The Gain Line

THE GAIN LINE 14/10/19



Opening of new facilities and 45th Anniversary Dinner

Creggs RFC will host a very special day on Saturday, November 23rd.

The official opening of the three new pitches (including the 4G artificial/ all-weather pitch), the new stand and the new amenity walkway around the grounds will take place as part of a full programme of events at the club.

That night, the 45th. Anniversary of the Club will be celebrated at a Dinner Dance in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon.

More details in the coming weeks but in the meantime, please mark the 23rd. of November in your calendar.

Creggs score big win over Monivea

Connacht J1A League

Creggs Rugby 43, Monivea RFC 17,

Creggs made it four wins from four and recorded their first winning bonus point of the season to move to within a point of leaders Connemara as the League now takes a 3 week break before resuming early November.

The home side turned in their best performance of the season so far particularly in the first half which saw them turn around 5 tries to the good and the bonus point already in the bag.

An early touchdown from Tom Callaghan was followed by a sensational solo effort from Shane Dowd, with second-row Ian Whittington adding a third with the game still in the first quarter.

On the half hour mark, Creggs secured the bonus point with a try right out of the top drawer, initiated by Shane Dowd on the right wing, carried on by Eoghan Coyle before the ball was flashed across the line for Ronan Dowd to cross in the left corner, Shane Purcell adding a conversion worthy of the try.

Monivea however did not capitulate and quickly clawed back 5 points but this was cancelled by a Brian Diffley try on the stroke of half time, Shane Dowd again the instigator.

Elliot Jennings matched Dowd’s earlier individual effort with a blistering run from his own 10 metre line 15 minutes into the second half and Danny Arnold completed the Creggs scoring finishing off a driving maul from the line-out on the right hand corner in the twenty-third minute of the second half.

Monivea to their credit never gave up the fight and two tries in quick succession galvanised their quest for a losing bonus point, which was to prove beyond them. That was down to impressive defence from the home team.

Creggs next League game is away to Tuam who on Sunday again proved to be troublesome opponents for Connemara with the All-Blacks just shading their encounter in Clifden.

The next outing for the Creggs First team is in the All-Ireland Junior Cup on Saturday week, where they have the toughest draw in the competition, away to Ashbourne RFC. The Meath team are the reigning champions and have won the title for last three years in-a-row.

Creggs Rugby: Shane Dowd, Eoghan Coyle, Elliot Jennings, Tom Callaghan, Chris Duignan, Shane Purcell, Andrew Callaghan, Tom Fleming, Maurice Buckley, Aidan Leech, Ian Whittington, Brian Donoghue, James Brandon, Pete Lohan, Brian Diffley, Danny Arnold, Sean Og Higgins, Kevin Brandon, Brian Cleary, Ronan Dowd.

Creggs Development win great game v Corinthians

Connacht J1C League

Creggs Development 15, Corinthians RFC 13.

A late penalty by scrumhalf Mark Brandon secured victory for Creggs Development team in a hard-fought contest on Creggs 4G pitch on Saturday evening.

Creggs were pushed all the way by a strong and experienced Corinthians outfit in an entertaining game which featured some rousing passages of play by two evenly matched teams.

Corinthians opened the scoring with a well struck penalty by centre Conleth Mullen after 25 minutes, the only score in the first half.

Creggs then went in front shortly after half-time when James McNally finished off a back-line move with a well-taken try in the right corner following excellent work by Ronan Cahill and Martin Quinn.

Corinthians responded with another penalty by Conleth Mullen in the 54th minute before powerful second-row Neville Walker crashed over for a fine try which Mark Brandon converted to put Creggs 12-6 ahead as the game entered the final quarter.

However, from the restart Corinthians enjoyed a period of dominance which ultimately yielded a try by Lorcan Smyth, converted by Mullen, to put them ahead by a single point before a rousing finish saw John McDonnell force a penalty against Corinthian’s at a crucial time.

Mark Brandon hheld his nerve to slot the resulting last minute pressure kick to give Creggs a narrow but deserved win.

Creggs next league game is in a fortnight at home to Carrick RFC and the squad will be looking to maintain the momentum generated by this win which tested their skill and commitment right to the end. There were many excellent performance from Creggs players on the night and the game was played in from of a good home support.

Creggs Rugby: Martin Quinn, Ryan Horan, Luke Meehan, Michael Holland, Chris Collins, Brian Cleary, Mark Brandon, Tommy Curley, Enda Tully, Eoghan Cahill, Robert Clarke, Damien Miskell, Eugene Fleming, John Mc Donnell, Ronan Cahill, Neville Walker, Brian Coady, Conor Rohan, Damien Nolan, James McNally, Jamie Ryan, Seamus Collins, Gerard Comer, Eoin Mulrooney, Barry Mc Donnell.


Creggs First team have a free weekend with a trip to Ashbourne for their All-Ireland Junior Cup game the following Saturday – KO 2.30pm.

Creggs Development Friendly
Creggs Development team hope to play a friendly game this weekend as they continue to build a good squad.

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.


This week, the Creggs Under-20’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-13 Boys record great win over Corinthians

Connacht Under-13 League Division 1:

Creggs RFC 20, Corinthians RFC 10,

On a beautiful day for playing Rugby, Creggs Under-13 Boys had a terrific win over a gallant Corinthians side.

In a game played in a very sporting manner, the two sides were locked at 10 points a piece at half time. The Creggs try scorers were James Bligh and Cathal Maloney.

In the second-half, it remained very evan. Then with 5 minutes to go, a huge drive by the Creggs pack resulted in Luca Cormican crossing the line to go 5 points ahead.

From the kick-off, Corinthians were camped on the Creggs line for the next 2 minutes until a breakout and and a Creggs try after a run the length of the pitch by Leo Flynn sealed the first win of the season- Creggs 20, Corinthians 10.

Creggs Rugby: Mason Noone, Dara Fahy, James Bligh, Eoin Kelleher, Gerard Healy, Mark McDonnell, Ciaran Mulry, Luca Cormican, Luke Kilcommons, Cathal Maloney, Dylan Carroll, Jamie Lohan, Leo Flynn, Cillian Hussey, Cian McLoughlin, Matthew Beirne.

Under-16’s come up just short away to Corinthians

Connacht Under-16 League Division 1:

Corinthians RFC 24, Creggs RFC 18.

Creggs RFC Under-16 Boys travelled to Galway on Saturday evening last to play a strong Corinthians side and came up just short on the evening losing out by 6 points. The home side started the stronger scoring two quick tries before the Creggs lads got going from a penalty from Aodhan looby.

Creggs continued to believe and played through their phases and were awarded with a try through Ben Johnson, after good work from Senan Lambe, Noah Fallon, and Cormac Dolan. It was converted by Aodhan Looby.

However, Corinthians got in for another try just on half time to take a 17 points to 10 lead into the break.

Creggs gave a great account of themselves in the second half and were the better team for long periods but a strong defensive performance by the home team kept them at bay with Miguel Arthur, Aindriu Oates and Edimar Fimho prominent early on, but it was the home team that got in for a score half way through the half to take a 24 points to 10 lead.

However, the Creggs lads kept going and got the next score through the boot of Aodhan looby after hard carrying from Lee Kilcoyne and Tomas Tiernan. They were further rewarded when a strong defensive tackle and turnover by Ciaran Purcell lead to a knock on and from the resultant scrum Purcell fed Looby who ran in under the posts to reduce the deficit to 24 points to 18.

Time ran out for the Creggs lads on the evening who gave a great account of themselves and will hope to get back to winning ways against Oughterard at home in Creggs in two weeks time.

Creggs Rugby: Ben Johnson, Tomas Tiernan, Aindriu oates, Noah Fallon, Aidan Hoare, Lee Kilcoyne, Edimar Fimho, Ciaran Purcell, Cormac Dolan, Senan Lambe, DJ Hession, Aodhan Looby, Jack Fleming, Josh Adams Verling, Conor Betts, Cormac Feeley, Miguel Arthur, Kayk Oliviera, Darragh Gilleran.

Creggs compete well against fancied Galwegians

Connacht Under-18.5 League Division 1:

Galwegians RFC 27, Creggs RFC 19.

After a win and a draw in their first two Connacht League games, Creggs Under18.5’s travelled to Galway minus a couple of regulars last Sunday morning. They put in a very strong performance against league favourites Galwegians.

Giving the home team a 12 point lead early on didn’t help the Creggs cause but they regrouped and after a great run from Mikey Dunne, who offloaded to Jack Tucker and he went in under the posts. It was converted by Cian Glennon to reduce the deficit to 12-7. The home team managed to get in for a try just on the stroke of half-time to take a 17-7 half time lead.

Creggs began the second half very well and great work by Danny Hill, Darragh Kiernan and Tiernan O Sullivan led to a penalty which Creggs kicked to the corner and then after 5 phases Ciaran Corcoran got in for a try which Cian Glennon converted to leave the Creggs lads only 3 points behind.

Galwegians kicked a penalty to extend their lead to 20-14 and then got in for a try which they converted. Creggs never gave up and got back on the offensive and Jack keegan was just held up short. Lorcan Maher and David Gaquin moved the ball wide for Jack Neenan to score in the corner to leave the final score Galwegians 27 Creggs 19.

Creggs Rugby: Jack Tucker, Ethan Glennon, Danny Hill, Darragh Kiernan, Ronan Lambe, Tiernan O Sullivan, Ciaran Corcoran, Jack Hanley, Mikey Dunne, Cian Glennon, David Gaquin, Lorcan Maher, Ben Finnerty, Jack Deegan, Ryan O Keefe, Jack Keegan, Eric O Doherty, Jack Neenan.

Congratulations to Jack Tucker and Mark Purcell

Congratulations to Jack Tucker on his selection for the Irish Under-18’s Clubs Squad for their upcoming international v Italy.

Jack Tucker with his mother Sarah, who is also Assistant Treasurer at Creggs RFC

Jack follows fellow Creggs RFC player Aodha Hession, who received his Irish cap last year. Jack played for Connacht Under-18s in this summers Interprovencial Series and currently is a team member of Creggs RFC U.18.5s and CBS Roscommon Senior Team.

Jack Tucker and Mark Purcell, both CBS Roscommon, Creggs RFC, and Connacht Rugby.

A big congratulations also to Mark Purcell also a Connacht Interpro who has made the standby Ireland Schools Squad, a huge achievement for Mark, CBS Roscommon, and Creggs RFC.

Creggs Under-16 Girl’s came up just short

Connacht Under-16 Girls League Division 1:

Galwegians / Tuam / Oughterard 26, Creggs RFC 20.

Creggs girls U16’s travelled to Tuam to play the combined teams of Galwegians (senior club) / Tuam / Oughterard teams last Saturday and came up just short losing by 26 points to 20.

Both teams scored 4 tries in a very exciting game. The home team started better and took a 12 points to nil lead before Creggs got on the scoreboard from two Sarah Purcell tries to be 12-10 down at half time.

The Creggs girls had the better of the possession and territory in the second half and got further tries by Roisin Maher and Sarah Purcell to lead 20-12 but were caught by two sucker punch breakaway tries in quick succession by the home side who took a 26-20 lead with 5 minutes remaining.

Creggs continued to attack and were awarded a number of 5 metre penalties with Jemima Adams Verling and Gabrielle Kilcommons getting very close to scoring at the very end before the final whistle.

Creggs Rugby: Roisin Maher, Gemima Adams Verling, Sarah Purcell, Julie Ann Fahy, Emily Murray, Stacey Corbally, Gabrielle Kilcommons, Aoibhinn Murray, Aisling Nally, Jennifer Morris, Rachel McDonald, Roisin O Brien, Fiona Duffy, Jean O’Boyle, Erica Keegan, Megan Donoghue.

Youth Teams Fixtures & Training


Creggs Under-13 Boys play Gort RFC in Creggs on Saturday at 4pm.

Creggs Under-14 Boys play Ballinasloe RFC in Creggs on Friday at 7pm.

Creggs Under-14 Girls will play Galwegians RFC away next Sunday – Time TBC

Creggs Under-18 Girls will play Portumna RFC – Day and Time TBC


Creggs Under-18.5’s training TBC for this week.

Creggs Under-17 Boys training on Wednesday night at 7pm in Creggs.

Creggs Under-16 Boys training on Wednesday nights at 7pm in Creggs.

Creggs Under-15 Boys training Wednesday night at 7pm in Creggs.

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.

Creggs Girls Rugby Training every Monday night for Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 Girls at 7.30pm in Creggs.


Earlier time for Mini Rugby this Saturday

Due to Ireland v the All-Blacks in the World Cup Quarter Final this Saturday, Creggs Minis Rugby will be at the earlier time of 9AM this Saturday, October 19th.

On the same day, the Creggs Boys Under-10’s and the Girls Under-12’s will attend their Aviva Blitz In Corinthians, Galway, next Saturday. Players to be there at 1.30 and kick off will be 2pm and it should end by 5pm. Wishing both groups of players, their coaches and parents a great afternoon in Galway.

All other boys and girls teams please be in Creggs for the earlier tim of 9am.

New players always 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.

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Rugby is delighted to be opening up again soon and yesterday in Creggs RFC we had a unique presentation organised by Anthony Cahill from Cahill's Supervalu Castlerea.
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When Connacht beat Ulster at Ravenhill in October 2018 there were two Roscommon players Denis Buckley and Jack Carty on the pitch that night, winning at Ravenhill for the first time since Dr John Dillon and his team mates some 60 years earlier thus joining a very elite group. Denis and Jack proudly presented Dr Dillon with a framed memento of his victory and a number 12 Connacht jersey as worn by Bundee Aki.
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