Mixed Success for BGS On and Off the Field

Tuesday 10 February brought mixed success for the School.

After many postponements because of frozen pitches and much uncertainty over both last Saturday and Monday, the fourth round Schools' cup tie between BGS and Ballyclare was finally played thanks to the generous hospitality of Larne Grammar School. It was a good, competitive match, but the final result was never really in doubt and the Antrim side ran out convincing victors 29 - 0. This is not to deny BGS praise for phases of some very fine rugby, but , after a sluggish start, they were beaten by a bigger and heavier team.

The Cup campaign this year was a noble one with many talented young players being given a run-out and shows that within the next two years, BGS will be serious competitors for any School. Well done to the boys and thank you to their coaches, David Kennedy, Neal Nowatarski and Jason Morgan. Good luck to Ballyclare in the quarter-finals.

At the same time as the rugby, our Debating Society, by contrast, notched a fine victory over Victoria College in the Northern Ireland Schools' Debating Competition. Luke Melvin (Year 12) and William McKeown (Year 14) were proposing the motion 'The rich should pay for the crisis' and, arguing with passion and considerable intelligence and wit, convinced the adjudicator that they should go through to the quarter-finals.

Congratulations, boys!