1. Year 12 students representing Ulster:
Daire Hill and Tammy Millar, both in Year 12, have recently been awarded representative honours for Ulster Rugby. Daire has been training with the U16 Ulster Development Squad for the past year and got called up to the Ulster Club U17 team to play Connacht in a development match in Dubarry Park, Athlone at the end of August. Tammy has been training with the Ulster Development Squad for two years and represented Ulster U18s in their interprovincial matches v Munster, Leinster and Connacht sealing victory with three wins from three against Munster last Saturday. (http://www.ulsterrugby.com/news/15275.php#.V_QZDfArLIU). Aaron Clarke has also been involved with the Ulster Development Squad for three years but has not played recently due to injury and subsequent surgery on his knee. Aaron is due to be back playing in 4 weeks and should be back to strengthen the school’s team before the first round of the High School’s Cup
2. Pollack Cup:
Our U16 rugby team competed in the Pollack Cup regional qualifier in Omagh RFC on Tuesday 4th Oct.
The team began with a tough match against Omagh High School. Omagh had already had a match under their belt and began the strongest, scoring two tries before EIC had got up to match speed. Our team of Year 11 and 12s, a number of whom were playing their first ever full rugby match began a stirring fight back with a try from Dominykas Kuklys, followed by what looked like a second from flying winger Tommy Murphy before his try was controversially ruled out for a ‘foot in touch’.
In our second match versus Fivemiletown High School, the College began in a more determined manner and had run in three fine unanswered scores from skipper, Daire Hill and Matthew Brown. Although Fivemiletown came back with a couple of late tries the win for EIC was never in doubt.
Thanks must go to CCRO Gareth ‘Shiner’ Beattie for his coaching input on the morning and to the Devenish College students who helped us field the full squad required.
3. After Schools Rugby
This continues Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm for all KS3 students (girls and boys). Newcomers welcome.