Creggs Connacht League campaign off to winning start
Connacht J1A League
Creggs Rugby 8, Sligo RFC 3.
Creggs got their Connacht League campaign off to a winning start but it was a less than impressive performance and Sligo will rue a number of missed penalties which may have ultimately cost them them game.
Sligo’s first real opportunity presented itself after 10 minutes when Creggs centre James Brandon was sin binned for a mid-air collision and the ensuing penalty put Sligo 3-nil ahead and holding a numerical advantage for the next 10 minutes. They failed to capitalise, missing two further shots at goal and never looked likely to cross the Creggs line.
However the rest of the half was played within striking range of the Creggs posts and the home side attempted to bash their way out of defence against a big committed Sligo pack and the shortcomings of this policy were evident in their failure to get past the half way line in all but two brief forays in the opening half.
The Creggs playbook but the ball in hand approach was easily countered once the committed opposition worked out that they were not going to a plan B as Sligo did here.
A fourth Sligo penalty fell short just before half time and Creggs turned around fortunate to be just 3 behind.
Old stalwarts Tom Fleming, Kevin Brandon and Tom Callaghan entered the fray at half time and Callaghan in particular injected some vim into the proceedings which had been sorely lacking to that point.
A carbon copy sin binning for a tackle on Elliot Jennings saw Sligo reduced to 14 men and Creggs took the opportunity to pulverise their scrum allowing Chris Duignan to score the vital touchdown as the Sligo pack was steamrolled across their line. The try wasn’t converted.
Creggs then had the better of the late exchanges, and they were stopped just short in the right hand corner before Shane Purcell converted a penalty on the stroke of full time.
The disparity in the penalty count which went very much against Creggs will be a cause for concern as will the lack of variation in the Creggs play but team and management now have two weeks to iron out the creases, Creggs First Team has no game this weekend, so next up will be away to Castlebar RFC on Saturday week.
Creggs Rugby: Eoghan Coyle, Kevin Gavin, Elliot Jennings, James Brandon, Chris Duignan, Shane Purcell, Andrew Callaghan, Sean Og Higgins, Maurice Buckley, Aidan Leech, Ian Whittington, Tom Oates, Brian Donoghue, Peter Lohan, Brian Diffley (Capt.), Tom Fleming, Kevin Brandon, Conor Rohan, Tom Callaghan, Mark Brandon.
Creggs Development team v Tuam in Connacht League
The Creggs Development team play their first Connacht J1C League game v Tuam RFC’s Seconds on this Saturday in Creggs. The kick-off time will be confirmed later this week.
This squad are developing good structures that will stand to them in their Connacht League campaign.
New and returning players are always very welcome to come along to Creggs for training on Tuesday and Friday nights. Players new to rugby also very welcome – full training will be provided.
Senior team 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-18.5’s defeat Sligo in Connacht League opener
Connacht Under-18.5 League
Creggs Rugby 15, Sligo RFC 3.
Creggs U18.5’s got their league campaign off to a winning start against Sligo RFC in Creggs on Sunday morning, coming out on top by 15 points to 3. Played in difficult handling conditions its a credit to both teams that this game was such am enjoyable and competitive game.
Creggs began the better and were in control of territory early on but it was the 17 minute before they took the lead after good work up front from Danny Hill, Darragh Kiernan and Jack Tucker saw the ball moved wide and Cian Glennon went over in the corner.
Creggs stretched their lead after 25 minutes when Sligo were caught offside at the ruck, Mark Purcell put the ensuing penalty into the corner and a very good training ground move from the lineout saw Ronan Lambe feed Ciaran Corcoran who powered his way over in the corner for a 10-0 lead which Creggs held until half time.
The next score was going to be vital in this game and a very good kick chase from the kick off at the start of the second half ensured Creggs regained possession and this was followed by a series of forward drives with Adam Donnelly, Ethan Glennon, Jack Keegan and Jack Hanley prominent. This excellent work gave Sean Trundle good possession and he fed Mark Purcell who dived over in the corner for a 15-0 lead.
The rain was now falling very heavily and further scores were going to be hard to come by, but to their credit Sligo continued to test the very impressive Creggs defence with Eric O’ Doherty, Tiernan O Sullivan and Lorcan Maher especially prominent but Sligo were rewarded with a penalty after 18 minuted which they converted to leave the score 15-3 with 17 minuted remaining. However, the visitors could not breach the Creggs defence again and that is how the match finished.
Creggs Rugby: Danny Hill, Ethan Glennon, Jack Tucker, Eric O’Doherty, Jack Keegan, Darragh Kiernan, Ronan Lambe, Ciaran Corocran, Tiernan O Sullivan, Adam Donnelly, Jack Hanley, Daniel O Brien, Naoise Coyle, Sean Trundle, Cian Glennon, Mark Purcell, Jack Neenan, Jack Deegan, Ryan O Keefe, Ben Finnerty, and Lorcan Maher.
Creggs Under-15’s played Sligo and went surfing
Many of the Creggs Under-15 squad travelled to play Sligo RFC Under-15’s in a friendly game last Saturday. Afterwards they did some training and surfing in Strandhill. It was a lovely weather and a great day was had by all.
Under-16s Girls play Ballinasloe in Connacht League Game
Creggs Girls Under-16 team will play their first Connacht League game v Ballinasloe RFC on this coming Saturday in Creggs at 12pm. Please support the girls.
Youth team training
UNDER-17 & Under-16 BOYS TRAINING
Creggs Under-16 & Under-17 Boys training on Tuesday nights at 7pm in Creggs.
Under-15 BOYS TRAINING
Creggs Under-15 Boys training on both Sunday and Wednesday nights at 7pm in Creggs.
Under-14 BOYS TRAINING
Creggs Under-14 Boys training every Tuesday night at 7.30pm in Creggs.
Creggs Under-13 Boys training every Thursday night at 7pm in Creggs.
GIRLS TEAM TRAINING
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 This Saturday – September 21st.
Creggs Mini Rugby returns this Saturday morning, September 21st. at 10.30am.
All boys and girls between Under-6’s to Under-12 years-olds.
We will have boys and girls teams from Under-6 through Under-7’s, Under-8’s, Under-9’s, Under-10’s Under-11’s, and up to Under-12’s.
Registration is available on the first day back for 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.
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 this coming Sunday morning. Sellers – please return completed cards. Prediction are just €2 a line or three for €5. Please support.
Affiliate Referee Course in Creggs
On Wednesday night there is an Affiliate Referee Course in Creggs NS at 7pm. Anyone interested please contat Dave on 089 7000547.