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THE GAIN LINE 02/03/20

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ADULT RUGBY

Creggs Development Team away v Corinthians

The Development squad line-out this Saturday evening (March 7th.) away to Corinthians at 7pm, and they will hope to continue their excellent winning run.

The team are currently in second place in the Connacht J1C League, four points behind Ballyhaunis but Creggs has a game in hand.

It is a very competitive league and technically, any of the top five teams can still win the League. The Creggs Development management will be taking it one game at a time with all eyes on the first of their final four games, away v Corinthians, this Saturday evening. Please support the lads.

First Team welcomes Bective Rangers to Creggs

Following on from one of their best displays of the season, when defeating Castlebar by 30-12 in Creggs two weeks ago, and a training/bonding weekend in Kilkenny last weekend, the First team squad welcomes Bective Rangers First team to Creggs for a challenge game on the 4G pitch at 2.30pm on Saturday.

This game should prove ideal preparation for their two remaining fixtures in the League – very important for finishing the season with very good performances, in preparation for next season.

ADULT TEAM TRAINING

This Friday night, the First squad, Development squad and Under-20 players are training at the usual time of 8.15 pm on the 4G Pitch, with the Development squad captain’s run on the Green. All players requested to attend.

YOUTH RUGBY

Creggs Under-14 Girls for Connacht Cup Final

Connacht Under-14 Girls Cup Semi Final

Creggs RFC 52, Galwegians RFC 0,

Current holders, the Creggs Under-14 girls have qualified for their second consecutive Connacht Under-14 Girls Cup Final after a comprehensive victory over Galwegians last Sunday on the 4G pitch in Creggs.

After the terrible weather on Saturday, Sunday was a perfect day for rugby with the Creggs girls running in 8 tries during their victory.

Tries on the day came from Jemima Adams Verling, Sarah Purcell and Siofra Hession, with Siofra Hession also getting on the score sheet with 6 conversions.

This was a super display from all the squad and we wish ‘Good Luck’ to the girls in the final in the Sportsground, in Galway next weekend.

Well done to the girls and the coaches, and please support them in the Connacht Final.

Creggs Rugby: Jemima Adams Verling, Julie Ann Fahy, Stacey Corbally, Grace Scanlon, Darcey Farnon, Elizabeth Gory, Grace Mannion, Gweneth Heavey, Isabelle Quinn, Leah Heavy, Mikayla Gilooly, Rachel Slattery, Sarah Purcell, Shauna Walsh, Beibhinn Maher, Sophie Trayers.

Creggs Under-14s v Ballinasloe in challenge game

Creggs RFC Under-14’s had a training match against Ballinasloe RFC in Creggs last Thursday night. Both teams are pictured together above.

This was in preparation for their cup match V Buccaneers this Saturday at 6pm ko. As Buccaneers pitches are declared unplayable, please note match venue has been switched to a home match in Creggs.

SCHOOL RUGBY

CBS Junior team for Connacht Cup Final

Connacht Junior Schools Semi Final

CBS Roscommon 22, Sligo Grammer 10.

CBS Roscommon defeated Sligo Grammar in the Connacht Junior Schools Cup Semi-Final last Wednesday by 22-10. On the 4G Pitch in Creggs.

Onwards now to a Connacht Schools Junior Cup Final v St. Muiredachs College, Ballina, on next Wednesday week (11/03) at 3pm in the Sportsground, in Galway.

Well done to the lads and the coaches from all in Creggs RFC, and please support them in the Connacht Schools Final.

CBS Senior team lose Connacht Cup Semi Final

Connacht Senior Schools Semi Final

Sligo Grammer 22, CBS Roscommon 14.

CBS Roscommon were defeated away to Sligo Grammar in the Connacht Junior Schools Cup Semi-Final last week by 22-14.

CBS will feel hard-done by in this game, but they didn’t perform to their optimum, and it is Sligo Grammer that go forward to face the reigning champions, Garbally College in the Senior Cup Final.

Convent of Mercy win Girl’s Schools Quarter-Final

Connacht Girls Junior Schools Quarter Final – Pool A.

Convent of Mercy, Roscommon 39, Sacred Heart, Westport 15.

The Convent of Mercy Roscommon play Sacred Heart Westport had a great win in the Quarter-Final of the Connacht Junior Schools competition last Wednesday on the 4G pitch in Creggs.

The girls defeated Sacred Heart, Westport by 39-15, scoring five tries on the day in what was a very good performance.

The Girls now travel to Claremorris this week (Wednesday, 4th. – KO: 12 noon) to play Mount St Michael Convent Of Mercy in the Connacht Junior Schools League Pool A Semi Final.

St. Mary’s College bow out of Junior C Cup

Connacht Junior Schools C Cup

St. Mary’s College, Ballygar 7, Enniscrone 36.

St. Mary’s College, Ballygar were defeated in Creggs by a very strong Enniscrone team in the Connacht Junior Schools C Cup last week by 36-7.

Youth Team Fixtures

(Check www.CreggsRugby.ie / Creggs RFC Facebook for Fixture updates). PLEASE SUPPORT ALL OUR TEAMS THIS WEEK !

BOYS
Creggs Under-13’s Connacht Cup Last 16 postponed game V Monivea has been re-fixed for this Tuesday at 7.45pm.

Creggs Under-14’s Connacht Cup Last 16 game V Buccaneers (away) was cancelled last weekend and will now take place at home this coming Saturday at 6pm on the 4G in Creggs.

Creggs Under-15’s White Connacht Cup Last 16 postponed game V Galwegians has been re-fixed for this Wednesday at 7pm, on the 4G pitch in Creggs.

Creggs Under-17’s Connacht Cup Quarter-Final v Ballinasloe will be played away this weekend. Day/Time TBC.

NB
Creggs Under-16’s will play their Connacht League Final Replay v Corinthians on the weekend after next 9weekend of 15th.-16th. March)

GIRLS
Creggs Under-14 Girls will play the Connacht Under-14 Girls Cup Final in the Sportsground in Galway next Sunday at 12 Noon. They play the winners of Ballinasloe v Ballinrobe, which will be played this mid-week after their Semi Final had been postponed due to bad weather.

Creggs Under-18 Girls will play Tuam/Oughterard in the Quarter Final of the Connacht Under-18 Girls Plate next weekend. The Day/Time TBC. This match was cancelled last weekend due to bad weather.

Mini Rugby

Last weekend’s Mini Rugby Blitz had to be cancelled in Sligo due to the weather but the minis still trained in very bad weather.

On thus Saturday t(7th. March) the Under-8’s and Under-9’s have their Connaught Mini Blitz in Castlebar.

In Creggs, all other ages – Under-7’s, Under-10’s, Under-11’s, Under-12’s and Girls will play visiting Claremorris teams at home in Creggs.

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Conor Connelly – A Tribute
John Mulligan
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. It’s a saying that we in the media game tend to overuse when we look for a superlative to explain a moment of genius or that particular time when someone stands up and for his contribution, the team that no one gave a hope to, fights back and wins.
An unusual beginning for a tribute? Maybe. But the moment was one of the finest put together by any Creggs RFC man in my opinion. Creggs were playing Galwegians in the Connacht Under 16 Cup Semi-Final in a game that had garnered more interest than it should have. The first game between the teams in Creggs had finished in an unlikely 0-0 draw setting up a replay the following Thursday night in Glenina. U16! Yes, that age group. But that team had unearthed some amazing players and talent that went way beyond its years. One such talent we already knew was there but that night, everyone knew who this lad from the village was.
Conor Connelly was a mercurial sportsman. A Genius. Already, his prowess was known at school and even at National school we all knew who he was. The days of the Connelly Cup in Donamon had seen him rule the side pitch and as he grew older, that seemed to increase. His time in Creggs NS came to an end and at that stage the oval ball was calling. His brothers James and Robert had already tasted success in some way but this lad was lighting up grounds wherever he went. Which brings us to that moment in Glenina.
Considering this game was twenty-eight years ago, you will forgive me regarding placings but I think I am right. I was on the team that day. Picked as second row with Paul Beckett. Nigel Glennon was Number 8. Kieran Canny was scrum half and Conor was out half. It was a war. A large crowd from both clubs on the sidelines and we were not getting much regarding the 50/50 calls. The frustration was building and following a Galwegians move that broke down, thanks in no small measure to Darragh Collins, Micheal Glennon and Mike Lohan putting their heads where they shouldn’t, Creggs were still in front. One more score would seal the place in the final but we were not making any ground. As we cleared our lines there was a little conversation. I wont repeat word for word but I can remember the jist. For a lad who was known for being ultra-competitive, Conor was remarkably calm. I, on the other hand was not, the last words before going down for a scrum was “Keep it steady”. There could have been other words in it. An F here or there. It’s possible. Galwegians put in, Glennon took it against the head and with such speed it whizzed past me and Paul before we knew what was going on. Canny to Connelly and gone! And I mean gone! Galwegians were caught cold as Conor outran their backs to touch down. I got to him eventually to congratulate him and was greeted by that broad smile he had. It won us the game and we went on to win the cup with Conor again getting on the score sheet. This time from a block down.
You may wonder why I am retelling this story? I knew Conor from our days playing at underage from 14 up. And I got to know him well not only as a rugby player but as a person. And there were few finer. Playing rugby for the brief time before the call of the round ball took over and St Mel’s College, he was inspirational and when he was there you almost felt as if you were ahead before kick-off. Of course, college and work and life meant that most of us would move on. It’s amazing though that our paths would cross the odd time after that. Like when Roscommon beat Mayo in the Connacht Final in 2001. A game I covered, working for a Mayo Radio station and disgusted on the double that not only Galway were beaten by the Rossies but my adopted county as well! However, there was still that tinge of pride that the lad I played rugby with was one of the stars of that final.
Rugby is an incredible sport and where we come from is important. Conor may have lived elsewhere but his heart was always in Creggs. As a Glinsk man we learned that while we may have had our disagreements on the Gaelic field (and there were a few!), when it came to rugby, he was one man you wanted in his corner. I was asked to write this from a rugby perspective but I cannot without also mentioning the man. And he was a gentleman. To his wife Claire, his children Caragh, Rossa and Eoin. His parents Jimmy and Nora, Brothers James, Darragh and Robert and sister Sharon. My deepest sympathies.
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