Campbell College Belfast held a medallion level Rugby Tournament on 18th and 19th October as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations.
Ten schools sides from all over Ireland took part as well as Spanish side Alcobendas RFC and Scottish school Merchiston Castle, Edinburgh. The twelve teams were split into four groups of three for the day one round robin stages.
The fixtures and results from day one are shown below.
The fixtures were on a tight schedule but we managed to catch three of the games and you can view the photos from Bob Given Photography below.
Campbell College 12 Terenure College 7 (CCB125)
St Michael’s College 15 Alcobendas RFC 0 (CCB125)
Gonzaga College 26 Methodist College 10 (CCB125)
Host’s Campbell College and local rivals Royal Belfast Academical Institution together with Dublin Schools Gonzaga College and St Michael’s College all progressed through Day 1 unbeaten, the group standings after the round robin fixtures as follows.
On Day 2 the schools played knock out games across three separate cup competitions. The Pool winners battled it out for the WHB Baird Cup, the runners up competed in the John McKinney Cup and the third placed sides went head to head for the Henry James Campbell Bowl.
The WHB Baird Cup
WINNERS: CAMPBELL COLLEGE BELFAST
The semi final draw pitched Belfast sides Campbell and Inst against each other in the first semi final leaving the much fancied Gonzaga against Dublin rivals St Michael’s in the other.
The boys from Campbell managed to overcome Inst in their match setting up a final against St Michael’s who squeezed past Day 1 favourites Gonzaga.
In terrible playing conditions the home team went on to claim the trophy with a narrow win against a strong St Michael’s side.
RBAI and Gonzaga met in a 3rd place play off with the Dublin side recording a one try win.
The John McKinney Cup
WINNERS: CLONGOWES WOOD COLLEGE
The Day 1 results pitched Belfast Royal Academy into the same play offs as Dublin Colleges Terenure and Blackrock alongside, the Co Kildare College, Clongowes Wood.
In difficult conditions, Blackrock squeezed past Terenure to set up a meeting in the final with Clongowes who overcame the BRA resistance in the other semi final.
The Kildare side came out on top in a tight final to claim the John McKinney Cup.
The Henry James Campbell Bowl
WINNERS: COLERAINE GRAMMAR
Coleraine Grammar made it two from three for the Ulster schools after they came out on top in a tight final against Methodist College Belfast.
The two Ulster schools defeated Edinburgh’s Merchiston Castle and Spain’s Alcobendas, respectively, in the semi finals. The visiting sides met in a play off with Spain’s Alcobendas winning 10 – 5.