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Connaught Junior Cup – First Round

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Corrib – 13
Creggs – 19

Creggs advanced to the second round of the Connaught Junior Cup thanks to an impressive first half showing which left them 16-3 ahead at the interval. At the final whistle however Creggs were clinging on for dear life against a resurgent home side and only a fine interception by Tom Callaghan lifted the siege which threatened to see Corrib snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Or vice versa from Creggs perspective. The game began with a strangely muted Corrib offering little resistance to the visitors attacks which yielded 10 points within minutes of the kick-off. On six minutes Creggs out-half Sean Quinn slipped his opposite number to score under the posts for a try converted by Noel Flynn. Flynn added a penalty following further Creggs pressure four minutes later. The Creggs out-half then went close with two long range efforts before he landed two further penalties in the final ten minutes against a solitary strike from Corrib’s Evan Flynn to leave Creggs totally in command at half time. The opening salvos of the second half were in much the same vein, Creggs pressure affording Flynn another penalty opportunity which he duly converted to leave his side 19-3 ahead. And then something happened. Either Creggs lapsed into complacency or Corrib awoke from their slumber but suddenly looking like the Corrib of old the home side tore into the game and for the first time Creggs found themselves doggedly defending their line. Corrib had their dander up however and were not to be denied, a series of attacks culminated in a try for out-half Darragh O’Connor in the right hand corner which Flynn converted with a fine if unorthodox kick from the touchline. It got worse for Creggs as this heralded a series of interventions from the linesman, the most telling of which saw replacement prop Mark Hester dispatched to the sin bin within minutes of entering the fray and the resulting penalty converted by Flynn to leave his side within a converted try of victory. The momentum was now very much with Corrib but somehow Creggs weathered the next ten minutes whilst a man down and then the final ten minutes when Corrib pummelled their line but could not land the killer blow. Callaghan’s intercept finally lifted the siege and Creggs were mightily relieved to hear the final whistle sound.

Creggs now face Castlebar in the second round this Saturday with an evening kick-off under lights in the Green. Despite conceding home advantage Castlebar will start this game the strongest of favourites having dismembered the Creggs pack in their league encounter just before Christmas. The runaway league leaders are strong in every department and while Creggs previously ran them close in the Green the gap between the sides appears to have widened since that early encounter and a Creggs victory on Saturday would be staggering revenge for their drubbing in December. Creggs can however take heart from the fact that scrum half Enda Gavin has now returned after injury and the Corrib match was marked by an outstanding performance from the Creggs back row, Kevin Brandon, Tom Callaghan and Kieran Ryan. The acid test for Creggs will be the set pieces, an area in which they were decimated last month. Massive improvement is required in both scrums and line-outs for Creggs to have any hope of upsetting the odds.

Corrib : JJ Greaney, D Lee, O Carey, C Bane, R Casey, E Flynn, D O’Connor, J McHugh, D Higgins, S Moynihan, M Conroy, J Walsh, K Reilly, M P Lee, C Moylan.

Creggs : D Brandon, E Gilleran, B Kilcommons, C Brandon, B Egan, S Quinn, N Flynn, K Brandon, T Callaghan, C Ryan, R Cassidy, A Glennon, P McNeill, E Garvey, P Corcoran.

Replacements : M Hester, S Blake, E Gavin.

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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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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.

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