Sligo Rugby Football Club

 

New Club Hat and Scarf Set now available

Posted: 17 Dec 2007 08:15 AM CST

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Keep lovely and snug while supporting Sligo this winter with this lovely top quality Fleece lined Hat and Scarf set. Both the hat and scarf feature the club crest (embroidered). One size fits all.
This is our most popular item (if last weekend is anything to go by!) and supplies are limited. Order the set now, here.

To see what else we have to offer please click here.

Spring Time at Hamilton Park

Posted: 17 Dec 2007 06:51 AM CST

Sligo 24 :: Connemara 0

Sligo u16 got their league aspirations back on track on Sunday last beating Connemara by 24 to nil with 4 tries from Sligo No 8 Aaron Spring. Sligo had a full panel to choose from with the exception of Sean Conlon (injured) and started the match strongly from the kick off. Sligo were soon camped in the Connemara 22 and from the first scrum Spring picked and broke down the blind side and brushed pass the covering tackles to score in the corner. Sligo missed the difficult conversion.

From the restart the Sligo lads again used the wind advantage to get a good field position and Caolan O Hehir won a good line out the pack drove forward with Tomas McMunn and Blyth McCormack prominent. Following a number of phases Connemara conceded a penalty and Donal Brady fed Aaron Spring on a well worked move and he broke through the cover for his second try. Pat Hughes was off target with the conversion.

After this Connemara began to settle and controlled possession for long periods, solid tackling from wing forwards David Heath and Enda Connolly ensured that they could not break through, but Sligo were pinned back in their own half until prop David French turnover possession. From the ruck Aaron Spring took the ball on sold a great dummy, accelerated through the gap leaving the Connemara defence in his wake to run 60 yards from a super individual try. Pat Hughes added the points to leave the score 17 to nil at half time.

Connemara started the second-half with wind in their backs and tested the Sligo defence but they held firm with some good tackles from outhalf Cathal Finneran and centre Keith Mc Golderick. Full back Pat Hughes and wingers James Clarke and Robbie Keegan dealt well with all the array of kicks that was put to them, from a counter attack from Hughes he fed Chris Nairn who made great ground before being hauled down near the 22 but Spring again popped up to burst through a number of would be tacklers and score under the posts , Chris Nairn added the points.

Overall this was a very competent display from the Sligo boys with good lineout possession from Caolan OHehir and Enda McManuas giving a good attacking platform, the Sligo back row were excellent in defence with replacement Gerard Keaney putting in some great work late in the second half.
All replacements were used and this victory sets the Sligo boys up for a show down with Galwegians at Strandhill on Sunday next.

Team: P.Hughes, J.Clarke, R.Keegan C.Nairn (Capt) K.McGolderick, C.Finneran, D.Brady, B.McCormack, T.McMunn, D.French, C.O'Hehir, E.McManuas, D.Heath, E.Connolly, A.Spring, Replacements: D.Rooney, A.Donnellan, P. Martin, CJ McCarrick, P.Laffey, O Cox, G.Keaney.

U14's Continue Winning Habit

Posted: 16 Dec 2007 06:06 PM CST

In this game, played in Hamilton Park on Saturday last, Sligo's U14 rugby team was once again victorious in the North Connacht League. On this occasion the visitors to the club were the U14 boys from Ballinrobe RFC.

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This game, delayed for a week due to poor weather, was played in cool but very good conditions.

Martin Davey playing at loose head prop captained the Sligo team. They put in a fine performance for the entire sixty minutes of play. The forwards totally dominated the opposing pack. Their physical strength was used to good effect in the ruck and their scrummaging was also top class. When they carried the ball to the opposition they cleverly held onto it with some good mauling. They used this tactic to good effect to gain ground and advance the gain line.

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The backs played with a mobility that was impressive. They were always alert and moved the ball quickly and accurately along the back-line. Support play for the ball carrier was good and this resulted in a lot of offensive play. Panic ensued in the Ballinrobe back-line and the Sligo lads scored some good tries as space opened up and opportunities were availed of. Indeed there was an even distribution of tries scored between backs and forwards and Sligo ended up convincing winners.

Sligo coaches also gave the entire bench some valuable playing experience as the game unfolded and continued the policy of trying players in different playing positions.

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A notable statistic was the low number of lineouts in the game as both teams, for different reasons, kept the ball in play. To their credit the young Mayo team never gave up trying to make a game of it. Missing a few forward players had a telling effect on their performance and the physique and talent of the Sligo lads was just too much to withstand on this occasion.

Sligo Team: Enda Gavin, Caomhan Lyons, Eoin Flanagan, Will Weaver, Enda Roche, Kieran Blake, Ross Gordon, Martin Davey (Capt.), Philip Moriarty, Matthew Davey, Ben Spelman, Jonathan Draper, David Verdon, Martin Clarke, Sean Donnelly.

Replacements: Barry Brennan, Diarmuid O'Dowd Hill, Patrick Saba, Eoin Kilroy, Brian Simon, James Rooney, Ryan Coyne, Michael Martin, James Mullen (injured).

More photos from the game can be found here. Please note that you can now also choose to purchase prints of most of the photos in the club gallery.

U18's are BACK!!!

Posted: 16 Dec 2007 05:46 PM CST

Sligo 43 :: Monivea 3

It was an impressive first league outing for Sligo u18s on Sunday last at Hamilton Park Strandhill. The scoreline of 45 points to 3 against Monivea was just reward for a Sligo team who played some very creative rugby throughout. There were seven trys scored in all, six scored by a back line which was supplied with near perfect ball from a dominating Sligo pack.

Playing into a stiff breeze in the first half the Sligo pack totally dominated their opposites. They were solid in the set pieces. Lifters worked well the and second row ruled the lineout. Not only securing their own but also several of Monivea's throws. However it was at the breakdown where Sligo's dominance was most noticable, as a pack they continually drove Monivea back, turning Monivea ball over time after time. Their defence was equally impressive with solid tackling around the fringes they created an impenetrable wall.

With a perfect platform provided by the Sligo pack, the Sligo back line shone. The halfbacks controlled the game well and played cleverly with the wind at their backs. And the centres and outside backs carved off large tracks of land ever time they were released.

Good team performance in both attack and defence were 1 to 15 dominated their opposites.

Well done all; Thomas G (try), Thomas S, Craig, Micheal, Rory (Capt.) (try), Colin (try), Brendan, Micheal, Tadgh, Luke, (1st game 1st try) Adam, Keith (try), Peter, Dee, Aaron L (bring ice next time, and that's not for your eye) Aaron S (2 tries), Niall (great kicking) and the Girls.

Training on Friday 28th December – next match against Creggs 30th December.

2nd's Game With Loughrea Off

Posted: 16 Dec 2007 05:33 PM CST

The Sligo 2nd's game with Loughrea, fixed for Hamilton Park on Sunday last was called off, as the Loughrea intimated on Friday that they were not in a position to travel. Although Sligo are entitled to the league points, the team manageement have requested that the game should be re-fixed for early in the New Year.

Christmas Party In Glasshouse

Posted: 16 Dec 2007 05:32 PM CST

All arrangement have been finalised for the club's Christmas party which will be held in the Glasshouse Hotel on Thursday at 8 pm. Fancy dress is optional, and a great night's celebration and revelry is guaranteed. Well done to the organising sub-committee of Billy Leahy [Chair.], Clare Storey, Niall Draper, Therese Cosgrove and senior Vice-President, Conor Frazer, for all their preparatory work.

Link With The Past

Posted: 16 Dec 2007 05:30 PM CST

The popularity of the club's widely acclaimed website was further evidenced this week, when club President, Tom Gilligan received a letter from a former Sligo stalwart, who has been following Sligo RFC's fortunes on the world wide web.

The writer was Jack Regan, who departed Sligo in 1952, and now resides in Ontario, Canada. The letter nostalgically recalls the challenges presented during his period of involvement with the club [1949-1952]. At that time, he reports, the club had no income or assets and relied on ‘benevolent farmers' for a pitch for home games. To prove that sporting ecumenism was alive and well in Sligo, he said that they borrowed the goalposts from the ‘local GAA', and in an era when the positions of Grounds Chairman and Sponsorship Chairman were figments of somone's imagination, he said the players marked the field and paid all their own expenses.

Jack was the team's hooker then, and also served as the club's Hon. Secretary. Among the committee at that time were Cmdt. Bill Barrett, C. O. Irish Army, who was club President, the aforementioned Jack, a student accountant, was Hon. Secretary, John Sheridan, Albie Donnolly, and Tom Torsney.

The team included the the last named quartet, Con Sheehan, Higgins [a wing forward] and scrum-half, Harry Johnston, who happily still resides in Sligo. Jack has the distinction of designing the original club insignia, which features a Sligo hare rampant on a rugby ball, and his design was inspired by the Springboks jersey of that period. In 1949, the club, after some years of inactivity, was reconstituted by Jack and his friends, and the acorn sown then has become the mighty oak of to-day, where the game of rugby now enjoys unprecedented popularity in our region.

Annual Christmas Draw

Posted: 16 Dec 2007 05:25 PM CST

The annual Christmas Draw will take place at the club's Christmas party in the Glasshouse Hotel on Thursday at 10 pm. The Event Organiser, Joe Burgess, assisted by his wife, Mary, has as usual done a fantastic job in organising the event, and in assembling such an impressive and valuable array of prizes. All sellers are requested to return all cards and remittances to Joe by Thursday at 7 pm. He may be contacted at 071-9177150. Sellers are urged to make every effort to have their allocation sold by this dead-line.

St. Stephen's Day Fixture

Posted: 16 Dec 2007 05:17 PM CST

The 34th consecutive annual St. Stephen's day fixture between the City XV and the County XV will take place in Hamilton Park on Wednesday next, December 26th. [kick-off 2.30 p.m.] This game traditionally attracts the biggest crowd of the season to Hamilton Park, and it provides the ideal opportunity for Sligo born players, who play elsewhere, to play again on home soil. It is also an occasion for visitors to Sligo for the festive season to renew old friendships and acquaintances. The City side will be led this year by Joe Sweeney, while Gavin Foley will captain the County side. The referee for the game is Damien Eames [Carrick-on-Shannon RFC].

Good Luck To Ralph

Posted: 16 Dec 2007 05:15 PM CST

The President, on behalf of all club members,extends best wishes for every success in the future to senior squad member, Ralph Lucey, who recently opened his property letting and management business.

Seasons Greeting

Posted: 16 Dec 2007 05:14 PM CST

The President, Tom Gilligan wishes all Committee and Sub-Committee members, Trustees, Players, Coaches, Club members, Sponsors, Advertisers, and all Friends of Sligo Rugby a very Happy Christmas, and health and happiness in the New Year. He also extends Christmas and New Year's greetings to former Sligo players who no longer reside in Sligo, and he extends fraternal seasonal greetings to everyone involved in the playing and promotion of sport in Co. Sligo.

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