Banbridge to kick-off Nutty Krust Tournament

Banbridge's Robin Sinton in action during last year's Nutty Krust competition.

Banbridge's Robin Sinton in action during last year's Nutty Krust competition.

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Banbridge RFC U18s are gearing up to begin their campaign in the 37th annual Nutty Krust Rugby Floodlit Tournament tonight (Wednesday).

Banbridge kick-off the tournament at Chambers Park, home of Portadown RFC, by taking on Ballynahinch at 7.45pm.

Players from nine teams across Northern Ireland will take part in this year’s tournament.

Defending champion Dromore and last year’s runner-up Rainey will also be among the teams to take to the pitch throughout the spring, with the final match taking place 27th April 2016.

Dromore play their first match a week later (Wednesday 2nd February) against Ballymena.

Portadown-based Irwin’s Bakery has sponsored the tournament for the last 37 years. Brian Irwin, Chairman, Irwin’s Bakery, said he can’t wait for this year’s competition.

“We look forward to this tournament every year as it is a true showcase of the young talent Northern Ireland has to offer,” Brian Irwin said. “As a local business that has been baking bread for more than 100 years, we have always been big supporters of grassroots athletics across Northern Ireland as it is our way of contributing to Northern Ireland’s strong heritage of sport. The Nutty Krust Rugby Floodlit Tournament gives young star athletes a fun but challenging tournament.

“I would like to thank the organisers and officials who make the tournament possible and I encourage everyone to come out and cheer. We’ll see you there at 7.45pm on Wednesdays at Chambers Park.”