Friends’ U13 team win annual tournament

The victorious Friends' School U13 rugby squad who recently won the annual Belfast Royal Academy Tournament.
The victorious Friends' School U13 rugby squad who recently won the annual Belfast Royal Academy Tournament.

Friends’ School Under 13 team finished their superb season with a winning and unbeaten run in the annual tournament at Belfast Royal Academy.

The team were in great form scoring nineteen tries and only conceding two as they eased past their opposition on a very enjoyable day for all concerned.

In the group stages the Magheralave Road men won 12-7 over Coleraine Inst, 15-0 over Ballymena Academy and 32-0 over Ballyclare High School with Stuart Patterson and Ben Greenhill getting on the scoreboard in each game.

In semi-final Grosvenor shocked the Friends’ team early in the game by scoring under the posts in the first minute, however, the reply would be instant and four more tries were scored to send the Reece Malone led team into the final against BRA.

In the final, BRA would prove to be tough opposition and while the Friends’ team demonstrated some excellent teamwork, second row come centre Ben Greenhill secured the trophy with a hat-trick of tries.

Coach and Friends’ Rugby Co-ordinator Ivor Monaghan commented: “We have just returned from a successful tour to Carlisle and Newcastle upon Tyne and throughout the season the boys have worked extremely hard.

“They are playing an exciting brand of rugby and having won and lost to Methody, drawn to RBAI and won twice over Sullivan during the season, the team are capable of anything.

“It was also good to see our bench today including some of the B team who have played over fifteen games this season.”