WALLACE rugby teams have been busy over the festive period.
The First XV and Medallion XV squads spent five days in Portugal at a warm weather
training camp. Forty one boys attended the camp which saw both teams win their practice matches comfortably. Strength and conditioning, pitch rugby, swimming pool recovery, beach training and 3G pitch
pattern sessions made up the majority of the intensive training camp.
On their return, Wallace 1stXV entertained Coleraine Inst and won by 23-7. The Medallion team was ravaged by a virus and a makeshift team went down by 17-7. The U12A XV put in their best performance of the season with an excellent 50-0 victory over Coleraine. Harry Long, Daniel Kilpatrick, Ryan Dawson and Neil Thompson had very good performances up front while in the backs Marco Manso, Kyle Patton, Jonny Lynch and Dylan Jones showed pace and dexterity.
A tough fixture last Wednesday saw Wallace travel to Ballymena Academy with 1stXV, 2ndXV and Medallion teams. Wallace came away with three hard fought wins against another seeded school.
The 1stXV improved their performance levels with a very good 13-7 victory. Ulster U19 centre Jordan Grattan scored a try while Ryan Moore kicked two penalties and a conversion. The 2ndXV also won by 12-10 with Neil Kilpatrick and Josh Collingwood getting the tries.
The Medallion beat Ballymena Academy by 27-8 and improved dramatically as some of their players had recovered from their post training camp virus. The team was excellent at set piece with Ross Waite, Michael Smyth, Jacob Singleton, Andrew Morrow and Tom Baird excelling. In the backs Jonny Stewart, Adam McCallum and Adam Heaps showed much skill and accurate decision making.
Last Saturday saw the 1stXV beat Dalriada 24-0 and the 2ndXV lose by 33-17 against Wellington College 1stXV. The Medallion continued their good form with a 64-0 victory over Dalriada. There were also victories for U14BXV over Wellington U14A by 44-7, U13B by 42-26 over Wellongton U13AXV. The U12As travelled to Ballymena Academy and won by 24-17 while the Bs lost 32-17.
There was also much excitement before Christmas when past pupil and current Irish international Chris Henry returned to school to present one of his Irish tops to Principal Deborah O’Hare and also to chat with pupils. Whilst there he also visited the Preparatory Department and happily signed autographs and got his picture taken. All at Wallace were glad to welcome him back and Teacher in charge of Rugby,
Neil Hinds, commented: “We are all immensely proud of Chris and what he has achieved in the game since leaving Wallace. It was a tremendous gesture to donate one of his Irish playing tops to the school and we look forward to him receiving many more in the years to come.”
Tough fixtures lie ahead for Wallace teams in the forthcoming weeks as preparation for cup competitions continue with top teams from Roscrea College (Limerick), Methodist College, St.Marys (Dublin) and Blackrock College (Dublin) coming to the Clonevin Park venue.