Pre-season training is now in full swing at Rainey Old Boys where the warmest weather of the summer made life even more difficult for the very encouraging numbers who turned out last week.
A gruelling session in the gym, followed by a stiff workout on the pitch awaited a squad that included a few good players who, for various reasons,have been consigned to the sidelines in recent times.
Hopefully, they will enjoy an injury-free season. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm.
The Ulster Branch has released details of some early season fixtures. The Ulster Championship begins on August 30th with Rainey meeting Dungannon at Stevenson Park.
The other matches that day are: Derry v Armagh, Queens v Malone, Ards v Banbridge, Ballynahinch v Ballymena. Bye- Belfast Harlequins.
Then, on September 6, Rainey entertain champions Ballynahinch. The other games are: Harlequins v Queen’s, Banbridge v Derry, Malone v Dungannon, Ballymena v Ards. Bye- Armagh.
The rest of the programme could well be released by the weekend. The Ulster Bank League fixtures could also be known by then.
Rainey have a bye, with four other clubs, in the Ulster Senior Cup. The Round 1 ties on October 11th are: Ballynahinch v Ards, Harlequins v Dungannon, Ballymena v Queens.
In the Junior Cup, Ballynahinch II travel to play Dungannon II on September 13th in the preliminary round.
Rainey will introduce some contact and set-piece work into their build-up when they meet Clogher Valley at home on October 16th. There will also be a 2nd XV game.