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RBAI and Loreto College A teams before the NI Junior Schools’ Challenge Final - View Full Size Image
RBAI and Loreto College A teams before the NI Junior Schools’ Challenge Final

On Wednesday 13th April, two teams from Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School took part in the finals of the NI Junior Schools' Challenge quiz, held at Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI). This prestigious event follows a similar format the BBC's 'University Challenge'.
In their quarter final Loreto 'A', team members William Lane, Jennifer Mustchin, Eve O'Loan and Karl Traynor, recorded a resounding 650-100 win over Victoria College, followed by a 700-450 win over a strong team from Abbey CBS, Newry. In both matches, Loreto's impressive speed on the buzzer gave them a distinct advantage.
Loreto 'B', team members Peter Devlin, Paul McKay, Ger Mullan and Karla O'Boyle, won a closely fought quarter final against local rivals CAI (570-560), before losing a competitive Semi Final to RBAI (550-720), which remained evenly matched until the closing stages.
Expectations were high for the final between the hosts, RBAI and Loreto 'A', who were defending the trophy won by Loreto last year. Spectators were not disappointed by a thrilling match which was close throughout, with neither team being able to establish a clear lead. Ultimately, the result was determined by the last question and RBAI won 620-600.
Quizmaster of the final and coach of the Loreto team, Mr Clarke Rice, congratulated a very strong RBAI team for their win and wished them well for the UK finals of the competition in June.