The Sligo 2nds team battled to a narrow loss against the students of UCG in Galway today.  In beautiful conditions, both teams contributed to an enthralling game, full of movement and skill.  Despite playing into the breeze, it was the students who applied the early pressure.  Though not the biggest team, the UCG men showed a willingness to run that had the Sligo defence stretched to breaking point.  They supported well and were noticeably quicker to the ball in the opening 20 minutes.  This period of pressure netted six points for the home team from two well struck penalties. Sligo could have easily been further behind but for some excellent scrambling defence and two try saving tackles from fullback Dermot O’Conner. 

The Sligo men began to slowly work themselves back into the game.  The lineout was functioning well and the scrum was dominating the lighter UCG pack.  With more possession the backs began testing the UCG defence.  Nice handling from the forwards sent flanker Andrew Williams on a strong run down the touchline, while good work from the backs looked to have put winger Andrew Mulligan on a run to the line.  However in both cases the vital tackle was made and the students were able to clear their lines. 

The second half started with UCG using the wind to good effect and kicking for field position.  However the Sligo back three of Clive Morris, Dermot O’Conner and Andrew Mulligan were running strongly and returning the kicks with interest.  Several attacks, initiated by the back three, swept the length of the field and seemed certain to lead to points.  On each occasion small errors by the Sligo team undid the good work and UCG were able to hold on.  

Sligo finally got on the board through a sweetly struck penalty from scrumhalf Sean Bagnel.  From the restart, Sligo claimed possession and worked the UCG team left and right across the field. This created an overlap which centre Juilan Rippen and winger Clive Morris took full advantage of.  The pair ran over 60 metres using clever inter-passing to keep the defence guessing and it was Julian who crossed for a memorable try.  Sean Bagnel added the extra’s and Sligo were ahead for the first time in the match, 10 – 6. 

However the lead was short lived.  The Students gained an early turnover from the kick-off and after some strong work by the forwards, were able to score from short range to regain the lead.  The match swung to and fro in the final quarter, with both teams having chances to score, but being denied by strong and desperate defence.  Michael McMorrow was leading the way for the Sligo pack with some telling hits. 

But it was not to be for the Sligo team.  UCG closed out the match with another fine penalty, for a final score of 16 – 10.  A losing bonus point for Sligo and some work to do before facing Connemara at home next week. 

Juvenille Section

The Sligo juveniles had another busy weekend with the visit of Enniskillen U10s and U12s while all other groups had training.   The Enniskillen U10s proved too strong for the Sligo youngsters in two very competitive but entertaining games. The Sligo U12s again showed their class beating our northern friends in a magnificent game.

Sligo U13’s travelled to sunny Ballinasloe on Saturday 20th for their first league game of the 2012/2013 season.   Sligo started slowly which resulted in a quick opening try from the home team.  Sligo reset and managed to gain the upper hand to close out a tough first half in the lead. Sligo continued the second half with the same dogged determination against a very competitive Ballinasloe team eventually closing out the game with a final score of 29-17.  The coaches would like to thank the players for their determination, commitment and a performance to be proud of – onwards and upwards…

This Saturday we train as normal in Sligo IT at 10am, all kids must be registered by end of October, all new members are always welcome, for more information contact [email protected].    We wish a speedy recovery to Michael Broaders who recently broke his collar bone during a recent training session.   Our U11s are looking forward to participating in the half time game at the Connacht V Treviso on the 3rd November at the sports ground in Galway.

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BR (L>R): Conor McElligott, Brian West, Robbie Ryan, Serge Kelly, David Battles, Ronan McGoldrick, Remi O’Connell, Cian Hegarty, James McDonagh, Jordan Callaghan, Joshua Fairbrother, Owen Eglinton
FR (L>R): Sean Brogan, Eoin Hallinan, Ben Smyth, Marcus Meehan, Cody Gardener, Mark Harte, Brendan Cunningham, Joseph Doggert, Cian Quinn, Brandon Nooney

Ladies Calendar Launch:

The women of the Sligo Rugby Club are baring most than they’re used to for a calendar that seeks to raise funds and awareness for the Northwest Hospice.   Previous captain, Niamh Connolly, mentions that the 2013 calendar, which is available in stores all around Sligo, was in response to a cancer scare endured by one of the team’s members.  

Friday last, October 19th saw the launch of the Sligo Ladies Rugby team 2013 Calendar.   A fantastic number of supporters turned out to see the final product on display in Suzy McCanny studio who also took each photo for the calendar.  An extra bonus on the night was an auction of some of the memorable shots, this lead to a fantastic total of €2000 being raised on the night for the cause.  

In 2011, the men of the rugby club produced a calendar where the funds were in support of Sligo Cancer Support Centre. But the women, determined by friendly rivalry, feel they can do better and sell more calendars.   The team, winner of the Connacht Development league two years in a row, also believe the calendar is a perfect opportunity to invite more people to the game. Suzy McCanny, the photographer, mentions that to do this, it was very important to project an “accurate image”.    Playing in such a rough sport creates stereotypes about what rugby players should look like. The calendar serves to shatter these stereotypes and remind people of the beauty within the game.    The calendar, which can be purchased at www.sligorfc.ie and  is on sale now in numerous shops around Sligo such as Shells Cafe Strandhill, Bernies Beauty Salon and the Record Room.

The Northwest Hospice, which depends on voluntary donations and fundraisings, dedicates itself to “helping people with life limiting illness” and improving their quality of life. For more information about the Northwest Hospice, contact them at [email protected]

DISCO

The teenage disco takes place this Friday in the Rugby club. We would like to thank all those who have volunteered to date and ask that more volunteers come along to help out.

National School Blitz

Sligo RFC is hosting the Sligo National Schools Blitz in Sligo IT on Wednesday 24th October from 10.00 to 1.00.  Just over 30 national schools have been invited with 14 schools confirmed, it is expected that between 300 and 600 children will attend, and most will be from 5th and 6th class, there are also a good number of kids from 3rd to 6th involved from smaller schools. It is hoped that all those involved and attending will have a great day!

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