Creggs Development team collects two League points
Connacht J1C League
Creggs Development 28, Tuam RFC 2nd. XV 30.
A last minute penalty goal by Tuam out-half Dave Lally deprived Creggs of victory in Saturday’s highly entertaining J1C League game on Creggs 4G pitch. However, their superb efforts were rewarded with two bonus points – one for scoring four tries and a second for finishing within 7 points at the end.
Playing against a stong wind in the first half, Creggs staged a remarkable comeback from 20-0 down after 18 minutes to lead by a single point 28 -27, with the game heading into injury time.
Driven on by a pack growing in confidence, half-backs Mark Brandon at 9 and the excellent Brian Cleary controlled the game well from out-half, with the experience of Tom Callaghan being very evident in the back-line
To their credit,Tuam launched one last attack which yielded a penalty under the posts when Creggs were penalised in the scrum. Tuam played some outstanding rugby in the opening quarter and ran in three tries through Dylan Reynolds (2) and Stephen Leo with Dave Lally adding a penalty and a conversion to leave Creggs shellshocked by their blistering start.
In truth, Creggs had made some basic errors in defence during this period, but thereafter they tightened up considerably and began to string some fine movements together. A powerful run by centre Tommy Devine saw him crash over for a super try just before halftime and Mark Brandon followed up with a well struck penalty to reduce the deficit to 20-8.
However, Tuam burst through for a fourth try before Creggs responded with a try by Martin Quinn, following good work by Brian Coady. Another fine kick penalty by Mark Brandon was followed by a well worked try by the impressive John Mc Donnell, which Brandon converted to leave Tuam ahead by 27 -23 with ten minutes on the clock.
Creggs hit the front for the first time in the match when outstanding fullback Martin Quinn rounded off a superb handling move with a try in the left corner, but Tuam were not to be denied with Dave Lally’s penalty sealing victory with the last play of the match.
Creggs can take a lot from this game, with the entire squad contributing to what was almost one of the most sensational comebacks of the season. A friendly game is being organised for this coming Saturday evening, to continue the squad’s development of good structures that will stand to them in their continuing 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.
Creggs Rugby: Martin Quinn, Eugene Fleming, Tommy Devine, Tom Callaghan, Chris Collins, Brian Cleary, Mark Brandon, Tommy Curley, Enda Tully, Matthew Curley, Damien Miskell, Robert Clarke, Graham Curran, Eoghan Cahill, Brian Coady (Captain), Aaron Glennon, John Mc Donnell, Eoin Mc Donnell, Stephen Crehan, Jack Haugh, James Mc Nally.
SENIOR TEAM FIXTURES
Creggs First team v Castlebar in Connacht League
The Creggs First team play a tough away Connacht J1A League game v Castlebar RFC on this coming Saturday at 2.30. Please support the team.
SENIOR TEAM TRAINING
This week, the Creggs senior teams (Under-20’s, First’s and Development squads) are training 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.
Connacht Under-16 Girl’s League
Creggs RFC 22 Ballinasloe RFC 7
Creggs Under-16 Girls got their Connacht League campaign off to the best possible start with a 22-7 victory over Ballinasloe RFC last Saturday in Creggs.
Played in beautiful conditions, the first half of this game started at a blistering pace and it was Ballinasloe RFC that got the first score on the board after 5 minutes when they ran in a try under the posts which they converted for a 7-0 lead.
That score seemed to spur on the Creggs girls and they then took control with Nadine Fitzmaurice, Rachel McDonald, Jean O Boyle, Grace Hanley and Eadaoin Walsh outstanding upfront early on and Caoimhe Walsh was linking very well with the Creggs backs. After 12 minutes she fed Jennifer Morris and that was carried on further by Sarah Purcell and Roisin O Brien got in for a try in the corner which was superbly converted by Eabha Dowd, 7-7.
Creggs continued to attack and after 17 minutes Creggs got in for their second try after good work from Emily Murray, Megan Donoghue and Fiona Duffy, it was Roisin Maher that got in for a try to give Creggs a 12-0 lead which they held until half-time.
The second half was a very even affair with both teams attacking, but Creggs defence in particular was proving very difficult to break down with Gabrielle Kilcommons, Jemima Adams Verling, Stacey Cobally and Julie Ann Fahy, prominent.
Creggs were also finding the Ballinasloe defence difficult to break down but to the great credit of the Creggs girls, they did manage to get in for two tries in the second half. The first after good word from Nadine Fitzmaurice, Aisling Nally and Gabrielle Kilcommons that allowed Sarah Purcell score in the corner. A second try for Roisin Maher five minutes from the end rounded off the scoring and an impressive win for Creggs.
Creggs Rugby: Roisin Maher, Nadine Fitzmaurice, Jean O Boyle, Grace Hanley, Fiona Duffy, Eadaoin Walsh, Rachel McDonald, Roisin O Brien, Caoimhe Walsh, Eabha Dowd, Sarah Purcell, Jennifer Morris, Emily Murray, Gabrielle Kilcommons, Megan Donoghue, Gemina Adams Verling, Julie Ann Fahy, Stacey Cobally, Aishling Nally.
YOUTH LEAGUE GAMES THIS WEEK:
Creggs Under-18.5’s will Play Monivea RFC at 2pm in Creggs on this Sunday.
Creggs Under-17’s play Corrinthians RFC away on this Saturday at 12.30pm
Creggs Under-16’s will play Buccaneers RFC in Creggs this weekend – Day & time TBC
Creggs Under-14’s play Ballinasloe RFC at 7pm on this Friday in Creggs
Under-16s Girls play Ballina in Connacht League Game
Creggs Rugby Girls Under-16 team follow-up their good win over Ballinasloe RFC, will play Ballina RFC away on this coming Saturday. The kick-off to be confirmed. Please support the girls.
YOUTH TEAMS TRAINING
UNDER-18.5 BOYS TRAINING
Creggs Under-18.5’s training on Wednesday night at 7pm in Creggs.
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 Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7.30pm in Creggs.
Creggs Under-13 Boys training every Wednesday night at 7pm in Creggs.
GIRLS TEAM TRAINING
Creggs Girls Rugby Training every Monday night for Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 Girls at 7pm.
Creggs Mini Rugby continues this Saturday morning, September 28th. at 10.30am.
All boys and girls between Under-6’s to Under-12 years-olds very welcome.
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-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.