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No Joy for U16 Girls

Sligo 7 – Tuam/Oughterard 22

There was no joy for the Sligo girls in front of a big home crowd last Saturday in Hamilton Park. In their debut season, the Sligo U16 girls came up against the well-established Galway side, who amalgamated last year, and are currently top of the table in Division 2 of the Connacht U16 Girls league. The opening 10 minutes proved a shock for the visitors as Bebhinn Hart crossed the line to score the opening try of the game. Cliodhna O’ Sullivan stepped up to convert and coolly slotted the ball between the posts to give the home side a 7 point lead. Tuam/Oughterard quickly settled into the game and had a period of dominance, which resulted in three unanswered tries before the half-time whistle. Sligo’s coaching team of Gabriel Gormley, Michael Cox and Gavin Clinch, rallied their troops at the break and they came out all guns blazing, determined to alter the 7-15 score line. Sligo had 70% possession in the second half, with Tuam/Oughterard under pressure with every play, but the home side were unable to break through the experienced defence and a try, against the run of play, rewarded the visitors with the final score of the game.

Although the score line did not truly reflect the game, the Sligo team, playing in their 4th game of the season, can take great solace from the fact that they now lie 3rd in the table and are improving with every game. Many of Sligo’s players only took up rugby this September and Cria Flanagan, Jasmine Morgan and Grace Molloy were playing their first game for Sligo RFC on Saturday, joined by Teresa Devaney in her second game, with Grace Mulholland returning her first game of the season.

Girls’ rugby has gone from strength to strength in Sligo, with teams now competing from U10 to U18. The catchment area has also grown and players travel twice a week from as far afield as Manorhamilton, Tubbercurry, Coolaney and Drumcliff to join players from Carraroe, Cranmore, Sligo town and Strandhill. A big thanks to Petstop, who sponsor the club jerseys and for their continued support of girls’ rugby in Sligo. Training continues in the rugby club every Monday and Thursday 6.45 – 8pm, no previous experience is necessary. Contact Michael 086 3202244 for further details. Next game in the fixtures is away to Westport on 1st December.

Sligo Women Honoured by Connacht Rugby

Therese Cosgrove, Sylvia Hodgins, Geraldine Ward, Sandra Hallinan, Rosie Morrissey, Siobhan Gilroy and Finola Monaghan. Absent from photo: Emer Bree, Stephanie O’Connor, Tara Walsh

The Irish Women’s Rugby Football Union was only established in 1991 and since its inception, Sligo RFC has been well represented, at both provincial and international levels. A total of ten members of Sligo RFC, who had proudly donned the green of Connacht at the highest level twenty years ago, were among those recognised and honoured by Connacht Rugby at The Sportsground last Saturday night. All past Connacht players who attended The Connacht Women’s Recognition Evening were presented with a special memento in honour of their contribution to women’s rugby in the province.

Lights, Camera, Action

It was a case of “lights, camera, action” for the U16 and U18 girls last Sunday in Hamilton Park as they were the centre of attention for a camera crew, shooting a promotional video for Connacht Rugby.

Sligo U16 & U18 girls in action

The ‘Grassroots to Green Shirts’ programme, a campaign that aims “to increase the number of local players coming through the provincial player pathway to achieve the highest accolades in world rugby.” Twenty-three players from the U16 and U18 Sligo RFC squads played each other in a challenge game, to promote girls’ rugby in Connacht.

It was a proud moment for coaches Gabriel Gormley, Michael Cox and Gavin Clinch seeing so many young girls playing rugby for their club and an indication that the future looks bright for girls’ rugby in Sligo RFC.

U16 Girls Win in Westport

Westport U16s 0 – Sligo U16s 39

The U16 girls travelled to Westport last Saturday for their first game of the new season and were rewarded for their efforts with a comprehensive 39 point win over the home side.

Sligo RFC’s U16 girls, with coaches Gabriel Gormley and Michael Cox

The team have been training on Monday and Thursday nights at 7pm and all their hard work paid off, as they dominated from the first whistle. It was a whole team effort, as six players got their names on the score sheet, with tries coming from Sophie (2), Mia (2), Giselle, Amy, Bebhinn and Aoife slotting home two conversions. The next round of the U16 girls Qualifier Pool 2 will be on Saturday 6th October, when the girls travel to Ballinasloe.

Juvenile (Girls/Boys) and Youth (Boys) Coaches & Training Times

Youth training started last weekend and any players wishing to play with Sligo R.F.C. this season, should contact the relevant coach below for further details.

YOUTHS (boys)
U13s (Born 2006)
Wednesdays at 6.30p.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 7p.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 and 2000 from 1st July to 31st December)  
Fridays at 6:30p.m.
Contact: Tom Nielsen – 086 412 6055

JUVENILES (boys & girls) 
All juvenile age groups will return to training on Saturday, 8th September. 10 – 11:30a.m. Contact Ken 086 6181946 or see Facebook page and Club website for registration details.

The age groups are as follows
U7s (Born 2012) U8s (Born 2011) etc.

All training will take place in Sligo R.F.C, Hamilton Park, Strandhill

Women’s Rugby Revival

Former Irish International Clare Wall and her coaching staff are all set to revive the senior women’s rugby team in Sligo. Rugby is the fastest growing women’s sport in Ireland and Sligo R.F.C. has been building girls rugby from the ground up, with teams from U12 – U18.

Training for the senior women’s team starts this Thursday 30th August at 6.30p.m. No previous experience necessary. Contact Jean 0872389515 for further details.

Connacht Women V Ulster Women

Connacht 24 – Ulster 17

Hamilton Park played host to a senior women’s inter-provincial game last Saturday, when Connacht took on Ulster in a challenge game in advance of the Inter-Provincial series next month. This was an opportunity for Head Coach Jarleth Naughton and Assistant Coach Sligo RFC’s Jason East to see the whole squad in action, to determine who will earn the starting places against Munster on September 1st. Ireland international and Sligo RFC member Nicole Fowley played at out-half, returning to rugby after a prolonged absence due to injury.

Tara Buggie drives for the try line

The match kicked off in near perfect conditions for rugby, with the pitch in Hamilton Park a credit to the hard-working grounds crew, worthy of any inter-provincial fixture. Ulster started out the stronger, with the lion’s share of possession, dominating at the breakdown and putting in some bone-crunching tackles. They were rewarded for their efforts and put 10points on the board with no reply from the home side. It took over 20minutes for Connacht to settle into the game, which was being marred by a litany of handling errors and disarray in the line-outs. The nerves were settled when an intercept try by Shannon Tuohy was converted and Connacht began to make more of their possession. Working their way into the Ulster half again, the Connacht pack showed their dominance in the scrum and drove over the line to put Connacht ahead by two points at half-time.

Shannon Tuohy with a breakaway try for Connacht

The second-half was dominated in all areas by Connacht, with Ulster failing to clear their lines or get out of their own half until the 57th minute. By then, the home side had scored another two tries. The girls in green showed great patience in scoring their 4th try, going through the phases with the pack and eventually spinning it out wide for Sligo RFC’s own Nicole Fowley to touch down for Connacht’s final try of the game.

Ulster enjoyed a short period of dominance towards the end of the game and their perseverance paid off, as they were rewarded with a well-worked try of their own, bringing them within 7points of Connacht. However, it was a case of too little, too late for the visitors, as the final whistle blew, and Connacht had the win in the bag, much to the delight of the large home crowd.

Connacht U18 Girls

The senior team were eagerly watched by their U18 counterparts, who had a training session in the Club that morning. Sligo’s sole representative on the U18 team is 15year old Hannah Johnston from Manorhamilton.

Hannah Johnston & Nicole Fowley

Hannah only took up rugby last year when she joined Sligo RFC and has proven herself as a natural, showing great maturity as a player. Sligo RFC would like to wish both Nicole and Hannah the very best of luck in the Inter-Provincial series this year. Training for girls rugby starts back in September, any girls wishing to join the club this year should contact Gabriel 087 7636168 or email

Connacht V Ulster at Hamilton Park

Hamilton Park will play host to two inter-provincial challenge games this Sunday (August 19th), when Connacht host Ulster at U18 girls and Senior Women levels. The action kicks off at 1p.m. with the U18 game and Sligo’s own Hannah Johnson is on the team. The senior game follows at 2.30p.m. with Irish International Nicole Fowley representing Sligo R.F.C. We would hope for a large crowd to cheer on Hannah, Nicole and Connacht.

Training Schedules

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)

Girls Rugby

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.

Youth Rugby

  • 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

Senior Rugby

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