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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

Gulls’ Wings Clipped by Dominant Tuam

Sligo Gulls 23 – Tuam RFC 42

Gulls- Dermot Keily drives through with the ball

The final score did not reflect the reality of this J2 league semi-final and the fact that the visitors led by a mere 5 points with 5 minutes to go.  Tuam lead 11-14 at the half time whistle and went through a purple patch, stretching their lead to 11-28, but the Gulls were determined to claw this back and scored two well-deserved tries in quick succession.  However, Tuam proved too strong in the end and the final whistle marked the end of a remarkable run for the Gulls. 

Gulls - Eoin Mc Cormack shows fancy footwork to weave out of his own 22
Gulls – Eoin Mc Cormack shows fancy footwork to weave out of his own 22

Much solace can be taken from the fact that the Sligo Gulls, the 3rd Senior team had only been revived this year after a 35 year break and still topped the league, winning five out of their six matches.  All credit to the coaching staff, management and nearly 30 players who have made it happen this year.  The Gulls next take to the pitch on 31st March to play Carrick on Shannon in the quarter final of the Ard na Cregg cup.

Challenge game for Gulls

The Sligo Gulls played a challenge game away against a very strong and physical Enniskillen team, in a closely fought contest. However, it was the home team who came out victors in the end, with a narrow 5 point win over a disappointed Sligo. Full time score Enniskillen 22 Sligo 17. Sligo scorers were Gary Golden, Eoin Mc Cormac 2 tries and one conversion by Garry O’Hehir.

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