Bangor Grammar School
Royal School Armagh
2013 DANSKE BANK SCHOOLS’ CUP QUARTER FINAL -------23 / 02 / 2013 BALLYMACORMICK PLAYING FIELDS
Our win in the 4th round against Belfast High was without question the greatest moment of the season so far.
PHIL HARPER BGS 1ST XV CAPTAIN WEATHER FORECAST
Editor: Simon Hull Reporters: Giles Strutt, Zach Kerr, Columnists: Jason Morgan, Matthew Stockton, Phil Harper Pictures: Brian Mellon, Ken Best Analysts: Mr Graham, Will Logan
With the appalling conditions it was always going to be difficult and it was a match that very easily could’ve gone either way. However, once again the maturity and the intensity of our performance proved too much for our opposition. It was also the greatest team effort that I’ve ever been involved in as every single player in the team stepped up to the challenge. So this brings us to the quarter-finals where we will play Armagh. We had a very close encounter with Armagh earlier in the season and from this we fully appreciate the quality of their team. However, they will have a very tough job on Saturday as we will do everything we can to snatch that semi-final spot. Phil Harper
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It’s almost a bit of a cliché now after the last round, but this will be the last Schools’ Cup match ever to be played at Ballymacormick Park. And it is fitting that the day is marked with a match against such illustrious opponents, in Royal School Armagh. Fitting also that their coach, a man steeped in Ulster Schools rugby traditions, Mr. Kenny Hooks, was once a Bangor Grammar School 1st XV player himself. The team, Mr. Graham, and myself have a huge amount of respect for our opponents, and we have prepared as thoroughly as we can. The squad has a real buzz about it, and over the last six weeks the belief has come through. This belief and team spirit has been so very evident in our recent performances. We take pride in our defence and our motto of "nothing through us, nothing easy" has been embedded into the psyche of each individual in the squad, with each player prepared to lay his body on the line for the man next to him. This desire to fulfil the tradition of the shirt, to push yourself through the pain, and the realisation that losing is too painful has driven the team on to be the best they can be. I hope we can show all the supporters here today a great game of rugby, played in a manner deserving of this occasion. -3Jason Morgan
JASON MORGAN BGS 1ST XV COACH 1st XV League Rankings POS
1. Armagh 18 25pts 2. Limavady 17 25pts 3. Ballyclare 18 24pts 4. R.B.A.I. 14 24pts 5. Campbell 14 23pts 6. Sullivan 16 22pts 7. Methody 11 22pts 8. Wallace 16 21pts 9. Bangor 19 21pts 10. Down High 18 20pts 11. Ballymena 17 19pts 12. B.R.A. 15 18pts 13. Belfast High 16 17pts 14. Portadown 18 17pts 15. Coleraine 18 16pts 16. Rainey 13 15pts 17. Omagh 17 15pts 18. Foyle 14 14pts 19. Friends’ 14 12pts 20. Grosvenor 15 11pts For the full rankings, check out our Facebook page.
On Saturday the 08th of September Bangor made the long trip to College Hill in Armagh to take on semi finalists from last years’ Schools’ Cup campaign, Royal School Armagh. SIMON HULL GRYPHITI REPORTER
Prior to the match, there was a cloud of confusion, as Armagh’s Mr G. Beggs had to take over refereeing duties.
When the game did get underway, the home team scored first through John McDonagh, but this proved to be the only notable moment in an otherwise dull first half. Although, that would not be a sign of things to come. Bangor controlled possession early in the second half and drew level with a touchdown from Matthew Hamilton (midway through his hat trick of try scoring matches). In spite of this, Armagh’s youthful squad fought back and scored another try, this time through Andrew Hawthorne. Matthew Hooks converted to bring the score to 12-5 in favour of Armagh. The hosts held onto the lead until the very end. Matthew Hooks was given the Man of the Match Award especially as he had to finish as outhalf due to an injury to teammate Mervyn Brown. Royal School Armagh 12 - 05 Bangor Grammar School -4-
SCHOOL FACTS SCHOOL NAME:
Bangor Grammar School
YEAR FOUNDED: 1856 MOTTO:
Justitiae Tenax (Justice is tenacious)
Mr S. D. Connolly
SCHOOLS’ CUP RECORD WINS:
(1969, 1978, 1985, 1986, 1988)
(1979, 1981, 1987, 1995)
SEASON SO FAR:
Played-19 Won-10 Drew-1
2013 1st XV KEY PEOPLE COACHES:
Mr J. Morgan; Mr D. Graham.
CAMPAIGN SO FAR
Mr J. Morgan Coach: Bangor
Portadown 03-20 Bangor
Bangor 17—05 Belfast High School -6-
SCHOOL FACTS Royal School Armagh
Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense
(Shamed be he who thinks evil of it) Mr P. Crute
SCHOOLS’ CUP RECORD (1876-77, 1879-81,1883,1885,1977,2004) 9
(1903, 1915, 1927) 3
Played-18 Won-12 Drew-1
:SEASON SO FAR
2013 1st XV KEY PEOPLE Mr K. Hooks ;
Mr D. A. Eakin; Mr G. Beggs. Michael Hoey.
CAMPAIGN SO FAR
Mr K. Hooks Coach: Armagh
BYE :ROUND 3 R.S. Armagh 36-00 Coleraine A.I. :ROUND 3 -7-
1. MICHAEL BLAIR 2. ZACK SLEVIN 3. JAMES LEARY 4. GLENN BURTON 5. JAMES CARSON 6.
7. MATTHEW STOCKTON 8. MAX MONTGOMERY 9. PETER EVES 10. MATTHEW HAMILTON 11. CAMERON STRUTT * 12. PHIL HARPER (C) 13. PHIL BRODERICK 14. ROBERT GAMBLE 15. MICHAEL WEIR -8-
GILES STRUTT GRYPHITI REPORTER
The 9th of February was a rainy day at Ballymac, the 4th round of the Danske Bank Schools' Cup was upon us, it was a must-win match for Bangor. Straight from the kick off the Bangor pack really showed their strength in attack, breaking lines and putting Belfast High under pressure. Their hard work paid off when Michael Weir dived over the line for an early try.
With an unsuccessful conversion, Bangor made their way back to their 10 metre line wondering how they could hold the lead for the next half an hour. Belfast High had numerous opportunities to take play into Bangor's half but were stopped dead in their tracks after some great defending and fierce tackling by Matthew Stockton, putting them back in their place. Michael Weir was also crucial in the defence with his great hands at the back, despite the awful weather conditions. Belfast High tried to use the weather to their advantage, by kicking many 'up and undersâ€™, but Bangor held firm. Bangor's great play eventually led to a Matthew Stockton try after a chase and a bit of football which started from the 10 metre line! This time the conversion was successful and Bangor were now 12 points ahead. The scoreboard read the same on the blow for half time . - 10 -
In the second half, Belfast High looked stronger and more determined as they put Bangor under pressure on several occasions, however after a Bangor scrum, a run from scrum half Peter Eves and an offload to Max Montgomery, Bangor got their third try of the match after Max sidestepped his way to the try line. The scoreboard stayed at 17-0 after an unsuccessful conversion. Belfast High came back stronger than ever and rewarded themselves with a try in the corner. The conversion was unsuccessful and the scoreboard remained 17-5. The score stayed the same until the final whistle and for the second year running, Bangor had found themselves in the Quarter Final of the Schools' Cup. FINAL SCORE: BGS 17 - 5 BHS.
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MR GRAHAM GRYPHITI ANALYST
PLAYER PROFILE… ZACK SLEVIN Mr Graham Says: “Zack had spent the vast majority of this season in the 1st XV. When he hasn't been involved, we have really missed him. Zack quietly goes about his business in an efficient and effective manner. He is a man of few words, in fact, he is a man of no words at all. This young man epitomises "actions not words". Name: DOB: Position: Year:
Zack Slevin 04/ 08 / 1996 Hooker 12
His work rate is second to none. Watch out for Zack hitting ruck after ruck, smashing tackle after tackle and covering every blade of grass. He is one of the youngest squad members but has not let that bother him at all. Zack will deservedly wear his honours blazer next year with pride. He has a bright future in the game. His relentless energy, professional attitude and physical toughness is exactly what a coach wants in a player. Zack is very much "a man for the trenches". I have no doubt that Zack will give nothing but 100% today, this young man doesn't know what it's like to surrender. ”
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VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM After a mud-bath win over Belfast High School (17-5) we now face Royal School Armagh in the Schools' Cup quarterfinal, which will be the last ever 1st XV match played at Ballymac.
go at least one step further and reach the semifinals which a 1st XV from Bangor Grammar School hasn't done in 13 years.
We had a close match with RSA in the first We fell short at this stage match of this season in in the competition last which we were beaten 12year through defeat by 5 however the introducWallace High School, but tion of Max and Shawsy we hope this year we can after their Ulster Duties,
and personnel changes through the team, we are a much stronger team than we were then. Once again I would like to thank all support for coming out today to witness what will be a memorable day regardless of the final result.
FIVE MINUTES WITH … PETER EVES 1. Which role gives you more satisfaction: head boy or being a key member of a winning 1st XV team? “I enjoy both, but ask me whether or not I'm satisfied after the formal and Schools’ Cup!”
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“A lot hopefully. I'm still getting injured, but I've filled out a bit and I think I'm calmer about my decision making which can only help.”
of the team, what advice do you give to the medallion players looking to make the step up next season? “Just really get to know all the boys. It doesn't matter if you're 3. What has Mr Gra5th year or Upper 6th; ham brought to the being part of a team is team this season? what keeps you going “Enthusiasm. He to training!” 2. How much have loves his rugby. That's you come on since a fact.” - 13 making your Schools’ 4. As a departing Cup debut last year? - 13 - member
BRIAN MELLON PHOTOGRAPHER BANGOR GRAMMAR (17) V BELFAST HIGH SCHOOL (5) 09th February 2013
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ROYAL ARMAGH 1 MICHAEL BLAIR
(C) MICHAEL HOEY
4 GLENN BURTON
5 JAMES CARSON
2 ZACK SLEVIN 3 JAMES LEARY
6 ANDREW SHAW 7 MATTHEW STOCKTON 8 MAX MONTGOMERY 9 PETER EVES 10 MATTHEW HAMILTON 11 CAMERON STRUTT * 12 PHIL HARPER (C) 13 PHIL BRODERICK
REFEREE: DAVID WILSON TEAMSHEETS CORRECT AT TIME OF PRINTING * SUBJECT TO FITNESS TEST
14 ROBERT GAMBLE 15 MICHAEL WEIR
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MATTHEW McGUILE ELLIOT BOYLAN * MATTHEW COFFEY ADAM BRENNAN ROSS MAXWELL SHAUN FAIR ROSS McCLOSKEY ANDREW MELLON
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JACK SLEATOR GRANT HUTCHINSON PHILIP MATTHEWS KURTIS SHERRY OLIVER McALPINE GERARD TREANOR MICHAEL HOOKS LUKE CROZIER
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