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Creggs big opening day a huge success

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Last Saturday was probably the greatest days in the forty-five years history of Creggs Rugby Club.

From as early as 10.30am about 350 boys (from Creggs, Carrick on Shannon RFC, and Claremorris RFC plus 50 girls (from Creggs, Dunmore RFC and Claremorris RFC) gathered to play a Mini Rugby Blitz on the four playing pitches including on the full-size World Rugby Approved 4G artificial all-weather pitch, the only one in Connacht and the region. It was really an impressive sight to see so many boys and girls from six to 12 year-olds playing games and enjoying themselves in good weather.

Later on in the afternoon, several Creggs youth teams played Connacht League and friendly games, including a great performance from the Creggs Under-16 team that defeated League leaders Ballinasloe by 36-19.

Creggs Under-16 Boys Team

The Development team and a large number of former players (The Creggs Legends), nearly fifty in total then entertained the crown on the 4G (see report below). It was a great game and reunion occasion.

The Official Opening ceremony of the three new pitches (including the 4G), the new Terrace, new Stand, and the new Electronic Score board, as well os the popular new Amenity Walkway. In typical fashion for a community proud club like Creggs RFC, eleven club members, representing the various parts of the club, cut the tape in unison, on the new 4G pitch, in front of the new stand.

The day on the fields was then crowned by a good Creggs Senior First team League bonus point win over Buccaneers by 38-21 (see match report here).

Pictured are some of the excellent new facilities that were officially opened at Creggs RFC last Saturday – New Terrace and Stand, at the new 4G Pitch with the new electronic scoreboard also in the background.

Finally, 250 people attended a great night at the Creggs RFC 45th. Anniversary Dinner Dance in the Abbey Hotel on Saturday night. It was a wonderful evening to finish off a magnificent day for the club.

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