Clash of titans as Campbell College face RBAI
While Royal Belfast Academical Institution versus Methodist College Belfast was the headline-grabber following Saturday's draw for Danske Bank Schools' Cup quarter-final pairings, this weekend's Medallion Shield also sees a mouth-watering all-city tie.
It may be the junior competition, but history proves that good Medallion sides invariably develop to become good 1st Xvs a year or two down the line, hence the enduring interest in a competition dating back to 1910.
As with their seniors in the Schools' Cup, RBAI's Medallion boys will have home advantage when they face Campbell College, the defending champions following last season's victory over Wallace High School.
Inst have been in 50 Medallion Shield finals and boast 32 wins, in addition to having shared the trophy three times.
Wallace have an impressive pedigree in terms of making it to Ravenhill, though their record when they get there is less formidable. They have reached the final in three of the past four campaigns, but a share of the trophy with Campbell College in 2010 is their only success in those visits.
As with Methodist College 1st XV who were paired with Limavady Grammar School in last weekend's Schools' Cup, the Malone Road giants' Medallion side also will be at home against guests from the country in Saturday's Medallion Shield quarters. This time it is Down High School who will be making the trip to Pirrie Park.
Methody were victorious as recently as 2012 and, with a home tie, they can be forgiven for fancying their chances of progressing once again. All told, they have appeared in 57 finals and with 35 outright triumphs and three shared wins, they are the most successful school in the history of the competition.
Shield quarter finals: Methodist College v Down High School; Sullivan Upper School v Wallace High School; Grosvenor Grammar School v Ballymena Academy; RBAI v Campbell College.
Plate quarter-finals: Dromore High School v Coleraine AI; Omagh Academy v Dalriada School; Belfast Royal Academy v Regent House; Banbridge Academy v Ballyclare High School
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