Over 40 boys and girls, aged 6-16 and with all levels of rugby experience, took part in the TotalHealth SkillZone, one-day Connacht Rugby camp
The focus of the day was small sided games which were fun and fast flowing. The event was run by Ross Mannion, Chris O’Neill, Simon O’Malley and Colm McWeeney, all Connacht Rugby staff who are IRFU accredited coaches, involved in both the Regional and Interprovincial squads.
Connacht Rugby will be running a rugby camp in Ballymote Community Park on Thursday 21st February for all players aged 6 – 14 years. This rugby camp is open to all, no previous rugby experience necessary. The camp will run from 9.15a.m. to 1p.m. and costs €25 p.p. This will include coaching from qualified IRFU coaches, as well as a Connacht Rugby Total Health long sleeve top.
Sligo U18.5s currently lie 5th in the Division 1A of the U18.5 league. Last Saturday they travelled to Corinthians RFC, who are second in the league, on equal points with Ballinasloe, but with a lesser points difference. The home side proved strong in the end and were comfortable victors with a 33-14 score line.
U17s Patrick Dixon is lifted high to secure the ball for Sligo
Sligo U17s Development team hosted Westport on a stunning day in Hamilton Park. This was a complete try-fest, the visitors gaining the upper hand at the end, with an incredible final score of 54-70. The U17s have a huge squad of players and the emerging development team has been the result. Well done to all players and coaches involved.
The highly anticipated U16 derby between Sligo and Ballina kicked off on Saturday and the game lived up to the hype, with neither side giving an inch in the opening twenty minutes of the game.
U16s Sean Gilvarry hands off a Ballina player
The visitors were first to strike and had a period of dominance at the end of the first half, to stretch their lead to 5-12 at the half-time whistle. The second half was a torrid affair, with a litany of high tackles marring the game and the tension was mounting between the two sides. Ballina struck again to go 14points up on the home side, but Sligo showed their determination to exert a sustained period of pressure on the visitors and were rewarded for their efforts when Adam Hunter drove over for the try.
U16s Adam Hunter grounds the ball to score for Sligo
Sean Gilvarry slotted home the extras to bring the home side within 7points. Ballina’s defence held strong and a succession of penalties eventually led to a yellow card for another high tackle.
U16s Oisin Diffley drives through with the ball
Sligo again led a barrage against the Ballina try line, but their maul was held up and a scrum to the defence was the result. The visitors cleared their lines with a long punt up the pitch, which was chased by the Ballina back line, despite the calls for offside and the resultant try under the posts was awarded. With only minutes remaining, the visitors crossed the whitewash again to bring the final score to 12-31.
The U14s travelled to Castlebar, where the home side were determined to notch up their second win of the season and move up the table, but Joe Walsh’s team had other ideas. The result was a tough encounter between the two sides, but it was the visitors who held their nerve to win 26-21 and come away with all 4points and maintain their dominance of the U14 Division 1 Pool A, proudly topping the table after four games.
Sligo U11s do well in Carrick RFC blitz
Sligo RFC Juvenile section travelled en masse to Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday to play in the Carrick RFC blitz. A total of 130 players, representing teams from U8s to U12s played a series of games against their Carrick counterparts and a great day was had by all, despite the blustery and cold conditions.
A squad of twenty-five U13 players travelled to Galway last Saturday to play Creggs RFC in their fourth game of the season. A determined Sligo RFC maintained their 100% record with a comprehensive 5-34 win against the home side.
Our U17s were playing their third game away to Corinthians on Sunday and were delighted to secure their second win of the season, winning 22-42.
Sligo RFC’s U7s played Creggs on Saturday morning
Well done to all players, coaches and managers involved.
Connacht Coach Development Officer Gavin Foley and Club Community Rugby Officer Ross Mannion held a coaching course last Sunday evening in the clubhouse. The course was specifically designed for coaches of Mini rugby (5-12yrs old).
Sligo RFC coaches attend a Minis coaching course in Hamilton Park
The focus was on safety and enjoyment of the game and developing players’ all-round skills and game-understanding. Thanks to all the coaches who attended the course and especially to the players who helped on the night.
Sligo U10s competed in the Aviva blitz hosted by Corinthians on Saturday. Sligo RFC were well-represented with two panels and a total of 28 players. Our teams played Corinthians, Galwegians, Buccaneers, Creggs, Ballina, Ballinasloe, Oughterard & Gort. All games ended in a draw (minis rules!) but both teams acquitted themselves very well and matched anything they came up against. Well done to all the players, coaches & parents involved
All Training will take place in SLIGO R.F.C, HAMILTON PARK, STRANDHILL.
Juvenile (Under 7 to Under 12, Boys and Girls)
The PROVISIONAL date for the return to training is Saturday, 8th September. This will be confirmed here and the clubs Facebook page
Training Saturday 10- 11:30a.m.
U7s (Born 2012) U8s (Born 2011)
U9s (Born 2010) U10s (Born 2009)
U11s (Born 2008) U12s (Born 2007)
Sligo R.F.C. aims to have teams at U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 this season. Details of training times will be published here and the clubs Facebook page once confirmed. Girls rugby will be run by Gabriel Gormley 087 763 6168. If anyone is interested in helping out with coaching and running the girls’ rugby, please contact Gabriel.
U13s (Born 2006)
Wednesdays at 7p.m.
Contact: Ken Draper – 086 814 6300
U14s (Born 2005)
Wednesdays at 6:30p.m.
Contact: Brian Roche – 087 275 2803
U15s (Born 2004)
Wednesdays at 6:30p.m. & Sundays at 10:30a.m.
Contact: Aidan Mackey – 086 341 1877
U16s (Born 2003)
Thursdays at 7p.m.
Contact: Hagan Mc Quaid – 086 722 5912
U17s (Born 2002)
Thursdays at 7p.m.
Contact: Hugh O’ Hehir – 087 237 0646
U18.5s (Born 2001 / from 1st July – 31st Dec. 2000)
Fridays at 6:30p.m.
Contact: Tom Nielsen – 086 412 6055
Sligo R.F.C. will again have 3 senior men’s teams this year.
Training continues every Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7p.m. in Hamilton Park. Any player interested in joining should contact Head Coach Paddy Pearson 087 215 2150
Easter weekend saw Sligo Rugby Club U12’s in action European invitational blitz hosted by Malahide RFC.
Sligo were proud to be the sole Connacht representatives and fielded two teams over both days of the event.
The Sligo boys had the opportunity to test themselves against very strong opposition from professional clubs in Europe such as Clermont Auvergne of France and San Dona of Northern Italy. They also came up against Glasgow based West of Scotland as well as Leinster Club Barnhall and host club Malahide.
The Sligo teams performed proudly in their games with the overseas teams despite their considerable physical advantage with one of the Sligo teams giving the French and Italians their best contests of the weekend. Against their counterparts in Leinster, Sligo were on top in most of their games.
The Michael Campbell Trophy was awarded to the winners Clermont Auvergne based on points awarded for embodiment of the ethos of mini rugby, for outstanding skill, positive communication, team spirit, respect for all in involved as well as tries scored.
The Senior teams had a break this weekend, so it was the turn of the Juvenile and Youth sections to carry the mantle for Sligo RFC. Over 200 boys and girls took to the 3 pitches in Hamilton Park on a bitterly cold Saturday morning. Up to 9 matches were being played at any one time and the home sides accounted well for themselves against stiff opposition from Castlebar and Westport. Well done to all the players, coaches, managers, caterers, parents and supporters who made the blitz the success that it was.