Regional final defeat for Carrick

The reginoal final between Carrick Academy and Marr/Prestwick.
The reginoal final between Carrick Academy and Marr/Prestwick.

Carrick Academy met Marr College/Prestwick Academy in the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Plate at Rozelle Park Ayr.

Carrick Academy, with a school roll of just over 500, has grown into one of the biggest state schools of rugby.

They faced previous winners and local rivals Marr College who are now merged with Prestwick Academy in this competition.

Marr/Prestwick’s large pack started the game by collecting the kick off and working their way up field with tidy offloads and strong carries.

Six minutes after a Marr/Prestwick knock-on on the ‘rick’ line should have given the men from Maybole the opportunity to clear their lines.

However, Marr’s Scotland under 18 international hooker had other ideas and took one against the head. The number eight picked and scored.

Both sides then traded penalties to take the half time score to 8-3 to Marr/Prestwick.

Marr’s Hooker then took charge of the game and single handedly took the game out of Carrick’s reach with a penalty tap and score and a penalty goal to give the combined Marr/Prestwick side an 18-3 lead. 

The skill of the Marr/Prestwick back line then produced a wonder score, however the conversion was missed. Yes, that man again, the hooker scored another solo try to extend the lead out to 30-3. 

If you were thinking did the ‘rick’ not have the ball then you would be right.

The Carrick Academy side must have made in excess of 100 tackles, and did not hold onto possession well enough when they had it.

However after a nice drive from tight head Ross Ferroll the ball was transferred to the wing for Bradey to score a consolation try. Captain Fulton added the extra two points to finish off a tough morning. Final score 30-10. 

Carrick coach Mr Raby was highly proud of his side: “They played the game in the right spirit and were well beaten by a much larger, stronger and more experienced side. We wish Marr/Prestwick all the best in the next round.”