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No Joy for U16 Girls

Sligo 7 – Tuam/Oughterard 22

There was no joy for the Sligo girls in front of a big home crowd last Saturday in Hamilton Park. In their debut season, the Sligo U16 girls came up against the well-established Galway side, who amalgamated last year, and are currently top of the table in Division 2 of the Connacht U16 Girls league. The opening 10 minutes proved a shock for the visitors as Bebhinn Hart crossed the line to score the opening try of the game. Cliodhna O’ Sullivan stepped up to convert and coolly slotted the ball between the posts to give the home side a 7 point lead. Tuam/Oughterard quickly settled into the game and had a period of dominance, which resulted in three unanswered tries before the half-time whistle. Sligo’s coaching team of Gabriel Gormley, Michael Cox and Gavin Clinch, rallied their troops at the break and they came out all guns blazing, determined to alter the 7-15 score line. Sligo had 70% possession in the second half, with Tuam/Oughterard under pressure with every play, but the home side were unable to break through the experienced defence and a try, against the run of play, rewarded the visitors with the final score of the game.

Although the score line did not truly reflect the game, the Sligo team, playing in their 4th game of the season, can take great solace from the fact that they now lie 3rd in the table and are improving with every game. Many of Sligo’s players only took up rugby this September and Cria Flanagan, Jasmine Morgan and Grace Molloy were playing their first game for Sligo RFC on Saturday, joined by Teresa Devaney in her second game, with Grace Mulholland returning her first game of the season.

Girls’ rugby has gone from strength to strength in Sligo, with teams now competing from U10 to U18. The catchment area has also grown and players travel twice a week from as far afield as Manorhamilton, Tubbercurry, Coolaney and Drumcliff to join players from Carraroe, Cranmore, Sligo town and Strandhill. A big thanks to Petstop, who sponsor the club jerseys and for their continued support of girls’ rugby in Sligo. Training continues in the rugby club every Monday and Thursday 6.45 – 8pm, no previous experience is necessary. Contact Michael 086 3202244 for further details. Next game in the fixtures is away to Westport on 1st December.

U16s Topple Table Toppers

Ballinasloe U16s 14 – Sligo U16s 27


Sunday saw Sligo RFC U16s away against League Leaders Ballinasloe. Following on from a home win against Buccaneers and wearing the new club shirts sponsored by Cosgroves Centra Muagheraboy, the Sligo team were up for it.

The game started strong for Sligo with the first twenty minutes seeing Sligo between the opposition 22 and their try line. The pressure was on but a try couldn’t be scored against an impressive Ballinasloe defence and a penalty three points was the only result of Sligo’s initial pressure. Sligo then got back up and quickly scored a try converted. Ballinasloe weren’t holding back and weren’t long scoring their own.

The second half saw a resurgent Ballinasloe but Sligo went to the well, dug in and scored their second try. Again Ballinasloe got up and pressured the Sligo team resulting in their second try too. Ballinasloe didn’t hold back but an intercept saw the bol’ Fionn O’Hehir run from the Sligo 22 right up the length of the pitch with Ballinasloe in tow to score Sligo’s third try converted. Another penalty resultant from Sligo pressure on the Ballinasloe try line, kicked by Oisίn Cregg saw the final result 14 – 27. A great result for the Sligo boys against what was a very tough and skilled opposition and a team who are to be wished the best and whom hosted us well after.

Sligo U16s – team, coaches and management would also like to thank Cosgroves Centra Maugheraboy for the sponsorship of our new jerseys – Thank you Des and Martha!
Next Game Ballina at home in two weeks’ time.

Sligo: Adam Fox, Adam Hunter, Ben Garvey, Brady Lynch, Ciaran Cawley, Ciaran Dolan, Conal Kennedy, Cormac Fahey, Conor Mullaney, Diarmuid Dowd, Eoin Ryan, Evin Ballantine, Ewan Ripon, Fionn Feeley, Fionn O’Hehir, Jim Sweeney, Leo Layden, Liam Candon, Niall O’Connor, Oisin Cregg, Oisin Diffley, Olan Martin, Sean Gilvarry, Sonny Muldoon.

U16s Dominant in Clash with Bucc’s

Sligo 34 – Buccaneers 0


Sunday saw Sligo RFC U16s first home match of the season against Buccaneers. Following a few disappointing results and a settling down of position placement, this was an important game for a team under a new coach Mickey O’Hehir and coaching staff; Wes Maxwell, John Garvey and Mark Fox.

Sligo U16s Liam Candon, Oisin Diffley and Ewan Ripon in action against Buccaneers

Under a heavy head on wind, the game started strong from both sides. The Sligo forwards did a great job of providing opportunity for the backs via Sligo’s Niall O’Connor and Oisin Cregg. Buccaneers tested the Sligo defence lengthy with a committed tackle rate from Brady Lynch amongst all others holding them out. Line outs worked well for Sligo too with Cormac Fahey in the mix and Leo Layden in the maul. The second half saw a renewed intensity in rucks from Liam Candon and Oisin Diffley that allowed continued recycling for Fionn Feeley who came on as scrum half replacement.

Sligo U16s on the attack against Buccaneers

Centres Ewan Ripon and Fionn O’Hehir provided repeated opportunities for try scoring. Sean Gilvarry excelled at full back, as did Conor Mullaney and Sonny Muldoon, with repeated forward ball carrying. Every player, including each and every substitute, excelled and must be congratulated for intensity and work rate. Next game for the U16s is on 13th October, away to Ballinasloe RFC.

Sligo U16s: Adam Fox, Adam Hunter, Brady Lynch, Ciaran Cawley, Ciaran Dolan, Conal Kennedy, Cormac Fahey, Conor Mullaney, Diarmuid Dowd, Eoin Ryan, Evin Ballantine, Ewan Ripon, Fionn Feeley, Fionn O’Hehir, Jim Sweeney, Leo Layden, Liam Candon, Niall O’Connor, Oisin Cregg, Oisin Diffley, Olan Martin, Sean Gilvarry, Sonny Muldoon.

U16 Girls Win in Westport

Westport U16s 0 – Sligo U16s 39

The U16 girls travelled to Westport last Saturday for their first game of the new season and were rewarded for their efforts with a comprehensive 39 point win over the home side.

Sligo RFC’s U16 girls, with coaches Gabriel Gormley and Michael Cox

The team have been training on Monday and Thursday nights at 7pm and all their hard work paid off, as they dominated from the first whistle. It was a whole team effort, as six players got their names on the score sheet, with tries coming from Sophie (2), Mia (2), Giselle, Amy, Bebhinn and Aoife slotting home two conversions. The next round of the U16 girls Qualifier Pool 2 will be on Saturday 6th October, when the girls travel to Ballinasloe.

U16s Put on Fine Display to Secure Semi-Final Spot

Sligo RFC 35 – Claremorris 5

On Sunday last the Sligo U16s hosted Claremorris in the U16s Connacht Cup quarter-final at Hamilton park. The Sligo Squad were without key players Max King, Dara Cregg and Damien Cullen due to injury but were still able field a very strong 23.

Sligo started the stronger and quickly exposed huge gaps in the Claremorris defense with a superb team try by new player Cian Barden and converted by out half Finn Young. After 5 mins tight head prop Eddie Coyle suffered a knee injury and was replaced by Cillian McMeekin who slotted into the back row with Patrick Dixon moving to prop. Sligo continued to dominate with a excellent try by Rowan Elliot in the corner after he received a loop pass from scrumhalf Cathal Feely, this was followed by another well worked try by Cathal Feely leaving the half time score at 17 – 0.

Sligo started the second half well and quickly secured another try from flanker Cillian McMeekin. Sligo then began to offload their bench with substitutes Jim Davis and Mark McGlynn swapping in a 9 and 10. Claremorris had no answer for Sligo’s pressure with further scores from Jim, Cathal and Rowan Elliot leaving a final score of 36 – 5.

Next up for Sligo is a semi-final against the winners of Galwegians and Greggs scheduled for the weekend of the 24/25 March.

Sligo: Damien Cullen Vega, Callum Wall, Edward Coyle, Michael Broaders, Patrick Dixon, Stephen Doyle, Matthew O’Hara, Robert Reynolds, Jamie Reynolds, Ronan Elliott, Josh Cronin, Cian Barden, Louis Scott, Michael D Cregg, Cathal Feely, Ben Millar, Cillian McMeekin, Finn Young, Jack Carroll, James Davis, Mark McGlynn, Danny Funke, Marc O’Hehir, Patrick Badowski, Mark Erwin, Ronan Gilmartin

Comprehensive Cup Win for Sligo U16s

Ballinrobe RFC U-16 07 – Sligo RFC U-16 62

On Saturday last the Sligo U16s travelled to Ballinrobe in the first round of the Connacht Cup.
On a glorious day for rugby, Sligo started the strongest scoring penalty after 4 mins, the away side continued to mount the pressure on this young Ballinrobe side, scoring 29 points in the first half.

Sligo U-16 Max King, Man of the Match against Ballinrobe

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U16: Sligo v NUIG

‘A’ League: Sligo RFC 32 – NUIG 7

In what was a busy weekend for the Sligo U16s, with back-to-back games at Hamilton Park, the first was a crucial cross-pool game in the ‘A’ league against NUIG and the second a tough game against Connemara/Oughtarard in the Development league.

As current leaders of the ‘A’ League, Pool 1, it was critical to remain in that position to secure home advantage in the upcoming quarter finals.

NUIG, who joined the youth league three years ago after a split from Galwegians, started well but it was not long before Sligo got into their rhythm and began to dominate and finished with a emphatic 32 points to 7 victory over the Galway side. This was a fourth consecutive win in the ‘A’ League and a huge testament to the hard work and dedication of this team.

‘Development’ League: Sligo RFC 30 – NUIG 5

After a short break the U16s development team took to the pitch to face a physically big Connemara/Oughtarard team, the visitors started the stronger but the Sligo boys matched them all the way keeping the scoreline 0 0 after 15 mins. The Visitors went on the score two tries in the first half and a further 3 tries in the second hald and were the deserved winners with a scoreline of 30 to 5. There were lots of positives from the game with impressive performances for outhalf Finn young and from newcomers Cillian McMeekin and Aaron Davey. Sligo remaining in third place in the Development league.

Man of the Match : Matthew O’Hara (A) and Finn Young ( Development)

Squad : 
Damien CullenVega, Callum Wall, Patryk Badowski, Danny Funke, Matthew O Hara, Cathal Feely, Robert Reynolds, James Davis, Jack Carroll, Josh Cronin, Louis Scott, Jamie Reynolds, Dáire Cregg, Marc O Hehir, Patrick Dixon, Stephen Doyle, Michael Broaders, Finn Young, Ronan Elliott, Cillian McMeekin, Garry Melly, Ben Millar, Matthew Blain, Owen Ryan, Liam Candon, Adam Fox, Olan Martin, Sean Cox, Matthew Maroney, Aaron Davey, Diarmuid Brennan, Danny Valentine, Mark Mc Glynn

Breakdown Workshop

Connacht Rugby Coach Development Department held a Breakdown Workshop at Sligo RFC for 25 coaches recently.

The workshop was specifically designed for coaches of youth and adult rugby with Coach Development Officer Gavin Foley co-ordinating the event.

The video shows some of the drills our U16s demonstrated on the night. Video courtesy of Aaron Tansey.

More information about the event can be found here.