Under 16 Rugby team win the Pollock Cup

The Under 16 Team started their season with the Pollock Cup qualifiers at Lisburn Rugby Club. Ballyclare, who had a number of players absent with injury, started with a victory over Strangford College and then defeated Shimna 17-0 with James Wilson scoring two tries and Dylan Coyle scoring one. Ross Warren converted one of the tries. Ballyclare then faced Our Lady and St. Pats, Knock and recorded a 25-0 victory with Ben Evans scoring once, Ross Warren and Adam Warren both adding two tries each. Ballyclare then played Ballynahinch HS in their final group game and the game ended in a 12-12 draw. James Wilson and Ross Warren scored one try each and Adam Warren converted one try. Ballyclare Secondary and Ballynahinch HS both qualified for the finals day.

The finals day, which included the top eight teams, took place on Wednesday 22nd November at Mid Ulster Arena, Cookstown. Ballyclare faced holders Craigavon SHS in their first group match and won 10-5, with Ross Warren scoring a brace. Ballyclare then faced Sperrin Integrated and again won 10-0 with Adam Shields and Adam Warren scoring one try each. Ballyclare won their group and progressed to the final to meet Ballynahinch HS. The final was abandoned after three minutes due to a serious injury to a Ballynahinch player. Ballyclare enjoyed early possession in the Ballynahinch 22. Due to a lengthy delay, it was agreed to share the trophy.

This is only the second time that Ballyclare Secondary has won the Pollock Cup, the first was in 1996. Ballyclare have come close in recent years, being runners-up in 2014 and third place in 2015 and 2016.