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Annual 5-a-side Football Tournament.

Over the festive period twenty eight teams representing fourteen Boys’ Brigade Companies of Coleraine and District Battalion assembled at the University of Ulster Sports Complex for their annual 5-a-side football competition. The event was organised by Ivan Morrison (Battalion Recreation Convener) and Martin McCook (Tournament Official). Robert Black, a former BB officer of the Battalion, officiated as referee.

The fifteen teams competing in the Junior Competition (forms1 to 3) were drawn into four sections and this created some notable performances by the teams from 1st Drumachose, 5th Coleraine, 1st Kilrea, 2nd Limavady and 1st Portrush in the early group games. It took a penalty shoot out between 1st Kilrea and 1st Portrush to produce the four eventual sectional winners who would progress to the semi-final stage. The outcome of both these matches had to be decided by penalties which saw 2nd Limavady eliminate 5th Coleraine and 1st Kilrea over power 1st Drumachose. The final itself was another close encounter with 2nd Limavady being the victors by the narrowest of margins defeating 1st Kilrea by a single goal.

The Senior Competition (forms 4 to U6) saw thirteen teams compete over two sections. 1st Kilrea and 1st Dunluce were the only undefeated teams in the group stages but 1st Dunluce failed to qualify to the final having been overtaken by 1st Garvagh who accumulated more points from their six games. This set up a final between local rivals 1st Kilrea and 1st Garvagh and as expected produced a close contest finishing in a 2-2 draw. Enter once again penalties with 1st Garvagh emerging as winners.

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Volleyed Over

The boys of the Coleraine & District Battalion Boys’ Brigade took part in their recent Annual Volleyball Competition hosted in St. Patrick’s Hall, Coleraine. Owing to the increased entry the competition was played over two nights. Ten junior teams (forms 1 to 3) competed on the first evening and also ten senior teams (forms 4 to u6) battled it out on the following evening.

The standard of play was high and resulted in many close fought fixtures. The initial stages of the competition were played in two leagues of five teams with the top two qualifying to the semi-final knockout stage. The eventual winners were 5th Coleraine in the Junior event and 1st Kilrea in the Senior event but all teams performed well and produced great entertainment over the both evenings. This was a tremendous advert for the BB with the boys demonstrating true determination in a sporting manner and exercising friendly enthusiasm throughout the tournament.

Our sincere thanks are expressed to Ivan Morrison (Battalion Recreation Convener) and John McFadden (Competition Organiser) for running the event and to 1st Coleraine Company for providing their excellent facilities all of which contributed in making the competition a huge success.

Semi – Final (best of 3 sets)
1st Portrush 2 1st Garvagh 0 1st Ballywatt 1 5th Coleraine 2
1st Portrush 0 5th Coleraine 2

Semi – Final (best of 3 sets)
1st Kilrea 2 1st Potrush 1 2nd Coleraine 2 1st Ballywatt 1
2nd Coleraine 1 1st Kilrea 2

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