Connacht Junior 1C League…
Creggs Development off to great League winning start
Creggs Development Team 25,
Oughterard RFC. 24.
Creggs staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Oughterard in a stirring Connacht League 3A contest played in perfect conditions at The Green on last Saturday evening.
Oughterard played some tremendous rugby in the opening quarter and blitzed the home team with three tries and a conversion to lead by 17-0l before Michael Farrell kicked a fine penalty for Creggs.
Gradually the Creggs defence got to grips with the hard-running Oughterard backline and the home pack also responded with some powerful driving and scrummaging.
A fine try by Enda Tully, which Michael Farrell converted narrowed the gap to 17-10 before centre Niall Cunniffe crashed over for a try just before halftime. A Farrell penalty in the 50th minute put Creggs ahead for the first time but Oughterard hit back with an excellent fourth try to lead by 24-18 heading into the final quarter.
The exchanges were frenetic as Creggs threw everything into attack but Oughterard tackled with great determination until Ja Hughes found a rare gap in their defence and he sliced through for a fine try. Michael Farrell was ice-cool as he slotted a tremendous conversion to give Creggs a 1 point lead with just 4 minutes remaining.
Oughterard broke downfield and only heroic defence prevented them from scoring as they spent the last few minutes camped on the Creggs line. They almost got over on a few occasions before referee Jason Craughwell blew the final whistle, which was greeted with a mixture of relief and elation by the home crowd.
Creggs Rugby : Ja Hughes, Oisin McConn, Niall Cunniffe, Conor Gore, James Ryan, Michael Farrell, Ronan Dowd, Brian Coady, Enda Tully, Eoghan Farrell, Damien Nolan, Kevin Rushe, Graham Curran, Michael Feeley, Alan Glennon, Tommy Curley, Adam Finnerty, Eoghan Cahill, Stephen Kilcommons, Peter Heavey, Andy Boyle, Matthew Curley, David Hoare, Matthew Browne, Aaron Glennon, and Kieran Egan.
Senior Training for the First’s and Development Teams continues every Tuesday (8pm) and Friday (8.15pm) in Creggs. Membership due this Friday at training.
New and returning players always welcome.
Connacht Under-17 League…
Great home win for Creggs Under-17’s
Creggs Rugby 35,
Claremorris /Tuam RFC. 14.
Creggs Under-17’s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 35-14 victory over Claremorris/Tuam RFC lat Sunday morning in Creggs.
On a beautiful day for running rugby, Creggs played the first half with the wind and played the ball through the hands at every opportunity even from within their own 22′ which made for a great spectacle. Creggs got tries in the first Half from Jack Tucker, Ciaran Corcoran and Ben Finnerty as well as a penalty and conversion from Mark Purcell to have a half time lead of 20-0.
Upfront Creggs were excellent in the set piece from Ronan Lambe and Tiernan O Sullivan and Conor McNulty, Adam Donnelly and Lorcan Maher carried very well, while Ethan Glennon was very good link between backs and Forwards. Cian Glennon ran things very well from 10 and with Mark Purcell and Jack Deegan in the centre opened up the play very well, spreading the ball to the wings whenever possible.
The second half Claremorris /Tuam played with the wind and put more pressure on the home team, however it was Creggs who settled first and scored a try through Ciaran Corcoran to stretch the lead to 25-0. Creggs began to make a few mistakes then and a few penalties and dropped balls allowed Claremorris/Tuam to get into the game and the got a deserved score to bring the score back to 25-7.
However Creggs regrouped and a fantastic break from Aaron Lyons, who raced 60 metres before offloading the ball to Rory Callaghan to score and then a few minutes later another good back move from within their own 22′ again released Lyons and after the ball went through numerous hands, a after a good carry from Kian Moran and Andrew Naughton, and Mark Dowd swept the ball to the right and then all the way left for Darren Gately to go over in the corner to make the score 35-7 with time running out.
Claremorris did get in for the last score of the game to reduce the deficit to 35-14 but the Creggs lads will be happy with their days work but have a tough encounter with Sligo away in two weeks time.
Creggs Rugby: Darren Gately, Aaron Lyons, Jack Deegan, Shane Connaughton, Ben Finnerty, Andrew Naughton, Mark Purcell, Conor McNulty, Kian Moran, Ronan Lambe, Ethan Glennon, Ciaran Corccoran, Tiernan O’Sullivan, Rory Callaghan, Lorcan Maher, Adam Donnelly, Mark Dowd, and Cian Glennon.
Youth Team Registration/Membership continues at training
Registration for all Youth Teams will continue at training this week and next.
YOUTH Team Training
Training for Under-13’s, Under-14’s & for Under-16’s on Tuesday night at 7pm. Note change to Tuesday!
Creggs Under-15’s train Friday evening at 6.30pm.
Creggs Under-17’s and Under-18.5’s train Friday night at 7pm. All training in Creggs.
Players new to rugby and returning players always welcome at all age groups.
YOUTH Team Fixtures
Creggs Under-14’s are down to play their first match of the season v Monivea RFC at 1.30pm on Saturday next in Creggs.
Creggs Under-16’s travel to Galway to play Galwegians RFC in the Connacht League on Sunday at 12 Noon.
Creggs Youth Rugby teams have had a great start to the season, so please support the Under-14 boys this weekend too.
YOUTH Rugby – Girls
Creggs is entering an Under-14 girls team in the Connacht Leagues this coming season.
Subject to confirmation, their first game will be next Wednesday (October 3rd.) evening in Creggs (under the lights) v Claremorris RFC.
“Give it a Try Day”
We will run a “Give It A Try Day” on the afternoon of Saturday 6th of October at 1.30pm. All girls interested can contact Dave Purcell on 089 7000547 or Micheal Glennon through the teachers/coaches in the schools. More information next week.
Girls Under-14’s Training every Monday at 7pm in Creggs. New Players always welcome.
LEAGUE TABLE – CONNACHT SCHOOLS SENIOR A LEAGUE
12/09/2018, Summerhill 12 v CBS Roscommon, 24. (Round 1).
LEAGUE TABLE – CONNACHT SCHOOLS JUNIOR A LEAGUE
12/09/2018, Sligo Grammar 7 v CBS Roscommon, 22. (Round 1),
26/09/2018, CBS Roscommon 32 v St Muiredachs, 34. (Round 2).
LEAGUE TABLE – CONNACHT SCHOOLS JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE POOL C
19/09/2018, St Marys College, Ballygar 12 v St Jarlaths College 7. (Round 1).
LEAGUE TABLE – CONNACHT SCHOOLS SENIOR EMERGING LEAGUE
19/09/2018, St Raphaels Loughrea 14 v Roscommon Community
College 5. (Round 1).
Creggs MINI Rugby
Mini Rugby continues this weekend:
Creggs MINI Rugby teams (Under-6s; Under-7s; Under-8s; Under-9’s; Under-10’s; Under-11’s; and Under-12’s) training continues this Saturday (29th of September) at 11am in Creggs. New players always welcome.
Registration for all Minis and Youth Teams will continue this Saturday morning from 11am to Mid-day in the Clubhouse.
We welcome new players for all Boys and Girls age groups. Come along and enjoy the fun as you learn the basics of the game.
Parents interested in starting coaching boys or girls teams are also always welcome – please contact Dave Purcell; Aengus Oates, Shane Flemming or Graham Curran. No previous rugby coaching experience is necessary to start