Since the foundation of the school rugby has been the main sport for boys. There are several teams in the school ranging from first to sixth year. Sligo Grammar School is renowned in Connacht as a strong team historically and this has continued in recent seasons with the school enjoying great success. In both 2010 and 2014 the Seniors won the Connacht Schools Cup!
The weekly weight and strength and conditioning sessions have proved very popular and successful for our senior squad.
Our rugby pitch was revamped in 2013 and is in great condition despite the rain! With such fantastic new sporting facilities we expect our sports teams to do us proud in the hunt for silver-ware!
The Connacht Schools Cup campaign got off to a positive start in January 2017. The Junior Cup Tean won decisively against the Bish, Galway, 33 – 7. the Senior team had a difficult match against Marist College, Athlone but emerged with a win. The final score was 8 – 6.
On 28th September the Senior Team beat Marist College Athlone at home 38-17. The try scorers were Christian Nielsen(2), Philip Carter(2) and Graham Kerr(1). Niall Gray scored all the conversions and a penalty.
The year got off to a good start with both the Junior and Senior teams winning their first games in the Connacht Schools League. On Wed 21st Sept. the Senior Team beat St Geralds, Castlebar 37-nil while the Junior Team beat St Muredachs, Ballina 15-14.
On Thursday 29th Sept . The Senior Cup Team beat Summerhill College, Sligo at home 18-11 while the Junior Cup Team beat Summerhill College 19-10.
For four of Sligo Grammar School’s Senior rugby team, the summer holidays were hard work! The boys were lucky enough to be chosen to represent Sligo Rugby Club – and their school – at Connacht Level. Graham Kerr, Niall Gray, and Christian Nielsen all travelled to Galway twice a week for the summer to train with Connacht while Jakub (Kuba) Wojtkowitz trained in Galway five days a week. Graham, Niall and Kuba trained with the Connacht U19 team. As well as training with the Connacht U19 team over the summer, all three played a competitive match against Munster and friendlies against Monivea and Corinthians. Well done to the boys and good luck to them all in the upcoming matches.
The Sligo Grammar School Senior Team had a marvellous start to the school year. After playing eight matches our boys emerged victorious, winning the Connacht Schools League. The final match of the competition was played in the Sligo Grammar School against St Muredachs College, Ballina. The final score was 26-17 to Sligo but the League was won on points difference. The Sligo Grammar School team needed to score 4 tries to win, and that is exactly what they did! It was a great victory and set the team up well for the forthcoming campaign for the Connacht Schools Cup.
The Connacht Schools Cup began when we welcomed our local rivals Summerhill College to the school. It was a tough game but Sligo Grammar got the win in the end. The final result was 18-10 and the tries were scored by Brendan Martin and Ronan Molloy. The Seniors then travelled to St. Gerald’s College, Castlebar and came home with a 22-14 win but unfortunately came up short when Coláiste Iognáid (Jes) visited the school. The full-time score was 12-13. The final group match was against Roscommon CBS where we picked up a 15-8 victory. All was set for the much anticipated semi-final against Garbally College on March 9th.
The semi-final was in Garbally College, Ballinasloe and the team were well supported by students who travelled up on buses. There was a strong wind and the Grammar were down 10-0 at half time but they rallied superbly in the second half to dominate possession an territory. They came back with 10 points but, ultimately fell short and Garbally won the match 16-10 and will advance to the final. It was very hard on the boys but the experience will stand to the younger members of the squad next year.
Following their Connacht Schools League success last week, Sligo Grammar School senior rugby team was presented with a new set of team jerseys by Damien Tansey Solicitors, Castle St., Sligo.
Ciarán Tansey, a partner in the firm, is a past pupil of Sligo Grammar School and played rugby for the school. He is pictured here with his colleague, Michelle Quinn, presenting new team jerseys to our Senior Captain, Peter Oloyede and Vice-Captain Brendan Martin.
Below are photos of the matches and a photo of the team the morning they were presented with their league medals, and one with the team’s fearless leader, captain Peter Oloyede.
The Junior Team had a good run in the league at the start of the year although they eventually lost out to Marist College who won the league.
Tuesday 12th January saw the first match of this year’s Connacht Schools Cup Campaign. The Junior Cup Team played Roscommon CBS on the Grammar School rugby pitch in horrible conditions. SGS was down by 6 points at the end of the first half, but rallied in the second half to eventually win by 3 points. The final score was 12 – 9. Unfortunately, the Junior Cup team lost out on a spot in the semi-finals on points difference.
For the first time in our school’s history and after much lobbying by the girls, the school finally has a Girls Rugby team. The team is made up of girls from Transition Year and is coached by the school’s rugby coaches. They have already been to a blitz tournament and won a home match against Mercy College, a local school. The girls enjoy it hugely and we wish the girls lots of success and fun!
Our Senior team lost out in the Senior League on points difference to Garbally College. The Connacht Schools Cup, which was played in a league format this year, was lost in the last game where we lost by 1 pt to our local rivals Summerhill College. We played 4 matches with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.
Our JCT squad performed admirably in the league winning 4 of 7 matches and were beaten narrowly by the Coláiste Iogáid (Bish), Galway, in the Connacht Schools Cup.