Medallion Bowl Champions 2014
Bangor Grammar School faced Belfast High School at Grosvenor Grammar School on Monday 10th March. The weather and immaculate pitch made for a free flowing game which entertained the large crowd from the first whistle.
Belfast High kicked off with a slight breeze to their advantage. Bangor took control of the game in the early stages and were rewarded with a pushover try by captain, Matthew Agnew. Daniel Young converted and increased the lead to 10-0 with a sweetly struck penalty.
The first half was a tight affair with both teams attempting to move the ball. Bangor’s defence was well organised and forced Belfast High into some mistakes. Bangor enjoyed the majority of possession but failed to capitalise. Belfast High were rewarded after some solid forward work led to a converted try, five minutes before half time. Bangor’s discipline was poor and allowed Belfast High to cross the whitewash.
Just on the stroke of half time, Bangor scored a second try. Strong work from the forwards led to a breakaway score for the opportunistic Agnew. Bangor were beginning to dominate at the lineout with Bryn Crawford causing the High schools team all sorts of problems.
Half-time led to some sharp words from coaches, Nowotawrski and Graham. Bangor were glad to be leading 15-7 but knew that the next score was vital.
Early in the second half, Bangor made Belfast High pay for their indiscipline with another well taken penalty by Daniel Young. Bangor extended their lead soon after with a well taken score by Adam Norman. Bangor were beginning to dominate proceedings, Belfast High struggling to deal with the strong running from Paddy Eves and Zach Kerr.
Bangor’s structure was excellent with Lewis Bret ‘pulling the strings’ at 10. Cameron Webb marshalled his forwards well and again, Bangor were rewarded with a superb individual try from the outstanding Charlie Blair. Bangor finished off the game with another well taken score by hat-trick hero, Matthew Agnew.
Solid performances by Callum Ferran who dealt with the threat of Belfast Highs winger as well as Chris Goldthorpe who battled through a hand injury. Not only did he cause havoc for the High schools defence, but he kicked to touch as well as threw into the lineout!
Bangor were delighted when the final whistle blew and celebrated being crowned Medallion bowl Champions 2014. This was a superb team effort and testament o the hard work, commitment and desire of all squad members.