Dalriada travelled up to BRA on Saturday morning in conditions that wouldn’t favour running rugby. The visitors ended up with a fine 21-15 win. With the pitch covered white instead of green after an early morning snow shower, Dalriada were first to make a breakthrough after a penalty following a Jack Dowey break. The penalty was kicked to the corner and after a couple of phases Angus Johnston slipped through a gap for the opening try. This was converted by centre Stewart Moore. From the kick off young winger Ross Fallows made some great ground and obtained a penalty. Dalriada again opted to kick to the Corner and Aaron Christie was bundled over from close range from the line-out. The Conversion was again converted by Moore.
A large team from Years 8-10 travelled to the University of Ulster at Coleraine to take part in the NEBSSA cross-country competition on Tuesday 24th November. The weather meant that the ground conditions were far from perfect but this did not deter the runners who braved the mud and the showers and performed to their best. Highlights of the day included the performances of Saskia Love, James Wright and Andrew Symmington who were all well placed in their respective age groups.
Two Dalriada pupils proved themselves as the best in Ireland with success in the Irish School’s Athletics Championships on Saturday in Tullamore Co.
Offaly. Thomas Hunter of Year 12 proved himself to be the best Triple Jumper in Ireland at his age when he took Gold in the Intermediate event. His 1st round jump of 13.61 metres proved too much for his fellow competitors who struggle to match this. Indeed Thomas had three 13 metre plus jumps while no one else in the field managed to break the 13 metre barrier. Such was the quality of his jumping he would have been very close to taking a medal in the senior event but it also demonstrated that he is one of the best U18 Triple Jumpers in Ulster and Ireland despite being only 16.
In the Junior Triple Jump event Luke Pollock of Year 10 won the Bronze medal in a very tight contest. Luke fought throughout the competition getting into the final jump off in 6th place, indeed he was convinced that he had not made it as he had taken off his spikes and packing up to go home. However in the final two jumps he first produced a Personal Best of 10.87 metres to go into second place. On Luke’s final jump he again broke his PB and even more impressive broke the 11 metre barrier with an 11.03 effort. The second last competitor produced a big jump of 11.05 to secure the silver leaving Luke with a hard fought Bronze and third in Ireland. Of the 48 jumps in the competitors only four broke the 11 metre barrier.
The two medals gained on Saturday added to two gained the previous year at the Irish Championships. Dalriada have secured four medals in two years all in jumps. Success in triple jump, one of the most technical of athletic events, has become a regular occurrence at Irish, Ulster and District level over the last number of years. The school is immensely proud of these boys to have achieved so highly this year and indeed of all our athletes who have gained success in their various competitions this season so far.
The next major event for our athletes will be our Junior Sports day on June 10th with again this year a number of our long standing school Sport Day records looking vulnerable.
Back to Back NI Volleyball League Titles for Girls Teams at both Age Groups while Boys win their First.
Dalriada Senior Volleyball girls bring home the Senior Schools League title for the fifth time since the club commenced in 1999 and not to be outdone the Under 16 girls also won their age category for a record 8th time and the Under 16 Boys won their first ever league title. The Senior Girls had played all of their matches with wins both away and at home with the exception of the match with the league favourites and 2014 champions, Portadown College. Read More
Dalriada’s 1st XV picked up their second major trophy in two years when they convincingly beat Rainey Endowed School at Ballymena Rugby Club in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools Bowl Final 31 points to 15. Captain Michael Finnerty led from the front scoring a hatrick of tries. Dalriada took the game by the scruff of the neck in the first ten minutes running in two excellent converted tries. From that point on Dalriada were able to control the game and despite Rainey rallying and scoring an excellent try Dalriada’s pressure defence forced another score when a mistake at the line out close to the Rainey line allowed Dalriada to go into half time 19 – 5 up.
For the second year running Dalriada 1st XV have made a major Schools’ final after beating Banbridge Academy on Saturday 19 points to 11. Three second half tries turned a half time deficit into a final position where Banbridge had to score twice to win the game. The final will be played on Wednesday 4th March at Ballymena Rugby Club where the opponents will be Rainey. A big support is required if the Dalriada boys are to land another trophy for what could be the second in two seasons.
On 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.
On the thursday the 12th, Dalriada 1st XI travelled to Cookstown, through terrible weather to continue their School’s Cup campaign. They succeeded in turning over Cookstown 3-1. From the beginning the match was a battle. After narrowly losing two weeks previous to Cookstown the girls felt it was time to put things right, each player fought with relentless fight and determination. Lynn Macaulay played a vital role in the middle and there were many great runs made by forwards Rachel Kennedy and Claire Finnerty. The match became appropriately festive as it started to snow but the girls stayed focussed on the match. Cookstown proved worthy opponents for the girls however sweeper Diane Ramsay along with her team of defenders stopped any shots with great strength shown by Tara McConaghie. Goalkeeper Laura Henry made some very crucial saves, keeping the girls in the game. The arrival of supporters Mr Skelton and Mr Devlin had left the girls with a real hunger to get a score on the board.
On Saturday morning Dalriada XI hockey team travelled to the Civil Service Park in Belfast to play Bloomfield in the second round of the Schools Cup and came away with a magnificent 2-1 victory.
It was an exciting game with Emma Chestnutt and Sara Jamison making good runs up the line, great
tackles made in defence by Diane Ramsay, Tara McConaghie, Emma Johnston and Rachel Taggart and brilliant play in centre midfield by Lynne Macauley. However just before the half time whistle Bloomfield took the lead. Just after Captain Lynn Macaulay had to leave the field due to a head injury but Dalriada fought back hard. A great ball from Eva Carson to Rachael Kennedy resulted in a brilliant finish and Dalriada’s equaliser.
On saturday 17th May, a small team of athletes competed in the Ulster Secondary Schools Athletic Championships at the Antrim Forum. The two boys and one girl had qualified from the District Championships where ten athletes had competed earlier in the month.
Ross Fallowes had qualified in both the junior boys long and triple jump, Stephen Coulter had qualified with a second place in the senior boys high jump. In the girls section Becky Webb had progressed through in the senior girls javelin.
Ross Fallowes in the District C championships came third in both his events with a best triple Jump of 10.08 metres and a best long jump of 5.09 metres. With a lot of practice in between competitions Ross worked hard at his technique and was certainly on top form going into the Ulster finals on saturday. In the long jump he improved his best with a leap of 5.45 metres to secure first place and become Ulster Champion. Ross then went onto the triple jump and again his hard work had paid off with a improved performance in the finals of 10.85 metres. This was enough for Ross to gain second place and pick up the silver medal.