Sligo Rugby Football Club


Under 10 Match Report from Tuam


Saturday saw the U10's in Tuam for a mini-blitz with teams from Tuam, Monivea and An Ghaeltacht represented.

The first match was against the home team and the boys gave a tremendous performance and out played Tuam by winning 5-1.

Second up was An Ghaeltacht. This was a harder game and was closely contested but a few decisions went against Sligo that resulted in final scoreline of 4-2 in favour of An Ghaeltacht.

The final game saw a resurgence in form from Sligo who outplayed Monivea in every aspect of the game ending as emphatic victors of a scoreline of 6 tries to 3.

The overall performance saw excellent mauling and rucking from the forwards who not only set up the backs but scored 5 tries themselves. Committed tackling and good link up play from the team ensured that this outing was by far the best team performance of the season.

Well done to the full panel of 23 who traveled.

Under 14s Tough It Out

Posted: 26 Nov 2007 06:10 AM CST

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.

Castlebar RFC 8 :: Sligo RFC 12

Sligo's U14 Rugby team travelled to Castlebar on Sunday last to play the local team in the fourth round of the North Connaught U14 league. While the Sligo representatives continued their winning streak, the overall performance on this occasion was not up to the usual high standard.

This was a hard fought match against tough opposition who put up a huge score against Tuam RFC in their last match.

However, there was plenty of good rugby played by Sligo. On more than one occasion, James Mullen playing on the wing, relieved pressure on the Sligo back line with long kicks to touch. Indeed the same player opened the scoring for Sligo. The ball was passed along the back line in a move involving Will Weaver, captain Eoin Flanagan and Kieran Blake with James Mullen touching down for a try in the corner.

A second try came after 13 minutes from Diarmuid O'Dowd-Hill playing at No 8. He pulled away from the back of a scrum and made a strong run while shrugging off all challenges, to score under the post. Fullback Kieran Blake landed the conversion to leave the score 12-0 in Sligo's favour.

Castlebar now went on the offensive and after some good passages of play they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. This was successfully taken to leave the score 12-3 to Sligo. The score was to stay like this up to half time.

The second half brought numerous Sligo substitutions but there were to be no more scores for the visitors.

Castlebar did score a well-deserved try with five minutes remaining in the match. The game finished on a score line of 12-8 to Sligo.

The Sligo coaches John Davey, Dean Weaver and Barry McConkey will know that this was not a vintage performance by their young guns but will no doubt be up to the challenges that lie ahead.

More photos from the game can be found here.

2nd's Unlucky Not To Take The Spoils

Posted: 25 Nov 2007 05:00 PM CST

Galwegians 3rd XV 17 :: Sligo 2nd XV 15

Sligo's 2nd team's improvement in the Connacht Junior 2 League continued at Glenina on Sunday last, when they were most unfortunate not to have gotten at least a share of the spoils against a strong Galwegians side. With just a couple of minutes remaining, Sligo trailed by 17-10, but in a barn-storming finale they laid siege to the home side's line, and prop forward, Ross O'Boyle, crashed over beside the posts for a great try. The conversion would have given Sligo a well merited draw, but alas, the kick from in front of the posts was off target, so Galwegians got a reprieve they scarcely deserved.

After a slow start, Sligo controlled matters in the second half, when they crossed for three tries. Their opening try was scored by No. 8, Simon Coulter after a fine individual break, while team captain, David Kilcoyne also touched down for an excellent try. With none of their three tries converted, Sligo can only rue the absence of an accurate goal kicker, although the conversion attempt of Kilcoyne's try rebounded off an upright.

In a fine team display, Sligo's pack did exceptionally well. Simon Coulter, Ciaran Stafford, Ross O'Boyle and David Kilcoyne led by example, as Galwegians had difficulty in containing the Sligo eight. Aaron Tansey hooked well, while the new second row partnership of Dermot Kiely and Tony Delahunt worked hard, as did the former Banada Abbey student, Alan Brennan at open side.

Behind the scrum, Polish born, Robert Orbinski had a fine game on the wing, and showed a lot of promise, while Philip Henry making a come-back after sustaining a bad finger injury in a pre-season friendly against Railway Union, formed a solid centre partnership with Andrew Williams. Australian born, Tim Jessop was an enterprising full-back, while winger, Padraig Flanagan also impressed. The half back partnership of James Coulter and Clive Morris kept Sligo going forward, especially in the second half.

In that second half, Sligo introduced five replacements, the South Sligo duo, Damien Henry and Martin Brennan, Seamus Bannon, David Delahunt and Simon Coyle, and all contributed to a spirited team effort.

Sligo play Loughrea in Hamilton Park on Sunday next [kick-off 2.30 pm], and they will be hopeful of collecting the points. On Sunday week [December 9th], they make the long journey to Ferbane, Co. Offaly, to play new entrants to Connacht rugby, West Offaly Lions. The entire squad should attend training on Wednesday evening at 7 pm. Well done to all who work so hard behind the scenes with the Sligo 2nd team, especially Michael Storey and Declan Lynch, who were at the helm on Sunday last.

Sligo: Tim Jessop, Robert Orbinski, Philip Henry, Andrew Williams, Padraig Flanagan, Clive Morris, James Coulter, Ross O'Boyle, Aaron Tansey, Ciaran Stafford, Dermot Kiely, Tony Delahunt, Alan Brennan, Simon Coulter, David Kilcoyne [c.] Subs:[All used] Damien Henry, Martin Brennan, Seamus Bannon, David Delahunt, Simon Coyle.

Referee: Mr. Bobby Hanrahan [Westport RFC]

Local Derby In Heffernan Park

Posted: 25 Nov 2007 04:53 PM CST

Sligo travel to Heffernan Park, Creggs Road, Ballina on Sunday next to play the home club in the Connacht Junior 1 League [kick-off 2.30 pm].

Both sides are having difficulty making progress in this year's league, and the losers of this tie could conceivably end in a relegation dogfight, as there will be only four games remaining. Rivalry between the sides is keen, and games between Sligo and Ballina usually go to the proverbial wire. In last season's league, Sligo also had to travel, and after an unspectacular encounter, the scores were level, 0-0, while in the previous year in Hamilton Park, Sligo won by 8-6.

Sligo have been plagued by injuries all season, but the team management will be hopeful that second row, Peter Mullan will be fit to resume, as his presence would be a great morale booster. On the debit side, they will have to plan without tight head, Joe Kelly, who was injured against Buccaneers.

Sligo have only shown glimpses of their undoubted potential in recent games, but they certainly showed in their opening game against Corinthians what they are capable of achieving. Unfortunately, to date they have lacked consisency. They have trained very well since the Buccaneers game, so expectations are high in the camp that they will be at their best on Sunday. There is a lot at stake for both sides, and the team which wants victory most will probably prevail. As many supporters as possible are urged to make the journey and support the the team, in what could be a crucial game for the club.

Monthly Committee Meeting

Posted: 25 Nov 2007 04:51 PM CST

The December meeting of the Committee has been brought forward by one week, and will be held in Bree's Bar, Strandhill, on Tuesday next, December 4th at 8 pm. This is a very important meeting, as a number of urgent matters are on the agenda. All committee members should check their E-mails for communications from the Hon. Secretary, Michael Storey.

Heineken Connacht Cup Draw In Glasshouse

Posted: 25 Nov 2007 04:49 PM CST

For the first time, the draw for the Heineken Connacht Junior Cup will be held in Sligo, and it will take place on Monday night next, December 3rd, at 8 pm in the Glasshouse Hotel. The evening is being very generously sponsored by the hosts, Heineken, who are tremendous supporters of rugby at all levels. Among the attendance will be the Connacht Branch President, Michael Cunningham [Westport], the CEO of Connacht Rugby, Gerry Kelly, Pat Heneghan of Heineken, members of the Connacht Branch and members of the Connacht Magners' League and European Challenge Cup squad. All club members, players and friends of Sligo rugby are cordially invited to attend.

U-20's Game Called Off

Posted: 25 Nov 2007 04:47 PM CST

There was disappointment for the U-20 players, and their coaches Roy Cooper and Ciaran Foley, when Castlebar on Friday evening called off their U-20 league game with Sligo, which was fixed for Hamilton Park on Saturday last. It is most unsatisfactory to have a game called off at short notice, so the squad had to be content with a training session on Saturday morning. Ber Dunne has arranged two upcoming fixtures, with the side away to Monaghan RFC on Saturday next, while on the following Saturday there is a home game against Enniskillen.

Christmas Draw

Posted: 25 Nov 2007 04:46 PM CST

The Event Organiser, Joe Burgess, has now distributed tickets to all sections of the club for the Annual Christmas Draw which will be held in the Glasshouse Hotel on the evening of the Members' Christmas party on Thursday December 20th. Permission to hold the draw has been granted by Garda Inspector Gerry Connolly. It can be confidently stated that the prizes on offer even exceed these of previous years. Among the prizes are a mammoth Christmas Hamper, 2 Stand tickets for a home 2008 Six Nations International, a Week-end for two in a luxury Hotel, Dinners for Two, Cases of Wine, Valuable Vouchers for Sports Shop and an array of other valuable prizes.

Sellers are requested to return all cash to Joe Burgess as soon as possible, and any seller requiring a further supply of tickets should contact Joe at 071-9177150.

Christmas Alcohol Free Teenage Disco

Posted: 25 Nov 2007 04:44 PM CST

Tickets for the Christmas alcohol free teenage disco, which will be held in the Clubhouse, Hamilton Park on Friday December 21st. at 9 pm, go on sale this week. The Event Organiser, Justin Harte will distribute the tickets to the usual sellers. As demand is certain to greatly exceed supply, early purchase of tickets is strongly advised. This will be a strictly all ticket event, and again the Committee of Sligo RFC will insist that only those in possession of a ticket for the event will gain admittance, and there will be absolutely no exceptions to this. Accordingly, parents and guardians are advised of this, and they are requested to check if their teenager has a ticket for the disco, as teenagers should not approach the precincts of the club without a ticket.

Grammar Juniors In Connacht League Final

Posted: 25 Nov 2007 04:42 PM CST

On Thursday next, Sligo Grammar Schools' Junior team, coached by the club's Hon. Treasurer, Jimmy Staunton, play Marist College, Athlone in Creggs in the Connacht Schools' Junior League final. Grammar have given a series of impressive performances in their unbeaten run all season, and the side is backboned by players from the club's U-14 and U-15 sides. Last Thursday at the Mall they defeated Colaiste Iognaid, Galway [the Jes.] in the semi-final by 18-8, but would not have been flattered by a bigger winning margin. The Marist side is likely to be based on last season's Buccaneers U-14 side which beat all-comers in the province by big scores, so they should be a formidable team, but the well organised Grammar boys might have a shock in store for them. The Grammar squad are wished well from everyone in the club.


The Jes reach last four with last minute winner