How’s your optometer bearing up post pre season? In the abstract a rugby team requires elements you cannot simply coach into them, though Matt Williams being something of an expert in the art of motivation might well instil a degree of mental strength. These elements might be summarised as (i) Mental strength (ii) Team/squad unity … Continue reading How’s your optometer bearing up – part deux!!
Despite the pre-season hype from the Ravers Publicity Machine it appears that most people have kept their expectations realistic and are looking forward to a season of Mid Table Obscurity, with an overwhelming 57% opting for this choice. After Friday nights match it looks like it’s going to be a long season for that 29% … Continue reading Magners Campaign. Where will Ulster Finish up?
Ulster 10 Worcester 23 Ulster were given a sound lesson during this game. They were out fought and out muscled in the first half but appeared to come more into things in the second half as Worcester tired. More players played their way out of selection than into it, particularly the half back paring of … Continue reading Ulster v Worcester, 27th August 2008.
WINDS OF CHANGE BLOWING THROUGH ULSTER RUGBY Although Ulster fans were aware that Matt Williams planned to change Ulster Rugby root and branch, the FRU are astonished to discover just how far reaching those changes are going to be. A veil of secrecy has descended over Ravenhill as Williams has installed himself in a Portakabin … Continue reading Rugby Balls from Ravenhill
Ulster 24 Queensland Reds 0 On the face of it a comfortable enough win for Ulster Rugby, but before we get too carried away it must be remembered that this was pretty much a third string Queensland side against an almost full strength Ulster. It was not unexpected that Queensland, coming off the end of … Continue reading Ulster v Queensland Reds, 22nd August 2008
Had intended to post this pre Friday night’s Bath game but computer malfunctions at home led to a few days delay. Nothings changed though, read on… Not wishing to tread on Dewi Barnes carpet slippers but keen to comment on the pre-season build up, I have been consulting my own pre season optometer. This signals … Continue reading How’s Your Pre-Season Optomoter Bearing Up?
URSC FUND-RAISING NIGHT A fund-raising night was held to raise money for a new Ulster Team Mascot by the URSC. President Kimble who has dedicated his life to breeding team mascots in captivity, introduced the current team mascot Sparky to a well attended evening. The highlight of the evening happened when President Kimble described Sparky’s … Continue reading Rugby Balls from Ravenhill
The waiting was finally over and we were able to get a look at most of our new signings. So how did they do? For me the pick of the bunch was Ed O’Donoghue who put in a good nights work. He was abrasive and athletic round the park and looked an asset in the … Continue reading Ulster v Bath, 15th August 2008
The FRU CEO Dewi Barnes, after years of unprecedented prudence, finally put his hand in his pocket and fished out a crisp £10 note and joined the “Official” Ulster Rugby Supporters Club. Is this a bid by Barnes to unseat Chairman Kimble or are The FRU finally throwing their, not inconsiderable, weight behind this hard … Continue reading Supporters Club needs Supporters.
Another season, another new kit. With this new Kukri kit being a slightly more comfortable fit than the old Canterbury, The FRU give out much needed fashion advice to men of a certain age on what not to wear. Step forward Ulster’s own Dr Dave. Now Ulster Rugby legend Dr Dave Irwin has for a … Continue reading Fashion Update.