U13 XV

2012 - 2013

OThe Under 13s were captained and led by the noble and committed Isaac Skillen, and enthusiastically supported by the bold Jake Laverty - an aspiring captain and hopeful winger.

The year began with early defeats to Dalriada, Down High School and Sullivan. Despite the disappointment, these were extremely close games and we displayed obvious potential. A defeat by Dromore and then to Bangor meant our record was in poor shape.

However, the dream team coaching staff of Mr Smyth and Mr Jackson turned it all around and instigated a winning streak that was only disrupted by an unsatisfactory second defeat at the hands of Down High at the end of the season.

The turn around! There were 17 victories including epic stand out games against Campbell College, Ballyclare, Larne, BRA and Coleraine. Fantastic individual performances in the Front Row by the three big boys: Joyce, Laverty and Skillen who have led by example and commitment and have been the foundation of this team.

The Second Row consisted of the supposedly tall men led by Ben Davies and yes ‘tiny tim’’ Luke Kernaghan with Ethan McKee.

The Back Row was composed of Ben Davies, Nathan Chan, Johny Little, Mathew Logan, Robbie McQuaide - this became the most fought for position, with many outstanding performances by all.

The battle for scrum half between Patrick McGonigle and Dan Whitcroft was intense, perhaps by the end Dan finding his feet more in that position but Paddy demonstrating his all-round potential at both scrum half and outside half.

At out half all year Jos McConkey consistently demonstrated his considerable skills, however he is perhaps to be nominated the most relaxed player on the team!

Finally the back line of ston Edmonds, Ewen Renfrew, Jamie McDowell, Jack Patterson, Ben Stevenson, Ethan Fitzsimons, Rory Elder, Robbie Mcduff and Thomas Corr have performed and developed dramatically in defence and attack.

Played 23 Won 17 Lost 6 74%.

Player of the Year: Ben Davies

Most Improved Player: Dan Whitcroft.

The boys were a fantastic bunch, with great potential and a team to watch out for in the future.

Mr B Wilson