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Big Official Opening Day for Creggs Rugby this Saturday

The biggest day in the history of Creggs Rugby Club will take place on this Saturday (Nov. 23rd.). The Club welcoming everyone to come along and visit Creggs on the day with activities running straight through from 10.30 am to 7pm.

The official opening of the three new pitches (including the 4G artificial/ all-weather pitch), the new Stand and Terrace, new electronic Scoreboard and the new Amenity Walkway around the grounds will all take place as part of a full programme of events at the club.

10.30am
The plan is that the day will start off with a showcase MINI Blitz with all boys and girls involved. Teams from Tuam and Claremorris will MINI Blitz on the big day.

12 Noon
There will be several Youth rugby games on the day from 12 Noon to 2 pm on four pitches and continuing on two pitches until 4pm. All Boys and Girls Youth teams will play at some part on the four pitches (including the new 4G) during the biggest day in Creggs Rugby Club’s history.

The full Youth Rugby (Boys & Girls) list of games will be on www.CreggsRugby.ie later this week.

2.30pm
The Creggs Development team will play Loughrea Second XV for the annual PJ Forde Memorial Trophy at 2,.30pm on the new 4G pitch.

Also, at 2.30pm on the Green, there will also be a Third adult rugby match with our extended Development squad and other players playing against an Invitational XV of former and retired players. There are already over forty players confirmed that they will be in Creggs for this game.

Any other former players that would like to be involved in this game, please contact: Mattie Corcoran, Kevin O’Rourke, Paul Turley, Micheal Glennon, Pat Coffey, Sean Brandon, Adrian Leddy, Alan Glennon, or Vincent Collins.

4.15pm
The official opening of the three new pitches (including the 4G artificial/ all-weather pitch), the new Stand and Terrace, new electronic Scoreboard and the new Amenity Walkway around the grounds will all take place as part of a full programme of events at the club.

5pm
The days games will conclude with the Creggs First Team playing Buccaneers RFC in their J1 League match at 5pm on the 4G pitch.

45th Anniversary Dinner in the Abbey Hotel

After a very busy day of activities and opening of new facilities, later on Saturday night (8pm), the 45th. Anniversary of the Club will be celebrated at a Dinner Dance in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon.

Some tickets (€45 and €35 for students) available now from Committee members. They’re selling fast so order yours as soon as possible. It will be a great day and night!

ADULT RUGBY

Creggs Development team delivers third win in-a-row

Connacht J1C League

Creggs Development 13, OLBC 10.

Creggs Development team recorded a third consecutive Junior 1C Connacht League win in a hard fought game against OLBC on the 4G pitch, Saturday evening in Creggs.

The opening exchanges were frantic as both sides attacked at every opportunity but robust defending and handling errors limited the number of scoring opportunities on offer.

Gradually, the game settled down with two evenly matched teams working hard to gain control. OLBC have a massive pack of forwards but the Creggs eight used their mobility to good effect to avoid unnecessary setpieces and kept the ball moving whenever possible.

Creggs conceded a penalty in the 23rd minute after sustained pressure by OLBC, but remarkably the kick sailed wide from a very kickable position.

Bouyed by this let-off, Creggs attacked from deep to win a penalty which out-half Mark Brandon slotted to give the home team a 3-0 lead, before Brandon added a second penalty on the stroke of half-time to 6-0 up.

As expected, OLBC began the second half in determined fashion and they dominated the third quarter with some powerful forward play allied to some excellent handling by their backs, which yielded a fine try in the 58th minute for the Galway city team.

Creggs then looked to be in serious trouble when two players were sin-binned but the 13 men defended with great determination to limit OLBC to just one try during this critical period.

Restored to 15 players, Creggs upped the tempo to regain control and a super charge out of defence by Sean Og Higgins led to Enda Naughton receiving the ball on his own 10 metre line and he demonstrated great power and pace to scorch past four defenders before touching down under the posts for a brilliant try.

Mark Brandon’s conversion put Creggs 13-5 ahead, but OLBC hit back almost immediately with a well-worked try in the right corner to reduce the deficit to 3 points.

Creggs finished strongly to close out the game camped in the opposition 22 with the addition of fresh legs from the bench a vital factor in this victory.

Creggs Rugby: Martin Quinn, James Mc Nally, Luke Meehan, Michael Holland, Ryan Horan, Mark Brandon, Rory Collins, Brian Coady (Capt.), Danny Arnold, Tommy Curley, Sean Og Higgins, Damien Nolan, Eugene Fleming, Alan Brandon, Mike Feeley, Matthew Curley, Chris Collins, Enda Naughton, Damien Miskell, Edward Clinton, Enda Tully, Kenneth Heane, Jamie Ryan, John Mc Donnell.

ADULT TEAM TRAINING

This weekend, the Creggs Under-20’s, Development squad and First team are training at 8.15 pm on Friday evening.

Cawley Cup Final

The Cawley Cup Final between Creggs RFC and Castlebar RFC and will be played on Saturday 21st December 2019 at 1.30pm in Crowley Park, in Galway.

Creggs First team won the Cawley Cup for the first time last season and will now defend the title just before Christmas in Galway v Castlebar RFC.

YOUTH RUGBY

Creggs Under-17’s scored strong away win in Sligo

Connacht Under-17 League

Sligo RFC 0, Creggs RFC 12.

Creggs travelled to Sligo RFC last Sunday and came away with a good win. Two magnificent tries from David Gacquin and a conversion from Mark Dowd settled this encounter.

The superb defensive performance was very pleasing, holding the Sligo team scoreless for the full game. Shane Connaughton, Tyrese Etete and Mark Kilcommons lead the tackle count. Lee Kilcoyne was also impressive in defence.
Darren Gately’s immense kicking from hand put Sligo under severe pressure and provided Creggs with excellent field position throughout the game.
Creggs Under-17s play Buccaneers RFC in a challenge at The Green on Saturday as part of the official opening of the new development. They play Monivea in Creggs in their next league fixture the weekend after.

Creggs Rugby: Mark Kilcommons, Ciaran Purcell, Frankie Quinn, David Gacquin, Finn Killion, Darren Gately, Mark Dowd; Anthony Gorman, Michael Hoey, James Murray, Aodan Kelly, Evan Smyth, Tyrese Etete, Lee Kilcoyne, Shane Connaughton, Jack McDonagh, Ruairi Tiernan, Sean O’Roarke

Big Connacht League win for Creggs Under-15s

Connacht Under-15 League

Creggs RFC 40, Oughterard RFC 7.

Creggs Under-15s played Oughterard RFC last Saturday, coming away with a big winning margin, scoring 40 points with some excellent rugby.

Tries scored by Andriu Oates, Jack Donnelly, Shane Maloney, Cormac Petr, and Andy Quinn kicked 5 conversions.

This was a fine team performance with every player in the squad playing their best rugby of the season.

Adam Flynn, Sean Kelly, and Cormac Petri, all tackling very well throughout the game.

Daniel Brown had his game of the season, running the game very well from scrum
half.

The creggs backline defended very well keeping a strong Oughterard side scoreless until the final minutes of the game. The team included 3 debutants – Mark Fallon, Shane Mac Dermot, and John O’Brien. Well done to all three, using their athleticism while to learning their new sport of rugby very quickly.

This was an entire squad performance, with the bench of Josh McCormack, Steven Smyth, Liam Og Corcoran, and Brian Keegan performing excellently when called upon.

All looks very positive for this squads next outing against Galweigans in Creggs next Saturday during the official opening day.

The team management are delighted to have Archie Naughton on board, helping the team with tactics and with the warm up and cool down sessions. Archie is training to be an accredited IRFU coach, and he brings a fantastic energy to this group.

Creggs Rugby: Shane Maloney, Oisin Nolan, Aindriu Oates, Joseph O’Connor, Sean Kelly, Ben Donellan, Brian Keegan, Liam Og Corcoran, Thomas King, Stephen Smyth, John O’ Brien, Jack Donnelly, Andy Quinn, Daniel Browne, Jamie Betts, Adam Flynn, Joshua McCormack, Oisin Nolan, Shane McDermott, Conar Harris, Cormac Petri, Mark Fallon.

YOUTH TEAMS TRAINING

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.

GIRL TEAMS TRAINING

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

MINI RUGBY

Creggs Minis Rugby Girls and Boys host teams in Creggs this Saturday morning in a major Blitz. Everyone, please be in Creggs for 10am.

Creggs MINI Rugby welcomes 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.

Denis Buckley stars for Connacht in Champions Cup

Congrats to Roscommon native and former Creggs player, Denis Buckley who starred for Connacht in their win by 23-20 in the European Champions Cup over one of the giants of modern French club rugby, Montpellier (or to give it the full title – Montpellier Hérault Rugby).

Paul Boyle and Ultan Dillane congratulate Denis Buckley on his very important turnover at a key time in the game

Denis put in a great performance and unusual for props in the professional game, he played the full game. He contributed to a strong Connacht scrum against a strong Montpellier eight and did the hard-work in the line-out too.

In open play he was immense with 18 tackles, which was three more than any other player on the field and Connacht fans will remember that very important turnover late on in the game that both drained Montpellier and invigorated his team and supporters.

Well done to our Connacht Club Ambassador Denis, and best wishes for the game in Toulouse next weekend and for the rest of the season.

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