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Creggs Firsts lose to Clonmel RFC in All-Ireland Cup

All-Ireland Junior Cup

Creggs Rugby  24,   Clonmel RFC  36,    

Creggs first ever game in the All Ireland Junior Cup ended in defeat against a strong and highly skilled Clonmel side at The Green on Saturday afternoon last.

 However, there were a lot of positives to be taken from the home team’s performance against a Clonmel team which has dominated the Munster Junior League for the last five years, having won the title three years in-a-row and currently league-toppers again this year. 

 Clonmel got off to a great start with a try by fullback Luke Hogan after five minutes. Creggs responded with an excellent try by Maurice Buckley before man of the match Dylan Cadogan scorched unopposed through the Creggs defence for his first try, which was duly converted from under the posts.

 With Clonmel now rampant, Shay Vandam added a third try and when scrum-half Cadogan found a gap in the Creggs line-out to score an easy fourth try, the signs were ominous.

 But Creggs responded with some outstanding play which yielded two tries in the run-up to half-time. First, impressive fullback Ronan Dowd cut through at an angle before off-loading to his scrum-half Mark Brandon who touched down for a fine try which he also converted.

 An excellent back-line move released Michael Feeley up the left wing and he did superbly to draw the remaining cover and pass inside to the supporting Tom Oates who crashed over for a top class score. Having trailed by 21 points, Creggs were right back in the game  at 26 – 17 by halftime, with the wind at their backs in the second-half.

 Unfortunately the third quarter was a non-event for Creggs with Clonmel dominating possession and territory, running in two well-worked scores by Gareth Mulcahy and Greg Carroll to pull further ahead. 

 A second try by second-row Tom Oates with just eight minutes remaining was too little too late to prevent the impressive Clonmel team from qualifying for a home quarter-final against CIYMS from Belfast.

 Creggs were missing several key players for this game and it showed, especially in defence where Clonmel were able to carve openings in the normally tight defensive system.

Next Saturday – Connacht Junior 1 League v Buccaneers RFC

Creggs return to Connacht League action with a difficult assignment against Buccaneers at The Green on Saturday evening next, November 3rd, at 7.30pm. A strong support would be welcome for this local derby

Creggs Rugby: Tom Fleming, Maurice Buckley, Eoghan Farrell, Brian Donoghue, Tom Oates, Ronan Cahill, Brian Diffley, Kevin Brandon, Mark Brandon, Shane Dowd, Michael Feeley, Kevin Gavin, James Brandon, Chris Duignan, Ronan Dowd, Sean O’Higgins, Peter Lohan, Matthew Brandon, Edward Clinton, and Ja Hughes.

Senior Player Training

Training continues on every Tuesday (8pm) and Friday (8.15pm) for all senior players. 

New and returning players always welcome. Membership now overdue.  

Creggs Development Team v Ballina in table-topper 

Connacht J1C League.

Creggs Development team’s next outing in the Junior 1C League is a very difficult away game against second-placed Ballina RFC on next Sunday, November 4th. at 2.30pm.

LEAGUE TABLE – CONNACHT J1C LEAGUE

Pos

Team

Pld

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

BP

Ded

Pts

1

Creggs

3

3

0

0

86

75

11

2

0

14

2

Ballina

3

2

0

1

107

64

43

2

0

10

3

Ballyhaunis

4

2

0

2

74

59

15

2

0

10

4

Corinthians

3

2

0

1

74

71

3

1

-1

8

5

Oughterard

3

1

0

2

65

55

10

3

0

7

6

OLBC

4

1

0

3

75

105

-30

2

0

6

7

Portumna

4

1

0

3

74

126

-52

2

0

6

YOUTH Rugby 

YOUTH Rugby – GIRLS

Girls Connacht Under-14 League :

Ballina RFC  22,   Creggs RFC  36.

Creggs Under-14 Girls travelled to play Ballina RFC in the Connacht Under-14 Girls League last Saturday in Ballina. It was a credit to both sides who made this a very entertaining game in cold conditions that included a couple of hail showers during the game.

 Ballina got off to flying start and scored two tries in the first 7 minutes and held a 12-0 lead before the Creggs girls started to get into their rhythm. 

 Creggs then started to carry the ball well through Roisin Maher, Julie Ann Fahy, Jemima Verling, Fiona Duffy and Jean O Boyle and out the backs Aoibhinn Murray, Beibhinn Maher, and Emma Mannion were doing well. 

 Rachel McDonald got in for the first two Creggs tries and Gabrielle Kilcommons got the third try, which Eabha Dowd converted for a 17 – 12 half-time lead for Creggs.

 Ballina got the score back to 17-17 early in the second half, but Creggs got ahead again from a try from Sarah Purcell, which Gabrialle Kilcommons converted.

 After good work from Mikayla Gilhooly, Shauna Walsh and Aideen Walsh and after a good run from Caoimhe Walsh and Anna Kelly, Sarah Purcell got in for her second try before Jennifer Morris got in for a very good try, which Eabha Dowd converted to take a 36-17 lead. 

 Ballina continued to run the ball and some great defending from Megan Donoghue, Chloe Taylor, and Nadine Fitzmaurice in particular kept them at bay. However, Ballina broke in the last play while the hailstones continued to fall to score in the corner to leave the final score 36 – 22 in Creggs favour.

Creggs Rugby: Beibhinn Maher, Shauna Walsh, Aideen Walsh, Rachel McDonald, Jennifer Morris, Caoimhe Walsh, Anna Kelly, Megan Donoghue, Emma Mannion, Jemina Verling, Gabriela Kilcommons, Fiona Duffy, Michaela Gillooly, Julie Ann Fahy, Roisin Maher, Eabha Dowd, Sarah Purcell, Jean O Boyle, Aoibhinn Murray, Chloe Taylor, and Aoibhinn Murray.

Creggs Under-14 Girls Training

Creggs Under-14 Girls train every Monday evening at 7pm. New players always welcome.

YOUTH Team’s (Boys) Fixtures

Creggs Under-13’s / Under-14’s will play a friendly against Ballinasloe RFC in Creggs on Wednesday night at 7pm

The Creggs Under-15 Boys will play Oughterard RFC in the Connacht Under-15 A league next Saturday in Creggs at 1pm. Please support the lads.

Creggs Under-17’s will play Ballinasloe RFC in the Connacht Under-17 A League in Creggs Next Sunday at 12pm. Please support the lads.

YOUTH Team’s (Boys) TRAINING 

All Training in Creggs for:

 Creggs Under-13’s and Under-14’s, on Tuesday night at 7pm.    

 Creggs Under-15’s train Thursday evening at 6.30pm. 

 Creggs Under-16’s on Tuesday night at 7pm.

 Creggs Under-17’s and Under-18.5’s train Friday night at 7pm. 

  Players new to rugby and returning players always welcome at all age groups

YOUTH Team Registration/Membership continues at training 

Registration/ Membership due for all Youth Teams will continue at training this and next week. 

Creggs MINI Rugby

This weekend, Creggs Minis – all ages from Under-6’s up to Under-12’s will train in Creggs at 11am.

Registration/Membership is due for all Mini Rugby players – if not already done, please do so this Saturday. 

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Hi Folks,
Creggs Rugby Club are looking to take part in this year’s Big Rugby Run on May 22nd. The event format will see each registered team committing to running the 42-kilometer distance of a full marathon in your club colours – all while carrying a rugby ball! This distance will be completed as a relay, by teams of up to 21 members aged 10 and upwards. This means a Minimum of 2km per runner/walker. This year funds raised are going toward initiatives run by Tackle Your Feelings, a mental health and well-being programme ran by the Rugby Player Ireland foundation.
If interested, please let us know and once we have numbers competing, we will create a text group where all information will be put up for the next steps to follow. For any questions before signing up contact Kenneth Loughrey on 0857664010 or go to www.psaacademies.com/thebigrugbyrun for information.
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