News, Under 14, Under 15, Under 17

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Creggs Minis travelled to Ballinasloe RFC last Saturday with games played at U8 to U12. Next weekend Creggs mini boys are due to travel to Monivea RFC on Saturday for an away Blitz and the girls Minis are due to travel to Portumna RFC for a blitz. The following weekend the 21st Creggs will train at home and then will host longford RFC in a blitz in Creggs on Saturday 28th.

U14 League:

Ballina RFC 12 Creggs RFC 23

Creggs U14’s made it 4 wins from 4 games in Division 1 of the U14 League after a victory over Ballina RFC last Saturday in Ballina. Creggs began the game very well and had the better of territory and possession early on and had a 10 point advantage after 15 minutes after a try from Lorcan Maher and a conversion and penalty from Mark Purcell. Ballina got their first points of the game from a mistake by the Creggs backs when a loose pass was picked up and they ran in unopposed to reduce the deficit from 10-5. Ballina now had their heads up and they took the lead 5 minutes before half time when they attempted a cross field kick and got the bounce of the ball to run in under the posts and converted to have a 12-10 half time lead. Creggs had a much better second half and were in better control of the game and scored early after some great work upfront by Luke Divilly, Rory Callaghan, Ronan Lame and Louis McCaffrey released the backs and Aaron Lyons touched down in the corner to give Creggs a 15-12 Lead. Mark Purcell then stretched the lead further with 3 points from a penalty with 12 minutes remaining. Creggs closed out the game with a well taken try by Jack Tucker in the right hand corner after Ballina were penalised 5 metres out and a good move fed Tucker who dived over leaving the final score 23-12. Creggs U14’s play a very strong Monivea RFC outfit next Friday night away in Ballina with a 7.30pm kick off.

U17 League:

Buccaneers RFC 0 Creggs RFC 43

Creggs RFC U17’s had a big win over Buccaneers in Division 1 of the U17 Connacht league in very wet conditions in Athlone on Sunday afternoon. Creggs forwards paved the way for this victory with great work upfront by Brian Maloney, David O Gorman, Adam Finnerty and Matthew Curley allowing the Creggs backs to open up their opponents when the opportunities allowed. The first try for Creggs came from a good kick down field by Ronan Dowd which Niall Cunniffe hacked on and gathered to dive over in the corner. Further tries followed from Eoghan Coyle and a second from Niall Cunniffe and a conversion from Shane Purcell giving Creggs a 17-0 lead with a strong wind.Cregsg took control against the wind in the second half and played a very good brand of rugby, running in some excellent scores from Rian Biesty (2), Melvin Conteh, Adam Canny and a conversion from Shane Purcell and Ronan Dowd leaving the final score 43-0. Creggs will play Galwegians in Creggs next Sunday at 2pm in the league.

Connacht U15 “A” League.
Buccaneers 14-10 Creggs

A great comeback fell just short for a valiant Creggs U15 team in Dubarry Park on Sunday. Played in very difficult conditions Buccaneers coped better with the slippery ball working the phases through their big pack, then passed well along the line for winger Rory Ryan to score a try after just six minutes , scrum half Leo McFarlane added a very difficult conversion for an early seven point lead. The home team continued in the ascendency but excellent and some last ditch defending from Creggs, most noticeably wing forwards Jack Hanley and John McDonnell ensured that the half time score remained at seven nil.

Creggs made several changes for the second half hoping to exploit their kicking game now playing with the strong wind. However it was the Athlone team that scored when number eight Darragh Murphy crashed over for a try and the lead doubled when McFarlane added the conversion leaving Creggs a very difficult task to get anything out of the match. The visitors captain Aodha Hession was trying to orchestrate his team into attacking positions and gained many hard yards through their strong centre Sam O Sullivan and big carrying forwards and second half replacements Jack Tucker and Lorcan Maher. An infringement at a ruck and resulting penalty from Mark Purcell put Creggs on the scoreboard and gave a much need lift for their endeavour. Creggs pushed on and were awarded when the excellent John McDonnell powered over from a quickly taken penalty from 10 meters out and again Purcell added the conversation to leave the deficit at just four points with five minutes left. Creggs gave everything in sapping conditions to get the winning score but the clock and strong Buccaneers defence meant it wasn’t to be and the visitors had to be content with a loosing bonus point. Creggs U15’s travel to Sligo RFC in the league next weekend
Creggs :Aaron Hannon, Ryan O Keeffe, Sam O Sullivan, Ciaran Neil-Smith, Eoghan Browne, Jack McGahon, Aodah Hession, Eric O Doherty, Roddie McGuinness, Adam Bracken,Tom Farrell, Jonathan Whyte, Jack Hanley, Jack Keegan, John Mc Donnell, Evan Comiskey, Diarmud Quinn, Lorcan Maher, Jack Tucker, Mark Purcell, Sean Quinn.. .

Creggs U13’s travelled to Ballinasloe RFC last Saturday and lost to a very strong Home team. Losing 10-0 at half time, Creggs had a very good second half and were close to their opponents line for long periods and it took a breakaway try from Ballinasloe to stretch their lead and break the resolve of this talented Creggs team. Next weekend Creggs will play a friendly against Carrick on Shannon RFC.,

Creggs U16’s will Play Ballyhaunis RFC next weekend in the U16 League. Time to be confirmed.

Creggs u18’s played away to Buccaneers in the league last Wednesday night, short a few regulars. It was a very tight first half with Creggs holding a slim 6-5 half time lead after 2 Michael Farrell penalties. Buccaneers took control in the second half and eventually took an 18-6 lead but the score should have been closer as Creggs should have scored a try late on after dominating possession close to the opposition line. Creggs U18’s are due to play Ballinasloe RFC next week in the league.

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