On Tuesday the 10th of March, Wellington College hosted the Danske Bank Girls’ Rugby Schools Cup quarterfinals with 8 teams in attendance. The competition was organised by Ulster Rugby with Wellington College, Antrim Grammar, Ballyclare High, Dalriada, Grosvenor Grammar, Methodist College, Our Lady and St Patrick’s College Knock and Victoria College competing for two available semi-final places.
The day started with Wellington facing Victoria, with Victoria emerging victorious with a score of 4-1. This defeat spurred on the Wellington girls who went on to play Our Lady and St Patrick’s College Knock, with our girls dominating the game and coming away with an impressive 4-1 win.
The final game, against Antrim Grammar, was another thrilling game which the girls comprehensively won 4-1. This win meant there was still hope of our girls reaching the semi finals if Antrim Grammar were to beat Victoria College. But unfortunately Victoria showed their strength and emerged as winners, and so WCB went out of the tournament.
The day concluded with a friendly contact game against Dalriada School, with this game going down to the wire. Dalriada scored a dramatic try in the dying seconds of the game to win the game 4-3.
A special mention must go to Leah Mudi who captained the girls, showing experience, leadership and class throughout the tournament. Also many thanks to Mr. McIlmurray who prepared and coached the girls on the day, and Mrs. Carson for managing the team.
Thanks must go to the Ulster Rugby Branch for organising this prestigious event, which proved to be a resounding success. Congratulations to Victoria and Ballyclare who progressed to the semi-finals.
WCB squad: Leah Mudi, Rachael Weatherall, Holly Brannigan, Lydia Montgomery, Emma Jarvie Sarah Martin, Sarah Brown, Lauren Campbell, Jade Hamilton, Daisy Burke, Lucy Megarry, Caitlin Trimble, Beth Jones, Sarah Weatherall, Emma McMaster, Caitlin Bryson, and Carla Hindes.
WCB try scorers:, Leah Mudi, Jade Hamilton, Emma McMaster, Caitlin Trimble, Lydia Montgomery, Holly Brannigan.
Report by Jamie Dorman Year 13