Tayside & Fife this year had the biggest regional entry to the Brewin Dolphin National Schools Competitions but it hasn't all been about quantity.
It has however been the Fife Schools who have dominated this years Tayside & Fife Regional Bowl competition. At U18 level Balwearie High School took on Dunfermline / Queen Ann High School in the final and the game proved to be a tight game with kicks proving the difference between the two teams. Balwearie High School took the early lead with a period of sustained pressure leading to 2 tries in the first half however failure to convert either try proved to be their downfall. The tables turned and towards the end of the 1st half it was Balwearie who vigorously defended their try line. Unable to hold out to the pressure from Dunfermline / Queen Ann the Balwearie defence fractured for a short time letting their local rivals sneak in for two converted tries before the break. With a half time score of 10 – 14 it was set to be a thriller in the 2nd half however with neither side able to break down their opposition the 2nd half proved to be tough but scoreless, final score Balwearie High School 10 – Dunfermline / Queen Ann High School 14.
In the U16 final Dunfermline / Queen Ann also featured after a tight semi final match against another Fife School, Buckhaven High School. The other semi final also featured two Fife schools with Madras College hosting neighbours Waid Academy. It was the St. Andrews team that came out on top of the local derby and therefore Madras College travelled to Murrayfield to take on Dunfermline / Queen Ann High School in the U16 Final.
The final was played on a Friday night prior to an Edinburgh Rugby match and the teams arrived at Murrayfield looking forward to yet another fife derby in the Bowl. It was Madras College who struck first in the first half and the St. Andrews team never looked back racking up a score of 39 points to nil. Dunfermline / Queen Ann High School however stuck to task and gave Madras College a good game right up to the final whistle.
Madras College where then invited on to the main Murrayfield pitch at half time in the Edinburgh game to be presented with the Brewin Dolphin Regional Bowl Trophy.
Madras College and Dunfermline / Queen Ann High School now progress to the National Bowl quarter finals where they represent Tayside & Fife against the other regional winners.
Madras College also kept the Tayside & Fife flag flying in the Plate competition reaching the semi finals by beating teams such as Morrisons Academy, Buckhaven High School and Aberdeen Grammar Schools before a narrow lose to Earlston High School. In the U16 Plate victories over Larbert High School, Glenalmond College and Stirling High School saw Bell Baxter High School make the quarter finals stage of the competition before losing to The Gordon Schools 17 – 10.
In the Cup competition The High School of Dundee where the only Tayside and Fife team to make the latter stages. Good victories over The Glasgow Academy and George Heriot’s School saw the team reach the semi finals before a two point lose to George Watson’s School who went on to eventually win the Cup competition.
Well done to all schools who took part.