Mini Rugby

The Gain Line – Week Commencing: March 19th

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SENIOR RUGBY 

Champions Creggs play last round of Connacht League

Despite having already being crowned Connacht League Champions, the Creggs First Team will play Corrib RFC on Saturday next (24/03/2018), in Headford (KO: 2.30pm) in the final round. 

Congratulations on a great season to date and we look forward to this squad  finishing it out in good style. Training continues on Tuesday and Friday nights.

LEAGUE TABLE CONNACHT J1B LEAGUE

Pos

Team

Played

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

BP

Ded

Pts

1

Creggs

13

10

1

2

234

114

120

5

0

47

2

Castlebar

13

8

1

4

291

202

89

7

-1

40

3

Tuam

13

7

2

4

256

175

81

8

0

40

4

NUIG

14

7

1

6

313

262

51

8

0

38

5

Corinthians

14

7

0

7

284

235

49

9

-1

36

6

Ballinrobe

13

5

0

8

204

284

-80

4

0

24

7

Corrib

13

4

1

8

142

332

-190

1

0

19

8

Dunmore

13

2

0

11

213

333

-120

7

-1

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Great celebrations after Grand Slam and Creggs Connacht win

Last Saturday a capacity attendance watched Ireland deliver the Grand Slam and pick up the 6-Nations Championship and Triple Crown trophies in London. A rare occasion that most of us have gratefully see happen twice in the past decade. 

 Throw in the great additional celebrations of Creggs First team winning the Connacht Junior League and returning to the top level rugby again, and you get a really rare occasion to celebrate in with another capacity crown in Roscommon Town. And that’s what happened – an amazing afternoon drifted in to a great evening and night.

 A special thanks to the O’Gara family who hosted the wider Creggs Rugby family in their new bar (Nancy’s). And in addition to congratulating Ireland, a special congrats to all involved in Creggs winning the Connacht League with a game in hand. 

 Finally, well done to Sean Brandon, who was one of three that correctly predicted the Ireland v England score at the event on St. Patrick’s Day and his name was the lucky one of the three drawn from the hat – his prize was an Ireland rugby jersey.

Curley Cup Final 

Creggs First Team will also play Corinthians RFC on Good Friday, the 30th. March in the Curly Cup Final. The game will be played in Ballyhaunis – KO 7.30pm.

Creggs Second Team at home v Galwegians in League Semi-Final 

Creggs Second Team will play Galwegians RFC in the Connacht J2 League Semi-Final in Creggs this Sunday (25/03) at 2.30pm. Please support the lads on this Sunday.

 Creggs Second Team will also play Loughrea RFC in the Ard Na Cregg Cup Quarter-Final in Creggs on Sunday, April 8th. at 2.30pm.   

 Training continues on Tuesday and Friday nights. New and returning players alway welcome.

Creggs Under-20’s for Westport on Saturday, April 14th 

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. 

 The next round will take place in Westport on Saturday, April 14th. with the final round a week later at a venue to be decided.

 Training with the First’s, Second’s and Under-18.5 teams on every Tuesdays and Fridays. New and returning players always welcome. Contact Dave Purcell, Pat O’Gorman, or Kevin O’Rourke.

YOUTH RUGBY

Creggs Under-13’s good win over Gort in Quarter-Final

Creggs RFC  38,   Gort RFC  17.  

Creggs Under-13’s had a great win over Gort RFC in Creggs last Tuesday under the lights. The final score in this Connacht Under-13 Connacht Plate Quarter-Final was Creggs 38 – Gort 17.

 Creggs are now in the Semi-Final (scheduled for April 21st.) and will now await the winners of Dunmore RFC V Corrib RFC (Round 1) who will in-turn play Loughrea RFC in the Quarter-Final.

Creggs lose out to Galwegians in Under-16 Cup Quarter-Final

Galwegians RFC  15,  Creggs RFC  5.

Creggs RFC Under-16’s came up short in their Connacht Under-16 Cup game in Galway last Monday afternoon losing 15 points to 5 to Cup favourites Galwegians. An ununusal stop start type of game which featured what must be a record number of penalties, meant the game never got any momentum and the home team managed this situation better on the day.

Galwegians took an early lead after a try in the eigth minute and were leading 7-0. In truth the rest of the first half was played between the two 22″‘s with both defences doing well and up front Rory Callaghan, Lorcan Maher, Adam Donnelly and Kian Moran were did well for Creggs. Meanwhile, Mark Purcell, Luke Divilly , David Gaquin and Ben Finnerty were doing well out the backs early on. 

 The crucial score came just before half time when after the referee unfortunately missed a clear knock on by the home side, and Galwegians did get in for a 5 try to take a 12-0 lead into half time.

 The Creggs lads started the second half very well and got in for a score from Jack Tucker after only 5 minutes but straight from the kick off, the ball bounced and again the referee made a questionable decision at the breakdown from which Galwegians converted to take a 15-5 lead. 

 Creggs did have a great chance after 18 minutes to score again but Darren Gately was very unlucky to knock on going over the line and Galwegians cleared the the ball. The home team did well for the last 15 minutes to defend their lead and Creggs never looked like getting the two scores required. 

 The Creggs lads will feel this was a game they didn’t play to their potential and left behind. They must now play a local derby against Buccaneers RFC in the Connacht Under-16 Plate Quarter-Final, which will probably be played on Thursday 29th in Creggs under the lights.

Creggs Rugby: Darren Gately, Aaron Lyons, David Gaquin, Luke Divilly, Andrew Naughton, Ben Finnerty, Cian Glennon, Mark Purcell, Jack Tucker, Lorcan Maher, Rory Callaghan, Adam Donnelly, Darragh Kiernan, Kian Moran, Conor McNulty, Ronan Lambe, Ethan Glennon, Tiernan O Sullivan, Ciaran Corcoran

YOUTH RUGBY FIXTURES

Connacht Under-18.5 Plate

Sunday – 25/03/2018   –  Quarter Final 

12:00 Galwegians vs  Creggs, in Galway.

Connacht Under-17 Plate

Wednesday – 04/04/2018  –  Quarter Final 

12:00 Creggs vs Oughterard,  in Creggs.

Connacht Under-16 Plate

Thursday – 28/03/2018  –  Quarter Final  

19:30 Creggs vs Buccaneers,  in Creggs

Connacht Under-13 Plate

Saturday – 21/04/2018  –  Semi Final  

13:30 Creggs vs TBC,  in Creggs.

Creggs Under-14’s and Under-15’s to tour Wales

Creggs Under-14’s and Under-15’s will travel to Wales on tour on Friday, April 6th. Included

in the tour will be attending the Ospreys v Connacht Pro-14 game in the Liberty Stadium. They will also play tour games v the Welsh host club and enjoy other activities.

MINI RUGBY

Please note that all Creggs Minis (except the Under-10’s) will have their last full training of the season in Creggs on next Saturday morning (March 24th.). A big turn-out is expected with treats after and also tea, coffee and biscuits in the clubhouse for parents and coaches. 

The Under-10’s will be at their Connacht Blitz on Saturday 24th of March in Sligo RFC. Players to arrive at 10am, first game kicks off at 10.30.  

Then on this Sunday (25th. March) Creggs Under-9’s have been invited to Blitz in Mullingar RFC.

This is a 4 province blitz in Mullingar RFC, with 500 children, 52 teams from 13 counties, playing on 26 pitches. There will be a coaches meeting at 10.30am in Mullingar, with all players to be there before 10.45am. The first match at 11am. A Bus will run to the Blitz, as parking will be limited at the venue. 

 Those travelling will be able to see Mullingar’s 3G which will be similar to that to be constructed in Creggs and ready for the start of next season.

 

Also news that Creggs  Under-11’s will play in the Garryowen Rugby Festival on Saturday, April 7th. in Limerick.

 

New players always welcome in each age-group from Under-7 up to Under-12.  Also, we will have news on Girls Mini Rugby in the coming weeks.

CREGGS PITCH DEVELOPMENT DRAW

Tickets are available for the Creggs Rugby Pitches Development Draw from all Members and Players at €10 each or €50 for a book of 6. Tickets can also be bought on-line at: www.CreggsRugby.ie

  There are 26 great prizes, and you can support the club is providing the first full-size IRB approved 3G rugby pitch in Connacht, as well as other grass pitches and facilities. Thank you for all your on-going support.

CREGGS RUGBY LOTTO

The Creggs Rugby Lotto Draw numbers this week were: 5, 6, 8, 21. There was no winner of the jackpot, which now rises to €7,400 for the next weekly draw. 

 The winner of the Lucky Dip draw this week was CATRIONA COADY.

 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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