ARDS RUGBY NOTES: 1st XV – City of Derry 71 v 31 Ards, 2nd XV 0 v 33 Larne, 4th XV – Ards 25 v 7 Ballynahinch, U17s – Lurgan 34 v 17 Ards, U19s – Portadown 17 v 23 Ards

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Ards under 19s travelled to Portadown for this league fixture, Ards started at a blistering pace with an excellent unconverted try in the fourth minute for winger Adam Coulter. Ards kept up the pressure keeping Portadown pinned in their 22, fly half Andy Savage scored a penalty in the 15th minute to extend the lead to 8 points.
Conran Stewart was unstoppable in the 18th minute crashing through the Portadown defence to score which was converted by Savage. Continued great play by the whole Ards team and phase after phase paid off again in the 27th minute when Savage slotted over another penalty to bring the score to 18 nil.
On the verge of half time Portadown opened their account with an easy penalty.
A totally different Portadown came out after the break and scored an early converted try. Ricky Aston pressurised the Portadown full back and turned over the play with the ball arriving to flanker Ben Smith to crash over for a great try Savage was unlucky with the conversion. This was answered with a scrappy Portadown try and conversion, Ards held on to come out deserved 23 – 17 winners.
Schools Tag Rugby
St Mary’s PS Comber, Donaghadee PS, St Finians PS Newtownards and St Patricks PS Ballygalget are amongst this seasons schools already availing of Tag Rugby. Tag Rugby (none contact) is a fun sport for both boys and girls and can be played both indoors and out. Anyone who would like this great activity delivered to their school should contact Emma Hingston, the Sports Development Officer at Ards Borough Council on 02891 824000 or e-mail  HYPERLINK “” to book their place.

Recruitment Of Players
All Ards Seniors, Ladies, Youth and Mini teams are still on the lookout for new players for the season.
Check out the various training times on the club website News items and come along to a session.
Did you know that there’s not a single player from either Movilla HS in Newtownards or Nendrum College in Comber in the U15s this season. So come on lads where are you, your club needs you.
Coaching Course
Coaching courses at Foundation level will be held at Malone RFC on Sunday 31st October and Sunday 7th November 2010
Cost for the course is £45 and application forms obtainable from the Ulster Branch or downloaded from this website (click on About Us/Club Documents) must be returned to Ravenhill by Friday 22nd October 2010.

Referees ‘Appreciation’ Society
Had a look at the club Forum lately to see what some of the referee’s think of the setup at Ards this season.
Just goes to show that there are one or two ‘decent’ refs out there after all and not all of them need to go to ‘Specsavers.’ Thanks for the compliments chaps and keep up the good work for without you there would be no rugby.

Injury Update

1st XV player Chris Agnew has had surgery on his elbow and hopes to be back about the club in a week or so. Everyone wishes Chris a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him soon.

Fixtures – Saturday 23rd October

Ards 1st XV v Instonians – AIL (Home)
Ards 2nd XV – No Game
Ards 3rd XV v Omagh – League (Away)
Ards 4th XV v Bangor – League (Home)
Ards U19s – No Game
Ards U17s v Ophir – League (Away) Kick-off 11am
Ards Minis v Bangor – Friendly (Home) Sunday 24th October – Kick-off 2pm.

All Saturday fixtures have a 2.30pm Kick-off unless otherwise stated.
Please refer to the club website at  HYPERLINK “” for any late changes.

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