Rainey ES 1st XV played their rescheduled Danske Bank School Cup game on Wednesday 25th January. After the frost on Saturday, Wednesday’s conditions were much better. Playing with a slight breeze Regent House went immediately on the attack, dominating both territory and possession.
Rainey ES v Portadown College 19 Rainey ES 31 (HT 12 12). #raineyrugby Rainey started strongly scoring early through Adam Thornton. However they failed to press home their initiative and let Portsdown in for a converted try and a 7 5 lead. Rainey regained the lead with a Adam Currie try and a Jac Lloyd Evans conversion. Just before half time a driving lineout resulted in a Portadown try and a share of the spoils at half time. At the start of the 2nd half Rainey failed to deal with the kick off and Portsdown scored to go 19 12 up. To their credit the young Rainey side then took the game by the scruff of the neck dominating both possession and territory until the end. They scored 3 tries by Andrew Hawe and Bryn Davies (2) with Jac Lloyd Evans kicking 2 conversions. 2nd XV won 21 0 with tries from Aaron Hamilton, Todd Smyth and Paul McErlean. Michael McIvor kicked 3 conversions. Medallion lost 36 5 with Ross Speers scoring the try. Junior results v Clounagh JHS. U14s won 52 7 with tries from Leon Martin (2), Shea Conway (2), Matthew Dripps (2), Peter McGinley and Matthew Carson. Daniel Barfoot kicked 5 conversions and Matthew Kissick kicked 1. U13s won 51 5 with tries from Ben Brown (3), Tyler McGuckin (2), Thomas Smyth (2), Ben McCrystal and Brian McKenna. Louis Regan kicked 3 conversions.
On Saturday 17 September the ‘P Keenan’ sponsored Rainey ES 1st XV hosted Dalriada. They were competing for the ‘Arthur Topping Cup’ in memory of Arthur who taught in both schools. In perfect conditions Rainey started brightly with Richard Winder and Aaron Hamilton forcing Dalriada back. Rainey created a number of chances and eventually crossed the Dalriada line when Karl Warner put Ciaran Doyle into space. Ciaran showed great pace to get the touch down. Leading 5 0 Rainey continued to attack but Dalriada gradually forced their way into the game. Up front Matthew Gordon, Connor Stringer and William Drennan were getting through a lot of work. However, with half time approaching Dalriada scored a converted try to give them a 7 5 half time lead.
In the second half Rainey attacked encouragingly but the Dalriada defence held firm. David Atkinson, Bryan Hall and Andrew Hawe all put the visiting defence under pressure but Rainey’s second score failed to materialise. Then Ben McCloskey broke down the blind side. He fed Adam Thornton and then Gregory Conway continued the attack. When the ball was recycled Adam Currie carried the ball forward. When the ball was given to David Dripps he used excellent skill to grubber though and follow up his kick to score close to the posts. Karl Warner converted the conversion to give Rainey a 12 7 lead.
Dalriada went back on the attack and made Rainey defend for a period of time. Although Rainey defended courageously the pressure eventually told and they scored in the corner to level the score at 12 12. As the game drew to a close, Andrew Nevin, Todd Smyth Jonah Hastings and Stuart Drennan all attempted to get the winning try but Dalriada defended well. The game ended in a 12 12 draw, with both teams reasonably satisfied.
The ‘Quinns Coach Hire’ sponsored 2nd XV lost 27 0.
The U16 XV won 22 7 with tries from Adam McCrum (3) and Matthew Dunlop. Jonathan Drennan also kicked a conversion.
The ‘Dixons Contractors’ sponsored Medallion team won 26 5 with tries from Marc Seffen, Jonathan Davis, Abban McCloy and Ross Speers. Ross also kicked 3 conversions.
The U14 XV won 48 7 with tries from Matthew Cowan (3), Matthew Carson (2), Shea Conway (2) and Eoin Garvey. Daniel Barfoot kicked 4 conversions.
The U13 XV won 38 0 with tries from Ben Brown (3), Callum Nugent (2), and Cameron Smyth. Louis Regen kicked 4 conversions.
Well done all Rainey Rugby players and coaches.
Regent 45 Rainey 31 (HT 10 26).
Rainey played excellent rugby in the first half scoring 4 tries through Connor Stringer, David Atkinson, David Dripps and Ciaran Doyle. Adam Hunter kicked 3 conversions. Unfortunately Rainey thought they had the job done and dropped their intensity. Regent stormed back to win. Rainey got one try in the second half by Aaron Hamilton.
2nd XV won 33 17 – scorers Michael McIvor 1 try and 4 conversions, with tries from Bryan Hall, Ross Clarke, Paul McErlean and Jonah Hastings. The Medallion lost 36 12 with Ross Speers scoring a try and a conversion. Johny Davis scored a try. U14s won 45 5 scorers to follow. U13 won 60 0 scorers to follow.
On Saturday 5th March the ‘P Keenan Road Surfacing’ sponsored Rainey ES welcomed Down HS in the semi-final of the Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield. In excellent conditions, the winners knew that a victory would send them to the Ravenhill final on the 14th March.
In front of a really large crowd Rainey started strongly forcing Down deep into their own half. With Rainey dominating possession, forwards Wallace Bruce, Matthew Gordon and Andrew Nevin made a dent in the visiting defence. A neat break by winger Adam Hunter was stopped illegally by the visitors and Lorcan Quinn was just off target with the conversion. The home side continued to attack and a neat break by Lorcan Quinn almost led to the first try. The pressure however, did eventually tell. Andrew Hawe and Adam Thornton did the hard work close to the Down line and when the ball was recycled Lorcan Quinn reacted quickest to touch down. He was very unlucky with his conversion as it rebounded of the crossbar. Rainey led 5 0. This try seemed to give Down a wakeup call. From the kick off they raised their game putting Rainey under pressure. Excellent defence from Rainey, in particular Captain Andrew Brown and Cameron Stewart keep them out, but sheer determination got them a try in the corner. The score was now 5 5. The visitors regained possession from the kick off and came at Rainey again, earning a penalty which they kicked to make it 5 8.
Rainey were finding it difficult to get their hands on the ball and with half time approaching Down scored and converted a second try to make it 5 15. With the whistle about to sound Rainey attacked. Anton Lupari broke the gain line and fed Mark Mulholland but good Down tackling kept them out. The half time whistle sounded with Down leading by 10 points.
The second half started with Down kicking a penalty to make it 5 18. Rainey now knew they had to ‘throw caution to the wind’ and have a go at Down. This courageous approach almost got a couple of scores with Matthew Mulholland and Michael Lynn both making nice breaks. But, when you are chasing a game mistakes can be costly. In the space of 5 minutes 2 Rainey mistakes cost 14 points. Down intercepted a pass and hacked a dropped pass, both which led to converted tries. Down now led 5 32.
To the tribute of the Rainey players they kept attacking Down. A jinking run from Matthew Smyth put the Magherafelt boys deep in the Down HS territory. After good from Neal Hastings and Anton Lupari, Cameron Stewart crashed over for a try. The score was now 10 32. With time running out misunderstanding in the Rainey defence gifted Down a final try it was converted to give them a 10 39 victory.
Although on the day, Down HS deserved their win, the score line flattered them. While not at their best the layers players can be extremely proud of their effort and commitment. They never gave up and did their school proud.
Many thanks to the large crowd who turned up to support the team. Also thanks to the Rainey Rugby Parents Committee for all their hard work Barbequing and manning Rainey Ruck Shop.
On Wednesday 24th February the ‘P Keenan Road Surfacing’ sponsored Rainey ES travelled to Regent House for the replay of the Quarter final of the Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield. Rainey and Regent had played out a hard fought draw on Saturday and on the evidence of this game there was very little between the teams.
Rainey knew a good start was important, so elected to play with the wind. An excellent kick off from Matthew Smyth forced Regent back to their own line. Good work at the breakdown resulted in a Rainey turn over. Great driving work by Wallace Bruce and William Drennan set up a scoring opportunity for Lorcan Quinn who darted through a gap to score. Lorcan stepped up to convert his own try to give Rainey a 7 0 lead.
Rainey continued to dominate both possession and territory but couldn’t get the second score they deserved. They put themselves into some excellent positions but crucial mistakes in key attacking areas let them down. Regent were finding it difficult to get into the game but a missed tackle in midfield gave the Regent centre the opportunity to run in a try. The conversion was kicked and the scores were level at 7 7. This gave Rainey a warning but to their credit went back on the attack. A great carry from Matthew Gordon set up Neal Hastings who powered forward but was held up over the line. With the Magherafelt boys attacking at every opportunity Regent cleared their lines with a few loose kicks. These kicks were dealt with expertly by Matthew Mulholland and Adam Hunter who put Regent under pressure with clever counter attacking. With half time approaching Regent were penalised after a fine break from Matthew Smyth. Lorcan Quinn converted the penalty to make it 10 7 at half time.
Playing into the breeze Rainey put pressure on Regent right from the kick off. They were playing with real purpose forcing Regent deep into their half. The intensity of the Rainey defence, particularly from centres Andrew Brown and Mark Mulholland, was a real positive for the visitors. Rainey forced Regent into a number of errors and Andrew Nevin capitalised with a number of strong runs. As the half progressed the enthusiasm within the Rainey ranks grew and many of the line breaks were well supported, in particular, Andrew Hawe continuing many promising breaks.
The variety of the Rainey attack was causing Rainey problems. A well timed back move involving Andrew Brown and Mark Mulholland put Michael Lynn in space. Michael beat his opposite man before being stopped illegally. Rainey kicked to the corner and from the lineout Anton Lupari drove over the line for an important try. Lorcan Quinn kicked an excellent conversion into the wind to increase the lead to 17 7. A lapse in concentration at the kick off gave Regent a penalty which they converted to make it 17 10.
Rainey responded positively to this set back going straight back on the attack. Many super breaks, especially by Adam Thornton and Anton Lupari, kept Rainey on the front foot. With time running out Rainey kept Regent deep in their own half. However, with full time approaching a couple of Regent penalties put the home team into the Rainey 22 for the first time in the match. With the ‘last play’ called Regent caught Rainey on the hop to score in the corner. To the relief of the large traveling support the conversion was missed and the final whistle sounded. Rainey had deservedly won 17 15.
This was a very mature and professional performance from Rainey. They dominated Regent throughout and never gave them time to settle. There was a lot more energy in this performance and they showed much more variety in attack. They will need more of the same when they play Down HS in the semi-final.
Other results this week included a comfortable win for the U12s over Foyle College. The U14s also had a big win defeating Carrickfergus GS. The U13s lost narrowly to Carrickfergus GS.
On Friday 4th March the U13s and U14s travel on their tour to Dublin. They play High School, Dublin on Saturday 5th March before going to watch Leinster play Ospreys in the Pro 12. The U12s also play on Friday. They travel to Belfast to play Grosvenor GS before going to watch Ulster play Zebre.
On Saturday 5th March the 1st XV play Down HS in the Quarter-Final of the Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield. The game is at home with a 11.00am kick off. All support welcome.
Photo 1 – Damien Lynn of ‘John Lynn Heating and Plumbing Ltd’ presenting new Hoodies to Rainey 1st XV players Michael Lynn and Cameron Stewart
Photo 2 – Andrew Nevin launches another attack
Photo 3 – Anton Lupari breaks from a scrum
Photo 4 – Neal Hastings beats a defender
Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield Quarter Final Regent House 15 Rainey ES 17 (HT 7 10). Rainey started the game with the wind and real purpose. Great work by forwards Neal Hastings and Adam Thornton created an opening for Lorcan Quinn to score inside the first minute. Lorcan kicked the conversion to make it 7 0. Rainey continued on the offensive with Wallace Bruce and Andrew Hawe going close. In a rare excursion into the Rainey half Regent broke in midfield to score under the posts. The conversion was added to level it at 7 7. On the stroke Of halftime a fine break from Matthew Smyth resulted in a penalty which Lorcan Quinn converted to make it 7 10. Rainey started the second half with great intensity with Matthew Mulholland and Andrew Brown causing problems. The pressure eventually told when Anton Lupari powered over. Lorcan Quinn hit a super conversion into the wind to make it 7 17. Regent then kicked a penalty to make it 10 17. With the referee calling last play Regent scored in the corner but the conversion was unsuccessful and Rainey deservingly won 15 17. Thanks to all the supporters who traveled to Regent.
On Saturday 20th February the ‘P Keenan Road Surfacing’ sponsored Rainey ES hosted Regent House in the Quarter final of the Subsidiary Shield. Rainey had lost narrowly to Regent in September so were prepared for a tough game.
Rainey started the game brightly and after fine forward play from Andrew Hawe and Wallace Bruce got the first points of the game when Lorcan Quinn kicked a penalty. The home side lost the injured Cameron Stewart to injury and his influence proved to have an effect on the later stages of the game. Regent gradually began to take control of the game. Rainey were finding it very difficult to get possession. Excellent tackling from Andrew Nevin and Mark Mulholland prevented certain scores. However, it was only a matter of time before the pressure told and Regent crossed the Rainey line twice to give them a 10 3 lead. On a rare trip into the Regent half Matthew Smyth was very unlucky not to score a try for Rainey. However, after some strong carrying from Adam Thornton and Matthew Gordon Regent were penalised and Lorcan Quinn was successful with his kick to narrow the score to 10 6. But with half time approaching Rainey gave away a soft penalty which Regent converted to give them a 13 6 advantage.
During the half time break Rainey knew they had to really improve in the 2nd half if they were to get anything out of the game. They started the half with promise, with Neal Hastings providing them with a lot of excellent lineout ball. A period of sustained pressure which involved Anton Lupari on a number of occasions resulted in a Rainey try. Andrew Brown and Richard Winder both broke tackles before Lorcan Quinn spotted a gap which he darted through to touch down. He converted his own try from a tight angle to level the scores at 13 13.
The Magherafelt boys then suffered a double blow when within a short period of time they lost Captain Andrew Brown and point’s scorer Lorcan Quinn in quick succession. For the final 20 minutes the game swung both ways with each side enjoying periods of dominance. Regent kicked a lot to gain territory but this was comfortably dealt with by Matthew Mulholland and Michael Lynn. David Atkinson began a promising attack which also involved William Drennan and Stephane Bergeron but unfortunately it came to nothing. With the last play of the game Regent had a chance with a difficult long range penalty but to the relief of the Rainey supporters it was pushed wide. The referee sounded his whistle for a 13 13 draw.
Rainey were well below their bet in this game and were relieved to get the opportunity of a replay. Hopefully, in the replay they wouldn’t play as badly again.
The Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield Quarter Final replay is on Wednesday 24th February in Newtownards at 2.30pm.
Other fixtures this week include the U12s who are at home to Foyle College on Friday 26th February. The game is at home with a 1.45pm kick off. On Saturday 27th February the Medallion, U14s and U13s are away to Carrickfergus GS. Best wishes to all the Rainey teams. All support welcome.
RES 13 Regent 13 (HT 6 13). Rainey opened the scoring with a Lorcan Quinn penalty. Regent responded with 2 unconverted tries to lead 3 10. Lorcan Quinn then kicked a penalty to make it 6 10. On the stroke of halftime Regent kicked a penalty to make it 6 13. Rainey started the 2nd half with more purpose and scored a converted try by Lorcan Quinn. The score was now 13 13. Rainey suffered a number of key injuries to the experienced trio of captain Andrew Brown, Cameron Stewart and Lorcan Quinn. They reshuffled and went close on a couple of occasions. Regent also had chances but both defences dominated. Game finished 13 13.
Medallion unfortunately were well below their best losing 42 0 in the quarter finals of the Danske Bank Medallion Shield. The U14 drew 14 14 with tries from Marc Seffen and Jonathan Davis. Ross Speers kicked 2 conversations. The U13s drew 14 14 with tries from Shea Conway and Matthew Cowan. Daniel Barfoot kicked 2 conversions.
On Saturday 6th February the ‘P Keenan Road Surfacing’ Rainey ES 1st Xv travelled to Pirrie Park to play Methody in Round 3 of the Danske Bank Ulster School’s Cup. Traditionally this is probably the most difficult venue to play school’s cup rugby. Methody are also the most successful school in the history of the Ulster School’s Cup. Takng all this into consideration this was going to be a tough task for the local boys.
Danske Bank Ulster Schools Cup Round 4 -Methodist College Belfast 15 Rainey Endowed School 0.
An outstanding performance from Rainey on which they deserved much more. For long spells of the game they dominated the favourites. Every player today made us very proud of #raineyrugby
There were 2 other fixtures today also against MCB – U14s drew 5 5 with a try from Abban McCloy and the U13s won 5 0 with a try from Tom Allingham. Super results, well done boys.
On Saturday 6th February the ‘P Keenan Road Surfacing’ sponsored Rainey ES travel to Methodist College, Belfast in Round 3 of the Danske Bank School’s Cup. Rainey hope to buld on their Round 2 success when they defeated RS Armagh. On that occasion they came from behind to win and relied on tries from Anton Lupari and Neal Hastings together with the trusty boot of Lorcan Quinn. The game against Methody will be a real challenge, as the Belafast school are the most successful school in School’s Cup history and are always among the favourites to lift the trophy.
However, the Rainey squad has had a very good season with impressive victories against RBAI, Ballymena Academy and Sullivan Upper School against their name. Out of 16 games this season they have only been defeated 3 times resulting in them being seeded into Round 2.
They have scored over 400 points in the 16 games they have played. A lot of these points have been scored through tries, with Michael Lynn and Cameron Stewart often getting on the score sheet. Top try scorer, however, is Ulster U19 player Anton Lupari. Vice-Captain Lorcan Quinn is the top point’s scorer.
It has been a difficult season for Captain Andrew Brown who got injured in the first week in September. He has had to watch the games from the side line. But Andrew has shown great determination and courage to fight his way back to fitness, playing against RS Armagh and displaying what an important figure he is in the team. It will also be a big day for the Form 5’s in the squad, particularly David Atkinson and Adam Thornton.
Rainey, unfortunately, will be without the services of 3 influential players who have recently suffered injury. Although, Adam Currie, Wallace Bruce and Matthew Smyth will be wishing their team-mates well on the big day.
It is an extremely talented squad and they have exceptional players throughout. They have displayed excellent commitment, work rate and dedication this season. The success of this season is down to the fantastic attitude of the whole squad. They have really impressed coaches Chris Campbell, Peter Boyle and Stu McCalmont. Rainey go into this game as rank outsiders, but there is a feeling and quiet confidence in the squad that they can cause a real upset. If the boy’s play at a high intensity and to their potential, they could give their illustrious opponents a shock. It is hoped that a large crowd can attend to cheer the team to victory. The game is on this Saturday at Pirrie Park, Belfast with a 11.00am kick off. All support will be much appreciated.
Other Rainey ES fixtures are the 3rd XV hosting Wallace HS in the Quarter Final of the Danske Bank 3rd XV Plate. The game is on Wednesday at Meadowbank Sports Arena with a 4pm kick off. On Saturday 6th February the U13s, U14s and Medallion travel to play Dalriada. All support would be welcome at all these games.
Wilma from the Fashion House, Magherafelt presents a match ball to 1st XV Captain Andrew Brown and Matthew Mulholland
On Saturday 30th January the ‘Noonan’s’ sponsored Medallion travelled to Ballyclare HS in Round 4 of the Danske Bank Medallion Shield. This promised to be a very closely contested game as no more than 2 points have separated the teams in the past couple of seasons.
In very cold and windy conditions Rainey played into the wind and were forced to defend immediately. The local boys however, were probably to adventurous trying to play out of defence and pressure from Ballyclare forced an early score which gave them a 7 0 lead. This did not affect the Rainey players and they began to build their own attacks. Among the forwards Gavin Currie, Daniel Clarke and Adam McCrum were causing havoc in the Ballyclare defence. The Rainey backs were also looking dangerous when given possession but the conditions prevented a number of opportunities. Ciaron Doyle, David Dripps and Aidan MacDonald all looked threatening.