Perennials celebrated the Ulster Rugby victory over Connacht into the small hours some not making it home but they did make it to the main event of the weekend being the now famous contest v City Of Derry Select I XV. At one point the score was 9 tries to 7. Ranging from Ireland, Ulster & Senior rugby players for years that wealth of expereince has the Perennials on quite an unbeaten run this season. One wonders would they play as well if they were not inebriated before taking to the pitch! Wonderful friendships throughout the Perennials scene we look forward to the match report.
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Perennials v City of Derry 06 November 2011
City of Derry brought supurb autumn sunshine to Belfast to play the Perennials, a match played in memory of City of Derry player Marty McIvor.
An excellent turn out of members, including several new faces, turned on the style at Belfast Harlequins grounds, to maintain their unbeaten run with an 11 try to 7 try victory.
The Perennials looked to be edging clear early on as they built up a 4 try to 1 lead but Derry pulled this back to 4 tries a piece before the Perennials pulled away again, only for Derry to mount a final flourish.
Our match scorer could not remember all the try scorers, but his memory did extend to Terry McCracken, Roger McAuley and Davy Wilson crossing the line, with the highlight of the day being new boy Neil Murphy crossing four 4 tries, which is probably an all time record for the club.
A big thank you to referees Simon McDowell and Rab Weir and to Bernie McGrath for providing the hospitality.
City of Derry presented a memorial plaque to the club in memory of Marty and it was great to have Marty’s wife and daughter at the game also.
Some musical entertainment and a few more pints brought the curtain down on a first class day.
With Christmas looming Geoff Pitt has requested a compass, and a note book for his stocking. Whilst we were all changing at Belfast Harlequins we had a phone call from Geoff who was at Carrick wondering where we all were.
>> Perennials v BHSFP 09 October 2011
The Perennials maintained there unbeaten record with a hard fought and physical tussle at Upper Greenisland against BHSFP. It was a highly entertaining match that produced some great flowing and skillful rugby from both sides, with the Perennials edging it by 6 tries to 4.
With the High School FP’s scoring first things looked ominous, but a master stroke from the coach in replacing stand in out half Stewart Porter with Davy Wilson, say the Perennials