RAMSGRANGE COMMUNITY School kitted out for their first-ever boys' rugby match recently.
The boys have been training religiously for the past three months but were apprehensive about facing the might of Good Counsel College, who have produced players who have played rugby at various stages of provincial and national teams and are a lot further advanced in the sport.
The boys lined up nervously and it showed when the first try was run in after only minutes by Good Counsel who were intent on imposing their authority on proceedings as quickly as possible.
Instead of dropping their heads, the Ramsgrange boys were spurred on and Daniel Johnston ran in a try after a magnificent run from inside his own half. Dylan Nolan duly converted to give them an early boost and shake off any pre-match nerves.
The R.C.S. defence was tested in the firsthalf, with the experienced Good Counsel team dominating the scoring as would one expect given the obvious difference between the sides.
The second-half started with R.C.S. kicking to the home side. The R.C.S. boys successfully chased the ball down, and a catch that Rob Kearney would be proud of from Dylan Nolan led to R.C.S. opening the scoring in the second-half.
The R.C.S. boys' spirit lifted further and this led to tries from Dylan Nolan, Alex Poteiger and Daniel Johnston, with all of them converted by Nolan.
The Ramsgrange defence was improved no end in the second-half and, spurred on by captain Jack Doherty, the R.C.S. boys held their ground and won the second-half.
Unfortunately for the novice R.C.S. boys, Good Counsel came out as victors overall with a final score of 63-42 but it was still a very encouraging display.
As first matches go, R.C.S. were up for the challenge and look set to have a promising future as many of their players are only in first year and have never played rugby before. Well done to both teams.