Medallion Shield Rugby Success

Congratulations to Grosvenor Grammar School’s Medallion Rugby squad which achieved a thrilling 14-12 victory over Dalriada School in the second round of the Danske Bank Medallion Shield on Thursday 10th January.

Facing a stiff challenge against a team to whom they had tasted defeat earlier in the season, Grosvenor produced a superb performance to narrowly prevail in a titanic encounter.  Having fallen behind to a converted try by Dalriada early in the first half the team rallied and soon struck through an outstanding individual try by out-half Mark Johnston, with centre Jonah McDowell converting to brings the scores level at 7-7.

With all to play for Grosvenor drew next blood with a superb team effort seeing prop James Simms carry the ball before Mark Johnston produced a clever kick, which he himself chased and gathered, to score in the corner for his second try of the match.  The resulting conversion from Jonah McDowell, from far out towards the touch-line, was an outstanding effort and gave Grosvenor a well deserved 14-7 lead at half-time. 

The second half saw Dalriada score early on only for the subsequent conversion to be missed, thus enabling Grosvenor to maintain their lead.  The remainder of the half saw the game played largely in the Dalriada half, with Grosvenor unlucky not to extend their lead after being held up on the visitors’ try line on a number of occasions.

Congratulations to all of Grosvenor’s players who contributed to this excellent victory on the day:  notable performances came from the afore-mentioned Mark Johnston, whose man-of-the-match performance was arguably the difference between the two teams, Number eight and captain James Cartlidge, who led by example as always and flanker Medani Elshibly whose cover tackling proved invaluable throughout the second half.

Well done also to the squad’s coaches, led by Mr Andrew Gibson and also including Messrs Stephen Smyth, Corey Tipping and Andrew McConville, who have overseen a significant improvement in the team’s performances this season.

Grosvenor now progress to face an away tie with Portora Royal on Saturday 19th January – all at the School wish its players and coaches the best of luck for this fixture.

Grosvenor's squad of players and coaches following their victory over Dalriada in the second round of the Medallion Shield