Dromore lads TJ Morris and Michael Lowry are hoping to make their dream come true this afternoon as their RBAI side take on Wallace High in the Schools’ Cup final.
The duo will both start for Daniel Soper’s side, who are targetting their 30th Cup success.
For TJ and Michael, a win at Ravenhill would be priceless and having played at Ulster’s stadium in the semi-final, TJ knows just how special an occasion it will be.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” he said. “There are no words to describe it, especially at schoolboy level. All our friends and families are behind us. They’ll all be there singing for us and it would be a dream come true to lift that Cup on St Patrick’s Day.”
For Upper Sixth Student Morris, it’s last chance saloon while Fifth Year pupil Michael will have another couple of chances.
“It’s a real family sport,” said TJ. “All the boys from Dromore are behind us. A few of the lads from the club are coming down to watch on Tuesday as well.
“I played for Dromore Rugby Club and I won the High Schools’ Trophy with Dromore. I wanted to improve my rugby and had a few friends who went to Inst and felt that was the next step for me.
“If you’re big into your rugby, it’s first class. We train three times a week, we’re in the gym twice a week, we have six coaches and it’s just unbelievable.
“Inst has got one of the best supports across Northern Ireland. No matter what team you’re in, there’s a great support behind you. It’s such a great community. Anybody watching on St Patrick’s Day will see what it’s like.”
If TJ’s side are to get the right result, he knows they’ll have to match a strong forward line from the Lisburn school.
“Wallace have a really good forward pack,” he said. “That’s their main strength. If we can beat them at the break-down and play with width, using our backs well, it could be a black and yellow final, fingers crossed! Every boy on that pitch knows what they have to do so there’s no reason why it can’t come home.”
And now all of their good form will have to be maintained this afternoon.
“It’s going to be a tight one,” he said. “To prepare, I’m just going over everything we’ve done this year in my head and getting focused. The nerves will probably kick in on Monday night it will be early to bed and try to keep as much energy in as possible.”
TJ was also full of praise for his coach Daniel soper, who doubles as Banbridge RFC’s Head Coach.
“He’s been brilliant,” he said. “All the boys love him and he’s just a fantastic coach. He’s been through it all himself and he’s a top class coach. We can’t ask for any more.”