Many congratulations to Rainey girls Alex Burns, Lauren Mulholland and Betty Scott who were recently selected for the U17 North East Area Board Team. The standard proved to be extremely high and the girls were delighted to be selected.
The girls then attended training sessions in preparation for the Ulster U17 Area Board Tournament held in Lisnagarvey Hockey Club on 17 March 2016.
The North East Team proved to be an excellent Team and after a very successful tournament where the outright winners helped by the three Rainey girls!
Lauren Mulholland was voted the player of the tournament by her Team and coaches.
Congratulations to all three girls who will now proceed to Ulster U18 trials and many thanks to the coaches. Well done girls!
This will provide essential cover for the school, and local community, in the event of a nearby cardiac arrest.
On Friday 4th December, Eunan McDonald from the Ulster Youth Choir came in to school to lead a workshop for members of the Junior and Senior Choirs. This was a fantastic opportunity which allowed our pupils to gain an insight into singing in this prestigious choir, as well as picking up some singing tips in preparation for the upcoming Christmas Concerts.
My name is David Eagleson, I am a year 3 pupil at Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt and in October this year I entered a competition, run by the Alpha Newspaper Group, Keep Northern Ireland beautiful and Eco-Schools, to be a Young Journalist for the Environment.
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Irish National Team Coach, Alison McNeill, has reduced her U16 Irish Squad to 24 outfield players following the Irish U16 trials held in Dublin through November.
‘We would like to thank all the players for their commitment and effort. Trials were extremely competitive. We have selected the following players and are looking forward to working with this squad over the next few months’
On Thursday 26th November a squad of 23 boys and 3 coaches flew into Birmingham for the start of Rainey ES Medallion Rugby tour. The squad travelled from the airport to Stratford-upon-Avon for the first game. The opponents were King Edward’s VI School. The Rainey boys put up an excellent performance to win the game by 24 – 10. The try scorers were David Dripps, Harry Evans, Jack Bresland and Bryan Hall. Karl Warner kicked 2 conversions. This was a super performance considering the team had been travelling since 6.30am.
After training on Friday morning the team had some retail therapy at the Bullring Shopping centre. They then travelled to Franklin Gardens, home of Northampton Saints were they watched the home team beat Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership in horrible conditions. They then had the opportunity to meet Gloucester coach Jonnie Bell after the game.
On Saturday they journeyed to Hinckley to play Hinckley Academy. Many changes were made to the starting team to give everyone a start. This did not disrupt the Rainey team and again they put in an impressive performance to win 22 – 5. The try scorers were Bryn Davies (2), Jonathan Drennan and Karl Warner. Karl also kicked one conversion.
They then went to Villa Park to watch Aston Villa play Watford in the Barclay’s Premiership. Unfortunately, the home team lost but the atmosphere is something that the boys will remember. A relaxing night at the cinema completed the day.
On Sunday they returned to Birmingham airport for the flight to Belfast and eventually home.
This was an excellent trip and hopefully one that the boys will remember. They did extremely well to win two tough fixtures with 22 players getting game time. It is hoped that this will help in the build-up to the Medallion Shield. Many thanks to Mr C Simpson, Mr G Eastwood and Mr D Davies who gave up their free time to accompany the boys.
Meadow Bank Sports Arena was the venue for Magherafelt’s first Drive in Movie experience on Saturday 21 November. Over 160 adults and children packed into 50 plus cars that turned up to watch Pirates of the Caribbean on the big air screen which was over 6 metres high. The crisp clear weather was ideal for the event, which seemed to stir the imagination of all who attended. Most of the audience had never attended a drive in movie, so once the practical applications of tuning in car radios to hear the film were sorted out everyone settled down for a great night’s entertainment!
Food was provided by Sizzlers external catering, deliveries to the cars were undertaken by some of the Rainey rugby players. Joint Chair of the Rainey Rugby Fund Raising Committee Alistair Mc Gowan commented “The feedback from all those who came along to support the event has been very positive. I would like to thank not just those who attended but Paul Clarke and the Sizzlers catering staff, the food was outstanding! Also Mid Ulster Council for allowing us to stage this event at Meadowbank. Hopefully we will have another Drive in Movie night in the future”
Rainey Rugby would also like to thank Alistair McGowan, Tracey Lupari, Helen Hall and all other member of the fund-raising committee for their hard work and time.
Rainey Endowed is again this week celebrating in the success of its past pupils. We are delighted and proud of old boy Ryan Roddy who has shot to fame with his success on SAS reality TV show.
Rainey v Omagh Academy. U14s lost 24 0, U13A lost 10 5 with a try by Matthew Gibson and the U13Bs lost 33 0.
Rainey Endowed v Antrim Grammar in the Derry&Antrim League
1STXI won 11-0 Rachel Burns 5, Erin Anderson 3, Thea Corry 1, Kirsty McLarnon 1, Betty Scott 1.
2NDXI drew 0-0
Well played girls!
From the two recent weekends of trials, following the 2015 Interprovincial series in Dublin, the U18 the squad has been reduced to 24 outfield players as preparations continue for the Euro Hockey U18 Championship in Cork from 24-30 July 2016
Immensely proud of past pupil JW Anderson who has become the first fashion designer to scoop the prize for both womenswear and menswear at the British Fashion Awards on Monday night.