The Gain Line

THE GAIN LINE 12/11/18

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SENIOR Rugby

Creggs Development Team picks up a bonus point 

Connacht Junior 1C League

Creggs Development Team  7,   Ballyhaunis RFC  8.

Ballyhaunis travelled to The Green on Saturday evening and came away with a hard-earned victory over Creggs Development team following a tight game more notable for strong defensive play than attacking prowess. 

The big Ballyhaunis pack dominated possession in the opening quarter and a try by scrumhalf Gabriel Gallagher in the 22nd minute was a reward for strong scrummaging close to the Creggs line.

Gradually Creggs began to exert more influence on proceedings but scoring opportunities were in short supply as Ballyhaunis were vigilant in defence and the home side struggled to generate much momentum from their backline.

A penalty by Gallagher midway through the secondhalf gave Ballyhaunis an important 8 nil lead which meant that Creggs needed to score at least twice for victory.

This was a tough ask but when Noel Gately ghosted through for a fine solo try in the 69th minute Creggs were right back in the game.

Michael Farrell’s magnificent touchline conversion reduced the deficit to a single point but Ballyhaunis regained control in the closing stages to close out the match in determined fashion.

Creggs can take a lot of encouragement from this game with a tremendous defensive effort shown against the powerful Ballyhaunis team.

Peter Lohan at No.8 was Creggs outstanding player, leading by example with some thundering tackles in an all-action display. 

CONNACHT J1C LEAGUE TABLE

POS

TEAM

PLD

W

L

D

PF

PA

DIFF

BP

DED

PTS

1

Ballina

4

3

1

0

158

71

87

3

0

15

2

Creggs

5

3

2

0

100

134

-34

3

0

15

3

Ballyhaunis

5

3

2

0

82

66

16

2

0

14

4

OLBC

5

2

3

0

112

134

-22

3

0

11

5

Corinthians

3

2

1

0

74

71

3

1

-1

8

6

Oughterard

4

1

3

0

94

92

2

4

0

8

7

Portumna

4

1

3

0

74

126

-52

2

-1

5

Creggs remain well placed (level at the top with Ballina which has a game in hand) in the Connacht J1C League and now have a break from competitive action before travelling to Oughterard for the next League game on December 3rd. 

Training continues on Tuesdays at 8pm and Fridays at 8.15pm. Any players that haven’t paid their membership, should do so within the next week.

CREGGS RUGBY: Barry Egan, John Scroope, Tommy Devine, Michael Holland, Oisin McConn, Michael Farrell, David Hoare, Tommy Curley, Sean Higgins Matthew Curley, Alan Glennon, Damien Nolan, Eoghan Cahill, Graham Curran, Peter Lohan, John Duffy, Noel Gately, Conor Gore, Andy Boyle, Paul McNeill, John Devine, Neville Walker, Jamie Ryan, and Philip Leech.

Early League KO v Sligo RFC in Creggs on Saturday

After a rest last weekend, Creggs First Team can jump in to second-place in the Connacht J1 League on Saturday (Note: early KO at 12 Noon) if they defeat Sligo RFC in Creggs.

 With the best defensive record in the Division, and the early season injury list shortening, coaches Pat Cunningham (head coach), Liam Callaghan, Ger Dowd, and team management, Kevin O’Rourke and Berney Higgins will hope that the team continues to improve, having scored a bonus point win over Buccaneers last time out.

Training continues on Tuesdays at 8pm and Fridays at 8.15pm. Any players that haven’t paid their membership, should do so within the next week.

CONNACHT J1A LEAGUE TABLE 

POS

TEAM

PLD

W

L

D

PF

PA

DIFF

BP

DED

PTS

1

Connemara

5

4

1

0

132

63

69

4

0

20

2

Monivea

5

4

1

0

73

69

4

1

0

17

3

Castlebar RFC

5

2

3

0

96

89

7

8

0

16

4

Creggs

4

3

1

0

68

35

33

2

0

14

5

Westport

6

3

3

0

116

124

-8

2

0

14

6

Galwegians

5

3

2

0

107

151

-44

2

-3

11

7

Sligo

6

1

5

0

104

118

-14

4

0

8

8

Buccaneers

6

1

5

0

95

142

-47

4

0

8

Youth Rugby:

BOYS

Creggs Under-18’s stay top 

Connacht Under-18 Division 1B League 

Creggs RFC  20,  NUIG  5,

Creggs Under-18’s maintained their 100 per cent record in the Connacht League last weekend. However, their overall performance left a lot to be desired and improvement will be demanded from this talented side for their next outing in Creggs on Sunday v Monivea.

 The home team were 10 – nil up at half-time and doubled that in the second-half, while also conceding a try.

The Creggs try scorers were: Conor Rohan, Tom Farrell and Thomas O’Brien. Mark Purcell score a penalty and also had one conversion.

Creggs Rugby: Tom Farrell, Eric O Doherty, Aodha Hession, Mark Purcell, Lorcan Maher, Ethan Glennon, Ciaran Corcoran, Conor Rohan , Martin Quinn, Thomas O’ Brien, Ronan Lambe, Jack Tucker, Tim Lambe (Capt), Jack Keegan, Eoin McDonnell, Jack Hanley, Micheal Beirne, John McDonnell, Ryan O’Keeffe, and Kaylem Holian.

CONNACHT LEAGUE TABLE U-18.5 DIVISION 1B

POS

TEAM

PLD

W

L

D

PF

PA

DIFF

DED

PTS

1

Creggs

5

5

0

0

132

43

89

0

20

2

Corrib

5

4

1

0

164

70

94

0

16

3

NUIG

6

2

3

1

125

152

-27

0

10

4

Monivea

5

2

3

0

100

119

-19

0

8

5

Oughterard

6

2

4

0

71

150

-79

0

8

6

Westport

5

0

4

1

59

117

-58

0

2

GIRLS

Creggs girls continue to impress

Connacht Under-14 Girls League:

Creggs RFC  60,   Westport-Corinthians RFC 10.

Creggs girls played a combined Westport RFC and Corinthian RFC team in Creggs last Saturday morning and sxored 10 tries through Jennifer Morris, Sarah Purcell, Siofra Hession and Caoimhe Walsh. The girls were stronger than the opposition on the day but will have a tougher encounter in a few weeks when they play Galwegians RFC. 

Creggs Rugby: , Beibhinn Maher, Shauna Walsh, Aideen Walsh, Rachel McDonald, Jennifer Morris, Caoimhe Walsh, Anna Kelly, Megan Donoghue, Emma Mannion,  Jemina Verling, Gabriela Kilcommons, Fiona Duffy, Michaela Gillooly, Julie Ann Fahy, Roisin Maher,  Sarah Purcell, Jean O Boyle, Aoibhinn Murray, Chloe Taylor, Aoibhinn Murray.  Aisling Nally, Nadine Fitzmaurice.

Creggs Under-14 Girls training every Monday evening at 7pm in Creggs.

New Under-16 Girls Team – More Players Very Welcome 

Creggs RFC relaunched girls rugby this season for Under-14’s and currently have over 23 girls playing and training every Monday night at that age group. So far the girls have had games versus Westport, Claremorris and Ballina and are so far unbeaten.  

 The popularity of rugby is certainly spreading through the good work being done by CRDO Micheal Glennon in the local secondary schools, with Creggs currently having 13 Under-16 players training every Monday night also. 

 New players at Under-16 (born 2003/2004) are very welcome to come out and give it a try every Monday night at 7pm in Creggs. Creggs will enter teams in the Cups at Under-14 and Under-16 levels after Christmas. For further details, please contact: Dave Purcell on 089 7000547.

YOUTH FIXTURES

In addition to the Creggs Senior First team playing at home on Saturday, there are four other Youth teams at home and a Mini Blitz in Creggs this weekend.

Creggs Under-14’s will play Westport RFC in the U14A Connacht League in Creggs next Saturday at 10.30am

Creggs Under-15’s will play Ballina RFC in the U15A Connacht League in Ceggs next Saturday at 12pm 

Creggs Under-16’s travel to Ballina RFC next Sunday in the Connacht Under-16A Leegue with a 12pm kick off.

Creggs Under-18.5’s will play Monivea RFC next Sunday at 12pm in the Connacht Under-18.5B League in Creggs.

Creggs Under-13’s will play Galwegians RFC in Creggs next weekend. Time TBC

YOUTH BOYS TEAMS – TRAINING IN CREGGS 

Creggs Under-13 and Under-14 Boys training Tuesday at 7pm. 

Creggs Under-16’s on Tuesday night at 7pm.

Creggs Under-15’s Training Thursday at 7pm.

Creggs Under-17 and Under-18’s Training next Friday at 7pm. 

MINI Rugby:

Creggs Minis all ages Under-6 to Under-12’s will welcome Ballinasloe RFC for a Blitz next Saturday, The blitz will kick off at 10am, Players to be there at 9.40am

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