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.
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.
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
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 →
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.
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.