Archive | October, 2009

Renwick fall at the 50th

31 Oct
  • Renwick suffer first defeat under new manager in nine goal thriller
  • McCavery adds 4 goals to his tally
  • Allure of 50th game draws record crowd
  • Cherryvale Playing Fields “naff”



Renwick’s excellent start to the season came to a shuddering halt this week against one of the new teams in the Belfast Super League, MGT FC. Having never met before, MGT were an unknown entity for the Elmwood crew, although having put six past World XI, Renwick knew they were in for their toughest test yet.

Renwick started with a familiar line-up, with Conor Hyndman replacing the injured Ian Buchanan just behind the attack after Michael Hawthorne went awol in the hours before kick-off, and Andrew Morrison returned at right-back. With one of the largest squads in recent memory, the subs’ bench was very strong,  including the likes of last season’s hardman, Dave Smith and veteran forward Robert Cromie. MGT boasted a similarly sized squad, a number of whom had featured for other clubs in previous seasons.


Waiting for his chance

From the kick-off it was clear the match was going to be a tight affair with Renwick not allowing MGT to play through the middle but failing to dominate possession and struggling to create any real chances. In their first meaningful attack, the lone MGT striker broke through the Renwick defense and was bearing down on goal when Gareth Smith had seemingly recovered his position before being forced to dive in and take a lot of the man and little of the ball. The referee correctly awarded a penalty which was duly converted.


For the first time in over four and a half hours of football, Renwick found themselves trailing and found it difficult to respond. The second MGT goal followed shortly after, coming down their right flank. A lack of communication from the left side of the pitch left an MGT forward unmarked, who from considerable distance and a tight angle produced a shot of the highest quality, looping in over the goalie giving him no chance and bouncing in off the far post.


Possibly the second

2-0 down with 15 minutes to go in the first half, things were looking bleak for Renwick. The midfield were struggling to get hold of the ball, on the wings neither McCaughan nor Dunwoody could find any space to expose and playing as the lone striker, McCavery was facing two experienced centre-halves who hadn’t given him an inch. However, with a renewed determination Renwick started to play football the way they had in the previous 3 games and the goal was not long in coming, with McCavery released from midfield and having seen his first shot acrobatically saved, headed home from close range. Meanwhile at the other end MGT had few chances in open play, their biggest threat coming from corners. Going in at half-time the score was 2-1.


Captain Phil encouraging

Having played their worst 45 minutes of the season, Renwick knew at the start of the second 45 they had it all to do. Shortly after the restart, Ben Hanna broke down the left wing, and with his last action of the game, crossed the ball allowing Mark to finish with ease. Having finally put themselves into a winning position Renwick ought to have stayed there. After the goal Morrison changed the whole left of the pitch, bringing on Dave Smith and Philip Aicken for Rob McCaughan and Ben Hanna, and moving the industrious Steven McCollum to left-back.


It was deemed unfair to unleash Pete on them


Mark was then at it again, with Conor winning to ball in midfield, and slotting it between the centre and full back to allow Mark to run through and claim yet another. See this goal below. However only minutes afterwards, MGT gained possession in midfield and with a shot from nowhere managed to draw level to 3-3. Unfortunately this goal was down to a goalkeeping error and the keeper will be hoping to improve on scenarios like this in weeks to come. What the visiting referee made of it is anyone’s guess.

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Get in

On 65 minutes Renwick’s player/manager Morrison took himself off for young Chris Carson who played a very good 25 minutes at right-back following his noteworthy performance against Donegal Rangers the previous week, and minutes later captain Philip Dunwoody was replaced by Robert Cromie. The goals kept on coming for MGT however, and they added another two in quick succession. There were 15 minutes left on the clock and the scoreboard read 5-3 in MGT’s favour. Renwick’s play had improved greatly since the first half and spent the remainder of the game encampted in MGT’s half. McCavery managed to add a fourth but it was not to be enough. Gareth Smith saw a header glance just wide of the post and a further two chances were cleared off the line in the same attack. An indirect free kick awarded for time-wasting was wasted by Renwick and ended up a throw-in. Had the team had that little bit more composure you might have been reading this yesterday they might have snatched a point from the game, but it wasn’t to be.

Perhaps it was the pressure of previous results, or maybe it was the record crowd, could it have been the change of venue, or even the lack of skills? Whatever it was, I sure hope it doesn’t bother us next week.


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The management were unimpressed with the quality of the facilities at Cherryvale and will be seeking a return to the Ozone from next week. At the time of writing, fixtures for 4th November are unavailable, but keep an eye on the twitter feed on the right over the coming days.

A very big thanks to all who came and supported, it is very much appreciated. Come every week!


Man of the Match is this week shared between Mark McCavery for his 4 goal haul playing a very difficult role, and Andrew Lynch for the huge second half effort he put in in central midfield. Take note lads.



Other Photos










Stevie makes a guy look really silly



Not good






A day to forget?


Thanks to Bob and Sam for some fantastic photography


Doing what I do best


Finally, as a celebration of 50 Renwick games, a special shirt is being produced to mark the occasion. For those who have not been in Renwick recently, you can download the promotional poster here, and see a picture of the shirt below. Contact Andew Morrison if you’re interested. Cost – around £20

renwick 50 games shirt

Renwick: J. McCullough, A. Morrison, G. Smith, S. McCollum, B. Hanna, P. Dunwoody (c), G. Blackwell, A. Lynch, C. Hyndman, R. McCaughan, M. McCavery. Subs: C.Carson, C. Robert, P. Aicken, D. Smith, P. Fallows.

Nantes Prayer Points

27 Oct

Here are some of the prayer requests given at the Overseas Deputation meetings. Please remember the work in Nantes in your prayers.

The dates and venues of these deputation meetings are as follows:

  1. 27th October, Dromara RPC, 7:30pm
  2. 29th October, Newry RPC, 7:30pm
  3. 30th October, Dervock RPC, 8:00pm

Pray for courage and boldness among all believers who are engaging their friends and family with the claims of Christ.

Give thanks for a new believer. Pray for her health and witness to family and friends.

Pray for the many people who phone the Message d’Espoir and those who appreciate Réflexions.

Pray for conversions especially of young teenagers, and unconverted family members.

Pray for the one-to-one bible studies.

Pray for strengthening of the missionary team

-Andrew & Heather Lytle

-The Choinière-Shields family

-Future short and long term workers

Pray for the spiritual development of men .

Pray that there may be a greater hunger for good preaching and Reformed teaching in the city of Nantes and throughout the land of France.

Pray for the Colloque Biblique Francophone.

Related Posts: Nantes Go Teams 2008 and 2009


Renwick Football update

27 Oct

Just a few things to mention before tomorrow’s game against MGT FC.

Firstly a change of location, we are not at the Ozone this week as it was fully booked when I phoned, but we will be at Cherryvale Playing Fields on Ravenhill Road. See on Google Maps. The pitches are about the same distance away from Renwick and are not all that far from the Ozone really. If you need a lift cars will be leaving from Renwick from around 1.40 onwards. Support would be much appreciated as this is Renwick’s 50th ever game (since records began). Trinidad and Tobago vs. FC World XI will also be taking place at Cherryvale.

Kick off is at 2.30, and changing rooms are available. If you plan on walking it the pitches are roughly 1.5 miles away from Renwick, it’s to be a nice enough day apparently..



Or if pictures are more your thing..


Hope that is clear enough, any questions just ask. See you there!

Does Facebook Distract Me From God?

24 Oct

Update: post title changed

Or Internet? Blogging? Youtube? Twitter? MSN? TV? Texting?

“A little sleep, a little slumber,
   a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
   and want like an armed man.” Proverbs 24:33-34

Union Undone in High-Scoring Opener

23 Oct


Renwick House FC 11-1 Union Theological College

  • McCavery scores 50th goal for Renwick House.
  • Midfield trio boss game from the centre of the park.
  • McCullough concedes for the first time.

Comprehensive victories in pre-season gave Renwick House cause for confidence before their Superleague curtain-raiser against Union. Previous encounters between the sides had been tightly contested and a similar encounter was anticipated by the Renwick Manager. Sadly other duties meant that Morrison was unavailable for his first competitive game in charge so match day authority was placed in the safe and experienced hands of the experienced Philip Dunwoody.

Renwick made the breakthrough within the ten minute mark when the ball fell to Buchanan just inside the penalty area and despite the defence’s desperate lunges he calmly placed the ball in the top right-hand corner. Union struggled to maintain possession for any length of time and were left awestruck by an exemplary goal created by Dunwoody’s cross to McCavery who duly buried his header for his 49th all-time Renwick goal. The College team still looked like they might pose a threat but were unable to find their way past the defence in which Carson had replaced the absent Morrison. The new right-back faced the brunt of the opposition’s attacks in his first start and dealt with them comfortably perhaps giving his coach another selection dilemma as he made a substantive case for regular inclusion.

Again the basis for Elmwood dominance came from the middle of the park where the three central midfielders looked comfortable in possession, provided good service for those ahead of them and proved an impenetrable shield through which Union could not play leaving no option but the long ball. Andy Lynch was rewarded for his hard work when his 60 yard run climaxed in an exchange with McCavery and the Bready man finished cooly for his first-ever outfield goal for the team. Not long afterwards a delicate through ball from Buchanan found caretaker boss Philip Dunwoody allowing him to make it four-nil completing an awesome 30 minutes. Later in the half  UTC, were starved of time on the ball, came closest to a PCI first half goal from a dangerous in swinging corner which nearly beat a nervous McCullough but it was Renwick who were to have the last word before the break when one of McCaughan’s many unstoppable runs helped Mark McCavery bring up his half-century.

When play restarted Michael Hawthorne came on to make his long-awaited debut and youngster Philip Aicken also took to the field and linked well together on the pitch. Renwick’s superior fitness made a mark difference and Union’s lack of game time left acres of space in the middle despite the no.10 dropping deeper in search of the ball. McCavery scored twice, the second after stealing the ball from an opposing defender, before Blackwell put his name sheet making it eight without reply. A delightful chip over the keeper gave Mark his fifth of the game then Michael Hawthorne spotted the keeper out of position and made it double figures with an audacious 30 yard lob.

As the game became more stretched Union were afforded more opportunities and defensive confusion combined with a unprovidential bounce off Smith’s knee, wrong-footing McCullough whilst bringing the ball back into the path of the striker who finished Renwick’s run of clean sheets. Responding to this 80th minute consolation Ben Hanna found a good position at a set play but his header cleared the bar. It was the head of another defender, Steven McCollum who scored the 11th, diving to meet McCavery’s cross only minutes from the end.

Despite their greatest loss since Geoff Allen it should be noted that Union were probably the best opposition Renwick have encountered so far but a better side was met with a better performance as Morrison’s men claimed the three points. The new formation appears to be a permanent change and no side has yet been able to cope with Renwick’s extra man in the centre of the park. The strength in-depth of the current Elmwood side is particularly noteworthy with Hawthorne and Aicken adding to the manager’s selection headache but as Morrison has stated “It’s a nice problem to have”. 

A glance at the other results has indicated the presence of other potential title contenders in league leaders, the Law Society and new side MGT who recorded an impressive 6-0 victory over World XI. The next fixture will be the 50th game of the modern Renwick House era and the side will be keen to mark the occasion with another victory.

Jackie Fullerton (official Renwick commenator)

Renwick Team: James McCullough, Chris Carson, Gareth Smith, Steven McCollum, Ben Hanna, Andy Lynch, Gavin Blackwell, Ian Buchanan, Philip Dunwoody, Mark McCavery, Robert McCaughan Subs (all used): Michael Hawthorne, Philip Aicken


The return of official Renwick FC photographer has produced some excellent pictures. Thank you Bob!


 Much needed goalkick practice before kick off


 Couldn’t get get near him


 Union’s best player takes on Skills and loses


 Rob skips past his opposite number
 Andy Lynch’s goal


 Another run by Rob


 Chris putting in a very good performance at right -back


 Michael scoring from 30 yards


 Philip on the attack


 Ian brings the ball out defence
 Rob makes it look easy


Mark McCavery, Philip Dunwoody, Ben Hanna, Andy Lynch, Gavin Blackwell, Steven McCollum, Ian Buchanan, Andrew Morrison, Gareth Smith, Robert McCaughan, James McCullough, Michael Hawthorne, Chris Carson, Philip Aicken

Man of the Match


 Left the defence feeling exposed

Other News

Trinidad beat the Anglicans 3-2


The man himself


Peter gets down on one knee

League organiser Andrew Wallace (World XI) has proposed that the league adopt Grove Playing Fields as their new home. Morrison is not opposed to the move but has expressed a desire for Renwick’s fiftieth match to be played at the traditional venue.

Renwick House FC now have a Facebook group for players, vetrans and fans alike. Feel free to join.

League Table and other results.

Termonscotland Scouting Trip (Part Two)

20 Oct
This is the second part of a guest article written by William McCollum about his visit to the destination for the upcoming 2010 Covenanter International Holiday Conference. 
(A indicates Gartmore House)

“Callander is 10 mile west of Loch Katrine, just past Loch Venachar.  Callander is twice the size of Aberfoyle but is a similarly beautiful village.  In Callander you can visit the Rob Roy centre and experience the Rob Roy story, rediscover your childhood with the Hamilton Toy museum, walk off your lunch with a 30 mins walk to Bracklinn Falls or the Falls of Leny, spend some money in the shops, enjoy the best Fish and Chips at ‘Mhor’ lovingly prepared by the Lewis family or relax in the McLaren Leisure centre and swimming pool.  Just outside Callander on the road to Stirling is the Blair Drummond Safari and adventure park as well as the Monster Maize Maze which is an excellent opportunity to get completely lost.

Stirling is 20 miles east from Aberfoyle.  A full afternoon to Stirling would be a good idea and the castle is worth a visit.  Guided tours are available every 30mins, as part of the entrance fee, as is the tour of Argyll’s Lodging, which is a superb example of a 17th century townhouse that was owned by a prominent covenanter.  However, get your name down early for the Argyll’s Lodging tour when you arrive at Stirling castle as only 6 tours take place per day and there are only 35 spaces per tour.  Also in Stirling is the National Wallace Monument.  But be warned there are 246 steps up to the top of the monument and they are small stone steps in a spiral staircase.  The views were worth the hair raising climb up the steps but then you have to make you way down again, trying to pass those on their way up!  You do however get to see William Wallace’s sword. 



Loch Lomond is 20 miles south of Gartmore.  The Loch can be best explored from town of Balloch.  You can go to the Balloch Country Park for a walk a long the shores of Loch Lomond, visit the Balloch castle or enjoy the children’s play area.  ‘Loch Lomond Shores’ is 5 mins walk from Balloch Country Park.  Loch Lomond Shores offers boat trips on the Loch, bike hire, the Loch Lomond aquarium as well as numerous shops and coffee shops to relax beside the famous Loch.


Edinburgh and Glasgow are both about an hour from Gartmore.  During Gartmore 2010 a trip to Edinburgh will definitely be arranged.  It will offer the opportunity to spend the day learning more about Covenanting church history  or for those who would rather shop on the Royal Mile that will also be available.  

Hopefully this article will have given you a taste of the activities that are available off site around Gartmore, obviously there will be other activities happening on site as well as various evening entertainments.

William McCollum, Lisburn RPC

P.S. A Scottish Covenanting tour is available the week before the conference.  Tick the box on the registration form for more details.”

Neglected Discipline

17 Oct

“How often do we hear about the discipline of the Christian life these days? How often do we talk about it? How often is it really found at the heart of our evangelical living? There was a time in the Christian church when this was at the very centre, and it is, I profoundly believe, because of our neglect of this discipline that the church is in her present position. Indeed, I see no hope whatsoever of any true revival and reawakening until we return to it.” 

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones,  Faith: Tried and Triumphant

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