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Creggs advance to Cawley Cup Final with solid display

Cawley Cup Semi Final

Dunmore RFC 13, Creggs Rugby 33.

Holders Creggs advanced to the Cawley Cup Final following an impressive away win over Dunmore in Sunday’s Semi-Final.

Creggs dominated the early exchanges and got the opening score in the 14th minute when winger Chris Duignan rounded off a superb handling move for a high quality try.

Shane Purcell kicked a penalty to extend Creggs lead before marauding number 8 Brian Diffley burst through for a fine try after Purcell’s well timed pass gave him space in midfield.

Purcell’s conversion put Creggs ahead by 15 points but Dunmore clawed their way back into the game with two penalties by former Creggs underage player Adam Canny.

With halftime approaching, Chris Duignan got over for his second try to put Creggs 20-6 ahead.

The third quarter belonged to Dunmore with Creggs pinned back in defence and struggling to clear their lines as the pressure intensified. A break by the Dunmore out-half resulted in a try out wide which the impressive Canny converted to reduce Creggs lead to 7 points.

That lead could have been wiped out entirely but for a dropped pass with the try-line beckoning in the 63rd minute as Dunmore threw everything into attack. Thereafter, Creggs regained the initiative with two well-struck penalties by Shane Purcell, who impressed with his range of skills.

Kevin Gavin crossed for Creggs 4th try in the final minute and Purcell’s conversion gave Creggs a 20 point winning margin, which does not adequately reflect Dunmore’s contribution to a closely contested game.

Creggs play their first league game of the season at home to Sligo next Sunday in Creggs and will be looking to build on the many positives from two successive Cup wins over Tuam and Dunmore.

The performance of second-rows Tom Oates and Brian Donoghue was key to victory over Dunmore, while all-action hooker Danny Arnold and captain Brian Diffley were also to the fore for Creggs.

Andrew Callaghan and Shane Purcell combined well at halback, with Chris Duignan a threat out wide and Eoghan Coyle, James Brandon and Elliot Jennings running strongly at every opportunity.

Impact off the bench is also a prerequisite in the modern game, and Creggs were well served in this regard with the rolling substitutes being used to good effect.

Creggs will meet Castlebar RFC in the Cawley Cup Final in December, a repeat of the pairing from last season, when Creggs won. Castlebar defeated Connemara and Monivea to reach the final.

Creggs Rugby: Eoghan Coyle, Ryan Horan, Elliot Jennings, James Brandon, Chris Duignan, Shane Purcell, Andrew Callaghan, Sean Higgins, Danny Arnold, Aidan Leech, Brian Donoghue, Tom Oates, Kevin Brandon, Brian Diffley (Capt.), Peter Lohan, Maurice Buckley, Matthew Curley, Alan Brandon,Tom Callaghan, Kevin Gavin.

Creggs Development lose out to Carrick in Curley Cup

Creggs Development 8, Carrick-on-Shannon RFC 30.

In their first outing of the season, Creggs Development team gave a spirited display but Carrick’s superior forward-power proved decisive in Saturday’s Curley Cup match on Creggs 4G pitch.

Carrick led by by 13-0 at half-time and added another penalty before Creggs responded with a try and a penalty to trail 16-8 heading into the final quarter but Carrick finished strongly to score two converted tries for a well deserved victory.

For their first game of the season and there were impressive displays by Robert Clarke,Conor Rohan, Tommy Devine and Matthew Curley with captain Brian Coady also prominent against a good Carrick Firsts. The Connacht J1C League commences in a fortnight and this squad are developing good structures that will stand to them in their league campaign, which kicks-off again Tuam RFC’s Seconds.

New players are always very welcome to come along to Creggs for training in Tuesday and Friday nights.

Senior teams Training

This week, the Creggs senior teams (Under-20’s, First’s and Development squads) are training at 8pm on Tuesday nights and 8.15pm on Friday nights.

New and returning players always welcome in Creggs – and no previous rugby experience necessary, as full coaching available for all levels.


Under-17’s defeat Tuam in Connacht League opener

Connacht Under-17 League

Creggs Rugby 22, Tuam RFC 17.

Creggs Under-17’s got their Connacht League campaign off to a good start with a hard fought win over Tuam RFC on Friday evening last Friday night in Creggs.

Creggs RFC Under-17 squad that defeated Tuam RFC in Creggs, in the Connacht League on Friday night.
Back Row (L to R): D. Gacquin, E. Smith, A. Gorman, R. O’Brien, J. Kennedy, C. Purcell, T.Etete, S. Connaughton, M. Hoey, J. Murray, E. Kelly, A. Kelly.
Front Row (L to R): L. Gregory, M. Kilcommons, M. Ryan, C. Dolan, E. Filhmo, M. Dowd, D. Gately, S. O’Rourke, and A. Looby.

Early Tuam pressure saw Ross Fahy cross the Creggs line for an early Tuam try, which was converted.

Creggs however controlled the rest of the half resulting in two wonderful tries from Sean O’Rourke and Mark Kilcommins giving the home side a 12-10 lead at half time.

A further brace of tries from Mark Dowd and Edimar Filhmo gave Creggs some breathing space but Tuam came back with a converted try of their own which led to a tense but highly entertaining final ten minutes.

Under-18.5’s play opening Connacht League Game v Sligo

Creggs Under-18.5 Boys will play their first Connacht League game of the new season v Sligo RFC at 12pm in Creggs next Sunday. Please support the lads

The Creggs team played a warm-up game v Monivea RFC last Friday night in Creggs, winning on a scoreline of 40 points to 14. It was a good performance from all the lads.

Youth Teams Training

Creggs Under-16 & Under-17 Boys training on Tuesday nights at 7pm in Creggs.

Creggs Under-15 Boys training every Sunday night at 7pm in Creggs.
A Pre-Season trip to Sligo is being organised by Under-15 coaches to include rugby games v Sligo RFC and surfing lessons. It will take place this Saturday, September 14th.

Creggs Under-14 Boys training every Tuesday night at 7.30pm in Creggs.

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

Creggs Girls Rugby Training on Monday nights for Under-14 at 7pm plus Under-16 and Under-18 Girls at 7.30pm in Creggs. New players always very welcome.


Mini Rugby Returns on Saturday September 21st.

Creggs Mini Rugby returns on Saturday week, September 21st. Full details next week on registration and the first day back for the new season.


Score Prediction Draw for World Cup opener v Scotland

The club has a Score Prediction Cards out now for Ireland’s opening match v Scotland in the World Cup in Japan next month. It’s just €2 a line or three for €5. Please support.

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