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Buccaneers – 10
Creggs – 31

The scoreline suggests an easy win for Creggs. In fact it was anything but. 24-5 ahead at the interval the visitors spent the entire second half defending their line before scoring a fourth try at the death on their sole foray into opposition territory. Played in perfect conditions Creggs struck first when out-half Mark Brandon split the defence after 5 minutes, adding the conversion for a 7 point lead. That was cut to 2 points after 13 minutes when Buccs right winger Nick Purcell crossed at the corner flag for an unconverted try. Brandon was off target with a penalty attempt after 17 minutes but made amends with his next effort in the 25th after Buccs conceded a penalty following good driving play from Padraig Gavin and Peter Lohan. Three minutes later Brandon missed a penalty attempt but was instrumental in Creggs second try with winger Stephen Crehan finishing a move began by Brandon, carried on by full-back Emmet Collins whose neat feed to Crehan was taken in full flight by the winger who scorched up the right touchline, scoring between the posts, Brandon adding the conversion.

Creggs increased their lead just before half-time, Kevin Brandon breaking from a 5 metre scrum before releasing his scrum half Ronan Kelly to score under the posts, Mark Brandon again converting. The scrum itself resulted from a spectacular run by centre Sean Quinn who was hauled down just short of the try line having left a string of defenders in his wake from a starting position on the half-way line.

The second half saw Creggs introduce powerful second row Tom Fleming who injured himself in the warm up and spent the first half undergoing running repairs by physio Gerry O’Keeffe.

Fleming’s setback handed a first competitive start to the promising young lock Leo Nally who acquitted himself well against the powerful Buccs pack. That power become more evident in the second half and for the entire half Buccs pounded the Creggs line with a series of scrums, lineouts and driving mauls but remarkably the sole return was an unconverted try from their big second row Rory Beirne after 7 minutes following a series of 5 metre scrums. Although Creggs could not get any ball to lift the siege their defence was heroic with Lohan and Tom Callaghan leading the tackle count and Kelly and Collins repeatedly clearing their lines for the next wave of attack to resume.

On 28 minutes Creggs were reduced to 14 men with Callaghan shown yellow but Buccs numerical advantage was cancelled minutes later when their full-back Glen Costello followed Callaghan to the bin. With 2 minutes remaining and Callaghan having just returned to the fray, Fleming burst out of defence, linked with Kevin Brandon who blasted up the right wing with Kelly on his inside shoulder and the scrum half capped a superb performance with his second try under the posts to secure a most unlikely bonus point for his side. Mark Brandon’s conversion meant that notwithstanding the total monopoly of possession and territorial advantage enjoyed by Buccaneers Creggs outscored Buccs in the second half.

This weekend Creggs are at home to Loughrea, kick-off to be confirmed.

Creggs : P Heavey, E Garvey, P McNeill, B Kilcommons, L Nally, P Lohan, K Ryan, K Brandon, R Kelly, M Brandon, P Gavin, T Callaghan, S Quinn, S Crehan, E Collins.

Reserves : T Fleming, N Flynn.

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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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3 hours ago  ·  

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.

See below link to register
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