BY CONOR MCPARLAND
This summer’s Olympic Games have reignited the nation’s passion for sport, but here in Belfast, there is quality sport all year round. For the student who is more of a sporting spectator than a sporting participant there are plenty of opportunities to catch the latest Belfast talent.
The Ulster Rugby season at Ravenhill sees the giant men of Northern Ireland compete in the RaboDirect Pro 12 League, producing some of the finest displays of rugby you could wish to experience on an autumn Friday evening. Ulster enjoyed an enthralling campaign last season, reaching the final of Europe’s premier competition, the Heineken Cup, only to lose to Irish rivals Leinster, in the final at Twickenham. Major signings of former Ulster men Tommy Bowe and Roger Wilson are set to boost an already accomplished squad. International stars will continue to feature alongside home-grown talent, with Ireland’s Stephen Ferris and South Africa’s Ruan Pienaar amongst the headliners. Plans for a redevelopment of the Ravenhill ground are underway, with three new stands being built to accommodate a significant growth in club support. The electrifying atmosphere, bolstered by the infamous echo of ‘Stand Up for The Ulstermen’ will leave you will a sense of Belfast pride. Tickets start from £17 for a front row position on the terrace. For everything Ulster, www.ulsterrugby.com.
Belfast is represented in the UK Elite Ice Hockey League by the Belfast Giants, Ireland’s first professional ice hockey team since 2000. The Giants, who are the current Elit
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