Teenage kicks for Larne as U19s win Ophir Sevens

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Larne Under-19s and Queen’s were the big winners at the annual Ophir Sevens rugby tournament at the weekend.

On Friday evening, in glorious sunshine at the Valley Leisure Centre, Larne and Instonians contested the Ken Bonar Memorial final. To their delight, the boys from Glynn claimed the trophy, winning by 10 points to 5. They got their hands on the silverware ahead of seven other teams, in what is proving a popular competition at the event.

On Saturday spectators enjoyed another day of sparkling rugby with teams battling it out in the league sections of the Will Totten Memorial Trophy.

The first semi-final was contested by Ophir and Ards and, despite a strong effort, the home team were well beaten by the North Down side. The second semi, between Queen’s and Dungannon, ended in a thrilling 25-point draw, with the students scoring a ‘golden try’ to book their spot in the final. They continued their excellent form in the showpiece match, defeating Ards to take home the trophy.

Ophir president, Martin Morrison said: “For once, we enjoyed perfect weather conditions for the Sevens and all the teams provided us with great entertainment. Many congratulations to Queen’s – they just about made it to the final but, in the end, were worthy winners. And not forgetting the Under-19 winners, Larne. Very well done!

“It has taken a lot of hard work to put this tournament together and we owe a great debt of thanks to our main sponsors for the day, Newtownabbey Borough Council. We are also indebted to our main sponsors, MCW Properties and also Biffa. The club very much values this backing, and also the generous support of many local businesses and companies who advertise in the Sevens programme.”