Belfast Harlequins are always looking for new players, whether they are new to rugby have played in the past.
We have 4 senior men's teams, 1-4XV with our men's teams playing in the AIL 2B league, with coaching teams present at all levels.
Our senior squad comprises of the 1/2XV and is coached by Neil Doak (ex Ulster/Worcester and Georgia coach) former professional prop John Andress (Exeter/Ulster/Munster and Edinburgh.
If you are looking to get back into rugby or are new to the sport, come down to training on Tuesday/Thursday evenings at 6.30pm at Deramore Park, with games usually taking place on a Saturday.
MATCH REPORT 1XV
Too little too late for the 1XV down in Galway, with the lads putting in a huge last 20 minutes to get a losing bonus point.
Early break from Chris Larmour ended his afternoon prematurely with a hamstring problem and Lee Steenson taking a late hit to the ribs ending his shortly after. With that and a yellow card to Jaz Andress for deemed deliberate knock-on, Quins found themselves 16-0 down at HT with ill-discipline, knock-ons and missed tacks, giving Cornithians two easy scores and a penalty kick.
The 2nd half was an entirely different story, with Quins putting all the pressure back on the home side. Captain James McKinney kicked some lovely corners to punish ill-discipline and the lads capitalised with front foot ball. Strong carries from Joel Dundas, Daryl Marshall and Stephen Hunter, saw the Galway men reduced to 14 men due to too many penalties in the red zone. After opting for the scrum, Dundas, Hunter and recent debutant Jack Boal who came on for Paddy McAllister, pushed Cornithians over their own line, not once but twice to get two penalty tries. Adding to this a penalty kick from Paul Kerr earlier in the match, Quins had the ascendancy and no doubt could have kicked on if there was any time remaining after the final penalty try.
Ruing mistakes and a poor first half, the lads can be proud of the character they showed in the 2nd half, when their backs were to the wall. We come away with a losing BP and move onto Ballina at home this weekend, for another AIL match-up. We look forward to meeting Corinthians back at Deramore Park later in the season.
Thoughts for weekend: Disappointing result but good to come away with a point. Our character in the 2nd half was great with a late rally for points. We move onto Ballina this weekend who are in good form, so it will be a big test.
MATCH REPORT 2XV
A tough week for the 2’s. Injuries and unavailability resulted in a mixed team made up of the 2s and 3s.
This resulted in the team starting of slow and Banbridge were able to walk in 2 tries in the first 10 minutes. However, the Quins side started to gel and Adam Simms broke through the defensive line to score the first try for Quins. Some great rugby was played leading up to the end of the first half. Quins played it up through their forwards and built up a number of phases to get the second try for Quins scored by Lewis Rea. Banbridge got the upper hand and scored another try near the end of the first half resulting in the score being 21-10 at half time.
Quins came running out of the blocks in the second half getting a try early on. Unfortunately they couldn’t convert the other few chances they had, however, they showed great resilience in their defence to keep Banbridge to only scoring another 1 in the second half. The final score was 26-15.
A big shout out to all the guys from the 3s who came and helped out the 2s.