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THE GAIN LINE 25/03/19


Creggs draw Connemara in Connacht Under-20 Cup Quarter-Final

Creggs Under-20’s will play this year’s Connacht Under-20 Cup throughout the month of April.

The Under-20 Cup will see teams representing Ballina, Ballinrobe, Connemara, Corinthians, Creggs, Monivea/Westport and Sligo face off in a knock-out series of games with three quarter-finals before two semi-finals and a decider on the Easter weekend.

Creggs Under-20’s have been drawn against Connemara RFC in the Quarter-Final, with the winners playing Corinthians RFC in the Semi-Final.

The draw was conducted by two Connacht men who were integral to Ireland Under-20s Grand Slam win – forwards coach Ambrose Conboy and hooker Dylan Tierney-Martin.


Creggs Under-18’s advance to the Semi-Final

Connacht Under-18.5 Plate Quarter Final

Galweigans RFC 12, Creggs RFC 24.

Creggs Under-18s bounced back from last weekend with an impressive display in Galway City defeating Galweigans to advance to the Connacht Plate Semi Final.

A try from Mark Purcell on ten minutes expertly convert by the same player from the side-line was just reward for the visitors early domination. Creggs were well on top but frustrated by the high penalty count at the breakdown and some resolute home defence,

Creggs had to wait until 5 minutes before half time for the next score. Tight head prop Tom Farrell powered over from close range after some excellent work from his pack. This should have been the last score of the half but a combination of skill from the Galway half back and sloppy defending from Creggs let Galweigans in for a score on half time, the conversion attempt was just wide and at half time Creggs led 12 – 5.

With the advantage of the strong wind in the second half, Creggs just needed a controlled performance and a reduced error count to gain a precious win in city. The Creggs lads played the conditions well and pulled away with two excellent second half tries.

The first from Ben Finnerty and the second, the score of the match finished off by Tim Lambe and converted again by Purcell. Galweigans scored a try with almost the last play of the match but this was a mere consolation and Creggs deservedly advanced to the semi-finals where they will be away to Ballina RFC.

Creggs Rugby: Tom Farrell, Roddie Mc Guinness, Eric O Doherty, Aodha Hession, Mark Purcell, Lorcan Maher, Ethan Glennon, Tiernan O’Sullivan, Ciaran Corcoran, Conor Rohan, Ronan Lambe, Jack Tucker, Ben Finnerty, Tim Lambe(Captain), Jack Keegan, Eoin McDonnell, Jack Hanley, Micheal Beirne, John McDonnell, Ryan O Keeffe, Kaylem Holian, and Jonathan Whyte.

Creggs Under-16’s defeat Ballinasloe to reach Connacht Cup Final

Connacht Under-16 Cup Semi-Final

Creggs Rugby 24, Ballinasloe RFC 17.

Creggs Under-16 team won an enthralling Connacht Cup Semi-Final against a strong Ballinasloe RFC side on the new 4G pitch in Creggs on Friday evening last.

Creggs went seven down after sustained Ballinasloe pressure. That margin increased ten minutes later Eoin Colleran added a penalty for the visitors, giving them a 10 – 0 lead.

The Creggs forwards, however began to dominate with Shane Connaughton and Ruairi O’ Brien surging forward at every opportunity.

Mark Dowd touched down after great work from Tyrece Etete and Matthew Clarke made no mistake with the conversion.

Creggs were now in total control and scored two further tries from Anthony Gorman and Darren Gately.

However, Ballinasloe were far from done and replied leaving the score 19 – 17 after a thrilling first half.

The second half was a tense affair. Man of the Match, David Gacquin and the impressive Aodán Looby formed a rook solid defence which paved the way for a Creggs victory. Darren Gately finish the scoring with another touch down after unrelenting pressure from the Creggs attack.

Creggs now face a very strong Ballina side in the Connacht Under-16 Cup Final on April 7th at the Sportsgrounds, in Galway. Congratulations on a great season to date and the best of good luck with training preparations for the Cup Final.

Creggs Rugby: Mark Kilcommons, Edimar Filhmo, Aodán Looby, David Gacquin, Matthew Ryan, Darren Gately, Mark Dowd, Ruairi O’ Brien, Michael Hoey, Anthony Gorman, Jordan Kennedy, Aodán Kelly, Frankie Quinn, Tyrece Etete, Shane Connaughton, Evan Smyth, Eoin Kelly, Kieran Purcell, Luke Gregory, Dara Hughes, Ruairi Tiernan, Sean O’Rourke, and James Murray.

Good win for ever improving Creggs Under-14’s

Connacht Under-14 Plate Quarter-Final

Buccaneers RFC 5, Creggs RFC 19.

Creggs Under-14 Boys Team has a fantastic win against Buccaneers RFC in the Quarter-Final of the Connacht Under-14 Plate on Saturday last in Athlone.

This Creggs Team has improved immensely over the last few games they were in command from the start, finishing up with the final score 19-5.

There next outing is the Connacht Plate Semi-Final is against Ballina on the weekend of April the 6/7th.

Training continues every Tuesday evening in Creggs.

Creggs Rugby: Shane Maloney, Ben Donnellan, Aindriú Oates (c), Philip Duda, Adam Flynn, Owen Kelly, Sean Kelly, Conar Kelly, Andy Quinn, Jack Donnolly, James Davis, Ciaran O’Reilly, Jamie Betts, Stephen Smyth, Daniel Browne, Brian Keegan, Joseph O’Connor, Liam Og Corcoran, Tommy Morris, Maike Costa, and Eoghan Keavney.



Creggs Under-15 Boys travel to Galway on Saturday at 3pm for their Connacht Under-15 Cup Semi-Final against Corinthian RFC. Good luck to our Under-15’s.

Creggs Under-16’s after their great victory last weekend over Ballinasloe RFC in the Connacht Cup Semi-Final will prepare for their Connacht Cup Final (on Sunday 7th. of April), by hosting touring side Ashby RFC from the UK on this Friday night under lights in Creggs at 7pm.

Creggs Under-17’s will host Claremorris/Tuam RFC combination in the Quarter-Final of the Connacht Under-17 Plate this Sunday at 11am in Creggs.


Creggs Under-14 Girls will play their last game of the season when they host Kill Dara RFC girls U-14’s in Creggs at 11am next Saturday.

N.B. – Always check for any late changes to fixture dates and KO times.

Connacht Girls Under-16 Plate Semi-Final

Creggs RFC 5, Corinthians RFC 39.

Creggs RFC Under-16 Girls lost to Corinthians RFC in the Semi Final of the Connacht Under-16 Girls Plate last Saturday morning in Creggs. This very young Creggs girls team which consisted of a lot of our Under-14 panel and all but 3 who are eligible again next year. Against a very strong Corinthian’s team, the Creggs girls put in a very brave tackling performance.

The difference between the teams was evident in that while the Creggs girls did very well to get into their opponents 22” on three occasions in the opening half, the Corinthians very strong defence held firm to hold out our girls out, while at the other end of the pitch Corinthians made 3 advances into the Creggs 22″ and came away with 3 scores helped by the greater physical strength.

For most of the Creggs girls, it was their first year playing rugby and it was the Under-16’s first time to contest a provincial competition and we look forward to them coming back again next year.

Creggs Rugby: Katie Edwards, Rachel McDonald, Rosin Maher, Nadine Fitzmaurice, Annamay Keegan, Gabrielle Kilcommons, Jean O Boyle, Amy Fitzmaurice, Elaine O’Grady, Eabha Dowd, Sarah Purcell, Emma Mannion, Michaela Burke, Ornella Varale, Fiona Duffy, Aishling Nally, Grace Hanley, and Roisin O Brien.

Mini Rugby

Creggs Under-8 and Under-9’s will have a big day out when that take part in their Connacht Blitz in Castlebar next Saturday with a 10.30am Kick off.

Creggs Under-11’s are away at their Connacht Blitz in Sligo next Saturday also with a 10.30am start.

Creggs Under-12’s will play Barna RFC in Creggs next Saturday at 12.15pm.

Meanwhile, the Creggs Under-10’s will train in Creggs at 11am.

Finally, last Sunday, the Creggs Under-9’s and Under-10 Girls plus Creggs Under-11 Boys played the Connemara Girls and boys at half-time in the Creggs V Connemara Connacht Junior Cup Final on Sunday in the Sportsground in Galway. A great time was had by all, and thank you to the coaches and parents who looked after them all,

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