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Tuam 5 Creggs 5
Creggs completed their League campaign with a draw against Tuam,in a game where the weather was the dominant factor. The game was scheduled to be played in Creggs,but incessant early morning rain forced a late switch of venues. The pitch in Tuam was in good condition,but a strong downfield wind, allied to frequent showers of sleet and hailstones,made playing conditions extremely difficult for both teams. Creggs had first use of the wind advantage,but failed to capitalise on it, as a combination of poor handling and strong defence by Tuam kept scoring chances to a minimum . Turning around at nil-nil,and facing into the elements,the odds on Creggs holding out looked very slim.From the re-start, Tuam piled on the pressure ,with outhalf Jamie Murphy kicking deep for territory,keeping his pack going forward at every opportunity.

However,Creggs raised their level of intensity ,and it wasn’t until the 69th minute that Tuam centre Brian Ruane crashed over for a fine try to put the home side ahead. Crucially,Murphy missed the conversion . Creggs responded with some rousing rugby into the elements,and it was star fullback David Brandon who carved the Tuam defence apart with another superb try when he glided past several attempted tackles to touch down in the right corner to level the match. Dave Flahive’s conversion attempt was on target but fell just short of the posts.

Creggs finished the League mid-table,which is a commendable effort considering a very difficult start to the campaign,with losses in each of the first four games. Young players have been introduced over the course of the season,and with a lot of talent filtering through from underage,the prospects look good for next season. Creggs now await the draw for the Curley Cup,which is due to commence in March.

Creggs : David Brandon,Aidan Geraghty,Ger Heneghan,Tom Callaghan,Conor Brandon,Dave Flahive,Andrew Callaghan:Tom Fleming,Mattie Corcoran,Kevin Rushe,Brian Donoghue,Trevor Nee,Niall ORourke,Kevin Brandon,Pere Lohan,Enda Tully,Paul Mc Neill,Declan Nee,Alan Glennon.

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