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The Gain Line – Week Commencing: Dec 4th

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SENIOR RUGBY 

Creggs win away in top of the table clash 

Connacht Junior 1 League:

Castlebar RFC  10,   Creggs Rugby  17.

  

For the past number of seasons Castlebar has been a bogey team for Creggs, however on Saturday night in Castlebar and in the most dramatic circumstances Creggs finally laid that bogey to rest.  

CONNACHT J1 LEAGUE

Pos

Team

Played

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

BP

Ded

Pts

1

Creggs

9

7

1

1

174

92

82

4

0

34

2

Castlebar

9

5

1

3

181

129

52

5

0

27

3

Tuam

9

4

2

3

194

127

67

7

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

 In doing so they consolidated their position at the top of the table with Castlebar now 7 points behind but NUIG 2 points further back have a game in hand and are likely to supplant Castlebar in second place.  

 On Saturday night Castlebar began with deadly intent and Creggs were under pressure from the kick-off but they soaked up the pressure and on their first foray into the opposition 22, they secured a penalty which Mark Brandon landed to put his side 3-nil ahead.  

 That score came on 15 minutes and for the remainder of the first half Creggs endured a torrid time in the set pieces, particularly the scrums where they were pulverised by the home side but heroic defence kept their line intact until a most uncharacteristic defensive lapse allowed Castlebar in for a soft converted try just before half-time, Castlebar 7-3 ahead at the interval.  

 Almost unnoticed as the conversion was being lined up Creggs captain Tom Callaghan was sinbinned leaving his side a man down for the crucial period just before and after half time. 

 Yet again however Creggs battened down the hatches and the next score fell to them, flanker Alan Brandon demonstrating impressive speed to cross in the corner with Mark Brandon adding an equally impressive conversion from the sideline.  

 Castlebar quickly regained parity with a penalty goal but with the lineout performing well and the scrum largely holding its own, Creggs could sense the momentum swinging their way.  Castlebar however also boast a pretty mean defence and scoring chances were kept to a minimum, just two missed shots at goal, one each, before Creggs struck the killer blow with 10 minutes remaining.  

 A Castlebar attack broke down in mid-field and Creggs scrum-half Eoghan Coyle pounced on the loose ball to show the opposition a clean pair of heels before off-loading to the supporting Tom Callaghan who touched down between the posts for a try which Mark Brandon duly converted.  

 The last 10 minutes were fraught with tension, Castlebar reverted to plan A and forced a series of scrums moving ominously towards the Creggs line. However with the line in sight they were penalised for an infringement and Mark Brandon’s penalty clearance was the last act in a momentous game on which every Creggs player can reflect with satisfaction and head coach Pat Cunningham and his management team deserve great credit for steadying the ship during the rocky second quarter.  

 Next up is Tuam on Saturday at The Green in Creggs, KO 7.30. Tuam are still in contention and the teams drew 10-10 on their previous encounter in Tuam.

Creggs Rugby:  Kevin Gavin, Luke Meehan, Elliot Jennings, Tom Callaghan, Chris Duignan, Mark Brandon, Eoghan Coyle, Tom Fleming, Mike Blighe, Aidan Leech, Brian Donoghue, Kevin Brandon, Alan Brandon, Peter Lohan, James Brandon, Eoghan Farrell, Damian Nolan, Enda Tully, Ronan Cahill, 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.

YOUTH RUGBY 

A great week for Youth Rugby with three teams playing and winning big games away from home last weekend. All three remain very much in contention for Connacht League titles. Well done to all the players and coaches.

Creggs Under-18.5’s still on target for League Final place 

Connacht Under-18.5 League:

Castlebar RFC  5,     Creggs RFC  34.

Creggs U18.5’s keep up their pursuit of a league final place with a hard fought win over Castlebar on Saturday night in Castlebar. 

LEAGUE TABLE U18.5 A LEAGUE

Pos

Team

Played

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

Ded

Pts

1

Ballina

8

7

0

1

111

77

34

0

28

2

Creggs

7

6

0

1

207

88

119

0

24

3

Oughterard

7

5

0

2

161

92

69

0

20

4

Buccaneers

5

4

0

1

130

61

69

0

16

5

NUIG

7

4

0

3

146

85

61

0

16

6

Corinthians

5

3

0

2

143

50

93

0

12

7

Galwegians

5

3

0

2

100

62

38

0

12

8

Sligo

6

1

0

5

82

150

-68

0

4

9

Westport

6

1

0

5

74

175

-101

0

4

10

Castlebar

7

1

0

6

34

181

-147

0

4

11

Ballinrobe

7

0

0

7

60

227

-167

0

0

Creggs were missing a number of their back line for this fixture and were forced into a reshuffle with players playing out of position and in truth they struggled in the first half especially  with numerous mistakes and handling errors making it a disappointing first half where they held a 10-5 advantage after two tries from Mairtin Quinn.

The second half produced a much better attacking performance from the Creggs lads with up front Danny Arnold, Amuray Duarte, Killian Higgins and John Martin especially prominent and the introduction of Shane Purcell seemed to bring more fluency to the back line. Tim Lambe and Aodha Hession now beginning to stretch the opposition, with 

Eoghan McDonnell and Kaylem Hollian making some good ground with ball in hand. 

Creggs scored 4 tries in the second half with Conor Rohan (2), Thomas O Brien and Tom Farrell getting over and two conversions from Mark Purcell completed the scoring. 

Creggs Under-18.5’s next game is home to Ballinrobe RFC on the weekend of 16th of December. 

Under-16’s had big win in Galway last Sunday

Connacht Under-16 A League:

Corinthians RFC  23,  Creggs RFC  36.

Short a few regulars, but a super performance by Creggs Under-16’s saw them come out of Galway with a 36-23 victory on Sunday morning.

LEAGUE TABLE U16 A LEAGUE POOL 1

Pos

Team

Played

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

Ded

Pts

1

Sligo

4

4

0

0

79

42

37

0

20

2

Creggs

3

3

0

0

44

5

39

0

16

3

Claremorris

4

3

0

1

93

55

38

0

16

4

Ballina

5

2

0

3

41

96

-55

0

12

5

Castlebar

5

1

0

4

27

86

-59

0

4

6

Carrick

5

0

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

Played in beautiful conditions, and after giving away an early 3 points to a penalty for Corinthians, Creggs played some super rugby with Conor McNulty, Adam Donnelly and Ronan Lambe very prominent. Out wide Ben Finnerty and Andrew Naughton were causing problems for the home defence. Mark Purcell went in for two tries one of which he converted to give Creggs a 12-3 advantage after 15 minutes.

The home side had a period of dominance for 10 minutes before the break and for the first few minutes of the second half where they scored 13 unanswered points to lead 18-12 but Creggs soon took control of the game again and big carries from Kian Moran on numerous occasions, and from Adam Donnelly and Darragh Kiernan as well as the Creggs backs moved the call well through Cian Glennon, David Gaquin, Shane Connaughton and Aaron Lyons. It all paid dividends with four second half tries from Adam Donnelly, Sean Trundle, Ethan Glennon and Lorcan Maher scoring plus two conversions from Mark Purcell. It gave Creggs a 36-18 lead into the closing stages.

Corinthians kept plugging away and when a kick was fumbled by the Creggs defence, Corinthians got there quickest and ran in for a try with the last play to leave the final score Creggs 36 – Corinthians 23.

Creggs Under-16’s are away to Sligo RFC next Sunday at 12.30. 

Super win by Under-14’s away in Ballinasloe

Connacht Under-14 A League:

Ballinasloe RFC  10,   Creggs RFC  17.

Creggs Under-14’s produced the best performance of the  season so far with a victory over Ballinasloe RFC in the  top of the table clash in Ballinasloe on Saturday morning.

LEAGUE TABLE U14 A LEAGUE

Pos

Team

Played

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

Ded

Pts

1

Galwegians Blue

6

5

0

1

186

53

133

0

20

2

Creggs

6

5

0

1

166

72

94

0

20

3

Corinthians

6

5

0

1

105

50

55

0

20

4

Ballinasloe

6

4

0

2

140

58

82

0

16

5

Westport

6

3

0

3

114

125

-11

0

12

6

Ballina

6

2

0

4

112

114

-2

0

8

7

Sligo

6

2

0

4

103

172

-69

0

8

8

Buccaneers

6

1

0

5

44

171

-127

0

4

9

Monivea

6

0

0

6

45

200

-155

0

0

Creggs began the game very well and took the lead after 7 minutes when great work up front by Tomas Tiernan, Aidan Hoare and Ben Johnson, got Creggs near the line and when Lee kilcoyne was held up short Creggs backs moved the ball for Aodhan Looby to go in under the posts which Comac Dolan converted for a 7-0 lead. Another try followed from Edimar Fimho after 15 minutes and Creggs looked to be well in command in the first half.

Ballinasloe started the second half the better and scored after only 4 minutes and it looked like game-on at that stage at 12-5 but Creggs regrouped and some brilliant running from Oisin O’Beirne and Ryan Conlon had the home defence scrambling on occasion. Up front Ciaran Purcell and Daniel Flynn were outstanding in both attack and defence and after phase after phase of attack Creggs eventually increased their lead with Jack Fleming going in for a try. 

Shane Walsh and Cormac Feeley did well on their introduction and Ballinasloe did manage to get in for a try with the last play of the game to reduce the deficit to 17-10 but in truth Creggs had defended gallantly for the period leading up to that and the game was secure  by the time the home team scored.

Creggs Under-14’s have two games left and are joint top of the U14A league with their next game at home to Westport RFC early in the New Year. Their last League match could be another top of the table clash, also in January, at home to Galwegians. The top two teams then play the Connacht League Final in February at a neutral venue. 

Youth Rugby Fixtures/ Training

Creggs Under-13’s play away to Corinthians RFC in the Connacht Under-13 league on Saturday. KO time to be confirmed. Training continues each Tuesday night at 6.45pm on the astro turf in Lisnamult. New players alway very welcome to come along and start playing rugby.

Creggs Under-14’s have a break next weekend. Training continues on Tuesday evenings. New players alway very welcome come along and start playing rugby.

Creggs Under-15’s will Play Ballina RFC in Creggs on next Saturday at 12.30. Training continues Thursday at 7pm in Roscommon. New players always welcome.

 Creggs Under-16’s travel to play Sligo RFC next Sunday at 12.30 in the Connacht Under-16 League. Training continues in Roscommon on Thursday before 7pm. New and returning players always welcome.

Creggs Under-17’s are at home to Westport RFC this Sunday at 12.30. Training continues Thursday at 7pm.

Creggs Under-18.5’s have a break next weekend. Training continues and returning and new players alway very welcome.

 N.B. – All youth team players, please note – all outstanding registrations/membership for this season need to be in by this weekend.

MINI RUGBY

Creggs Minis will have their last training session before Christmas when they train in Donamon next Saturday at 11am.

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

 It is great to see new faces joining the Mini Rugby Coaching Team, as the number of players continues to grow. 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 – any outstanding registrations/membership for this season must be completed this weekend.

CREGGS RUGBY LOTTO

The Creggs Rugby Lotto Draw numbers this week were: 3, 4, 24, 28. There was no winner of the jackpot, which now rises to €5,900 for the next weekly draw. 

 The winner of the Lucky Dip draw this week was RAY RICHARDSON & DERMOT GATELY.

 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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