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Adult Rugby

Creggs lose out to Connemara in Junior Cup

Connacht Junior Cup Quarter-Final.

Connemara RFC 20, Creggs Rugby 14.

Connemara march on to the Junior Cup semi-final following an enthralling game against Creggs on the Sky Road in Clifden on Sunday.

Yet again Connemara saw off Creggs’ challenge in a high intensity game which was a credit to the fitness levels and skills of both teams.Connemara started with a try by winger Shane Sweeney in the third minute when they passed the ball along the three-quarterline at top speed to unleash their flying winger who touched down for a superbly executed try.

Fullback Henry OToole added a penalty after 9 minutes before Shane Purcell landed a fine penalty to get Creggs off the mark.

Another OToole penalty edged the home team ahead by 11 to 3, but Shane Purcell kept Creggs in contention with another beautifully struck penalty in the 16th minute when Connemara strayed offside in midfield.

Creggs played some excellent rugby during the second quarter but Connemara’s midfield defence proved impregnable. Likewise, the Tom Callaghan and Eoghan Coyle partnership in the Creggs midfield was impressive.

Following a great move involving the Dowd brothers, Creggs were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty try in the 35th minute when their rolling maul had Connemara in all sorts of trouble but referee Andy Fogarty deemed a penalty and a yellow card for the Connemara player to be sufficient punishment for what was clearly a deliberate collapse within five metres of the try line.

Shane Purcell converted the penalty to reduced the deficit to 2 points. Connemara then showed their experience during this period of numerical disadvantage by slowing the game down before breaking upfield for a penalty which winger Shane Sweeney slotted to leave Creggs trailing by 14 points to 9 at the break.

Connemara gained a foothold in Creggs territory in the early stages of the second half and pushed further ahead with two penalties by Henry O’Toole.

Creggs then dominated both territory and possession for long passages during the second-half but just could not close the gap on the scoreboard. A couple of kickable penalties were spurned in favour of kicks to the corner but Connemara were too well organised to concede the try Creggs desperately needed as time began to ebb away.

Creggs finally made it over for a try in the last minute, but by then it was too little,too late.

There were heroic displays all over the pitch with massive hits given and taken with the minimum of fuss, in a game which had everything except a much sought victory for the big travelling Creggs supporters. Creggs could (and possibly should) have won this game away in Clifden but the resilient and more experienced Connemara team continued its recent dominance of Connacht Junior rugby. 13 of the Cregg’s starting 15 on the day have an average age of just 22 and all have come through the ranks within in the club, which bodes well for the future.

Next Sunday, Creggs First resume Connacht League action away v Monivea, who have just reached the Junior Cup semi-final on Sunday last. Another tough encounter in prospect, but one that will give payers another opportunity to hit top form.

Creggs Rugby: Shane Dowd, Kevin Gavin, Eoghan Coyle, Tom Callaghan, Ronan Dowd, Shane Purcell, Andrew Callaghan, Tom Fleming, Maurice Buckley, Aidan Leech, Brian Donohoe, Kevin Brandon, Peter Lohan, James Brandon, Brian Diffley (Captain), Danny Arnold, Eoghan Farrell, Ronan Cahill, Mark Brandon, Ryan Horan. Sean Og Higgins had to withdraw from the squad after picking up a calf injury in the team warm-up session.

Development Team at home to Ballinasloe, Saturday, 7.30

Creggs Development Team return to Connacht J1C League action on Saturday evening in Creggs v the top team in the devision. Ballinasloe have a one point lead over Creggs in second place, with Tuam level on points too, and Ballyhaunis just one point adrift of them in fourth.

CONNACHT J1C LEAGUE TABLE 

P

TEAM

Pd

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

BP

 

Pts

1

Ballinasloe

7

5

0

2

129

69

60

4

 

24

2

Creggs

7

5

0

2

124

106

18

3

 

23

3

Tuam

7

5

1

1

96

83

13

1

 

23

4

Ballyhaunis

7

4

1

2

135

79

56

4

 

22

5

Carrick on Shannon

8

3

1

4

111

106

5

3

 

17

6

Corinthians

6

1

1

4

101

117

-16

3

 

9

7

OLBC

8

0

0

8

48

184

-136

2

 

2

Creggs Development team is coming off the back of five wins from five in their last league games. This includes a very competitive win away to League leaders Ballinasloe on January 5th. That will no doubt give added spice to thus Saturday night’s return fixture.

After this weekend, Creggs also have four other games left in the League, including away to Tuam, home to Ballyhaunis as well as away to Carrick On Shannon and home to Corinthians. However, no one will be looking past this weekend and the big game with Ballinasloe.

ADULT TEAM TRAINING

This weekend, the Creggs Under-20’s and Development squads train at 8.15 pm on Friday evening on the 4G Pitch. The First team squad will train at 6pm on Saturday and support the Development Team in their top of the table Connacht League match afterwards at 7.30 on the 4G

Youth Rugby

Great win for Creggs Under-16 Boys

Connacht Under-16 League

Creggs RFC 36, Galwegians RFC 7.

Creggs Under-16’s qualified for the semi finals of the Connacht Under-16 Division 1 League after defeating Galwegians 36 – 7 in Creggs on Saturday night. With this convincing win, Creggs has secured a home semi final and their opponents will be know next week.

The foundation for this win was set up in the first half with a very accurate display in attack and some very good defending. Up front Darragh Gilleran, Miquel Arthur, Aidan Hoare, and Tomas Tiernan were excellent and at scrum half Cormac Dolan was proving a great link between backs and forwards.

Creggs first half scores came in the form of tries from Edimar Fimho, Ben Johnson and Senan Lambe, with 3 successful conversions from DJ Hession.

Creggs expected a backlash from Galwegians and the visitors started the second half strongly but some great defence and turnovers on numerous occasions from Lee kilcoyne, Ciaran Purcell and Eoin Kelly kept the Creggs line intact.

In fact Creggs punished their opponents when Galwegians tried to run out of their 22″ with some great defending from Jack Fleming. Creggs second half scores came from Ryan Conlon and Darragh Gilleran.

Creggs Rugby: Miguel Arthur, Tomas Tiernan, Ben Johnson, Noah Fallon, Aidan Hoare, Darragh Gilleran, Lee Kilcoyne, Ciaran Purcell, Eoin Kelly, Cormac Dolan, DJ Hession, Edimar Fimho, Aodhan Looby, Jack Fleming, Ryan Conlon, Conor Betts, Senan Lambe, Cormac Feeley, Cormac Petrie, Aindriu Oates.

REMAINING UNDER-16 DIVISION 1 LEAGUE FIXTURES
18/01/2020
14:30 BALLINASLOE v CORINTHIANS at BALLINASLOE RFC, Round 7
14:30 OUGHTERARD v SLIGO at OUGHTERARD RFC, Round 7
25/01/2020
14:30 CORINTHIANS v OUGHTERARD at CORINTHIAN RFC, ROUND 6 – REFIXED.

01/02/2020
14:30 1ST PLACED FINISHER v 4TH PLACED FINISHER, SEMI-FINAL 1
14:30 2ND PLACED FINISHER v 3RD PLACED FINISHER, SEMI-FINAL 2
15/02/2020
14:3 WINNER SF 1 v WINNER SF 2 FINAL – NEUTRAL VENUE

Good away win for Creggs Under-14’s v Buccaneers

Connacht Under-14 Boys League

Buccaneers RFC 19, Creggs 24.

Well done to the Creggs Under-14 squad, which recorded a very good 24-19 win away in Athlone last weekend. It was a great competitive game, with the Creggs boys coming out on top.

The Under-14 squad are down to play their last League game away v Corinthians RFC in the Connacht League, next Saturday. Time TBC by the coaches.

If they win this game, they should qualify for the Semi-Finals of the League. We wish them continued success, and please give the lads your support.

 

Creggs Under-16’s Girls loose out to Claremorris

Connacht Under-16 Girls League Semi-Final

Claremorris RFC 24, Creggs RFC 7.

Creggs girls lost the semi final of the girls Under-16 League on Saturday morning away in Claremorris. The scoreline looks very comprehensive but the truth was with 6 minutes to go this game was right in the mix with the home team winning 10-7.

The Creggs girls started the game poorly and gave away two early tries, however as the first half progressed they began to put some phases together with Nadine Fitzmaurice, Roisin Maher, Rachel McDonald and Jemima Adams Verling carying well up front while Gabrielle Kilcommons, Sarah Purcell and Megan Donohue were doing well out the backs.

Creggs were by far the better team in the second half and were held up short a few times before Sarah Purcell got in for a try that Siofra Hession converted.

Creggs continued to attack and Roisin O’Brien, Mikayla Gillooly, Jean O’Boyle and Jennifer Morris did well with ball in hand but the Claremorris defence held firm before getting two breakaway tries in the last 6 minutes as Creggs searched for the score to win the game.

Creggs Rugby: Jean O’Boyle, Nadine Fitzmaurice, Roisin Maher, Caoimhe Walsh, Eadaoin Walsh, Jemima Adams Verling, Rachel McDonald, Roisin O Brien, Siofra Hession, Aoibhin Murray, Aobha Dowd, Sarah Purcell, Gabrielle Kilcommons, Jennifer Morris, Emma Mannion, Megan Donoghue, Julie Ann Fahy, Mikayla Gillooly, Grace Scanlon, Emily Murray, Stacey Corbally, Ellie Moran.

YOUTH TEAMS – FIXTURES

(Check www.CreggsRugby.ie and Creggs RFC Facebook for Fixture detail updates!)

THIS WEEK:
Creggs Under-13’s Boys are down to play Castlebar RFC in the Connacht League, away next Saturday. Time TBC.

Creggs Under-14’s Boys are down to play Corinthians (Black) RFC in the Connacht League, away next Saturday. Time TBC.

Creggs Under-17 Boys play a Friendly v Longford in Creggs on Thursday night at 7.30pm.

CONNACHT YOUTH CUPS DRAW
The Connacht Youth Cup Draw took place on Monday night last in the Sportsground in Galway. Below are the details of which sides all the Creggs Youth Teams (Boys and Girls) were drawn against.

                                           v Opponents Home Or Away

BOYS:
Creggs Under-13’s Last 16 , Monivea on 22/02/’20 (Away).

Creggs Under-14’s Last 16, Buccaneers on 29/02/2020 (Away).

Creggs Under-15’s Prelim. (Maroon Team) v NUIG on 08/02/’20 (Home).
Prelim. (White Team) v Buccaneers on 08/02/’20 (Away).

Creggs Under-16’s Last 16 v Corrib on 29/02/’20 (Away).

Creggs Under-17’s Last 16 v Carrick-On-Shannon on 23/02.’20. (Home)

Creggs Under-18.5’s (BYE in Last 16). QF v Corinthians on 22/03/’20 (?)

Youth Cup Draws 2019-20

GIRLS:

Creggs Under-14’s (BYE in Last 16. ) QF v Corrib or Ballina on 08/02/’20 (?)

Creggs Under-16’s Last 16 v Corrib on 25/01/’20? – TBC (Away).

Creggs Under-18’s Last 16 v Sligo on 25/01/’20? – TBC (Away)

NB Check with the respective coaches to confirm dates and if home or away.

YOUTH TEAMS – TRAINING/ FRIENDLY GAMES

Creggs Under-18.5’s training TBC.

Creggs Under-17 Boys play Longford Thursday night at 7.30pm in Creggs.

Creggs Under-16 Boys training on Tuesday nights at 8pm in Creggs.

Creggs Under-15 Boys training Tuesday 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.

GIRLS – TRAINING
Creggs Girls Under-14 Training Under-14 continues on Wednesday at 6.30pm.
Creggs Girls Under-16 and Under-18 Training continues on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

MINI RUGBY

TRAINING this Saturday in Creggs for All MINI Squads
This Saturday, all Creggs MINI squads will train in Creggs from 10.30 to 11.30. All players are asked to be ready to train before 10.30am.

New MINI Rugby Players Always Welcome
Creggs MINI Rugby always welcomes new players. We will have boys and girls teams from Under-7 (six year-olds) through each year up to Under-12’s. Come along and try it out on Saturday mornings. Registration is available on-line and the new season that will run through to April 2020.

Parents welcome to help with coaching
Parents are very welcome to help with coaching (full training provided) or to help support the great efforts at Creggs MINI Rugby coaching team.

Irish Rugby’s ‘Give It A Try’ programme to expand in 2020

‘Give It A Try’ or GIAT is an 8-week programme (in May and June) run in selected clubs where girls aged 8-14 years can attend in order to learn how to play rugby in a fun environment.

Dave Purcell, Head of Girls’ Rugby, Creggs RFC says: “Last season we took part in the Give it a Try Programme for the first year, We found the resource packs of great benefit in having a programme to guide us week by week and it was of great benefit to the club in boosting the number of girls playing rugby especially between the ages of 10 and 13, giving them a good grasp of the basics of the game in a very fun environment. The added bonus for us as a club was that it enticed new coaches into the club which was very welcome.”

The programme consists of a coach education element, fun rugby sessions, teaching the girls the basics of rugby and culminating in a Provincial Blitz Day. The clubs are responsible for the running of the programme in their area but with Provincial Branch and IRFU assistance.

What are the aims of GIAT?
It aims to create new teams or the strengthening of existing teams in clubs. It also provides a fun, 8-week (one session per week for 8 weeks in May and June) programme of rugby activities to attract girls aged 8 to 14 to the club. It supports a club in increasing their number of players and integrate those new players into existing teams. And it aims to develop athletic and social skills for girls in a safe and nurturing environment, and at the same time, itodevelop coaches, by running a successful 8-week programme and to sustain the players through to the regular season.

The initiative has grown from strength to strength in recent seasons with a 65 per cent increase in participating clubs last year. Over 2,000 girls with no previous experience in rugby have taken part in the 8-week programme in the last two years.

This year Give It A Try will be open to girls aged 8-10 for the first time. The programme is designed to kick start the participation of girls up the age of 14 in clubs and boost existing playing numbers by attracting new players with a fun introduction to the sport.

“Give It A Try is helping to make rugby clubs more sustainable across the four provinces,” Women’s Development Manager Amanda Greensmith told IrishRugby.ie.

“These young girls are excited to get involved in rugby. Clubs are reporting a welcome boost in membership subscriptions but we’re also seeing new teams popping up and a fresh influx of volunteers. The players are so enthusiastic about rugby that more parents are becoming active in the club for the first time,” she said.

Creggs are one of the clubs who successfully ran the programme in 2019. Their Head of Girls’ Rugby Dave Purcell says the resources available through the programme were of particular use.

“We had a week-by-week guide and it was of great benefit to the club in boosting the number of girls playing rugby. It gave them a good grasp of the basics of the game in a very fun environment. The added bonus for us as a club was that it enticed new coaches into the club which was very welcome.”

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