Medallion Shield Quarter Final

Commiserations to Grosvenor’s Medallion rugby team which suffered a 10-0 defeat at the hands of Ballymena Academy in the quarter-final of the Danske Bank Medallion Shield on the morning of Saturday 15th February.

Following an impressive 12-3 victory over a much fancied Coleraine Inst. side in the previous round of the competition, and having not conceded a try in any of their previous six matches, Grosvenor entered this home encounter with much reason for optimism.  Despite the team’s impressive recent form, however, Ballymena showed why they are one of the favourites for the competition by delivering an impressive and mature performance which saw them do just enough to prevail.

Playing with the wind in the first half GGS undoubtedly failed to use the conditions sufficiently to their advantage and, despite some sustained pressure towards the end of the half, entered the break five points in arrears following a single Ballymena try.  Playing against the wind it was always going to prove hard for Grosvenor to claw back the deficit in the second half and, once again, despite some impressive rugby, they were unable to penetrate the opposition line, falling further behind when a second Ballymena try secured them a ten point lead.

Despite Grosvenor’s defeat on the day the team should take great pride from its cup run, as well as its performance against arguably the top team in the competition last Saturday.  Although we all hoped for a more favourable result Grosvenor’s players showed just how far they have come this year under the expert coaching of Andrew Gibson, Stephen Smyth, Daniel Boden and Andrew McConville.

Well done once again to the Medallion squad on its successful season and we hope that its players go on to represent the School’s senior sides with distinction over the coming years.

Grosvenor scrum-half Conor Kernohan launches an attack during his side's Danske Bank Medallion Shield quarter-final encounter against Ballymena Academy