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Creggs suffer narrow loss to Ballinrobe


Connaught Junior League

Ballinrobe 16, Creggs 15.

A game that had begun so promisingly for Creggs ultimately yielded only a losing bonus point as the team suffered its first setback since the League opener back in September. This result reduces Creggs lead at the top of the table to just 2 points over second placed Castlebar. However with Castlebar due to play third placed Tuam in Tuam on Saturday night, Creggs title aspirations should remain on track if they win their last two games beginning with the visit of NUIG to the Green in Creggs this Sunday.

The opening quarter in Ballinrobe gave little hint of what was to come, Creggs began impressively, putting the home side under pressure from the kick-off and within 10 minutes were 10 points to the good, thanks to a Mark Brandon penalty and a try from Tom Fleming under the posts converted by Brandon.

Shortly after that James Brandon crossed near the posts but the referee adjudged a forward pass earlier in the move and Ballinrobe, boosted by that let-off, clawed their way back into the game, helped in no small measure by an uncharacteristic sequence of handling errors by Creggs who were finding it increasingly difficult to deal with their opponents aggressive and highly disciplined defensive strategy.

Creggs tried vainly to break through the midfield channels and the momentum swung in favour of Ballinrobe with out-half Daniel Keane landing a penalty on the half hour and just before half time a rare defensive lapse by Creggs allowed centre Paul Staunton to glide through for a relatively easy try converted by Keane to leave the sides tied at the interval.

Ballinrobe began impressively in the second half, with Keane landing a second penalty shortly after the re-start but Creggs hit back with a fine try from right-winger Ryan Horan to leave his team narrowly in front as the game entered its final quarter.

It was increasingly evident that the margin calls were going Ballinrobe’s way and when Creggs were penalised and sin-binned for a hotly disputed late tackle, Keane availed of the opportunity to land his third penalty,

Creggs pressed frantically in the final stages and missed a kickable penalty but the final play saw Creggs spilling the ball in the tackle which summed up a bad day at the office.

This was compounded by a couple of injuries with Shane Purcell definitely ruled out for the remaining two League games. We wish him a speedy recovery. Training continues on Tuesday and Friday nights.

Creggs Rugby: Shane Purcell, Elliot Jennings, Kevin Gavin, Tom Callaghan, Chris Duignan, Mark Brandon, Andrew Callaghan, Tom Fleming, Sean O’Higgins, Aidan Leech, Brian Donoghue, Kevin Brandon, Ronan Cahill, Alan Brandon, James Brandon, Mike Blighe, Maurice Buckley, Peter Lohan, Ryan Horan, Michael Holland.

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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.

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