Connaught Junior League Division 1B


Castlebar – 20

Creggs – 3

This was the proverbial game of two halves, in the first Creggs compensated for set piece deficiencies with ferociously aggressive defence which clearly rattled the home side, in the second however Castlebar pulverised an already creaking Creggs scrum and the game closed out with uncontested scrums and Creggs surrender in that department complete. The opening exchanges were tepid enough but the game quickly built up to a furious momentum with Castlebar unable to turn territorial advantage into scores as Creggs tacked like demons and the normally smooth back division coughed up ball in the tackle affording Creggs the opportunity to counter attack. Castlebar lost their full back Mark Conlon to injury early in the game and the Creggs back three all punctured the opposition defence before Noel Flynn landed a penalty attempt for Creggs after 20 minutes, his side having earlier opted to kick to the corner when a shot at goal might have proved more productive. The Creggs lead was quickly cancelled when James Keane replied with a penalty goal resulting from Creggs failure to deal with the kick-off. The game continued to ebb and flow, Castlebar totally in control of the scrums and line-outs but Creggs knocking them down in mid field and looking dangerous on the counter. Unfortunately for Creggs a dropped pass ended one such promising attack and the resulting scrum gave Castlebar the platform from which they ultimately scored the game’s opening try, an unconverted pushover just before the half time whistle. The second half was very different, Creggs scrum and line out both shot to pieces and without any useable possession it was testimony to their defensive efforts that they only conceded two tries, the first essentially a second pushover credited to David Staunton after 20 minutes and the second on the stroke of full time when centre Ronan Conway finished off Castlebar’s only completed back move of the game. Jason Keane landed the conversion with a drop kick on the final whistle. The main concern for Creggs must be the hammering taken in the set pieces, particularly the scrums. Castlebar are not runaway league leaders by accident, they are efficient in all departments but with a particularly impressive scrum. On Saturday the gulf between the sides in the tight neutralised any defensive heroics by the visitors and meant there was always going to be only one winner here. Creggs now take a break over the Christmas, next up a hard first round cup game away to Corrib on January 6th with the prize for the visitors a home draw almost certainly against Castlebar the following week.

Creggs : D Brandon, T Callaghan, B Kilcommons, C Brandon, K Mulligan, S Quinn, N Flynn, K Brandon, P Lohan, K Ryan, S Blake, A Glennon, T Nee, P Corcoran, L Mannion.

Replacements : S O’Higgins, E Garvey, K Morris, P Leetch, D Hoare.

Castlebar : M Conlon, M Staunton, R Conway, L Staunton, N Byrne, J Keane, D Togher, D Staunton, G Sullivan, M Staunton, D Mulgrey, B Flannery, I McDonagh, L Molloy.

Replacements : M Moran, P Fabrey, D Glacken, D Moran, S Rogan.

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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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