Galwegians were the latest to fall foul of the U14 machine who clocked up 38 points without reply against their Galway counterparts. Having narrowly beaten Castlebar in their last game, the Sligo U14s were determined to add another scalp to the pile. They now hold a commanding 8 point lead over Corinthians and Corinthians, who are both on 12 points after 5 games. The team have a break from matches next week and play Buccaneers at home on Saturday 24th November. Training continues as usual on Tuesday, 6.30-8 on New players are always welcome.
Sligo U18.5s took to the pitch against bitter rivals Ballina in a highly contested and tense affair. There is never any love lost between the two neighbouring sides and it was the home side who had the first opportunity to draw first blood, winning a penalty within kickable distance. Hubert Gilvarry struck the ball well, but the upright denied the home side the opening score of the game. Sligo enjoyed a period of sustained pressure in the opening 15 minutes, with Ballina struggling to get out of their own half. The game remained scoreless well into the first half, but the visitors eventually settled and indiscipline in the Sligo defence gave Ballina the edge they needed to cross the whitewash and go 7 points ahead.
Sligo were quick to regroup, and a determined Sligo pack were eventually rewarded with the equalising score, when Luke Hogge made a strong run to dot the ball down. The try was converted by Gilvarry. The game continued in the same vein as before, with big hits going in on both sides, and there was nothing between the sides at half time.
The weather then took a turn for the worse, with the rain making handling difficult. A lapse in concentration in the Sligo defence allowed the big centre from Ballina to power through the gap and touch down in the corner. With only 5 minutes left on the clock, a determined Sligo team secured the ball from the restart and a well-worked move fed the ball to Donnacha Byrne, fresh from international duty in Italy, who powered over the line in the corner. The difficult conversion fell short and the two sides remained deadlocked at 12-12 right up to the final whistle.
Members of the club are currently selling the Your Club, Your Country tickets, with 10 fantastic prizes on offer. The top prize, worth around €10,000, will give two lucky people the trip of a lifetime, following the Ireland rugby team around Japan for the rugby world cup next Autumn. Tickets are priced at €10 each and all money raised goes straight to Sligo RFC, as the prizes have been sponsored through the IRFU. Tickets are available through all club members or by contacting Jean 087 2389515
Sligo Gulls 26 – NUIG 12
The Gulls remain at the top of the Connacht J2A league after a comprehensive win against NUIG on another glorious day in Hamilton Park. Boasting a panel of twenty-six players, the home side were fired up for the match and exerted pressure on NUIG in every area of the pitch, showing dominance in the pack and having several try-scoring opportunities through expansive use of the back line. The visitors’ defence held strong until the 32nd minute when David Cummins scored in the corner. Full back Oisin Cox scored the difficult conversion to put the Gulls 7-0 up. NUIG enjoyed a period of possession from the restart and only 6 minutes later, were rewarded with a try under the posts to level the game at half time. Continue reading
Sligo RFC 17 – Rainey Old Boys RFC 27
Sligo slumped to their fifth loss of the 18/19 All Ireland League Division 2B campaign with a disappointing 10point defeat to Magherafelt outfit Rainey Old Boys at Strandhill on Saturday. The northern visitors lorded the possession stakes and outscored the locals by three tries to two as Sligo struggled to retain possession for any meaningful period throughout the encounter.
Despite the heavy midweek rain, Hamilton park was in excellent condition, with little or no breeze when the teams took to the field, and it was Sligo that were first to put the scorekeeper to work with a Jack Keegan penalty after 10 minutes. Continue reading
Sligo Development 17 – Connemara 31
A depleted Sligo Development team played the first senior game on the newly opened second grass pitch last Sunday, taking on table-toppers Connemara in the Connacht J1A league. It was always going to be an uphill battle against a team who have only lost once this season, but the Sligo squad had been laid threadbare through injury and illness and had to call up players from The Gulls to bolster their ranks.
The visitors had the lion’s share of possession from the start and Sligo found themselves defending phase after phase of pressure, but their defence stood strong and it was the home side who took the lead with an Enda Gavin penalty after 21 minutes. Connemara equalised with a well-struck penalty of their own, but it took the visitors until the 35th minute to get their first try to give them a 3-10 lead. This was quickly followed by a second try as they breached a gap in the Sligo defence to go 3-17 up at half-time.
The second-half opened with Sligo piling on the pressure, but Connemara were determined not to let the home side breach their line and a resurgent counter-attack resulted in a third try for the visitors on the 45 minute mark. All credit to the home side as they rallied the troops and after a period of sustained pressure, were rewarded with a try by powerhouse Jason Havea. Out half Enda Gavin added the extras to bring the score to 10-24. With 5 minutes left on the clock Connemara added another 7 points to their tally, securing the try bonus point, but it was the home side who closed out the scoring as Enda Gavin dived over the line and converted the try with the last play of the game.
Sligo: Patrick Saba, Liam Mc Elhinney, Ross O’Boyle, Gary Golden, David Cawley, Jake Sexton, Simon Coulter, Jason Havea, Garry O’Hehir, Kevin Connell, Sean Mullin, Robbie Ryan, Jack Gormley, Eoin Mc Cormack, Swifty, Alex Seapoint, Michael Healy, Terence O’Connor,
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.
Sligo RFC’s Niall O’Connor and Ewan Ripon were our two players on the Connacht U16 team who beat Munster U16s Club & Schools 55-12 in University of Limerick last week.
The Connacht U17s played the Leinster U18 Regions team on the main pitch in Buccaneers RFC. last Wednesday.
Sligo RFC’s Micheál Broaders was our sole representative on the pitch as Darragh Craig was side-lined due to injury. The game ended in a draw 19-19.
A record 62 teams in the 2018/19 Top Oil Connacht Schools Cups draw
The draw took place last Saturday in the Heineken Rugby Clubhouse at The Sportsground, prior to Connacht’s 33-12 win over Dragons and included the largest ever number of competing teams in the competitions.
In the Senior Cup, Summerhill College find themselves in the very tough Pool 1, with reigning champions Garbally, alongside Colaiste Iognaid, the team they beat in last year’s decider. Sligo Grammar are in Pool 2 with the Marist College and Roscommon CBS.
It’s a different story in the Junior A Cup, as both Sligo schools are in Pool 1, alongside defending champions Marist College and Colaiste Iognaid. Pool 2 will contain Garbally, CBS Roscommon, St Muiredachs and The Bish. Best of luck to Sligo Grammar School and Summerhill College from all in Sligo RFC.
The opening pool games taking place on Wednesday 16th January. Further pool games on Wednesday 23rd and Wednesday 30th January will determine who will go on to the knockout stages.
Sligo’s Donnacha Byrne won his first cap for his country last Saturday, when he played for Ireland U18s against Italy Academy U18s in La Ghirada Centro Sportivo Treviso. The interprovincial-winning Connacht U18 squad made up almost half of the Ireland U18 Clubs squad.
Connacht’s Darragh Murray from Buccaneers RFC captained the side from the second row, alongside two more Connacht men in the back row, Oisin McCormack from Ballinasloe RFC and Sligo RFC’s Donnacha Byrne at number 8.
There were seven players from the province included in the starting line-up and four more on the bench. Ireland led 7-21 half-time and continued their dominance in the second half, clocking up a 12-31 win over the home side.
Donnacha wore the Irish jersey with great pride and represented Sligo RFC and Connacht with distinction.