Creggs make it three wins from three
Connacht J1A League
Creggs Rugby 17, Westport RFC 7,
With the three opening rounds completed and three wins, Creggs First Team are in second place, two bonus points behind Connemara and ahead of Sligo and Tuam in a tightly packed top half of the League. Creggs has by far the best defensive record in the league but but has scored the least of the top four teams, and hasn’t picked up any winning bonus points.
Played in perfect conditions on the 4G pitch, Creggs led from start to finish and the result was never really in doubt as Westport’s conversion of their injury time try was literally the last kick of the game.
An early Shane Purcell penalty put the home side in front but despite a monopoly of territory and possession, some handling errors, opposition turnovers and penalties conceded saw a number of promising attacks come to nought and it was on the stroke of half time when Creggs pulled ahead, with superb work by Peter Lohan on the half way line starting a move which finished with Kevin Gavin crossing for the opening try, Purcell landing the conversion to leave his side 10-0 ahead at the interval.
Creggs continued to monopolise in the third quarter but against a resolute defence found scores hard to come by – they looked to have scored a second try when Gavin, in blistering form, scorched up the right wing and was headed for the posts when called back for a foot in touch. Eventually on the hour mark Creggs did add their second try when Maurice Buckley finished off a rolling maul at the corner flag and Purcell landed a magnificent touchline conversion.
All this time however the penalty count continued to rack up against Creggs and with both Shane Purcell and Shane Dowd sent to the bin in the closing stages, for the second week running Creggs found themselves with thirteen men defending their line before conceding a converted try in the dying seconds.
Unfortunately, the referee has to accept a lot of responsibility for this game failing to flow with numerous penalties and far too many stops and starts.
Creggs Rugby: Shane Dowd, Kevin Gavin, Elliot Jennings, Tom Callaghan, Chris Duignan, Shane Purcell, Andrew Callaghan, Tom Fleming, Danny Arnold, Aidan Leech, Ian Whittington, Brian Donoghue, James Brandon, Pete Lohan, Brian Diffley,
Maurice Buckley, Sean Og Higgins, Kevin Brandon, Brian Cleary, Ryan Horan.
Creggs Development lose out to Ballyhaunis
Connacht J1C League
Ballyhaunis 34, Creggs Development 19.
Ballyhaunis superior forward power proved decisive in last Saturday’s Junior 1C League game played in ideal conditions at Ballyhaunis RFC grounds.
Ballyhaunis have a very strong pack of experienced forwards,and they used this advantage to good effect in the early stages to dominate the scrum and crossed for a try after just five minutes.
However, Creggs gradually settled into the game and some excellent interplay between Alan Brandon, Amory Duarte and fullback Martin Quinn resulted in a fine try for the highly impressive Quinn. Mark Brandon converted to give Creggs a 7-5 lead at half-time.
Ballyhaunis really upped their game in the third quarter and added two tries in quick succession to lead by 19-7, before Creggs hit back with another fine try by Martin Quinn following some slick handling by the backline.
However, Ballyhaunis broke down the field for another well-worked try and followed this up with a 40 metre drop goal by out-half Ryan Convey as the game moved into the final quarter.
Creggs responded with a fine try by Colin Canny, converted by Mark Brandon, to leave just 8 points between the teams but Ballyhaunis finally put the issue beyond doubt with a converted try in the 78th minute of a highly entertaining game.
Creggs Development have a home game against Corinthians next Saturday and can take heart from many aspects of the Ballyhaunis game, where they showed great spirit and no little skill in difficult circumstances.
Creggs Rugby: Martin Quinn, Chris Collins, Tommie Devine, Ronan Cahill, Amory Duarte, Michael Holland, Mark Brandon, Tommy Curley, Enda Tully, Eoghan Cahill, Robert Clarke, Damien Miskell, Brian Coady, Alan Brandon, Colin Canny, Aaron Glennon, Matthew Curley, Damien Nolan, John Mc Donnell, David O Gorman, Jack Haugh, Eoin Mulrooney, Gerard Comer.
Senior Team Fixtures
Creggs First team v Monivea in Connacht League
Creggs First team play at home again next Sunday in the Connacht J1A League game v Monivea RFC – KO 2.30pm. Please support the team.
Creggs Development home v Corinthians in Connacht League
Creggs Development team play at home this Saturday evening in the Connacht J1C League v Corinthians RFC – ko 7.30. Please support the team.
Creggs draw Westport away in Connacht Junior Cup
Creggs has been drawn against Westport RFC in the Connacht Junior Cup last 16. The game is due to be played on the weekend of January 12th.
SENIOR TEAM TRAINING
This week, the Creggs senior teams (Under-20’s, First’s and Development squads) are training at 8pm on Tuesday night and again at 8.15pm on Friday night.
New and returning players always welcome in Creggs – and no previous rugby experience necessary, as full coaching available for all levels.
Creggs Under-14 Girl’s win over Ballina
Connacht Under-14 Girls League Division 1:
Creggs RFC 47, Ballina RFC 28.
Creggs Under-14 Girl’s played their first Connacht League match against Ballina last Sunday in Creggs. It proved to be a very competitive and exciting game.
Most of the girls were playing their first game of rugby with only 7 of the squad having played last year when Creggs won the Under-14 Cup in the Sportsground last March.
The Game was played in very a good spirit with both teams wanting to run the ball at every opportunity. With Creggs tries coming from Emily Murray, Sarah Purcell, Jemima Adams Verling, and Siofra Hession.
Creggs Rugby: Beibhinn Maher, Siofra Hession, Gemima Adams Verling, Shauna Wash, Sarah Purcell, Julie Ann Fahy, Emily Murray, Darcy Farnon, Sienna Devaney, Stacey Corbally, Maeve Kilcommons, Grace Mannion, Fiona Duda, Grace Killian, Isabelle Quinn, Lucy Dunican, Sofie Trayers, Leah Heavey.
Youth Teams Fixtures & Training
YOUTH LEAGUE GAMES THIS WEEK:
Creggs Under-16 Boys play Corinthians RFC away this Saturday – Time TBC.
Creggs Under-18.5’s play Galwegians RFC away this Sunday – ko 12.30.
Under-16 Girls to play Connacht League Game
Creggs Under-16 Girls will play Galwegians RFC in away next Sunday – Time TBC
YOUTH TEAMS TRAINING
Creggs Under-18.5’s training TBC for this week.
Under-17 BOYS TRAINING
Creggs Under-17 Boys training on Wednesday night at 7pm in Creggs.
Under-16 BOYS TRAINING
Creggs Under-16 Boys training on Wednesday nights at 7pm in Creggs.
Under-15 BOYS TRAINING
Creggs Under-15 Boys training on both Sunday and Wednesday nights at 7pm in Creggs.
Under-14 BOYS TRAINING
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 This Saturday In Creggs
Creggs Mini Rugby continues this Saturday morning at 10.30am. All boys and girls between Under-7’s (six year-olds) to Under-12 years-olds very 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.