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Connaught Junior Cup Second Round

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Creggs – 0
Castlebar – 12

In biting cold at the Green on Sunday Creggs were up against not just Castlebar but the reality that to have any chance of winning a game you must get some possession. Had this game a possession graph it would have been so skewed in favour of the visitors as to belie the relatively small points margin between the teams and until Castlebar’s open side Gavin Sullivan scored his second try in the 65th minute the game was delicately poised at 5-0. This was due to a number of factors, not least of which was heroic defence on the part of Creggs but Castlebar were profligate with the chances which came their way, missing five kickable penalties and at times their back play was surprisingly inept in the face of a consistently aggressive Creggs defence. Castlebar’s defence was however also very tight and quickly snuffed out any threat from Creggs strike runners, invariably on the counter attack. The match was won and lost in the set pieces, from the off Creggs struggled to get a footing in the game and having squandered a number of penalty chances Castlebar opened the scoring when Sullivan crossed in the left hand corner after 20 minutes. Ronan Conway missed the conversion and shortly afterwards Creggs reshuffled their backline, bringing in Enda Gavin at scrum half, Noel Flynn moving to out half and Sean Quinn to the right wing. The home side were however surviving on scraps of possession with the game played almost exclusively in their half. They managed to make a couple of forays out of defence but these yielded no return, Creggs best chance falling to Flynn who was narrowly wide with a long range penalty after 35 minutes. In the second half the scrum was critical with Creggs losing five successive put ins. This was not akin to the pre-Christmas game between the sides in Castlebar when the Creggs scrum was pulverised but nonetheless it kept Creggs on the back foot for the third quarter and building on that platform Sullivan pounced for the decisive score from a 5 metre scrum, replacement kicker Stephen Rogan adding the conversion. After that the Creggs scrum improved but it was too little too late and although Creggs finally threatened their opponents line in the closing stages with replacement hooker Sean Óg Higgins stopped just short Castlebar never looked likely to be deprived and now advance to the quarter final with Creggs entering the Plate. Next league match is this Sunday in Dunmore, kick-off 2.30.

Creggs : D Brandon, E Gilleran, B Kilcommons, C Brandon, B Egan, S Quinn, N Flynn, L Mannion, E Garvey, M Hester, R Cassidy, P Turley, T Nee, C Ryan, K Brandon.

Replacements : E Gavin, P McNeill, S O’Higgins.

Castlebar : M Staunton, D Moran, L Staunton, N Byrne, E Thornton, R Conway, D Togher, L Molloy, I McDonagh, B Flannery, D Mulgrew, R Hughes, M Staunton, G Staunton, D Staunton.

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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.

See below link to register
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