Rusk selected to represent Ulster squad in Belfast event

Nick Rusk on Ulster duty with the inter-provincial over 55s.
Nick Rusk on Ulster duty with the inter-provincial over 55s.

Craigavon’s Nick Rusk enjoyed two clean sweeps on Ulster duty during the Inter-Provincial Championships.

Rusk was selected for a second appearance with Ulster’s over 55s and proved impressive in Belfast before injury cut short his contribution.

The veteran ace proved too strong for rivals representing Munster and Connacht but calf problems restricted his movement in the Leinster clash.

Rusk was down by a single set before injury issues put the Craigavon player on the backfoot.

“It was a tremendous honour and great experience,” said Rusk. “I was involved with Ulster in last year’s Masters so now have appearances in Dublin and Belfast under my belt.

“It would be great to complete the full set of inter-provincial tournaments by making Galway and Cork down the line.

“I am very proud on a personal level.

“I played a former Irish international from Munster and then that second win helped me to equal the points tally from my inter-provincial debut.

“It is hard to know how the final match would have turned out against the Leinster opponent if not for injury.

“Overall, it was a great weekend, with a real camaraderie between everyone.”

BOWLS

St Luke’s of Loughgall will stage a fun bowls tournament across April 12 and 19.

The competition has been organised in memory of past captain Jean Elliott, with funds towards Diabetes UK NI.

Play will take place in St Luke’s Parish Hall each Tuesday night.

Profits will be donated to Diabetes UK NI and the parish.