The Senior teams had a break this weekend, so it was the turn of the Juvenile and Youth sections to carry the mantle for Sligo RFC. Over 200 boys and girls took to the 3 pitches in Hamilton Park on a bitterly cold Saturday morning. Up to 9 matches were being played at any one time and the home sides accounted well for themselves against stiff opposition from Castlebar and Westport. Well done to all the players, coaches, managers, caterers, parents and supporters who made the blitz the success that it was.
Juvenile training and matches vs Castlebar and Westport (To use all 3 pitches).
Sligo 41 – Castlebar 33
Another must win for the U15s saw them matched with Castlebar. Two late tries from Castlebar who exposed a tired Sligo due to the work rate had shown distorted the score somewhat but this was a great game for both teams.
An unsettled start was followed by quiet confidence led by Captain Ewan Ripon and Pack Leader Leo Layden. This saw Sligo ahead on half time with hard work on the breakdown by Liam Candon and Conor Mullaney. Conal Kennedy and Oisin Diffley need special mention for their work rate and forward drive during this period. Unfortunately Eoin Ryan took an injury at this time and was taken off.
The second half saw replacements Callum Murrin and Roarke McQuaid make their mark in the wing and front row. Scrum half Niall O’Connor made it count with Out half Finn Underwood. Oisin Cregg, Ciaran Dolan and Charlie Kennedy worked hard tackling everything in their way with a concerted effort backed by a team who are coming into their own under Head Coach John Martin with James O’Hehir and Mark Rooney.
Well done ALL – the opposition, referee Mr James Galvin and the hosting committee who organised food and treats post match. Thank you. And last but not least thanks to team photographer John Kennedy.
Sligo U16s began their season on Sunday last in sunny Strandhill against Castlebar. Sligo were looking forward to the challenge with a strong squad of 26 players. Unfortunately Castlebar arrived with a reduced numbers but it was decided to go ahead with the game.
Castlebar started well breaking through the Sligo defense on a few occasions but failed to capitalize. Sligo eventually began to get in to their rhythm with Jim Davies scoring a superb try which was converted by Daire Cregg. This was followed by another well worked try scored and converted by Cregg.
Castlebar continued to push eventually scoring an excellent try by Patrick Dixon.
The second half started off well for Sligo with man of the match Josh Cronin scoring another try for the home side.
The game finished with a resounding victory for Sligo with a final score of 33 to 15.
Next up for Sligo A side is Creggs at home while the development team are away to Loughrea.
Damien Cullen Vega, Callum Wall, Patryk Badowski, Danny Funke, Matthew O’Hara, Jake McNiffe, Cathal Feely, Robert Reynolds, James Davis, Jack Carroll, Josh Cronin, Louis Scott, Jamie Reynolds, Michael Dáire Cregg, Marc O’Hehir, Patrick Dixon, Stephen Doyle, Gavin McGrath, Michael Broaders, Fintan Casey, Finn Young, Ronan Elliott, Cillian McMeekin, Garry Melly
Sligo RFC Development Squad who are lying in second place of the Connacht J1b league travelled to Castlebar on Sunday needing to continue their recent good form in search of a win in order to keep them in contention of winning the league.
Unfortunately the weather was wet, the pitch heavy and the ball greasy which was not conducive to the attacking style of Sligo play .
Sligo started well putting pressure on Castlebar holding them in their own half which led to a penalty against them for an offside player giving Sligo an early opportunity to get a score on the board. The penalty was missed giving Castlebar an early let off. Continue reading