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The Gain Line – Week Commencing: May 21st


Creggs Rugby’s Under-12 Girls conquer the Aviva

Last Saturday, the Creggs Ruby Under-12 Girls played in the Aviva sponsored Mini Rugby Festival in the Aviva Stadium. It was a beautiful and the Creggs girls showed all their skills to win all their three matches.

The Creggs Rugby Under-12 Girls who conquered the Aviva, pictured with the 6 Nations and Triple Crown trophies.

The girls played and won their games versus Tralee RFC, Fethard RFC, Tullamore RFC and Armagh RFC, and they showed dazzling skills during all their games.

The Creggs Rugby Under-12 Girls pictured in the Ireland dressing-room at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday.

They were also treated to lunch and a stadium tour as part of what was a day they will always remember.
Well done to all the girls and their parents, their coaches Micheal Glennon and Dave Purcell, and their teachers, who facilitate rugby coaching and games.

The all conquering Creggs Rugby Under-12 Girls with Irish international Fergus McFadden in the Aviva Stadium last Saturday.

Great day out at All-Ireland Tag Rugby Finals

Congratulations to Cloontuskert National School, who represented Creggs Rugby in the Aldi National Tag Rugby Blitz in the Aviva Stadium last Saturday.
Well done to all the children, their coach, teachers and parents on their achievements and on a great day in Dublin at the home of Irish rugby.

A report with a difference…

My name is Sinead Connerton and I am a sixth class student in Cloontuskert N.S., near Lanesborough.

Last Wednesday, May the 16th, was a very defining moment in the sporting history of our school when we participated in the All-Ireland Tag Rugby Competition, in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

We played sublimely on the day, we were like Munster in our approach, sure where would we leave it? Mr O’ Gorman one of our coaches hails from the province. He has instilled in us a grittiness that gets us on the front foot in all our games.

The joy of the occasion was etched over the face of coaches, supporters, parents and players alike. Cloontuskert N.S. were not there to make up the numbers but to thrillingly win all of its matches on the biggest stage of all…. the Aviva Stadium.

Registration took place at 9:30am, so for us country folk that meant we were boarding our bus at the school at 7:25 am. So as you can imagine, well before the eyelids of the day had opened a familiar noise I have heard thousands of times before, my mam, brought my mind out of its unconsciousness and back into the real world… oh gosh, is it really 6:30am?

Departure from the school in an hour. The journey to the Aviva was like no other bus journey, minutes became hours or so it seemed. Anxious twinges in our stomachs had now replaced the morning calm.

We waited with baited breath for a glimpse of the Aviva. Eventually the stadium emerged in the distance and along with this a ruckus arose from the pit of my stomach. Others let out a huge, long disturbing roar before our principal Mr. Connerton brought a sense of calm to us all.
What was my mind set at that moment? Without hesitation I would have to say fear of the unknown. Once we disembarked the bus there was a crescendo of noise and the realisation, we are at the Aviva baby!

After registration and a quick bite to eat we quickly set our sights on the task in hand. Reality struck us all as we went through our drills and warm-up followed by a quick snack. It was our privilege to enter the Aviva Stadium as the eleventh school. We were greeted by a chorus of C’mon Cloontuskert followed by the team photo like no other. Irish, Munster and Lions legend Paul O Connell was there to greet us and embrace us and stand into our school photo.

What a legend!!! He took selfies with us, coached us on the finer points of the game and gave us all great encouragement. I have to admit all of us were either in shock, paralysed with fear or starstruck. We played three games against Scoil Barra Ballincollig, Mother of Divine Grace and St Oliver Plunketts N.S.. All of these schools were either three times bigger than ours or five times bigger than ours. But isn’t it funny how sport is a great leveller…. An even playing field I suppose. Aldi sponsored the event, provided us with food, Play Rugby t-shirts and we even got a tour of the Irish dressing rooms.

Finally, at 2pm we had said our goodbyes, Paul O’Connell had brought a close to the proceedings. He encouraged us to keep playing sport as it helps us to improve and develop mental and physical toughness alongside increasing blood circulation, reducing tiredness and promoting our physical wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be just rugby he told us, sports and games of all kinds improve our capacity to learn.

As we took one last look at the Aviva and its green dress wearing field. It was as though it gave us a grand feast upon which to feed our ravished eyes. As we bade farewell to the Aviva. We travelled for a short duration down the M4 to the comfort of the Apple Green and Burger King.
Like all good Ferraris we needed fuel and after a quick top up, two hours later we arrived back at our school. The sun shone brightly as we wearily made our way to our cars and ultimately home but that jewel green field of dreams they call the Aviva had brought a greeny magic to all of us from Cloontuskert. Paul O’Connell’s love for the game of tag rugby serenaded me on my journey home. What a day!!!

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Athleague Camogie Club are delighted to announce our new
“A Hurl For Every Girl Campaign” Supported by Local Farmers & Industry.
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.
Being part of any team, especially camogie and allied sports like GAA & Rugby, builds a good work ethic, collaboration, cooperation and learning to be part of a team. Team membership also builds resilience in players when learning to deal with success as well as failure. All these skills are crucial qualities for young people moving forward into the professional working world.
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.
For the past 4 years Michael Ward of Ward & Burke Construction has been the main sponsor for our club. His support and advice have allowed us to undertake initiatives like this “Hurl For Every Girl” campaign. A strong believer in gender equality, his company actively recruits, promotes, and encourages women to see past old stereotypes and realise their true potential in a predominantly male employment sector of construction. Michael, a former formidable sportsman himself truly believes in how invaluable playing a team sport is for young people, and for young girls in particular. Along with building character and resilience, it gives focus and direction at times in life when it is needed most, lifelong friendships are forged, and opportunities are opened up.

Aurivo are global leaders in food and dairy nutrition, bringing clean, green products from sustainable Irish farms to the world market. They offer fantastic career opportunities and are always looking for strong, enthusiastic, and ambitious people to join their teams. Having a sports background gives girls an edge on their competition in the career marketplace, as they understand teamwork, commitment, hard work and ambition
Kepak work with over 15,000 Quality Assured beef, lamb, and pork producers nationwide. We are extremely lucky to have a Kepak facility in our catchment area that is committed to supporting employment in Athleague and further afield. They also support local initiatives and sports teams in a loyal and practical way. Kepak too are always looking to recruit enthusiastic people to join their company, indeed many of their senior management have worked their way up the career ladder by training and working in all sectors of the business from operations and sales to procurement and product development.
These companies offer graduate programmes, and this is where Athleague Camogie Club comes in…… We want to encourage girls to look to these companies as career options, to promote rural Ireland and our community. We want them to see the bigger picture, these jobs are not just for males, young women’s potential within these organisations is limitless.
Our Local Dairy Farmers have joined us on this initiative to help promote rural jobs, to encourage girls to see farming as a real and viable option for them and to encourage growth and sustainability of the family farm. As we are a rural community it is vital for our survival and prosperity that young women can stay in their local area if they wish to, and that they are supported in their endeavours to promote women in farming as a career option. Keeping our community vibrant helps everyone not just our sports clubs.
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Creggs RFC Give it a try fo girls aged 8 to 14 continues next monday at 7pm in Creggs.

Why not turn up and learn a new game and make new friends in a fun environment. New players welcome anytime during the 8 week program.

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