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U14 Girls: Sligo v Galwegians

The U14 Girls came up against tough opposition in the quarter final of the Connacht Plate last Saturday in Hamilton Park. The Sligo team had depleted forces and had to call up four players from the U12s to be able to field a team. U12 player Lara Clinch was outstanding throughout the match, putting in big tackles, some strong running and scoring a well-deserved try. Sisters Ellen and Laura Hunter played very well and were extremely tough in defence, with Ellen also scoring Sligo’s opening try.

Sligo were much more aggressive in the second half with Lynn Barlow, Casey Sexton and Hannah Benjamin bringing a lot of aggression to the game. Ailbhe O’ Rourke and Shauna Doherty were impressive on the wings proving troublesome for the Galwegians backs. Gennie Griffith suffered through a bloody nose in the first half and her tackle rate was superb, stopping a lot of Galwegians forward play. Claire Keegan was hooker and captain for the day and had a solid performance, showing why she regularly gets called up to the U16s squad. However, the travelling Galwegians outfit proved too strong for a weakened Sligo team and clocked up too many tries in the first 20minutes of the game. Although the second half was dominated by the home side, the damage had already been done and the visitors were outright winners in the end. 
Sligo U14 Girls: Aoibh Trainor, Casey Sexton, Lynn Barlow, Claire Keegan, Hannah Benjamin, Mimi Lee, Ailbhe O’ Rourke, Ellen hunter, Lauren hunter, Lara Clinch, Shauna Doherty, Gennie Griffith

All focus in girls’ rugby now turns to the U16 Girls who play their Connacht Cup Semi Final next Saturday against Portumna/Loughrea. The Sligo girls are the only Division 2 team left in the Cup and they will have a tough encounter against the league runners-up from the top division. This team is the first U16 Girls team from Sligo R.F.C. and they have already written themselves into the history books by getting to the league final, a credit to their dedicated coaches and managers.

Sligo Gulls Finish Top of J2 Table

Sligo Gulls 12 – Galwegians 5

Hamilton Park hosted the clash of the titans last Sunday when Sligo 3rds team, The Gulls, took on Galwegians RFC, with the winner guaranteed to finish top of the Connacht J2 table.

Weather conditions were not conducive to free-flowing rugby, given the cold, driving rain and strong, swirling wind. Sligo suffered an early injury blow, when second row Dermot Keily had to retire from the game with a shoulder injury. He was replaced by newcomer Alan Naughton, who quickly made his presence felt. These were two very evenly matched teams, who traded blows for thirty minutes before the visitors finally broke the deadlock. Galwegians worked the ball through the pack and then spun it wide to score a try in the corner. The conversion was never going to win the battle with the wind and fell well short of its target. This was the only score in the first half and both teams retreated to the changing rooms to gather their thoughts and shelter from the elements.

Sligo out half Donal Brady makes another darting run against Galwegians

The second half was another ding-dong battle, with some great rugby played in terrible conditions. Sligo were determined to strike first and after only 10 minutes on the clock, the home side went through the phases, with good rucking and ball retention and were eventually rewarded for their patience when hooker Nate Boult drove through the Galwegians’ defence to even the score line. Galwegians continued to apply pressure on the home side, but the Sligo defence was resolute and some solid play in the pack enabled them to extend their lead 10 minutes later through a Conor McElligott try. Clive Morris added the extras to put the home side 7 points up. The Sligo pack continued to pile on the pressure and retain possession. There was a late scare, when Galwegians made the most of the strong wind to clear their lines and the chase brought them within metres of the Sligo try line. The home side held their nerve and the supporters breathed a sigh of relief when out half Donal Brady kicked the ball to clear his lines and end the game.

Finishing top of the J2 league, having won five out of their six games, means that The Gulls have earned themselves a home semi-final against either Galwegians or Loughrea on March 3rd.

Sligo Gulls: Conor McElligot (1 try) Nate Boult (1 try) Jamie Herrity, Dermot Keily, Brian McNulty, Patrick Saba, Peter Walpole, Diarmuid O’Dowd Hill, Brian Brady, Donal Brady, Sean McVeigh, Clive Morris, Jack Gormley, Thomas McBride, Eoin McCormack, Aron Cranney, Alan Naughton, Callum McLoughlin, David Cummins, Mark Harte, Darren Harte, Jayme McGoldrick, Will Abbotts

U14s go Five from Five

Galwegians were the latest to fall foul of the U14 machine who clocked up 38 points without reply against their Galway counterparts. Having narrowly beaten Castlebar in their last game, the Sligo U14s were determined to add another scalp to the pile. They now hold a commanding 8 point lead over Corinthians and Corinthians, who are both on 12 points after 5 games. The team have a break from matches next week and play Buccaneers at home on Saturday 24th November. Training continues as usual on Tuesday, 6.30-8 on New players are always welcome.

J1A: Dominant Sligo take all 5 points

Sligo Development Team 36 – Galwegians 12

Sligo Development Team earned their first win of the season last Saturday in Hamilton Park, when they took on Galwegians in the fourth round of the Connacht J1A league. Having already secured three losing points, Sligo were determined to move up the league table with a home win.
The home side started strongly and opened the scoring after 10 minutes, with an Enda Gavin penalty in front of the posts.

Sligo’s Garry O’ Hehir spins the ball out wide

They continued their dominance in the Galwegians half and it was head coach Ross O’Boyle who led from the front, scoring the teams’ first try from a well-worked maul. The difficult conversion drifted wide, as the wind gusted across the pitch. Sligo continued to capitalise on their possession and only 6 minutes later, were rewarded with another try from a move which started within their own 22. Christian Nielsen showed great speed and to break through the Galwegians’ line. Nielsen, supported by Jack Gormley, continued his run up the pitch to score in the corner, much to the delight of the home crowd. Enda Gavin curled in the difficult conversion, to put 15 points between the two sides.


The Sligo defence remained solid and Galwegians were unable to break through at the half-time mark. Continue reading

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U18s Win at home

Sligo U18.5s don their new jerseys


The U18s had a well-deserved victory last Sunday against a sold outfit from Galwegians. The visitors led by 4points with only minutes to go. Sligo pulled out all the stops to score a converted try to earn their first win of the season.

Minis Blitz at Hamilton Park
Over 200 boys and girls, aged 6-12 took part in a Minis blitz last Saturday. The weather did little to dampen the spirits, as all the teams played on the three different pitches. Congratulations to all the players on a great display of rugby. Thank you to all the parents and coaches involved.

U10s Play at The Sportsground

Sligo RFC U10s travelled to Galway last Saturday to play at halftime in the European Challenge Cup game between Connacht and Bordeaux. The players also formed a guard of honour for the Connacht players as they entered the pitch. Well done to all the coaches and parents involved in organising the trip.

Mixed results for Sligo U14s

Sligo U14s on the attack


Both Sligo U14 teams were playing at home last Saturday. The boys were playing Corinthians and maintained their 100% record, when the visitors decided to concede the game.

Sligo U14 girls


The U14 girls came up against tough opposition in the visiting Creggs side and were unfortunate to lose 6 tries to three.

Boston Tea Party at the Glasshouse.

Guests at the Sligo RFC Boston Tea Party in The Glasshouse


The first fundraiser of the new season took place last Saturday night in The Glasshouse Hotel. Almost 200 people attended the Boston Tea Party, organised by Mary O’Hehir and Martha Cosgrove.

Chef Michael Storey presents the Culinary Award to Emer Bree


The night was a great success, with the much-coveted culinary award going to Emer Bree, representing The Warriors Committee.

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

Promising start to season for U13s

Sligo RFC U13s 12 – Galwegians U13s 0

Sligo RFC’s youngest 15-a-side team are adapting well to the full-scale game and recorded another win again this weekend. Hamilton Park was looking resplendent in the September sun, as the U13s saw off the visiting Galwegians team on the newly revamped grass pitch.

Sligo U13s were thrilled with their win over Galwegians

The first half was a closely-contested affair, with the home side threatening more in the opening 25minutes and came close to scoring towards the end of the half but were held up by a determined Galwegians’ defence.

Sligo tested the visitors with some good pack play by their forwards, making ground to set up some attacking platforms for the backs. The home side had to work hard at times in defence, as Galwegians looked to put width into their game. The Sligo backs tackled well in the middle of the field to cut off the visitors’ momentum.

The sides remained deadlocked at half-time, but Sligo were soon to put points on the board in the second half, with inside centre Ronan O’Connor scoring twice in quick succession off set pieces in the middle of the field. Sligo played the conditions well with no. 10 Mark Tempany controlling the game with kicks and plays to keep the visitors pinned in their own half. With Galwegians now under pressure to run from deep the Sligo boys were determined not to allow them out to finish the game with an impressive 12-0 score line.

Sligo U13s next fixture sees them away to Corinthians, another of Galway’s strongest clubs, in two weeks’ time.

CSL: Back to winning ways

Sligo RFC 31 – Galwegians RFC 13

Sligo kickstarted their 2018-19 season with an excellently crafted victory over a lively Galwegians outfit in their second Connacht Senior League fixture played at Strandhill on Saturday.

Sligo scored 5 trys to a solitary Wegians effort as they collected a welcome bonus point to bolster their senior league challenge.

With conditions perfect for running rugby the match kicked off with Sligo playing towards the airport end. It was the visitors who started brightly owning the lions share of possession and putting the Sligo defence under heavy pressure. Sligo’s tackling was strong with front row forwrds Conor Mitchell, Craig Adams and Tom Gormely putting in a notable defensive effort. Continue reading