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Connacht Under-15 League


Creggs Rugby 7, Buccaneers RFC 5

Creggs Under-15’s had a very good victory over Buccaneers of Athlone in Division 1 of the Connacht Under-15 League on Sunday in Creggs.

Playing against a much more physical and bigger pack, this game was always going to be one where discipline and committed tackling were going to be so important. So it proved and the Creggs players were not found wanting on either count.


Buccaneers started the game well carrying through their large pack and they rarely spread the ball wide. And Creggs forwards were doing well to gain any type of possession.

There were good carries from Jack Keegan and especially John McDonnell early on who then moved the ball through the hands to Aodha Hession, Mark Purcell, and first centre Sam Sullivan who did very well in gaining yards up the centre of the pitch until he had to retire with a shoulder injury after 15 minutes.

Creggs had lost their big ball carrier but were very brave in defence with Jack Hanley, Tom Farrell and Lorcan Maher very prominent in stopping the visitors.

However, after 17 minutes Buccaneers took the lead when after a penalty 5 meters out their big forwards carried and a couple of phases later Jack Scouler broke through the Creggs defence who had eventually run out of numbers and they took the 5-0 lead to half time.

It would have been easy for Creggs to let their heads drop but in the second half Aaron Hannon and Ciaran Neil Smith were doing well in midfield and Karl Healy was cleaning up at number 15 and they limited the Buccaneers chances to a single effort where Scouler dived for the line but the referee deemed that Creggs had held the ball up and Creggs eventually cleared their lines.

Creggs were now beginning to counter ruck well and protect their own ball better and this allowed Mark Purcell to put them down in the Buccaneers half with some good kicking. Eric O Doherty, Adam Downey, Eoghan Browne and Ryan O Keeffe did well on their introduction and gave the Creggs effort some extra energy.

6 minutes before the end, some very committed defence and tackling from all Creggs players was rewarded when some super tacking in Midfield led to the ball breaking loose. Jack Tucker did very well to keep the move alive by kicking ahead on a couple of occasions and with the help of Jack Hanley turned the ball over and when Aodha Hession picked up and tried to feed his back line.

Then when a score looked very likely the Buccaneers defender who was standing offside grabbed the ball and the referee was left with no option but to award a penalty try which Mark Purcell converted to give Creggs a 7-5 lead that they held until the end.

Creggs Squad: Aaron Hannon, Karl Healy, Leigh Doyle, Ciaran Neil Smith, Sam Sullivan, Mark Purcell, Aodha Hession, Eoghan Browne, Ryan O Keefe, Diarmuid Quinn, Eric O Doherty, Adam Downey, Jonathan Whyte, Jack Keegan, John McDonnell, Jack Hanley, Lorcan Maher, Jack Tucker, Tom Farrell, Evan Comiskey, Thomas O Brien

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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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