Friends of Maureen & Peter Brady are organising a coffee morning to raise funds for the Kevin Bell Repatriation fund which was used to bring Conor home from the United States. Sligo RFC members and friends are delighted to support the event so please call in to the Glasshouse for a coffee on Thurs Dec 19th.
Cian is one of a select few who have summited the highest point on earth Mt. Everest, and one of even fewer Irish people to do so.
Sligo RFC members are invited through our good friend Michael Storey to join Cian in The Glasshouse on Tuesday December 10th at 7:30pm to hear Cian tell his story of reaching the summit of Everest on May 25th, 2012.
This promises to be a very interesting evening listening to Cian’s fascinating tale.
To learn more about Cian’s story – see here
After a fine win over Midleton, Simon Galvan’s attention turns to Armagh where Sligo will travel this Saturday.
While Sligo beat Armagh in the All Ireland Junior Cup in Oct 2010 (photo above – Aaron Spring try V Armagh Oct 2010), Armagh have come out on top in the two encounters between the sides since both Clubs joined the AIL in Sept 2011.
Armagh lost out to Navan last weekend and are currently lying in 5th place in the league table. Sligo have moved up to 9th place following the draw against Thomond and two wins over Ards and Midleton in recent weeks. Despite enjoying a run of form at present, Sligo will have to be at their very best to challenge this strong Armagh outfit.
This will be the last UBL action before the Christmas break.
There will be a supporters bus from the Harp Tavern, leaving for Armagh at 10am on Saturday morning. Please contact Michael Storey on 086 8198540 to secure your place on the bus.
Players from Sligo and Midleton together with members of Sligo RFC remember Conor Brady through a minutes silence at the start of Saturday’s UBL game at Hamilton Park. The match programme also carried a piece on Conor.
Conor (above) in action for the Lansdowne Club of New York, where he played last season. Conor recently visited New York with his Dad Peter where they watched Lansdowne win a league title.
Sligo RFC 16
Midleton RFC 11
Sligo’s recent good form continued apace with a valuable win over a physical Midleton outfit at Hamilton park on Saturday. Sligo produced another wholly committed performance to earn four league points which sees them push further up the league table.
The last time Sligo and Midleton met on the rugby pitch was in 1998 when Sligo suffered a heavy defeat in a relegation/promotion playoff which saw Sligo demoted to the ranks of junior rugby until their return to the Ulster Bank League in 2011.
Coach Simon Galvan and veteran centre Gavin Foley played in the 1998 encounter and both were keen to redress the balance this time out.
Midleton kicked off with the aid of the slight breeze but it was the home outfit that set the early tone. Fine carrying from Eddie Connell and David Heath kept Sligo moving forward and half backs Paddy Pearson and Stefan Moir were pinning the opposition back with some fine tactical kicking. Eoin Matthews was making telling tackles and Mark Butler was expertly with the aerial threat from the Cork men.
Sligo opened the scoring on 13 minutes with a well struck Muir penalty following a ruck infringement.
Moir followed up with another three pointer on the half hour when a super Wesley Maxwell break forced Midleton to concede a penalty in front of their own posts. Midleton’s second row Aidan Mc Carthy was sent to the bin as the referee judged the infringement to be a professional foul.
Sligo sensed that their visitors were vulnerable and immediately upped the tempo. Sweeping movement brought play into the 22 before the ball was shifted left to Rory Kerins who put a well placed pass into the hands of Chris Nairn and the centre slid in at the corner. Moir converted with a beautiful struck effort to put Sligo 13 points clear at the break.
10 minutes into the second half Midleton opened their account with a Christian Walker penalty but Muir restored Sligo’s 13 point advantage with another well struck effort on the hour.
Sligo were made battle to the end when on 71 minutes Nairn was sent to the bin following an intervention from the touch judge. Midleton attacked and Cork hurling legend Diarmuid ‘The Rock’ O Sullivan finished off to the right of the posts following some strong running from the leesiders. Walker struck another penalty with 3 minutes left to move within 5 of Sligo and fray the nerves of the vocal home support but Sligo’s defence held firm and the lead remained intact when the ref blew for full time.
Next for Sligo is a trip to the Palace Grounds to lock horns with Armagh RFC. Armagh are currently 4 places above Sligo in the UBL table but on current form Sligo are a match for anyone in the division. The match kicks off at 2.30 next Saturday.
Mark Butler, Colm Egan, Chris Nairn, Gavin Foley, Colin Keane, Stefan Moir, Paddy Pearson, Wesley Maxwell, Tadgh Power, Ross Mannion, David Heath, Michael Mc Morrow, Eoin Matthews, Rory Kerins, Eddie Connell.
Reps: Adrian McHale, James Wilson, David Greene, Billy Leahy, Craig Adams.
Photos by Rory Raftery and Niall O’Driscoll – see full match photo gallery on Sligo Rugby Facebook page.
Sligo RFC receives a ticket allocation for all international games involving Ireland. Each season, the demand for tickets greatly exceeds supply. To ensure that the most deserving are accommodated with tickets, the following are the criteria drawn up by the committee for the purchase of tickets:
1.Each applicant for tickets must be a fully paid up member of Sligo RFC.
2.Each applicant must be a member of the 400 Club.
3.Each applicant must submit a signed cheque or exact cash with their application.
4.The deadline for applications is Dec 31st, 2013.
Please note that priority is given to Club workers.
2014 RBS 6 NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES:
IRELAND MATCHES -
Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, 3pm, Sunday, February 2, 2014
Ireland v Wales, Aviva Stadium, 2.30pm, Saturday, February 8, 2014
England v Ireland, Twickenham, 4pm, Saturday, February 22, 2014
Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, 2.30pm, Saturday, March 8, 2014
France v Ireland, Stade de France, 6pm local time/5pm Irish time, Saturday, March 15, 2014
The application form for tickets can be downloaded here – International Ticket Order Form 2013-14
Download here – Sligo RFC V Midleton RFC – Nov 2013 – Match Programme
Sligo play their last home game before the Christmas break when they entertain Midleton in Hamilton Park on Saturday next [kick-off 2.30pm].
This fixture will evoke memories amongst Sligo supporters of the only previous meeting between these sides. That game took place in Port Laois in April 1998 in what was a crucial tie for both clubs. Sligo’s future in the All-Ireland league depended on the outcome, while victory for the Co. Cork side would gain them promotion from junior ranks. It was not a happy outing for Sligo, as their pack was over-whelmed by the powerful Midleton eight, and the large band of southern supporters substantially out-numbered their counterparts from Sligo, as they vociferously acclaimed their comprehensive victory.
Both clubs had mixed fortunes since that game. After a few barren years in junior rugby, Sligo re-established themselves, winning two Connacht Junior Cups and the Connacht league. They built up a very strong under-age section in the club, before eventually qualifying again for the AIL in 2011.Midleton, meanwhile, performed very well in the AIL since 1998, and won promotion to Division 2A. Last season they were relegated to Division 2B, so when the sides renew rivalry on Saturday next, the points on offer will be invaluable, as both sides endeavour to move away from the dreaded trap door at the bottom end of the table. While it is unlikely that Midleton will have any survivors from that Port Laois tie of over 15 years ago, Sligo’s centre, Gavin Foley is still going strong, and after so many years of distinguished and devoted service would undoubtedly relish victory on Saturday.
Sligo will line out at full strength for this game, except for centre, Aaron Spring, who is still recuperating from his shoulder operation, and hopes to return to action after Christmas. In a very competitive league, Sligo has had no lucky breaks to date. Last Saturday’s superb performance against Ards had been in gestation for a while and it will certainly put a collective spring in Sligo’s step, and will be a huge morale booster.
Sligo’s pack can again provide the platform for another big display. Young players such as Rory Kerins, David Heath and Eddie Connell in the back five of the scrum, all of whom graduated from the club’s youth section, and former Skerries’ player, Eoin Matthews, have the ability to play at a high level, and there are few better ball carriers around than second row, Jamie Bowes. In the front row, the experienced Wesley Maxwell, Adrian McHale, Ross Mannion in the propping positions, and Tadgh Power and Gary Conneely as hookers, ensures that Sligo have plenty of options in the front row. It is an old adage that forwards win rugby games and that backs embellish them. If the above mentioned personnel play to their potential in the pack, they will provide the platform for a formidable challenge to any side in this league. Sligo has an opportunist backline, as was proven last week, have the ability to score spectacular tries if they are given an adequate supply of quality ball.
This could prove to be Sligo’s most significant game of the season, as victory would see them climb up the league table, so it is important that all supporters of rugby in Sligo, and all club members, make a special effort to attend on Saturday and get behind the team. Hopefully, the biggest crowd of the season in full voice will act as the ‘16th man’, and inspire the team to a home victory.
There will be a strong New Zealand influence in both teams on Saturday, as Sligo are coached by Simon Galvan, assisted by fellow Kiwi, Roger Burrows, while the Midleton coach is New Zealander, Jason Holland, the former Munster centre. Sligo will of course feature two sons of Christchurch, Paddy Pearson and Stefan Muir, in their back line.
Following the many great performances from U7 to U12 between Sligo RFC Juveniles and Carrick-on-Shannon last weekend, Sligo RFC will have training as normal at the IT this weekend (Sat Nov 30) and will welcome Claremorris RFC to Sligo IT at 10am on Saturday Dec 7.
Parents are reminded that membership and registration forms are due before Dec 1 – please ensure to bring the two forms, copy of birth cert, passport photo and appropriate payment.
Come along to the IT and lend your support on Dec 7!
Sligo RFC 2nds will play Portumna RFC in a junior league and cup double header on Sunday in Strandhill at 2:30pm.
The doubling up of the league and cup fixture was approved today by the Connacht branch Competitions committee.
Best wishes to Coach Steve Alley, new Manager Brian McNulty and the 2nds team for the game on Sunday.
Please come along to support them.
Club President Brian Mullan, Committee and members of Sligo RFC extend their deepest sympathies to Ruth Goodwin and family on the passing of her father Don Goodwin of Kilmacowen.
Ruth is a key member of the Sligo RFC ladies team. The thoughts and prayers of the ladies team and club members are with her at this sad time.
Don passed away unexpectedly, in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Reposing at his home from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday. Removal from there on Monday morning to arrive at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Ransboro, for Mass of Christian Burial at 11.30am. Burial immediately afterwards in Sligo Cemetery.
House private for family on Monday morning please. Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu if desired to a charity of your choice.
There was a great turn out at the club for the Ireland V New Zealand game shown live from the Aviva Stadium last Sunday.
Many thanks to all those to attended, to Justin, Darren and Mark in the bar and a special word of thanks to Club Social Secretary Gerry O’Daly for his hard work in making it happen and for promoting the two events over the last few weeks.
Ards RFC 0
Sligo RFC 30
In their fifth Ulster Bank League encounter of the season Sligo travelled north to Ards RFC and produced their best form of the season to earn a convincing win and four valuable league points. Sligo scored three try’s without reply in an excellently controlled performance that will raise the confidence of the team for their continuing league campaign.
In ideal conditions for running rugby Ards kicked off but it was Sligo who took the early initiative.Fine work at the breakdown earned early penalties for Sligo and the influential Stefan Muir made no mistake in moving his team six points ahead.
Sligo’s good start continued. Ross Mannion and Wesley Maxwell were strong at scrum time and Tadgh Power was finding David Heath and Jamie Bowes at the line out.
With half an hour gone Sligo struck for their first try. Some fine driving play gave Sligo field position in the Ards 22. The ball was quickly moved to the outstanding Mark Butler and the full back made a defence splitting break before transferring to Colm Egan,who replaced the injured Billy Leahy, and the winger raced in the left corner. Muir converted with a superbly struck kick. Sligo moved further ahead just before the break with another well struck Muir effort.
On the resumption the match continued in the same vein. Sligo centres Gavin Foley and Chris Nairn were snuffing out any threat from the hoe team and Colin Keane looked dangerous on the Sligo wing. Rory Kerins, Eoin Matthews and David Greene were proving a handful at the breakdown.
Sligo’s second try arrived five minutes into the half. A trademark Paddy Pearson break saw the scrum half race into the Ards 22 before linking up with Butler and the full back finished with ease. Muir again converted.
Sligo coach simon Galvan introduced Eddie Connell to the fray and the rangy number eight made an immediate impact with some typical bursting runs.
Sligo’s third try came with 10 minutes left on the clock. A promising Ards attack was read brilliantly by Muir and the outhalf stepped up and intercepted a dangerous pass before racing the length of the field to touch down. the outhalf capped a memorable performance with a well struck conversion.
Sligo went hunting for the bonus point fourth try and an excellent break by Nairn from his own 22 looked set to yield the desired reward but unfortunately for Sligo the move broke down and the chance was lost.
Next up for Sligo is the visit of Middleton RFC to Hamilton park on Saturday 30th of November. The only other time that the two teams met was in 1998 in Portlaoise in an AIL relegation/promotion play off. Middleton ran out winners that day demoting Sligo to the ranks of Junior Rugby so Sligo will be looking to avenge that defeat on Saturday. The match kicks off at 2.30 at Hamilton Park.
Mark Butler, Colin Keane, Chris Nairn, Gavin Foley, Billy Leahy, Stefan Muir, Paddy Pearson, Ross Mannion, Tadgh Power, Wesley Maxwell, Jamie Bowes, David Heath, David Greene, Rory Kerins, Eoin Matthews,
Reps: Eddie Connell, Enda Gavin, Michael McMorrow, Colm Egan, Craig Adams.
Senior 1st and 2nd teams, Ladies, U19’s, Youths and Juveniles – please note;
Your Club membership subscription falls due on Sept 1st each year. There is a period of grace in order to allow the paperwork to be completed and for subs to be collected, during which time players are allowed to play for the Club as ‘deemed’ members. There is now a hard and fast cut-off point of Dec 1st for this ‘deemed’ membership. Any player who has not paid their Club subscription after Dec 1st, will no longer be allowed to play for or be associated with any team within the Club.
Membership forms and details are available from the http://www.sligorfc.ie/membership/. Forms and subscriptions should be returned to Sligo RFC Membership Secretary Tom Nielsen at 34 Kevinsfort Heath, Strandhill Road, Sligo. Should you wish to discuss membership Tom is available on 086 4126055. We appreciate that in the current economic climate that times are more difficult for many families. Please note that anyone with a specific concern should discuss this directly with the Club Membership Secretary and rest assured that this will be dealt with in strict confidence.
Players now have 10 days within which to ensure you and your teammates have paid their subscription. This action has the full backing of the Club Executive and General Committee’s. There will be no exceptions. Anyone with unpaid membership or without an arrangement/understanding with the Membership Secretary after Dec 1st will not be allowed to play for or to be associated with a team as they are not a member of the Club and as such are not insured to play for or partake in Club activities.
If you are in doubt about your membership status please contact the Membership Secretary on 086 4126055.
Thank you for your support!
For and on behalf of the Executive and General Committee of Sligo RFC
Following the success of last weeks very sociable gathering at the Club for the Australia game, Club members and friends are once again invited to join us at the Club on Sunday next to watch Ireland take on New Zealand.
After a disappointing performance last week against Australia, lets hope Ireland can turn things around against this very impressive All Blacks side. The game kicks off at 2pm so make sure to please contact Gerry O’Daly Social Sec. Sligo R.F.C. on 0872300725 to arrange your pick-up.