Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Round Up Saturday 3rd January 2015
Monday, 5 January 2015
A number of midweek friendly fixtures were scheduled to take place but most lost out
to the frosty conditions prevailing at the end of December. These games included
Methodist College v Royal School, Armagh, Belfast Royal Academy v Campbell College,
Friends’ School, Lisburn v Larne Grammar School, Ballyclare High School v Down High
School and Portora Royal School v Belfast High School.
Banbridge V Rainey Endowed School
Banbridge Academy did manage to get their game against Rainey Endowed School
played on Friday 2nd January. The Banbridge Academy team had built up a 12-0 lead by
the interval before going on to win the game by 26-7. The essential difference between
both teams was the game management displayed by the Banbridge Academy half back
pairing of Jay Pinion and Ben Carson. These players ensured the quality possession
provided by the Banbridge pack was used wisely. Twenty minutes into the game the
Banbridge team took a 5-0 lead when full back, Daniel McElderry, ran in for an
unconverted try. On the stroke of half time, Jordan Mount, playing on the wing, scored
a second Banbridge Academy try. Daniel McElderry converted the try to give his team a
12-0 lead at the break.
The Rainey Endowed team mounted something of a revival after the break. They got
rewarded for their endeavours when No8, Anton Lupari, scored a try. Mark Rooney
added the conversion to reduce the arrears to 12-7. However, after this the game was
played mainly in the Rainey Endowed “Red Zone” The Banbridge Academy captain,
Matthew Bell, scored a try, which Daniel McElderry converted, to put his team into a
19-7 lead. Further Banbridge pressure saw Jay Pinion take advantage of good work
from his pack and touch down for a try. Daniel McElderry added the conversion to
secure the 26-7 win for his Banbridge Academy team.
Royal Belfast Academical Institution V Belfast High School
Royal Belfast Academical Institution played Belfast High School on Saturday 3rd
January, one of a series of games played on Saturday 3rd.
The Belfast Inst team controlled the game from the start and recorded an impressive
53-3 victory. They had built up a 22-0 lead by halftime with tries from Ben McGavock,
Paddy Dolaghan, Andrew McGregor and Jack Conlin. TJ Morris added one conversion to
secure the 22-0 lead.
The second half saw more of the same from the Belfast Inst team. They scored five
tries in the course of the second half. Paddy Dolaghan touched down for his second try
of the game, as did Andrew McGregor. James Hume added to his growing reputation
with one try and the impressive Paddy Nicholas scored twice. Ben McGavock added two
conversions with TJ Morris kicking one. The Belfast High School team displayed great
resilience but had only a Joel McBride penalty kick, early in the second half, to show
for their endeavours which left the final score reading 53-3 in favour of the Royal
Belfast Academical Institution team.
The Wallace High School V Ballymena Academy
The Wallace High School team travelled to play Ballymena Academy and might count
themselves slightly fortunate to come away with a 21-9 victory. Andrew Magrath put
the Ballymena Academy team into a 6-0 lead with two well struck penalty kicks. Ben
Finlay then took advantage of great skill from Philip Hylands before touching down for
the first try of the game. Ryan Wilson converted the try to give Wallace HS a 7-6 lead.
Andrew Cardosi then went in for a try after Neil Kilpatrick had unlocked the Ballymena
Academy defence. Ryan Wilson was successful with the conversion to increase the
Wallace High School team lead to 14-6. Just before the break, Andrew Magrath was
successful with his third penalty of the game to reduce the deficit to 14-9 at halftime.
The Ballymena Academy team started the second half strongly and came close to
scoring on a number of occasions with Josh McElroy, Marcus Rea, Jonathan Bill and
Andrew Magrath all asking questions of the Wallace HS defence. However, it was the
Wallace High School team that secured their win when Ben Finlay touched down for his
second try of the game following a midfield turn over. Ryan Wilson converted the try to
leave the Wallace High School team as 21-9 winners.
Sullivan Upper V Coleraine Academical Institution
Sullivan Upper entertained Coleraine Academical Institution in a game the Sullivan
Upper team won by 19-0. The Sullivan team was missing a number of key regulars due to
long term injuries but still managed to control both possession and territory for long
periods of time. They built up a 5-0 lead in the first half when Peter Cooper stormed
over for an unconverted try following good work from his pack.
The second half started as the first half ended with the Sullivan Upper team in the
ascendancy. They scored two tries with Lewis Smyth and James Houston running in for
the scores. Callum Jeffrey added the extras to secure the well-deserved 19-0 victory
for his Sullivan Upper team.
Belfast Royal Academy V Grosvenor Grammar School
Belfast Royal Academy continued their recent good run of results with a 31-17 win
against Grosvenor Grammar School. The Grosvenor team started the game strongly and
took a 7-0 lead when Mark Johnston took advantage of a well driven Grosvenor
Grammar school maul to touch down for a try which he converted. The Belfast Royal
Academy team then reduced the deficit to 7-3 when Michael Wilson converted a
penalty kick. The BRA team then took a 10-7 lead when Jay McCrum took advantage of
slack Grosvenor GS defence to run in for a try. Michael Wilson successfully converted
the try. Mark Johnston drew the game level at 10-10 when he converted a penalty kick
for the Grosvenor GS team just before the break.
The Belfast Royal Academy team took advantage of some slack Grosvenor GS defence
at the start of the second half. They scored early tries through Matthew Dalton and
Scott McMurtry, both of which Michael Wilson converted, to take a 24-10 lead. The
Grosvenor GS team then started to win a series of phase balls. This ended with Andrew
Johnston touching down for his first try of the season. Mark Johnston added the
conversion to see the arrears reduced to 24-17. The Belfast Royal Academy team
secured their 31-17 win when, following a series of tapped penalties, Scott McCauley
scored a try which Michael Wilson converted.
Lurgan College V Friends’ School
Lurgan College travelled to play Friends’ School in Lisburn and returned home with a
well-deserved 40-8 victory under their belts. In a close first half, both teams were
guilty of giving away silly penalties. The first try of the game came midway through the
first half when Harry Simpson, the Lurgan College prop, touched down after good work
from Jamie Hunter and Ben McAllister. Scott Wilson added the extras to give the
Lurgan College team a 7-0 lead. This became 12-0 when the Lurgan College 2nd Row, Ryan
Emerson, ran in for an unconverted try. The Friends’ School team responded with a try
and a penalty from James McGucken to leave the Lurgan College team with a 12-8 lead
at the break.
The Lurgan College team controlled affairs for long periods of the second half. They
scored four tries with James Mitchell, Jamie Hunter scoring one try apiece and
Stephen Logan touching down for two. Scott Wilson was successful with three of the
conversion kicks to secure the 40-8 win for his Lurgan College team.
Omagh Academy V Royal School
In the County Tyrone “Derby” Omagh Academy travelled to play the Royal School,
Dungannon team on the WK Armstrong pitch. This game was played over three periods
of time with the Omagh Academy team emerging as somewhat fortunate 19-12 winners.
Andy Monteith opened the scoring for the Omagh team when he pounced on a loose RS
Dungannon pass and ran in unopposed from forty metres. Kyle Beattie added the
conversion to give the Omagh Academy team a 7-0 lead. Both teams had the
opportunity to score points in the course of the first third of the game but both
defences held firm.
The Omagh team welcomed Stuart Ballentine back from injury at the start of the
second period of play. Stuart was involved immediately in setting up the next score of
the game. Josh McKinley, and his Omagh pack, used the driving maul tactic to good
effect. They pushed the RS Dungannon pack towards their line before transferring the
ball to Stuart. His perfectly timed pass to the onrushing Adam Rush ended with Adam
touching down for a try. Stuart added the conversion to give his team a 14-0 lead.
Omagh continued to press but let themselves down with a series of needless penalties,
knock-on and forward passes. The RS Dungannon team created opportunities for points
but found the Omagh Academy defence to be well-organised. The Omagh team did
manage to extend their lead to 19-0 when Stuart Hemphill took advantage of good work
from Dean Kane, Josh McKinley, Matthew Sproule and Jonny Anderson before touching
down for an unconverted try. In the final play of the second period, the RS Dungannon
team got some reward for their efforts when Jonny Black scrambled his way over the
Omagh line for a try. John Buckley added the conversion to reduce the arrears to 19-7
at the end of the second period of the game.
The third and final period of play opened in a scrappy manner with both teams playing
between the ten metre lines. Then the RS Dungannon team took advantage of a series
of changes to the Omagh team which seemed to unsettle the Omagh Academy defence.
They attacked the blindside of an Omagh ruck and took play deep into Omagh Academy
territory. Following a number of phase plays, the ball was spun wide for RS Dungannon
winger, Aaron McCammon, to finish off with a fine try. The try was not converted but
the RS Dungannon team had reduced the deficit to 19-12. In the final minutes of the
game Omagh might have finished off a move involving James Longwell, Josh McKinley,
Adam Stephenson, Dean Kane and Oscar Nelson. However, a lack of communication in
the Omagh ranks ensured the move was not finished off. The ball was bundled into
touch to end the game the Omagh Academy team won by 19-12.
Down High School V Bangor Grammar School
Down High School got 2015 off to a winning start when they hosted Bangor Grammar
School. The Down team had built up a 13-8 lead by halftime before going on to win the
game by 18-8. In what could only be described as a scrappy game the Down High School
team took a 3-0 lead when Jo Bingham converted a penalty kick after just eight
minutes. The Bangor team then converted a penalty opportunity a few minutes later to
draw the score level at 3-3. Midway through the first half, the Down High School took
a 10-3 lead when their dominant pack took a strike “against the head”. Zac Ward picked
the ball from the base of the scrum and beat a number of defenders before off-
loading to Thomas Forson. Thomas outpaced the last Bangor GS defender before
touching down for a try. Jo Bingham added the extras. Bangor Grammar School replied
with an unconverted try to reduce the score to 10-8. Then, the Down High School team
added three points just before the break when Jo Bingham converted a penalty to see
his team into a 13-8 lead.
The second half saw both team make mistakes but the Down High School team was
controlling the set piece plays which ensured their line was never really threatened.
The Bangor Grammar School defence remained intact until the last play of the game.
The ball shot out of a Bangor scrum inside their 22m area. The Down High School
flanker, Elliott Evans, did well to tidy up the ball and carry strongly before off-loading
to Thomas Forson. Thomas accepted the off-load and was delighted to finish off with
an unconverted try to ensure the 18-8 win for his Down High School team.
Methodist College played their annual New Year Fixture against the Blackrock College
1stxv team. The Blackrock team had quite a number of Leinster U19 players on board
and won the game by 35-12. The Leinster visitors had built up a 12-3 lead by halftime.
The Methody team, with Robert Lyttle, Ali Mc Ivor, Saul Herdman and Gareth Millar all
playing well, seemed to tire in the final quarter when Blackrock ran in three converted
tries. The twelve Methodist College points all came from the trusty boot of Robert
Carrickfergus Grammar School V Antrim Grammar School
Carrickfergus Grammar School hosted Antrim Grammar School in a game the
Carrickfergus team won by 29-5. David Carse put on a “Man of the Match” performance
for the Carrickfergus team. He scored three tries as well as adding two conversions.
The remaining Carrickfergus Grammar School points came from tries by Reece Berry
and Daniel Anaele.
The Antrim Grammar School points came from a fine try from their hard working
second row forward, JJ McKee.
Wellington College V Regent House
Wellington College hosted Regent House in a game the Regent team won by 24-12 while
Dalriada defeated Limavady Grammar school by 31-21. Unfortunately, no reports were
received on either of these games.