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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

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.

J2: Seagulls show character in defeat

On a blustery day at Hamilton Park, the Sligo 3XV, Seagulls kicked off their first league game in over 30 years at home against Connemara.

Connemara came down with a strong team including a few former Connacht academy players. Playing against a hard wind in the first half Sligo struggled the conditions and their temperament.

Bosco Harte, playing scrum half, releases his back line for another attack

Connemara raced into a 32-7 lead by half time, with a Sean Donnelly try being the Gulls only highlight of the first half. At half time, captain Terrance O’Connor and manager Podge Johnson, spoke honestly and tried to reinstall believe into the Seagulls.

In the second half, the Gulls came out fighting, in more ways than one! They had 2 men sent to the sin-bin and 1 man harshly sent off. This only seemed to reinvigorate the Sligo men. With the clock against them, they chased the game with swashbuckling style, running from every angle on the pitch.

At the full-time whistle, the brave Sligo men got the score back to a respectable 46-33 in Connamera’s favour. Manager Podge Johnson was very positive despite the defeat, saying if the gulls could start a game as they finished it, they would be a force to be reckoned with in the this division. Try scorers on the day were Sean Donnelly, Stuart O’Brien (2), Darren Harte and Jean de Roquefeuil.

Sligo Seagulls (3XV) team:
1. Patrick Saba
2. Vincent Reyenlds
3. Christope Perrot
4. Terrance O’Connor (c)
5. Dermot Kiely
6. Jordan Sexton
7. Peter Walople
8. Sean Donnelly
9. Frankie Feeney
10. Stuart O’Brien
11. Aron O’Donnell
12. Julian Ripon
13. Henri Liot de Nortbécourt
14. Wayne O’Hara
15. Jean de Roquefeuil

  1. Michael Healy
  2. James Tansey
  3. Nathanel Boulot
  4. Darren Harte
  5. Joe Callaghan
  6. Amin Shiek
  7. Jack Gormley

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