Congratulations to Dungannon who made a great start to the upcoming rugby season by winning the 35th annual Ophir RFC 7's at Mallusk. The Ophir 7's tournament is the traditional start to the rugby season with Clubs playing for the" Will Totten Memorial Trophy" and is taken as a marker of pre-season preparation.
12 teams were invited to participate including last years winners, Instonians, along with Academy, Malone, Carrick UUC, Ballyclare, Ballynahinch, Holywood, Queens, Randalstown and Dungannon.
Kukri kitted Dungannon were in Section 1 along with tournament favourites Academy, who have won the tournament 7 times in the last 10 years - but that didn't worry the Dungannon boys!
First game was against the hosts Ophir which Dunganon won comfortably 54 - 0. Their second match they faced a very physical Carrick side - but they nailed that too - 40-12.
Next up were Academy who had only lost to UUC and were keen to prove themselves against the young Gannon side, but it was not to be, even though Dungannon rested players they came out 31-5 winners. The final section game was against UUC who also had not lost a match, so it was vital Dungannon won this to secure Section 1 winners and play the runner up from section 2. The game was fast and furious - both sides playing the same expansive rugby - but Gannon took it 22-5.
This made Dungannon Section one winners where they played Instonians in the Semi-Final - taking that 31-7 which booked them a place in the final against Queens who played UCC in their semi.
Dungannon started the final with purpose, they had full intention of winning this match and it showed in their attack and support play - Chris Henderson scored the first converted try which was followed up by Mark Riddell scoring their next. Queens managed to pick up a loose ball and run in under the posts to score a converted try, but for the rest of the game Dungannon dominated the pitch and the play resulting in Ray Maguire scoring a converted try and Mark Riddell and Paul Heaney scoring unconverted tries, Queens managed a try at the end of play but the day was Dungannons with 33 -12 win over Queens.
Photo: Ulster and Dungannon Player, David Pollock with The Winning Dungannon Sevens Team