Panthers back as part of packed weekend schedule

Portadown Panthers during a previous sponsorship presentation.
Portadown Panthers during a previous sponsorship presentation.

Portadown Panthers’ opening session of the learning disability tag rugby season will run tomorrow (Saturday) at Chambers Park from 9.15.

This year will mark the Panthers’ third season, with numbers on the rise each campaign from a starting figure of six to 26 active players.

“We welcome back all of our players but have a special welcome in store for any new players,” said Portadown’s Willie Gribben. “Last year was amazing and another big step forward for the Panthers family.

“We staged our first tour, increased player numbers, made forward steps in skill level and enjoyed some excellent performances across the end-of-season festivals.

“We hope this year to travel to Limerick for the International Wooden Spoon Tag Rugby Festival, attend one of Ulster’s home games, stage a family social evening and increase our friendships across the sport.

“We have a weekend away planned for October at the Whitepark Bay Youth Hostel, with the opening tag rugby festival scheduled for Ballymena’s Eaton Park on September 27.

“All-in-all it should be another busy and exciting season for the Panthers.

“We welcome new players, volunteers and coaching staff.”

To find out more about the Portadown Panthers learning disability tag rugby project contact any club official at Chambers Park or visit the website on


Play for the minis section - open to boys and girls from the primary two to year eight age range - will run from 9 o’clock tomorrow (Saturday) morning at Chambers Park.


Chambers Park will host the women’s inter-provincial game between Ulster and Connacht tomorrow (Saturday) from 3 o’clock.

Everyone is welcome.