UNDER-20’s FINISH SECOND IN CONNACHT SERIES
Having won the penultimate round in Westport, Creggs Under-20’s were in second position in the Series, as they went to Tuam last Saturday for the final round.
Having won the first game well v Tuam-Westport combined, Creggs came up against the Series leaders Ballinrobe, who had a bye in the first round. A fresh Ballinrobe team came out on top and as a result won the Connacht Series.
Well done to the Creggs lads who put in some great performances to finish second in the Connacht Series. And well done to Michael Feeley, who won the ‘Tackle of the Series’ award.
In addition, the Creggs lads welcomed back Brian Divilly to the Creggs squad. Welcome home Brian.
CREGGS WIN CONNACHT UNDER- 17 SEMI FINAL
Creggs RFC 34, Carrick on Shannon RFC 18.
In perfect conditions for rugby Creggs Under-17’s put in their best performance of the season to qualify for the Connacht Plate Final in Creggs on Tuesday evening.
Both teams were at full strength and thought Creggs started as favourites Carrick’s big pack were going to insure that this was going to be a stern contest, and so it proved.
Creggs started well and were rewarded after just 4 minutes when Thomas O Brien powered in for the first score, which was converted by Mark Purcell.
However, as the home team looked to dominate they were guilty of giving away some soft penalties and Carrick capitalised when their outside half got in and levelled the scores on 15 minutes.
Fresh from a successful tour to Wales and England with the Connacht U-17’s scrum half and Creggs Captain Aodha Hession was picking up the tempo and showing his class moving his big pack and picking holes in Carrick’s resolute defence. Hession sniped in for the next score a try under the posts, converted expertly again by Purcell.
The village team looked to pull away when a quick tap penalty from Aodha Hession saw him in for his second try.
Mark Purcell added a penalty leaving Creggs comfortable at half time leading 22-7. They had their pack to thank for this particularly down to the hard yards from forwards with Callaghan and Tucker to the fore.
Carrick were not lying down and sustained pressure and poor discipline at the breakdown from Creggs saw Carrick convert a penalty to trail by 14.
The Creggs line out was functioning well with Roddie McGuinness having one of his best games in the hooped shirt and John McDonnell soaring into the night sky.
The excellent Kaylem Holian on the wing worked nicely with Tom Farrell to execute Creggs next try for what should have seen them home and out of sight but that proved not to be.
Carrick came back and were playing the better rugby and we rewarded with a try after good work from their pack.
Creggs however introduced their strong bench and in particular their new talent Ciaran Corcoran who in his first season of rugby showed strength and ran wonderful lines reminiscent of a seasoned player in full flight.
The defence of the Creggs backs and in particular centres Hanley and Whyte put in some ferocious tackles keeping Carrick out. Mark Purcell went over in the corner for Creggs with 8 minutes left and sublimely converted his own try to see Creggs into the final by a margin of 34-18 where they will play local rivals Buccaneers. This Final is down for Sunday week at a venue and time to be confirmed.
Creggs Rugby: Diarmuid Quinn, Micheal Beirne, Rory Callaghan, Jack Tucker, Tom Farrell, Eric O Doherty, Kaylem Holian, John McDonnell, Mark Purcell, Aaron Hannon, Lorcan Maher, Aodha Hession, Jack Hanley, Ben Finnerty, Conor Murphy, Roddie McGuinness, Thomas O Brien, Adam Donnelly, Darragh Kiernan, Jonathan Whyte, Ciaran Corcoran, Ronan Lambe, Conor McNulty, Aaron Hannon, Erin Coyne, and Ryan O’Keeffe.
CONNACHT UNDER-18 FINAL THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday, our Under-18.5 team are down to play the Connacht Plate Final at Ballyhaunis RFC at 12 Noon v Sligo RFC. Please come to Ballyhaunis on Sunday and supports the lads in the Final.
END-OF SEASON MINI RUGBY PARTY
Last weekend’s end-of-season Home Blitz/Celebration which had been organised for Creggs on Saturday evening had to be cancelled when Monivea Minis could not travel.
Instead, an end of season party for all Mini Rugby players is being organised for this weekend. A text will out to all parents. It should be a great occasion for all the players and parents to come along and see them enjoy themselves, and end the season. Full details by text to all parents.
CREGGS PITCH DEVELOPMENT DRAW
Tickets are available for the Creggs Rugby Pitches Development Draw from all Members and Players at €10 each or €50 for a book of 6. Please also let all your family and friends living away elsewhere in Ireland or abroad that draw tickets can also be bought very simply on-line at: www.CreggsRugby.ie
All sellers, please note that the Draw Committee meets each Monday night, so please return your tickets and money to your group leaders before each Monday evening.
There are 26 great prizes, and you can support the club is providing the first full-size IRB approved 3G rugby pitch in Connacht, as well as other grass pitches and facilities. Thank you for all your on-going support.