Carrick’s young rugby warriors

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Carrick Academy produced a stunning performance at Scotstoun stadium in the quarter-final of the ScottishPower Warriors Rugby Championship.

The teams have now progressed to the semi-final stages of the tournament.

The three Carrick Academy rugby teams from S1, S2 and an under-15 girls’ team showed skill and determination in abundance against stiff opposition from Ardrossan Academy and Maxwelltown High School.

Carrick Academy S1 boys recorded an impressive victory against Ardrossan in a close tie that ended 8-4, while the under-15 girls’ team boys defeated Ardrossan and Maxwelltown High.

Carrick Academy S2 boys also managed to defeat Maxwelltown High in an end to end match that finished 11-7.

The school will now face St Thomas Acquinas in the semi-final of the tournament to be played in April.

If successful in the semi-finals, which will take place in April, Carrick Academy will challenge in the finals of the tournament to be played at Scotstoun Stadium, home of the Glasgow Warriors, on 6 May.

The champions of the tournament will win new rugby kits for their school, as well as the first ScottishPower Warriors Rugby Championships trophy.

The school which come second place can also look forward to a coaching session with one member of the Glasgow Warriors squad.

Glasgow Warriors stars Sila Puafisi and Finn Russell attended the quarter-final match alongside Scotland Women’s International Megan Gaffney to cheer on the schools and give pupils some inspirational advice as they took to the pitch.

After the matches, pupils were treated to a tour of Scotstoun stadium by former Scottish internationalist and ex Glasgow Warriors captain Al Kellock, who gave them a bit of insight into what goes on behind the scenes at the home of Glasgow Warriors.

Finn Russell said, “It was fantastic to be a part of the quarter-finals today and help give the schools a few words of advice before their big matches.

“The players worked so hard and there were very impressive skill levels on show. I think there’s potential for Carrick Academy to produce some future stars and they should be really proud of making it through to the next round of the championships.”

Michael Kirk, Carrick Academy rugby coach, said: “It is great for everyone to be here today to enjoy a fantastic day of rugby.

“There were two games for each team so it’s a chance for everybody to get a run about and understand the game more.

“Everyone loved every minute of the action and it’s been organised very well by ScottishPower and Glasgow Warriors so credit to them. We can’t wait to play in the next round.”