Endowed IIs storm into Plate semi final

ON Saturday 17th March Rainey ES hosted RS Dungannon in the Quarter Final of the 2nd XV Plate. In perfect conditions Rainey played expansive rugby from start to finish, which caused Dungannon all sorts of problems.

With the Rainey pack dominant, the side had lots of ball to threaten the visitor’s line. They also controlled most of the territory, which gave them some excellent attacking opportunities. It was from one of their wide attacks that they scored their first try with Gary Monaghan supporting on the wing to finish off a fine move. This gave Rainey a 5-0 lead. The home side continued to attack and Gavin Pollock kicked a penalty to increase the lead to 8-0.

In the 2nd half Rainey continued from where they left off. Again after some flowing play Gavin Wray got the second touchdown. Gavin Pollock converted to make it 15-0. With Rainey now on top in all areas, a clever move down the blindside resulted in Barry Wilkinson scoring. Gavin Pollock converted again and Rainey now led 22-0. A fourth try followed shortly afterwards, when after a period of good support play Gary Monaghan crossed for his second try. Gavin Pollock added the conversion to complete a successful day with the boot. The final whistle sounded with Rainey comfortable 29-0 winners.

They now face Wallace HS in the Semi Final. The game is on Friday 23rd March at Wallace with a 2.30pm kick off. Everyone connected to Rainey Rugby wishes them well. All support would be really welcome.

The Under 12 A and B squads completed a very successful and enjoyable tour to Banbridge and Newcastle Co. Down. In their games against Banbridge Academy the A team won 26-19 with tries from Patrick McGowan, Jonathan Carson, Stephen Greer and Matthew Smyth. Matthew also kicked 3 conversions. The B team lost 33-14 with Kelvin Hyndman scoring 2 tries. Sam Hardy kicked 2 conversions. The boys then went on to stay over night in Newcastle where they participated in many outdoor pursuit activities like Archery and Zip lining. Thanks are due to Mr R Henderson and Mr M Ferguson who accompanied the boys on the tour.

On Friday 23rd March the Under 12 A and B teams travel to RS Dungannon to contest the Arnold Shield. Rainey have had a great run in this fixture for the last number of years and hope to continue this run on Friday. The games are in Dungannon with a 2.30pm kick off. All support welcome.

Finally, best wishes to the Under 13 and Under 14 squads who go on tour to Dublin on Thursday. They play De la Salle, Churchtown on Friday 23rd March and then that evening go to the RDS to watch Leinster play the Ospreys in the Pro 12.