Killicomaine students’ trophy joy

Killicomaine Junior High School players with Wendy Radcliffe (coach) following success in a netball tournament hosted by Banbridge Academy. Pic by Edward Byrne Photography.
Killicomaine Junior High School players with Wendy Radcliffe (coach) following success in a netball tournament hosted by Banbridge Academy. Pic by Edward Byrne Photography.

Killicomaine Junior High School players proved the pick of the eight-team netball tournament hosted by Banbridge Academy.

Killicomaine defeated the host school by 9-5 in a thrilling final, with Tandragee also on show during the year nine Blitz.

Academy held the upper hand by 4-2 at half-time before Killicomaine’s strong second half.

RUGBY

Portadown College pupils secured safe passage into the third round of the Medallion Shield with a 15-5 victory against Foyle in Londonderry.

Success arrived thanks to key performances from Matthew Walsh, Drew Flack, Peter McAdam, Alex Wallace, Timothy Pedlow and Dylan Nelson.

An off-field boost arrived for the Medallion panel thanks to sponsorship support from a number of firms in advance of a scheduled Cardiff tour in February.

Thanks go to Maguire’s Dentist, Baltor Systems, Debonair, Juanita Cummings Photography and Tom Morrow’s Menswear.

FOOTBALL

Loughgall Youth under 13s lost out to Abbey Villa by 5-3 during the second round of the Northern Ireland Cup.

Sam Kerr found the net in the first half but Loughgall Youth entered the break down by 4-1.

Gibbons and Kerr were on target after the interval.

LOUGHGALL YOUTH: Jamie Berry, Andrew Bond, James Ballantine, Jamie Marsh, Bobby McKinney, Ben Gibbons, Adam Neill, Peter Spence, Stuart Emerson, Chris Lindsay, Sam Kerr, Jacob Richardson.

The latest girls’ football Futsal programme delivered by the Ted Clarke Memorial Trust provided Clounagh Junior High School pupils with specialist coaching.

Aaron McNeill of AM PRO Coaching was on hand on behalf of the Trust to help guide the students.

The Futsal project also served as a link towards Portadown Integrated Ladies.

Each student collected a certificate at the end of the session.

“Aaron’s coaching style worked fantastically with the girls,” said a Clounagh spokesman. “They were able to work individually and also in groups and teams. “The girls were keen and excited about the programme.

“They were able to learn new and further develop their football skills in a fun environment.”

Contact McNeill on 07971163637 for further information.

“The girls enjoyed the inclusive programme and the experimenting that comes with Futsal,” said McNeill. “The difference is a smaller ball with less bounce than a normal football and the rules which create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique.

“The girls were able to develop and improve social skills, health, fitness and wellbeing.

“We hope the programme will encourage some students to become involved with Portadown Integrated Ladies.”