CSHS End of Year Tournament

On Wednesday 22nd June, Portadown Rugby Club played host to a Rugby 10’s tournament for around 150 school students. The tournament was designed, using the medium of rugby, to welcome students from local Junior High Schools who would be transitioning to their Senior High School or College Choices in early September. Killicomaine JHS, Clounagh JHS and Tandragee JHS were joined by Markethill HS, Banbridge HS, Rathfriland HS and Lisnagarvey HS to contest a Cup and Shield Competition. To ease the process of moving to a new school, students from the U15 (Medallion) teams at Craigavon Senior High School and Portadown College were also present on the day, playing a number of exhibition games and introducing themselves to incoming students.

A number of competitive games were on display in the group stages of the tournament with many ties being keenly contested. Killicomaine JHS and Clounagh JHS B were the top two teams in Group A with Banbridge HS and Clounagh JHS A taking the top two positions in Group B with tries scored having to separate second and third in the group. These four teams would then play in semi-final playoffs for the Cup competition while third and fourth in each group would contest the Shield Competition.

The Shield Playoffs were extremely well contested with Rathfriland HS and Markethill HS reaching the final. A try in the opening minute and on the stroke of full-time earned the Co. Down students a hard fought victory, with Rathfriland winning the Shield final 14-5.

The Cup playoffs were again very close affairs with Killicomaine JHS pipping Clounagh JHS A in the first playoff and Clounagh JHS B drawing with Banbridge HS 5-5 in the other playoff. Banbridge HS had a better tries scored tally and therefore progressed to the final against Killicomaine JHS. The Cup final was a contrast of styles with Killicomaine playing expansive rugby and Banbridge displaying physicality in defence and attack. It was Banbridge who started the game best scoring a converted try in the opening 30 seconds. Killicomaine soon settled in the game, playing some lovely expansive rugby to run in four unanswered tries to win the final 28-7.

Presentations were made to the winning captains of Killicomanine JHS and Rathfriland HS by tournament organisers from the PE Department at Craigavon Senior High alongside a presentation to Bailey Lappin (Killicomaine JHS) as tournament MVP for his outstanding performances and try scoring tally.

A special thanks must go to Portadown RFC and Flat Dogs for catering and hosting the tournament on the day, to Ulster Rugby Participation Officers Jordan Robinson and Shel Laffin for helping run the event and to AquaTwist for generously donating bottles of water to students and staff on the day.

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