It was a massive weekend in Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division 1 with Instonians claiming the Championship after a bonus point win against their “club share” rivals Cooke. Not one for the faint hearted this one with Cooke receiving 5 yellow cards in a typically feisty affair.

Ballyclare, who had been pushing Instonians all the way, slipped up in a thriller at home with Enniskillen sneaking a one point win at The Cloughan in the surprise result of the afternoon. It was a big win for Enniskillen who have a game in hand over Portadown to see who goes into the relegation/promotion play offs.

The results from the weekend are as follows.

Instonians 45 7 Cooke
Ballyclare 16 17 Enniskillen
CIYMS 28 20 Coleraine
Carrick 48 10 Portadown
Dromore 39 14 Clogher Valley

 

It’s not quite the final table, there are still a few catch up games to be played, but the top three have completed their fixtures and Inst are confirmed champions. Clogher Valley are relegated and Enniskillen or Portadown will go into the promotion/relegation play offs.

Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division 1

TEAM P W D L PTS
Instonians 18 16 0 2 77
Ballyclare 18 15 0 3 71
C.I.Y.M.S 18 10 0 8 49
Carrickfergus 17 9 0 8 43
Dromore 17 8 0 9 42
Cooke 17 7 0 10 34
Coleraine 16 6 0 10 31
Portadown 18 6 0 12 31
Enniskillen 17 6 0 11 28
Clogher Valley 16 3 0 13 13

 

We caught up with Instonians win against Cooke and CIYMS’s win over Coleraine. Pictures below courtesy of Ian Humes Photography and Bob Given Photography.

There are still a few games to catch up on in the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division 2. However a full set of fixtures were completed last weekend with Ballymoney taking advantage other results to leave themselves still with a chance of a promotion play of spot as second placed Randalstown slipped up against the erratic Limavady.

Larne legend Ryan McAllister in action against Ballymoney. Picture credit – Bill Guiller.

Despite the best efforts of Larne RFC legend Ryan McAllister,  Ballymoney took advantage of their trip to the Glynn with a 17 – 27 win. Full gallery, courtesy of Bill Guiller here. The rest of the results are shown below:

Academy 44 25 PSNI
Larne 17 27 Ballymoney
Lisburn 27 27 Ards
Randalstown 12 26 Limavady
UUC 26 55 Grosvenor

 

Grosvenor wrapped up Division 2 some weeks ago, and will replace Clogher Valley in Division 1, but there is still something to play for with the second place side going into promotion play offs, the bottom side relegated and the second from bottom going into relegation play offs.

If my maths is right that leaves everyone but Ards and Limavady still with something to play for, though the continued involvement of some may be tenuous!

Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division 2

TEAM P W D L PTS
Grosvenor 15 15 0 0 71
Randalstown 16 11 0 5 53
Ballymoney 16 10 0 6 47
Academy 15 9 0 6 42
Larne 14 8 0 6 39
Ards 15 7 1 7 37
Limavady 15 7 0 8 37
Lisburn 15 3 1 11 19
U.U.C 14 3 0 11 15
P.S.N.I 15 1 0 14 5

 

There is still plenty of distance to go in the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division 3 with games stretching on until the end of April.

The results from the weekend are as follows:

Letterkenny 44 25 Strabane
Newry 17 27 Hollywood
BHSFP 27 27 Civil Service

 

Which leaves the league as follows, the only certainty at the minute is Donegal Town going down!

Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Division 3

TEAM P W D L PTS
Lurgan 19 18 0 1 89
Donaghadee 19 18 0 1 86
Strabane 19 12 1 6 62
Monaghan 17 11 2 4 61
Virginia 17 11 0 6 51
Cavan 17 7 0 10 35
Newry 18 7 0 11 33
Holywood 18 6 0 12 32
BHSFP 17 6 0 11 30
Letterkenny 16 4 1 11 23
Civil Service 19 4 0 15 19
Donegal Town 16 0 0 16 -20

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