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Sligo U13s are Crowned Connacht Champions

Sligo U13s Connacht Champions

“Belief, ambition, community” are the words inscribed on the Connacht U13 gold medals and the Sligo team certainly reflected that ethos throughout their season.  It has been 11years since Sligo brought home the Connacht U13 Cup, but they did so with style, overcoming a 7point deficit to win by 3points against Athlone outfit Buccaneers.

U13s scrum half Jack Draper gets set to deliver the ball to his back line

Sligo were considered the underdogs, given that Buccaneers had already had a clean sweep in the non-competitive Connacht league, but it was the favourites who found themselves at the wrong end of a disciplined and decisive performance by Sligo RFC. 

The first half was dominated by Sligo, who showed flair and determination, but failed to puncture the Buccaneer defence.  The scoreboard read 0-0 at halftime, and both teams had everything to play for, but Sligo now found themselves playing into a strong headwind.

Buccaneers made the most of this advantage, breaching the Sligo defence halfway through the second half to clock up the opening score of the game.  A well-worked break resulted in a try under the posts and the conversion gave Buccaneers a 7-0 lead.

U13s Eamon Keane, Isaac Marsden and Mark Tempany in action

The large travelling support gave the Sligo lads the impetus they needed, and their heads never went down.  Jack McDaniel made a powerful break from the halfway line and was eventually chased down, preventing a certain try.  Sligo had their tails up at this stage and were finally rewarded when first centre Ronan O Connor broke from his own 22 to cross the try line and bring Sligo within 2points.  Captain Mark Tempany’s conversion lost the battle with the wind and drifted wide.

Buccaneers rallied again, but it was Sligo who were proving the more disciplined and determined in their play, epitomised by the David versus Goliath moment, when Clyde Regan, perhaps the smallest player on the pitch, put in a crunching tackle against Buccaneers’ biggest player. With only 7minutes left on the clock, Sligo’s Dean Marsden broke through on the halfway line to score out wide, much to the delight of the large, travelling crowd. The difficult conversion fell short of its mark, but more importantly Sligo had a 3point lead.

U13s powerhouse Jack Mc Daniel makes a break on the halfway line

The remainder of the game was played at a high tempo, with both sides threatening to cross the whitewash, but Sligo’s defensive line was disciplined and held strong. In the final play of the game, Buccaneers thought they had scored, but the referee deemed it a knock-on and his final whistle was greeted with relief and celebrations from the Sligo contingent.

This was a real battle of the packs, a game won and lost in the rucks. Sligo played honourable and disciplined rugby, having confidence in each other and in their own abilities.  

U13s Isaac Marsden, Cathal Lang, Evan O’Beirne and Jack Mc Daniel all focusing on the ball in the lineout

Captain Mark Tempany accepted the trophy on behalf of his team, thanking the coaches and management, supporters and his players, having given it 100% on the pitch.  Head Coach Ken Draper said that it was “very thrilling to see a bunch of players get such a result, that they really deserve”. Many impact players had only started playing rugby this year and it’s a credit to the coaching staff to have brought the players to where they are today.  The young team had got better and better as the season progressed, putting in extra training sessions, with great commitment from the players and great support from their parents.  The U13 team have players from a wide catchment area including Tubbercurry, Coola, Riverstown, Ballinafad, North Sligo, Charlestown, Ballisodare, Strandhill, Rosses Point and the greater Sligo area. 

Sligo U13s: Evan O’Beirne, Cathal Hughes, Rory Johnston, Cathal Lang, Jack McDaniel, Max O’Hehir, Dean Davey, Isaac Marsden, Jack Draper, Mark Tempany (c) Cormac Mullins, Ronan O’Connor, Eamon Keane, Abhainn Savage, Clyde Regan, Joris Rooney, Evan Gormley, Ronan Tobin, Ben O’Hehir, Aodhan Shovelin, Seamus Casey, Ultan Bree, Devon Carey, Conor Marren, Thomas Nooney, Patrick Sweeney, Christian Mc Entire          Coaching staff and management Ken Draper, Donal O’Connor, Niall Hughes, David Tobin and Emer Bree

U13s through to Connacht Cup Final

Sligo RFC’s youngest 15 a side team were convincing winners over Ballina in a thrilling cup semi final contest in Hamilton Park on Saturday.

Sligo U13s open the scoring after 5 minutes

The Sligo boys started strongly receiving the kick off and retaining the ball well in the early phases with openside flanker Dean Davey soon breaking free to cross for the first score. Out Half Mark Tempany stepped up to slot the conversion adding the points.

Sligo continued to apply the pressure with some strong ball carries by their forwards , good interplay and swift passing by their backs seeing winger Abhainn Savage get over in the corner.  

Ballina came back strongly with some excellent play stretching the Sligo cover and getting in for a well worked try just before half time.

After the break the visitors came back strongly and closed on Sligo with another good try narrowing the score board to 12 – 10.

Sligo U13’s Abhainn Savage celebrates after scoring a try to put Sligo 22-15 up

A well organised Sligo were soon back in control with structured play and rampaging runs by their forwards leading to another good try when Issac Marsden made the line. 

The local boys continued to apply the pressure and soon got the ball wide to release pacey Savage again for an impressive run down the right and finished under the posts. Again, Mark Tempany was on target for the conversion. 

Ballina fought back well and pinned Sligo in their half with some good tactical kicking and open play stretching the Sligo defence. This yielded a fine try in the closing minutes however as the whistle blew it was Sligo’s day with the scoreboard showing a 24 – 12 victory for the home team. 

Sligo meet Buccaneers RFC, Athlone in the final to be played in The Sports Ground in Galway on Apri 14th.

Connacht U13s through to Cup Semi-Final

Sligo 41 – Claremorris 5

Sligo U13s through to Connacht Semi-Finals

Sligo U13s had a comprehensive 36 point victory over Claremorris RFC last Saturday in Hamilton Park.  This was their first competitive game of the season, as the aim of the U13 league is to encourage players to learn and enjoy the game. It was the visitors who started the stronger, scoring in the opening 5minutes, but the home side were quick to even the scoring.  Sligo then settled into the game and proved too strong for Claremorris, running in a further 6 tries. Sligo were the bigger pack and they were well-drilled and disciplined in their defence.  They showed great determination and inter-linking play throughout the game.

Sligo will now play the Cup semi-final against either Loughrea or Ballina on March 30th.

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.

U13: Connacht Cup Semi-final

Monivea RFC 0 – Sligo RFC 17

Sligo’s U13 squad had their biggest test of the season last Sunday when they travelled away to Monivea, with a place in the Connacht final on 21st April at stake. As expected, Monivea took the game to Sligo from the very start. They ran at the Sligo defence at every opportunity, but the Sligo lads stood firm and tackled as if their lives depended on it. They were rewarded with a breakaway try from Conor Creavan. Monivea were in attack, but spilled the ball in a tackle, which allowed Conor to pick the ball and run towards the Monivea try line. A great cover tackle from Monivea prevented the try at that instance, but following a couple of exchanges of possession, Creavan spotted a gap and touched down, to the relief of the team and the travelling supporters.

U13s through to Connacht Cup Final after 17-0 win over Monivea


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U13s Stage Incredible Comeback

NUIG 17 – Sligo RFC 40

Sligo’s U13s were back in Cup action again last Sunday and had a long trip to Dangan to take on NUIG with a place in the cup semi-final at stake.  Sligo got off to probably the worst imaginable leaking 2 quick tries and found themselves 12 nil behind with only 8 mins gone in the game.
 
The conditions for rugby couldn’t have been better.  Sligo played with a slight breeze in their back and settled into the game when they realised that they looked threatening when they kept the ball in hand and the tempo up.  Sligo scored their 1st try following excellent ground work by the pack with a super jinking break from Sligo’s 2nd centre Oisín Conlon to the relief of the squad and travelling supporters.  Sligo No.10 Oisín O’Neill added the extra 2 with the conversion.  Tackling and commitment from both sides was excellent.  Territory was key and Sligo finished the half in the NUIG 22 and were rewarded by an excellent score by Conor Creaven  on the left wing when he took a pass from O’Neill, rounded the last defender and ran towards to the posts to improve the angle of the conversion which was duly converted again by Oisín O’Neill.  This left the half time score at 14-12 to Sligo. Continue reading

Cup Success for U13s

Sligo’s U13’s enjoyed a win in their 1st competitive cup game against local rivals Ballina in a sunny Hamilton Park last Sunday.

Sligo opted to play against a whirling wind in the 1st half and put their bodies on the line for their jerseys. Ballina ran at the Sligo youngsters at every opportunity but were unable to break through the walled defence that they have worked on all season. Their tackling and sheer determination not to let their foe through was a joy to behold. Sligo played most of the 1st period in the Ballina half of the field and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions. Alas there was no score from either side to leave the game in the balance at 0-0 at half time.

James Horan in full flight


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Triple Cup Success

Three youth teams were in action on Sunday in the first round of their Connacht Cup and it was a clean sweep for Sligo RFC.  Hamilton Park hosted two out of the three games in brilliant sunshine.  The U13s kicked off proceedings with an impressive 17-0 win in the local derby against Ballina RFC.

News soon filtered through from Clifden, that the U15s had romped home to a 62 point victory, with no reply from Connemara.

Then it was the turn of the big guns, in the form of the U17s.  This was a tough match, with Sligo taking an early lead from the start.

Hubert Gilvarry puts in a big hit

Creggs kept their heads and it wasn’t long before the home side were chasing the visitors’ lead. More tries from both sides ensued, but the home side still found themselves 5 points down with only 5 minutes to go.

A determined defence from Sligo denied Creggs any further scores and indiscipline from the visitors gave possession back to the home side, which they used to the max, scoring the equalising try to the right of the points.

Gilvarry’s conversion sealed the deal for Sligo and they hung on for a well-deserved win.