James Wilson, who won an all-Ireland U-18 league medal with Sligo in 2005, is now establishing himself as a lock forward for Buccaneers in Division 2 of the A.I.L., having impressed in the two opening games played. On Saturday last he scored two tries, his side’s only scores, in their surprise away defeat to Ballinahinch. A former Connacht U-20 player, James, a native of Beltra, commenced his rugby career as a 16 year old under Brendan Leahy and Joe Walsh in Hamilton Park, and his progress to date has been exceptional. At 6 feet 7 inches, James is a major asset to any side, jumping at No.2 in the line-out. The club President wishes James every success in his future career.James’ parents, Moya and Martin are staunch supporters and sponsors of the club.
Also at Buccaneers, another former Sligo player, Niall O’Hara, captained the side in their opening home victorious A.I.L. game against Clonakilty. Meanwhile, another former Sligo player is also hitting the big time. Exactly two years ago, Kiwi, Brendan Nolan was playing solidly as outside centre for Sligo in the Connacht Junior 1 league. Due to domestic reasons, Brendan did not return to Sligo after the Christmas holidays. He is now playing at out-half for Rotherham Titans in the English National Division 1 league. In recent weeks he played against Northampton, who included All Black legend, Carlos Spenser and ex-Lion, Tom Smith, and last week he scored a try. The standard in the English National Division 1 is somewhere between A.I.L. Division 1 and the Magners’ League, which is a considerable step up from the standards he encountered on the Connacht J1 circuit. Perhaps the drills he practised, and the skills learned, on these freezing November and December training nights in Hamilton Park in 2005, are now bearing fruit. Brendan, who remains in contact with club members, is also wished well.