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Castlebar – 20
Creggs – 17

Despite a disastrous start in which they conceded 15 points in as many minutes Creggs left Castlebar with a losing bonus point from their league opener on Saturday. The game began ominously for the visitors with the home side capitalising on a disorganised defence to ground near the posts in the second minute. Somehow the conversion went west but Castlebar made no mistake following a second try 5 minutes later and a penalty shortly afterwards left Castlebar seemingly cruising towards an easy victory. That such an outcome never materialised is thanks to a heroic fight back by Creggs who scored tries either side of half-time, remarkably both clocked up whilst no. 8 Kevin Brandon was in the sin bin. The first try came from full-back Dave Flahive just before half-time and the second within 5 minutes of the interval when Castlebar trying to utilise their numerical advantage flashed the ball out the line with the final pass intercepted by Creggs Captain Tom Callaghan who scorched his way half the length of the field to touch down under the posts for a try converted by Rory Collins. Castlebar stretched their lead following a series of forward drives when openside Matthew Staunton added a third try but Creggs almost caught them at the death and when Neville Walker crashed over in the right-hand corner for a third try with two minutes plus injury time remaining the possibility of a major upset was on the cards. It was not to be however, with Castlebar holding out grimly as Creggs laid siege to their line in the closing stages. A major plus for Creggs was their capacity to complete in the set pieces, both scrums and line-outs where the powerful Castlebar pack back-boned by four Stauntons have enjoyed a marked superiority in recent years. On Saturday Creggs achieved parity through a solid scrum and the emergence of Tom Oates as a line-out jumper of great potential. Another stand-out feature of the second half was the performance of young centre Rory O’Brollachain whose incisive running caused all sorts of problems for the Castlebar defence. In truth, had Creggs gone into the game with a recognised place kicker they could have won, with Collins conversion the only return on a day when a number of different kickers were tried and this is an area which must and hopefully will be resolved in the coming weeks. This Sunday Creggs are away to Loughrea, kick-off at 2.30 p. m.

Creggs : D. Flahive, P. Leetch, T. Callaghan, B. Kilcommons, S. Crehan, R.Collins, A. Callaghan, A. Leetch, S. O. Higgins, K. Rushe, B. Donoghue, T. Oates, R. Cassidy, M. Brandon, K. Brandon.

Replacements : R. O’Brollachain, R. Mugan, N. Walker.

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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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6 days ago  ·  

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.

See below link to register
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6 days ago  ·  

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