Inchmarlo P7 rugby tournament at Friends School Lisburn


The team had played the previous week at the Campbell College blitz and had recorded some fine wins over Campbell College and Downey House, so the expectations for another strong outing were high.

rugby tournament 1

The team started their day against Campbell College and played some great rugby, passing the ball well and scoring some fine tries through Adam Boyd, Alex Smyth and Matthew McAreavey, eventually winning 3 tries to nil.

Next up was Downshire PS who provided stern opposition. The team gave away to many penalties allowing Downshire into the match and getting the first try.

However the team quickly realised that they needed to start to play as a team and managed to lift their work rate. This was led by Connor Ballantine who made 3 crucial turnovers which led to Inchmarlo scoring 2 tries and the result was sealed.

Wallace Prep were up next and the team were back to top form winning 3 tries to nil through Alex Smyth, Matthew McAreavey and Harry Luke.

rugby tournament 2

The final match was the toughest test against a much fancied Meadowbridge PS team who had some rather large and fast boys on their team. However, the defence from Charlie O’Connor, Conor Ballantine and Matthew McAreavey who were able to make solid tackles and put these big runners on the ground allowing the team to compete at the ruck and steal ball almost at will.

Meadowbridge did score first but Inchmarlo quickly replied through strong running from Adam Boyd who crashed over for a try. With time nearly up and a draw looking like the only outcome, Zac Surphlis managed to steal the ball from a ruck, and this was moved quickly across 4 sets of hand to find Connor Davis in space. Connor had a lot of work to do but managed to beat 4 defenders on his way to score a fine individual try and win the match for Inchmarlo.

The boys have worked really hard this season and we appreciate all of their efforts in trying their best and learning how to play as a team.

I look forward to seeing them all at RBAI next season and seeing their rugby continue to progress over their time with us.

Mr. Morgan



Inchmarlo Preparatory School
Cranmore Park
N. Ireland
+44 (0)2890 381454


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