THE Halloween holiday period tends to be quite disruptive to the rugby fixtures at Rainey ES. Over this period all the teams managed to get two games, against both Ballymena schools, and a mixed set of results were recorded.
The ‘P Keenan Road Surfacing’ sponsored 1st XV travelled to Cambridge House and in good playing conditions found themselves 13-0 down to a very determined home team. After this long settling period, the Magherafelt boys composed themselves and went on the attack. Arran Murphy kicked a penalty to reduce the arrears. This gave Rainey confidence and they began to use the ball sensibly. They were rewarded with some good play by a Jamie Noble try in the corner. Turning around at half time 13-8 behind, Rainey went on the offensive. After good work by the forwards the backs produced a fine back move to put Odhran McCloy in for their second try.
Now Rainey were starting to dictate play and a second try from Jamie Noble gave them a little breathing space at 13-18. With the game drawing to a close, captain Thomas Booth scored a fourth try to give Rainey a 13-23 victory.
The ‘David Allingham Forklift Safety Training’ sponsored Rainey ES Medallion recorded their third win in a row with a 22-10 win over Cambridge House. Tries from Mark Rooney, Eoghan Bradley, Callum Bloomer and Andrew Nicholl; and a conversion from Mark Rooney sealed another impressive victory. The U14 XV had a convincing win, beating Cambridge House 31-17.
The try scorers were Andrew Brown with 2, Anton Lupari, James McGurk and Mark McClenaghan. Lorcan Quinn kicked 3 conversions. The U13 after a super series of 7 straight wins, lost 21-5 with Matthew Porter scoring the try.
Up next were the might of Ballymena Academy, and again Rainey managed to field 8 teams which is a fantastic achievement for a small school. The senior squad had 18 players unavailable or injured for this fixture so many changes were made in both the 1st XV and 2nd XV. With many key players missing it was always going to be a difficult fixture for the three senior teams.
The ‘P Keenan Road Surfacing’ sponsored 1st XV were beaten 35-3 but put in a real gutsy performance. Against one of the schools fancied for the schools cup they gave their all and many of the boys can be proud of their performances. A number of Form 5 boys, Mark Kavanagh, Jonathan Stewart, Euan Lennox and Matthew McCready did themselves proud and proved they are good prospects for the future.
The 2nd XV were up against an unbeaten Ballymena team and never gave up, although they were beaten 46-0. The 3rd XV saved their best rugby for the second half but were defeated 35-5, with Thomas Mains scoring a great individual try.
The ‘David Allingham Forklift Safety Training’ sponsored Rainey ES Medallion travelled to Ballymena and came up against a strong side. Although they tried to the bitter end they were defeated 42-0.
The U14 A had the result of the day defeating Ballymena in their own ‘backyard’ by 21-5. The try scorers were Anton Lupari, Stuart McCulloch and Mark McClenaghan. Lorcan Quinn kicked 3 conversions.
The U14 B’s lost 34 -10 with tries from Marc Heaney and Mark Evans.
The U13 A’s lost 33-0, but the U13 Bs pushed their opponents all the way, eventually losing 23-17, with tries from James Cunningham, Stuart Thomson ad Andrew Nevin.
The U12 teams played their first games at home in front of a big crowd, in terrible weather against Foyle and L’Derry College. All players and teams put in great performances in difficult playing conditions to record three wins. The A team won 35-15 with tries from Martin Cudden (3), Patrick McGowan, Cole Chambers, Matthew Smyth and David Atkinson. The B team won 30-5 with a super 5 tries from Stephen Greer and 1 from Pearce McLarnon. The C team won 25-20 with 3 tries from Martin McNulty and 2 from Thomas Boyle.