The Gain Line

The Gain Line – Week Commencing: Dec 10th

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SENIOR RUGBY 

Creggs win again to extend lead at top of the table 

Connacht Junior 1 League:

Creggs Rugby  10,  Tuam RFC  3,   

  

Creggs survived a late onslaught to cling on for a hard-earned victory over Tuam in Saturday’s full-blooded League encounter at The Green.

LEAGUE TABLE CONNACHT J1 LEAGUE

Pos

Team

Played

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

BP

Ded

Pts

1

Creggs

10

8

1

1

184

95

89

4

0

38

2

Tuam

10

4

2

4

197

137

60

8

0

28

3

Castlebar

9

5

1

3

181

129

52

5

0

27

4

NUIG

8

5

1

2

186

149

37

3

0

25

5

Corinthians

9

5

0

4

185

140

45

4

0

24

6

Ballinrobe

9

3

0

6

150

203

-53

4

0

16

7

Corrib

9

2

1

6

85

244

-159

0

0

10

8

Dunmore

8

1

0

7

130

201

-71

4

-1

7

Creggs entered the game with confidence,boosted up by recent impressive wins over Corinthians and Castlebar. However,Tuam were in no mood to give up on their own League title aspirations,and they carried the fight to Creggs straight from the kickoff.

 The opening exchanges were explosive, but Creggs could not convert early pressure into points on the board. Then Tuam took the lead in the 23rd minute with a well-struck penalty after Creggs infringed at a ruck. 

 This score was somewhat against the run-of-play but Creggs hit back with a period of dominance which culminated in a well-worked try by flanker Alan Brandon,after a rolling maul had been held up just short of the try-line.

 Creggs led 5-3 at halftime,a fair reflection of the exchanges between two well-matched and highly committed sides.

With sub-zero temperatures now making handling difficult ,the error count increased and scoring opportunities were at a premium as the packs battled for control. Creggs enjoyed a marked supremacy in the scrum for most of the game, but Tuam sorted this problem to  dominate this key area in the final quarter.

 The matchwinning score came in the 65th minute,when Creggs scrumhalf Eoghan Coyle made a searing break up the left touchline, before passing to James Brandon, who crashed over for a fine try.

Thereafter,Tuam threw everything at Creggs, but superb defence held them at bay, with wave after wave of attack repelled  by the brave and determined home team. A series of 5 metre scrums almost yielded a try for Tuam, but eventually Chris Duignan lifted the siege with a clearance downfield which was greeted enthusiastically by the big partisan home crowd.

 Tom Fleming, Sean Higgins and Aidan Leech got through an immense amount of work in the Creggs front-row, while lineout jumper Brian Donoghue and the powerful Mike Blighe were prominent throughout.

 The all Brandon back-row unit tackled tigerishly and attacked with purpose whenever the opportunity arose. Eoghan Coyle gave another excellent display at the base of the scrum, while Mark Brandon probed for openings and released his three-quarters to good effect. 

 Tom Callaghan and Elliot Jennings were unflinching in defence, while wings Chris Duignan and Luke Meehan always threatened with ball in hand. Kevin Gavin gave a trademark display of calm authority at fullback.

 Michael Holland, Ryan Horan, Peter Lohan and Eoghan Farrell also helped Creggs to maintain momentum when introduced to the fray.

 Creggs now take a break from League action until the New Year, but they travel to Dunmore for a Curley Cup semi-final next Saturday.

Creggs : K Gavin,L Meehan,EJennings,T Callaghan,C Duignan,M Brandon,E Coyle: T Fleming,S Higgins,A Leech,B Donoghue,M Blighe,J Brandon,A Brandon,K Brandon,R Horan,E Farrell,M Holland,P Lohan,D Nolan.

Creggs Rugby:  Kevin Gavin, Luke Meehan, Elliot Jennings, Tom Callaghan, Chris Duignan, Mark Brandon, Eoghan Coyle, Tom Fleming, Sean Og Higgins, Aidan Leech, Brian Donoghue, Mike Blighe, James Brandon, Alan Brandon, Kevin Brandon, Eoghan Farrell, Damian Nolan, Peter Lohan, Michael Holland, and Ryan Horan.

Training for all senior teams (First, Seconds, Under-20’s & Under-18.5’s) continues. New and returning players always welcome at each grade. N.B. All outstanding membership must be paid by this weekend.

Creggs Seconds XV match v Sligo RFC was postponed last Sunday due to snow.

YOUTH RUGBY

Our Under-17’s lost their away League match to leaders Ballina RFC last Saturday. The Under-13’s also lost out away to Corinthians RFC, the same day. And last Sunday saw the Under-16’s League game away to Sligo postponed due to snow.

FIXTURES THIS WEEK:

Creggs Under-15’s travel to play Sligo RFC next Saturday in their re-fixed Connacht Under-15 A League game 

Creggs Under-16’s play Claremorris RFC in the Connacht A League this Wednesday night in Creggs at 7.30pm. Please support the lads.

Creggs Under-18.5’s will play Ballinrobe RFC at 7pm Friday night in the Connacht Under-18.5 A League in Creggs. Please supports the lads on this Friday night.

Creggs Minis are now on Christmas break but the Under-8’s will travel to Galway on Saturday and play at half time in the Connacht V Brive Game. Players to be there at 2pm. A bus will run to bring parents and players. It always proves to be a great thrill for all our underage players to play in the Sportsground so enjoy and best of luck lads.

MINI RUGBY

Creggs Minis had their last training session before Christmas when they train in Creggs last Saturday. All return to training on Saturday, January 6th, at 11am.

 Meanwhile, Creggs Under-8’s will play at half time in the Connacht Game on this Saturday 16th of December and a bus will run to the match for parents and further details to follow next week

New players always welcome at all ages from Under-7 to Under-12 (boys & girls). More info on: www.creggsrugby.ie / Facebook: Creggs RFC / Phone: 089 7078296.

 N.B. – Please note – a handful of outstanding registrations/membership for this season must be completed and handed when we return to training.

CREGGS RUGBY LOTTO

The Creggs Rugby Lotto Draw numbers this week were: 5, 6, 9, 24. There was no winner of the jackpot, which now rises to €6,000 for the next weekly draw. 

 The winner of the Lucky Dip draw this week was Aidan Farrell.

 Please support the Creggs Rugby Lotto, as we develop our new training and playing facilities for all our Mini, Youths, Schools and Senior Players. Your support is much appreciated!

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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.
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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.
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