Join us in the club Six Nations Fantasy League!

Hoping this league will add an extra bit of excitement throughout the
competition.

An entry fee of €10 per team is required. The money will go into a pot with funds split between prizes, bus costs and U16 Boys Tour to London. Once final numbers are in prizes will be confirmed.

  1. Payment Link (payment must be made before Round 2 – Sat Feb 10 th )
  2. Join the league here

League Name : Sligo Rugby 2024
League No. 111246
Password: LEQSX

Thanks for taking part and Best of Luck!

Sligo travelled to Belfast to take on Instonians on Saturday, with both teams in a competitive position in the All Ireland League Division 2B. Coming into the game Sligo were in 4th place, equal on league points with 2nd-place Corinthians and 3rd-place Wanderers, with Instonians top of the league, unbeaten so far.

The game started with Instonians taking the initiative, scoring two converted tries to establish a 14-0 lead. Sligo showed some mettle when scrum-half Brendan Cunningham scored a try, followed by Euan Brown's conversion, making it 14-7.

Sligo Debutant Juli Leszczynski at Instonians

However, Instonians were quick to respond with another try to widen the gap once again. Cunningham wasn't finished though, darting in for another try and with Brown's conversion, Sligo closed the gap to trail by only a score 21-14.

Instonians kept up the pressure, executing a strategic cross-field kick that resulted in another try. Sligo's Martino Quiroga hit back with another try to leave them trailing, but as the match progressed, the home side secured a bonus-point try and continued building a score to run out 52-19 winners.

Sligo showed moments of skill and resilience, but Instonians were the better side on the day, taking their chances well and maintaining control throughout the game. They continue their unbeaten run. Sligo is set to take the positives from this game into their upcoming AIL 2B fixtures. Next up is the visit of Malahide RFC to Strandhill on Saturday 11th Nov at 2:30pm.

Connacht U19s had a 2 point win over Ulster, thanks to a last minute try by Gerard Murtagh and conversion by Oisín O’Neill.
Pictured are Arann Platt, Oisín O’Neill, Gerard Murtagh and Stefan Roche.
Connacht U18 Girls travelled to Cork last Saturday & came away with the spoils 5-13 against a tough Munster side. Sligo’s Saoirse Lawley opened the scoring for Connacht wit a try on the wing.
Pictured are Saoirse Lawley, Lauren Hunter and Lara Clinch
Cillian O’Neill was part of the victorious Connacht U18 side last Saturday, beating Ulster 39-17 in The Sportsground
Clíodhna O’Sullivan made history last Saturday in Musgrave Park, becoming the first Sligo Rugby player to come from Youths, through Seniors, into the Connacht Women’s team.
Pictured here with the rest of the Sligo contingent, Sonia McDermott (Riverstown-RailwayUnion) Nicole Fowley (c) (Drumcliff - Galwegians)  Grainne Mc Loughlin (Ballintogher-Railway Union)
Sligo Rugby Club are proud to announce Matthew Earley as our Senior Captain for the Season.
Last season the Leitrim Village man made his 50th appearance for the club. Matthew has been a leader in our squad since he first burst on the scene fresh out of Sligo Grammar School.
In the past he has been a Vice Captain and a Co Captain and this year he steps up to be our Captain.
Best of luck to Matthew and his Team. We are all looking forward to another exciting Season.
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Sligo Rugby 55

Balina RFC 12

With Summer coming to a close, the sleeping giant that is Sligo Rugby, stirred into life with a comprehensive win over neighbours Ballina RFC in their first outing of 23/24 Season.

The bonus point win puts Sligo on top of the 23/24 Connacht Senior league after the first round of play.

In typical early season fare, both clubs fielded experimental sides, with Sligo fielding a squad with seven players making their senior debuts.

A heavy rain shower thankfully receded just before the teams took to the field and Sligo kicked off playing towards the Knocknarea end.

The Sligo pack put early pressure on the visiting eight and used their powerful maul and scrum to good effect to get into the scoring zone. A five-yard scrum was driven over the Ballina line and Brendan Cunningham was on hand to touch down for the opening score. Euan Brown added the extras.

From the restart a trademark Kuba Wojtkowicz burst brought Sligo to the 10 metre line before a searing break from Philip Carter opened up the visiting defence with Cunningham latching onto the final pass to race in for his and Sligo’s second try. Brown again added the extras.

Sligo’s Lineout was functioning well , and with 15 minutes gone a well-rehearsed lineout move between Ambrose Bamber and Matthew Earley saw Cunningham finish in the corner for his hat trick and Sligo’s third of the day.

The fourth try arrived soon after, a scrum in the right corner pushed the visitors back and when the ball was released to the backline, Jack Keegan rounded the cover and finished under the posts. Brown converted.

Ballina responded and put a sustained period of pressure on the Sligo line but the hosts eventually forced the turnover and from a scum in their own 22 a sweeping move culminated in a Conor Creaven try at the other end.

Sligo continued to dominate and a move that started in the Sligo half went the width of the pitch twice before James O’Hehir broke through to put the half time score at 36-0.

The visitors were rewarded for their efforts with a try at the beginning of the second half before Cunningham topped an excellent outing with his fourth try, after another powerful Sligo maul, which was well converted by Brown.

Ballina picked up a second try from a pre-rehearsed lineout move with 10 minutes remaining but Sligo again hit back with a try from Finn Bamber following a great line break from Eoghan Lang.

Sligo finished off the scoring right on full time with their 9th try of the day, when Michael McMorrow secured a 5 yard lineout and Matthew Early crashed over from the resulting maul.

Sligos next outing is a trip to Galway to lock horns with Galwegians in round 2 of the Connacht Senior League. The match kicks off at 2.30 in Crowley Park on Saturday September 2nd.

Sligo: Philip Carter, Jacob Fleming, Jack Keegan, Finn Bamber, Conor Creaven, Euan Brown, Brendan Cunningham, Kuba Wojtkowicz, Matthew Earley (Capt), Tom Gormley, Michael McMorrow, Gary Duffy, Daire Byrne, James O’Hehir, Ambrose Bamber. Reps Oisin Lawley, Eoghan Lang, Ciaran Cummins, Matthew Gallagher, Sean Gilvarry, Louis Mcvitty, Daire Walker, David Keyes

Connacht Rugby Club of the Year 2022/23, Sligo Rugby, are looking for a CRDO (Club Rugby Development Officer) for the upcoming season.
The CRDO will play a fundamental role in progressing rugby both in the club and community.
If you are interested, and would like more information, please email Róisín at sligorfcsecretary@gmail.com
Congratulations to Rory Raftery who takes over from Jean Mc Connell as President of Sligo Rugby for the 2023/24 season.
Rory is a hard-working stalwart of the club.
We wish him the very best in the season ahead.

REPORT BY JOE WALSH 

Sligo were narrow winners over Buccaneers in a hard-fought match.

Serial Cup & League winning Sligo edged the Bank of Ireland Connacht U-18.5 Cup final at The Sportsground on Sunday. Conditions were as good as could be asked for in Galway with the breeze with Buccaneers in the first half, the game was contested in front of a notably larger Sligo crowd.

It was nip and tuck in the opening half with both teams enjoying spells dominance. Buccs began brightly and opened the scoring with a 16th minute James Clarke penalty. However, Sligo responded swiftly through a brace of Oisin O’Neill penalties on 20 and 22 minutes. Buccs just then held out after a smashing break by hooker Keelan Schoen, so Sligo led 6-3 at the interval.

Conditions were brighter and warmer following the restart and Buccs were soon on level terms, Clarke slotting over a penalty 5 minutes into the second period. Sligo applied some great pressure from kicking long with Oisin O’Neill, Robert O’Kelly Lynch & Stefan Roche in paticular. An attempted kick ahead was blocked by a Buccs defender, but an offside Buccs teammate could not resist the temptation to gather the ball. Sligo punted to the left corner where, Tom Walsh gathered another great lineout, Sligo’s pack controlled the maul well to drive over for an 11th minute try Garth Mcginty which was converted by Oisin O’Neill to leave Sligo leading 13-6 .

Sligo maintained their 7-point advantage until the last 10 minutes. Buccs were now trying relentlessly to stretch the Sligo defence to breaking point and prop Cassidy ran in for Buccs on the 26th minute for a try wide on the left. Clarke missed the touchline conversion and so Sligo were now holding on to a narrow 13-11 lead.

Sligo managed the last 10 minutes of the match very well, keeping Buccs tucked back in their own half with timely interceptions by winger Ronan O Hehir .

Notable performances for Sligo were Tom Walsh & Ambrose Bamber in the lineout where Kellan Schoen’s throwing was excellent and helped Sligo to dominate in this area, Oisin O’Neill’s place kicking & tactical play was excellent, Sligo’s defence was as strong as always, with some great tackling from Conor Creaven, Max Hunter Stefan Roche & Arran Platt.

Once again, this Sligo team showed great resolve in completing a Cup and League double. This narrow victory would give them their 5th Connacht title in a row.

SLIGO :- R.O’Kelly-Lynch; R.O’Connor, S.Roche, C.Creaven, R.O’Hehir; O.O’Neill, G.McGinty; A.Platt, K.Schoen, O.Quinn; M.Gallagher, T.Walsh; M.Cullen, M.Hunter and A.Bamber. Replacements:- Q.Moughy for Cullen, A.Gilligan for Hunter, S.Fallon, M.Ryan, C.Fernandez-Hatre, J.Kilcoyne for McGinty, I.Marsden and J.Draper.

Referee: Cathal Roddy (Connacht).

In a celebration of girls in rugby, Sligo Rugby hosted a National Schools Blitz for girls on Wed April 19th.

350 girls representing 10 schools from across the County took part in the Blitz in the Strandhill sunshine.

The following schools took part; Ransboro, Carbury, Scoil Aiscus Naofa, Scoil Naomh Molaise, Cloghogue, Rockfield NS Coolaney, St Brendan's, Carraroe, Our Lady of Mercy and St. Teresa's.

The event was part of a series of girls blitzes in the lead up to Give It A Try commencing on Sun April 23rd at the Rugby Club (10-11am for 8 weeks). Give It A Try is open to girls aged 10-16 and registration is open here.

The National Schools event will be followed by a Secondary Schools blitz next Wed April 26th at the Club. Ask your school for details.

A huge thank you to all the schools that took part, the players, their teachers, Emer and Connacht Rugby, Sandra, Triona and all the Club Coaches, the Club Youth girls that refereed and marshalled, and to all who helped to make the event such a success.

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