Ballymoney RFC Youth Rugby held their annual Youth Dinner and Awards Evening, in the Clubrooms on Saturday evening.
A welcome bonus this year was the attendance of the girls’ U17 rugby team who have just completed their first year of competitive rugby and excelled themselves by winning the Ulster Youth Championship Shield.
The guest speaker on this occasion was Stacey Lee Kennedy, Ulster Ladies Captain and Irish International player. Also attending were Club Chairman, Gordon McCandless, Club Secretary, John Hunter and Youth Rugby sponsors.
Prior to the dinner, Youth Chairman, Alan Campbell, addressed the players, sponsors, guests, youth committee members and coaches, speaking of how important Youth Rugby was to the Club and for the town of Ballymoney as well.
He said, “We thank all of Youth Rugby sponsors for their support throughout the past year.
“Your sponsorship is essential for the growth and continuity of the game in our Town. It is important that we as a Club reciprocate this by supporting our local businesses”.
Following the dinner, Stacey Lee Kennedy, who will soon be representing Ireland Ladies in France, addressed all players, emphasising the importance of beginning the game at a young age.
She went on to say that rugby is an opportunity for both girls and boys to express themselves on the field and to acquire the necessary discipline which will benefit them both on and off the rugby pitch. She encouraged the Youth players to work hard for good results both for themselves and the teams they represent.
Stacey then presented the Girls’ Under 17s with their Ulster Youth Championship Shield and the following Youth players awards:-
Coaches’ Player of the Year
Girls U17: Emma Orr
Boys U17: Ben Graham
Boys U15: Graham Donnelly
Boys U13: Jamie McIntyre
Players’ Player of the Year
Girls U17: Hannah Walker, Boys U17: Gary Pattison
Boys U15: Adam Coulter
Boys U13: Lewis Lyons
Youth Rugby Endeavour Award
Girls U17: Bethany Rollinson, Boys U17: Matthew Johnston, Boys U15: James Orr
Boys U13: Callum Coyles