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Opening Match Disappointment for Stones in AIL

Ulster Bank League Division 2A

Greystones RFC 17 – Banbridge RFC 28  

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Played:              Saturday 29th September 2012

Venue:               Dr. Hickey Park                   

Tries                    Simon Malone (2)                           

Conversions   Andrew Kealy (2)                            

Penalties:         Andrew Kealy (1)

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Saturday signaled the start of the new AIL campaign in what is a very special year for Greystones RFC as they celebrate their 75th Jubilee this season. We were delighted to have our founder member Eric Archer as guest of honor at the pre match lunch and were delighted to have the sun shining on this opening match of the new campaign.

Both teams joined in a minute of prayer and reflection for the Spence family for their very tragic loss may they rest in peace.

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Stones were looking for a strong start to the season having finished strongly in the promotion mix at the end of last season as were Bann, newly promoted to Division 2A eager to make a winning start. The home side was to be disappointed as the visitors were to secure a bonus point winning 28 points to 17.

The match started very positively for Stones with a clever kick securing a lineout in the Bann 22 with ball won by Captain Barry Holmes and a great break from center Simon Malone to open the scoring for the season with a try under the posts and the game barely 2 minutes old. Andrew Kealy continued where he left off last season with the conversion. The duo were to strike again twenty minute later again with a very well worked try from Simon Malone again converted by Andrew Kealy. Stones were well in control of the match and went into the break leading 14 – 0.

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The old cliché of a game of two half’s came to mind in the second half as Bann came out and secured a try in opening minutes of the second half from out-half Jonny Pollock converted by Ian Porter.  The visitors took control of the match and scored a additional three tries in the second half to secure their bonus point with the tries all converted by Ian Porter.

Stones hit the road next Saturday 6th October as they travel to Cork to Highfield RFC for round two of the Ulster Bank League.

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Greystones Team                                           

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15 Andrew Kealy                                             
14 Brendan Kennedy                                     
13 Simon Malone                                            
12 Conor Clery                                                                              
11 Jordan Egan                                                 
10 Ross Spillane                                                               
9 Roddy Carroll                                                 
1 Neil O'Brien                                                    

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2 Peter Hipple                                                  
3 Bobby Clancy                                                   
4 Barry Holmes (Capt)                                   
5 Ben Armstrong                                             
6 Darragh Duggan                                           
7 Alan Dempsey                                              
8 Alan 'Toole                                                     

16 Burschi Wojnar                                           
17 Ben Silverlock                                             
18 Peter Barry                                                  
19 Aaron Higgs                                                 
20 Dermot O'Rourke