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Ballyclare crank up their double quest

By Ronnie Ingram

There were double celebrations for Ballyclare High as their firsts qualified for the Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield final with a 24-7 victory over Grosvenor Grammar and the seconds reached the Plate final.

Coach Mike McKeever was extremely proud of the team.

"Grosvenor had a strong squad and some good ball carriers but all our players and especially Jake McVicker and Aaron Playfair were superb," he said.

Josh Young and James Nelson carried well and had a high tackle rate.

Owen Kirk and Jack Lewis made their presence felt in the centre and Aaron Coleman, who missed the quarter-final, scored the try of the day, finishing off a move after some excellent continuity amongst the backs.

Their other try scorers were Playfair, Nelson and Owen Clarke. Adam Clarke converted two. Daniel Martin converted a Ben Davies try for Grosvenor.

Ballynahinch II took another step towards winning the junior double with a 24-7 win over Carrickfergus in the River Rock Towns' Cup quarter-finals.

Hinch took the lead with a pushover try by Ben Pentland but it was Aaron Ferris who was the real threat with two tries.

Ali Wright also touched down and kicked two conversions. An excellent pick up from a turnover by Carrick scrum-half Ken Topping led to right winger Ross Crymble scoring for Luke Whittal to goal.

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