Campbell Sevens Rugby Tournament

Well done to Grosvenor’s Under 14 rugby team which performed commendably at the annual Campbell Sevens tournament, held at Campbell College on Saturday 8th March.

At an event to which only the top teams in the province are invited, Grosvenor faced some high-class opposition in their group, in the form of Sullivan Upper, Down High School and Methodist College Belfast.  Despite the strength of opposition before them, however, Grosvenor began superbly when an energetic, skilful and passionate performance saw them defeat the much-fancied M.C.B. to prevail by a convincing 21 points to nil, with tries coming from Nathan Chan, Ben Stevenson and captain Isaac Skillen.

Following such an encouraging start, however, the team’s levels dropped in their second encounter, in which lax defending and some basic errors gifted Sullivan Upper an early two try lead, from which they never looked back, winning by an eventual score of 24 points to 5, with GGS’s try coming from Joss McConkey.  

Following such a damaging defeat against Sullivan, the team went into its final group game, against the unbeaten Down High School, knowing that nothing less than victory would suffice.  With this as motivation the team undoubtedly raised its standard of performance, posing the opposition many problems before falling to eventual defeat by ten points to nil. 

Despite failing to reach the semi-final stage of the competition, the team should not be too disappointed by its performances against some of the top rugby-playing schools within the province.  The team’s opening victory in particular, against M.C.B., showed that it is more than capable of competing with the best and they will take confidence from this fact heading into next weekend’s season-ending O’Kane Tournament, which will be hosted by Ballymena Academy.

Grosvenor player Ewan Renfrew competes for the ball during his side's encounter with Sullivan Upper on Saturday 8th March