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Carrick Prove too Strong for Gulls

Sligo Gulls 10 – Carrick-on-Shannon 23

Hamilton Park played host to the quarter-final of the Ard na Cregg Cup last Saturday afternoon, when the Sligo Gulls, the third senior team in Sligo RFC took on J2 League Winners Carrick-on-Shannon.  The visitors were the hot favourites to win through to the semi-final and Sligo’s odds had lengthened even more with the news that several influential players were unavailable for selection due to absence and injury.  

Gulls – Gary Golden shares a laugh with his opposite number at the bottom of a ruck

The home side took the lead after 10minutes, when fullback Eoin Mc Cormack slotted home a well-struck penalty.  Carrick piled on the pressure and responded with an equalising penalty 3minutes later.  The Gulls’ defence continued to be tested and strong running from the visitors resulted in two tries and a conversion to bring the score to 3-15 at half-time.

The Gulls came out fighting in the second half and gave a great display of solid rugby, with the pack securing possession and setting up the backline for some determined running.  Carrick found themselves on the backfoot for the opening 20minutes and the pressure led to a succession of penalties.  Sligo opted to run the ball each time, exerting even more pressure on the visitors and a yellow card was eventually issued for persistent offences.  The vocal home crowd did their best to get their team over the line, but a solid Carrick defence refused to crack, and some impressive clearance kicks finally relieved the pressure and brought the play into the Sligo 22.  The home side were caught offside and Carrick added another 3points from a penalty in front of posts.  

The Gulls were dominant from the restart and once again piled on the pressure.  Darragh Mc Elhinney controlled the pace of the game, with quick ball from the back of the ruck.  Strong ball-carrying from Niall Cawley, Dermot Kiely and Gary Golden tested the Carrick defence and Sligo’s determination and never-say-die attitude was eventually rewarded when Jamie Gerrity crashed over for a well-deserved try, much to the delight of the now-raucous home supporters.  Eoin McCormack added the extras to put 8points between the sides, with only 5minutes left on the clock.

Pressure from the restart, resulted in a penalty for Carrick and having been dominant in the lineout throughout the game, they kicked for touch.  A strong maul from the big Carrick pack, set up a ruck on the Sligo 5m line and the pack picked the ball and drove over the line for the final score of the game.

This may have been the Gulls’ final game of the season but it marks the start of a new era in senior rugby for Sligo RFC.  It has been 35years since the Club last fielded three senior competitive teams.  Great credit must go to coaches Podge Johnson and Clive Morris, as well as team manager Declan Lynch.  Nearly 30 players were part of the Gulls’ squad this year, a mixture of young players who have come up though the youths’ system, complete novices to the game and many experienced players, with a real love for rugby.  Jamie Gerrity finished the season as top try scorer (6 tries) with David Cummins coming in second (4tries). Well done to all involved.
Sligo Gulls: Christophe Perrott, Andreas Probst (c) James Tansey, Michael Healy, Niall Cawley, Jordan Sexton, Peter Walpole, Gary Golden, Mark Harte, Darren Harte, Jean De Rouge, Sean McVeigh, David Cummins, Callum McLoughlin, Eoin McCormack, Andrew Kerr, Dermot Kiely, Thomas McBride, Vincent Reynolds, Podge Johnson

J2: Gulls flying high

Sligo Gulls 10 – Carrick-on-Shannon 5

Following on from their comprehensive win over Claremorris in their season-opener, Sligo senior men’s third team took to the pitch on a glorious day in Hamilton Park last Sunday. It was great to see 23 players turn out for the Gulls for the Connacht Junior 2 league local derby game against Carrick-on-Shannon RFC and the good home crowd were not disappointed with the result. It was a low-scoring game, with possession divided evenly between the teams. Sligo were first to put points on the board, with a well-struck Clive Morris penalty. This remained the only score of the first half.

Sligo Gulls captain Terence O’Connor is determined to secure the ball

The second half was played primarily in the middle of the pitch, but it was the visitors who eventually broke through the Sligo defence to cross the whitewash in the corner. The conversion drifted wide and only two-point now separated the sides, with twenty minutes to play. Sligo increased the pressure on the visitors but were unable to capitalise on their possession. With only 2 minutes left on the clock, a series of penalties in the opposing half gave the Gulls a lineout on the 5m line. David Cawley secured in the air and the ball was worked wide through the backs for David Cummins to touch down in the corner. The difficult conversion was coolly slotted home by youngster Eoin McCormack to give Sligo some breathing room. Carrick were unable to add any more points to their tally and it was a relieved home side who held on for the final whistle.


The Sligo Gulls now top the J2 table, with two wins from two games.

Sligo Ladies make their 2017 debut

The Sligo Ladies rugby team have been training hard over the past few months and they had a friendly game against Carrick RFC last week.  Instead of the traditional 15-a-side game, they played 8-a-side and the game was fast and free-flowing, with Carrick coming out victorious, 10 tries to Sligo’s 6.

Training continues on Tuesday nights from 7-8.30pm.  All are welcome and no previous experience is necessary.  Anyone interested can just show up at the club for training or contact Sligo RFC through the Facebook page or website.

Sligo Seagulls Take Flight

Sligo 3rd XV wrapped up pre-season in flying fashion with a 62-5 demolition of Carrick-on-Shannon RFC.

The seagulls have now won 3 from 3 in pre-season, scoring an impressive 144 points and are eagerly awaiting the start of the J2 season. This will be the first time in over 30 years that Sligo will have a 3rd XV in league competition.

Try scorers on the day were Stuart O’Brien with 4, Henri Liot de Nortbécourt and Jean de Roquefeuil with 2 each, Sean Donnelly and Mark Harte with 1 apiece. Try scorers took the conversion with Sean Donnelly being the exception, letting the evergreen Jamie Bowes live out a dream of taking a kick. Notable mention to David Cummins, who sportingly helped Carrick when they lost a man through injury to play on with them and scored Carricks try.

Move of the day belonged to a deadly combination of Stuart O’Brien with a quick taking cross-field kick to Mark Harte, who raced home to score a fantastic try on his debut, to rapturous applause from the home support.

Sligo 3rd XV kick off their season at home in Hamilton Park on Sunday 1st October to Connemara RFC.

The Sligo Seagulls (3XV) team-
1. Patrick Saba
2. Vincent Reynolds
3. Christophe Perrett
4. Jordan Sexton
5. Terrance O’Connor
6. Peter Walpole
7. Podge Johnson (c)
8. Sean Donnelly
9. Stuart O’Brien
10. Andrew Blannin
11. Aaron O’Donnell
12. Jamie Bowes
13. Henri Liot de Nortbécourt
14. Brian O’Donnell
15. Jean de Roquefeuil

Bench
16. Michael Healy
17. Colin McNulty
18. Eoin McMahon
19. Mark Harte
20. Joe Callaghan
21. Wayne O’Hara
22. David Cummins