Sligo 42 :: Ballinrobe 3
Sligo continued their perfect league start with a bonus point win over newly promoted Ballinrobe RFC at the racecourse grounds in Ballinrobe on Sunday. Traditionally, games between these two clubs are closely fought physical encounters but Sligo produced a display of high tempo rugby, particularly in the second half that their Mayo counterparts had no answer to. The visitors racked up seven tries without conceding on their way to a well deserved victory.
Sligo’s Captain James Wilson won the toss and elected to play against the breeze. Ballinrobe kicked off into Sligo who immediately showed their intent by quickly bringing their backline into play. Fine breaks by full back David Gerrity and outside centre Jordan Farrington looked to have unlocked the home defence but chances were spurned with some loose passing.
The opening score arrived after 11 minutes when following a huge scrum by the Sligo eight the ball was quickly moved to Farrington who sliced through the home defence before being held on the ‘Robe 22. Frantic defence by the home team saw the concession of a penalty and winger Jack Macklin dispatched the ball over the bar to put his team three points to the good. Continue reading ‘Seven up for Sligo’
Sligos Junior B team continued their league preparation in fine style with a 44-3 win over local derby rivals Ballina at Strandhill on Sunday. A hat-trick of tries from French winger Max Mancien along with tries from Kieran Meehan, Mikey Conlon, Gary Collins and Khakaber Macadhitze saw the home team run out victorious.
Next week sees the Sligo outfit travel to the racecourse in Ballinrobe for their opening league match. Their pre season form promises a good league campaign for this team and an away starting victory would put them on the road for league honours.
Jack Macklin being presented as Match of the Match for his performance against Galwegians by club President Brendan Leahy. Full match report can be found here.
Everyone at Sligo Rugby Club would like to extend their best wishes to Ralph Lucey who is leaving Sligo to move to Australia this week. Ralph’s presence will be missed on the pitch by his teammates and his absence will also be felt in the bar where he where he was always available to help serve the thirsty masses. Whatever club Ralph links up with in Australia will be grateful to get a dedicated club man like him. Keep in touch Ralph!
Updated League Fixtures for the J2 League (North) are now available on our Teams page.
Please note that fixtures for our 1st team, U17s, U16s and U15s are now also available on that page.
Kick-off 3pm at Hamilton Park.
3pm kick-off at Ballinrobe Racecourse.
Sligo RFC Juvenile Rugby training has commenced at Sligo IT Sports Complex from 10am to 11.30am. This is for age groups from U7 to U12.
Just a quick reminder to let all Juvenile Players and Parents know that Training has commenced at the Sligo IT Sports Complex on Saturday mornings from 10am to 11.30am.
If you require any further information regarding Juvenile Rugby at Sligo RFC this season please contact the Juvenile Committee: Hugh O’Hehir (087 2370646), Ronnie O’Hara (086 2548369), Justin Harte (086 8162265), Gerard Whelan (087 9871311), and Brendan Timon (087 6206800).
Sligo 39 :: Galwegians 5
Sligo’s flagship team kicked off their Connacht junior league division one campaign with a magnificent 7 try demolition of Galwegians at Hamilton park, Strandhill on Sunday. Producing a super display of 15 man rugby Sligo earned maximum points to start the campaign in ideal fashion.
Galwegians won the toss and elected to play with the breeze in the first half.Out-Half Paddy Pearson, who made his return to the Yeats county side following a serious accident last season, kicked deep and the home defence immediately put the visitors under pressure in their own half. This concerted pressure was rewarded, when the locals were awarded a scrum outside the visitors 22 after 3 minutes. No. 8 Trevor Sweeney picked and linked up with flanker Cathal Culhane who drove at the heart of the tribesmens defence. A quick recycle saw the ball moved through the backline to the awaiting arms of winger Julian Rippon who rounded his opposite number to touch down for the opening score in the corner. The conversion attempt fell short to leave the home side 5 points ahead. Continue reading ‘Bonus start for Sligo’
Sligo 22 :: Galwegians 17
Sligo’s second team emulated the efforts of their senior counterparts with a hard fought but well deserved win over Galwegians in their double header fixture at Strandhill on Sunday. Coach Steve Alley has assembled a fine squad who produced a fine display of progressive rugby to outscore the visitors by 22 points to 17. Tries from Clive Morris, Stuart O’Brian, and a superb effort from prop forward Philip Allen coupled with 2 Mikey Conlon conversions and a penalty proved enough to see of the visitors challenge.
Two interesting head to heads took place as Galwegians Declan Kiely took battle against his brother Sligo’s Dermot Kiely and ex Sligo youth second row Alan Dunleavy lined up for the Galway outfit against his hometown club.
Sligo 2nds continue their league preparations with a challenge match against Ballina at Strandhill next sunday. Kick off 3 pm.
Congratulations to Aaron Spring who has been playing with Connacht U20s in the recent interpro series. Although bareley 18yrs he has forced his way on to a very good squad who just narrowly missed out winning the interpro series. Aaron will be underage again next season and this very talented young player is progresing niceley. Also on the U20 squad is Rory Kerins, a product of Sligo RFC but is now playing with UL Bohemians in Limerick.
Also Sligo have two players on the highly successful U18 squad. They are local Strandhill lad David Heath who came from the underage section of the club and Oscar Van Der Grijn. The U18s won the interpro
series comprehensiveley and its great to see the Sligo players involved. Well done to all the lads involved and to the club and school coaches who helped in getting them to this level.
Training commences next Thursday the 17th of September at Hamilton Park in Strandhill from 7 to 8 o’clock.
This season Any player born in 1996 qualifies for the under 14 age group. New players are always welcome.
“Scrumtious” Sligo RFCs, alcohol free, teenage Disco is Back.
Following the summer break tickets are on sale from the usual sellers for the first teenage alcohol-free disco of the season, which takes place in the Clubhouse on Friday, September 18th at 9 pm. Early purchase is always advised, and as usual, no cash will be accepted on the night. The Event Organiser, Justin Harte has everything in readiness and the Chief Steward will be Niall Draper. All stewards should report to Niall for their postings not later than 8.30 pm on that evening
Sligo’s Junior league campaign begins on Sunday 20th against Galwegians. Kick off is at 3 o clock at Hamilton park in Strandhill.