The Wallace High School finished a hard rugby season with four notable successes. The Medallion won The Ulster Schools’ Plate Competition defeating Sullivan by 37-26. Chris Lister(2), David Scott(2), Ross Irwin and Jordan McMullan were the try scorers. David Scott kicked one penalty and a conversion while Connor Saunders also kicked a conversion.
The Senior Rugby Sevens B team won The Ulster Schools Junior Competition at Campbell College defeating Campbell College B 26-0 , Friends A 17-10, Wellington College A 28-0 and drew 10-10 with BRA B. In the semi final, Wallace beat Regent B 14-5 and went on to win 24-12 in the final against Friends A. Skipper Rory Stewart led by example with Adam Hanley, John Madden, Stewart Evans, Logan McCallan, Alastair McCollum, Daryl Corbett, Matthew Dillon and Colin Munn all performing at a high level.
The Wallace U14 rugby team have had a busy end to the season playing in two tournaments at Belfast Inst and Ballymena.
In the first tournament at Inst they started well with a 0-0 draw against Dublin side Terenure. Then a 43 – 0 win against Dungannon was enough for the team to top their group. In the semi-final, against BRA, Wallace fought hard and played some exception rugby, however lost the game 12-5.
Learning from this experience a confident and positive squad arrived at Ballymena determined to finish their season on a high. The tournament was run in a league format with Group winners going to the semi-final. Wallace won all four of their matches beating Dalriada 29-0, Belfast High School 12-5, Ballyclare 35-0 and Dungannon 29-0. Each game was keenly contested and the team were made to work hard for their scores.
In the semi-final against Larne the Wallace fifteen man game proved too much for the opposition and they ran out 26-0 winners. Armagh were the opposition for the final and having already been beaten by 30 points earlier in the season the Wallace boys knew this would be a difficult game to win. However, the team’s ability to retain possession, through several phases of play and keep the ball alive ensured they lifted the McCain Trophy, beating Armagh 29-0.
Congratulations must go to the whole squad for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.
The Wallace High School U12 teams finished the 2008/2009 season with outstanding records.
A XV Played 20 Won 17 Lost 3
B XV Played 18 Won 15 Lost 2
C XV Played 12 Won 8 Lost 4
The A team successfully defended the Down High School Year 8 tournament without conceding a score while the B team lost in a tight semi final by 7-5 to Royal School Dungannon A team.
The Wallace A Team defeated Regent House by 33-0 and the Try Scorers were Daniel Ballantine, Jonny Whan, Sam Moore, Connor Guiney(2) and Andrew Cardosi who also kicked 4 Conversions.
They then went on to defeat Ballynahinch HS by 36-0 with tries from Chris Acheson, Connor Guiney, Jamie Anderson, Andrew Cardosi, Nathan Todd, Max Troughton . Andrew Cardosi had three conversions.
Against RS Dungannon, Wallace won 38-0 with tries from Connor Guiney, Nathan Todd, Ben Pentland, Andrew Cardosi, Sam Moore, Jonny Whan and four conversions from Andrew Cardosi .
In the Semi Final vs. Down HS Wallace won 36-0.
The Try Scorers were Jamie Anderson, Ben Pentland, Neil Kilpatrick, Connor Guiney, Andrew Cardosi(2) and 4 cons
In the final they enjoyed an excellent 38 – 0 win oover Carrick Grammar with
Tries from Philip Hylands (2), Ben Pentland(2), Sam Moore, Connor Guiney and four conversions from Andrew Cardosi .
The Wallace B team defeated Lurgan JH 25 – 0 with tries from Andrew Irvine, Max Troughton (2), Jake McEneaney and Gary Chan. Chan (2) and Troughton also scored in the 15-5 victory over Larne GS. They were also Wallace’s try scorers in the match against Grosvenor Grammar’s A team where Wallace went down 14-10. In the semi final the Wallace lads were narrowly defeated by RS Dungannon, with Max Troughton scoring for the Lisburn lads to leave the score line 7-5.
This excellent standard of play from the Year 8 teams bodes very well for the future of Wallace rugby and all the boys are to be congratulated on their commitment throughout the season.