A round-up of the latest schools’ rugby action, by Ulster Schools’ PRO, Barney McGonigle…
On Monday 18th November Carndonagh Community College travelled to play Campbell College, Belfast 4th XV in the 1st Round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 3rd XV Cup. The Carndonagh Community College team returned to Donegal having recorded a 34-7 victory.
On Tuesday 19th November Larne Grammar School hosted Antrim Grammar School in the 1st Round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Shield competition. The Larne Grammar School team won this game 39-0.
On the afternoon of Wednesday 20th November Sullivan Upper travelled to play Methodist College, Belfast at Pirrie Park. Following a closely contested game, in which the Methodist College team dominated the first half with the Sullivan Upper School team dominating the second half, it took a Zac Moraghan penalty, five minutes from time, to secure the 3-0 victory for the Sullivan Upper School team.
Meanwhile the Strabane Academy team travelled to play their near neighbours from Omagh Academy at the Campsie Playing Fields. Both teams used extended squads in the course of the game from which the Omagh Academy team emerged as 53-0 winners.
Matthew Keys, with two, Alex Clements, Sam McLaren, Carl Logan, Jamie Wood, Harry Matthews, Alex Colhoun and Jamie Reid all scored tries for the Omagh Academy team. Jamie Reid was also successful with four of his conversion kicks.
The Rainey Endowed School XV, minus a number of regular starters, hosted the Ballymena Academy team 2nd XV in a game the Ballymena Academy team won by 7-5. Matthew Walshe scored an unconverted try for the Rainey Endowed School team with Joshua Cooper touching down for the Ballymena Academy try which was converted by Alexander Diver.
In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2nd XV Cup Banbridge Academy played Larne Grammar School in the 1st Round of the competition. The Larne Grammar School team won the game by 15-0.
On the same afternoon Limavady Grammar School 2nd XV hosted Lurgan College 2nd XV in another game in the 1st Round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2nd XV Cup competition. The Limavady Grammar School team won this game by 27-7.
In the two remaining Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2nd XV Cup 1st Round games Foyle College went through against Strabane Academy and Dromore High School went through against Belfast High School.
On Saturday 23rd November a good list of 1st XV friendly fixtures was played.
Ballyclare High School hosted Bangor Grammar School in an exciting game the Bangor Grammar School team won by 14-8. Following a scoreless first half the Bangor Grammar School team took a 7-0 lead when, early in the second half, Angus Christie crossed the whitewash for a try to which he added the conversion. The Ballyclare High School team responded with an unconverted try from Scott Wilson, and a penalty from Mark Jackson, to take an 8-7 lead going into the final quarter of the game. However, with seven minutes to go, a Conor Lusty try, converted by Angus Christie, secured the 14-8 victory for the Bangor Grammar School team.
Ballymena Academy travelled to Clane in Co Kildare where they played against the formidable Clongowes Wood College team. Despite having a number of senior players unavailable for selection the Ballymena Academy team put in a good performance despite losing the game by 24-12.
The Clongowes Wood College team controlled the game for long periods of play in the first. As a result, they were able to run in three converted tries to take a 21-0 lead into the break.
Ross McKay reduced the Ballymena Academy deficit to 21-5 in the early stages of the second half when he ran in for an unconverted try. A Clongowes penalty then increased their lead to 24-5. Andrew Donald then scored a try for the Ballymena Academy team, which was converted by Ross McKay, to take the score to 24-12 in favour of the home team. The Ballymena Academy team might have put more points on the board, but they did manage to mess up a couple of try scoring opportunities. However, despite the Clongowes Wood College team winning the game by 24-12, the Ballymena Academy players and staff will have taken plenty of positives from their performances against the Clongowes team.
Belfast Royal Academy played Dalriada School in a game the Belfast Royal Academy team won by 46-12. The Belfast Royal Academy team scored with tries with Zach Burton touching down for two, and Andrew Greer, Elliott Donaldson, Jack McKee, Reuben McCrea, Cameron Dougan and Lewis West each scoring one try. Ollie Parkes was successful with three of his conversion kicks.
The Dalriada School team scored two tries through Adam Cuthbert and James McCormack to which Aaron Gervais added one conversion.
Dromore High School played the Royal School, Dungannon team at Barban Hill in a game the Royal School, Dungannon team won by 24-5.
Ryan Rodgers ran in for an unconverted try for the Dromore High School team with the Royal School, Dungannon points coming through tries from Charlie Conroy, Jacob Clarke, Thomas Burns and Jack Girvan. Jack was also successful with two of his conversion kicks.
Enniskillen Royal Grammar School hosted the Sullivan Upper School team that had defeated the Methodist College, Belfast in their midweek fixture. The Sullivan Upper School team put in an impressive performance against the Enniskillen Royal Grammar School team and came away with a well-deserved 31-0 victory. They scored five tries through George Robb, Peter Camlin, Luke McCabe, Harry Baird and George Saunderson to which Zac Moraghan added three conversions.
The Friends’ School, Lisburn team continued with their winning ways when they played Banbridge Academy in a game they won by 61-5. The Friends’ School, Lisburn team scored nine tries in the course of the game. Man of the Match, Fergus McEwen, ran in for five with Ethan Terris, Paddy McElhinney, Michael Glass and Reece Malone each scoring one try. Reece was also successful with eight of his conversion kicks.
The Banbridge Academy team, for whom Adam Hanna and Louis O’Neill impressed with their performances, scored an unconverted try through Jake Houston.
Larne Grammar School played Grosvenor Grammar School in a game that saw the Grosvenor Grammar School team emerge as 24-10 winners. Adam Moore, Ben Johnston, Alistair Norton and Izzie Young scored the Grosvenor Grammar School tries to which Adam Moore added two conversions.
The Larne Grammar School captain and No 8, Stephen Dickey, and centre, the hard-running Jack Withers, each scored an unconverted try for the Larne Grammar School team. Two Larne Grammar School players, Scott Alexander and Josh Walker, impressed with their performances in the course of what was their debut game at 1st XV level.
Lurgan College hosted Foyle College team in a game the Lurgan College team won by 43-14. Ewan Mulligan, with two, Ryan Holmes, the impressive Ben Marsden and Luke Harrison scored the tries for the Lurgan College team in the first half, to which Harry Bird added three conversions.
Two Foyle College tries from Eddie Campbell and Callum Gillen, both of which Callum converted, saw the scoreboard reading Lurgan College 31 Foyle College 14 at the interval.
In the second half a second Ben Marsden try and one from Angus Cunningham, accompanied by a Harry Bird conversion, secured the 43-14 victory for the Lurgan College team.
Omagh Academy welcomed Wallace High School to the recently refurbished Campsie Playing Fields to play a game from which the Wallace High School team emerged as 50-12 winners.
All the Omagh Academy points came from the trusty boot of Jake Reid who was successful with four penalty kicks.
The Wallace High School points came through two tries from Ben Carson; two tries from Nathan Doak and one try each from Reuben Crothers, Joel Dundas, Philip Dillon and John Wilson. Nathan Doak completed a “Man of the Match” performance with five successful conversion kicks.
Portadown College played Down High School in a game the Down High School team won by 15-7. The Down High School points came through tries from Jonathan Graham and Jack Martin with one conversion and one penalty from Luka Walsh.
Marshall Clint scored the Portadown College try which was converted by Adam Speers.
Royal Belfast Academical Institution played Campbell College, Belfast in a game that finished with the Belfast Inst team recording a morale boosting 18-10 victory. Jude Postlethwaite and Jack Truesdale scored the Royal Belfast Academical Institution tries to which Dessie Dickson added one conversion and Ronan Boyle added two penalties.
Paddy McAlpine scored a try for the Campbell College, Belfast team to which Angus Faith added one conversion as well as a penalty.
The draw for the 2nd Round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2nd XV Cup was made on Friday 22nd November.
The results of the draw are as follows: –
Down High School v Limavady Grammar School
Sullivan Upper School v Dalriada School
Larne Grammar School v Wallace High School
Cambridge House Grammar School v Foyle College
Grosvenor Grammar School v Bangor Grammar School
Enniskillen Royal Grammar School v Friends’ School, Lisburn
Omagh Academy v Portadown College
Regent House School v Coleraine Grammar School
Dromore High School V Belfast Royal Academy
Rainey Endowed School v Royal School, Dungannon
All these Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2nd XV Cup second round games MUST be completed on/before Saturday 14th December 2019.