The Gain Line

THE GAIN LINE 11/03/19

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SENIOR Rugby Update

Creggs Development team play their last Connacht League game of the season on this Monday (Bank Holiday) v Ballina RFC in Creggs at 1pm. Please support the team on Monday.

Creggs Thirds (Over-35’s) will play Tullamore RFC Thirds (Over-35’s) on Saturday evening week (March 23rd.) in Creggs. Time TBC.

Creggs Firsts continue to train after a well deserved week off following eight competitive games/weekends in a row since Christmas.
They play Connemara RFC in the Connacht Junior Cup Final on Sunday week (March 24th.) in the Sportsground.

YOUTH Rugby

Creggs Under-15’s advance to Connacht Cup Semi-Final

Connacht Under-15 Boys Cup Quarter-Final.

Creggs RFC 39, Ballina RFC 27.

Creggs Under-15’s have qualified for the semi final of the Connacht Under-15 Cup after a very impressive victory over Ballina RFC on last Saturday afternoon in Creggs.

Playing against a considerable wind in the first half, Creggs came flying out of the blocks with super carrying up front from Noah Fallon, Lee Kilcoyne, Michael McAteer and Tomas Tiernan gave Creggs great front foot ball and Cormac Dolan moved the ball wide early and Creggs got in for two tries out wide through Edimar Fimho and Oisin O beirne for a 10 – 0 lead.

Ballina then got themselves into the game, following a few Creggs mistakes from knock ons and forward passes and they got in for 3 unanswered tries to lead 15-10 before Creggs outhalf DJ Hession got in for a crucial score to leave the score 15-15 at half time and Creggs would have been happy with that, playing against the strong breeze in the first half.

In the second half, Creggs stepped up the intensity upfront with Daniel Flynn and Aindriu Oates excellent on their introduction and outhalf DJ Hession was dictating things out the backs with some intelligent kicks and breaks , while outside him Centres Aodhan Looby and Jack Fleming were excellent in attack. Creggs got the next try through Ben Johnson which Looby converted for a 22-15 lead before Ciaran Purcell got in for a try which Looby again converted for a 29-15 lead. Ballina got in for another unconverted try to reduce the Creggs lead to 29-20 before Looby added an excellent long range penalty for a 32-20 lead.

Creggs continued to attack and push Ballina back and Cormac Feeley, Tadg Lyons and Miguel Arthur did well to carry and Eoin Kelly went in for a try which again Looby converted for a 39-20 lead with time running out. Ballina did get in for a late try and converted it to reduce the deficit to 39-27 but they could not deny Creggs victory and Creggs will play Corinthians RFC away in the Cup semi final in 3 weeks.

Creggs Rugby: Lee Kilcoyne, Ben Johnson, Michael McAteer, Noah Fallon, Ciaran Purcell (C), Eoin Kelly, Tomas Tiernan, Cormac Dolan, DJ Hession, Aodhan Looby, Jack Fleming, Josh Adams Verling, Tadg Lyons, Senan Lambe, Edimar Fimho. Oisin O Beirne, Patrick Keane, Miguel Arthur, Cormac Feeley, Daniel Flynn, Aindiu Oates, and Aidan Hoare.

Creggs Under-14’s have big win away in Connacht Cup

Connacht Under-14 Plate

Corrib RFC 11, Creggs RFC 20.

Creggs played Corrib away in the first round of the Connacht Plate on Wednesday night last in Headford. This was a very severe test for the Creggs outfit as they were up against a very physical Corrib outfit.

The home team went into a 5 – 0 lead early in the game but Creggs came back with a try to equalize just before half time. Corrib took the lead again with a penalty early in the second half but Creggs replied with another try.

This was a very hard fought game and Creggs scored two more tries to one further penalty from Corrib, leaving a well-deserved final score of Creggs 20, Corrib 11.

This was a fantastic team effort from Creggs having been behind on three separate occasions they never panicked and were deserving winners. The try scorers were Thomas King, Daniel Browne, Shane Maloney, and jack Donnelly

Creggs now go forward to meet Buccaneers in the Connacht Quarter Final in two weeks time.

Creggs Under-13’s bow out of the Under-13 Cup

Creggs Under-13’s interest in this year’s Connacht Under-13 Cup ended in Athlone on Saturday evening last. The lads came up against a strongest Buccaneers team but they finished with two great tries in the last 10 minutes.

Well done to all the boys, their coaches and parents – the team has progressed a great deal since the start of the season and they can look forward to next season with good deal of optimism

Best wishes to CBS in Senior Schools Cup Final

Best wishes from everyone at Creggs Rugby to CBS Roscommon Senior Rugby Team, who play Garbally College in the Connacht Senior Schools Final on this Wednesday (March 13th.) in the Sportsground in Galway. Kick-off is at 4pm.

The coaches have prepared the team very well all season and the team has responded with some great performances throughout their Cup campaign. Please support CBS Roscommon in the big game!

BOYS – YOUTH Team’s FIXTURES & TRAINING

Creggs Under-18.5’s will travel to Headford next Friday night for their Connacht Under-18.5 Cup Quarter Final with a 8pm Kick off.

Creggs Under-14’s Boys will train Tuesday night at 7pm in Creggs.

Creggs Under-15 Boys will train Thursday night at 7.30pm.

Creggs Under-16 Boys will train Friday night at 7pm in Creggs.

Creggs Under-17’s will be informed by text re training this week.

N.B. – Always check CreggsRugby.ie for any late changes to fixture dates and KO times.

GIRLS – YOUTH Team’s FIXTURES

Creggs Under-16 Girls Connacht Plate Semi-Final will be played this Saturday away v Corinthians RFC. Time to be confirmed. Please support the girls in their big game

Creggs Under-14 and Under-16 Girls travelled to Energia park, Donnybrook last Saturday night to attend the Ireland v France Womens International. Our recently crowned Connacht Under-14 Cup winners were playing at half time against Navan RFC and won that game 5 tries to 1. It was a great occasion and the French were well supported by vocal supporters so its not a day the girls will forget

MINI Rugby

Creggs Under-11’s will have their Connacht Blitz next Saturday in Buccaneers RFC, Athlone. Kick off 10.45am. Players to please be there at 10.15.

All other Creggs Mini’s squads ( Under-6’s, Under-7’s, Under-8’s, Under-9’s, Under-10’s and Under-12’s) will all train in Creggs next Saturday – on the 4G Pitch by 11am.

All coaches and parents that are assisting, please wear football boots only on the new 4G Pitch.

Club Lotto Winner

Congratulations to Mattie Corcoran, who this week scooped the €5,700 Jackpot in the Creggs Rugby LOTTO. Well done Mattie.

The Club LOTTO continues next week with a new Jackpot of €2,000.

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