Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Round Up Saturday 28th February 2015.
Monday, 2 March 2015
The Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Trophy final, featuring Lurgan College and Royal
School, Dungannon was played as a midweek fixture at Banbridge Academy on
Wednesday 25th February.
On the same afternoon there were games played in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’
2ndxv Cup, the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2ndxv Plate as well as the Danske Bank
Ulster Schools’ 3rdxv Cup and Plate.
In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Trophy final the Royal School, Dungannon team
managed to retain the trophy they won last season when they defeated a very
committed Lurgan College team by 29-10. Superbly well hosted by Banbridge Academy,
the game was played in front of a great crowd of enthusiastic supporters from both
schools. It was the Lurgan College team that dominated the opening exchanges with
their pack matching the RS Dungannon pack in the set piece plays and their backs
willing to attack with the ball in hand at every opportunity. However, despite controlling
territory, as well as possession, early in the game the only points the Lurgan team was
able to register came from the boot of their scrum half, Scott Wilson. Scott was
successful with a penalty kick to give the Lurgan College team a 3-0 lead. The RS
Dungannon team recovered from their sluggish start and started to gain some
possession. A well worked “Sara” move, involving Thomas Downing, Patrick Forster and
Peter Doran at a lineout, paved the way for their hard working prop, Jonathan Black, to
run in for a try. Team captain, John Buckley, was successful with the conversion to give
his team a 7-3 lead. The Dungannon team was now starting to emerge as the stronger
of the two sides and Matthew Clarke capitalised on pressure on the Lurgan College
defence to grab a well-worked try. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but the
RS Dungannon team had built up a 12-3 advantage going into half time.
The Dungannon team extended their lead to 19-3 early in the second half when
Jonathan Black touched down for his second try of the game. This try was converted
by John Buckley. The Lurgan College team then mounted something of a comeback and
might have scored a try when Stephen Logan and Jamie Hunter combined to almost
force their way through. Eventually they did when Jonny Hunter intercepted a loose
pass and raced clear to score under the Royal School, Dungannon posts. Robbie Norton
had the simple task of converting from straight in front and that reduced the deficit
to 19-10. However, the RS Dungannon team raised their game in the final quarter. A
series of strong scrums, five metres from the Lurgan College line, ended with Peter
Doran stretching over the whitewash for an unconverted try to increase the RS
Dungannon lead to 24-10. There was still time for another try and this time it was the
Dungannon full back, Aaron McCammon, who took advantage of good skills from his
inside backs. He finished off a flowing attack with an unconverted try to secure the
29-10 victory for the Royal School, Dungannon team.
Following the game the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Trophy Runners-Up medals were
presented to the Lurgan College team by Bobby Stewart, Senior Vice-President of the
Ulster Branch, IRFU. Janice Milligan, representing the Danske Bank, then presented
the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Trophy and medals to the Royal School, Dungannon
team, captained by John Buckley.
In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2ndxv Cup, Sullivan Upper School defeated
Portadown College by 65-5. Meanwhile, Belfast Royal Academy defeated Regent House
by 32-0 in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2ndxv Cup.
In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2ndxv Plate, Banbridge Academy 2ndxv lost by 22-
17 against the Royal School, Armagh 2ndxv, Friends’ School, Lisburn 2ndxv defeated
Cambridge House by 26-17 and Antrim Grammar School lost by 39-0 against Belfast
In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 3rdxv Cup, Down High School lost by 55-0 against
the Royal Belfast Academical Institution team.
In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 3rdxv Plate Ballyclare High School travelled to play
the Coleraine Academical Institution 4thxv and came away with a 17-5 victory.
There was one Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 3rdxv Cup game played on Friday 27th when
Methodist College 4thxv defeated Banbridge Academy by 34-17.
There were two Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Shield semi-finals, two Danske
Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Plate semi-finals as well as the finals of the Danske
Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Bowl and Trophy competitions and two Danske Bank
Ulster Schools’ 3rdxv Cup and 2ndxv Plate games played on Saturday 28th February.
In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Shield semi-finals the Royal Belfast
Academical Institution team defeated their Sullivan Upper counterparts by 18-14. This
game was played at Campbell College and both teams would like to thank the staff at
Campbell College for the use of their excellent facilities.
Meanwhile, at Osborne Park the Campbell College Medallion team played the Wallace
High School Medallion team in another thrilling encounter. Wallace High School had to
work hard for their 11-9 victory with their points coming from two Conor Rankin
penalties and an unconverted try from James Hayes.
Both teams would like to thank the staff at Royal Belfast Academical Institution for
use of their excellent facilities at Osborne Park.
These results ensure that Wallace High School will play Royal Belfast Academical
Institution in the final of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Shield. This game
will be played at the Kingspan Stadium on Monday 9th March.
In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Plate final, played at Antrim Grammar
School, Coleraine Academical Institution defeated Grosvenor Grammar School by 7-3.
This closely contested game was a great advertisement for the game played at
Medallion level in our schools. Both teams displayed great intent with the ball in hand
and, at times, outstanding defensive skills. Ulster Branch referee, John Adams,
contributed greatly to the exciting spectacle with his desire to encourage the players
from both teams to use the advantage laws positively.
The first half was played with great skill and intensity but the defensive skills of both
team shone through and the score at half time was 0-0. The second half saw the
Grosvenor Grammar School team take a 3-0 lead when Jos McConkey was successful
with a monster penalty kick.
The Coleraine AI team responded immediately and scored a try when Connor Potts
outpaced the Grosvenor Grammar School defence a few minutes later and touched
down for the score. Matthew Mooney added the extras. The Grosvenor GS team went
on the offensive for the remainder of the game but, despite coming close on a number
of occasions, could find no way through a resolute Coleraine AI defence., The final
whistle sounded and it was the Coleraine Academical Institution team that celebrated
their hard earned 7-3 win in the final of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion
Bowl. After the game the players received their medals and the Danske Bank Ulster
Schools’ Medallion Bowl was presented to the Coleraine AI team by Barney McGonigle,
representing Ulster Schools.
For the Grosvenor Grammar School team players such as Jake Laverty, Jonny Little and
Ben Davies stood out in the forwards while Dan Whitcroft, Jos McConkey, Nathan Chan
and Rory Elder impressed in the backs.
Callum Beggs led his Coleraine AI team with aplomb before having to leave the field of
play with a leg injury. In his absence the skills and work rate of his backrow colleague,
Matthew Mooney really shone through. Coleraine AI full back, Marc McClelland, was
another player who got through a lot of work, in both attack and defence, throughout
Both teams would like to thank Michael Ferguson, as well as the Principal and staff at
Antrim Grammar School, for hosting the game.
In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Trophy final, played at Royal School,
Dungannon, Omagh Academy defeated a gallant Strabane Grammar School team by 22-
0. The Omagh Academy Medallion scrum half, Taine Lagan, scored all 22 points for his
team. Taine would be the first to recognise the contribution made by Omagh Academy
players such as Jake McKay, Glenn McKinley, Matthew Bell, Harry McFarland, Morgan
McKenna and Cameron Clarke towards the winning of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’
Medallion Trophy. Bobby Stewart, Senior Vice-President of the Ulster Branch, IRFU,
and David Marshall, representative of the Danske Bank sponsors presented the Danske
Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Trophy and medals to all the players at a post-match
presentation ceremony. Both teams would like to thank the Royal School, Dungannon
staff for their hard work in hosting this final.
In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Plate semi-finals Ballymena Academy
travelled to play the Royal School, Armagh team. In a high scoring game the Ballymena
Academy team emerged as 31-14 winners. Meanwhile the second Danske Bank Ulster
Schools’ Medallion Plate semi-final saw the Friends’ School, Lisburn team dominate
possession as well as territory for large parts of the first half. However, they failed to
turn all the pressure into points and there was no score at the end of the first half.
The Down High School team, playing with the wind in the second half, scored two tries,
one of which was converted, to emerge from the game as 12-0 winners.
The Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Plate final is scheduled to be played at the
Belfast Royal Academy playing fields at Roughfort on Wednesday 11th March at 2-30pm.
In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 3rdxv Cup Royal Belfast Academical Institution
travelled to play Sullivan Upper. The Belfast Inst team controlled the game and came
away with a 45-8 victory.
Meanwhile, the Royal Belfast Academical Institution 5thxv travelled to play the
Methodist College 3rdxv in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 3rdxv Cup. The Methodist
College team had too much experience for the Belfast Inst team and won the game by
In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2ndxv Plate competition, the Royal School,
Dungannon team defeated Bangor Grammar School by 32-5 and Wellington College lost
against Carrickfergus Grammar School by 13-12.
There are two Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup semi-finals, as well as the Danske Bank
Ulster Bowl final, due to be played during the forthcoming week.
Coleraine Academical Institution will play Royal Belfast Academical Institution in the
Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup semi-final at the Kingspan Stadium on Tuesday 3rd
March. This match will kick off at 2-30pm.
Dalriada School will face Rainey Endowed School in the final of the Danske Bank Ulster
Schools’ Bowl at Eaton Park, home of Ballymena RFC, on Wednesday 4th March. This
match will kick off at 2-30pm.
In the second of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup semi-finals, Methodist College,
Belfast will play Wallace High School at the Kingspan Stadium on Thursday 5th March.
This match will kick off at 3-00pm.