Sligo Grammar School came out on top in the local derby, Connacht Schools’ Junior League tie against Summerhill College, played at the Mall on Saturday morning last. Despite being played in a continuous downpour, both sides served up some very good rugby. The winners have been scoring notable victories all season, but the less experienced Summerhill boys put in a competitive performance, before finally being overcome by the very impressive home side.
In a very well balanced Grammar side, full-back, John Healy starred, while out-half, Owen Doherty and centre, Jonathan Byrne were very lively backs. In a dominant pack, prop, Thomas Ferrari, second row, Diarmuid O’Dowd-Hill and No. 8, David Heath were in control. For Summerhill, No. 8, Caolan O’Hehir, was their most influential performer, with David French also doing well in the pack, while others to impress were half backs, Robbie Keegan and Gary O’Hehir, full-back, Eoin Flanagan, and David Burke. Summerhill’s Sean Donnolly, a star performer with the club’s u-14 side, suffered an ankle injury early in the game and was a big loss to his team.