Connacht Under-16 Girl’s League
Creggs RFC 22 Ballinasloe RFC 7
Creggs Under-16 Girls got their Connacht League campaign off to the best possible start with a 22-7 victory over Ballinasloe RFC last Saturday in Creggs.
Played in beautiful conditions, the first half of this game started at a blistering pace and it was Ballinasloe RFC that got the first score on the board after 5 minutes when they ran in a try under the posts which they converted for a 7-0 lead.
That score seemed to spur on the Creggs girls and they then took control with Nadine Fitzmaurice, Rachel McDonald, Jean O Boyle, Grace Hanley and Eadaoin Walsh outstanding upfront early on and Caoimhe Walsh was linking very well with the Creggs backs. After 12 minutes she fed Jennifer Morris and that was carried on further by Sarah Purcell and Roisin O Brien got in for a try in the corner which was superbly converted by Eabha Dowd, 7-7.
Creggs continued to attack and after 17 minutes Creggs got in for their second try after good work from Emily Murray, Megan Donoghue and Fiona Duffy, it was Roisin Maher that got in for a try to give Creggs a 12-0 lead which they held until half-time.
The second half was a very even affair with both teams attacking, but Creggs defence in particular was proving very difficult to break down with Gabrielle Kilcommons, Jemima Adams Verling, Stacey Cobally and Julie Ann Fahy, prominent.
Creggs were also finding the Ballinasloe defence difficult to break down but to the great credit of the Creggs girls, they did manage to get in for two tries in the second half. The first after good word from Nadine Fitzmaurice, Aisling Nally and Gabrielle Kilcommons that allowed Sarah Purcell score in the corner. A second try for Roisin Maher five minutes from the end rounded off the scoring and an impressive win for Creggs.
Creggs Rugby: Roisin Maher, Nadine Fitzmaurice, Jean O Boyle, Grace Hanley, Fiona Duffy, Eadaoin Walsh, Rachel McDonald, Roisin O Brien, Caoimhe Walsh, Eabha Dowd, Sarah Purcell, Jennifer Morris, Emily Murray, Gabrielle Kilcommons, Megan Donoghue, Gemina Adams Verling, Julie Ann Fahy, Stacey Cobally, Aishling Nally.