Creggs have qualified for the semifinal of the Curley Cup,following victories over Dunmore and Ballinrobe in the earlier rounds of the competition.In the first round,a strong secondhalf display was sufficient to overcome a determined Dunmore team,with newcomers Maurice Buckley,Tom Oates and Rory Collins impressing alongside battle-hardened campaigners Bernard Kilcommons,Kevin Brandon and the Callaghan brothers. Final Score : Creggs 20 Dunmore 5.
An impressive display by debutant outhalf Rory Collins paved the way for an 18 -5 win over Ballinrobe at the Green in the quarter-final of the Curley Cup,a competition held in memory of a great Ballyhaunis man,the late Hugh Curley.
Ballinrobe opened the scoring with a try in the 18th minute,but Creggs replied almost immediately with a try from Bernard Kilcommons.
Shortly after halftime,Rory Collins landed a 35 metre penalty for Creegs,before he carved the Ballinrobe defence open with a superb solo try under the posts,which he also converted .
Tom Oates produced another powerful display,with Brian Donoghue,Peter Lohan and Andrew Callaghan also impressing for the home side.
Creggs 2nds got their season off to a promising start with a narrow 14-12 win over Carrick at the Green. With both teams using the game as a warm-up for the League campaign, Creggs featured a combination of youth and experience , with Noel Flynn,Ross Mugan,Neville Walker and Rory O Brolochain impressing in a competitive encounter. Creggs 2nds commence their League campaign on the weekend of October 3rd/4th , and new players are welcome.
James Brandon played in all 3 Under-18 Interprovincial games for Connacht,ending with a defeat by Leinster at the Sportsground on Saturday. In the opening round of the series,Connacht defeated Ulster 15 -8 in Magherafelt,with Brandon playing a key role in the Connacht pack. Munster proved too strong in the second game in Cork,while champions Leinster also got on top in the secondhalf to run out comfortable winners by 34 – 11 in the final game. However,James performed very well with some strong carries and tackles against a superbly drilled Leinster team. Melvin Conteh came on as a substitute against both Munster and Leinster,and he also performed impressively at this level.