Creggs win Curley Cup Final in style
Creggs RFC 47, Corinthians 5.
Creggs eventually ran out easy winners in an entertaining Cup final played in perfect conditions at Ballyhaunis on Friday night last.
However, the final scoreline does scant justice to a Corinthians team which put it up to Creggs for 60 minutes before being overwhelmed in the final quarter.
Corinthians started in whirlwind fashion and scored a fine try after just 3 minutes. They continued to dominate the opening quarter and only stout defence prevented further scores as their high tempo game clearly unsettled Creggs.
Gradually the Creggs pack became more influential and an Andrew Callaghan try levelled the scores at 5 all after 24 minutes. Two Mark Brandon penalties stretched Creggs lead to 11 5 by halftime.
Winger Chris Duignan produced a moment of magic with a superb interception shortly after half-time and he romped home from halfway to touch down under the posts.
Alan Brandon added 2 tries one of which was a superb solo effort while Eoghan Coyle and Elliot Jennings also scored tries to put Creggs out of sight.
The final try was one of the highlights of the game with prop forward Eoghan Farrell showing his power and pace to cut through for a fine score in the closing minutes of a highly entertaining contest.
This game brought the season to an end in style for a Creggs side which has now captured 2 trophies in the last month as well as winning promotion to J1A League for next season.
Great credit is due to the players and their management team and their success is richly deserved.
Creggs Rugby: Shane Purcell, Chris Duignan, Elliot Jennings, Kevin Gavin, Eoghan Coyle, Mark Brandon, Andrew Callaghan, Tom Fleming, Sean Og Higgins, Aidan Leech, Kevin Brandon, Brian Donoghue, Alan Brandon, Tom Callaghan, James Brandon, Mike Blighe, Peter Lohan, Luke Meehan, Ronan Cahill, and Eoghan Farrell.
OLBC triumph in Division 2 League Final
Our Lady’s Boys Club 25, Creggs 2nd’s 7.
OLBC captured the Junior 2 League title with an impressive win over Creggs in Sunday’s Final, which was played in Tuam. OLBC began impressively and an early try by Johnny Long which Dave Prior converted set them on the road to victory.
Creggs responded with sustained pressure which yielded a couple of penalty chances but kicking conditions were difficult and both attempts were off target.
The scoreline remained at 7 nil to OLBC until the 50th minute when Dave Prior kicked a penalty and he added another penalty shortly afterwards after Creggs strayed offside in midfield.
Creggs continued to carry the fight to OLBC but could not break through their superbly marshalled defence. A Dave Reilly try in the 68th minute finally put the game out of Creggs reach and Colm Flynn added a further try which Dave Prior converted.
However,Creggs battled to the end and winger Luke Meehan crashed through for a late but well deserved try converted by Michael Farrell to complete the scoring.
Both teams have gained promotion to J1C League for next season and OLBC are worthy champions with a strong set of forwards allied to a slick and inventive backline.
Creggs can reflect on an excellent League campaign and will be hoping for a good run in the Ard Na Cregg Cup.
Creggs Rugby: Michael Farrell, John Scroope, Ruairi O Brollochain, Johnnie Blighe, Luke Meehan, Michael Holland, Stephen Crehan, Tommy Curley, Enda Tully, Paul Mc Neill, Kevin Rushe, Bernard Kilcommons, Michael Feeley, Peter Lohan, Alan Glennon, Philip Leech, Matthew Brandon, Damien Nolan, Declan Nee, Brian Coady, Neville Walker, Graham Curran, Daniel Butt, Seamus Collins, Matthew Butt, Peter Heavey, Eoghan Cahill, Enda Garvey, Micheal Glennon, Eoghan OConnell, Andy Boyle, Jack Haugh, and David Hoare
Ard Na Cregg Cup Quarter-Final
Boosted by having won promotion from the Connacht J2 League, Creggs 2nd’s play the Ard Na Cregg Cup Quarter-Final at home against Loughrea at The Green in Creggs on Sunday, kick- off at 2.30pm. Training continues every Tuesday and Friday.
Creggs Under-20’s for Westport on Saturday week
The Under-20’s are in contention to win the Connacht Under-20 Blitz Series. Having won the last round, Creggs Under-20’s are in joint-second position in the Series, with two rounds to go.
The next round will take place in Westport on Saturday, April 14th. with the final round a week later at a venue to be decided.
Training with the First’s, Second’s and Under-18.5 teams on every Tuesday and Friday.
New and returning players always welcome. Contact Dave Purcell, Pat O’Gorman, or Kevin O’Rourke.
Creggs Under-16’s lost narrowly play local rivals Buccaneers RFC on Wednesday night last by 12 – 5 in the Quarter Final of the Connacht Plate.
CREGGS YOUTH FIXTURES THIS WEEK:
Connacht Under-17 Plate – THIS WEEK
Thursday – 05/04/2018 – Quarter Final
19:30 Creggs vs Oughterard, in Creggs.
OTHER UPCOMING YOUTH RUGBY FIXTURES:
Connacht Under-18.5 Plate
Sunday – 15/04/2018 – Semi Final
12:00 Loughrea or Ballina vs Creggs, Away.
Connacht Under-13 Plate
Saturday – 21/04/2018 – Semi Final
13:30 Creggs vs TBC, in Creggs.
Creggs Under-14’s and Under-15’s to tour Wales
Creggs Under-14’s and Under-15’s will travel to Wales on tour this Friday, April 6th. Included
in the tour will be attending the Ospreys v Connacht Pro-14 game in the Liberty Stadium. Both the Under-14’s (v Dulais Valley RFC) and Under-15’s (v Pontardawe RFC) will play games v their Welsh host clubs.
The lads will also enjoy other activities over the weekend. The overall Creggs group travelling this weekend is in excess of 60 between players, coaches and some parents.
UPCOMING MINI RUGBY FIXTURES & TRAINING THIS WEEKEND
This week, the Creggs Under-8’s and Under-9’s will train in Creggs this Saturday morning at 11am.
Creggs Under-12’s play in the Connacht Blitz in Ballinasloe this Saturday 7th , players to be there at 10.15am, Kck-off off at 11am.
Creggs Under-11’s will play in the Neville Furlong Garryowen Rugby Festival on this Saturday, April 7th. in the Garryowen Grounds at Dooradoyle in Limerick. Bus leaving Casey’s in Roscommon at 8am, so all players can be there at 10.15am. Kick off is 11am.
Work is underway on Girls Mini Rugby and will be in place for the start of next season.
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. Tickets can also be bought on-line at: www.CreggsRugby.ie
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.