Medallion Shield Match Report

Medallion Shield Round 3


Dromore High School 21 – 35 Banbridge Academy

Banbridge Academy made the short trip to Dromore RFC to play their local rivals in a cup match for the second time in 24 hours. On the previous afternoon it was Dromore HS 1ST XV who came out on top in a hard fought Schools’ Cup Round 2 tie. This time however it was the away side that came away with the bragging rights in an equally hard fought Medallion Shield Round 3 tie.

Banbridge captain Adam Hanna won the toss and decided to play with the strong wind at their backs in a decision that proved pivotal to the final result. Within the first 10 minutes Hanna had touched down twice with centre David Douglas adding the extras to give Banbridge a 0-14 lead. Dromore however came back strongly with poor Banbridge defending allowing them to touch down underneath the posts to close the gap to 7-14.

With the first half coming to a close the away side knew they needed another score to take full advantage of the conditions and that duly came again in the form of Captain Hanna. The No. 8 shrugged off the attentions of several Dromore defenders to complete a remarkable first half hat-trick. Centre Douglas again added the extras to leave the half time score 7-21.

With Banbridge now playing into a strong wind in the second half they knew they had to rely on the halfback pairing of Alex Ferguson and Philip Hayes for field position and the strong ball carrying abilities of forwards Hanna, Peter Coughlin and Adam Brown. It was however the midfield pairing of Korey Knox and Douglas who combined well for Banbridge’s forth score early in the second half with flanker Coughlin touching down and Douglas again adding the extras to leave the score 7-28.

With the wind at their backs the home side started to assert themselves on the game and all their pressure finally paid off when they managed to score two converted tries in quick succession to close the gap to 21-28.

Banbridge knew now that they had to dig deep in the final 10 minutes to secure the result and the all important score came from replacement flanker Jake Houston after excellent work from Thomas Walmsley and Conor Hodgett. Douglas completed a fine afternoon off the tee by adding the extras to leave the final score 21-35 in favour of the away side.

The Academy coaching trio of Tim Baxter, Matthew Bell and Brian O’Shaughnessy were understandably delighted with the result. In a game of fine margins it was Captain Adam Hanna who picked up the Man of the Match award not just for his outstanding hat-trick but for his ability to lead from the front when his team needed him the most.

The draw for the 4th Round of the Medallion Shield takes place this week with the Academy hoping for a home tie to pick up where they left off against a spirited Dromore HS side.

Team; Reid, Hodgett, Douglas, Knox, Gordon, Hayes, Ferguson, Jardine, Russell, Walmsley, Brown, Crozier, Coughlin, Middleton, Hanna.

Replacements; Smith, Houston, Doyle, Eliopoulos.

Filed under: Medallion

Medallion success v Dromore in Shield

The Medallion XV won their Medallion Shield 2nd rd tie 35-22 v Dromore High.

Adam Hanna x3
Peter Coughlin
Jake Houston
David Douglas x 5 conversions


Filed under: Medallion

1st XV exit Cup

After Saturday’s 8-8 draw in the School’s Cup 2nd Rd Dromore High School took the spoils in another closely contested local derby against Banbridge Academy at a windy Barban Hill.

Banbridge played the first half with a strong wind at their backs but Dromore were first to settle and after a period of good play they drove a maul from a lineout over the line to take the lead on 15 minutes.

Banbridge sprung to life after this and good positional play from Outhalf Ross Cartmill led to a penalty which the Academy tapped quickly and after two rucks Prop Robbie Mathers crashed over the line under the posts. Cartmill added the extras. Just 3minutes later a fine backs move from the Academy saw wing Scott Thompson finish well in the corner.

With 10 minutes of the half left the Academy new they needed to add to their score as the wind was strengthening but some handeling errors and lack of field position allied with an unfortunate sin binning for number 8 Angus Corbett meant they were unable to pull away and it ended 12-5 at halftime.

Dromore used the elements intelligently in the 2nd Half and this good field position meant that penalties conceded by Banbridge were all kickable. Dromore slotted kicks on 40, 46 and then on 55 minutes to take themselves into a 14-12 lead.
Banbridge responded bravely, running from all parts of the field and trying to breakdown the resilient Dromore defence but it was all in vain as Dromore held firm to earn a famous victory.

The Academy boys were understandably gutted to have exited the cup at this early stage but they should be proud of their immense efforts over to very close and hard fought games.
The team now move forward to play Cambridge House away in the School’s Trophy on sat 21st January in Ballymena.

Filed under: Senior

School’s Cup v Dromore

Banbridge Academy and Dromore High School played out a hardfought 8-8 draw in the Schools Cup 2nd Rd on Saturday.

A massive crowd, well in excess of 1000 people, gathered to watch the local derby at Banbridge’s playing fields. The opening stages were tense with neither team really able to exert any dominance. Defences we’re on top as both teams showed nerves on the big occasion. Dromore opened the scoring on 25 minutes with a penalty from their Outhalf but the rest of the half was played out in middle of the pitch with neither team able to take advantage. Both teams showed great endeavour and effort but mistakes meant there were no clear cut chances to score.

The second half however was a more one-sided affair as Banbridge Academy came to the fore and after a sustained period of pressure, where they were held up over the line twice, Hooker Timmy Beattie finally scrambled over in the corner put the Academy in the lead. Outhalf Ross Cartmill was just wide with the kick. Banbridge kept up this pressure and on 60 minutes Cartmill slotted a penalty to bring the lead out to 8-3. With 7 minutes to play Dromore made their first meaningful foray into Banbridge territory and a well worked move at the front of the lineout resulted in their hooker squeezing in for the try. With just minutes left Banbridge once again went on the offensive and after a series of rucks Dromore infringed but unfortunately Cartmill was just wide with a difficult penalty chance.

So the game ended 8-8 and both teams will now fight it out at Dromore rugby club on Wednesday 11th January at 2.00pm.

Filed under: Senior

2nd XV exit Plate

img_91342nd XV Plate Result:

2nd XV lost 5-47 v Grosvenor Grammar In the Schools Plate.

Motiejus Cizauskas scored for the Academy.


Filed under: Senior, Uncategorized

Rainey Endowed Round Up

Results v Rainey Endowed:

1st XV lost 7-18
2nd XV drew 22-22

Filed under: Senior

Lurgan College Results

Results v Lurgan College:

1st XV lost 3-7
2nd XV won 12-0

Filed under: Senior

Down High Round Up

Junior results v Down High

U13 lost 10-26
U14 won 27-5
Med lost 0-22

Filed under: Medallion, Under 13, Under 14

Medallion Shield Victory!!


Medallion XV 50
Carrick College 0

Congratulations to Adam Hanna and his team on a great victory in the Medallion Shield 1st Rd!!!!


D. Douglas 4 x tries 3 x conversions
P. Coughlin 2 tries
A. Hanna try
A. Brown try
P. Hayes 2 x conversions

Filed under: Medallion

BRA Round up

Results v BRA:

1st XV lost 33-7
2nd XV lost 15-19
U14 lost 12-29
U13 won 22-5

Filed under: Senior, Under 13, Under 14