U 11′s turned out in numbers and two teams played games against a strong Longford under 12 squad. Sligo adopted very well to the step up from last year with the application of more rules from the adult game… 5 man scrums, competing line outs, drop kick re-starts etc. Both teams adopted to positions like old pros (Andrew Trimble take note!). The first Sligo team up ran out comfortable winners (8 -1) with some very entertaining rugby. The second team were involved in a closer affair ending 5-3 in Sligo’s favour but against a somewhat strengthened Longford side (some older members of their under 12 squad were drafted in).
All in all a great performance from some of the established Sligo players and from some new players who have joined us this year from other clubs. This 34 strong squad is not short of talent and the season looks very promising!
Pre-order forms are now available for the new club kit (new jersey design, new shorts, new socks) that all playing members will require for the upcoming season.
Juvenile Players (Under 12 and younger) should use this form: Juvenile Pre-order form.pdf
Youth and Senior Players should use this one:Senior & Youth Pre-order form.pdf
More gear (such as a replica jersey for youth and senior members) will be available to order from the Club Shop shortly. Please return completed forms, with payment, to your coach as soon as possible so as to avoid delay.
This short course is an introduction to the whole area of suicide and is designed to give an insight into the current situation in Ireland, what drives people to suicide and what helps pull people way from suicide, as well as what initiatives are in place now to help prevent suicides.
This particular course is for *MEN ONLY* and promoted as such to encourage the men in our community who interact with other men through their work or on a voluntary basis.
For more details please view this flyer: Suicide Awareness Course Flyer
Sligo played Ballyshannon, away, in a training game on Saturday last, and in the end emerged decisive winners. With a number of players in France at present, Sligo fielded an experimental side, and their first half performance was blighted by a series of basic errors. Continue reading ‘Sligo's First Team In Training Game Victory’
Sligo’s 2nd team had their first outing of the season when they travelled to Tuam on Sunday last to play a strong home side, bolstered by a few of their 1st team players, in a friendly game. Sligo played very impressively in the opening half, and led by 7-0 at the break. The home side raised their game after the break, but in the end were flattered by their 17-7 winning margin. Continue reading ‘Brave Performance From 2nd XV’
All arrangements have been completed for the teenage alcohol free disco which will be held in the Clubhouse, Hamilton Park, on Friday next, September 28th at 9 pm. Tickets have been on sale for the past week, so to avoid disappointment, purchase should be made without delay. A top D.J.has been booked, so a great evening is assured. All stewards are required to attend at 8.30 pm.
Leinster Junior side, Railway Union, whose home grounds are in Sandymount, Dublin,4, will play Sligo in a friendly fixture in Hamilton Park on Saturday next [kick-off 2.30 p.m.]. This is an important game for the Sligo management as the team has not had a closely contested game so far, but this situation should be rectified on Saturday. Sligo will again line out without their World Cup tourists, Billy Leahy, Jamie Livingstone, Andrew Williams and Trevor Sweeney, but they have a big squad this season, and will field a strong team on Saturday.
There was a very strong Sligo representation among the 30,000 Irish supporters at Stade De France on Friday last.
Continue reading ‘Sligo Well Represented In Paris’
The President, and all club members, wish a speedy return to full health to Geraldine Kivlihan, who was hospitalised recently. Geraldine and her husband, Johnny are the proprietors of Bree’s Bar, Strandhill, an establishment which has a special relationship with our members since the club moved to Strandhill almost 40 years ago.
There was major disappointment amongst the senior players and management when during the week Cavan called off their game with Sligo’s 1st XV, which was fixed for Hamilton Park for Sunday last. Earlier in the week Sligo passed up on a fixture with OLBC to honour their commitment to Cavan, but unfortunately this fixture was no longer available when Cavan cancelled.
With no ‘warm-up’ league game fixed for next week-end, Sligo’s Fixture Secretary, Eamonn McGowan, was at the time of going to press, actively seeking a game, and players will be informed at training of the outcome of his efforts.
Sligo’s 2nd XV have their first game of the season when they travel to Tuam to play the home side in a friendly game on Sunday next [kick off 2.30 pm]. There has been a tremendous response to training, so Sligo are capable of fielding their strongest side for a number of seasons at this level. The management trio of Michael Storey, Finian O’Driscoll and Declan Lynch are confident that the team will make an impact in the league, which commences shortly.
All arrangements are in place for the teenage alcohol-free disco which will be held in the Clubhouse, Hamilton Park, on Friday, September 28th at 9 pm. Tickets go sale this week from the usual sellers, and intending patrons are advised to purchase their ticket without delay to avoid disappointment. Stewards are required to report to the Event Organiser on the evening not later than 8.30 pm. Once again a top DJ has been engaged, so a great night is assured.
Andrew Feeney, who has given outstanding service to the club for the past five years, as an outside centre or winger, will be an absentee for the remainder of the season, as he has accepted an offer to to persue post-graduate studies at Aberdeen University, Scotland. A Connacht junior inter-provincial for the past two seasons, Andrew will be a big loss, but is wished well from everyone in the club, and hopefully he will be back in our ranks next season.
Youth Development Officer, Gavin Foley,has now commenced rugby coaching in local primary and post-primary schools. This year the scheme has been extended to include Grange Primary, Rathcormack N.S. and St.John’s N.S., while there will also be coaching in Scoil Mhuire, Secondary School, Ballymote.
Former AIL player with UCD and Greystones, and NPC player in New Zealand, Simon Galvan, who gave outstanding service to Sligo as a player, may have hung up his playing boots, but he will resume a coaching role in the club when he coaches the U-18 side in this season’s Connacht league and cup campaigns. Simon, one of the finest players ever to represent the club, brings a wealth of expertise and experience to this position. He will have the very able assistance of Kieran Foley, who was also involved in coaching last year’s U-18′s. Sligo were extremely unlucky in both of last season’s competitions, and they certainly can make a major impact in 2007-8.
Meanwhile, Club captain, Jamie Livingstone, has been appointed coach to the U-16 side, where he will be assisted by Peter Brady and Niall Gray. Jamie will also have much to contribute to this squad.