Pumas back on the hunt for players

James Wright was selected as 'man-of-the-match' winner following Portadown's quarter-final progress past Ballymena in the under 18s' Nutty Krust Tournament. Making the presentation at Chambers Park is Clive Bowles on behalf of Ulster under 19s. Pic by Tony Hendron.
James Wright was selected as 'man-of-the-match' winner following Portadown's quarter-final progress past Ballymena in the under 18s' Nutty Krust Tournament. Making the presentation at Chambers Park is Clive Bowles on behalf of Ulster under 19s. Pic by Tony Hendron.

Rugby League will return to the Chambers Park schedule next month thanks to a revival of Portadown Pumas.

Mark Parker and Simon Lappin have been working hard to resurrect the Pumas name after a two-year absence - with fixtures planned from May to July.

“League has similarities to the modern-day Union game, with strong defences and exciting running,” said a Pumas spokesman. “Mark and Simon are asking all players to come and train to play in the Pumas team for the upcoming league.

“It is also good training for the off-season months for any Union players.

“Anyone interested is welcome down at Chambers Park each Thursday from 7 o’clock for training.”

League players John Purdy and Wayne Kelly from Portadown have previously represented Northern Ireland.

Chambers Park will stage the final of the under 18s’ Nutty Krust Floodlit Tournament on Wednesday, April 29 when Rainey face Dromore from 7.45.