Medallion Plate Final

Commiserations to Grosvenor’s Medallion rugby squad which was narrowly defeated by Coleraine Academical Institution in the final of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Medallion Plate, played at Antrim Grammar School on the morning of Saturday 28th February.

Despite dominating the match for the majority of the encounter and taking a well-deserved lead through the boot of out-half Joss McConkey early in the second half, the Grosvenor team was just unable to convert territory and possession into points and will rue a number of golden opportunities that were missed during the second half in particular.

The killer blow came with around ten minutes of the game remaining when, after losing possession softly in the C.A.I. half, Grosvenor were hit on the break, with Coleraine moving it wide for its right winger to run under the posts from inside of his own half, evading the last-gasp attempts of a number of Grosvenor’s backs to produce a try-saving tackle.  With the C.A.I. try converted to secure a 7-3 lead, Grosvenor were left requiring a try of their own to take the trophy home and, despite being camped on the opposition line for much of the remainder of the match, a combination of handling errors, poor decision making and some superb Coleraine defence saw the north coast outfit hold out until the final whistle to secure victory.

Well done to Coleraine on their victory on the day, with their resolute defence, in particular, impressing throughout.  On territory and possession alone Grosvenor easily deserved the victory but cannot argue with a final scoreline which reflected their failure to take their chances, combined with Coleraine’s ability to make the most of theirs.

Despite defeat on the day Grosvenor’s squad deserves much credit for reaching the final of the competition, having defeated Royal School Dungannon and Portadown College on the way, with much credit due not only to the players but also to coaches Mr Andrew White, Mr Ross Jackson and Mr Stuart Smyth who have worked tirelessly with the squad throughout the season. 

Well done to all involved on a successful season on the whole and we wish the players the best of luck as they enter senior rugby next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grosvenor prop Jake Laverty breaks the gain line during his side's 7-3 defeat to Coleraine Acdemical Institution in the final of the Medallion Plate on Saturday 28th February

Number Eight Ben Davies runs aggrssivley with the ball during the encounter with C.A.I.