The Gain Line

THE GAIN LINE 04/11/19

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ADULT RUGBY

Unbeaten rivals go head-to-head in Creggs this Saturday

Unbeaten League toppers Connemara and Creggs go head-to-head in the Connacht J1 League in Creggs this Saturday evening at the earlier k.o. time of 6pm.

Pos

Team

Pld

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

BP

Ded

Pts

1

Connemara

5

5

0

0

162

71

91

3

0

23

2

Creggs

5

5

0

0

116

56

60

2

0

22

3

Sligo

5

2

0

3

125

80

45

3

0

11

4

Tuam

5

2

0

3

127

88

39

3

0

11

5

Monivea

5

2

0

3

109

155

-46

1

0

9

6

Westport

5

2

0

3

70

97

-27

0

0

8

7

Castlebar

5

1

0

4

81

88

-7

3

0

7

8

Buccaneers

5

1

0

4

45

200

-155

0

0

4

This promises to be a massive encounter with high-flying Connemara, who recorded a resounding an impressive 48-0 away win over disappointing Buccaneers last Sunday in Athlone. After Creggs impressive away bonus point win over Tuam, just one league point seperates the two sides at the top of the table.

A big crowd is expected in Creggs for what is possibly the most attractive fixture in Connacht rugby so far this season.

Excellent Creggs bonus point win away to Tuam

Connacht J1 League

Tuam RFC 19, Creggs Rugby 34,

Creggs First team came away from Tuam with an unexpected bonus point victory to stay a point behind Connacht League leaders Connemara ahead of next Saturday’s top of the table clash in Creggs.

Creggs were missing a number of regulars against Tuam, but this was scarcely a factor as the team ran in four tries to lead by 31-12 midway through the second half.

Tuam dominated the early exchanges and won a penalty which full back Matthew Murphy kicked with ease. Creggs responded with some determined bursts upfield, with highly impressive debutant winger Martin Quinn almost squeezing in the right corner, before Kevin Gavin crashed over for a fine try on the other side of the pitch. Shane Purcell converted.

However, Tuam hit back with typical determination and due to some indiscipline by Creggs, this yielded three successful penalties by ace kicker Murphy to one for Purcell. Tuam lead 12-10 at half-time.

Creggs lost industrious scrum-half Brian Cleary to injury after 15 minutes but Mark Brandon proved to be a capable replacement, combining well with out-half Shane Purcell.

Back-row Ronan Cahill also had to go off injured with Danny Arnold faring well on his introduction to the fray. Tuam had considerable momentum heading into the second half but this quickly dissipated as first Tom Fleming crossed for a fine try, which Purcell converted.

Then Purcell himself outpaced the cover for a third Creggs try. Tuam’s cause wasn’t helped by a sin-binning which proved costly with two tries conceded during this period.

Maurice Buckley added a fourth try following a rolling maul from a line-out to which Tuam had no answer, with Shane Purcell’s conversion putting Creggs almost out of sight at 31-12.

In the last quarter, the remaining Creggs replacements Matthew Curley, Conor Rohan, and Ryan Horan joined the frey.

Tuam kept battling to the end and they finally broke through for a well-worked try with eight minutes remaining, but Creggs held out for a great win.

Creggs Rugby: Eoghan Coyle, Martin Quinn, Elliot Jennings, Tom Callaghan, Kevin Gavin, Shane Purcell, Brian Cleary, Aidan Leech, Maurice Buckley, Tom Fleming, lan Whittington, Brian Donohoe, Kevin Brandon, Ronan Cahill, Brian Diffley, Danny Arnold, Matthew Curley, Conor Rohan, Mark Brandon, Ryan Horan.

Creggs Development team prepare for OLBC game

After a well contested victory over Carrick-On-Shannon the previous week, the Creggs Development were set to travel to Ballinasloe last Saturday night to take on the Junior 1C pacesetters. After the heavy rain on Friday night and Saturday, their pitch was deemed unplayable, so that game was postponed.

The next scheduled Connacht Junior 1C game is down for Saturday week (Nov. 16) in Creggs v Our Lady’s Boys Club. Creggs Development are currently third in the J1C League Table and with two good wins in a row, the squad is coming into good form. New and returning players always welcome in Creggs – and no previous rugby experience necessary, as full coaching available for all levels.

ADULT TEAM TRAINING

This week, the Creggs Under-20’s and Development squads are training at 8pm on Tuesday night and again at 8.15pm on Friday night.

UPDATE On Official Opening Day in Creggs

As part of the official opening of new facilities at Creggs RFC, the club will host a very special day of rugby on Saturday, November 23rd.

The First Team will play Buccaneers RFC in a J1 League match and the Creggs Development team will play Loughrea Second XV for the annual PJ Forde Memorial Trophy.

Special Third’s Team game v Invitational XV

There will also be a Third adult rugby match with our extended Development squad and other players playing against an Invitational XV of former and retired players. All former players that would like to be involved, please contact: Mattie Corcoran, Kevin O’Rourke, Paul Turley, Micheal Glennon, Pat Coffey, Sean Brandon, Adrian Leddy, Alan Glennon, or Vincent Collins.

It is also planned that all Boys and Girls Youth teams will play at some stage on the four pitches during the biggest day in Creggs Rugby Club’s history.

The plan is that the day will start off with a showcase MINI Blitz with all boys and girls involved. More details next week on the Youths and MINI programmes for the big day.

The official opening of the three new pitches (including the 4G artificial/ all-weather pitch), the new stand, new Scoreboard and the new amenity walkway around the grounds will take place as part of a full programme of events at the club.

45th Anniversary Dinner

That night, the 45th. Anniversary of the Club will be celebrated at a Dinner Dance in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon. Tickets are available now from Committee members. Please mark the 23rd. of November in your calendar. It will be a great day and night!

Great win for Under-14 Girls away to Sligo

YOUTH RUGBY

Great win for Under-14 Girls away to Sligo

Connacht Under-14 Girls League

Sligo RFC 17, Creggs RFC 45.

The Creggs Under-14 Girls team continued their impressive start to the new season with an away win over Sligo last Sunday.

Played in lovely conditions, the girls scored 7 tries on the day from Jemima Adams Verling and Sarah Purcell with Sofra Hession converting 5 of those tries.

While the scoreline looks comprehensive, this was a very competitive game. Only that Creggs took their chances combined with some outstanding defence near their own line kept out Sligo out on four occasions. Great combined defensive work from Siofra hession, Darcey Farnon, Stacey Corbally, Shauna Walsh, Isabelle Quinn, Leah Heavey, Meave kilcommons, and Grace Killian keep Sligo out.

The club thanks to all the parents that travelled to Sligo to support the team.

Creggs Rugby: Beibhinn Maher, Siofra Hession, Jemima Adams Verling, Michaela Gillooly, Darcy Farnon, Sienna Deveney, Stacey Corbally, Shauna Walsh, Grace Killian, Isabelle Quinn, Sofie Trayers, Leah heavey, Emily Doorly, Rachel Slattery, Sarah Purcell, and Meave Kilcommons.

Another great win for Creggs Under-13 Boys Team

Connacht Under-13 Boys League

Creggs Rugby 24, Gort RFC 12.

Creggs Under-13 boys enjoyed another terrific win over a very strong Gort side on Saturday in Creggs.

It was a fabulous team performance with a great display of tackling. Leo Flynn scored the first try after 5 minutes, followed by Cathal Maloney’s converted try to put Creggs 12-7 ahead at half time. In the second half, Martin Connaughton and Dylan Carroll, in a great team effort, made it to 24-12, the final score.

Cathal Maloney converted a try

Creggs Rugby: James Bligh, Matthew Beirne, Ciaran Mulry, Mason Noone, Eoin Kelleher, Gerard Healy, Mark McDonnell, Luca Cormican, Leo Flynn, Adam Becket, Bryan Murray, Cillian Hussey, Jamie Lohan, Cian Farrell, Cian McLoughlin, Cathal Maloney, Dylan Carroll, Luke Kilcommons and Martin Connaughton.

Jack Tucker makes his Ireland debut v Italy

Congratulations to Creggs Under-18.5 playerJack Tucker who lined out for Ireland’s Under-18 Clubs team v Italy at tight head prop last weekend.
Jack is picture receiving his Ireland Cap.

Creggs scrum half Aodha Hession made his Ireland debut in this similar fixture last year.
Congratulations to their parents and coaches at Creggs RFC and CBS Roscommon Rugby.

YOUTH LEAGUE GAMES THIS WEEK:

Creggs Under-14 Boys v Loughrea RFC in Creggs on Saturday at 12.30 in the Connacht Under-14 League

Creggs Under-16 Boys Away v Sligo RFC on Saturday with an 11am ko in the Connacht Under-16 A League.

Creggs Under-16 Girls Away v Connemara RFC in the Connacht Under-16 Division 1 Girls League on Sunday. KO TBC.

Creggs Under-18.5 Away to Corinthians RFC this weekend in the Connacht Under-18.5 Division 1 League. The day and time TBC,

YOUTH TEAMS TRAINING

Creggs Under-18.5’s training TBC for this week.

Creggs Under-17 Boys training on Wednesday night at 7pm in Creggs.

Creggs Under-16 Boys training on Wednesday nights at 7pm in Creggs.

Creggs Under-15 Boys training Wednesday night at 7pm in Creggs.

Creggs Under-14 Boys training Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7.30pm in Creggs.

Creggs Under-13 Boys training every Wednesday night at 7pm in Creggs.

GIRL TEAMS TRAINING

Creggs Girls Rugby Training every Monday night for Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 Girls at 7.30pm in Creggs.

MINI RUGBY

Creggs MINI Rugby Training (Boys & Girls – 6 to 12 year-olds) on Saturday at 10.30am.

New players always welcome. We will have boys and girls teams from Under-7 (six year-olds) through Under-8’s, Under-9’s, Under-10’s Under-11’s, and up to Under-12’s.

Registration is available on-line and the new season that will run through to April 2020.

Parents are very welcome to help with coaching (full training provided) or helping to support the great efforts at Creggs MINI Rugby.

New Connacht Ambassadors appointed to Creggs RFC

Connacht Rugby recently announced the Player/Club Ambassador Programme for the 2019/ 2020 season. Creggs RFC welcomes Stephen Fitzgerald, who join Cregg’s and Connacht’s own Denis Buckley who have been selected as our two Connacht Player/Club Ambassadors.

This programme involves each club in Connacht being paired with two pro or academy players who will act as their ambassadors for the remainder of the campaign. Over the coming months these players will be made available to the clubs for a number of visits, with the club deciding how best to utilise their skills and expertise for those visits.

This is the third year of the Player Ambassador Programme and its aim is to build on relationships that exist between the playing squad and grassroots rugby in the province.

Stephen Fitzgerald, Connacht and Shannon RFC joins Denis Buckley as Connacht Player/Club Ambassador to Creggs Rugby.

Stephen Fitzgerald (born 13 November 1995) plays primarily as a fullback, but can also play on either wing. Fitzgerald joined Connacht, where his younger brother Conor is an academy player, on a three-month loan deal in December 2018. He made his debut for Connacht in their 21–12 win against Ulster in round 12 of the 2018–19 Pro14 on 28 December 2018, replacing Kyle Godwin in the 63rd minute. He also represents Shannon in the All-Ireland League.

Born in Ardnacrusha, County Clare, Fitzgerald first began playing rugby aged 7 with Shannon. He attended Ardscoil Rís, Limerick and lost finals at both Junior and Senior Cup level with the school.

His quality was spotted at an early stage and he represented Munster in all under-age grades, as well as playing Under-19s and Under-20s with Ireland.

He made his debut for Ireland Under-20s on 13 February 2015, starting against France Under-20s in the 2015 U20 Six Nations and scoring a try. He also represented Ireland Under-20s at the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship, scoring two tries against Scotland Under-20s on 20 June 2015.

He went on to make his PRO12 debut with Munster in September 2015 against Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium, scoring his first senior try. Later in the season he featured in the Ireland Men’s 7s squad and made five Munster A appearances in the B&I Cup.

At the start of the 2017-18 season he was awarded a senior contract with Munster Rugby. In December 2018, he signed a short-term deal with Connacht, and this was extended and then converted into afull-time move to Connacht earlier this year. Stephen is highly regarded by Connacht Rugby as a very talent back three player.

Roscommon native Denis Buckley, a long established Connacht prop, a former player and good friend to Creggs Rugby is a Connacht Player/Club Ambassador to Creggs Rugby.

Connacht Rugby extended Denis Buckley’s contract earlier this year that will see him remain at his home province until at least the end of the 2020-21 season.

The Roscommon native has made well over 160 appearances for Connacht since making his debut as an Academy player in 2011.

Denis has previously been part of Irish underage squads at Under-18 and Under-20 level. In 2018, he played on the Barbarians side that defeated England in Twickenham.

In addition to the strong association as a former player with Creggs Rugby, Denis Buckley has been very generous with his time and assistance in coaching in Creggs and we look forward to working with Denis and Stephen for the remainder of this season.

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Big day in the history of Creggs Rugby Club on Saturday week 23rd of November.

Starting with a mini blitz on Saturday morning, 3 youth league games, 3 adults team:games and the official opening of the new pitches / stand and walk at 4.30pm .

That night the 45th anniversary Annual Dinner dance will be in the the Abbey Hotel at 8pm.

Anyone who would like tickets for the Dinner Dance please contact any member of the committee. Tickets €45 and €35 for students.
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Hard luck to our U18's who travelled to Corinthians RFC today and came up just short losing 19-15. With injuries and lads unavailable we travelled with a very small squad but the boys showed great pride and commitment coming back from 19~3 down at half time to narrowly lose. A super bunch of players who have a very promising season ahead. ... See MoreSee Less

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Well done Creggs U16’s girls who travelled to a wet and windy Clifden today and came away with a tough 22-10 victory over a very strong Connemara RFC outfit. ... See MoreSee Less

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