Hugely successful Creggs Pitch Development Draw
The Creggs Rugby Pitches Development Draw took place last Saturday night in Creggs. The draw was a huge success with projected targets achieved, thanks to the wonderful support of thousands of ticket buyers. A great night was had by all with 26 prizes winners on the night.
The club wishes to sincerely thank everyone that bought tickets for their great support. A special thanks also to the many ticket sellers, from the parents of Mini Rugby players, to youth players and their families, right up to all adult players, committee members, sponsors and friend of Creggs rugby in the west, throughout Ireland and abroad.
Details of the 26 winners are on the Creggs RFC website at: www.CreggsRugby.ie
Work has just commenced on the new 4G pitch, which is expected to be open by September.
Lady Internationals honoured and Girls Rugby relaunched
Earlier this year at the Aviva Stadium, over 100 Women who had represented Ireland in rugby internationals between 1992 and 2006, when official caps were introduced, were presented with caps marking their achievement of playing for their country.
Among those gathered at the stadium that day to be presented with the caps by IRFU President, Philip Orr, were five Creggs RFC ladies – Fiona Devaney, Mary Grehan, Jacinta Hanley (Gibbons), Paula Keane, and Claire Wall.
The great idea came about as part of the detailed review of the Women’s Game currently being undertaken by Su Carty (a native of Trien near Castlerea), and Mary Quinn.
She is a former President of the IWRFU and World Rugby Women’s Development Manager, and she was recently appointed by the IRFU to the World Rugby Council.
On Saturday night last, Creggs honoured these ladies for their achievements. Su Carty spoke passionately about women’s rugby and the proud place that Creggs RFC holds the history of the sport in Ireland. She and Connacht captain Grainne Egan praised the role models that the Creggs ladies past teams have been. And going forward, with the relaunch of the Girl’s Rugby programme for next season, it won’t be long before Creggs girls and adult ladies teams are making the headlines.
A bouquet of flowers was presented to each of the International cap holders present included Mary Devaney, who represented Fiona, as she was away.
Mary Grehan responded to Sue Carty and Grainne Egan on behalf of the international cap recipients and the Creggs Ladies teams of the past. She thanked the two invited guests, Creggs Rugby Club, and she pointed out the many other great players present and that wore the Creggs jersey, a number of which should possibly have also won caps. She expressed delight too that girls rugby was getting the full backing of the club with coaching teams and developing the game in schools.
Creggs Senior teams presented with Connacht medals
The Creggs First and Second Teams were both promoted this year and were presented with their Connacht medals at a barbecue in the clubhouse last Saturday evening. The First and duel players were also presented with their Curley Cup medals.
Well done to all the lads for a great season in Connacht Rugby. The bar is rising this great group of players will meet the challenges coming along next season well prepared, committed and with the enjoyment that is necessary from sport.
Creggs Youth teams presented with Connacht medals
The Creggs Under-14’s, Under-17’s and Under-18’s were presented with their Connacht medals at a barbecue in the clubhouse last Saturday evening. Well done to all the lads for a great season in the top divisions of Connacht Rugby.
Creggs Under-12 Girl’s MINI Rugby team are Aviva bound
Creggs Under-12 girls will play in the Aviva All-Ireland Mini Rugby Festival at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin next Saturday, May 19th.
There was a surprise visitor at training last Saturday morning when Connacht Ladies Captain and Irish International Grainne Egan (from Ballygar) helped out with coaching.
Best wishes to all the players, their parents and coaches for a great day out in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Cloontuskert NS represent Connacht in All-Ireland Tag Rugby
Congratulations to Cloontuskert National School, which represented Creggs Rugby in the Connacht Aldi Tag Blitz, and who have now qualified to play in the Aviva National Blitz in the Aviva Stadium later this month.
Well done to all the children, their teachers and parents. Enjoy a great day in Dublin at the home of Irish rugby.
The ethos of mini rugby is to foster and develop young players (boys & girls) of all ability in the game of rugby in a safe, non competitive, enjoyable environment through activities which ensure progressive skill development for all participants in line with the IRFU Long Term Player Development (LTPD) pathway, Child Welfare Policy and traditions of Rugby Union.