The Ulster Bank League returns from Friday, September 15 across all five divisions, and sponsors Ulster Bank are kicking off the 2017/18 season with the introduction of the #UBLTry of the Month initiative to recognise the outstanding team and individual scores from Division 1A to Division 2C.
Each month clubs are invited to post the best tries from their Ulster Bank League fixtures on the club’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages using the hashtag #UBLTry and tag @irishrugby and @ulsterbankrugby. Any try scored in an Ulster Bank League match is eligible for entry.
The scorer of #UBLTry of the Month will receive a voucher for €;250 and each of the monthly winners will be entered into a #UBLTry of the Season competition with the overall winner collecting an award at annual Ulster Bank League Awards.
The first fixture of the Ulster Bank League season is the Division 2C clash between newly-promoted Malahide and Bective Rangers at Estuary Road on Friday, September 15. The rest of the round 1 fixtures across all five divisions will take place on Saturday, September 16.
In Division 1A there is a repeat of the 2016/17 final as Cork Constitution host Clontarf at Temple Hill, while Buccaneers face Lansdowne at Dubarry Park in their first game back in the top flight.
Old Belvedere face a tough opening fixture in Division 1B against Ballynahinch as they look to return to the top tier in quick fashion. Banbridge begin their first campaign in 1B away to UL Bohemians.
Cashel is the first port of call for Galwegians, who were relegated to Division 2A at the end of last season, while Greystones, who step up from 2B, travel to the Palace Grounds to take on Armagh. Belfast Harlequins will be looking to bounce straight back up to 2A, kicking off their new campaign at home to Navan who won automatic promotion from 2C last season.
IRFU President Philip Orr said: “The clubs are the core of our game and the Ulster Bank League is at the pinnacle of the club game. I would like to thank Ulster Bank for its continued support of our clubs and its support of the Try of the Month initiative which will highlight the quality and talent that is displayed week in, week out across all five divisions.”
Director of Customer Experience & Products (Interim) at Ulster Bank, Joe Heneghan, commented: “We are delighted to continue our involvement in the Ulster Bank League and we are thrilled to announce the new #UBLTry of the Month initiative.
“We want to encourage clubs to get involved and nominate the best tries from their Ulster Bank League fixtures on the club’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages using the hashtag #UBLTry and tag @irishrugby and @ulsterbankrugby. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all the players and clubs the best of luck for the season ahead.”
The full Ulster Bank League fixtures list is available on www.irishrugby.ie/ulsterbankleague and details of the #UBLTry of the Month competition can be found on the IRFU’s social media channels.