Lisbellaw and Kilraughts tops in Tag Rugby Finals

THE 2022 Finals of the Young Farmers’ Club of Ulster annual tag rugby tournament, in association with Platinum sponsor Danske Bank, took place on Tuesday July 26 at Dromore Rugby Club, Co. Down.

The top teams from the county heats in both junior and senior sections took to the pitches with close competition from the first whistles.

In the junior competition, Straid YFC, Randalstown YFC, Seskinore YFC (A) and Lisbellaw YFC made it through to the semi-finals from the evening’s group stages. Both semi-finals were close-fought with Lisbellaw YFC and Randalstown YFC emerging as the 2022 Junior Finalists. Another fast-paced, hotly contested match, the final did not disappoint, going to extra time, with Lisbellaw YFC snatching the win to take the junior title.

Meanwhile, on the senior pitches, Kilraughts YFC, Ahoghill YFC, Randalstown YFC and Moycraig YFC progressed from the night’s group stages to the semi-finals. Kilraughts YFC to a took a comfortable win over Ahoghill YFC in the first clash, with Moycraig YFC just sneaking in a last-minute try, to slip into the senior final.

Moycriag YFC put out a strong side but Kilraughts YFC were the superior team and deserved victors to be crowned 2022 YFCU Senior Tag Rugby Champions.

YFCU President Peter Alexander announced the winners and Rodney Brown, Head of AgriBusiness, Danske Bank presented the Rosemary Cooper Shield to 2022 Junior Champions, Lisbellaw YFC and the Adrian Cooper Shield to Senior Champions Kilraughts YFC, as well as the commemorative medals and water bottles kindly provided by Danske Bank.

Fair Play awards were awarded to Gleno Valley YFC and Seskinore YFC in the junior competition, and Clanabogan YFC and Trillick and District YFC for the senior competition.

Rodney Brown, Head of AgriBusiness, Danske Bank highlighted “Danske Bank were delighted to support the YFCU tag rugby competition as part of our Platinum Sponsorship. It was fantastic to see so many young people taking part in what was a fiercely contested competition.

“Whilst there were local rivalries displayed, all of the teams involved worked so hard to ensure they represented their individual clubs to the best of their abilities. Congratulations to both the Senior and Junior winners and well done to everyone who took part. This is an important sponsorship for Danske Bank as we continue to support the ongoing social development of our next generation farmers.”

YFCU would like to take this opportunity to thank Platinum sponsor Danske Bank for their generous and continued support of this YFCU event; Dromore Rugby Club; the referees, with special thanks to Joy Sparks, Ulster Rugby; and stewards who assisted in the running of the competition.

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