On Saturday last, two Sligo players, Rory Kerins and Aaron Spring starred for the Connacht U-18 Youth team which defeated Ulster by 20-3 in the Interprovincial championship semi-final. Both players are students at Summerhill College, and have outstanding potential. They have come through the juvenile and youth coaching systems in the club. Aaron is still eligible to play at U-16 level, and must rank as one of the best U-16 players ever to represent Sligo. He plays at lock for Connacht, but is equally at home at full-back, where he plays for Summerhill. His father, Andy Spring, was an outstanding central defender for Sligo Rovers in the 1980’s.
Rory is a superb tackler, who plays at open side wing forward for Connacht, but is a live-wire centre for Summerhill College’s senior team. If both playersÂ continue their current rate of progress, they can look forward to very bright futures in the game. A third product of the club, prop forward, Richard Henry, who now plays with UCD, was unavailable for selection due to injury. There was also a Sligo involvement in the side’s coaching staff, as Sligo’s senior coach, Joe Walsh is one of the coaches of the side.
The final of the competition takes place next Saturday in Mullingar RFC, and Rory, Aaron, Richard and Joe are wished well by the President and everyone in the club.