Round-up of the latest schools’ rugby action, by Ulster Schools’ PRO Barney McGonigle…
There was one midweek fixture played in the lead up to what was a full list of fixtures played on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October.
On Wednesday 2nd October Ballymena Academy fielded a “Select” xv against Coleraine Grammar School in a game the Ballymena Academy xv won by 36-12. The Ballymena Academy points came through tries from Matthew French, who scored two, Josh Cooper, Angus Steele, Simon McWhirter and Charles Harpur. Jordan Millar was successful with three conversion kicks.
The Coleraine Grammar School, with their star Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ player, Rory Telfer, on board, scored their points through tries from Thomas Frew and Toby McClarty as well as one conversion from Joel Chambers.
On Friday 4th October Cambridge House Grammar School entertained Grosvenor Grammar School on the famous Eaton Park pitch, home of Ballymena RFC. The Cambridge House Grammar School team continued their recent run of good form and recorded a well-deserved 34-7 victory.
Adam Brannigan scored two tires for the Cambridge House team and Rhys Ervine, Andrew Wilson, Stuart Donald and James McNabney each scored one try. Ben Goodfellow added two conversion kicks.
The Grosvenor Grammar School points came through a try from Joshua Patterson to which Adam Moore added the conversion.
Both teams would like to thank Ballymena RFC for the provision of facilities and hosting the game at Eaton Park.
Ballyclare High School entertained Royal Belfast Academical Institution at the Rashee Road venue. At the end of a very competitive game the Royal Belfast Academical Institution team emerged as 36-0 winners. Jack Leathem, Ben Gallagher, Oscar Lowe, Jonny Eagleson, Pearse Ferguson and Stuart McAuley each scored a try for the Royal Belfast Academical Institution team to which Ryan Stewart added three conversions.
Belfast High School hosted Bangor Grammar School in a game the Bangor Grammar School team won by 41-0. The Bangor GS team had built up a 24-0 lead by the break with tries from Rory Wood, Conor Lusty, Harry McCracken and Robbie Grant. Angus Christie was successful with two first half conversion kicks.
The second half saw the Bangor Grammar School team run in three more tries through Harry McCracken, Robbie Grant and Conor Lusty. One more Angus Christie conversion secured the 41-0 victory for the Bangor Grammar School team.
Belfast Royal Academy played Sullivan Upper School in a game that saw the Belfast Royal Academy team record a morale boosting 19-10 win. The BRA points came through tries from Zac Burton, an intercept try fromtheir impressive centre, Ollie Parkes, and Aaron Gooderham. Nick Kane was successful with two of his conversion kicks.
Sullivan Upper School scored a try through George Saunderson, which was converted by Zac Moraghan, who was also successful with a penalty kick.
Down High School hosted the undefeated Royal School, Armagh team who continued their winning way by recording a 45-0 victory. The RS Armagh team scored seven tries through Sam Cunningham, Romaine Morrow, Jude Roberts, James Allen, James Agnew, Chris Whiteside and Peter Taylor. Five successful conversions from Ethan McAtarsney secured the 45-0 victory for the Royal school, Armagh team.
Dromore High School played Regent House School and got back to winning ways with a 40-12 victory against Regent House School. Ryan Rodgers capped a fine personal display with a hat trick of tries while Cameron Owens, Ben Carey and Curtis Forbes each touched down for one try apiece. Luke Allison was successful with five of his conversion kicks.
The Regent House points came through tries from Luke Megarity and Hasan Kaymak to which Adam McGrath added one conversion.
Enniskillen Royal Grammar School played Banbridge Academy in a game the very competent Enniskillen RGS team won by 59-7.
The Banbridge Academy team points came through a try from Alex Porter which was converted by Philip Hayes.
It was a weakened Foyle and Londonderry College team that played Royal School, Dungannon in a game that saw the RS Dungannon team record a comprehensive victory. Players such as Jonny McCammond, Charlie Conroy, James Girvan, Jack Girvan, Michael Tate, Adam Junk and Adam McFarland impressed for the Royal School, Dungannon team while players such as Noah Guthrie and Callum Gillen impressed for the Foyle and Londonderry College team.
Friends’ School, Lisburn played Larne Grammar School in a game that saw the Friends’ School team record a 64-7 victory. The Friends’ School team scored eleven tries in the course of the game through Reece Malone, who touched down for a hat trick, Fergus McEwen, who did likewise, Ethan Terris, Max Gillespie, Ben Greenhill, Stuart Patterson, and David Scott. Reece Malone capped a “Man of the Match” performance with six successful conversions.
The Larne Grammar School team got some reward for their endeavours throughout the game when Steven Dickey touched down for a try which was converted by Jack Moore.
Limavady Grammar School played Dalriada School in an exciting game the Limavady Grammar School team won by 35-19. Joe McCartney touched down twice for the Limavady GS team with Xavier McCann, Austin Hargan and Jamie Clements each scoring one try. All five tries were successfully converted.
The Dalriada School points came through two tries from Paddy Steele, one try from James McCormick and two conversions from Aaron Gervais.
Lurgan College entertained a very spirited Carrickfergus Grammar School team and won the game by 47-3. The home team had built up a 33-3 lead by the interval with tries from Ryan Holmes, Ben Marsden, Paddy Lappin, Harry Bird and Luke Forsythe. Harry Bird was successful with four first half conversions.
The Lurgan College team scored two more tries in the second half with Ewen Mulligan and Harry Bird getting the scores, Harry Bird capped a fine personal performance with two more conversions to secure the 47-3 win for the Lurgan College team.
Omagh Academy travelled to play a Methodist College, Belfast team in a game the Methody team won by 19-15. The Methodist College, Belfast points were scored by Liam Black, who touched down for two tries and Ethan Bryce who touched down for one try. James Brennan added two conversions.
The Omagh Academy team points came through tries from David Braden and Jamie Wood who took advantage of some skilful plays from his backs, as well as some powerful runs by his forwards, before he finished things off eventually with the try. Jake Reid added one conversion as well as one penalty.
Rainey Endowed School played Portadown College in the annual Vinny Doyle Memorial Trophy game and it was the Portadown College team that won this entertaining game by 38-21.
The Rainey Endowed School team scored tries through James Mawhinney and Ross Speers with Daniel Barfoot adding two conversions. The Rainey Endowed School team was also awarded a penalty try.
The Portadown College team scored six tries through their captain, Ryan Neill, Rhys Heasty, Joe Orr, debutant winger, Dan Neill, who touched down twice, and Marshall Clint. Adam Speers was successful with four conversions.
Wallace High School made the long journey to Limerick where they played against the Glenstall Abbey team in a game the Wallace High School team won by 33-12. The Wallace High School points came through tries from Harry McMeekin, Lewis Nelmes, Jamie McNeight and Reuben Crothers, who scored two. Harvey Patterson was successful with four conversion kicks.
Wellington College, Belfast hosted Strabane Academy in a game the Wellington College team won by 19-12. Aaron McNeill and Will Henry scored first half tries for the Wellington College, Belfast team to which Tom Stanfield added one conversion. Just before the interval the Strabane Academy winger, Reuben Orr, took advantage of an excellent cross field kick pass before he touched down for an unconverted try, to see the Wellington College, Belfast team take a 12-5 lead into the break.
The second half was an evenly contested affair with the Wellington College team scoring a try through Chris Campbell which was converted by Tom Stanfield. The Strabane Academy team responded with a try from Eoin McSorley, which was converted by Tom Harpur, to leave the final scoreboard reading Wellington College, Belfast 19 Strabane Academy 12.