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Connacht Final for Sligo Development Team

Sligo Development team 13   Ballinrobe RFC  10

It was only the hardiest of supporters who were brave enough to take to Hamilton Park last Sunday to cheer on the Sligo Development Team in their quest for a place in the Connacht Plate final.  The weather was bitterly cold and the strong, swirling wind was destined to play a big role from the whistle.

Sligo’s Charlie Cooper shows his strength driving through the line

Ballinrobe were quickest to settle into the game and their strong pack dominated for the first 10minutes, with their maul causing problems for the home side and eventually resulting in a drive over the Sligo line for the opening score of the game.  The conversion seemed on target, but the wind proved too strong and the ball fell short of the posts.

Sligo upped their game from the restart and started to exert pressure on the visitors.  The weather conditions continued to worsen, resulting in a litany of handling errors on both sides.  The home side were dominant in the scrum and this provided them with a good attacking platform from which to run their set plays and exert further pressure on Ballinrobe. Indiscipline on both sides led to several penalties, but the strong wind negated any kicking options.  It wasn’t until the half hour mark that Sligo were rewarded for their patience.  After a scrum on the 10m line, the strong Sligo pack went through the phases and it was Sean Mullin who picked the ball off the back of a ruck to score under the posts. Garry O’ Hehir slotted home the extras and Sligo took the lead for the first time.  However, this lead was short lived, as Ballinrobe regained possession from the restart and pushed for the line.  The ‘Robe maul again proved too strong for the home side and they were able to add another 5points to their score.  Just as with their first try, the wind proved to be too strong and the conversion fell short, to give the visitors a mere 3point lead at the half-way mark.

Sligo Coach Ross O’ Boyle leads by example

The short break re-energised the home side and they came out fighting in the second half.  The crowd were delighted with the great display of interlinking play between the pack and the back line.  Garry O’Hehir flashed the ball out wide to Charlie Cooper, who swiftly reversed the play back to O’Hehir and he showed an impressive turn of speed to break through the Ballinrobe defence and bring play up to the 10m. The visitors did manage to clear their lines, but Sligo counter-attacked and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts, which was slotted home by Garry O’Hehir to bring the score to 10-10.  

Possession continued to change hands as the deteriorating weather conditions made handling difficult.  Ballinrobe pushed forward again and a Sligo indiscretion in the ruck gave the visitors a penalty on the Sligo 22m line, which they opted to run.  The Sligo defence held strong and Ballinrobe were reduced to 14 men, when their no8 picked up a shoulder injury and they had no subs on the bench.  The sides stayed deadlocked at 10-10 until another Garry O’Hehir penalty put the home side 3 points up with 13 minutes still left on the clock.  Brave Ballinrobe continued to battle, but Sligo were dominating in all the set plays and another injury reduced their numbers even further. The Sligo pack kept the ball in hand for the remainder of the game and went through the phases to retain possession and work their way up the pitch. The referee eventually called a halt to proceedings, much to the delight of the sizeable home crowd.

Sligo’s Donal Brady chips over the Ballinrobe defensive line

This was a well-deserved win, led by the player-coaches Ross O’Boyle, Garry O’Hehir and James O’Hehir, along with team manager James Gavin.  Club President Des Cosgrove paid tribute in particular to the contribution of James O’ Hehir who has “fought his way back on to the pitch after several operations on his knee, being told not to play again” and who shows “remarkable commitment to our club”.  The Man of the Match award must go to front row Jason East, who made a big impact on the game with his incisive decision-making and great ball carrying ability.

Sligo’s James O’Hehir on the charge again, supported by Michael Mc Morrow and Jack Gormley

Having had an epic win last weekend to secure their place in the Connacht J1A league, Sligo Development Team will now finish their season with a Connacht final on 24th March in The Sportsground.  Sligo will play Our Lady’s Boys Club (Galway) in the Connacht Plate Final, who had a 13-12 win over Dunmore in their semi-final win last weekend.

Sligo Development Team: Craig Adams, Ross O’ Boyle, Conor Mc Elligott, Michael Mc Morrow, Christian Nielsen, James O’ Hehir, Jack Gormley, Jake Sexton, Garry O’ Hehir, Donal Brady, Robbie Ryan, Charlie Cooper, Sean Mullin, Clive Morris, Matthew Kavanagh, Jason East, Liam Mc Elhinney, Gary Golden, Eoin Mc Cormack, Shaun Cawley

Comprehensive Cup Win for Sligo U16s

Ballinrobe RFC U-16 07 – Sligo RFC U-16 62

On Saturday last the Sligo U16s travelled to Ballinrobe in the first round of the Connacht Cup.
On a glorious day for rugby, Sligo started the strongest scoring penalty after 4 mins, the away side continued to mount the pressure on this young Ballinrobe side, scoring 29 points in the first half.

Sligo U-16 Max King, Man of the Match against Ballinrobe

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Junior Cup: Sligo book their place in Connacht Junior Cup Semi-Final

Sligo RFC 14 – Ballinrobe 10

The Sligo Development team had a narrow win in the Connacht Junior Cup quarter final last Sunday in Hamilton Park. A small crowd cheered on the home team on a cold, bright day and they were rewarded for their loyalty, as Sligo made the most of their dominance throughout the game, to secure a vital win in the Junior Cup.

Enda Gavin, scrum-half, lets the ball fly

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U18.5: Sligo v Ballinrobe

Sligo RFC 33 – Ballinrobe RFC 26

An understrength but determined U-18.5 Sligo team took to the pitch last Sunday, in what was a do or die game for the home side. Depleted numbers have taken their toll on the talented young side but their determination gave them a deserved win in a high-scoring game at Hamilton Park. Having started off with all guns blazing, Sligo soon had a comprehensive lead on their opposition, with free-flowing rugby gaining vital yards and putting even more vital points on the board.


However it was Ballinrobe who put the foot down in the second half, scoring three unanswered tries and narrowing the gap to a mere 5 points, with only 10minutes to go. Sligo needed to re-organise the troops and dig deep. Ballinrobe were put under pressure for the last 8minutes of the game, and defended their line well, until scrum-half Hubert Gilvary spotted the narrowest of gaps and drove straight through a ruck to score a well-deserved try, his second of the game.

U16 Update

This year the U16s have entered two teams in the Connacht league, one in the ‘A’ League and one in the development league. Sligo lead the ‘A’ league with wins over Castlebar and Ballina while we had mixed fortunes in the Development league.

Sligo U16’s versus Loughrea

First up was an away trip against a strong physical Loughrea side, Sligo performed heroically and with three new players and three U15s included in the squad we were narrowly defeated in tough competitive contest.
Next up in development league was a home game against Balinrobe which was played in perfect conditions in strandhill. This was a tough physical challenge with no score for either side by half time.
Sligo dominated the second half and ran out easy winners with a final score of 24 to 5 with stand out performances by Louie Scott, Jamie Reynolds, Stephen Doyle and newcomer Cillian Mcmeekin.

J1B: Sligo v Ballinrobe

Sligo took to the field in Hamilton Park on cold dry November afternoon. This was always going to be a heavy hitting physical encounter against a Ballinrobe Team with aspirations for promotion.

Immediately from kick off a battle of physicality ensued. The first score came from Ballinrobe with a penalty against a Sligo player for being offside. 3-0 to Ballinrobe. Sligo began to settle into the game building phases with a pack that were dominant, a front row of Thomas Gormley, Ross O’Boyle, and Ger Kearney making their presence known. A Sligo penalty hit the post leaving Ballinrobe ahead for the first quarter of the game. The Sligo pack maintained the pressure on the Ballinrobe try line and after 3 collapsed scrums the referee awarded a penalty try which was duly converted by Enda Gavin, 7-3 to Sligo. Ballinrobe always famous for their never give up attitude returned with a fine try in the corner which they converted giving them the lead again for a second time 10-7.
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