Congratulations Hannah!

Sligo RFC’S own Hannah Johnston was part of history in Leixlip on Saturday when she and her Connacht team-mates won the U18 Girls Inter-Pro Series for the first time ever.

Coach Fraser Gow pictured with Hannah Johnston (Sligo R.f.C.) and Finola Collins (Ballina R.F.C.)

After successive wins over Ulster and Munster, the girls in green headed to Leixlip to take on Leinster in a winner-takes-all crunch game. History is always hard to create and the western warriors had to work very hard to get the better of the home side.

Hannah Johnston (Sligo R.f.C.) and Finola Collins (Ballina R.F.C.) celebrate their historic win with Connacht U18 girls

There were scenes of pure joy at the end when the final whistle signalled the title was headed for the West. Hannah made the starting XV for the decisive game and played at flanker. Having only taken up rugby with the club last year, aged 15, Hannah is now playing U18 rugby with the province, an incredible achievement for someone so young. Everyone in Sligo R.F.C. would like to congratulate Hannah on this historic achievement.

This is another huge boost for girls rugby in Sligo and an inspiration to all the young girls wishing to play the wonderful game.
Training for U14, U16 & U18 girls continues every Monday & Thursday at 7. All welcome, no previous experience necessary.

CSL: Sligo fall by the narrowest margin

Sligo RFC 15 – Corinthians RFC 16

Sligo suffered their second one point defeat in two weeks with a defeat in their final 2018 Connacht Senior league encounter at Strandhill last Saturday. Despite outscoring their opponents by two tries to one, Sligo failed to capitalise on possession and territorial dominance and the visitors held on at the finish to take the spoils.

With the drizzling rain making handling tricky, Sligo kicked off playing towards the airport end and quickly put pressure on the tribesmen. The early endeavour provided a well-earned dividend with a penalty award from a scrum inside the Corinthians 22. Outhalf mark Butler went to the corner and Diarmuid O’Dowd Hill secured the lineout. Sligo attempted to maul but Corinthians foiled the drive so the ball was moved infield. Jason Havea and O’Dowd Hill both carried before scrum half Brendan Cunningham switched the play back to the right and Butler’s well timed pass gave centre Ryan Feehily the opportunity to crash over in the corner. Continue reading

Fancy becoming a referee?

The Association of Referees Connacht Branch are holding a one day course tomorrow for people who want to get involved.

Several hours training will cover key areas of the modern game and participants may apply on completion for membership with Connacht’s Referee Association (ARCB).

ARCB are particularly keen to see more women looking to become referees through the Women’s Rugby Pathway Programme.

For more information please visit https://community.connachtrugby.ie/25425-2/

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

COACH CONTACT DETAILS & 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

Girls Rugby

Sligo R.F.C. aims to have teams at U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 this season.  Girls rugby will be run by Gabriel Gormley 087 763 6168. Training for U14, U16 & U18 girls will start on Monday 10th September at 6.45p.m. Details of all training times will be published here and on the clubs Facebook page.

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.

Sligo R.F.C. Players all play their role in Connacht

Sligo R.F.C. was well-represented last weekend as Connacht Eagles had a comprehensive 36 – 16 win against Leinster Development.

Connacht Eagles – Kuba Wojtkowicz, Stephen Kerins, Conan O’Donnell and Kuba’s little brother Max

Kuba Wojtkowicz, Stephen Kerins and Conan O’Donnell all featured for Connacht Eagles, while Cillian Gallagher got the call up for the senior Connacht V Bristol match, winning 12-14.

Connacht U18s
Congratulations to Sligo R.F.C.’s Donnacha Byrne (Back Row), Luke Hogge (Centre) and Hubert Gilvarry (Full Back) who were on the Connacht U18s team who became inter-provincial champions for the first time in 40 years.

Connacht U18 Interprovincial Champions Donnacha Byrne, Luke Hogge & Hubert Gilvarry

Connacht U18s opened their campaign with a stunning, late comeback against a shocked Leinster, as a last-minute try secured a brilliant 33-29 victory for the boys in green. They took control of the inter-provincial championship with their second win in five days, when they produced a superb seven-try performance against hosts Munster, recording an impressive 47-17 score line, as Connacht Head Coach Andy Friend looked on. They then went on to defeat Ulster 41-15 last Sunday to make it three wins from three in the U18 inter-provincial competition at the U18s Festival in the University of Limerick.

Connacht U17s
Congrats to the three Sligo players who made the Connacht U17 squad and played 
Munster in a challenge match last Wednesday. Eddie Coyle (Sligo Grammar School), 
Micheal Broaders (Summerhill College) and Daire Cregg (Abbey Community College Boyle)


Connacht U16s
Well done to Liam Candon (Coola Post Primary), Ewan Ripon (Summerhill College), Oisin Cregg (Abbey Community College, Boyle) and Niall O’Connor (Summerhill College) who were all in the Connacht U16 squad who played Munster in a challenge match in Tuam R.F.C. last week. 

Challenge game for Gulls

The Sligo Gulls played a challenge game away against a very strong and physical Enniskillen team, in a closely fought contest. However, it was the home team who came out victors in the end, with a narrow 5 point win over a disappointed Sligo. Full time score Enniskillen 22 Sligo 17. Sligo scorers were Gary Golden, Eoin Mc Cormac 2 tries and one conversion by Garry O’Hehir.

CSL: Back to winning ways

Sligo RFC 31 – Galwegians RFC 13

Sligo kickstarted their 2018-19 season with an excellently crafted victory over a lively Galwegians outfit in their second Connacht Senior League fixture played at Strandhill on Saturday.

Sligo scored 5 trys to a solitary Wegians effort as they collected a welcome bonus point to bolster their senior league challenge.

With conditions perfect for running rugby the match kicked off with Sligo playing towards the airport end. It was the visitors who started brightly owning the lions share of possession and putting the Sligo defence under heavy pressure. Sligo’s tackling was strong with front row forwrds Conor Mitchell, Craig Adams and Tom Gormely putting in a notable defensive effort. Continue reading