Next up on the adult Rugby calander is the annual St Stephens day game in which the town based players line out against their country counterparts. This is always a keenly contested affair, and with the Town team gaining the upper hand in last seasons enconter, the country lads are sure to be out for revenge. All players who are home for Christmas or are visiting the area for the holiday season are welcome. The match kicks off at 2.30 on the 26th.
Monthly Archive for December, 2009
Sligo RFC 15 :: Westport 3
Just like the Senior team Sligos 2nd team have reached the halfway point of the season unbeaten. On Sunday last they overcame Westport by 15 points to 3. This leaves them top of the J2 league and well poised to win overall honours in this competition.
Under the coaching skills of Steve Alley this team has flourished and on Sunday they looked well drilled and conditioned and in the end they were by far the stronger side. The team played with confidence and showed that they will be very difficult to beat as they defend their line very strongly and they have the ability to score trys which has seen them progress this season. Continue reading ‘Sligo 2nd XV Continue Unbeaten Run’
Sligo RFC 39 :: Westport RFC 0
The Sligo under 14s notched up an other convincing win last Sunday against Westport at home. From the kick off the home team hit the ground running piling pressure on to Westport’s defence and it was not long before Conan O’Donnell ran in a superb try. The coversion didn’t make it over the bar but Mc Grath was back for the kick off and claimed the ball to take a great run into the Westport half again putting position back to O Donnell where he headed again for the line fending of several wesport tacklers before notching up try number two. Again the conversion dropped short from the boot of Evan Mc Grath’. Continue reading ‘Under 14s Continue to Impress’
Sligo 19 :: Ballina 3
Sligo passed their biggest test to date when they comprehensively defeated near neighbours Ballina in an entertaining Connacht Junior league North West derby at Strandhill on Saturday. The home side dominated in all departments and scored three tries without reply on their way to a well crafted victory.
In ideal conditions for open rugby Ballina won the toss and opted to play with the aid of the slight breeze. Paddy Pearson kicked off and immediately the Sligo pack signalled their intent as they drove into the heart of the Ballina defence. Flanker Simon Coulter was proving to be a nuisance at the breakdown and his forward colleagues followed suit in providing a good platform for their backline to work from. Continue reading ‘North West Derby’
Sligo RFC 41 :: Ballina 7
Sligo under 14 took to the field on Sunday against Ballina in their 3rd league match this season. The opening fifteen minutes of the game saw the possession swing from side to side with no points on the board for either side. A penalty from Evan Mc Grath from a difficult angle slipped away from the posts not helped by a strong breeze that made conditions tough on a very sticky pitch. The kick off from Ballina gladly landed in the hands of Ryan Bright which was worked through the oppositions defence and finished off in a well deserved try by Sligo’s captain Darren Byrne. Evan Mc Grath converted to give Sligo lads the boost that was badly needed to get their confidence back in the game. Heads were up and try’s came rolling in from Daniel Ford, which was well back up by superb rucking from the four power houses Jake Sexton, Ryan Bright, Elyassa Hamza, and Conan O’Donnell. Continue reading ‘Under 14s overpower Ballina’
West Offaly Lions 3 :: Sligo RFC 7
Sligo set up a mouth watering first round home clash with holders Monivea, when they overcame the West Offaly Lions in their preliminary round encounter of the Heineken Connacht Junior Cup at Ferbane on Sunday. Sligo were made to fight all the way by a resilient home team who lead the encounter with ten minutes remaining on the clock. Continue reading ‘Sligo beat the Lions’
Sligo RFC 20 :: Corrib 0
Sligo made it six wins from six matches when they overcame a previously unbeaten Corrib outfit in a tough Connacht junior league encounter at Hamilton Park on Sunday. The home team need a big second half performance in which they scored three tries to overcome their tenacious visitors.
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Corrib won the toss and elected to play with the aid of the strong breeze in the opening half. The opening exchanges were dominated by the visitors as they used their well organised pick and drive game to work their way into the Sligo half. Their scrum was causing difficulties for Sligo and their lineout was functioning effectively.This early dominance was rewarded on 17 minutes with a penalty on the Sligo 10 metre line but the kicked effort drifted wide of the Sligo posts. Continue reading ‘Sligo make it Six from Six’
Sligo’s Aaron Spring continued to realise his potential when he played the full 80 minutes for the Irish u19 schools team when they took on the Australian schools team at Belfield last Friday. Blindside flanker, Spring, is a product of Sligo RFC’s youth setup and is an inspiration to all young players coming through the system.
Sligo’s Second team continued to impress when they travelled to and defeated Castlebar in their league encounter on Sunday. Tries from Mikey Conlon, Steve Alley and Aaron Loftus coupled with a further 8 points from the boot of Conlon saw the visiting Sligo team triumph on a scoreline of 23 points to 10. Prop forward Brian Keane put in an outstanding display to gain the Man of the Match award.