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Connaught Junior League round 3

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Creggs – 32

Monivea – 25

Twenty minutes into the second half and Creggs suddenly found themselves in a strange place. With four tries already in the bag and the bonus point secured the home team was now on the ropes. Influential scrum-half Ronan Kelly who had struck up a promising partnership with Mark Brandon was forced to leave the field through a combination of injuries. At outhalf Brandon too was struggling with a hamstring which eventually forced his early exit, and first centre Tom Callaghan who with Sean Quinn formed a most effective mid-field pairing was despatched to the sin bin for what seemed an unusually long 10 minutes. With a bench comprised entirely of forwards Creggs 11 point lead now looked fragile and Monivea appeared intent on extracting maximum advantage. That they failed to do so is testimony to a magnificent rearguard action in which all involved played their part with some stand out contributions. In defence flankers Kieran Ryan and Peter Lohan along with outside centre Quinn were quite heroic and in taking the fight to their opponents number 8 T0m Fleming, second row Bernard Kilcommons and full back Emmet Collins made the hard yards which ultimately lifted the siege and afforded Brandon a final penalty chance which, badly hobbled at this stage, he duly converted. That gave Creggs a 14 point margin and although a late Kevin Higgins try converted by Jack Burke brought the visitors into losing bonus territory that was all they had to show for a game effort.

Creggs began well with Kelly and Brandon dictating the play and Brandon landed a penalty after 5 minutes. The first try a couple of minutes later began with Collins breaking out of defence, carried on by Callaghan and Kilcommons and from the ensuing ruck, Kelly fed Quinn on the blind to cross for a try which Brandon failed to convert. The next 10 minute period was dominated by Monivea who pounded the Creggs line but, having thrown up a couple of penalty chances, finally settled for a 3 pointer from Burke as the Creggs defence held. A notable feature of Creggs game was the quality of Kelly’s re-starts and Creggs hit back immediately securing the ball from a perfectly judged drop-off, Fleming and Kilcommons carrying forward for Lohan to score left of the posts, Brandon adding the conversion. Burke replied with a second penalty and again Creggs pulled away immediately from the re-start, this time Kilcommons splitting the defence for a try which Brandon converted. Following a period of sustained pressure scrum half Matthew Myles scored an unconverted try for Monivea to leave Creggs 11 points ahead at the interval. Fifteen minutes into the second half and Creggs looked to be out of sight as Ryan somersaulted spectacularly over the line to finish a move began by Mike Tiley, carried on by Quinn and Brandon’s conversion established what now looked an impregnable 18 point lead. Monivea again struck back however and a well taken try from flanker Cathal O’Brien converted by Burke left the score 29-18 as the game entered its dramatic final quarter. The drama was interrupted by a lights failure which held up play for several minutes and added a slightly surreal aspect to the closing stages. This is a rest weekend for Creggs, badly needed with a mounting injury list, the league campaign resumes on Saturday week away to Buccaneers.

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

Replacements : E Tully, A Leetch, L Nally.

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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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5 hours ago  ·  

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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9 hours ago  ·  

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