The Gain Line

THE GAIN LINE 28/10/19


Official opening of new facilities

Creggs RFC will host a very special day on Saturday, November 23rd.

The official opening of the three new pitches (including the 4G artificial/ all-weather pitch), the new stand and the new amenity walkway around the grounds will take place as part of a full programme of events at the club.

45th Anniversary Dinner
That night, the 45th. Anniversary of the Club will be celebrated at a Dinner Dance in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon.

Tickets are available now from Committee members, please mark the 23rd. of November in your calendar.


Creggs put in big performance v All-Ireland Champions

All-Ireland Junior Cup

Ashbourne RFC 31, Creggs Rugby 22,

Creggs travelled to the home of reigning All Ireland Junior Cup champions Ashbourne and put up a heroic display in defeat against a team going for an amazing 4 in a row titles in this competition.

When Shane Dowd crossed for a superb try for Creggs with just eight minutes remaining, Ashbourne led 23 -20, before Shane Purcell’s well struck conversion left just a point between the teams.

Unfortunately, Creggs were penalised on the resumption and Gavin Kennedy’s penalty from close range gave the home team valuable breathing space before second row Andrew Whittaker’s last minute try finally sealed a hard earned win for Ashbourne.

Ashbourne led 13-8 at half-time, with two penalties and a conversion from the boot of outhalf Gavin Kennedy and a try by winger Colm Craigie in response to a penalty by Shane Purcell and a try by Eoghan Coyle for Creggs.

Coyle’s try showed Creggs at their best,with the ball swiftly transferred by Shane Dowd to Elliot Jennings who put the hard-running winger over in the corner for a super score.

The crucial ten minute spell after half-time went very much in Ashbourne’s favour with the surefooted Kennedy adding another penalty to edge the home side 16-8 ahead, before Creggs outstanding loosehead Aidan Leech was harshly sin-binned.

Ashbourne took full advantage of their numerical advantage to force a penalty try after a series of close range scrums. Creggs responded with some rousing rugby, with Maurice Buckley scoring a try from a rolling maul in the 65th minute, and Shane Purcell landing a magnificent conversion.

Then Shane Dowd sliced the Ashbourne midfield to shreds with a searing break to cross the line unopposed.Thereafter, Ashbourne showed their experience to regain control and close out the game, but no doubt they were mightily relieved to be still on track to retain the All Ireland Junior Cup.

On a day when each and every Creggs squad member stood up to the challenge presented by this formidable Ashbourne side, Creggs can take great from their contribution to this contest and the outing proves the great progress the Creggs squad continues to make

Creggs Rugby: Shane Dowd, Eoghan Coyle, Elliot Jennings, Tom Callaghan, Kevin Gavin, Shane Purcell, Andrew Callaghan, Tom Fleming, Maurice Buckley, Aidan Leech, Ian Whittington, Brian Donoghue, James Brandon, Pete Lohan, Brian Diffley, Danny Arnold, Sean Og Higgins, Brian Coady, Ronan Cahill, Ronan Dowd.

Creggs First team return to Connacht League action with a potentially difficult away game against Tuam next Saturday, followed by a home game against high flying Connemara on November 9th.Creggs Development team win great game v Carrick

Connacht J1C League

Creggs Development 13, Carrick-on-Shannon RFC 12.

Creggs Development clawed back a 12-3 deficit to record a dramatic last minute victory over Carrick-On-Shannon in Saturday’s closely contested game in Creggs.

Creggs opening the scoring when outhalf Brian Cleary landed a well-struck penalty in the 23rd minute but Carrick scored a try shortly before halftime to lead by 5 – 3.

Carrick dominated the forward exchanges in the third quarter and added a second try which was converted from under the posts to leave Creggs trailing by nine points before Brian Cleary kicked a second penalty with just eight minutes remaining .

Creggs threw everything into attack in the closing stages and they were rewarded when centre Colin Canny broke several tackles to crash over for a great try.

Cleary was the coolest player on the pitch as he landed the difficult conversion to steer his team to victory. Carrick were shell-shocked at the finish, having seen a comfortable lead slip away, but great credit is due to the never-say-die attitude displayed by Creggs in eking out an unlikely win with a storming finish.

Creggs must travel to Ballinasloe to take on the Junior 1C pacesetters on their own patch next Saturday, and while this will be another difficult assignment, morale should be high following a second successive League win by this rapidly improving squad of players.

Creggs draw Westport away in Connacht Junior Cup
Creggs has been drawn against Westport RFC in the Connacht Junior Cup last 16. The game is due to be played on the weekend of January 12th.


This week, the Creggs Under-20’s and Development squads are training at 8pm on Tuesday night and again 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.


Creggs Under-16’s have great win over Oughterard

Connacht Under-16 League Division 1:

Creggs RFC 41, Oughterard RFC 13.

The home team got out of the blocks very quickly and early tries from Conor Betts, Ciaran Purcell and Aodhan looby and two conversions from DJ Hession. This saw Creggs take an early 19-0 lead before Oughterard got on the board with a penalty after 17 minutes.

Creggs continued to carry the ball to the opposition and Noah Fallon, Eoin kelly, Lee kilcoyne and Aindriu Oates were especially effective up front.

Oughterard kept plugging away and were using their off loading game to great effect and got in for a try themselves before half time to reduce the deficit to 19-8.

Creggs kept the opposition scoreless in the second half and got in for further tries from Looby, Ryan Conlon, and Ben Johnson in the second half for a convincing victory

Creggs Rugby: Aindriu Oates, Tomas tiernan, Ben Johnson, Aidan Hoare, Lee kilcoyne, Eoin Kelly, Darragh Gilleran, Ciaran Purcell, DJ Hession, Cormac Dolan, Aodhan looby, Jack Fleming, Josh Adams Verling, Ryan Conlon, Conor Betts, Cormac feeley, Edimar Fimho, Noah Fallon

Creggs Under-16 Girl’s loose out in high scoring game

Connacht Under-16 Girls League Division 1:

Creggs RFC 24, Claremorris RFC 26,

Creggs U16 Girls played out a high scoring league game with league leaders Claremorris RFC in Creggs last Monday.

Played in beautiful conditions, the first half of this game started at a blistering pace and the visiting team got off to a flying start and registered three quick tries before the Creggs girls even got going.

They had a 21-0 lead before the Creggs Girls eventually got some ball, with Nadine Fitzmaurice, Rachel McDonald, Jean O Boyle, Grace Hanley and Eadaoin Walsh outstanding upfront. Creggs were awarded a number of penalties and Sarah Purcell went over in the corner which Eabha Dowd converted.

This was quickly followed by another Sarah Purcell try in the same corner to reduce the deficit to 21-12. The visitors however regrouped and got in for another try to lead 28-12.

Further tries from Sarah Purcell and Nadine Fitzmaurice in the second half reduced the score to 28-19, but Claremorris finished the stronger, getting in for the last two scores to put a gloss on the scoreline.

Creggs Rugby: Nadine Fitzmaurice, Jean O Boyle, Grace Hanley, Fiona Duffy, Eadaoin Walsh, Rachel McDonald, Roisin O Brien, Caoimhe Walsh, Eabha Dowd, Sarah Purcell, Emma Mannion, Emily Murray, Gabrielle Kilcommons, Megan Donoghue, Gemina Adams Verling, Julie Ann Fahy, Stacey Cobally, Aishling Nally. Erica Keegan.


Creggs Under-13 Boys travel to Buccaneers RFC in the league next Saturday, time TBC.

Creggs Under-15 Boys play Corinthians RFC in the Connacht League next Sunday, Time TBC

Creggs Under-17 play a League game V Ballina RFC in Creggs Next Sunday at 12pm

Creggs Under-14 Girls play a League Game V Sligo RFC Next Sunday at 2pm in Sligo


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.

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


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.

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