A round-up of the latest Danske Bank Schools’ rugby action by Ulster Schools’ PRO Barney McGonigle:
Following the cancellation of all fixtures on Saturday 10th September quite a few teams got back to playing on Saturday 17th September.
In the lead up to the fixtures on Saturday 17th two fixtures were played on Wednesday 14th September.
Ballyclare High School hosted Belfast Royal Academy in a very close encounter from which the Belfast Royal Academy team emerged as 15-14 winners.
Rory Nugent and Isaac Nugent each scored a try for the Ballyclare High School team with Joel Flynn adding the extras to both scores.
The Belfast Royal Academy points came through two unconverted tries from Henry George and one unconverted try from Oliver Scott.
Ballymena Academy fulfilled their previously postponed fixture against Wallace High School and recorded their second comfortable victory of the season-this time by 44-10.
Tristan Ferguson played out a “Man of the Match” performance for the Ballymena Academy team with two tries, two penalties and four conversions. Callum Mustoe scored two tries, as well, with Tom Mc Master and Conor Drain each touching down for one try.
Jack Shannon and Matthew Crowe each scored an unconverted try for the Wallace High School team.
On Saturday 17th September quite a few games were played.
Banbridge Academy hosted Larne Grammar School and won the game by 57-7. The Banbridge Academy points came through tries from Man of the Match, Noah Myles, who ran in for a hat trick, Connor Magee, who touched down for a brace, Darragh Knox, Jonny McCrum, Callum Little and Ryan Matthews. Ryan was successful also with six conversions.
The Larne Grammar school points came through a try from Ethan Anderson which was converted by Ethan Duncan.
Bangor Grammar School played Portadown College and it was the Portadown College team that won the high scoring match by 31-22.
Daniel Onstwedder, Jack Delargy, Noah Courtney Gardner and Zane Hanna each scored a try for the Bangor Grammar school team with Josh Walker adding one conversion.
The Portadown College points came through tries from Tyler Jackson, Max Boyce, and two from team captain, Scott Craig. John Speers was successful with all four of his conversion kicks as well as one penalty kick.
Belfast Royal Academy hosted Royal School, Armagh on an immaculate pitch superbly set up by the Belfast Royal Academy groundsman, Anton.
The BRA team found themselves 17-3 in arrears at the interval but staged a magnificent second half comeback to win the closely contested game by 18-17.
Henry George kicked the first half penalty for the Belfast Royal Academy team with Oliver Scott, Jacob Burton and Chris Sayers touching down for the second half tries.
The Royal School, Armagh team scored their points through tries from Lloyd Quinn and Ashton Clarke with Josh Watterson adding the extras to both tries as well as kicking one penalty.
Campbell College, Belfast played Ballyclare High School and won the game by 67-7.
Jay Davis, Jay McConnell, Josh Bunting, Scott Gray, Cameron Faith, Callum McKinney, Lukas Kenny, with a hat trick, Matthew Booth and Sean Robinson were the Campbell College try scorers with six successful conversions coming from the boot of Matthew Rea.
Isaac Nugent scored the Ballyclare High School try with Joel Flynn adding the conversion.
Carrickfergus Grammar School played Belfast High School and it was the Belfast High School team that came away with a 41-10 victory.
The Carrickfergus Grammar School team scored their points through unconverted tries tries from Logan Peters and Daniel Bradshaw.
The Belfast High School team scored seven tries with Brandon Clarke running in for one and Adam Bennett, Daniel Bennett and Lucas Thompson each touching down for a brace. Daniel Bennett was successful with two conversions and Lucas Thompson was successful with one conversion.
Dalriada School and Rainey Endowed School played for the Arthur Topping Memorial Cup at the St James’s Road venue. The game was played in front of a large crowd of supporters and was won by the Rainey Endowed School team by 32-14.
The Dalriada School points came through two tries from Andrew Gilmore and Charles Verner with Gabriel Stubbs-Carton adding both conversions.
The Rainey Endowed School team scored five tries with Rossa Bell touching down for two and Matthew Booth, Owen O’Kane and Ethan Hobson each scoring one. Owen was successful with one conversion as well as one penalty kick.
Friends’ School, Lisburn entertained Cambridge House Grammar School in a game the Friends’ School team won by 19-12.
The Friends’ School, Lisburn team scored three tries through Joel Barron, who was making his return from Ulster Age Grade duties, Samuel Dillon and Ethan Salt. The impressive Paddy Moore was successful with two of his conversion kicks.
The Cambridge House Grammar School points came through two tries from Josh Dobbin, one of which was converted by Dan Chestnutt.
Grosvenor Grammar School hosted Down High School in a game which saw the Down High School team emerge as 43-0 winners.
Matthew Foster, Ryan Halpin, Connor Harwood, Josh Sweeney, Ben Cassidy and Rhodri Phillips, with two, were the Down High School try scorers. Rhodri went on to produce a Man of the Match performance with four successful conversions.
Limavady Grammar School played their North West rivals from Foyle and Londonderry College and recorded a comfortable 28-7 victory. Having led by 14-0 at the interval, following two converted tries, the Limavady Grammar School team scored two further converted tries in the course of the second half.
The Foyle and Londonderry points came through a second half try from Oliver Allen which was converted by Finn Curtis.
Lurgan College hosted Dromore High School in a game from which the Dromore High School team emerged as convincing 41-5 winners.
Peter Bird, having returned from Ulster Age Grade Inter-Provincial duties, scored an unconverted try for the Lurgan College team.
The Dromore High School team scored seven tries through Ethan Mount, Levi Naga, who scored a hat trick, Alan Tate, Adam Lyttle and Luke Gibson. Nathan Hook was successful with two of his conversions.
Omagh Academy played Coleraine Grammar School and it was the Coleraine Grammar School team which emerged as 38-12 winners at the no-side whistle.
The Omagh Academy team used an extended squad of players, a lot of whom were experiencing the challenges of 1stxv rugby for the first time. The Omagh Academy points came through two tries from Conrad Hale, one of which was converted by Andrew Johnston.
The Coleraine Grammar School team scored six tries through Conor Draycott, who ran in for two, Jacob Lennox, Noah Gordon, Scott Simpson and Zack McCartney. Jordan McAuley successfully converted four of the Coleraine GS tries.
Regent House School played Enniskillen Royal Grammar School in a game which saw the Enniskillen Royal Grammar School record a 29-12 victory.
Unconverted tries from Jake Woods and Alex Howe gave the Enniskillen RGS team a 10-0 lead. The Regent House team recovered from the early set back to take a 12-10 lead into the break through two tries from the impressive Evan McGonigle, one of which was converted by Zach Campbell.
The Enniskillen Royal Grammar School team scored three second half tries through Noah Quigley, Jake Woods and Robbie McIlwrath with two Tadgh Hambly conversions securing the 29-12 victory.
Strabane Academy played Antrim Grammar School and it was the Antrim Grammar School that won the game by 48-12.
It was an evenly contested game in the first half with both teams scoring two tries, one of which was converted, to leave the scoreboard reading 12-12 at the break.
The Strabane Academy points came through two tries from Felix Foley, one of which was converted by Brian Browne.
Antrim Grammar School scored their first half points through tries from Josh Harvey and James Spence with Matthew Adair adding one conversion.
The Antrim Grammar School team took control of the game in the second half. A second try from James Spence, alongside tries from Casey Heaney, Peter Kane, who touched down twice, and Ethan Ashe, with three conversions from Matthew Adair, secured the 48-12 victory for the Antrim Grammar School team.
Sullivan Upper School hosted Royal School, Dungannon and recorded an impressive 26-0 victory. Conor McMaster scored two tries for the Sullivan Upper team with Harry Tindle and Charlie Parker touching down for one try apiece. Harry McKeown was successful with three of his conversion kicks.,
Wallace High School hosted Methodist College, Belfast and made the Methodist College team work hard for their 19-15 victory.
The Wallace High School points came through two Matthew Crowe tries with one conversion and one penalty from Charlie Beattie.
David Armstrong, Harry Palmer and Jacob Kelly scored the Methodist College, Belfast tries with Ben McFarlane adding the extras to two of the tries.