Schools’ Cup Rugby

line out v grosvenorOn Saturday 24th January saw the School’s 1st XV start their cup campaign. With a healthy travelling support the Ballymoney side fought valiantly throughout the game initially taking the lead in the 1st half. Falling behind to two tries from Bangor the last quarter saw Dalriada come back  with a converted try making the last seven minutes very tense. Bangor managed to score with the last play of the game leaving the final score 27-15. Later on in the day the draw for the Bowl competition saw the 1st XV drawn at home against Grosvenor.

The following saturday the Medallion side were to enter the Medallion Shield competition at the 4th round stage. Unfortunately the weather forced the postponment of the game. Hasty re-arrangement scheduled the game for the following tuesday but again overnight frost forced postponment. Wednesday the same story unfolded but finally the game took place at Ballyclare on the thursday afternoon.

The game kicked off and almost immediately the reason why this team had been seeded in the last eight became apparent. After five minutes Dalriada saw themselves up  by two tries as Ross Fallowes in the centre cut through the Ballyclare defence. They maintained this threat throughout the rest of the game running in six tries in total leaving the final score 37-16.

The draw for the Quarter finals saw Dalriada handed a home draw against Sullivan to be played on saturday the 14th with a 11am ko. A real opportunity exists for this team to progress and they would welcome all the support available for this important game.

On saturday 7th February  Dalriada 1st XV played their Quarter Final Bowl game against Grosvenor  and in a tight contest Dalriada came through to secure a 17-15 win. The draw for the Semi-Final made at lunchtime has pitched Dalriada against Banbridge Academy. This game is scheduled to be played at home on saturday 21st February with a 11 am ko, again support is vital if we are to take on these tough opponents.

Up dates on the score will be regularly posted on the Dalriada twitter account @DalriadaRugby from the match.

2nd xv v braThe 2nd XV team on wednesday 11th Feb took on Rainey in the Plate competition. An excellent performance saw Dalriada run in nine tries with seven conversions ending up 59-0 and now look forward to a quarter final game in the next two weeks.