Creggs Rugby lands 3 Connacht titles in 3 Days
Winning three Connacht Finals is a wonderful way to bring a great competitive season for the club to an end. And that’s what Creggs Under 17’s, Under-18’s and Under-19’s delivered between last Wednesday and Saturday.
First up were the Creggs Under 18.5’s, who defeated Westport-Monivea RFC’s by 38 – 17 to complete a a double of Connacht titles. 10 days previously they won the Connacht League Final, also in the Sportsground.
Next up were Creggs Under-17’s who defeated Monivea RFC by 34 – 29 in their Final at Crowley Park in Galway on Saturday afternoon last. This was tough and closely contested Final, as the scoreline suggest but this ever improving Creggs team deserving won the title on the day.
Then later on Saturday, the Creggs Under-20’s also defeated Monivea RFC in the Connacht Under-20 Plate Final by 58 – 21 in Creggs. Despite missing a number of players due to college exams, the Connacht Juniors v Ulster game and a couple of injuries, Creggs ran out convincing winners.
While a lot of the Creggs Under-20 players were unavailable for the Under-20 Cup Semi-Final v Corinthians RFC, and we lost that game, Corinthians went on to defeat Ballina in that Final, indicating that with a full-team Creggs can compete at this level with any team in the province.
The Under-17’s, Under-18’s and Under-20’s Connacht Final wins are a great way to close the club’s competitive season, and another big chapter in what is being delivered so much on and off the field for the club.
We still have the Connacht v Munster Junior Inter-Provencial in Creggs on Saturday, May 11th. Congrats again to the seven Creggs players (Aidan Leech, Brian Diffley, James Brandon, Shane Dowd, Brian Donohue, Andrew Callaghan, and Maurice Bucley) and Pat Cunningham is one of the coaches in the 2019 Connacht Junior rugby squad.
Unfortunately, they wend down to current champions Ulster by 34 – 20 in their first round in Castlebar last Saturday. Creggs second-row Brian Donohue scored a Connacht try five minutes into the second half to regain the lead for home team but after that Ulster were the more dominant team. Well done Brian and all the Creggs lads.
On the evening of the Inter-Pro (Saturday, May 11th.) there will be medal presentations to various teams in the clubhouse. And there is still lots more going on with the ‘Give it A Try’ Initiative for girls aged 10 to 14 starting in Creggs on Monday evening week (B.Hol. May 6th.), and the Connacht Summer Camp (for 6-12 year-olds) in the first week in July. We also have the opening of the new pitches and amenity walk also to come.
Impressive win for Creggs Under-20’s in Connacht Final
Connacht Under-20 Plate Final:
Creggs RFC 58, Monivea RFC 21.
The final rugby game of the season for all of Creggs teams was held in Creggs last Saturday evening when Creggs played Monivea in the Connacht Under-20 Plate Final.
Minus some lads who had college exams, injuries (including Rian Biesty who picked up an injury in the Cup Semi-Final) and two players playing with the Connacht Juniors against Ulster on the same day, Creggs still managed to have 21 Under-20 players lining-out on Saturday evening for the Connacht Plate Final which is a great credit to the lads and their commitment to the club.
There were plenty of tries on show and the skillset was there for all to see with Creggs running in 10 tries on the evening and certainly the future looks bright and we look forward to many of these young men lining out for the Creggs Firsts and Development Team next season.
Creggs Rugby: Shane Purcell, Ronan Dowd, Ben McGahon, Thomas O Brien, Michael farrell, Jason Hoare, Eoghan Coyle,Padraig Gaffey, David O Gorman, Eoghan McDonnell, Amuray Duarte, Mairtin Quinn, Danny Arnold, Jonathan Whyte, Matthew Curley, Tom Farrell, Edward Clinton, Jamie Ryan, Brian Coady, James Mulrooney, Oisin Keenan.
Creggs Under-18’s Complete Connacht Double
Connacht Under-18 Plate Final
Creggs RFC 38, Westport – Monivea RFC’s 17.
A Connacht final featuring a combined clubs team as opposition and played in a torrential downpour was not enough to deny Creggs Under-18’s their second Connacht title in just 10 days.
The Creggs management had shuffled their cards somewhat from their league final victory with the return to the starting line-up of Jack Keegan and Cian Glennon and several positional changes no doubt influenced by the early arrival of storm “Hannah”.
Back at the Sportsgrounds Galway this stand out Creggs team put in what was one of their most impressive performances to blow away a combined Westport/Monivea 15 with a marvellous display of running rugby that defied the conditions.
Understandably the early exchanges were cagey with both teams not risking going wide and keeping the ball in the forwards working through the phases.
On 16 minutes referee Jason Croghwell penalised Westport/Monivea at the breakdown 40 meters out. Creggs Mark Purcell found an excellent touch 5 metres out and from the lineout a clever short throw put Jack Tucker clean through the gap for the first try converted by Purcell.
The rehearsed move was one straight from Connachts’s Pro 14 Team, imparted by Roscommon native and Connacht prop Denis Buckley who took this Creggs team for a recent training session and it obviously gave great satisfaction to the Creggs lads who were off themark in some style.
Creggs immediately found another gear and the half back partnership of Aodha Hession and Tim Lambe were in total control choosing the right options when required turning the opposition and playing the difficult conditions brilliantly.
John Martin the Creggs openside wing forward who was popping up everywhere broke clean through the midfield defence chipped ahead and was tackled to ground without the ball leavingReferee Croughwell to award a penalty try and a 14 nil lead after 20 minutes.
Not to be outdone Martin’s back-row partner John McDonnell was next on the scoresheet for Creggs finishing off an excellent move started with a clean line break from Lambe. An opportunist turnover from the Westport/Monivea first centre to score out wide and just keeping his team in the contest but Creggs went in at half time leading 19 – 5.
The game was over as a contest one minutes into the second half when the score of the match which was befitting of the Connacht home pitch and was scored by Tim Lambe for Creggs.
Returning the kick off at pace the Creggs forwards setthe platform and with super handling and a wonderful line taken by Cian Glennon, Lame received the ball with work to do but glided through the Westport/Monivea defence to touch down for Purcell again to add the extras.
On 50 minutes Creggs replaced number 8 Jack Keegan, Keegan is getting stronger with every game after missing almost a year out of the game with a knee injury and his able replacement Micheal Beirne slotted in with some aplomb.
Conor Rohan was next on the score sheet, unstoppable from 5 meters. At 33 -5 Irish international scrum half Hession sniped in for the Creggs final score after a strong carry from prop Tom Farrell.
Westport/Monivea were playing only for prideand they demonstrated that and some considerable heart to score two quick unanswered tries and some respectability on the scoreboard but Creggs RFC were not to be denied and a 38-17 victory. Connacht Rugby Branch president Mossy Moran presented Captain Tim Lambe with the trophy to the delight of the big Creggs support who had travelled to Galway.
Creggs Rugby: Tom Farrell, Roddie McGuinness, Jack Tucker, Thomas O Brien, Conor Rohan, John Mc Donnell, John Martin, Jack Keegan, Aodha Hession, Tim Lambe, Jack Hanley, Mark Purcell, Cian Glennon, Jonathan Whyte, Martin Quinn, Micheal Beirne, Ronan Lambe, Ethan Glennon, Ben Finnerty, Kaylem Hollian, Erin Coyne, Conor Murphy, Eric O’Doherty, and Lorcan Maher.
Great Connacht title win for Creggs Under-17’s
Connacht Under-17 Plate Semi Final:
Creggs RFC 34, Monivea RFC 29.
Creggs and Monivea have produced some great battles over the last number of years and last Saturday’s Connacht Under-17 Plate final was no different.
Creggs began the game at a very fast pace and scored early through an assured David Gaquin for an early 5 point lead.
Then after 12 minutes Creggs got in for another try from Ben Finnerty after a great 40 metre run and Mark Purcell converted for a 12-0 lead.
Monivea regrouped and got in for a try of their own afeter 15 minutes but Creggs extended their lead shortly afterwards when Mark Purcell burst over for a try which he converted after good work from Lorcan Maher and Jack Tucker.
Creggs looked to be in a strong position heading to half time but Creggs failed to deal with the kick off and Monivea got in for a converted try to leave the half time score 17-12.
Monivea boosted by the score just before half time, took the lead early in the second half after getting a try which they converted and Creggs found themselves behind by 19-17.
Creggs forwards were working hard and great work from Daragh Kieran and Adam Donnelly in the loose and at the set piece from Ronan Lambe and Ethan Glennon was rewarded when Mark Purcell kicked a penalty after 8 minutes to retake the lead 20-19.
Creggs backs were loving the ball well now and Sean Trundle was moving the ball quickly from the breakdown to allow space out wide for Aaaron Lyons and Naoise Coyle.
Creggs extended their lead after some good work led to a try from Cian Glennon.
Shortly after Darren Gately collected a Monivea clearance and he went straight through several defenders before releasing Mark Purcell for another try which he converted.
It looked like the game was won with the scoreline 32-19 but Monivea got in for another couple of scores and it took some great defence from the Creggs lads towards the end to keep out the Monivea attacks with Conor McNulty, Luke Divilly and Tiernan O Sullivan doing very well.
Creggs Rugby: Ben Finnerty, Sean Trundle, Cian Glennon, Aaron Lyons, Jack Deegan, Mark Purcell, Jack Tucker, Darragh Kiernan, Adam Donnelly, Conor McNulty, Ronan Lambe, Ethan Glennon, Tiernan O’Sullivan, Shane Connaughton, Ciaran Purcell, Lorcan Maher, Daniel Hill, Naoise Coyle, Daniel O’Brien, Darren Gately, Luke Divilly, and David Gaquin.
Girls Rugby – ‘Give It A Try’
On Monday week, the 6th of May for an hour from 6.30 – 7.30pm, the ‘Give it A Try’ Initiative for girls aged 10 to 14 will start in Creggs.
For 8 weeks every Monday the programme is aimed at girls who don’t play the game and to give them a flavour of the game in a fun environment.
Girls can register on the evening. Please see Creggs Rugby facebook page for further details.
Connacht Rugby Summer Camp in Creggs
The dates have been announced for the 2019 Connacht Rugby Summer Camp in Creggs RFC. It will run from Monday, July 1st. to Friday July 5th. See full details of this fabulous week for 6 to 12 year-olds in the attached image.