The Gain Line

The Gain Line – Week Commencing: Dec 15th

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SENIOR RUGBY 

Creggs Firsts v Corinthians in the quarter final of the Junior Cup

Creggs First team training continues on Tuesday and Friday nights, as they prepare for next Connacht League game away v Ballinrobe, next Sunday at 2.30pm.

 Creggs currently sit at the top of the table but with three away games and one home fixture to

go, there is a lot of rugby yet to be played.

 

CONNACHT JUNIOR 1 LEAGUE TABLE 

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 -1 23

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

Junior Cup Quarter-Final v Corinthians RFC

Meanwhile, Creggs Firsts have been drawn again Corinthians RFC in the Quarter-Final of the Connacht Junior Cup v NUIG this Sunday (14th.) in Creggs at 2pm. Creggs will also play Corinthians in the Curley Cup Final.

Creggs Second Team share top league spot

After defeating league leaders OLBC the previous weekend, the Creggs Second Team went joint-top of J2 Connacht League without kicking a ball, having been awarded the game where Sligo RFC failed to travel to Creggs. 

CONNACHT JUNIOR 2 LEAGUE TABLE 

Pos Team Played W D L PF PA Diff BP Ded Pts

1 OLBC 5 4 0 1 106 92 14 1 0 17

2 Creggs 6 4 0 2 69 89 -20 1 0 17

3 Galwegians 6 3 0 3 140 64 76 76 3 15

4 Connemara 6 3 0 3 182 112 70 3 0 15

5 Tuam 4 3 0 1 88 73 15 1 0 13

6 Oughterard 6 3 0 3 123 141 -18 0 0 12

7 Claremorris 6 2 0 4 84 126 -42 1 0 9

8 NUIG 3 2 0 1 68 48 20 0 0 8

9 Sligo 6 2 0 4 60 144 -84 0 0 8

10 Loughrea 6 1 0 5 56 87 -31 2 -1 5

 The Creggs Second Team’s next Connacht League game is away against Loughrea RFC, scheduled for next Sunday at 2.30pm. With three away League games left and three teams with games in hand, there is a lot to play for yet. In this division, the teams that finish in third to sixth positions play in two quarter-finals, with the winners of those facing the top two teams in the semi-finals.

 Training continues on Tuesday and Friday nights with returning and new players always welcome. Contact Team Manager Sean Brandon or Coaches: Bernard Kilcommins, Mattie Corcoran, and Vincent Collins. 

Creggs Under-20’s  

The Under-20’s are in contention to win the Connacht Under-20 Blitz Series. Having won the last round, Creggs Under-20’s are in joint-second position in the Series, with two Rounds to go. 

 Training on Tuesdays and Fridays with the senior teams. New and returning players always welcome. Contact Dave Purcell, Pat O’Gorman, or Kevin O’Rourke.

Back in Creggs

Maurice Buckley, brother of Connacht star prop Denis, has signed back from Trinity College, where he is a student, and where he has played in the All-Ireland League with their Dublin University Football Club (which holds the unique distinction of being the oldest club in the world in continuous existence). He is eligible to play again with Creggs from next Monday. Welcome back Maurice!

YOUTH RUGBY

A great weekend for Creggs Youths with victories for our Under-15’s, Under-16’s and Under-17’s teams and the Under-13’s also sharing the spoils in their game on Saturday.

Next weekend will prove to be an important weekend with three of our Youth teams within a game of making the Connacht Finals in their respective A Division Leagues. The Under-14’s, Under-16’s and Under-18.5’s with full details below.

Very good performance by Under-13’s in League draw

Creggs Under-13’s put in a very good performance in their Connacht League against Ballinasloe RFC in Creggs on Saturday last. The were unlucky not to claim victory, with the game ending in a 17 all draw. Well done to the lads and all concerned.

 The Creggs Under-13’s will now play Claremorris RFC next Thursday night at 7.30pm in Creggs in the Connacht Under-13 League. 

 Training conintues Tuesday nights at 6pm on the Roscommon Astro Turf. New players alway welcome.

Under-14’s top of the table clash effectively a semi-final

Connacht Under-14 A League:

Creggs Under-14’s will play a top of the table game against Galwegians RFC next Saturday at 1.30pm in Creggs, It is effectively a Connacht League Semi-Final, with the winner of this game will make it to the Connacht Under-14 A League Final. For the winners on Saturday, that looks likely to be v Corinthians RFC. 

 Good luck to the lads and all your support in Creggs next Saturday would be very welcome. 

 Training continues Tuesday nights at 7pm on the Roscommon Astro Turf. New players alway welcome.

CONNACHT UNDER-14 A LEAGUE TABLE

Pos Team Played W D L PF PA Diff Ded Pts

1 Galwegians 7 6 0 1 212 53 159 0 24

2 Creggs 7 6 0 1 205 77 128 0 24

3 Corinthians 7 6 0 1 150 65 85 0 24

4 Ballinasloe 7 5 0 2 188 85 103 0 20

5 Westport 7 3 0 4 119 164 -45 0 12

6 Ballina 7 2 0 5 139 162 -23 0 8

7 Sligo 7 2 0 5 118 217 -99 0 8

8 Buccaneers 8 2 0 6 84 204 -120 0 8

9 Monivea 7 0 0 7 52 240 -188 0 0

Under-15’s had a big home win over Castlebar RFC

Connacht Under-15 A League:

Creggs RFC  57,   Castlebar RFC  17,     

Spirits were high in the Creggs dressing room after their Connacht Under-15 A League encounter with Castlebar at home. Creggs overcame the Mayo lads after an excellent game displaying a range of various skills from both Creggs and Castlebar.

 Creggs enjoyed an excellent start as a turnover from the men in maroon led to winger Matthew Ryan touching down in the corner. Creggs made trojan efforts to add to their lead as Ruairi O Brien, Michael Hoey and Michael McAteer along with Anthony Gorman carried ball ruthlessly up the centre of the pitch while Aodan Kelly, Frankie Quinn, Ciaran Purcell and Luke Butt provided quick ball for the Creggs carriers. 

 The skilful Creggs backline then proved to be unmanageable for the Castlebar men as they threatened in all areas of the pitch. Mark Kilcommons led many Creggs attacks proving too troublesome for the Castlebar defence.

 Many Creggs tries followed including a second for Matthew Ryan and another for David Gacquin. Catlebar answered with 2 well-earned tries leaving them with just 10 points to their name at the break.

 Creggs came into the second half with all guns blazing as they intended to keep their foot on the gas. Excellent link up play from Edimar Filho proved instrumental in Creggs’ following tries which included a brace from David Gacquin and more for Mark Dowd, Darren Gately and Dara Hughes. Conversions from Robert Colleran and Matthew Ryan followed. Eoin Ward also left the pitch with 2 tries to his name. 

 Creggs showed their strength in depth as Sean O Roarke and Jack Donnelon made a visible impact when they entered the fray. 

Creggs Rugby: Mark Kilcommons, Eoin Ward, Edimar Filho, David Gacquin, Matthew Ryan, Darren Gately, Mark Dowd, Ruairi O Brien, Luke Butt, Michael McAteer, Aodan Kelly, Anthony Gorman, Frankie Quinn, Ciaran Purcell, Robert Colleran, Sean O Roarke, Jack Donnelon, Dara Hughes

 

 Creggs Under-15’s look like finishing third in their Connacht League Under-15 A Division table and their attention now turns to preparing for Connacht Cup rugby. 

 Training continues Thursday nights at 7pm on the Roscommon Astro Turf. New players always welcome.

  

Under-16’s advance to Connacht League Semi-Final

Under-16 A Connacht League Quarter Final:

Creggs RFC  10,   Monivea RFC  0,

Creggs Under-16’s played Monivea RFC in the quarter-final of the Connacht Under-16 A League last Saturday night, under lights in Creggs in front of a sizeable crowd. Creggs won out 10 points to nil, in what was a very entertaining battle despite the low score.

 This was always going to be a close game and so it proved in the early stages with both teams trying to seize the initiative up front. For Creggs Kian Moran, Adam Donnelly, Rory Callaghan and Jack Tucker were carrying excellent ball early on and Sean Trundle was linking with Cian Glennon at 10 to keep Creggs on the front foot. 

 Monivea were moving the ball out wide and trying to get the ball to their very quick centres and full back but excellent defensive work especially from Mark Purcell, Darren Gately, Aaron Lyons and David Gaquin made sure that the Creggs line was not breached.

 The first score on the board went the way of the home team after 12 minutes when good work up front by Lorcan Maher, Darragh Kiernan and Ethan Glennon carried the ball into the opposition half and when Monivea were penalised for offside Mark Purcell stepped up to kick the penalty to take a 3 point advantage.

 Monivea then had their best spell of the game when they had sustained pressure in the Creggs half but did manage to breach the Creggs defence and when Creggs cleared the lines they then went downfield to have their own period of pressure. Creggs kicked a penalty into touch on the 5 metre line and when Creggs forwards took the ball on, Darragh Kiernan went in for a well taken try near the corner with a lot of work to do when he received the ball and Mark Purcell converted for a 10-0 lead just on the stroke of half time.

 In the second half Creggs had the better of the territory with Monivea having to kick the ball long to try and relieve the pressure but Darren Gately, Mark Purcell and Cian Glennon put in some well placed kicks to make sure that Monivea were put back into their own 22″. In the set piece Ronan Lambe was exceptional on both his own ball and time after time got a hand to Monivea line outs to disrupt their possession. 

 Up front Conor McNulty, Tiernan O Sullivan and Luke Divilly did very well on their introduction and Ben Finnerty out wide threatened on his introduction. Creggs will play Ballinasloe RFC in the semi final next Sunday.

Connacht Under-16 A League Semi-Final next Sunday

Fresh from this good quarter final victory over Monivea RFC, Creggs Under-16’s will now play a Connacht League Semi Final away v Ballinasloe RFC next Sunday at 12pm. 

 The best of luck to the lads and all support for the team in Ballinasloe next Sunday will be much appreciated.

 Training continues Thursday nights at 7pm on the Roscommon Astro Turf. New players alway welcome.

Under-17’s had good away win over Carrick RFC

Connacht Under-17 A League:

Carrick RFC  11,   Creggs RFC  17.    

Creggs Under-17’s returned to winning ways on Sunday in the Connacht Under-17 A League with a hard fought away win over Carrick RFC.

 Missing several key players through injury and flu this was always going to be a difficult fixture for Creggs and so it proved.

 Creggs RFC started strongly and their forwards were dominant in the early exchanges. Their first score came after a sustained period of pressure on ten minutes when scrum half and Captain Aodha Hession’s swift pass saw the Creggs back line out pace their opponents and the try in the corner was well taken by the impressive Erin Coyle.

 It was fitting that Creggs next try was a reward for their forward dominance with the hard working Eric O’Doherty powering over from close range. The Creggs prop wasn’t to be denied. An error at the breakdown saw Creggs penalised and Carrick converted the resulting penalty to leave the half time score 10-3 to the visitors.

 Carrick started the second half strongly and were easily the better team through the early exchanges. They were rewarded with a try on 45 minutes to bring them within 2 points. The home team continued to dominate but some resolute defence from Creggs kept Carrick out.

 Then on a rare visit to their opponents 22 the Creggs driving maul from a lineout saw Hession snip over for the deciding score with Mark Purcell adding a difficult conversion. 

 The game was over as a contest but the local team got the final consolation score converting a penalty from 25 meters out on the stroke of full time leaving the Creggs lads heading home with a hard fought 6 point victory margin.

Creggs Rugby: Diarmuid Quinn, Micheal Beirne, Conor McNulty, Rory Callaghan, Jack Tucker, Tom Farrell, Eric O Doherty, Kaylem Holian, John McDonnell, Mark Purcell, Aaron Hannon, Lorcan Maher, Aodha Hession, Jack Hanley, Erin Coyne, Ben Finnerty. Conor Murphy.

 Creggs Under-17’s next scheduled Connacht League game is away to Corrib RFC on Sunday, January 28th. There is also a game-in-hand v Westport RFC to be re-fixed, having been cancelled on January 7th. due to bad weather conditions.

 Training continues Thursday nights at 7pm on the Roscommon Astro Turf. New players alway welcome.

Big home league game for Under-18.5’s on Sunday

Connacht Under-18.5 A League:

Creggs Under-18.5’s will try to take another step to retaining their Connacht League title when they play Ballinrobe RFC this Friday Night in Creggs, at 7.30pm. This is followed a week later by Creggs v Oughterard RFC in the last round.

 Another big game in this division on what could be the defining weekend is between third place Buccaneers (with games in hand v Corinthians and Galwegians, are at home to table-toppers Ballina, playing their last round.

CONNACHT UNDER-18.5 A LEAGUE TABLE

Pos Team Played W D L PF PA Diff Ded Pts

1 Ballina 9 8 0 1 138 90 48 0 32

2 Creggs 8 7 0 1 229 100 129 0 28

3 Buccaneers 6 5 0 1 168 71 97 0 20

4 Oughterard 8 5 0 3 171 116 55 0 20

5 Corinthians 7 4 0 3 185 84 101 0 16

6 Galwegians 7 4 0 3 138 97 41 0 16

7 NUIG 8 4 0 4 156 123 33 0 16

8 Sligo 7 2 0 5 106 160 -54 0 8

9 Westport 8 1 0 7 92 228 -136 0 4

10 Castlebar 8 1 0 7 34 181 -147 0 4

11 Ballinrobe 8 1 0 7 60 227 -167 0 4

The Under-18.5’s and Under-20’s train with the senior teams on Friday nights. New players always welcome.

MINI RUGBY

Creggs Minis welcomed Buccaneers last Saturday for a blitz in Creggs.

 Next weekend Carrick RFC will visit for a blitz with a 10.30am kick off. A text will go to all players during the week with further details. New players alway welcome.

 Girls Mini Rugby in the club is being restructured and a new committee is being formed to promote and grow the game for the girls. More information in the coming weeks.

CREGGS RUGBY LOTTO

The Creggs Rugby Lotto Draw numbers this week were: 4, 17, 20, 26. There was no winner of the jackpot, which now rises to €6,500 for the next weekly draw. 

 The winner of the Lucky Dip draw this week was John Joe Kennedy.

 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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Well done to the Creggs U16 and Creggs U18 Girls teams who have both qualified for the Final of the Connacht U18 and U16 Girls Division 1 Leagues.

Fantastic achievement for the club in our first year fielding in Division 1 of the U18 league and only our 4th season since we set up the girls youth section in the club.

The Girls u18 final will take place in Dunmore next Saturday at 12pm V Claremorris while the Girls u16 Final will take place the following weekend against Ballina.
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Creggs RFC U.13s suffered yet another narrow defeat on Sunday last, this time away to Ballina in Sunday morning last. After conceding an early try from a Ballina scrum we were under real pressure when Brian O Connor put in a tremendous try saving tackle and we managed to force a turn over under our own posts and clear. We finally got a foothold in the opposing half and after a superb attacking scrum and great drives from Matthew Donnelly and Jack Lally the ball was fed to winger Luke Hayes who danced around the despairing Ballina defence to cross the line right on half time. Scoreline Ballina 7. Creggs 5 at the break.
The second half played out like the first with some resolute defence from the Creggs lads. However the line was breached on 12 minutes and now we faced a 7 point deficit. With just 3 minutes remaining and having put in a ferocious defensive display we were rewarded with a try by Michael O Brien who was in the right place at the right time to punish a poor Ballina defensive kick to leave just 2 points between the sides. In the last play of the game though we came unstuck while trying desperately to find the winning score as Ballina scored in the corner to leave the full time score Ballina 17. Creggs 10.
Training continues Wednesday evenings at 7 and we are away to Buccaneers next weekend.
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