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Connacht Junior Cup Quarter Final


Creggs – 5
Ballinasloe – 7

A measure of how far Creggs have progressed under the guidance of head coach Pat Cunningham is that when these teams met in the Cawley Cup at the start of the season they were hammered 64 – 0. On Sunday Ballinasloe were first to acknowledge their good fortune in progressing to the Semi-Finals, the game decided literally by the kick of a ball.

It was apparent from a very early stage that this time around Creggs meant business. Destroyed in the set pieces in their previous encounter, on Sunday Creggs were markedly superior in the scrum and more than held their own in the line-out.

In the loose exchanges the much vaunted visitors back row particularly no. 8 John Hayes and tight side Kieran Coughlan showed why they are so highly regarded but they still gave second best to the Creggs back row with no. 8 Kevin Brandon and his flankers Peter Lohan and Alan Brandon in rampant form throughout.

Cunningham’s work was most evident in a well orchestrated defence where but for a crucial lapse after 15 minutes the Ballinasloe threat was snuffed out aggressively and the home line was rarely threatened.

Unfortunately for Creggs their one defensive lapse allowed right wing Robert Wakefield in for an easy try on the quarter hour and the conversion from his out-half Kealin O’Neill ultimately decided the match. Creggs continued to take the game to their opponents with prop Aidan Leech and second row Mike Blighe very much to the fore but wrong options at critical moments nullified this good work. Ger Heneghan was short with a couple of long range penalties but Creggs were finally rewarded for their efforts when Alan Brandon crossed in the corner just before half-time.

The second half was a relentless but fascinating war of attrition with neither side able to add to their tally. Creggs lost Blighe to a curious yellow card at a stage when they were very much in the ascendancy. In the last few minutes Ballinasloe were down to 10 with replacement back row Johnny Parsons sent to the bin but they somehow held their line and their discipline with Creggs only awarded one long range shot at goal which failed to deliver and Ballinasloe survived a few more heart stopping moments to hold out grimly to the final whistle. This was a disappointing outcome for Creggs, they performed heroically in an absorbing old fashioned Cup match of intense physicality but they must now regroup for the second half of the League, returning to action in Ballinrobe on Sunday, kick-off 2.30 pm.

Creggs : K Gavin, G Heneghan, M Holland, T Callaghan, L Meehan, B Cleary, C Duignan, T Fleming, S O Higgins, A Leech, B Donoghue, M Blighe, A Brandon, P Lohan, K Brandon.

Replacements : E Farrell, A Glennon

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Athleague Camogie Club are delighted to announce our new
“A Hurl For Every Girl Campaign” Supported by Local Farmers & Industry.
Athleague Camogie Club has gone from strength to strength in the recent past with successes from underage to Senior County titles. With the support of our main sponsor Ward and Burke Construction coming on board in 2018, this has certainly supported and helped progress the promotion of our game in the Athleague Camogie catchment area.
Being part of any team, especially camogie and allied sports like GAA & Rugby, builds a good work ethic, collaboration, cooperation and learning to be part of a team. Team membership also builds resilience in players when learning to deal with success as well as failure. All these skills are crucial qualities for young people moving forward into the professional working world.
In the catchment area for Athleague Camogie Club there are 161 girls attending national school in the Creggs, Fuerty, Athleague and Ballymurray schools. We are lucky to have a great relationship with other clubs within our area, and as we don’t have our own pitch, these clubs kindly facilitate us with use of their grounds, namely Athleague Pitch, Tremane Pitch, Mulhern Park and Creggs RFC. Camogie is a minority sport in the parish. However, camogie is a noble Gaelic sport which enhances skills of resilience and courage. Those who participate as part of a team contribute positively in the workplace.
A new initiative has been launched by the club’s main sponsor Ward and Burke Construction to supply each of these primary school girls with a hurl and sliotar. Other local businesses have come on board to support this initiative including Aurivo, Kepak and Local Dairy Farmers. Senior club members will deliver the hurls and sliotars to the younger players during the next few weeks with further information on how to join our club.
For the past 4 years Michael Ward of Ward & Burke Construction has been the main sponsor for our club. His support and advice have allowed us to undertake initiatives like this “Hurl For Every Girl” campaign. A strong believer in gender equality, his company actively recruits, promotes, and encourages women to see past old stereotypes and realise their true potential in a predominantly male employment sector of construction. Michael, a former formidable sportsman himself truly believes in how invaluable playing a team sport is for young people, and for young girls in particular. Along with building character and resilience, it gives focus and direction at times in life when it is needed most, lifelong friendships are forged, and opportunities are opened up.

Aurivo are global leaders in food and dairy nutrition, bringing clean, green products from sustainable Irish farms to the world market. They offer fantastic career opportunities and are always looking for strong, enthusiastic, and ambitious people to join their teams. Having a sports background gives girls an edge on their competition in the career marketplace, as they understand teamwork, commitment, hard work and ambition
Kepak work with over 15,000 Quality Assured beef, lamb, and pork producers nationwide. We are extremely lucky to have a Kepak facility in our catchment area that is committed to supporting employment in Athleague and further afield. They also support local initiatives and sports teams in a loyal and practical way. Kepak too are always looking to recruit enthusiastic people to join their company, indeed many of their senior management have worked their way up the career ladder by training and working in all sectors of the business from operations and sales to procurement and product development.
These companies offer graduate programmes, and this is where Athleague Camogie Club comes in…… We want to encourage girls to look to these companies as career options, to promote rural Ireland and our community. We want them to see the bigger picture, these jobs are not just for males, young women’s potential within these organisations is limitless.
Our Local Dairy Farmers have joined us on this initiative to help promote rural jobs, to encourage girls to see farming as a real and viable option for them and to encourage growth and sustainability of the family farm. As we are a rural community it is vital for our survival and prosperity that young women can stay in their local area if they wish to, and that they are supported in their endeavours to promote women in farming as a career option. Keeping our community vibrant helps everyone not just our sports clubs.
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Creggs RFC Give it a try fo girls aged 8 to 14 continues next monday at 7pm in Creggs.

Why not turn up and learn a new game and make new friends in a fun environment. New players welcome anytime during the 8 week program.

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