Monday 3.30 – 5.00pm Yr12, 13 &14 – Mr Pentland & Mr Bronte
Tuesday 3.30 – 5.00pm Yr8 (U12) – Mr Pentland
Wednesday 3.30 – 5.00pm U14/U16/ 1st XV – Mr Pentland, Mr Bronte & Mr Sleator
Thursday 3.30 – 5.00pm U13 / U15 – Mr Pentland, Mr Gamble & Mr McCord
Dromore High v Banbridge Academy
14 – 12
2nd Round Schools’ Cup
Wednesday 11th January 2017
Dromore High v Banbridge Academy
2nd Round Schools’ Cup, Saturday 7th January 2017
Dromore High’s under-18 rugby squad seized the historic moment on Saturday morning as they stepped into the position of being the first high school team to participate in the Dankse Bank Schools’ Cup.
The Dromore boys held their own against the experienced Banbridge Academy squad, with the match coming to an 8-8 draw at full time.
In the lead up to the second round match against local opponent and current Schools’ Trophy holders Banbridge Academy, tensions were high and excitement was in the air.
The match kicked off at 10.30am and Dromore started strong with a push to the line which was countered by an equally strong defence from Banbridge.
After 5 minutes of domination from Dromore, the BA boys moved the play to their half of the pitch, with Dromore preventing a try with a kick out.
A tackle left Matthew Pepper with an injury, during this brief stop in the action, Dromore displayed their team bond in a huddle as the Banbridge players scattered across the pitch, refocusing for the last 20 minutes of the first half.
The atmosphere was ecstatic when new entrants to the Cup pulled ahead 3-0 in the 28th minute with Ben Martin sending the ball straight through the bars in a penalty kick, this score stuck up to half time, putting pressure on Banbridge to up their play in the last 40 minutes.
BA were straight on the offensive when the second half commenced at 11.10, pushing forward against Dromore’s strong, unified defence for 18 minutes before getting the ball over the line to secure a try, Banbridge then missed their conversion but their try had pulled the score to 5-3, putting major pressure on Dromore.
This was shortly followed by a successful penalty kick from Banbridge, bringing the score to 8-3, with 14 minutes to go, the Dromore supporters that lined all sides of the pitch were counting on their boys to get that ball across the line to score a try and bring their hopes of progressing in the Cup back to life.
The under-18s did not fail to life up to this expectation, with Aaron Lyttle scoring the try that kept Dromore’s dream alive in the 28th minute of the second half, just 2 minutes after Banbridge’s penalty.
The match concluded with the persistent defence from both sides keeping away any more trys, and came to a close at full time with the final score at 8-8, both sides walking away relieved after the hard fought match and determined to defeat their rival team in the replay that will take place on Wednesday 11th January (kick off at 2pm) on Dromore’s home turf, Dromore Rugby Club.
Report by Year 14 Journalism student, Sarah Duff
Thank you to our 1st XV sponsors; A1 Concrete Ltd, A1 Tyres, The Crepe Makers and Clifford Gregg Construction.
On Saturday 24th September Dromore High played their first full game at U18 Schoolboy level when they played the Royal Belfast Academical Institution 2nd XV at Barban Hill. In recognition of the occasion the Dromore High Principal, Mr Ian McConaghy, hosted a pre-match breakfast. Attending the breakfast were representatives of the Dromore High 1st XV sponsors, A1 Concrete, A1 Tyres, The Crepe Maker Company and Clifford Gregg Construction. There was also a representative from the Kukri Kit Suppliers present at the occasion. Members of the Dromore High staff were in attendance as well as representatives from Dromore Rugby Football Club and the Ulster Schools’ Rugby Committee.
Dromore High v RBAI – 24th September 2016
The game, which was played in front of an enthusiastic group of supporters, saw both teams having to contend with heavy rain and very blustery conditions. Despite this the players all attempted to play positive rugby throughout the game which the Dromore High team won by 8-7. The first score of the game came from the Dromore High team when they won the ball at a lineout and drove the resultant maul a full twenty metres before Peter O’Connor touched down for the try. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but the Dromore High team had a 5-0 lead. The game ebbed and flowed with both teams working hard at set piece time as well as at the breakdown. The Belfast Inst team looked threatening at times with the ball in hand but got no change out of a well-organised and disciplined Dromore High defence. That was until the RBAI scrum half, Bradley McNamara, exploited a rare gap in the home defence and ran in to score a try. Angus Adair, one of a number of Ulster U16 RDS players on show, stepped up to convert the try which gave his team a 7-5 lead at the break.
The second half was an equally closely contested affair with both teams determined to play with the ball in hand. The only thing that separated the teams in the second was a penalty awarded to Dromore following an Inst infringement at the breakdown. The Dromore High captain, Ben Martin, took full advantage of having the wind behind him and he slotted the penalty over to give his team an 8-7 lead near the end of the game. The Belfast Inst team responded positively and launched a series of attacks. However, the Dromore defence scented victory and displayed great defensive qualities which ensured it was the Dromore High team that celebrated their 8-7 victory as the no-side whistle blew.