The Gain Line

The Gain Line 10/02/20

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ADULT RUGBY

Creggs Senior teams back in action this weekend

The Creggs Senior First team’s next game is a potentially difficult away trip to Westport, who are in joint-third position in the League, eight points behind Creggs, who are in second place. This Connacht J1A League game is in Westport on Saturday night at 7.30pm.

CONNACHT J1A LEAGUE TABLE 

P

TEAM

P

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

BP

D

Pts

1

Connemara

10

10

0

0

305

115

190

5

0

45

2

Creggs

11

8

0

3

213

147

66

4

0

36

3

Tuam

11

5

0

6

251

181

70

8

0

28

4

Westport

11

6

0

5

221

190

31

4

0

28

5

Castlebar

11

5

0

6

213

205

8

5

0

25

6

Monivea

11

5

0

6

226

293

-67

3

0

23

7

Sligo

11

2

0

9

199

267

-68

6

0

14

8

Buccaneers

10

2

0

8

114

344

-230

1

0

9

Following on from two tough and close wins, home and away v Ballinasloe, Creggs Development team now play what promises to be a very difficult away fixture in the Connacht JIC League v Carrick on Shanon on this Sunday at 2.30.

CONNACHT J1C LEAGUE TABLE

P

TEAM

P

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

BP

D

Pts

1

Ballyhaunis

9

6

1

2

186

96

90

5

0

31

2

Creggs

8

6

0

2

140

121

19

3

0

27

3

Ballinasloe

8

5

0

3

144

85

59

5

0

25

4

Tuam

8

5

1

2

103

119

-16

1

0

23

5

Carrick on Shannon

9

4

1

4

147

113

34

4

0

22

6

Corinthians

8

1

1

6

118

168

-50

3

0

9

7

OLBC

8

0

0

8

48

184

-136

2

0

2

ADULT TEAM TRAINING

This weekend, the First Team squad, Development squad and Under-20’s train at 8.15 pm on Friday evening on the 4G Pitch

YOUTH RUGBY

Two great Cup wins for Creggs Under-15 Boys teams

Connacht Under-15 Connacht Cup

Creggs RFC ‘White’ 26, NUIG RFC 10.

On Sunday evening the Creggs Under-15s ‘White’ Team hosted Buccaneers in the Connacht Under-15 Cup.

Captained by Thomas king, this highly motivated and organised team, took everything that a fancied Buccaneers side threw at them.

The Creggs half-backs of Ben Donnellan & Brian Keegan ran the game very well, with some fine tactical kicking and passing. Tommy and Conor Morris were under every ball that was kicked back at them, one such catch resulting in a silky 50 metres run by Tommie Morris to score Creggs only try.
Vice-Captain Brian Keegan kicked the conversion which was the eventual winning margin.

Some fantastic defensive work from Nathan Halligan, Cian Esicio, Matthew O’Brien to name but a few resulted in Creggs recording a two point win, and making two wins from two Connacht Cup for the Creggs Under-15 teams.

Next up for the Creggs Under-15 ‘White’ squad, is a Cup game v Galweigans at home in Creggs this weekend – details TBC. Check the Club website (www.CreggsRugby.ie) or Creggs RFC Facebook for updates on this fixture.

If they play the same as last time, this selection can win again. Please support the lads this weekend.

Very impressive away Cup win for Under-16 Girls

Connacht Under-16 Girls Cup

Sligo RFC 5, Creggs 24.

The Creggs Under-16 Girls played the Quarter Final of the Connacht Under-16 Cup.

It was a very tight affair for the first half, but the Creggs Girls proved the stronger in the second half.

The Creggs Under-16 Girls out again this weekend – away v Ballina in the Connacht Under-14 Cup Quarter- Final. KO is at 12pm on Sunday. Please support the girls.

Youth (& Schools) Teams – Fixtures

(Check www.CreggsRugby.ie and Creggs RFC Facebook for Fixture detail updates!)

GIRLS
Creggs Under-14 Girls are away v Ballina in the Connacht Under-16 Cup Semi-Final – this Saturday at 12pm. Please support the girls.

Creggs Under-16 Girls are away v Ballina in the Connacht Under-14 Cup Quarter- Final this Sunday at 12pm. Please support the girls.

BOYS
Creggs ‘White’ Under-15 Boys home v Galweigans in the Connacht Under-15 Cup – this weekend, TBC.

NB
Creggs Under-16 Boys Connacht Division 1 League Final has been moved back to weekend of the 23rd February.

SCHOOLS
CBS Roscommon Senior Team v Garbally College in the Connacht Senior Schools Cup on this Thursday night at 7.30pm, on the 4G Pitch in Creggs.

Convent of Mercy Roscommon Junior Team play the Connacht Schools Junior 10’s League Pool A game v Sacret Heart, Wesport on the 4G Pitch in Creggs next Tuesday (18th.).

MINI RUGBY

BLITZ this Saturday in Creggs for All MINI Squads

Last Saturday (8th. February) Creggs hosted a MINI Rugby Blitz with Buccaneers RFC. There was games for all ages except Under-11s as Buccaneers had no team at the age level on the day.

The next big outing is on this Saturday (15th. February) at Balinasloe RFC, who are hosting. There will be games for all ages and kick off will be at 10.30. All coaches are asked to please be ready by 10.15am.

New MINI Rugby Players Always Welcome
Creggs MINI Rugby always welcomes new players. We will have boys and girls teams from Under-7 (six year-olds) through each year up to Under-12’s. Come along and try it out on Saturday mornings. Parents are also very welcome to help with coaching (full training provided) or to help support the great efforts at Creggs MINI Rugby coaching team.

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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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