Youngest ever Creggs senior team defeat Tuam
Cawley Cup, Round 1.
Tuam RFC 3, Creggs Rugby 7.
Creggs got the new season off to a winning start with a hard-earned away victory over Tuam on last Sunday afternoon.
The starting Creggs fifteen shattered the club’s previous record by a considerable distance with an average age under 21 years, which is a remarkable figure for a senior competitive fixture. This is a tribute to the club’s excellent youth development system and the senior team coaches for giving youth every chance. Let us hope that this continues and we produce top class players capable of making a seamless transition from underage to adult rugby.
For this Cawley Cup round one game, six players made their senior competitive debuts, with Aodha Hession, Jack Tucker, Mark Purcell, Conor Rohan, Mikey Dunne and Tom Farrell all making significant contributions to this notable win against a strong and experienced Tuam outfit.
Tuam led 3 nil through a well struck Eoin Kelly penalty after 14 minutes but good defence by Creggs, with Conor Rohan leading the tackle stats, kept their scoring opportunities to a minmum thereafter.
Creggs got through for the match winning try in the 54th minute when Mark Purcell collected his own chip ahead to outpace the home defence for a wonderful solo score. Mark’s brother Shane then stepped up to drill the difficult conversion between the posts to give Creggs a four point cushion.
However, Tuam remained a serious threat and the outcome of the contest remained in doubt for the remaining time, with both teams enjoying periods of dominance. However, Creggs deservedly held out for a vital win which gets the season off to a great start as Tuam are always very difficult to beat on their own patch.
Creggs continue the Cawley Cup campaign with a home game v Buccaneers next Sunday at 2.30pm in Creggs. Training continues for all adult players on Tuesday nights at 8pm and Friday nights at 8.15pm.
CREGGS RFC: Aidan Leech, Danny Arnold, Jack Tucker, Tom Farrell, Brian Donoghue, Eoghan Farrell, Conor Rohan, Brian Diffley (Capt.), Aodha Hession, Shane Purcell, Chris Duignan, Mark Purcell, James Brandon, Michael Dunne, Ronan Dowd, Sean Og Higgins, Tom Fleming, Pete Lohan, Mark Brandon, and Michael Holland.
Creggs Development Team v Carrick RFC in Curley Cup next Sunday
The Creggs Development team have their first outing of the season next Sunday in the Curley Cup. The team play Carrick RFC away at 2.30pm in Carrick-On-Shannon. Training continues for all adult players, including Under-20’s on Tuesday nights at 8pm and Friday nights at 8.15pm. New and returning players always welcome in Creggs – contact Mattie Corcoran.
Its all systems go for Creggs Youths as they all return to train and play in September following the suspension of play last March during the lockdown. At the time a few of our teams were due to play finals over the following week but unfortunately due to the suspension of sporting activity, none of those games got played. However, everyone can now look forward to a new season.
We will be following all Covid guidelines with regards training and the season will have a different look this year with all our youth teams taking part in two Connacht Branch organised friendlies in October, with the Connacht Leagues due to commence later than usual, in November.
The first teams back were our Girls Under-14 and Under-16’s, followed by the Under-18’s last Monday week (September 14), With over 40 Girls turning up on the first night and the buzz of activity and laughter was infectious and a great to see after such a long lay off.
The girls will continue to train every Monday night, with the Under-14’s training at 7pm and the Under-16’s and Under-18’s training at 8pm. New players are always welcome to attend at any time. Please contact Dave on 089 7000547 for any further details.
The Youth Rugby Boys teams are just returning to train now as other sports come to their conclusion. As students return to school the below are the current training days and times. Please note that these may change in the coming weeks, so please keep an eye on our Creggs Rugby Facebook page and CreggsRugby.ie website for details.
New players are always welcome at all levels and ability and full training is provided. Any Parent who would be available to help in any capacity, would also be more than welcome. Just please make your interest known to any of the coaches.
TRAINING DETAILS – Boys Youth Rugby
A big squad of over 30 players – the coaches will enter two teams in the League.
They currently train each Saturday at 6.30pm.
Creggs Under-14 and
Creggs Under-15’s will return next week (week commencing September 28th.), with further details to follow regarding which night and times will be allocated for training.
Creggs Under -16’s Train each Wednesday at 8pm
Creggs Under-17’s Train each Wednesday at 7pm.
Creggs Under-18.5’s – Training date – TBC
Please contact Dave Purcell on 089 7000547 for further details on any of the youth age groups or if you wish to attend or come along and “Give Rugby a Try”, you will be very welcome.