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Ballyhaunis – 19
Creggs – 8

Nothing in the opening period suggested the second-half horror show that was to follow for Creggs. Perhaps in hindsight the ease with which the home side scored their opening try had ominous undertones but turning around one point to the good Creggs had grounds for optimism at half-time.

Played in perfect conditions Creggs were first on the scoreboard, Mark Brandon slotting over a penalty after two minutes. The visitors lead was short-lived however as four minutes later the impressive Ballyhaunis no. 8 picked up from a scum well outside the danger zone but the Creggs defence went missing in action as he sauntered over for a try converted by Gerry Patterson.

Seven minutes later Creggs lead was restored, Ronan Kelly sending a well judged kick to the right which was caught in mid air by winger Stephen Crehan whose speed on the outside left the Ballyhaunis defence for dead. Brandon narrowly missed the conversion.

Creggs generally looked the better team before half-time, pulverising the Ballyhaunis scrum but coughed up a series of penalties which generally undid their efforts. That coupled with some critical handling errors and taking wrong options saw the game turn around on a knife edge.

Barely two minutes into the second half however Creggs conceded a try which could best be described as the rugby equivalent of a soccer own goal. From an innocuous looking set piece 40 metres out, Ballyhaunis shovelled the ball out slowly, running across the field and suddenly their full-back Patterson found himself touching down having been more or less waved through. He failed to convert his own try but sealed the deal 20 minutes later after centre Stephen Shanaghy scored his side’s third try, the Creggs defence again proving uncharacteristically porous.

The result was no longer in doubt but Creggs spurned two late penalty opportunities which could have yielded a losing bonus point in favour of impromptu running efforts which were quenched at source by a ruthless Ballyhaunis defence in which their entire back row was quite outstanding.

On a bad day at the office for Creggs two forwards, Peter Heavey and Peter Lohan stood out, otherwise this is one best forgotten.

Next up is Corrib on Saturday week, postponed from Sunday next and this game now becomes a must win for Creggs.

Creggs : P Heavey, E Garvey, P McNeill, B Kilcommons, T Nee, P Lohan, K Ryan, T Fleming, R Kelly, M Brandon, P Gavin, T Callaghan, S Quinn, S Crehan, S Kilcommons.

Reserves : N Flynn, A Callaghan, M Tansey.

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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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