In six days time on Saturday coming Sligo RFC Under 13 squad will commence their Cup campaign with a home fixture against Monivea. This is sure to be a strongly contested match, with the last two meetings of these sides being close fought and decided by narrow margins. In order to prepare the squad for what is hoped to be a successful campaign, where potential opposition contains such other teams as Buccaneers, Connemara, Galwegians, Ougherard, Creggs, Ballina, etc. the coaches organised â€œfriendlyâ€? training matches against two sides who Sligo could possibly meet at either the Quarter or Semi-Final stage.
Monthly Archive for February, 2008
Sligo 10 :: CrosshavenÂ 19
Current Munster junior league holders, Crosshaven were pushed all the way by understrength Sligo in a very competitive and exciting AIB All-Ireland Junior Cup quarter final at Hamilton Park on Saturday last.
The game was played in cool and blustery conditions, in a typical cup tie atmosphere. It looked ominous for Sligo before the kick-off as they were forced to field without six of the side which defeated Westport on the previous Sunday. Winger, Thomas Darcel, out-half, Gavin Foley and second row, Jamie Bowes were all abroad, full-back, Mark Boland had not recovered from a back injury, wing forward David Greene was on hospital duty, while prop, Martin Feeney was suspended. Despite the loss of such key personnel, the team played exceptionally well, and while Crosshaven were worthy winners, they were given many anxious moments by the depleted home side. It is a measure of the strength in depth in the club, and also testimony to the value of a strong 2nd’s team, that the replacements for this game, Brian Hynes, Nick Reynolds, Roger Burrows, Ross O’Boyle, Simon Coulter and Stephen Woods fitted seamlessly into the side. Continue reading ‘Munster Champions Prevail In Exciting AIB Cup Quarter Final’
OLBC 2nd XV 7 :: Sligo 2nd XV 15
Sligo’s 2nd team took to the road again on Sunday after last week’s disappointing no show by Monivea in Hamilton Park, as they made the long journey to the Galway Sportsgrounds to play OLBC. Despite a long list of unavailable players, which resulted in promotions to the 1st team on Saturday, Sligo still had a squad of 21 players on duty. Continue reading ’2nd Team's Impressive Sportsgrounds Victory’
Sligo Grammar School’s junior side advanced to the Connacht Junior Cup semi-final with an impressive 36-0 victory over St. Calasanctus College, Oranmore at the Mall on Friday last. They play Clifden Community School in the semi-final in Westport on Wednesday February 27th.
Sligo will play Tuam in the first round of the Ard Na Cregg Cup. This game is fixed for Sunday March 9th in Hamilton Park, and will have a 3 pm kick-off. The Ard na Cregg Cup is contested by the 2nd teams of the junior clubs and by the 3rd teams of the AIL clubs.
Sligo’s 1st XV have a free week-end as the Connacht Junior 1 league reaches its concluding stages. However, Sligo will have more than a casual interest in the games being played elsewhere on Sunday as relegation and qualification for next season’s AIB All-Ireland Cup have yet to be decided. Sligo’s victory over Westport has virtually guaranteed they have escaped the relegation trap door, while five points from their remaining two games, both away, to Monivea and Tuam would almost guarantee qualification for next season’s AIB Cup.
Meanwhile, the 2nd team are on the road again as they travel to Dubarry Park to play Buccaneers. Michael Storey and his management colleagues are optimistic that they will put a strong side on the field. The team bus will depart Sligo Garda Station at 12 noon.
The first official step in the club’s relocation to Cloverhill was taken last week by the lodging of planning permission with Sligo Co. Council. As stated in last week’s notes, much work has been done by the Development Sub-Committee, chaired by Des Butler, over the past four years in progressing the development.
The site at Cloverhill extends to 18.7 acres, and this provides the opportunity to greatly upscale facilities, as the club’s existing location at Hamilton Park comprises of just 6.7 acres. Given the increased popularity of rugby in Sligo, and with the exponential growth of under-age rugby locally, the two existing pitches could not cater adequately. This has resulted in matches being postponed and home venue on occasion being conceded. This season the entire juvenile section moved to the Sligo I.T. facilities at Ballinode for training and home games.
The planned new development should provide a marvellous impetus for the game locally. The synthetic pitch, built to I.R.B. specifications, will ensure that games will go ahead regardless of the weather, while the three grass, sand based pitches will complement this. There will also be a running track along the synthetic pitch. The clubhouse will include eight dressing rooms, referees rooms, a performance gym and a cardiac gym, a t’ai chi/yoga room, treatment rooms, a meeting room, a function room, kitchen and bar.
Much research has been done by the Development Sub-Committee and the club’s architect, Colin Bell, in planning the facility, and top clubs both in this country and in the U.K. were visited. The Sub-Committee are confident that the new club will compare very favourably with the best and most modern rugby clubs in these islands.
The club President and the Committee wish to express their gratitude to 1st team wing forward, Cathal Culhane for lining the pitch and having it looking so well for last Saturday’s big game.
The next teenage alcohol-free disco will be held in the Clubhouse, Hamilton Park on Thursday March 20th. This will again be a strictly all ticket event. Tickets will be on sale from the usual sellers from early March. Full details later.
Sixteen year old Aaron Spring has been selected on the Ireland U-18 Youth squad to play in a special International tournament in Italy next month. Aaron played for Ireland in France earlier this month, and obviously impressed the selectors, who have named him in the squad for this prestigious tournament.
Jason East, who as a Sligo player was capped for Ireland at Youth level last season, continues to progress, and on Friday last he was a member of the Irish Colleges side which defeated the Scottish Universities at Jordanstown University. Jason, who is a member of the Connacht Academy, is a student at GMIT. The recognition of the talent of Aaron and Jason at national level is testimony to the quality of the coaching in the club, and to the healthy state of the under-age game in Sligo.
1st team full-back, Mark Boland has illustrated the ecumenical nature of Sligo sport as he was appointed Treasurer of the Co. Sligo GAA Board recently. As a rugby full back, Mark’s game is characterised by a very safe pair of hands and this quality should serve him well in his new position.
Sligo 14 :: Westport 5
Despite having prop forward, Martin Feeney red carded in the 33rd minute of the first half, relegation threatened Sligo gave their best performance of this season’s campaign, when they defeated Westport at Hamilton Park on Sunday last. The game was played in ideal conditions, with cup tie intensity, before a large, vocal and enthusiastic attendance.
From the outset, Sligo tore into their opponents, with their pack giving the highly rated Westport eight a torrid time. The exchanges were fiercely contested, but Sligo had the edge in all facets of forward play. Sligo totally dismantled the Westport line-out, and their pick and drive game kept them going forward. Continue reading ‘Sligo Overcome Numerical Disadvantage To Triumph Over Westport’
Sligo’s 2nd XV were all set to take on Monivea on Sunday last in the Connacht Junior 2 league in Hamilton Park, and were hugely disappointed by the defection of the visitors. Monivea had communicated with Sligo at 10.30 am on Sunday to ascertain that everything was in readiness for the game, and gave an assurance that they were travelling. Sligo’s manager, Michael Storey had notified his squad of 25 players, and all were looking forward to the game.
There was considerable disappointment and annoyance in the Sligo camp when Monivea rang back at 12.10 pm to say that they could not field a team and would not be travelling. Sligo, understandably feel very aggrieved by this. For three consecutive weeks they travelled to Westport, Galway and Ferbane, Co. Offaly to fulfill their 2nd team league fixtures, and when they eventually have a home fixture, which was very much looked forward to by both the players and management, the strongest junior club in the province opted out of the journey.
Crosshaven make their first ever visit to the North West when they travel to Hamilton Park on Saturday next to play Sligo in the refixed AIB All-Ireland Junior Cup quarter final. Spectators are reminded that this game has a 1.30 pm kick-off, so that players and supporters of both sides can retire to the Clubhouse after the game and enjoy the Six Nations games live on television. Continue reading ‘Sligo Welcome Crosshaven In AIB Cup Quarter Final’
Sligo’s 2nd XV travel to the Galway Sportsgrounds on Sunday next [kick-off 2.30 pm] to play OLBC in the Connacht Junior 2 league. Although they no longer hold any league ambitions following a few narrow defeats, Sligo’s management of Michael Storey, Des Butler, Declan Lynch and Finian O’Driscoll will view this game as the ideal opportunity to blood some new players and to try out new formations prior to the commencement of the Ard Na Cregg Cup. The team bus will depart from Sligo Garda Station at 11 am.