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Loughrea – 6
Creggs – 13

Loughrea has not been a happy hunting ground for Creggs in recent years but on Sunday a youthful Creggs side left with 3 league points and the PJ Forde trophy which is contested annually in memory of the Loughrea second row whose untimely death cast a pall over his club’s last Junior Cup success following a titanic final with Creggs in 1982. On Sunday the game was played in perfect conditions, albeit influenced by a wind which on the day appeared specific to the venue. Creggs playing into the wind were quickly forced on the defensive but Loughrea’s normally reliable full-back Padraig Burke was having an off day with his boot and having missed a number of kickable chances earlier only opened his account in the 35th met with a penalty from 30 metres. This was cancelled by a Shane Dowd penalty goal 4 minutes later. Just after the turn-around Burke added a second penalty but again Dowd, who made a most impressive senior debut, eclipsed that effort with a classic chip and chase, gathering his own kick to cross in the right-hand corner. This put Creggs ahead for the first time and that lead was increased after 22 minutes when Stephen Crehan, by then at full-back, finished off a back-line movement with a spectacular try into the left corner. The ball was flashed out the back-line, all of the three-quarters involved, Dowd contributing a neat reverse flick but Crehan still had it all to do when hitting the line at the half-way mark. Like his out-half earlier he chipped his defender, gathered the rebound and out-paced the cover to leave his side a 7 point cushion heading into the last quarter. That lead was never really threatened, Creggs controlled matters from thereon and comfortably closed out the game. Rolling substitutes are allowed in the league for the first time this season and on Sunday Creggs availed of this to good effect, in the pack, Kevin Brandon, Tom Oates and Tom Fleming stood out, of the backs, along with Dowd, Andrew Callaghan and his brother Tom put in huge shifts respectively at scrum-half and centre. Creggs have no game this weekend, league resumes the following weekend with the first home game against NUIG, time and date to be confirmed.

Creggs : R Collins, P Leetch, R O’Brollocháin, T Callaghan, S Crehan, S Dowd, A Callaghan, K Brandon, P Lohan, M Brandon, B Donoghue, T Oates, E Conlon, S O Higgins, T Fleming.

Replacements : K Rushe, A Leetch, N Walker, B Egan, J Jones.

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Hi Folks,
Creggs Rugby Club are looking to take part in this year’s Big Rugby Run on May 22nd. The event format will see each registered team committing to running the 42-kilometer distance of a full marathon in your club colours – all while carrying a rugby ball! This distance will be completed as a relay, by teams of up to 21 members aged 10 and upwards. This means a Minimum of 2km per runner/walker. This year funds raised are going toward initiatives run by Tackle Your Feelings, a mental health and well-being programme ran by the Rugby Player Ireland foundation.
If interested, please let us know and once we have numbers competing, we will create a text group where all information will be put up for the next steps to follow. For any questions before signing up contact Kenneth Loughrey on 0857664010 or go to www.psaacademies.com/thebigrugbyrun for information.
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Great to see so many of our minis back in the sunshine in Creggs this morning. Thanks to Shane, Graham and all our coaches for their great work. ... See MoreSee Less

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