Archive | February, 2010

Impotent Bayern Fail to Score in 5 Goal Defeat

18 Feb

Porter plays Ian through

  • Passing football rewarded with victory
  • Renwick keep first competitive clean sheet of the season
  • Cromie Joel makes an impressive debut

Renwick bounced back from their defeat to arch-rival Derryvolgie by recording an impressive 5-0 victory. The Elmwood team approached the game confidently having also scored five in a friendly against Bayern Eunuchs two weeks ago and were pleased to improve upon that result in this week’s competitive fixture by keeping a clean sheet. Gareth Smith returned at centre-back to play alongside Andy Lynch whilst Porter and Mitchell started on the wings in a 4-4-2 formation. Promising youngster Cromie Joel was handed a start in the centre of midfield where he partnered the more experienced Andy McKelvey. Coachwell had already indicated he wouldn’t be present until the second half but Morrison was surprised to only have 11 players present for kick-off and refused to comment after the game on whether the four latecomers would face club disciplinary proceedings.

McKelvey bossed the midfield on one leg

Renwick had the lion’s share of possession

Mitchell winning the ball

12 minutes after the game began a quick throw from Ian Buchanan found Joel Cromie inside the box who scored with first time volley low to the keeper’s right. This was an ideal start for the Donegal man whose partnership with McKelvey’s strength and poise dominated the centre of the park throughout the first half. Joel started the move from which Renwick doubled the lead skipping past an opponent in his own half before playing the ball down the right flank for Porter. The ball was then played into the feet of McCavery who squared the ball to Ian whose powerful shot deflected off the onrushing defender into the bottom righthand corner leaving the keeper stranded.

Renwick were really begining to find their stride playing the ball beautifully along the deck and it wasn’t long before another attack down the right wing yielded a third goal. Buchanan made a run into the channel and crossed to provide Mark with an easy tap in at the back post. In the 36th minute the team in black were fortunate to retain 11 men on the pitch as the Ethiopians (HT: SWS) used their pace to counter attack swiftly, last-man Lynch came across to tackle and completely failed to connect with the ball. Bizarrely the Eunuch’s ref told the players to continue much to the relief of the Bready defender, if the Renwick Pundit was superstitious I would suggest that it was because he was wearing the former skipper’s jersey. Otherwise Andy L gave a very solid defensive performance but will have been disappointed not to have scored a free header from a corner at the other end a few minutes later. Bayern survived another good corner delivery when Gareth Smith’s free header was cleared off the line but they failed to learn from the mistakes in their own area.  From the next set piece Renwick’s prolific centre-back was given another opportunity and made the score 4-0 before the interval.


At the break Morrison made sweeping changes with Cromie, Buchanan, Mitchell and Porter leaving the pitch whilst Ben Hanna took over as referee. Carson came on to the right wing, McCaughan on the left, Aicken and Blackwell in centre midfield whilst Hawthorne joined the strike force. Renwick failed to impose themselves on the game in the same way as they had dominated the first half but the Eunuchs could only respond with long hopeful balls aimed at their quick strikers. Michael Hawthorne had a well-finished goal controversially disallowed for offside and McCullough had to produce a save to keep out a sweetly hit Bayern freekick.

The lead was extended to five by Robert McCaughan whose pace had tortured his opposite number on several occasions. Hanna had been relieved of refereeing duties and  found the left winger with his throw, Rob skipped round the right back and placed the shot inside the right post. A few minutes later James was forced to use his feet to take the ball from the toes of the Eunuch striker but this was one of the last threats to the his goal. The last few minutes were fairly uneventful apart from Renwick’s marauding left back missing an opportunity at the back post. A five goal win was a fair reflection of Renwick’s dominance and the defence was delighted to keep their first competitive clean sheet of the season.  The title may now be beyond them but the Elmwood team still have important fixtures to play and all squad members will be keen to mount a strong finish despite several tricky fixtures remaining.

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Lynch is so quick it’s a blur

Man of the Match: Ian Buchanan

Renwick House: McCullough, Morrison, Smith, Lynch, Hanna, Porter, Cromie, McKelvey, Mitchell, Buchanan, McCavery Subs: Blackwell, McCaughan, Hawthorne, Carson, Aicken

Scorers: Cromie, Buchanan, McCavery, Smith, McCaughan

Thanks to Rosemary and Heather for the photos.

Shaftesbury Reformed Conference and GO Team

17 Feb

On Wednesday of last week, Shaftesbury Square RPC held it’s approximately annual Reformed Conference. Following on from the two day conference on John Calvin last year, two American speakers had been invited to give an address.  Dr. Joel Beeke, of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and author of many books, and Dr. Joesph Pipa from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary gave talks lasting about 45 minutes dealing with doctrinal issues, speaking to the average Church member, rather than just those with a special interest in theology.

Dr. Pipa’s address was on the subject Right with God. You can listen to it online at the Shaftesbury Sermon Audio site, or download it and listen to it on your mp3 player or iPod. After a short interval, Dr. Beeke spoke on Children of God. Again, this can be downloaded from the Sermon Audio website.

There were about 120 people, a very encouraging turn out for Shaftesbury. David McKay noted that of that number, around half were under the age of 30. Stafford Carson, present PCI moderator and speaker at last year’s conference was in attendance. Pray for all who heard the talks, and those who will hear them online, that God will use them to his glory.

Three days later, it was back to Shaftesbury for a one day GO Team. About 20 people assembled in the Church hall on Saturday morning before leaving to give out a flyer advertising the various means of outreach Shaftesbury undertakes to the houses in the areas near the Church building. Unlike other years, it wasn’t snowing, and was actually a very pleasant day, perfect for walking the streets of south Belfast.

The other side advertised the weekly Church services

About 5000 leaflets were given out on the day, leaving about 1000 for Paul and Philip to distribute over the next few weeks. Remember to pray for the lunchtimes services held on Thursdays starting on 4th March and for the men who will speak at those.

Later on that evening, some of the team went to Great Vic. Baptist to hear Stuart Olyott speak.

Ben passing on Joel and Steelo’s regards

The talks are not online yet, but when they are I’d guess you’ll be able to find them here.

Finally, Shaftesbury Fellowship is on tonight, Warren Peel speaking on God The Father. Tea at 6.45, talk around 7.30.

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

The Wisdom of Heaven on Sex

16 Feb

It’s not just Premiership footballers who struggle with these sins.

Proverbs 5-7 contains God’s wisdom on a very important and difficult issue. Public figures like John Terry and Iris Robinson’s lives would have  fewer regrets if they had heeded it but this isn’t just an issue for heavily criticised celebrities. In his sermon a few Sabbath evenings ago Dad preached on these three chapters and said “there is not one of us who is without sin in this area”. This sermon is essential listening as we strive for purity in an impure world.

The Wisdom of Heaven on Sex – Rev. David McCullough
(Proverbs 5, 6v20-35, 7)

Right click on the sermon title and select “Save As”.

Mission Week at Larne R.P.C

15 Feb

Last night saw the start of the Mission Week going on at Larne.

Rev. Derek Petrie has called in the big guns for what looks set to be a great week of teaching, fellowship and outreach in Larne. After holding a GO Team day on Saturday 30th, invites and advertisements have been going around the town about this week and hopefully much fruit will be seen as a result of this labour.

Take a good note of the outline of the week and do try and attend some of the meetings that are going on. If not, pray for them, pray for the speakers, that as the word is faithfully preached, people will come to know Christ as Saviour and King.

Sun 14th @ 6.30pm
Rev. John Coates – The Vision of the Son of Man (Revelation 1)

Mon 15th @ 8:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Joel Beeke – The New Birth – What Is it? (John 3:3)

Tue 16th @ 8:00pm
Rev. Dr. Dick Knodel – Worthy is the Lamb (Revelation 5)

Wed 17th @ 8:00pm
Rev. Derek Petrie – The Unheeding World, The Undying Church, The Unending Reign (Revelation 8 – 11)

Thu 18th @ 8:00pm
Rev. David Sutherland – The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19)

Fri 19th. Feb., 2010 8:00pm
Rev. David Silversides – The Last Judgement (Revelation 19)

Sat 20th. Feb., 2010 8:00pm
Pastor Trevor Kirkland – Ecclesiates and Christ the Creator (Especially for Young People)

Sun 21st @ 11:30am
Rev. John J. Murray – The New Heaven and The New Earth (Revelation 21)

Sun 21st @ 6:30pm
Rev. John J. Murray – Jesus Christ is Coming! (Revelation 22)

What’s the best thing in Larne?  The Road out of it The Mission Week being held from 14th to 21st! ;)

Renwick lose to Derryvolgie in crucial league encounter

13 Feb

  • Derryvolgie come out in top in a traditional six-pointer
  • Renwick title hopes take a major blow despite encouraging performance
  • McCullough puts in a stand out performance to keep his team in it throughout

It was a brilliant day for sport

2010 got off to a bad start for Renwick in the Belfast Super League, falling to a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of rivals Derryvolgie. Fielding a weakened team, Renwick were confident that this match was winnable, although aware of the danger posed by a DV team who have been putting in some impressive results of late.  With fantastic weather conditions, a sandy looking pitch and the inspiration of having seen Invictus the night before for some of the team, Renwick were eager to get started and fight for the win from the start.

The Renwick team was built around a midfield partnership of Andrew Lynch and Mark Porter. Ian Buchanan and Mark McCavery provided the firepower in attack, while Chris Carson (so special he played with a numberless shirt!) and Philip Aicken were on the wings. Dave Smith replaced younger brother Gareth in defence, and Andrew Morrison returned at right-back. Robert McCaughan was unavailable due to ‘work’ commitments. Andrew McKelvey was forced to pull out, and not just from the Renwick squad. This game was the first start for both Aicken and Smith this season.

As Derryvolgie had acquired a new kit for the season, Morrison opted for Renwick to play in their change kit to avoid a potential colour clash. The Renwick kit man, Joel Loughridge, did an excellent job of ensuring that the white shirts were in pristine condition for the match, and it is only right we thank him for this.

The combination of white, navy, red, black and lime green was certainly an interesting one

Shortly after 2.30, Renwick kicked off on the same pitch as they played the Ministers on, playing towards the changing rooms in the first half. From the start it was clear that both teams had approached the game with a similar mentality, to not allow their opponents a second on the ball and to make it as hard as possible for them to play. In almost their first attack, DV felt aggrieved about a Steven McCollum challange, and were awarded a free kick. Considering the game had barely started, the aggresive response of the DV forward was hardly warrented. When the free kick was eventually taken the Renwick wall had advanced well beyond the mandatory 10 yards, resulting in the kick going high and wide. Despite witnessing all this, the referee saw no infringement and did not call for a retake.

Get your elbows out

For the next half hour, much of the play was in the Renwick half, with DV having a lot of possesion but in truth creating few chances. The Renwick defence were put under considerable pressure, especially from the wide players, but managed to weather the storm and create a solid platform for the midfield to work from. In the middle Andrew Lynch and Mark Porter often looked outnumbered, but stuck to their task diligently and worked tirelessly all day. The first half wingers, Chris Carson and Philip Aicken, spent much of their time helping out in defence, and so when Renwick did manage to put together an attack, they often found themselves behind the play and had to work hard to get involved in the final third.

With half time approaching and neither team having made a real impact on the game, Renwick slowly started to get into the game more. Mark McCavery took the ball to the by-line and managed to win a corner off the DV right-back. Ben Hanna swung the ball in, only to see it cleared for another corner from the other side. With Hanna again taking the corner, the result was the same. The Renwick left back trotted back over to take the third successive corner, and this time, after some bobbling about in the box, Ian Buchanan managed to poke the ball home. This came as a massive blow to DV who had seen much more of the ball than Renwick. The score remained the same until the half, not without McCullough getting a scare on the stroke of half time when a header from a corner came back off the bar and bobble about until Andrew Lynch took charge and sent it long.

The Renwick mood at half time was one of cautious optimism. The goal had been scored, and although the Presbyterians had made it far from easy, they had rarely threatened the Renwick goal. With the header that struck the bar aside, they had been mostly restricted to shots from distance and chasing long balls over the top of the defence, only to meet an in-form and on-rushing McCullough.

Playing into the setting sun, Renwick begun the half with Michael Hawthorne now playing on the left in place of Philip Aicken, who had taken up refereeing duties. Mark Porter was substituted shortly before the end of the first 45 with a bloody nose, but quickly recovered in time for the restart. Derryvolgie drew level within a few minutes of the half kicking off. From a Renwick goal kick, the ball was played out to the DV right midfielder who ran forward with the ball before slotting across goal to the unmarked player at the back post who reversed the direction of the ball and played it across McCullough who was left with no change. The Renwick full back, Morrison, found himself horribly out of position and was a mere spectator of the goal, unable to backtrack quickly enough.

Ben keeping an eye on his Dutch opponent

Derryvolgie continued to pressurise, forcing the goalkeeper into a string of excellent saves, one in particular where with his back to goal and dealing with the Morrison at close quarters, the DV left winger took a cross first time on his right foot, hooking it towards the Renwick goal. McCullough saw it late but managed to turn it round the post. Renwick were finding it very hard to link between midfield and attack, as the central midfielders were forced into taking up a very deep position. Neither McCavery or Buchanan saw much of the ball for the first 30 minutes of the half.

Another day with little joy up front

On 65 minutes Philip Aicken rejoined the action, slotting into midfield as Chris Carson joined the defence. Andrew Morrison saw out the remainder of the game as referee. Soon after, a poorly defended Renwick corner resulted in a DV player being left unmarked at the back post, allowing him to send a powerful header into the net. Judging by the celebrations, this goal was an important one, and what might well have been the winning goal. But Renwick were not going to go down without a fight..

Quite how this wasn’t given as a DV penalty is a mystery. Another Steven McCollum classic

A poor challenge on Philip Aicken 10 yards outside the DV box gave Renwick a chance to build an attack from a free kick. Ian Buchanan opted to shoot directly, and after having got his shot up over the wall and down in time, the keeper came and got himself in the way of it. Unfortunately for him, he did not keep control or even push it to safety, but let it roll out at the front of Mark Porter who duely finished, giving way to the wildest celebtrations this writer has ever seen at a Renwick game.

Shambolic defending, duly punished

Seven minutes from time, DV struck once more. From a throw in, Dave Smith misjudged the flight of the ball, and the lightning quick Derryvolgie forward latched onto the loose ball and calmly slotted the ball past the quickly advancing keeper. Another frustrating goal to concede for the Elmwood side, but maybe not entirely unexpected after 83 minutes of continuous defending, leaving the players at the back both physically and mentally exhausted. Renwick were unable to create any meaningful chances after the goal, and the final score remained at 3-2 to Derryvolgie.

Losing 3-2 to Derryvolgie is very painful, although I’m sure that those who were there would agree that this scoreline is probably a fair representation of the game. There are plently of “what-if”s you could say about this game, but the truth is over the 90 minutes Derryvolgie were better in almost every part of the pitch and ultimately, just wanted it more. The team will look forward to playing Bayern Eunchs again next week, and know that a performance like the one given against Derryvolgie would be good enough to beat most teams.

Renwick have now dropped to 4th in the BSL, sitting 6 points off the lead. Further details here

Thanks to our supporters, it’s appreciated. Also loving the fact you guys did this:


Man of the Match

James McCullough – pulled off a number of fine saves on the day and has more than earned it over the course of the season

I realise that this report is very very late.

Other craic:

Ben has been practising using The Force lately

…and taking corners

DV’s midfield genius. We didn’t get close

See you next week

So long…farewell…

11 Feb

In the words of Carl Fredricksen, “Adventure is out there!”

And this point was proven again this week by Joel Somerville. We sadly had to say goodbye to Joel on Tuesday as he was heading on yet another adventure…

Joel has set off to travel overland to Togo in Africa.  He left Dromara on Tuesday 9th February and then was travelling down to Rosslare and crossed the channel by Ferry, landing at Cherbourg (France).

The Flag of Togo

He will be then going down France and Spain and across to Morocco then down the West Coast of Africa through Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal. Then taking a turn inland towards Mali, Burkino faso and into the final destination, Togo.

He is planning that this whole trip down to Togo would take him 6 weeks to complete. Matthew Jess is also travelling down with him, having finished his job last Friday. Gregg is also planning to join up with the two of them for the journey through Africa.

The travel is just the start of Joel’s adventure however, once arriving in Togo, he will be commencing work with Mercy Ships for 3 months in the port of Lome. Joel will be working on board the ships but also on land in the clinics using his skills as an Optometrist, giving help to the local people and working with others to try and improve the quality of life for them.

Here are some Prayer Points for Joel and Matt during their time away:

  • That this journey would bring them close to God as they depend on Him.
  • That they will travel in safety and keep well.
  • That they will get all necessary visas as they pass through the borders.
  • That God will be honoured in all they do

But I hear you say, how are they getting to Togo? That’s right, it wasn’t a typo earlier, I did say they were going across land. And so, as we say farewell to Joel, we also have to say farewell to the Somerville’s Volkswagen Caravelle. Joel had decided to use this as his means of transport for the journey and should serve them well on their travels (after a few visits to the Mechanic to fix the broken Fuel Gauge and other parts). I asked Mother Somerville (Jenny) for some info on the legendary Caravelle and what is means to the Somerville clan…

The Caravelle was purchased in 1989 when it was two years old for the new Somerville Family Car. It was used for the family travelling to church in Lisburn, holidays etc and all kinds of church activities like CY , Camps and Parties over the past 20 years.  It’s time now to say goodbye and so it seems fitting that it should have one last big trip.

The Caravelle will be enjoying her twilight years in Togo as she will not be returning with the boys, we will miss the car, with all those memories. (Would love to hear some Caravelle tribute stories if any one else has some so give us a comment!) We look forward to hearing more about Joel’s trip as we’ll get some emails back from him, remember him and his work in your prayers.

Only one last thing to say,       VIVA LA CARAVELLE!

Joel and the Caravelle

All the Dried Food, Joel said there was even some "Dried Soup" in there...

Pimping his Ride...

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Joel Somerville’s T-Shirt

Senior Camp Reunion 2010

10 Feb

Post by Cromie, captions from James and photo selection from Andy. Now with more photos.


– People arrive. People note the absence of two siblings of two AK authors and put 2 + 2 together.

– Warren sets the bar pretty high with the first of three ultra-challenging talks on prayer. I honestly can’t remember being rebuked and chastened as much as this by the talks at any previous reunion. Throughout the weekend, Warren urges us to resolve to transform our prayer lives, starting now, to rely on the most important weapon in our arsenal as we enter into spiritual warfare. We’ll link the talks once they appear online. Essential listening.

– The end of an era. Offy’s final quiz. Johnny and I form the two-man Tír Chonaill Titans, only to be spurned by several other people joining. Settling for an infinitely inferior name, (The Team Formerly Known As Prince) fails to do justice to the mass of intellectual potential we assembled, and finishes joint third. Other highlights include giving people marks out of 100, and glamorous assistant Claire Wilson losing all of her credibility by citing the Daily Mail as her source on what is a spice and what isn’t.

Cromie does an impersonation of Aaron Bell

The girls were queuing up for Tom.

– Interrogation commences in Room 17, with disappointing, if predictable, results.

– How do you like your coffee?

The food cooked by the Wilsons was outstanding

Quiz time


Porridge. What a delicious innovation.

Robert gives porridge the thumbs up

– Warren delivers his second talk. I don’t want to go into detail, because it would be better if you just listened to each of them.

LGS Pete Fallows loses 3-22 to Ballymena Academy, sending shockwaves through the world of schools rugby.

Invictus Pete making yet another tackle

– Ben and I don’t go back to play for Grange 2nds, due to a mechanical catastrophe befalling the Flowermobile. Thankfully, Saturday afternoon football at Ballyclabber is a more than adequate replacement. Michael Hawthore and Jordan Armstrong put in stand-out performances, Tim emulates Jens Lehmann, and the possibility of a transfer to Bayern Eunuchs is opened up for Andy Mo. Sporty girls and Luke play v’ball in the hall, other girls go shopping, while others still stay behind in Ballintoy to watch some predictably lame egg-chasing.

Waiting for a football to be acquired

Pete about to munch Steelo

Girls doing whatever girls do

Spoilt for choice

They like him for his wit.

– After dinner, another excellent schooling from Warren. Listen.

– Saturday Night Take-Away is replaced by a murder mystery, which actually turns out to be quite compelling. My dreams of becoming a hotshot detective are dashed when I run out of ideas after just one question. Sadly, the final result is an anti-climax, as girl-scout Chip is found guilty, with his murder motive pretty confusing. Rev. Brian Rankin disgracefully gets off scot free.

The line up

Quizing Lawyer Debs

– Robert Robb makes a “joke” at the expense of the previous camp leaders, resulting in widespread bemusement, especially from their offspring present.

– The departure of my two favourite committee members, Offy and Brian, is confirmed. Tears are choked back.

A brief visit from bearded Joel

– Another King hereby apologise to anyone who was disturbed by certain people and their eating styles over the weekend. It won’t probably will happen again.

– Interrogation continues in Room 17, with disappointing, if predictable, results. Also, we are only sort of shown a good time.

Luke and Tim


– Ballymoney is our destination for morning worship today. However the timetable isn’t changed from last year’s debacle, meaning we are left with enough time to get to Limavady.


– Sara McMullan earns my eternal respec’ for her drawing skills.

– The ladies of Ballymoney provide a cracking lunch. Sadly, John doesn’t do the vote of thanks.

– Following a cracker Psalm-sing, people go home.

*The main points from Rev. Warren Peel’s talk are available on MI7:7*