A - kicking off at 2.30pm.

    Your support would be greatly appreciated in Limerick or Belfast.


    18-04-2011   Late Thompson penalty secures win over Seapoint

    Banbridge will travel to Limerick for their Ulster Bank League promotion play-off buoyed by a hard-earned success over Seapoint in the last league game of the season.

    The South Dublin side travelled to Rifle Park looking for the win that would see them lift the Division Three title in their first season of senior rugby. And cheered on by the two bus-loads of supporters who had travelled north in expectation of a title-winning performance, they looked to be edging home as the game went into injury time.


    14-04-2011   2011 Fashion Show - Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April

    There are now only two days until the 2011 BRFC Fashion Show and tickets are selling out fast. Tickets cost £7 each and are available from Shoefair, The Belmont Hotel and Franklins.




    11-04-2011   Two wins in four days secures Ulster Plate for U13s

    Bann's Under-13 side came through two tough games in four days to emerge winners of the Ulster Plate competition.

    It was a superb effort by a small squad, who having come through as 36-29 winners of Wednesday's night's semi-final against Donegal, travelled to Clogher Valley on Saturday morning to beat Virginia in the final on a 3-1 try count.


    11-04-2011   Bann guarantee promotion playoff with bonus point win

    A second successive bonus point win in Saturday's postponed Ulster Bank League game guaranteed Banbridge a promotion play-off at the end of the month.

    Bann went into the match knowing that they needed five points to put them beyond the reach of Rainey and Nenagh but their nervous supporters had to wait until five minutes from the end for the all-important fourth try.


    11-04-2011   Thrilling win sees U15s make Ravenhill final

    Bann's U-15's, sponsored by the Northern Bank, reached the final of the Ulster Cup, to be played at Ravenhill on the 30 April, thanks to a thrilling win at Carrick on Saturday.

    It was the third season in a row that they had overcome the Co Antrim side at this stage of the competition and was sweet revenge for being adjudged runners up on the ‘first try scored' rule, following their draw with Carrick in the Ulster League play-off just a few weeks ago.


    08-04-2011   Gilbert Honeyford

    It is with great regret that the Club has learnt of the passing tonight (Wednesday 6th April) of Gilbert Honeyford. Gilbert, father of former player Gary and current U-17 coach Tim, was a long-term member of the club and served on the General Committee and Selection Committee for several seasons.

    Our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife Rita, Gary and Tim, daughter Gillian and the wider family circle.

    The funeral service will be held on Friday at 11am in Bessbrook Friends' Meeting House, followed by interment at approximately 12.30pm at the New Cemetary, Newry Road, Banbridge.


    07-04-2011   Bann keep in running with win at Naas

    Banbridge picked up the bonus point win they needed at Naas to keep alive their hopes of promotion from Division Three of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League.

    Rainey also recorded a five pointer at home to Wanderers, but Bann know that another bonus-point win this Saturday, when they host Highfield, will guarantee them a play-off against the bottom team in Division Two.


    07-04-2011   Bann unable to overcome Gorey in All Ireland semi

    Bann's Under-17 side made a sad exit from the All-Ireland competition on Saturday after producing a performance well below the standard of which they are capable.


    07-04-2011   Lacklustre 15s sneak cup win

    Last Saturday Bann U15s travelled to Randalstown for a quarter final Ulster Cup encounter. Randalstown, with the elements in their favour, started brightly with their forwards winning good second phase ball at the breakdowns. It was no surprise when their influential out-half released the backline and their winger scored in the corner.


    07-04-2011   Seconds run riot over 'Quins

    Belfast Harlequins Seconds were visitors to Rifle Park for a league fixture, with Bann fielding a team greatly changed from the previous match due to call-ups and unavailability. However, that seemed to spur on the players who came in, as the team went on to record a 29-5 victory, which was probably even more impressive than the scoreline suggests.


    06-04-2011   Cup, Plate and League Fever

    All three youth teams are involved in cup and plate matches this week.

    With a 27-8 away win over Malone the U17's have now set up a semi-final match against Dromore in the Ulster Cup. This fixture will be played on the 16th April.

    The U-15s’ semi-final on Saturday is also a repeat of their League play-off, with Carrick again the opposition.....


    03-04-2011   Private Function

    To book an event at the club email bookings@banbridgerfc.com


    02-04-2011   Banbridge U17s face Gorey in All Ireland Semifinal

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    This Saturday will see Banbridge U17s take on Leinster League Champions Gorey in the All Ireland League Semifinal. The match will be played at Dundalk RFC and kicks off at 3pm.

    Gorey topped Leinster's U17 Premier Division South winning six matches from seven. Wins over Boyne and then Navan in the quarter and semi final stages of the playoffs took them into the Leinster League Final. Gorey defeated opponents Mullingar 12-3 in the final to clinch their provincial league title and set up the match against Banbridge.

    Like Gorey, Banbridge topped the Ulster Premier Division having suffered just a single defeat during the league campaign. Bann defeated Ballyclare 32-7 in their semifinal playoff match and overcame Malone in the League Final winning 23-0.

    Connacht champions Galwegians face Munster's Waterpark in the other semi final to be played on Sunday.


    01-04-2011   Supporters bus to Naas

    It is hoped to run a supporters bus to Naas this week depending on numbers

    Leaving club house at 1030am, leaving from Naas at 1730pm.

    Fare £13 approx

    If you are interested in going please let John Ewart know asap on 07909978505.


    26-03-2011   Adult Games Postponed

    All adult games involving Banbridge teams programmed for this Saturday, 26th March, have been postponed as a mark of respect for Lance- Corporal Stephen McKee, whose funeral service, with full military honours, will be held in Holy Trinity Parish Church at 2pm.

    (The minis will meet as usual at 9.30am for a practice. Parents are asked to collect their children at 11.30am sharp.)


    24-03-2011   Postponed Friends Draw

    The postponed Friends Draw has now been re-arranged for Saturday 9th April.


    23-03-2011   2nds suffer Dee-feat at Donaldson Park

    Bann`s second string travelled to Donaghadee on Saturday to play in the Conference League with a certain amount of confidence after the previous week's win over Queens. However the unavailability of a large number of players throughout the club gave the XV that fielded an unfamiliar look.


    23-03-2011   Bann lose Ulster League tie to Quins

    Despite enjoying parity of possession in this Ulster League game, Banbridge succumbed on a 3-1 try count, with the greater pace and superior support play of visitors Belfast Harlequins earning them the points.


    23-03-2011   Thirds continue winning form at Ports

    Bann Thirds travelled to neighbours Portadown last Friday night for the teams' first league encounter of the season. It was a great evening for rugby, if a little dark on Port's 'reserve' floodlit pitch.


    17-03-2011   International Tickets

    Don't miss your chance to witness Ireland's opening international fixture at the new Aviva stadium when World Champions South Africa visit on 6th November. The club plans to run a bus to this fixture dependent on numbers.

    If you, your family or friends are interested in tickets for this or any other match, please contact John Ewart on 07909 978505 or download the application below. Follow the link for match fixtures.

    Click here to download your application form.


    16-03-2011   Floodlit tournament for U11s & U12s - Friday 18th

    Banbridge Under 11s and Under 12s should meet at Lisburn Rugby Club at 6.30pm this Friday evening for a floodlit tournament.

    Contacts are John McIlwaine 0772 1759 887 (U12s) George MacCormac (U11s) 028 4062 7797 or 07988028442


    15-03-2011   Seconds score six against students

    On Saturday Bann Seconds played hosts to Queens in the 2nd XV League at Rifle Park, but before the game commenced, mere sport took a back seat, as the players and supporters paid their respect to Banbridge man, L/Cpl Stephen McKee who was tragically killed on Wednesday whilst serving in Afghanistan with the 1st Batt, RIR.

    The game itself started brightly for both teams, as they both tried to set patterns. However, as the game progressed, it was Bann, although lumbering at times, who began to show the greater killer touch as they eventually won the try count by 6 to 2 in recording an impressive 36-23 win over a team with only one previous defeat.


    15-03-2011   Super Saturday 15th March and FOBRFC draw

    It's an action packed Super Saturday this weekend at Rifle Park with three home matches, the final round of the Six Nations on TV, as well as the next Friends of Banbridge RFC draw. The 1sts welcome Belfast Harlequins in the Ulster League while the 4ths and 5ths are also at home.

    Ireland face England at 5pm in the Six Nations, with the FOBRFC draw following around 7pm before the final match of the championship between France and Wales kicks off.


    10-03-2011   It was with great sadness....

    It was with great sadness that the club learnt of the death of Stephen McKee. Stephen, who was killed in Afghanistan whilst serving for the Royal Irish Regiment, had played for the club over a number of seasons. The President, Committee and members extend their deepest sympathy to Stephen's wife, parents, brothers and sisters.


    09-03-2011   Sweet taste of revenge for Thirds

    Bann Thirds, battling with Dungannon Thirds and CIYMS Seconds for the Junior League Two title, avenged an early-season defeat by the latter in Saturday's vital game.


    09-03-2011   Flying Dubem grabs four for rampant U13s

    After the loss inspirational captain Ben Thompson last week to injury, Toby Baxter took over the leadership for this important cup tie. Almost from the kick-off Bann were in the Inishowen "22" and when Matthew Blain broke from the back of the ruck and fed the flying Dubem Ajeh the centre duly scored in the corner.


    09-03-2011   Derek tackles two marathons in fundraising effort

    Once again our club's Honorary Secretary Derek Moorhead is running to raise money in support of the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal. This time however he is taking on two marathons starting with the London Marathon on 17th April followed by the Belfast Marathon on 2nd May.

    Gillian McNiff, mother of two junior club members is also running the London Marathon and is supporting the NI Children's Hospice.


    09-03-2011   Seconds edged out of Towns' Cup by holders

    Bann Seconds travelled to Kilraughts Road last Saturday to play Qualifying League One side and Towns' Cup holders Ballymoney in the quarter-final of this season's competition. After 80 hard-fought minutes a single point separated the sides, unfortunately in favour of the home side.


    09-03-2011   Five star Waugh helps U15s to win

    Five tries from turbo-charged centre James Waugh saw Bann's U-15 side win the second of their Group games in the Ulster Cup.


    09-03-2011   Carson brace earns Bann third Ulster League win

    Banbridge picked up their third Ulster League win of the season, scoring four tries against AIL Division Two side Malone in Belfast to secure the bonus point.

    In well-nigh perfect conditions both teams took every opportunity to run the ball, but Bann always had the edge, with a solid display by the pack providing the foundation for a fully-deserved win.


    01-03-2011   Second half comeback not enough for Thirds

    Having lost narrowly to Ballynahinch Fourths in the league the previous Saturday, Bann Thirds again travelled to the ‘Hinch' to take on their third string in the Crawford Cup.


    01-03-2011   Battling U15s lose out to rule book

    A battling performance by Banbridge, sponsored by Northern Bank, saw them fight back to earn a draw in the final of the Ulster U-15 League played at Lisburn last Saturday. Unfortunately due to the quirky nature of the Ulster Branch Regulations, the Co Antrim side were declared League Champions by virtue of having scored the first try.


    01-03-2011   U17s crowned Ulster League Champions

    Banbridge, sponsored by Gordons Chemists, cemented their claim to be the top U-17 team in Ulster rugby by beating Malone on Saturday to claim the provincial league title.


    01-03-2011   Bann's promotion hopes suffer severe setback

    Banbridge's hopes of a top four finish in Division Three of the Ulster Bank League suffered a severe dent when they went down to an Instonians side obviously intent on showing that their tanking the previous week at Greystones was an aberration.


    24-02-2011   Fantasy League Table after two weeks

    After a sluggish start, Kris Coleman's 'Part-time Postmen' made a rapid ascent to the top of the BRFC Fantasy League to retake a position that he has grown quite accustomed to in recent season. Chris Little's 'Bring Back Rucking' team climbed up to second knocking the previous week's leader Mark Dodds into third place.


    23-02-2011   Bann Youths target Ulster League double

    Two of Bann's youth teams have the chance to make club history on Saturday when they travel to Lisburn for the final of their respective Ulster League.

    The Under-17s, sponsored by Gordons Chemists, and the Under-15s, sponsored by Northern Bank, both topped the Ulster Premier Leagues and having successfully negotiated the play-offs involving the winners of the Area Leagues they now face the final test of their claims to be the top teams in the province.


    23-02-2011   Leslie fulfils ambition to play with sons

    Despite suffering defeat, Leslie Mulholland was very happy to fulfil his ambition to play rugby with sons Ross and Craig when the three took to the field in the Fourths match at Ards last weekend.  Here is Leslie pictured with Ross (left) and Craig (right).

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    22-02-2011   Depleted Thirds lose at 'Hinch

    The Bann Thirds side which travelled to play at Ballynahinch last Saturday was somewhat depleted for a number of reasons, particularly in the pack. This is an area in which Ballynahinch are strong, and their decision to take Bann to the short and narrow High School pitch spelt trouble from the start.


    22-02-2011   U17s into Ulster League final

    Bann's U17 side, sponsored by Gordons Chemists, took on Ballyclare in the semi-final of the Brewin Dolphin Ulster League play-offs on Saturday and after a bruising encounter had secured their place in the final.


    22-02-2011   Valiant Fifths exit Shield to late try

    Bann Fifths entertained Malone Fifths in the quarter-finals of the Butler Shield and the visitors started the stronger with their inside-centre breaking two Bann tackles before scoring under the posts within 5 minutes of the kick-off.


    22-02-2011   Late Cromie score keeps Bann in the hunt

    Banbridge produced another late, late show to snatch victory out of the grasp of visitors Nenagh in last weekend’s Ulster Bank League game.

    A ferocious defensive display by the Tipperary side, together with the boot of out-half David Devaney, appeared to have the visitors on course for success as the game went into the dying minutes with them nursing an 11-14 lead.


    22-02-2011   13s win in Newry

    With several regular players missing the Leader-sponsored Bann Under-13 squad travelled to Newry with five debutants. Up stepped Ross Cartmill, Jordan Mount and John Buller from the U-12s. Sam Baxter and John Bebbington were also late additions to the depleted squad.


    19-02-2011   Banbridge's IRFU Charitable Trust Day 19-02-11

    IRFU Charitable TrustBanbridge RFC will be fund raising on behalf of the IRFU Charitable Trust at the forthcoming home fixture against Nenagh Ormond on 19th February 2011. Members and visitors will have the opportunity to support this very worthy cause through out the day.

    The Irish Rugby Football Union Charitable Trust was formed in 1978 to assist severely injured rugby players in their everyday lives, and help to restore their confidence and independence.


    14-02-2011   Bann cling onto fifth after six-try win

    After a fitful first half, in which it was at times difficult to know which team had promotion ambitions and which was struggling near the bottom of Division Three, Banbridge came good in the second period to pick up a maximum haul of points from this Ulster Bank League game at Ards.


    14-02-2011   Mulholland play together in Ards defeat

    When the final whistle blew on the adjacent pitch to signal a win for Bann's AIL side over Ards Firsts, it looked as if Bann's Fourth XV were going to make it a double success. At that stage they held a slender 7-8 lead over Ards Thirds with just four minutes left. Then Ards pounced on a dropped pass to score under the posts, adding the conversion to go 14-8 in front.


    14-02-2011   Rampant Thirds stay on course for league title

    The Thirds racked up a half century of points against Malone as the battle for Junior League Section Two intensifies.


    10-02-2011   Fifths lose in Omagh

    Following the journey to Omagh, Bann Fifths were slow to get to the pace of the game and found themselves two tries down after only 10 minutes.


    10-02-2011   U15s dominate Letterkenny in cup

    Bann's U-15 side had home advantage over Letterkenny in the first game of the Group Stage of the Ulster Cup. Despite missing several players due to ski trips, Bann immediately put pressure on the large visitors' pack and from quick second phase ball James Waugh outpaced the Letterkenny defence to score an excellent solo try.


    10-02-2011   Bann drop to fifth following defeat to Rainey

    An intercept try 20 minutes from no-side settled this Ulster Bank All-Ireland League game played at Rifle Park on Saturday. It capped a fine individual display by Rainey full-back Mark O'Connor, the scorer of all his side's points.


    10-02-2011   2nds overcome Omagh to make cup quarters

    Bann Seconds battled their way into the quarter-final of the Towns' Cup thanks with a tenacious win over Omagh. The Co Tyrone side had seen off the challenge of Portadown in the previous round and arrived in confident mood, albeit without the services of injured former Bann prop Steven Rutledge.


    10-02-2011   2012 Southern Hemisphere Summer Tour

    Club members (Players and alickadoos) interested in taking part in a southern hemisphere tour planned for the summer of 2012 are asked to attend a meeting in the rugby club on Thursday 10th February at 9pm (following training).


    10-02-2011   17s cruise to comfortable win

    The U17s took to the field on Saturday with a reduced squad and the late loss of Ireland U18 Adam Doherty through injury. Peter Cromie was required to play at centre to cover Doherty's absence. This however did not affect the performance of a talented team who proved their strength in depth by running out comfortable winners in their first game in the Group Stage of the provincial cup ompetition.


    06-02-2011   Mini Rugby Prize Draw Winners

    Congratulations to Mini Rugby Draw prize winners Nuala McCorry and Alan McCracken who have both won a pair of tickets to the Ireland v France international next weekend in Dublin.


    31-01-2011   Thompson leads late fightback to deny Greystones

    Banbridge are making a habit out of producing dramatic finales to their Ulster Bank All-Ireland League games this season.

    Three tries in the final 15 minutes earned them a bonus-point win at Wanderers and in their last AIL outing at Rifle Park, Dale Carson's last-minute try secured a narrow win against Sunday's Well.

    But the escape act they produced last Saturday bettered both of those as they recovered from a seemingly hopeless 9-25 deficit with 55 minutes played to edge the narrowest of wins against an impressive Greystones side.


    31-01-2011   Thirds beat Instonians in Crawford Cup

    League-leading Bann Thirds were paired against Instonians Thirds in the second round of this year's Crawford Cup on Saturday past. Rifle Park was buzzing with four home games, and the Thirds were keen to put in a good performance.


    31-01-2011   13s beaten by strong Letterkenny side

    Bann's Under-13s were unable to make a winning start in their new Leader-sponsored jerseys, going down to a very good Letterkenny side in the first match of the Group Stage.


    31-01-2011   Fifths round off great Saturday with Shield win

    With Banbridge Fifths having drawn Ophir Thirds in the first round of the Butler Shield, the attraction of the knock-out competition meant that a few players who had been out injured made themselves available again.


    31-01-2011   Seconds beaten by experienced 'Hinch

    On Friday night Bann Seconds entertained a Ballynahinch second string with an abundance of AIL Division One experience, and although another narrow result went against them, they are now putting in improved performances after the enforced break at Christmas.


    31-01-2011   Fourths fight back to beat Coleraine

    The Fourths faced Coleraine at Rifle Park and it was the visitors that started the match the stronger. Within the first five minutes Coleraine had pressurised the Bann "22" and two penalties were converted to give them a six point lead.


    31-01-2011   Fourths fight back to beat Coleraine

    The Fourths faced Coleraine at Rifle Park and it was the visitors that started the match the stronger. Within the first five minutes Coleraine had pressurised the Bann "22" and two penalties were converted to give them a six point lead.


    31-01-2011   U11s to play before Irish Wolfhounds match

    Banbridge U11s will feature next weekend at Ravenhill. They will face a Bangor side before the Ireland A (Wolfhounds) v English Saxons next Friday evening.


    30-01-2011   BRFC Presidents XV to face Perennials

    A Banbridge RFC President's Select XV will face the Perennials at Deramore Park, Belfast, on Sunday 30th January, kick off at 2.30pm. The President's XV will be selected from our clubs Over 40s. Anyone interested in playing should contact Derek Moorhead on 07074 750193.


    28-01-2011   Greystones Golf Outing at Royal County Down

    Greystones RFC have organised a golf outing to Royal Co Down for their members on Friday 27th January and have extended an invite to Banbridge members who would like to join them on the day. The cost is a very reasonable £50. Anyone interested in playing should contact John Spiers on 07595 170006 as soon as possible.

    Banbridge will welcome Greystones to Rifle Park the following day for the All Ireland League fixture.


    25-01-2011   Sporting Smiles attending BRFC

    Sporting Smiles who specialise in custom fitting mouthguards for athletes will be attending Banbridge Rugby on three Tuesday evenings in January. Sporting Smiles founder, club member and dentist, John Haughey will be at the club on 11th and 18th of January and 5th February to offer guidance, take teeth impressions and fit mouthguards for any players interested. Mouthguards will cost £25 and are available in club colours and other three colour variations.


    24-01-2011   BRFC Six Nations Fantasy League

    Guinness Fantasy RugbyBack by popular demand - the 2011 Six Nations BRFC Mini League has now been set up. Click here to register your team and join the league. League name is Banbridge RFC and the password to join the league is riflepark.


    22-01-2011   Saturday 22nd January - all matches off.

    All of today's fixtures have been called off due to frozen pitches.


    19-01-2011   International Tickets News

    The clubs allocation of tickets for the Ireland v England is now sold out. Any applications for this match received after today will be put on a reserve list should any tickets become available.

    There are still some tickets available for the Ireland v France match.


    19-01-2011   Greystones Prematch is fully booked

    Please be aware that the prematch reception for the Greystones match is now fully booked.


    17-01-2011   Fourths grind out derby win

    After the extended Christmas break due to the weather Banbridge Fourths faced Dromore Thirds in the first round of the Forster Cup. It was never going to be a classic in the wet and windy conditions at Rifle Park, but rather a day to roll up the sleeves and grind out a result against our neighbours.


    17-01-2011   BRFC 2011 Fashion Show news

    Adult rehearsals for the BRFC 2011 Fashion Show begin on Wednesday 19th January at 8pm at the club.

    Kids open auditions are at 10.30am at the Belmont on Saturday 22nd June.

    And of course the fashion show takes place on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April at the Belmont.


    17-01-2011   U15s clinch Premier League title

    Bann's U-15 side clinched the Ulster Premier League with a 3-try success over City of Derry last Saturday. The teams defied the difficult weather and underfoot conditions to fight out a keenly-contested game, with Bann's superiority up-front ultimately giving them the edge, the points and the title.


    17-01-2011   Pack power Bann to victory

    Banbridge's rugby season resumed on Saturday after the freeze-enforced break with a trip to Navan for the re-arranged game.

    The Rifle Park side duly picked up the win expected against a team sitting second from bottom of Division Three. But the fluency and control which had been increasingly evident in their last two outings against Wanderers and Sunday's Well was, perhaps understandably, missing.


    17-01-2011   Seconds suffer disappointing Dungannon defeat

    Bann Seconds played their first match since 20 November when they travelled to Dungannon in the 2nd XV League. Even though they had lacked match practice, they were disappointed to come away with a 18-11 defeat.


    15-01-2011   Supporters bus for rearranged Navan match

    Coach for BarnhallIt is hoped to run a supporters bus to Navan this Saturday (depending on numbers).  The bus will leave the club at 10.45am; leaving Navan at 5.00pm with cost in the order of £10 each again depending on numbers. Anyone wishing to go on the bus should call John Ewart on 07909 978 505 to confirm a place.


    15-01-2011   Four wins from five

    All five senior teams played today and returned with four wins. The 2nd XV slipped to defeat away to Dungannon 2nds.


    30-12-2010   Training

    Training back on tonight for 3rds. 4ths and 5ths from 8-9pm.


    27-12-2010   Match still on

    Banbridge Academy Old boys Vs Banbridge Select 15 XV still on. Kick Off @ 4pm with festivities afterwards.


    27-12-2010   Bann Select XV v Academy Old Boys XV

    The annual Christmas fixture between a Banbridge RFC XV and Banbridge Academy Old Boys XV will proceed tomorrow as planned (possibly as a game of touch rugby depending on the pitches). Kick off is at 4pm.

    The clubhouse will be open from 3.30pm and the Ulster v Leinster match will be shown on tv as well.

    Afterwards there will be food and live music from the club's very own Daniel and the Lion.


    18-12-2010   Players Festive Feast confirmed as on

    We are pleased to announce that today's Players Festive Feast will proceed as planned. The clubhouse will be open from 3pm and everyone attending is reminded that dinner will be served at 6pm sharp. If you are not there in time you may not get served dinner.


    16-12-2010   Cardiac screening advice

    Cardiac Risk in the YoungBanbridge RFC recommends that in the context of cardiac screening all participants over the age of 14 should complete a cardiac screening questionnaire.

    Visit the cardiac screening page on our website for more information.


    14-12-2010   1st XV Friendlies over Christmas

    Banbridge will take on Ballymena in a friendly on Monday night (20th) at Rifle Park, kick-off 7.30pm.

    The match has been arranged to give both teams game time after the loss of fixtures due to the freezing weather. Bann coach Daniel Soper is also hoping to confirm a trip to Portadown on Thursday 30th December as he prepares for the re-arranged All-Ireland League fixture at Navan on 8th January.


    14-12-2010   Eoin enjoys mascot experience

    Banbridge's Under 11 player Eoin Rice had a great day out as team mascot for Ulster in their 22-18 win over Bath.


    13-12-2010   5ths out of McCambley Cup

    Banbridge Fifths travelled to Donaghadee to compete in the first round of the McCambley Cup. Bann started the match with a strong wind at their backs and were able to use it effectively to put pressure on Donaghadee in their own half.


    10-12-2010   Home Matches off

    All home matches are off this weekend which inlcude the 2nds and 3rds.


    10-12-2010   Mini Training still on

    Even though the home match against Dungannon is off it has been decided that the pitches are perfectly playable for Mini Training. Starting @ 9.30am.


    09-12-2010   Eoin all set for big day at Ravenhill

    Banbridge mini rugby player Eoin Rice will run out at this Saturday's European Cup fixture at Ravenhill as Ulster's team mascot.

    Rory Best might be injured but Banbridge RFC will still be represented when Ulster take the field against Bath in the European Cup this Saturday as mini player Eoin Rice will pull on the famous white shirt and run out as team mascot.


    09-12-2010   Junior Rugby Matches

    The weekend matches away to City of Derry for the 13's, 15's & 17's have been postponed due to the weather.


    05-12-2010   Senior Training this week

    All players note - senior squad training will take place this Tuesday (7th) at Banbridge Leisure Centre from 7.30pm to 9pm; and Thursday night at the rugby club as normal. Full attendance is expected.


    03-12-2010   No Rugby this weekend

    1sts, 3rds and 4ths Rugby is all off this weekend due to the weather.


    03-12-2010   Weather disrupts Youth and Mini Rugby

    All mini and youth rugby is off on Saturday.


    03-12-2010   Clubhouse

    The Clubhouse will not be open until 4pm this Saturday due to Youth and Mini fixtures being off.


    01-12-2010   Blue Sox Tour 2011

    2011 will see Banbridge's perennial touring side The Blue Sox take flight for Europe once again, this time for Rimini on the east coast of Italy.

    The tour will depart Banbridge on Friday 23rd returning on Monday 26th September 2011.

    Names are now being taken - follow the link below to find out more.


    29-11-2010   Packie Punctures Ports

    On a freezing Friday night at Chambers Park in Portadown, Bann got off to a positive start and pressurised the Portadown line for the opening 10 minutes. A couple of scoring chances went begging before the ball was moved left along the Bann back line inside the Portadown “22” for Russell Anderson to enter the line from full-back and speed through a gap for a deserved 5-0 lead.


    29-11-2010   Didn't Dale do Well

    Banbridge put on another late, late, show to claim a second successive bonus point win in Division Three of the All-Ireland League.

    With just five minutes left on the clock the Co Down side were facing a nine point deficit. Visitors Sunday’s Well already had their bonus point safely tucked away, thanks in part to some indifferent defence which allowed them to cross the Bann line four times. At that stage they were certainly anticipating taking the maximum haul on the long trip back to Cork, as Bann battled to take something out of the game.


    29-11-2010   Solid Fourths' Defence Halts Omagh Juggernaut

    Omagh Thirds, on the back of a 31-game winning streak, made the long journey to a cold and frosty Rifle Park to play Banbridge Fourths. The men from Omagh surely thought it would be business as usual. The County Down men had other ideas.


    29-11-2010   Derby Delight For Duke's Thirds

    Although very cold, the weather was otherwise nearly perfect for a fast and open game of rugby. However, with the usual intensity between Banbridge and Dromore sides evident, both teams started cautiously and kept the ball tight.


    27-11-2010   Sundays Well Reception Sold Out

    Please note that Saturdays pre-match reception for the visit of Sundays Well has sold out. John Ewart will be adding names to a waiting list should any places become available.


    27-11-2010   Mini Rugby Cancelled this morning

    Mini Rugby Cancelled this morning due to the weather.


    22-11-2010   Morrison shines in Seconds defeat

    Bann Seconds resumed their 2nd XV league campaign with a visit to a Ballynahinch team that had confidence in abundance after dumping Qualifying One leaders Cooke out of the Junior Cup the previous week.


    22-11-2010   Positives taken out of defeat

    With All-Ireland League rugby taking a back seat on Saturday, Banbridge once again travelled to face Ballynahinch, this time in the Ulster League. With the Senior Cup drubbing five weeks previously fresh in the players’ minds, the game offered Bann an opportunity to restore pride and the possibility of over-turning a Ballynahinch side that is yet to be defeated in league competition this season.


    22-11-2010   U13s register great result against Hinch

    For the third time this season Bann faced Ballynahinch and knew they would have a hard mornings work in front of them. Bann started the the game retaining their own kick off and through their forwards brought play deep into the Hinch 22


    22-11-2010   Lewis's Fourths hammer local rivals

    Bann Fourths travelled the short distance to face local opponents Portadown for this floodlit fixture last Firday night. No 8 Andy Brown returned from injury after recovering from a broken toe and out-half Scott Jardine also made his comeback after four weeks on the sideline with a knee injury.


    22-11-2010   Waugh brace sets up U15s win

    What a difference a week makes. For the first time this season Bann attacked from the off. The mobile forwards, playing an off-loading game varied the point of attack and had ‘Hinch in defensive mode. It was not long before the impressive Thomas McRoberts crashed over near the posts to score, Cameron Cromie adding the extras.


    22-11-2010   Fifths gift soft scores to Evergreens

    While there was no denying the visitors the right to the spoils in this friendly fixture, Bann Fifths made it all too easy for the visitors as they gifted them too many scoring chances through poor kicking and ill-directed passes.


    15-11-2010   Late surge too little too late

    Bann U-15’s travelled to Carrick for the return league fixture having gained a narrow victory over the Co Antrim side at Rifle Park earlier in the season.


    15-11-2010   U17's stay top

    Bann U17s travelled to Carrick on Saturday to take on the bottom of the table team in what proved to be a one-sided affair. Even with four of their regular squad unavailable Bann proved too strong for the home side.


    15-11-2010   Late flurry earns Bann bonus point win

    A late flurry of tries earned Banbridge the bonus point which elevated them to a top four position in Division Three of the All-Ireland League for the first time this season.


    10-11-2010   U17s beat Malone to top league

    Bann's U-17s travelled to Malone on Saturday to play the only team to have beaten them this season. The match would decide who topped the table this week and both teams were well aware it was a must win game.


    10-11-2010   Seconds record win in return to action

    Due to a mixture of administrative mix-ups and dubious cancellations by other clubs, Banbridge Seconds finally took to the field for the first time in five weeks when they entertained Carrick Firsts in the Conference League.


    10-11-2010   Waugh hat-trick helps U15s to win

    Bann's U-15s travelled to Malone hoping to keep the pressure on league leaders Derry. A slow start saw Bann five points down after conceding a try scored by Malone's strong running inside centre.


    10-11-2010   U17s and U15s lead their leagues

    Banbridge U17s and U15s top their respective leagues both having won 4 games out of 5 in the premier league division at their age group.


    10-11-2010   Early kick off against Wanderers

    Please note that Saturday's All Ireland League fixture against Wanderers will kick off at 1pm at their Merrion Road ground.


    10-11-2010   U13s bounce back with emphatic win

    Banbridge U-13s went into this game looking like a wounded tiger after their last outing against Portadown two weeks previously.


    10-11-2010   Bann chalk up eight tries against Valley

    Bann Fourths were in control of this game from the outset. The try line was breached after only five minutes, full-back John Porter grabbing the opening score for Ali Lewis to add the conversion.


    07-11-2010   IRFU Personal Accident Insurance

    To all Age Grade co-ordinators, Coaches and Club Members - are you aware of the level of insurance provided by the IRFU Personal Accident Compulsory Group Insurance?


    01-11-2010   14 men travel to Cavan and win

    Bann Fifths made the daunting trip to take on Cavan Seconds with just 14 men after three late withdrawals from the squad. The recommended mix of youth and experience was taken to extremes with the team’s ages ranging from 17 to 47. But the balance proved just right as Bann came home with the points after a thrilling game in which the lead changed hands six times.


    01-11-2010   Robins 26 points set up win

    Twenty six points courtesy of Banbridge out-half Robin Thompson saw the Co Down side pick up the second win of their AIL campaign at a sunlit Rifle Park last Saturday. With Suttonians matching the home side’s tally of three tries, the points difference between the sides was down to the faultless kicking of the Bann No 10. But those bare facts would suggest that Bann were fortunate winners, a conclusion which would be at odds with the opinion of most spectators at the game.


    01-11-2010   3rds beat previously unbeaten Dungannon

    On a beautiful sunny day, perfect for open rugby, Bann Thirds took on unbeaten Dungannon Thirds at Rifle Park last Saturday.


    26-10-2010   U17s fundraising at the club this Saturday

    The U17s will be washing cars and selling burgers this Saturday at the club - be sure and support them in their efforts.


    26-10-2010   U17s battle hard for Chambers Park win

    Bann's U17s travelled to Portadown for their third league game of the season and had to battle hard to win a physical encounter.


    26-10-2010   15s avenge earlier defeat at hands of Ports

    Bann's Under-15 side travelled to Chambers Park for their latest league encounter, keen to avenge an earlier defeat to Portadown in a friendly fixture at Rifle Park .


    26-10-2010   Gutsy Bann push table toppers Derry

    Another bonus point win for City of Derry reinforced their position as front-runners in Division Three of the All-Ireland League.

    There was no denying the home side's right to their success, but for close on an hour Banbridge had threatened to stop the Derry bandwagon in its tracks.


    26-10-2010   U13s winning run comes to an end

    Bann U-13s' five-match winning run came to an end on Saturday when Portadown ran in four tries without reply. This was certainly a much-changed Portadown side to the one that lost 83-0 at Rifle Park in September.


    20-10-2010   3rd time unlucky for U15's

    Bann travelled to Ballynahinch hoping to make it three from three in the league. But they made their usual slow start and ‘Hinch took advantage to register the opening try. This spurred Bann into action and with some forward pressure Matthew Beck crashed over to level the scores. The forwards decided to wrestle the hungrier ‘Hinch pack when the fifteen man game was needed.


    20-10-2010   U13's avenge defeat

    Bann’s U13s went into this game looking to avenge the early season 17-7 home defeat at the hands of Ballynahinch.


    19-10-2010   Jonny Adams sets up win against Hinch

    The conditions were ideal for the Under-17s third league game of the season, played at Ballymacarn Park last Saturday. Bann were hoping to play an expansive game but ‘Hinch had the early possession and they kept the visitors camped in their own half for the first 15 minutes, kicking a penalty to open the scoring.


    19-10-2010   U17s pick up 1st points of the season

    Bann U17s played hosts to Carrick on Saturday in their second league match, hoping to pick up their first points of the season.


    18-10-2010   5th Straight League win for 3rds

    The Greers of Antrim sponsored Banbridge Thirds played their fifth League game of the season in front of a fairly large crowd at Rifle Park on Saturday. Stand-in Captain Andy Craig was hoping to keep the team’s 100% record intact with this Lisburn team being seen as a stiff test. Manager Andy Duke and Coach William Kirkwood had a few changes to make as some players from last week’s win against Larne Seconds were injured or unavailable.


    18-10-2010   Unhappy return for Soper

    Four years ago when Banbridge last met Ballynahinch in the quarter final stages of the Ulster Senior Cup, the Rifle Park men had prevailed, winning out with a seven point margin. Fast forward five seasons and the difference this time between the two sides could not have been starker with Ballynahinch winning with a significantly greater tally and no reply.


    14-10-2010   Jardine double helps Thirds overcome Larne

    With three wins from three starts under their belt, Bann Thirds took on Larne Seconds at Rifle Park last Saturday. Their opposition had also recorded three wins from three so a tough encounter was expected from the start.


    14-10-2010   Supporters bus to City of Derry

    It is hoped to run a supporters bus to City of Derry on the 23rd October depending on numbers. If anyone is interested, can they contact John Ewart on 07909 978505.


    11-10-2010   U13s continue winning run

    Bann’s U-13 side continued their on winning ways thanks to a gritty performance against a big Carrick side.


    11-10-2010   Full point haul for Bann

    Banbridge had this All-Ireland League game all wrapped up after half an hour’s play, thanks to four tries, three of them courtesy of skipper Simon McKinstry.


    11-10-2010   Narrow victory for Under 15's

    Bann’s Under-15 side secured a narrow victory over a strong Carrick team in Saturday’s league encounter at Rifle Park.


    04-10-2010   Disappointment in Barnhall

    It wasn’t the start to the season that Banbridge had been hoping for – and working towards. And there was no disguising the disappointment among players, coaches and supporters as they made their way northwards after Saturday’s opening day defeat at Barnhall.


    04-10-2010   Fourths hammer Rainey

    Bann Fourths produced an impressive performance at home to see off the challenge from Rainey Old Boys. The Bann side was at full strength with some players available for the first time this season and it showed. From the kick-off the forwards were on the offensive and Rainey conceded a penalty which Craig Mulholland slotted over for the first points of the match.


    04-10-2010   Narrow defeat for Seconds

    After last week’s dismal showing against Armagh, the Seconds had the opportunity to put some of the things right against Ballymena. After starting the game so brightly, they were eventually overtaken by the visitors with just two minutes on the clock for a 26-23 defeat.


    04-10-2010   U15s open league campaign with win

    Banbridge U15's league season commenced with a home game against Malone who have won the league and cup for the past two seasons.


    04-10-2010   Three in a row for Thirds

    The weather for this Junior League game was conducive to running rugby and that was exactly what Bann produced right from the start.


    03-10-2010   U17s miss out against Malone

    Bann U17s had their first league game of the season on Saturday and lost a hard fought tussle to Malone 17 to 27 points.


    02-10-2010   Minis to meet at 8.45am sharp on Saturday

    All Mini Parents - this Saturday's match will kick off in Portadown at the earlier start time of 9.30am. All kids who are travelling on buses should be at club at 8.45am sharp.


    27-09-2010   Heartening display against Ballymena

    Banbridge’s last outing before the start of the All-Ireland League campaign may have ended in defeat to a moderate Ballymena side. But coach Daniel Soper will have taken heart from many aspects of his side’s display.


    27-09-2010   2nds stunned by Armagh

    Bann Seconds travelled to top Junior Qualifying League side Armagh on Saturday in the Junior Cup. Whilst there were high hopes of a good showing, the Bann men knew that it would be a tall order to take a win away with them.


    27-09-2010   Banbridge claim Outlet Trophy

    Over 300 mini rugby players were in action at Rifle Park last Saturday when Banbridge Mini Rugby hosted Armagh and Lurgan in a triangular blitz sponsored by The Outlet.


    25-09-2010   Outlet backing Rifle Park Blitz

    Banbridge will host the first mini rugby blitz of the new season on Saturday. With Armagh, Lurgan and Virginia bringing their full squads to take part, over 400 players from ages 6-11 will line out in an event sponsored by The Outlet at Bridgewater Park. Matches kick off at 10.00am in all six age groups and while competition will be keen, the emphasis of the festival will be on “fun for all”.


    24-09-2010   The Rare Oul Times set for Rifle Park

    Banbridge RFC will play host to the internationally acclaimed play 'The Rare Oul Times' on September 24th. The play, written by past president Ken McElroy and performed by the Nomadic Theatre Company, follows the bar room exchanges between two of Ireland’s most volatile drinkers and literary figures, Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh.


    21-09-2010   Thirds put Bangor to the sword

    Bann Thirds took the field at home to Bangor 2nds last Saturday with a good blend of youth and experience. From early in the game it was evident that the good attendances at training so far this season were really improving the team’s performance.


    20-09-2010   Narrow victory for Under 15's

    In inclement weather conditions Bann’s Under-15 side gained a narrow victory over a resilient Ballynahinch team in Saturday’s friendly encounter at Rifle Park.


    20-09-2010   Bann suffer defeat at Ards

    Having begun something of a winning run, Bann travelled to Hamilton Park on Saturday with high hopes of securing a fourth consecutive victory. However they were to return home empty-handed following an ultimately frustrating 30-21 Ulster League defeat to Ards.


    20-09-2010   Under 17's continue winning run

    Bann U17s hosted Ballynahinch at Rifle park on Saturday hoping to repeat their victory earlier this season. The visitors had the advantage of the wind in the first half and used it to try to pin down Bann in their own half, but the back three of Richard Graham, Christopher Knox and in particular Steven Ruddock invariably ran the ball back into ‘Hinch territory.


    20-09-2010   Youthful Seconds secure league win

    Bann Seconds travelled to Hamilton Park to take on an Ards team that had already registered a win against Ballymena Seconds. Bann fielded most of the same youthful team that had been so cruelly exposed two weeks previously against Ballyclare, with the significant addition of three ‘older heads’


    17-09-2010   Cromie gets Ravens call

    Michael CromieBanbridge prop Michael Cromie is in the Ulster Ravens starting line-up for the opening match of their season to be played against Munster in Nenagh this afternoon.

    Jonny Murphy again lines out for the U-20s in the last game of their inter-provincial programme in Connacht; Out-half Andrew Morrison will be in the U-19s (Clubs) squad that takes the field against Munster at Shaw’s Bridge on Saturday (ko 12 noon); and the Ulster U-18s (Youth) team to take on Connacht in Galway on Saturday includes Adam Doherty at out-half and Owen Gallagher in the centre.


    17-09-2010   Midweek win sees Bann move fifth

    Bann's bonus point win under the Rifle Park floodlights on Wednesday evening lifted them into fifth place in the Ulster Senior League. But it was a very mixed performance against a Rainey side struggling for early-season form


    13-09-2010   Under 15's suffer heavy defeat

    Bann’s Under-15 side suffered a heavy defeat to a strong Portadown team in Saturday’s friendly encounter at Rifle Park.


    13-09-2010   Under 17's produce champagne rugby

    Banbridge U17s had their first home match of the season on Saturday against Portadown. On a morning made for 15-man rugby hopes were high that a talented Bann side could put in a good performance.


    13-09-2010   Bann knock holders out of cup

    Senior Cup holders Queen’s made an early exit from this season’s competition when for the second successive week they failed to overcome the challenge of an improving Banbridge side.


    11-09-2010   BJ's NYC Marathon Charity Fundraiser

    Past Club Captain Jonny Martin and nine of his friends are taking on the 2011 New York Marathon in aid of the Ulster Cancer Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care and his fundraising efforts begin this weekend.


    09-09-2010   Win for U17's against Hinch

    Bann’s U17s travelled to Ballynahinch for their first match of the season with a depleted squad for a variety of unavoidable reasons. This however did not deter the team from turning in a fine performance as they ran out worthy winners.


    08-09-2010   Morrison starts for Ulster U19s - Murphy on U20s

    Banbridge's Andrew Morrison starts at outhalf this Saturday for Ulster U19's against the Irish Exiles. The match at Shaws Bridge kicks off at 12.30pm. While Jonny Murphy played in Ulster U20s who recorded a 20-15 win over Munster in Cork last weekend. The U20s Interpros continue this Friday against Leinster at Ravenhill. Kick off at 5pm.


    06-09-2010   Boland and Jackson secure victory

    The Greer's of Antrim-sponsored Thirds travelled to Ballymena for their first game of the season in Junior League Section 2. The team had a mixture of experience and youth with Jonny Singleton, Matthew Bird and Ryan Ringland, graduates from Bann's youth system, all getting their first outings as senior players.


    06-09-2010   Improved performance against Students

    The last time Banbridge faced Queen's, the two sides were vying for a place in the All-Ireland League Division Three Final, and a thrilling contest in the Spring sunshine yielded eight tries in total, with the students ultimately triumphant


    06-09-2010   2nds suffer at hands of Ballyclare

    Bann Seconds travelled to Ballyclare last week for their first game in the Conference League against the Qualifying League Two outfit. Although Bann were always expecting a very difficult game, they did not expect a 76 - 0 rout. The fielding of a side which could really have been classed as an U-20 team left Bann very short of experience against the seasoned ‘Clare XV.


    04-09-2010   Mini Rugby starts 4th September 2010

    Banbridge Junior Rugby Club would like to welcome all boys and girls,  from the ages of 5 to 12 years, to mini rugby on Saturday 4th September from 9.30am to 11.30am

    Try mini rugby free for one month, and sign up for the season if you like it.


    30-08-2010   Derry defeat points to work ahead

    It was hardly the start that new coach Daniel Soper had hoped for, seeing his Banbridge side ship 50 points in the opening Ulster League game of the season. But at least the Kiwi now knows the task ahead of him as he plans for the All-Ireland League programme later in the season.


    18-08-2010   U13 pre-season training begins

    Training for the forthcoming season for Banbridge's U13 side begins on Wednesday 18th August at 7pm. All those born in 1998 are eligible for this age group.


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    25-07-2010   Morrison extra time try seals cup win

    Andy Morrison's extra time try in the final of the Fiddler's Green 10s ensured Bann brought the first piece of silverware for the new season back to Rifle Park.


    22-07-2010   Two Bann teams for Fiddlers Green 10s

    Two Banbridge teams will be competing in this years Fiddlers Green 10s taking place this Saturday at Kilbroney Park.

    Banbridge's Shield side will face Newry, Dromore and Balbriggan in their group, while Banbridge's Cup side will play against Cavan, Newry and Viagra Boys.

    The event starts at 1pm, and players are asked to meet at the club for midday. All support would be greatly appreciated.


    16-07-2010   Jonny Murphy selected for Aviva opener

    Banbridge's Jonny Murphy has been selected in the Ulster-Leinster squad that will face a Munster-Connacht side in the O2 Challenge match to open the new Aviva Stadium on 31st July.


    15-07-2010   Senior and U19 Pre-season training continues

    Pre-season training continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm for Seniors and U19s.


    01-07-2010   Controlled explosion carried out on WWII device at Rifle Park

    Army Technical Officers have carried out a controlled explosion on a World War II shell found on the old 1st XV pitch at Rifle Park.

    The scene on Thursday evening was attended by two police squad cars and two bomb disposal units who confirmed the explosive device was 'viable' before making the scene safe.  

    Thursday evening touch rugby was momentarily interrupted with the sound of the small explosion, but continued on as before with most of the players oblivious to the events nearby.


    07-06-2010   Banbridge ready for next step

    A sense of optimism permeates the air at Rifle Park these days, and few could argue that it is misplaced with signs throughout the club pointing to a positive future.

    For the second season running a Banbridge youth player collected the Calor Gas Ulster Youth Player of the Year Award, this time in the guise of Jonny Murphy who also represented Ireland U18 in the European Championships along with Banbridge team mate Charles Gallagher.

    Meanwhile the 2nd XV produced their best league performance since the club became Senior, finishing fourth in the league, in the company of teams who traditionally would have been viewed as more dominant forces in Ulster rugby. The 2nds league campaign included a run of thirteen games unbeaten stretching from October to April and their season points strongly to a strength in depth in the club that has, in other seasons, been lacking.

    The strongest portents for the future can be found in the 1st XV squad.


    01-06-2010   Alan Ferris elected President at AGM

    Alan Ferris Banbridge RFC President 2010-2011Alan Ferris was elected as President for the 2010-2011 season at the rugby club AGM which took place on Friday evening in the clubhouse.  John Ewart was elected Senior Vice President, while the other significant change sees Gareth Kelly follow in his father's footsteps taking on the role of Honorary Treasurer from the outgoing Trevor Sneddon.

    Simon McKinstry will once again captain the 1st XV in the forthcoming season.

    For a full list of office bearers, see the committee page on the club section of the website.


    27-05-2010   Bann welcome Soper back to Rifle Park

    Banbridge Rugby Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Soper as Club Coach for the 2010-11 season.


    21-05-2010   Ladies Committee Annual Dinner

    The Ladies Committee Annual Dinner will take place in the clubhouse on Friday 21st May.


    16-05-2010   Finlay named 1st XV Player of the Year

    Ashley Finlay was named 1st XV Player of the Year at Friday nights Formal held in the Belmont Hotel. Philip Morrison picked up the 2nd XV Player of the Year as well as the top try scorer award, the Tamati Shield, for his 23 tries over the course of the season. Stephen Nelson, Alastair Lewis and Paul Cairns were awarded the 3rd, 4th and 5th XV awards respectively.

    Andy Morrison won the U19 Player of the Year award; Ryan Patterson collected the Best Newcomer Award, while Michael Cromie won Most Improved Player Award.

    John Ewart was awarded the Club Honours Award in recognition of his dedication and hard work over the season.

    The Team of the Year award went to the 2nd XV who went on a 13 game unbeaten run stretching from October to April. Team Manager Alastair Campbell and Captain Andrew Davidson collected the trophy.


    10-05-2010   Season ends with 18-try spectacle

    Banbridge v Instonians Rugby

    The last Saturday of the Ulster League season saw Instonians and Banbridge provide a feast of tries at Shaw's Bridge, with the home side coming out on top by a 10-8 margin.

    With Instonians' front row resources severely depleted through injury and unavailability, they had already conceded the league points to the visitors before the action began. But if the scrums were uncontested from the outset, the other exchanges appeared to have lost none of the edge that is traditional between the sides.


    03-05-2010   Valiant 15s finish runners up at Ravenhill

    After a hard-fought game Bann's Under-15s had to settle for runners-up medals after coming off second-best to a strong Malone side.

    After conceding an early try, the Rifle Park lads hit back to take a 7-5 lead into the interval, thanks to a try and conversion from out-half Macauley Little. But the injury-enforced retirement of the talismanic play-maker reduced Bann's attacking options and a second Malone try 10 minutes into the second period left the Belfast side firmly in the driving seat.


    01-05-2009   2010-11 prematch receptions

    Prematch receptions will be held at all home fixtures this season on the dates below. The receptions are open to all and anyone wishing to attend should contact John Ewart no later than the Wednesday prior to book their place.  John can be contacted on 07909 978 505.

    25 Aug Ballymena
    09 Oct Connemara
    30 Oct Suttonians
    27 Nov Sundays Wel
    08 Jan  Belfast Harlequins
    22 Jan Instonians
    29 Jan Greystones
    05 Feb Rainey OB
    19 Feb Nenagh Ormond
    26 Mar Highfield
    16 April Seapoint


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