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U14s pipped at the post for league title


Sligo 5 – Corinthians 8
Sligo RFC U14s played an enthralling League Final against Corinthians in Castlebar Saturday last.  Conditions were dry but dominated by a stiff breeze, which backed Sligo in the first half. 

Sligo U14s were runners-up in the league final last Saturday

Sligo dominated from the kick-off and established a foothold in the Corinthians 22. Constant pressure resulted in an enterprising backs’ move and a try by Sligo’s Ronan O’ Hehir, giving Sligo a 5- 0 lead at half-time.
Corinthians started the second half strongly and eventually levelled the score and subsequently added a penalty to lead 8-5 with 15 minutes to go. From there to the finish of the match, the Sligo U14 warriors pinned Corinthians in their own half and crossed the try line twice with both efforts ruled out by the referee. Lady luck was not on Sligo’s side and Corinthians rode their luck to hold out to the final whistle. 

Sligo U14s attack the Corinthians line

Sligo U14s on the attack

Joe Walsh’s charges now turn their focus to the quarter-final cup match away to Buccaneers, on Saturday March 2nd.

Sligo U14s:  Conor Clinton, Keelin Schoen, James Horan, Tom Walsh, Arran Platt, Max Hunter, Ambrose Bamber, Malachi Cullen, Jacob Kilcoyne, Oisin O’ Neill, Conor Creavan, Oisin Conlon, Ronan O’ Hehir, Oliver O’ Riordan, Robert O’ Kelly Lynch, Michael Honeyman, Aran Gilligan, Colm McGonagle, Ross Clifford, Lochlan Jordan, Ben Hayden, Alex Harte, Stefan Roche, Matthew Gallagher, Senan Fallon 

Connacht League Final for Sligo U14s

Sligo U14s had a comfortable win over Corrib RFC last Sunday in Hamilton Park in the last 16 of the Connacht Cup. It was an excellent, all-round team performance, with tries from Ben Hayden (1), Oisin Conlon (2), Stefan Roche (1), Ronan O’ Hehir (2), Alex Harte (2), Robert O’ Kelly-Lynch (1) and Tom Walsh (1), with conversions by Oisin O’Neil ensuring safe passage to the quarter-final of the cup away to Buccaneers on March 2nd.







U14s’ Ben Hayden drives for the line against Corrib RFC

Focus now switches to the Connacht U14 League final next Saturday against fellow Division 1A team Corinthians R.F.C. This promises to be an enthralling contest with memories of last season’s cup final. The two sides shared the spoils in their league encounters this year, each winning their home match, but it was Sligo who topped the pool and under the excellent coaching team, led by Joe Walsh, will hopefully continue their winning ways.

Sligo U14s in Connacht League Final next weekend

Sligo U14s: Conor Clinton, Keelin Schoen, James Horan, Tom Walsh, Arran Platt, Max Hunter, Ambrose Bamber, Malachi Cullen, Jacob Kilcoyne, Oisin O’ Neill, Conor Crevan, Oisin Conlon, Ronan O’ Hehir, Oliver O’ Riordan, Robert O’Kelly-Lynch, Michael Honeyman, Aran Gilligan, Colm McGonagle, Ross Clifford, Lochlan Jordan, Ben Hayden, Alex Harte, Stefan Roche, Matthew Gallagher, Senan Fallon

Sligo U14s into Connacht League Final

Sligo 22 – Claremorris 7

Sligo U14s qualified for the Connacht league final with a comprehensive 15 point victory over the Claremorris Colts last Saturday in Hamilton Park.

Captained by Ambrose Bamber at no.8, the home side quickly put pressure on the visitors, pinning them within their 22. This pressure resulted in hooker Keelin Schoen being driven over the try line for the opening score, which was followed by a well-struck conversion from Oisin O’Neill. Good tactical play by Sligo ensured the game was being played in Claremorris territory and the constant pressure resulted in a 2nd try for the home side, scored by James Horan and the sure boot of Oisin O’ Neill brought the score line to 14-0. Sligo continued to exert their dominance in play and with time running out in the first half, a fine running move released winger Ronan O’ Hehir to touch down in the corner. O’Neill’s conversion was pushed wide by the increasing wind. Claremorris enjoyed a period of possession from the restart, and finally established some foothold in the match, winning several penalties in the Sligo 22. However fierce defence by the home team kept the score at 19 points to Sligo with no reply.

The weather conditions deteriorated at half time and all 30 minutes of the second half were played through strong winds, driving rain and hailstones, turning what was a free-flowing game into a stop-start affair. Sligo stuck doggedly to their task adding a penalty midway through the second half. Claremorris, to their credit, showed a never-say-die attitude scoring in the final minutes to leave the score 22-7 at the final whistle. Joe Walsh’s charges will now play Corinthians R.F.C. in the league final on the weekend of 23/24 February, with the venue yet to be confirmed.

Sligo U14s: Conor Clinton, Keelin Schoen (1 try), James Horan (1 try), Tom Walsh, Arran Platt, Max Hunter, Ambrose Bamber, Malachi Cullen, Jacob Kilcoyne, Oisin O’Neill (2 cons, 1 pen), Conor Crevan, Oisin Conlon, Ronan O’ Hehir (1 try), Oliver O’Riordan, Robert O’Kelly-Lynch, Michael Honeyman, Aran Gilligan, Colm Mc Gonagle, Ross Clifford, Lochlan Jordan, Ben Hayden, Alex Harte, Stefan Roche, Matthew Gallagher.

U14: Sligo win entertaining encounter

Sligo U14s 17 – Buccaneers U14s 5

Sligo U14s continued their winning ways last Saturday in Hamilton Park and cemented their position at the top of the table after round 7 in Division 1 of the Connacht league. Having already beaten Buccaneers away at the end of September, Sligo were determined to gain all four points from the game and move 8 points ahead of second-placed Corinthians.

Sligo U14s in action against Buccaneers

Ably led by captain Ambrose Bamber, the home side overcame a tough challenge from Buccaneers and finished the first half 7-5, thanks to a Kealon Schoen try. From a sustained attack, Sligo made the most of a penalty advantage to drive Schoen over the line for the opening score of the game. Oisin O’Neill added the extra 2 points. Buccs’ eventually broke through the Sligo line after sustained defence and struck back late in the first half to touch down in the corner, but the conversion drifted wide.

The second half was a tense after with the visitors piling on the pressure, but the home defence again proved steady and good game management by Sligo established a foothold in opposition’s half, culminating in Ambrose Bamber driving over from a short-range penalty move to put another 5 points on the scoreboard. The visitors showed great determination and fought back securing territorial dominance but a fine second try from Kealon Schoen sealed the deal for Sligo.
Overall, it was an entertaining game, with Sligo the well-deserved victors.

It was a fine performance and a great team effort, overcoming stiff opposition from Buccaneers. Sligo now find themselves well-placed to make the semi-final of the league, as top two qualify. Next game for the U14 side will be the hotly contested local derby against Ballina on 8th December.

Training continues every Tuesday 6-7.30 all welcome.

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.

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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.

U14s Battle Ballina

Ballina 17 – Sligo 29

Sligo U14s travelled to Heffernan Park on Saturday to play against local rivals Ballina. Conditions were excellent for rugby and the visitors were psyched up for the match. This turned out to be a bruising encounter between the two sides, with the lead changing hands several times throughout the 50 minutes. The home side were determined to clock up their second win of the season, but Sligo had other plans and wanted to maintain their 100% record. The game proved to be an entertaining battle between the two sides, but it was a disciplined Sligo side who clocked up the final scores to secure another vital win in the Connacht U14 league. Next game for the U14s is on 13th October, at home to Corinthians RFC.

U14s Connacht Cup Quarter Final

Sligo RFC 15 – Ballinasloe 10 

Sligo U14s progress to the semi-finals of the Connacht Cup after a hard fought win over Ballinasloe on a blustery afternoon at Hamilton Park.  
Sligo scored first after 8 minutes as Alastair Hill barged across the line despite good Ballinasloe tackling. Shortly afterwards Ballinasloe followed with a converted try. The visitors added a penalty score to make it 10-5 at half-time. 

A resurgent Sligo hit back in the second half with a magnificent intercept try by centre Hugo Filan who touched down behind the posts. David Keyes slotted over the conversion. A penalty kick by David from a very tight angle brought the score to 15 – 10 but with 10 minutes to go Sligo were not out of danger. 

With Sligo looking to extend their lead they came close to breaching the strong Ballinasloe defences. In the last 5 minutes the action moved dramatically to the Sligo 5 metre line. The Sligo defences scrambling to repel the attack. Sligo won three scrums on their 5 metre line, one against the head. The tension only ending with the ball being kicked out two minutes after the clock went red. 

This was a disciplined and intent Sligo team. Strong tackling by Ben Cawley, Jack Dennison and Sergey Donoghue helped Sligo relieve pressure on a number of occasions. The forward pack operated as a tight unit with notable contributions in particular from front rowers Teddy Kilgallen and replacement prop Ross Clark. 
Matthew Ryan in the second row and James McDermott in the back row were very much in evidence around the field with big contributions.  

U14 Cup: NUIG v Sligo

NUIG 5 – Sligo RFC 66

Sligo U14s began their Connacht Cup campaign with a comprehensive 66-5 win over NUIG on a bright, sunny day in Dangan last Saturday. Despite a number of absences as a result of sickness and injury the Sligo side ran in a total of 12 tries against their rivals. Top try scorer was Jack Dennison with three tries; tries also for Alastair Hill, Eoghan Lang, Hugo Filan and Ben Graham.

Spirited performances from the forwards pack with notable contributions from Andrew Barlow, Sam White, Matthew Ryan and Teddy Kilgallen. Sean McLoughlin at outhalf had another great outing including a contribution to the try fest.

Second half saw the introduction of a strong subs bench including a front row comprising Eoin Mulkeen, Malachy Costigan and Oisin Lawley and Daniel Casey at scrum half.

Next stage in the campaign is an at home clash with Ballinasloe on March 3rd’. The determination of this squad was evident at training the following day as they acknowledged the work required in their tackling and at the breakdown.