Very Welcome – Mathew Flinders School From New South Wales in Australia – Toured Ulster Last Week – Visited Giants Causeway & Met the Mayor of Limavady: Notes + Match Reports from Limavady GS & Ballymena Academy

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Great to see this school touring Ulster and playing sport while on holidays here. Your very welcome here in Ireland anytime and of course we are particularly proud to welcome you to Ulster.

Pictured above are the group @ the giants causeway, here’s what they said “2013 European Sports Tour: Now in Northern Ireland, we spent the morning visiting the Giant’s Causeway on the North Coast before returning to Limavady Grammar School in the afternoon for two rugby, one hockey and one netball fixture. Again, our Irish hosts have been most hospitable. Here is our touring group at the Giant’s Causeway.”

Then meeting the mayor of Limavady
“2013 European Sports Tour: The mayor of Limavady Borough Council (Northern Ireland) Gerry Mullin, welcomed the Flinders touring party to the region at the post match presentations at Limavady Grammar School on Tuesday afternoon. Pictured here with tour captains, Toby and Ella, the mayor presented a Limavady crest to the College, and invited us back in two years time. Given the very positive experience of this visit, that’s an invitation we’re likely to accept!”

Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Round Up Saturday 5th October 2013.

Limavady Grammar School played a game recently against Matthew Flinders School from New South Wales in Australia.

The game was played in perfect conditions at the Ballyquin Road venue. Matthew Flinders received the kick off and, after strong running from their forwards; they spread the ball wide, catching the Limavady defence napping at this very early stage in the game. This led to a try, which was unconverted, but the Australian visitors had a 5-0 lead. From the restart the Limavady defence seemed to have wakened up with good tackles halting the Matthew Flinders attack. Scott McLean converted a penalty to reduce the arrears to 5-3.The Limavady team, now with their heads up, quickly worked their way back into the opposition half before, once again, being awarded a penalty that Scott McLean converted to put his team into a 6-5 lead. In a game that was becoming more and more physical up front, the Limavady team looked to exploit the Matthew Flinders defence in the wide channels. Joel McBride scored a converted try in the corner from a set piece play. Shortly after this, Scott McLean ran in for a try which he converted to leave the Limavady Grammar School team with a healthy 20-5 lead at half time
The second half started as the first had ended with both teams adopting a very physical approach with strong running from both forwards and backs. Once again, from another set piece play, Joel Stirling found himself outpacing the outside backs of the Matthew Flinders team to put the ball down under the posts. Scott McLean converted the try to put Limavady GS into a 27-5 lead. The next Limavady try came from the forwards after their hard work in a rolling maul enabled Brendan Ferguson to touch the ball down on the line and, again, this try was converted by Scott McLean to put the Limavady team into a 34-5 lead. Matthew Flinders kept fighting until the end and received some reward for their endeavours with an unconverted try close to the end of the game. This left the final score at 34-10 in favour of the Limavady Grammar School team with Scott McLean being awarded “Man of the Match” following a superb performance from both hand and boot.

Next up for the Flinder’s School team was a midweek visit to Ballymena where the Australian team was hosted by the Ballymena Academy team.

This game was to prove even more difficult for the Australian visitors as the Ballymena Academy team ran out as convincing 54-12 winners.

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