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Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Round Up Saturday 29th September 2018

Monday, 1 October 2018

There were four midweek fixtures played on Wednesday 26th September in the lead up to a full list of fixtures played on Saturday 29th September.

On Wednesday 26th September Ballyclare High School hosted the Royal Belfast Academical Institution team. The Ballyclare High School team was on the wrong end of a 57-3 defeat by the Belfast Inst team.

The visitors had built up a 19-3 by the break with tries from Bradley McNamara, Marco Manso and Jude Postlethwaite. Robin McIlveen added the extras to two of the tries. Mark Jackson kicked a consolation first half penalty for the Ballyclare High School team.

The Belfast Inst team dominated possession in the course of the second half. Jude Postlethwaite, Angus Adair, Jack Leathem, Robert Curry and Bradley McNamara, who completed his hat trick, all scored tries, with Robin McIlveen successfully converting four, to leave the scoreboard reading Ballyclare High School 3 Royal Belfast Academical Institution 57 at the no-side whistle.

Dromore High School hosted Friends’ School, Lisburn at the Barban Hill venue. The Friends’ School team won the game by 23-15. Rhys Dale scored two tries, one conversion and a penalty for the Dromore High School team with the Friends’ School points coming through tries from Harry Reid and Fergus McEwen. Reece Malone capped a fine personal performance with two conversions and three penalties.

Royal School, Armagh played Royal School, Dungannon on the WK Armstrong pitch in Dungannon in an entertaining game the RS Armagh team won by 52-10. The RS Armagh team had built up a 19-10 lead by the break through tries from Ben Lavery, who touched down twice, and Jonny Agnew. Charlie Worth was successful with two of the conversion kicks. The RS Dungannon team displayed a great spirit in the first half of the game and got some consolation for their endeavours with well taken tries from Luke McMullan and Lewis Connolly.

The RS Armagh team dominated both possession and territory in the course of the second half. Peter Taylor, Jayson Denley, Charlie Worth, James Allen and Chris Whiteside all scored tries and Charlie Worth capped a fine performance when he added three conversions. A Romain Morrow conversion secured the 52-10 victory for the Royal School, Armagh team.

On Friday 28th September Methodist College, Belfast hosted Omagh Academy in a game the Methody team won by 41-8. The Methody team scored seven tries in the course of the game with Ethan McIlroy touching down for three. Ben Crangle, Ben Gourley, Tom Millar and team captain, Kevin McNaboe, each scored one try. Ethan McIlroy completed a “Man of the Match” performance when he added three conversions.

The Omagh Academy points came through a David Braden try and a Will Stewart penalty. The Omagh Academy team finished the game with an entire Year 12 Front Row. It was these players that paved the way for the try from David Braden close to the end of the game.

On Saturday 29th September Antrim Grammar School played Dalriada School in a game that finished with the Dalraida School team recording a 76-12 win. James McCormick, the Dalriada School hooker, ended the game with a personal point’s tally of thirty one. James scored three tries, Peter Wright and Jacob Fleck scored two and Jack Kennedy, Jack Murdoch, Paddy Carson, Will Scott and Nathan Philipson each touched down for one try. James McCormick weighed in with eight successful conversions.

The Antrim Grammar School team got some reward for their considerable endeavours throughout the game through tries from Callum Hull and Callum McComb. Jack Craig added the extras to one try.

Banbridge Academy lost by 41-0 against a rampant Enniskillen Royal Grammar School team. The Enniskillen RGS team scored tries through Ryan Phair, who touched down twice, Calum Smyton, who touched down twice, David Stinson, who touched down twice, and Sam Balfour. Eddie Keys was successful with three conversion kicks.

Despite losing the game the Banbridge Academy team had good performances from players such as Cameron Martin, Cameron Holland and Hugo Betholon.

Bangor Grammar School got back to winning ways with a 66-24 victory against Belfast High School. Conor Lusty, Sam Murray, Harry McCracken and Harry Angus each scored a try in the first half of the game. Harry McCracken was successful with three first half conversions.

The Belfast High School team scored two first half tries, both of which were goaled, as well as a first half penalty.

The second half saw the Bangor GS team dominate proceedings for long periods of time. Will Simpson, Harry McCracken, Conor Lusty, with two, Harry Angus and Kristen McNeice all scored tries with Harry McCracken adding five more conversions.

The Belfast High School team scored a converted try in the second half of the game to leave the final score reading Bangor Grammar School 66 Belfast High School 24.

The game involving Cambridge House and Grosvenor Grammar School was postponed as the Cambridge House squad was involved in a Training Camp in Portugal!

Campbell College hosted Blackrock College, Dublin in a close encounter which the Blackrock College team won by 19-14. The Campbell College points came through three Conor Rankin penalties and an unconverted try from Kieran Richardson.

Carrickfergus Grammar School recorded a hard earned, but ultimately well-deserved, 25-5 victory against Lurgan College. Daniel Curley and Jakob McComb each scored two tries with Daniel adding one conversion as well as a penalty. Liam Kaprigiannis Green, Ethan McGreevy and Adam Anthony all featured strongly in the Carrickfergus Grammar School pack which laid the foundations for this positive result.

The Lurgan College points came through an unconverted try from Jack Dunn who took advantage of good work from Alex Dixon before touching down.

Coleraine Grammar School lost at home by 15-13 in a closely contested game against Ballymena Academy. The Coleraine GS points came through a Conor Potts try alongside one conversion and two penalties from Pierce Crowe.

The Ballymena Academy points came through tries from Frankie Andrews and James Wright with the ever impressive Ross McKay adding one conversion as well as a penalty.

Larne Grammar School hosted Friends’ School, Lisburn in a game the Friends’ School team won by 21-8. The Larne Grammar School points all came in the first half through an unconverted try from their captain, Jordan McIlhinney, and a penalty from Euan Glenn.

The Friends’ School team scored three tries through Jack Harte, their centre, and two tries from Jack Harte, their prop! Reece Malone was successful with all three conversion kicks.

Portadown College and Rainey Endowed School played out an exciting game for the Vinny Doyle Memorial Cup which was won by Portadown College by 26-22 with the last play of the game. The Portadown College team took a 7-0 lead on the stroke of half time with a Peter Douglas try which was converted by Adam Speers.

The score became 14-0 shortly after the restart when Daniel Moorcroft touched down for a try which Adam Speers converted. Rainey responded with a Rory Bradley try, which was converted by Jonathan Drennan, to reduce their deficit to 14-7. The Portadown College team then extended their lead to 21-7 when Ryan Neill touched down for a try which Adam Speers converted. Back came the Rainey team with three unconverted tries. Bryn Davies touched down twice with the third coming from David Dripps. With the last play of this exciting game Portadown College got their hands on the Vinny Doyle Trophy when Jordan McAteer scorched in for an unconverted try which secured the 26-22 win for the Portadown College team.

Regent House School recorded a comprehensive 55-12 win against Dromore High School. Regent House scored nine tries in the course of the game. Stuart Martin, Kristian Wallace McKimm and Keir Edgar each scored two tries with Matthew McFarland, Adam Russell and Ryan Uprichard each touching down for one. Stuart Martin was successful with five conversion kicks.

The Dromore High School points came from Ben Carey and Xander Lowham tries alongside a Rhys Dale conversion.

Royal School, Armagh hosted Down High School in a game the RS Armagh team won by 52-19. Adam Edgar, Nicky Jennings, Peter Taylor, James Brown and Aaron Woods scored tries in the first half, four of which were converted by Charlie Worth. Greg Hutley, Jonathan Graham and Reuben Dickson scored first half tries for the Down High School team two of which were converted by Greg Hutley. The RS Armagh team took their 33-19 lead into the break.

The RS Armagh team continued where they had left off at the break. Nicholas Jennings scored a second try and Josh McClure touched down twice. Two more Charlie Worth conversions secured the 52-19 victory for the Royal School, Armagh team.

Royal School, Dungannon hosted Foyle and Londonderry College and got back to winning ways with a 40-17 victory. Jack Girvan scored two tries and Peter Busby, Lewis Johnston, Luke McMullan and Lewis Connolly each ran in for one try. Luke McMullan was successful with five conversion kicks.

Keelin Coyle, Ben Galbraith and Tom Adair scored tries for the Foyle College team with Keelin adding one conversion.

Sullivan Upper School defeated Belfast Royal Academy by 26-16 in an exciting game played in Holywood. Thomas Leitch scored an unconverted try to give the Sullivan Upper team a 5-0 lead. Harry Warke reduced the deficit for the BRA team when he converted a penalty kick. The Belfast Royal Academy team then took a 10-5 when Adam Keed ran in for a try which Harry Warke converted. Sullivan Upper responded with a try from Shay Storey, converted by Conor McKee, to take a 12-10 lead. This became 19-10 just before the interval when George Saunderson touched down for a try which Conor McKee converted.

Two BRA penalties from Harry Warke early in the second half reduced their arrears to 19-16 but the Sullivan Upper School team secured their 26-16 win when Peter Casement ran in for a try which was converted by Conor McKee.

Wallace High School travelled to play St Munchin’s College in Limerick and came away with a 35-12 victory. Brandon Watson scored two tries with Joel Dundas, Scott Wilson and Nathan Robinson each scoring one. Nathan Doak was successful with all five conversions.

Wellington College, Belfast hosted Strabane Academy in a game the Strabane Academy team won by 26-17. Despite going 17-0 down in the opening ten minutes of the game the visitors staged a remarkable comeback to secure their victory. Jordan Mealiff scored two tries for the Strabane Academy team with Jack Sayers and Jack Kee each scoring one try. Harry McCrossan was successful with three of his conversion kicks.

The Wellington College points came through a hat trick of tries from Marcus Smyth one of which was converted by Tom Stanfield who impressed with his all-round performance during the game.