6 Good Reasons To Watch Ballina v Sligo in Heffernan Park Next Sunday
1)    Both teams are in excellent form. Ballina have only lost one match in the league to the mighty Monivea and Sligo are unbeaten.
2)    It has the makings of a great rugby spectacle. Both teams play an attractive brand of running rugby looking to use the width of the pitch.
3)    There will be tries. Both Sligo and Ballina have the creativity, ability and intention to score tries. Neither of these sides has failed to score trys in any of their previous matches.
4)    It could well go to final phase of play before the final whistle. Both teams will play to the very end and have previously won matches in the last minutes of the game (ask OLBC or Monivea!)
5)    The Head to Head match ups. Whether it’s Murphy and Brown versus Pearson and Butler in the half backs, Rowe versus Spring in the back row or O’Neill versus Fafita in the centre to name just a few that come to mind, all over the park there will be quality players clashing.
6)    It’s one of the great derby matches of Connacht Rugby. It not all about Galwegians and Corinthians, the rivalry between these clubs goes back to their foundation. It’s not just the players who know each other so well, on the sidelines many will be renewing old acquaintances, old rivalry and the banter between the supporters will be as uncompromising as the tackles on the pitch. In what is sure to be a packed clubhouse afterwards Gerry O’Donnell from Ballina and Joe Coulter from Sligo will be able to tell you where it all went right and all went wrong, where it was won and where it was lost, how the match should have been refereed, and how it wasn’t like that in their day! Guaranteed entertainment on and off the field, 2.30 K.O.


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