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U14: Sligo win entertaining encounter

Sligo U14s 17 – Buccaneers U14s 5

Sligo U14s continued their winning ways last Saturday in Hamilton Park and cemented their position at the top of the table after round 7 in Division 1 of the Connacht league. Having already beaten Buccaneers away at the end of September, Sligo were determined to gain all four points from the game and move 8 points ahead of second-placed Corinthians.

Sligo U14s in action against Buccaneers

Ably led by captain Ambrose Bamber, the home side overcame a tough challenge from Buccaneers and finished the first half 7-5, thanks to a Kealon Schoen try. From a sustained attack, Sligo made the most of a penalty advantage to drive Schoen over the line for the opening score of the game. Oisin O’Neill added the extra 2 points. Buccs’ eventually broke through the Sligo line after sustained defence and struck back late in the first half to touch down in the corner, but the conversion drifted wide.

The second half was a tense after with the visitors piling on the pressure, but the home defence again proved steady and good game management by Sligo established a foothold in opposition’s half, culminating in Ambrose Bamber driving over from a short-range penalty move to put another 5 points on the scoreboard. The visitors showed great determination and fought back securing territorial dominance but a fine second try from Kealon Schoen sealed the deal for Sligo.
Overall, it was an entertaining game, with Sligo the well-deserved victors.

It was a fine performance and a great team effort, overcoming stiff opposition from Buccaneers. Sligo now find themselves well-placed to make the semi-final of the league, as top two qualify. Next game for the U14 side will be the hotly contested local derby against Ballina on 8th December.

Training continues every Tuesday 6-7.30 all welcome.

U18.5: Sligo v Buccaneers

Sligo U18.5s 29 – Buccaneers U18.5s 26

Hamilton Park played host to Round 7 of the U18.5 Division 1A league on Sunday and it was the home side who had an explosive start to the game, dominating from the kick-off, with Will Whelan showing great footwork to weave his way through the Buccaneers’ defence and ground the ball in the corner. The difficult conversion fell short and Sligo were 5-0 up. The next 25 minutes was played within the Sligo 22m as Buccaneers dominated the play. They were eventually rewarded for their efforts when they drove over for a try and the conversion put them 2 points ahead with 5 minutes to go in the half. Sligo had the chance to take back the lead with a penalty and resultant line-out on the Buccaneers’ 5m line, but the ball sailed over the back of the line out giving possession back to the visitors, a fortunate knock-on ended the half, with Sligo trailing by a mere 2 points.

Will Whelan scores his first of 3 tries

The second half was a hotly contested affair with Matthew Earley first to open the scoring, dotting down out wide to put the home side 10-7 up. Buccaneers were quick to counter and retake the lead with a try but failed to add the extras. The pace of the game was hectic, with lots of phases of play and Sligo enjoyed a period of dominance with Will Whelan getting the ball wide, spotting a gap in the Buccaneers defence and racing over the line to run the ball in under the posts. Matthew Earley stroked the conversion over and the home side were 17-12 up with 15 minutes to go.
 Buccs’ regained possession from the restart and went through the phases to eventually work the ball score under posts to retake the lead from the home side.

no going past the Sligo defence

Sligo maintained pressure from the restart and won the ball back through determined rucking. Will Whelan was on fire, and his sidestep carved open the Buccaneers’ defence again to clock up his third try of the afternoon to give his side a 3 point margin with 10 minutes remaining. This was quickly followed by another sweeping move across the pitch and a neat grubber kick from Hubert Gilvarry, was collected by Thomas Fox and he dotted down under the posts for his team’s fifth try of the game. Earley’s conversion added the extras and Sligo lead 29-19 with only 7 minutes left. The game still had another few twists and turns to go, as the visitors made the most of a series of calls in their favour to drive over the line from a 5 metre penalty. The conversion sailed over to bring it back to a 3 point game. Sligo defended from the restart and their defence held strong in the final few seconds of the game, as a Buccaneers drive was held up over the line. The referee awarded the 5 metre scrum and then blew the final whistle, much to relief of a large home crowd.

This epic win means that Sligo leapfrog Buccaneers into 4th position in the league. Their next game is a tough encounter away to league leaders Ballinasloe on Sunday 9th December

U10s: Aviva Blitz

Sligo U10s competed in the Aviva blitz hosted by Corinthians on Saturday. Sligo RFC were well-represented with two panels and a total of 28 players. Our teams played Corinthians, Galwegians, Buccaneers, Creggs, Ballina, Ballinasloe, Oughterard & Gort. All games ended in a draw (minis rules!) but both teams acquitted themselves very well and matched anything they came up against. Well done to all the players, coaches & parents involved

U16s Dominant in Clash with Bucc’s

Sligo 34 – Buccaneers 0


Sunday saw Sligo RFC U16s first home match of the season against Buccaneers. Following a few disappointing results and a settling down of position placement, this was an important game for a team under a new coach Mickey O’Hehir and coaching staff; Wes Maxwell, John Garvey and Mark Fox.

Sligo U16s Liam Candon, Oisin Diffley and Ewan Ripon in action against Buccaneers

Under a heavy head on wind, the game started strong from both sides. The Sligo forwards did a great job of providing opportunity for the backs via Sligo’s Niall O’Connor and Oisin Cregg. Buccaneers tested the Sligo defence lengthy with a committed tackle rate from Brady Lynch amongst all others holding them out. Line outs worked well for Sligo too with Cormac Fahey in the mix and Leo Layden in the maul. The second half saw a renewed intensity in rucks from Liam Candon and Oisin Diffley that allowed continued recycling for Fionn Feeley who came on as scrum half replacement.

Sligo U16s on the attack against Buccaneers

Centres Ewan Ripon and Fionn O’Hehir provided repeated opportunities for try scoring. Sean Gilvarry excelled at full back, as did Conor Mullaney and Sonny Muldoon, with repeated forward ball carrying. Every player, including each and every substitute, excelled and must be congratulated for intensity and work rate. Next game for the U16s is on 13th October, away to Ballinasloe RFC.

Sligo U16s: Adam Fox, Adam Hunter, Brady Lynch, Ciaran Cawley, Ciaran Dolan, Conal Kennedy, Cormac Fahey, Conor Mullaney, Diarmuid Dowd, Eoin Ryan, Evin Ballantine, Ewan Ripon, Fionn Feeley, Fionn O’Hehir, Jim Sweeney, Leo Layden, Liam Candon, Niall O’Connor, Oisin Cregg, Oisin Diffley, Olan Martin, Sean Gilvarry, Sonny Muldoon.

CONNACHT SENIOR LEAGUE

The CONNACHT SENIOR LEAGUE starts with an away game on Saturday 18th August when Sligo R.F.C. take on the newly-promoted Ballina R.F.C. at 2.30p.m.

The other fixtures in this league are as follows

  • 25/08/2018 Sligo V Galwegians (Hamilton Park)
  • 01/09/2018 Buccaneers V Sligo (Dubarry Park)
  • 08/09/2018 Sligo V Corinthians (Hamilton Park)