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2019-20 Ballymena Academy Belfast Royal Academy Friends School Lisburn Larne Grammar School Methodist College Belfast Schools Schools Cup Strabane Grammar Sullivan Upper School

My Favourite Schools Cup Campaign.

We’ll be looking back of some of our favourite matches and competitions that we covered over the last ten years and we’re kicking it off with a look at our favourite Schools Cup Campaign. This season’s campaign was setting itself up as one of the best and we’ll be reviewing it later in the week, […]

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2019-20 Enniskillen Royal Grammar School Erne Integrated College Schools Schools Cup Schools Girls

Girls Schools Cup. Enniskillen Royal Grammar 12 Erne Integrated College 10

[pullquote]Photo credit John McMurtry and Bob Given Photography[/pullquote] Enniskillen Royal Grammar continued their dominance of the Girls Schools Cup with a hard fought win against, near neighbours, Erne Integrated College at Ravenhill on Wednesday morning. However, Erne pushed them all the way in this entertaining X7s final. Lucy Thompson breaks clear for the opening score. […]

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2019-20 Methodist College Belfast Schools Schools Cup Wallace High School

Schools Cup. Wallace High 22 Methodist College 17

Wallace High School will face Royal School Armagh in the Ulster Schools Cup final after seeing off a late resurgence from Methodist College in the second semi final on Wednesday afternoon at Ravenhill.  Wallace progressed by virtue of their excellent strike rate, coming away with a score nearly every time they got into the Methody […]

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2019-20 Royal Belfast Academical Institution Royal School Armagh Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup. Royal School Armagh 29 Royal Belfast Academical Institution 22

Royal School Armagh staged a sensational second half comeback against RBAI to book a place in the Schools Cup Final on 17th March. Inst looked to have built a winning lead, after two quick tries at the start of the second half moved them 17 points clear, but Armagh battled back with 24 unanswered points […]

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2019-20 Ballymena Academy Royal School Armagh Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup. Ballymena Academy 14 Royal School Armagh 17 (Quarter Final)

Ballymena came out second best to Armagh at this stage last year but with only one loss this season and at home you’d have to feel they were favourites for this quarter final clash between two of the favourites to lift the Schools cup. The sleet was slicing across the pitch as Ballymena got us […]

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2019-20 Methodist College Belfast Schools Schools Cup Sullivan Upper School

Schools Cup. Methodist College 15 Sullivan Upper 5 (Quarter Final)

[pullquote]Bob Given Photography brings us up to date on the match at Pirrie Park.[/pullquote] Sullivan traveled to meet Methody, at Pirrie Park, in Saturday morning’s Schools’ Cup Quarter Final Tie. A strong wind blowing diagonally, coupled with heavy sleet showers made for challenging conditions overhead. Sullivan kicked off into the wind and kept Methody pinned deep […]

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2019-20 Enniskillen Royal Grammar School Schools Schools Cup Wallace High School

Schools Cup. Wallace 19 Enniskillen 10 (Quarter Final)

Three try Wallace High march on to the semi finals after a 19-10 win over a very good Enniskillen side. The home side and five-time finalists made a quick start with Cameron Doak crashing over after a couple of minutes. The Lisburn side spent the majority of the first half camped in their own 22m […]

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2019-20 Ballyclare High School Friends School Lisburn Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup. Friends School 24 Ballyclare High 22 (Replay)

Friends and Ballyclare gave us another good old fashioned cup tie on Wednesday morning in Lisburn with Friends inching through to the quarter finals of the Schools Cup following a 24 – 22 win in a game that was a credit to both sides. This one could have went either way at the death, but […]

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2019-20 Ballyclare High School Friends School Lisburn Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup. Ballyclare High 17 Friends School 17

[pullquote]Report and picture credit – Davie Hayes Photography[/pullquote] Friends School Lisburn travelled to Ballyclare in the fourth round of the Ulster Schools Cup for a hard fought 17 all draw in tough and windy conditions. Ballyclare started off strong, and early missed penalty from both sides saw no scores in the opening few minutes. Ballyclare had the […]

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2019-20 Campbell College Belfast Royal School Armagh Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup. Royal School Armagh 34 Campbell College 6

[pullquote]Report, images and video by Richard Owens. [/pullquote] Having lost to Campbell in the final two years ago and semi-final last year, Armagh were not short of motivation. Piped on and pumped up Armagh were forced to play into the sun and wind. Campbell utilised the conditions well enjoying the better start playing the first […]

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2019-20 Belfast Royal Academy Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup. RBAI 47 BRA 12

[pullquote]Report and pictures Bob Given Photography[/pullquote] BRA travelled to Osborne on Saturday morning for a Schools’ Cup tie against neighbours RBAI. Despite the approach of Storm Ciara, the sun shone and there was only a gentle breeze. It was nip and tuck in the first few minutes before BRA broke away through their captain Rob Sturges, […]

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2019-20 Cambridge House School Methodist College Belfast Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup. Cambridge House 0 Methodist College 32

Methodist College Belfast progressed to the quarter finals of the Ulster Schools Cup with a convincing win at Cambridge House on saturday morning.  Playing into a strong wind Cambridge House battled hard to keep the score line down throught the first half and they were largely successful restricting their visitors to a 0 – 17 […]

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2019-20 Grosvenor Grammar School Schools Schools Cup Sullivan Upper School

Schools Cup: Sullivan Upper 40 Grosvenor Grammar 0

[pullquote]Report and images by Richard Owens[/pullquote] There was a sizeable crowd in Holywood for this Group D Schools Cup clash between Sullivan and Grosvenor and with the weather finally dry there was an expectant air of some running rugby amongst the supporters in both camps. Grosvenor kicked off and there were some early forward tussles […]

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2019-20 Enniskillen Royal Grammar School Royal School Dungannon Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Enniskillen Royal Grammar 40 Royal School Dungannon 10

Enniskillen Royal took control of Group F in the Ulster Schools Cup with a comprehensive 40 – 10 win against Royal School Dungannon on Saturday morning.  Dungannon kicked off proceedings with an early penalty from out half  Jack Girvan to take a 0 – 3 lead.  Jack Girvan sends an early penalty for Dungannon on […]

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2019-20 Ballyclare High School Omagh Academy Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Ballyclare High 36 Omagh Academy 17 (Group C)

Ballyclare High had to dig deep to overcome stiff resistance from Omagh Academy in their opening Group C Schools Cup match on Saturday morning. The High school started strongly and within five minutes Jack Gamble powered over out wide to finish under the post for Mark Jackson to convert. Omagh responded well but they were […]

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2019-20 Bangor Grammar Regent House Grammar School Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Regent House 0 Bangor Grammar 36 (Group B)

[pullquote]Report and pictures Bob Given Photography[/pullquote] Bangor Grammar  travelled the short distance to play Regent House, Newtownards in the first series of games in Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup Group B on Saturday morning. Overhead the rain fell and it was very gloomy for this North Down derby. Bangor went on the attack early on, […]

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2019-20 Belfast High School Belfast Royal Academy Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Belfast High School 7 Belfast Royal Academy 38 (Group E)

Belfast Royal Academy got their schools cup campaign off to winning start with a 7- 38 win at Belfast High School in Group E. The game started in challenging conditions, but the heavy rain didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowd. The conditions led to a fairly error strewn first quarter but […]

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2018-19 Campbell College Belfast Methodist College Belfast Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Campbell College 17 Methodist College 45 (Final)

A second half blitz by Methodist College saw them record a resounding 17 – 45 win against Campbell College in the Ulster Schools Cup Final earlier this afternoon. Campbell had been bucking the predictions from our Rugby Rankings throughout their impressive Schools Cup run, but the stats hit home with a vengeance as top seeds […]

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2018-19 Enniskillen Royal Grammar School Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny Schools Schools Cup Schools Girls

Schools: Enniskillen Royal GS 14 Loreto SS Letterkenny 2 (Girls X7S Final)

Enniskillen Royal Grammar School and Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny took part in the Girls Schools X7S Final at Ravenhill this afternoon with Enniskillen coming out on top 14 – 2 in an entertaining final. The match featured two FRU Favourites in Ulster and Cooke RFC Women’s Katie Hetherington, who captained Enniskillen, and Loreto’s Ulster U18 […]

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2018-19 Methodist College Belfast Schools Schools Cup Wallace High School

Schools Cup: Methodist College 19 Wallace High School 3 (USC SF)

Methodist College remain undefeated this season with a 19 – 3 win against Wallace High in the second semi final of the Ulster Schools Cup at Ravenhill yesterday afternoon. The Belfast side will now be making their 64th Cup Final appearance when they face Tuesday’s winner, Campbell College, in the Ulster Schools showpiece on 18th […]

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2018-19 Campbell College Belfast Royal School Armagh Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Campbell College 12 Royal School Armagh 10 (USC SF)

Campbell College continued to defy the Rugby Rankings with a hard fought 12 – 10 win against Royal School Armagh in the first Schools Cup Semi Final at Ravenhill on Tuesday afternoon. In a repeat of last years final, it looked as though Armagh had done enough for a second consecutive appearance at the home […]

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2018-19 Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: What the Rankings Say – Semi Finals

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2018-19 Ballymena Academy Royal School Armagh Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Ballymena Academy 10 Royal School Armagh 14

Royal School Armagh progressed to the semi final of the Ulster Schools Cup with a hard fought 10 – 14 win at Ballymena Academy on a wet Saturday morning. The match started in near perfect conditions but it wasn’t long before a few spots of rain became a persistent nuisance, blowing straight down our lens! […]

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2018-19 Campbell College Belfast Enniskillen Royal Grammar School Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: CCB 38 Enniskillen 22

Campbell College booked their place at Kingspan Stadium with a 38-22 over Enniskillen Royal Grammar at Fox’s Field yesterday despite a hat trick from Enniskillen’s Callum Smyton. The home side took an early lead through Dara Gaskin after he darted around the fringes of the ruck to score the opening try. Eddie Keys kicked a […]