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Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Round Up Saturday 7th February 2015.

Monday, 9 February 2015

There were some Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Trophy, Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Bowl, Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Shield, Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2ndxv and Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 3rdxv Cup games played midweek in the lead up to a full list of Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup, Bowl and Trophy games played on Saturday 7th February.

In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Trophy, Lurgan College defeated Foyle and Londonderry College by 15-7 and Antrim Grammar School lost by 20-14 at home to Larne Grammar School.

In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Bowl competition, the Coleraine Academical Institution team defeated Banbridge Academy, in a quarter-final game, by 15-3. In the same competition the Grosvenor Grammar School Medallion team defeated the Royal School, Dungannon team by 29-8.

Coleraine Inst Medallion returned to action with a home tie against Bainbridge Academy in the Medallion Bowl quarter final on Tuesday afternoon. The two sides met earlier in the season with Banbridge coming away from Coleraine with a narrow victory, so a tight match was very much in prospect. The conditions were cold but dry and running rugby was on the cards which suited the home team who like to keep the pace of the game up and move the ball. Coleraine dominated the first half with some very strong and evasive running from their players. Max Baillie, Callum Beggs and Hugo Mawhinney led the charge by gaining crucial yards and putting their opponents under pressure. The backline, led by Andrew White, made inroads throughout the half with some neat screen plays and starter plays. The back three of Marc McClelland, Conor Potts and Daniel McConaghie looked a threat with ball in hand, Good link up play by Ross Moore and Pierce Crowe in the centre helped create space in the wider channels. Coleraine held their own in the scrum with Adam Boyd, Jamie Kirkpartirck, Dillon Irwin, Luke Norris and Andrew Boyd proving to be more than a match for the bulky Banbridge front five. The lineout and breakdown was much improved and this allowed Ben Sweeney to get the ball away efficiently and keep the pace of the game up. To their credit Banbridge defended really well under pressure and this forced the home side into a number of handling errors close to their line. However, Callum Beggs opened the scoring with a strong run from the base of the scrum and he touched down in the corner to see the Coleraine AI team into a 5-0 lead. After some excellent phase play, Coleraine scored a superb second try which was well finished by Daniel McConaghie. This left the score 10-0 with a few minutes to the interval. Banbridge responded with a surge of pressure but could only come up with a penalty to leave the score 10-3 to Coleraine at the half-time break.

Banbridge came out with real purpose and drive at the beginning of the second half but couldn’t break down the strong Coleraine defence. Coleraine managed to weather the storm and played a controlled kicking game in the second half. Coleraine had a number of chances to extend their lead but it was late in the second half when Jamie Kirkpatrick sealed the victory with the third unconverted try of the game.

In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Shield replay, Wallace High School defeated Down High School by 36-5. The Wallace High School try scorers were Jonathan Waite, Josh Cardosi, Dillon Sedge, who touched down twice, Jack Dillon and Sam Cardosi. The two Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Shield games, postponed on Saturday 31st January, were played on Thursday 5th February. Rainey Endowed School played Limavady Grammar School and recorded a 17-7 victory. Meanwhile, the Dalriada School team travelled to play Ballyclare High School and came away with a convincing 37-16 win.

In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 3rdxv Cup Down High School travelled to play Coleraine Academical Institution and won the game by 44-15. Banbridge Academy hosted St Columb’s College and recorded a narrow 13-12 victory in the same competition.

In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 2ndxv Cup Portadown College recorded a 5-3 win against Carrickfergus Grammar School.

There were eight Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup Round 3 matches, four Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Bowl Quarter-Final matches and two Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Trophy Semi-Final matches played on Saturday 7th February.

In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup 3rd Round game involving Portora Royal School and Wallace High School, the Wallace High School team had built up a 10-0 lead by half time before going on to win the game by 30-0. The Wallace High School points, in the first half, came through tries from Andrew Ervine and Conor Guiney. Andrew, who put in a “Man of the “Match” performance, created a number of opportunities for his team mates in the first half. However, a combination of resolute Portora Royal School defence, allied to the occasional Wallace High School handling error, ensured there were no further point’s scoring opportunities in the first half.

The Wallace High School team controlled affairs in terms of both territory and possession in the second half. They created quite a few opportunities but found difficulty in finishing things off. The Portora Royal School team displayed great commitment in n the second half but the pace of the Wallace High School team did wear them down. The Wallace High School team did manage to score three tries in the second half. Ben Finlay touched down for one while Ryan Wilson scored twice. Andrew Cardosi, contributed to the final Wallace High School points tally of 30-0 with one conversion as well as a penalty.

One of the “Big Matches” of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup 3rd Round took place at Ballymena Academy when the home team hosted the Methodist College, Belfast team. This eagerly anticipated game was watched by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters that included quite a few former pupils from both schools who were now involved as professional players with Ulster Rugby. The Methodist College team had pre-match doubts over the availability of Robert Lyttle. However, Robert passed a late fitness teat and had quite an influence on the eventual outcome of the game which the Methodist College team won by 18-10. The Methodist College team started the game strongly and took an early 3-0 lead when Robert Kelly was successful with a penalty opportunity. The Ballymena Academy team might have levelled the score with a penalty kick of their own but the kick was unsuccessful. The Methodist College team then began a period where they dominated possession and territory. Connor Kelly and Josh Jordan looked dangerous with the ball in hand and Danny Gray and Gareth Millar kept their team on the front foot. Eventually, the pressure paid off for the Methodist College team when Zach Jordan displayed great pace and power to run in for a try. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but the Methodist College team had built up an 8-0 lead midway through the first half. The Ballymena Academy pack then started to gain parity with the Methodist College pack at set piece time. Alexander Clarke, Josh Bill, Marcus Rea and Jonny McKeown got through a lot of work in both the set pieces as well as in open play. Saul Herdman, Ben O’Reilly, Zach Jordan and Matthew McKinney were working hard in the Methody pack but there was little they could do to prevent Michael Strong scoring an excellent try, for the Ballymena Academy team, on the stroke of half time. Andrew Magrath stepped up and confidently slotted the conversion to reduce the arrears to 8-7 in favour of the Methodist College team at the break.

The Ballymena Academy team came out and started the second half strongly. They took the lead, for the first time in the game, when Andrew Magrath converted a penalty kick opportunity to put his team 10-8 ahead. However, this setback seemed to galvanise the Methodist College team. They controlled the territorial aspect of the game and, for the rest of the game, rarely letting the Ballymena Academy out of their “Red Zone” The inability of the home team to clear their lines on a couple of occasions proved costly. A free flowing Methodist College attack was finished off by Josh Jordan when he ran in for an unconverted try to put his team into a 13-10 lead. The Methodist College team now had the scent of victory in their nostrils. A scrum, close to the Ballymena Academy line, was won by the Methody “eight”. Zach Jordan came away from the base of the scrum and combined with Danny Gray and Ali McIvor to create the space for Robert Lyttle to finish off with a fine try. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but the Methodist College lead had been increased to 18-10. Despite the best intentions of the Ballymena Academy team to rescue the game there was little they could do to break out of their half. This ensured the Methodist College team was under little pressure in the final ten minutes and they emerged as deserved 18-10 winners when the final whistle sounded.

Down High School hosted Coleraine Academical Institution in their Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ 3rd Round game which the visitors eventually won by 34-28.  In an extraordinary first half the home team had opened up an eighth minute 10-0 lead on their new 1stxv pitch when Joe Bingham converted a penalty opportunity and then converted a Patrick Preston intercept try. The Coleraine AI team replied with a try when Peter Bonnar took a quickly tapped penalty to scamper in for a try. Callum Smith added the extras to reduce the arrears to 10-7. In what was becoming an entertaining spectacle for the neutral observer, it wasn’t long before Down High School responded with two impressive tries. The first came after Joseph Bingham fielded a high kick and then showed outstanding footwork to get outside his opposite number.  A clever off load to Marcus Graham saw him use excellent evasion skills to run in for an unconverted try. Outhalf,  Ross Carlisle, was next to cross the whitewash when, in the middle of an orchestrated set piece play, he spotted a gap and showed excellent pace to go through it before rounding the Coleraine full back and touch down for  a try. Joe Bingham struck the conversion well to put his Down High School team into a 22-7 lead. The Coleraine AI team responded well and went on to dominate proceedings for the next fifteen minutes. Callum Smith reduced the arrears to 22-10 with a superbly struck penalty before Ally Corbett and Oliver McDowell scored tries, both of which were converted by Callum Smith, to give the visitors a 24-22 lead coming up to the break. However, from the restart, the Coleraine AI pack infringed. The resultant penalty was converted by Joe Bingham to see the Down High School team into a 25-24 lead at halftime.

The Down High School team started the second half well and maintained the high tempo of the game they were playing in the first half. They thought they had scored a try only for Marcus Graham to have been adjudged to have had a foot in touch. Then Joe Bingham converted a penalty opportunity to increase their lead to 28-24. Coleraine AI rallied and moved up the field into Down HS territory. Their efforts were rewarded when they were awarded a penalty just outside the 22m line. Instead of going for posts they kicked for the corner but Down HS turned over the ball at the line out and the opportunity was lost. On fifty six minutes Coleraine AI were awarded another penalty, this time in front of the Down HS posts. Callum Smith stepped up and added the 3 points to reduce the arrears to 28-27. In was in injury time the Coleraine AI team displayed real determination when Mac O’Neill made a half break from just inside the Down HS half, Olly McDowell wrestled the ball from his teammate and ran in from thirty five metres, stepping inside the opposition full back on the way to the line, for his second try of the game. Callum Smith added the extras to secure a hard earned 34-28 victory for his Coleraine Academical Institution team at the end of this extraordinary game.

Ballyclare High School hosted Bangor Grammar School in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup 3rd Round in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Rashee Road venue. The Ballyclare High School team was made to work hard for the entire game before they were able to come from the game with a 17-5 win.

The Ballyclare High School pack took a while to wear down their opposite numbers but, once they established a degree of dominance at the set pieces, their captain and outhalf, Matthew McDowell, was well able to display his game management skills. Jordan Rainey opened the Ballyclare High School account when he took advantage of good endeavours from his pack. Play was taken close to the Bangor Grammar School line and Jordan broke away from a well organised driven maul to touch down for a try. Matthew McDowell added the conversion to give the Ballyclare High School team a 7-0 lead. Just before the interval, the Ballyclare High School lead was increased to 12-0 when Alistair Burke displayed power, pace and panache to score a wonderful individual try which was not converted.

The second half, at times, turned out to be a battle where both packs were cancelling each other out. There was little from either team in terms of attacking rugby with most of the play centred around the ten metre lines. Errors from both teams saw the game become quite static at times. That was until midway through the second half when the Ballyclare High School team won some quality set piece possession. They took the ball forward and a multi-phase play ended when the hard-working Matthew Robson finished off with a try. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but the Ballyclare HS team had increased their lead to 17-0. Play was then held up for a time while a player was treated for a hip injury. Following the restart of the game the Bangor Grammar School team got some reward for their hard work throughout the game. Team captain, Robert Gamble, maintained his impressive try scoring exploits this season when he cut a great line through a hesitant Ballyclare High School defence. He finished with a try which was not converted ensuring it was the Ballyclare High School team that emerged as 17-5 winners at the end of this Danske Bank Ulster Schools Cup 3rd Round game.

Limavady Grammar School hosted the Royal School, Armagh game in a Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup 3rd Round game that might have finished differently!! The Royal School, Armagh team won the game by 14-12 but was only the width of a cross bar away from losing it. The Armagh players were in control of the game for long periods of time but found great difficulty in shaking off a committed Limavady Grammar School team. The Royal School, Armagh captain, Michael Thompson, was in good kicking form and, in the early stages of the game he had to be. The Limavady Grammar School team had taken an unlikely 5-0 lead when they scored an unconverted try after ten minutes of the game. Michael then stepped up to convert two penalty opportunities which gave the RS Armagh team a 6-5 lead, a lead they held until the half time break.

The second half saw the Royal School, Armagh team continue where they had finished off the first half, in control but not totally convincing. Michael Thompson was successful with his third penalty of the game to put his team into a 9-5 lead. Then, on a rare incursion into the RS Armagh 22m area, the Limavady GS pack pressurised the Royal School team into a series of mistakes. They intercepted a rushed pass to run in for a try, which Scott McLean converted, to see the Limavady Grammar School team into a 12-9 lead. Then a Jack Campbell line break was taken on by Matthew McSorley. Matthew held the Limavady Grammar School defence up before off-loading the ball to Josh Agnew. Josh outpaced his opposite number to touch down for an unconverted try in the corner to put the Royal school, Armagh team into a 14-12 lead. Things might have turned out differently had two Limavady Grammar School penalty opportunities, in the final minute of the game, not been missed. Those misses ensured it was the Royal School, Armagh team that emerged from this Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup 3rd Round game as 14-12 winners.

The Royal Belfast Academical Institution team hosted Regent House in their Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup 3rd Round game at Osborne Park. The Belfast Inst team recorded a 36-0 win against a very committed Regent House team that made the Belfast Inst team work hard for their win. The Belfast Inst team started the game well and took an early 5-0 lead when their hooker, Ryan McComiskey, found himself on the end of a flowing backline attack. He received the final pass and touched down safely for an unconverted try to give his team a 5-0 lead. Two minutes later Ryan was, once again, a try scoring hero for the Belfast Inst team. He charged a Regent House clearance kick down on the 22m line, gathered the ball and scored under the Regent House posts. TJ Morris added the extras to give his team a 12-0 lead. The RBAI Head Boy, Paddy Dolaghan, selected at outhalf in place of the injured Michael Lowry, was having a major influence on the game. His game management skills shone through and his astute use of the ball placed his team into positions of strength. The Regent House team was pressurised into giving away penalties and TJ Morris was successful with three penalty kicks to give the Belfast Inst team a 21-0 lead at the interval.

Further Royal Belfast Academical Institution pressure, in the early stages of the second half, presented their backline with the opportunities to score tries. Their counter attacking abilities came to the fore and Jack Conlin touched down twice with Andrew McGregor scoring once. None of these tries was converted but the Belfast Inst team now had a 36-0 lead. Both teams played all their replacement players and the game appeared to lose some of the momentum which had been displayed earlier by both teams. There were no further scores ensuring a 36-0 win for the Royal Belfast Academical Institution team.

The Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup 3rd Round game at Sullivan Upper attracted a tremendous crowd of partisan supporters when the Sullivan Upper team hosted their near neighbours from Campbell College. The Sullivan Upper team played with a slight breeze in the first half which was evenly contested with much of the play centred in the middle third of the pitch. Chances were few and far between with both defences dominating proceedings in the narrow pitch. The Campbell College pack was held up in the early stages and Sullivan had a couple of driven line outs repelled in the Campbell 22m area. Peter Cooper and Conor McEvoy impressed for the Sullivan Upper team in both the set pieces and open play while Rory Butler was looking like the stand out Campbell College player with his work in both the attacking phases. as well as the defensive phases, of the game. A 0-0 draw at half time was a fair reflection of the even nature of the contest in the course of the first half

The second half belonged to the Campbell College team for prolonged periods of time. Domination of both territory and possession resulted in two excellent penalties from Cameron Stewart who controlled the game from scrum half. With their 6-0 lead in the bag the Campbell College team now had control of the game. They thought they had the break through when they drove close to the line but were penalised for obstruction. The game was effectively finished as a contest with seven minutes to go. Campbell charged down a Sullivan kick and then won possession close to the opposition line. Persistent forward charges were repelled before Jack Barry Glendinning picked the ball up and spun over the line. Cameron Stewart converted from the touchline to ensure it was the Campbell College team that finished this Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup 3rd Round game as deserved 13-0 winners.

The Carrickfergus Grammar School team was playing their third home Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup game when they hosted Omagh Academy at the North Road venue in their 3rd Round game. However, the outcome of this game was different from the first two as the Carrickfergus Grammar School team lost the game by 26-7. The Omagh Academy team dominated proceedings for most of the game and took an early 5-0 lead when Joshua McKinley took advantage of a great off-load from James Longwell to touch down for an unconverted try. James then scored a try of his own when he broke away from an Omagh Academy driven maul to break through a gap in the Carrickfergus Grammasr School defence and score a try. Stuart Ballentine converted the try to put his team into a 12-0 lead. Ill-discipline in the Omagh Academy ranks then presented the home team with the opportunity for points. Michael Black was on the end of a Carrickfergus Grammar School maul and touched down for a try. Marc Ellison added the extras to reduce the arrears to 12-7 at the break.

Possession was evenly spread at the start of the second half but it was the Omagh Academy team that made more effective use of the ball. Great work from the strong Omagh Academy pack presented their backline with quality possession. The ball was moved swiftly along the backline and Andrew Monteith finished with a try in the corner. Stuart Ballentine added the conversion to give his team a 19-7 lead. The Omagh Academy centre, Luke Hanson, then secured the victory for his team when he ran in for a try. Stuart Ballentine added the extras to ensure it was the Omagh Academy team that emerged as deserved 26-7 winners at the end of this Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup 3rd Round encounter.

In the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Bowl there were four games played on Saturday 7th February.

Dalriada and Grosvenor Grammar School played out a close encounter from which the Ballymoney boys emerged eventually as 17-12 winners. The Dalriada team took an early 7-0 lead when Angus Johnston scored a try which Michael Finnerty converted. The Grosvenor Grammar School team responded in a positive fashion when Daniel Mayhew took advantage of good ball retention and support play from his team mates to touch down for a try. Mark Thompson added the conversion to draw the score level at 7-7. The Dalriada team then scored a well worked try, which was converted, to take a 14-7 lead. Just before the break the Grosvenor Grammar team reduced the deficit to 14-12 when Daniel Martin exposed a gap in the home defence to run in for an unconverted try.

Both teams were playing the game in a positive manner at the start of the second half but neither team could find any way through the opposition defence. The only score of the second half came from a Dalriada penalty which secured their hard earned 17-12 win at the end of this Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Bowl quarter-final game.

Banbridge Academy recorded a relatively comfortable 19-9 victory against Portadown College when the teams met in their Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Bowl quarter-final game. The Portadown College team had taken an early 3-0 lead when Niall Davidson converted a penalty opportunity. Two minutes later the Banbridge Academy team responded with an unconverted try from their industrious flanker, Jonny Campbell, to give the home team a 5-3 lead. The Portadown College team regained a 6-3 lead when Niall Davidson converted a penalty kick in the latter stages of the first half. However, the Banbridge Academy team had the final say in the first half when Shane Honeyford scored an unconverted try to put his team into a 10-6 lead at the interval.

Seven minutes into the second half, Niall Davidson converted a third penalty for the Portadown College team to reduce the deficit to 10-9. From that stage on it was the Banbridge Academy team that controlled the game. Daniel McElderry converted three penalty kicks to cap a fine personal performance and secure the 19-7 victory for the Banbridge Academy team.

Foyle and Londonderry College had the McDonnell bothers, Alex and Calum, to thank for their 19-14 victory against Belfast High School when the teams met in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Bowl quarter-final. Alex gave his team a 3-0 lead when he converted a penalty kick early in the game. Calum then scored a try, which Alex converted, to increase the Foyle College lead to 10-0. Alex converted his second penalty of the game to increase the Foyle College lead to 13-0. The Belfast High School team responded with a converted try to leave the Foyle College team with a 13-7 lead close to the break. With the last kick of the first half, Alex McDonnell converted a penalty kick to give his team a 16-7 lead at half time.

The second half saw both teams play out a close encounter. Tactical kicking from both teams seemed to be the main tactic used in an attempt to establish territorial advantage. Alex McDonnell increased the Foyle College lead to 19-7 when he was successful with his fourth penalty of the game. The Belfast High School team then scored a converted try to reduce the arrears to 19-15. They went on the attack during the final quarter of the game but could find no way through a well-organised Foyle defence. There were no further scores which ensured it was the Foyle and Londonderry College team that finished the game as 19-14 winners.

The Rainey Endowed School team defeated Belfast Royal Academy by 30-10 when the teams met in the quarter-final of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Bowl. The BRA team took an early 7-0 lead when they scored a converted try with just a few minutes on the clock. The Rainey ES team responded with a Mark Rooney penalty which was followed quickly by an unconverted try from Lorcan Quinn to put the Rainey team into an 8-7 lead. Lorcan then scored his second unconverted try to increase the Rainey ES lead to 13-7. BRA converted a penalty kick to leave the Rainey ES team with a 13-10 lead at the break.

The Rainey Endowed School team found themselves in control for large parts of the second half. They scored seventeen unanswered points through a penalty from Mark Rooney, one try each from Adam Currie and Andrew Nicholl and two conversions from Mark Rooney. These points secured the well-deserved 30-10 Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Bowl quarter-final win for the Rainey Endowed School team.

There were two Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Trophy semi-final games played on Saturday 7th February.

Friends’ School, Lisburn hosted a Lurgan College team that had defeated them by a large score a number of weeks ago. The result was much closer in this game with the Lurgan College team emerging as 10-7 winners. From the outset, Friends’ School were the stronger side in all aspects of the game. Friends’ constantly asked questions of the Lurgan defence but were unable to capitalise. Lurgan kept every Friends’ attack at bay although dropped passes proved crucial in denying the Friends’ School team a number of try scoring opportunities. This was the story of the entire first half with Lurgan only making it into the Friends’ half for brief periods of time. At half time the scoreline was 0-0.

Lurgan resumed the game in the second half with an increase in intensity. They immediately made it into the Friends’ 22m area for the first time in the game. The Friends’ defence was stretched and, despite some brilliant cover defence tackles, Lurgan crossed the line through good work from their impressive scrum half, Scott Wilson. Scott added the conversion to give his Lurgan College team a 7-0 lead. The response from the Friends’ team was very positive as they once again piled on the pressure. After a lot of strong carries they were rewarded with a penalty in the Lurgan half. The kick went into touch fifteen metres from the Lurgan College try line. The throw was inch perfect and the rolling maul from the Friends’ pack was equally so. Friends’ marched themselves and Lurgan over the line with Thomas Boyde touching down for a try, James McGucken slotted home the conversion to draw the score level at 7-7.  Lurgan then managed to win a penalty in front of the posts and didn’t waste their opportunity. Scott Wilson converted the penalty to give his Lurgan College team a 10-7 lead. With ten minutes to go it was all Friends’ but they could find no way through a Lurgan College defence that did well to hang on for their 10-7 victory Both teams contributed greatly to a well-contested game of rugby with Steven Kay, Thomas Boyde, Adam Milligan, Gareth Hill and Daniel Patterson all impressing on the Friends’ School team. Matthew Laird led his Lurgan College team by example with Scott Wilson, Harry Simpson and Jamie Hunter also impressing for the Co Armagh team.

The Roiyal School, Dungannon team hosted Larne Grammar School in the second semi-final of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Trophy. The RS Dungannon team won the game by 50-0 scoring eight tries in the process. They had built up a 21-0 lead by the interval with tries from David Cooper, Archie Hanna and Adam Cranston. John Buckley was successful with all three conversions.

The Royal School, Dungannon team remained on the front foot for long periods in the second half. They scored five more tries through Aaron McCammon, who scored two, Peter Doran, who scored two and  Joshua McKee. John Buckley added two conversions which secured the 50-0 win for the Royal School, Dungannon team.

The final of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Trophy, featuring Royal School, Dungannon and Lurgan College, will take place at Banbridge Academy on Wednesday 25th February. This game is scheduled to kick off at 2-30pm and will see the Royal School team defend the Trophy the won last season.

Following all the games finishing in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup and Bowl competitions, the draws took place at Ballymena Academy for the semi-finals of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Bowl competition, the quarter-finals of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Subsidiary Shield competition and the draw for the quarter-finals of the Danske Bank Ulster Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup competition.

The draws were completed by Carol Wilson, Branch Manager of the Danske Bank in Ballymena and Luke Marshall, the Ulster and Ireland centre and a former pupil of Ballymena Academy.

The results of the draws are as follows 🙂

Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Bowl Semi-Finals

Dalriada School v Banbridge Academy

Rainey Endowed v Foyle and Londonderry College

Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Subsidiary Shield Quarter-Finals

Sullivan Upper v Ballymena Academy

Regent House v Carrickfergus Grammar School

Down High School v Bangor Grammar School

Limavady Grammar School v Portora Royal School

Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup Quarter-Finals

Royal Belfast Academical Institution v Royal School, Armagh

Coleraine Academical Institution v Omagh Academy

Campbell College, Belfast v Methodist College, Belfast

Ballyclare High School v Wallace High School

These matches are all scheduled to be played on Saturday 21st February.