The Gain Line

The Gain Line – Week Commencing: Nov 20th

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SENIOR RUGBY 

Creggs stay top of League with another good performance

Connacht Junior 1 League:

Creggs Rugby  9,  Corinthians RFC 0

Creggs Firsts are four points clear after Round 8 of the Connacht J1 League, completing back to back victories over Corinthians RFC who now drop to third place with Castlebar RFC moving into second. 

Connacht J1 League Table

Pos

Team

Played

W

D

L

PF

PA

Diff

BP

Ded

Pts

1

Creggs

8

6

1

1

157

82

75

4

0

30

2

Castlebar

8

5

1

2

171

112

59

4

0

26

3

NUIG

8

5

1

2

186

149

37

3

0

25

4

Corinthians

8

5

0

3

167

119

48

3

0

23

5

Tuam

7

2

2

3

132

118

14

6

0

18

6

Ballinrobe

8

3

0

5

144

175

-31

4

0

16

7

Dunmore

8

1

0

7

130

201

-71

4

-1

7

8

Corrib

7

1

1

5

61

192

-131

0

0

6

 Last weekend, Creggs left Corinthian Park with maximum points but this grinding try-less win at the Green was in many ways a finer achievement. 

 A much changed Corinthians side came roaring into the game, throwing everything they had at the home side straight from the kick-off. Creggs however have the best defensive record in the League and once again their defence was not found wanting, absorbing wave after wave of Corinthians attack and ultimately turning the tables when Mark Brandon landed the first of his three penalty goals on Creggs first foray into the opposition 22 after 8 minutes. 

 With the Creggs pack in terrific form, enjoying a marked advantage in the scrums, Brandon landed a second penalty after 20 minutes. The second quarter was an absorbing ding-dong battle with the Creggs half backs Andrew Callaghan and Mark Brandon managing the game astutely, and Creggs restricting Corinthians to just one shot at goal which was narrowly missed just before halftime. 

 Five minutes into the second half, Mark Brandon’s third penalty left Creggs the psychological two scores ahead, and Corinthians back play was now looking increasingly edgy as they struggled to penetrate a very mean home defence. 

 Creggs looked to be under pressure when Peter Lohan was sin-binned for a lineout infringement just after entering the fray, but they regrouped and held their nerve for the next ten minutes. Back to full strength, they tightened their grip on the game, Corinthians best chance went abegging when fullback Kevin Gavin brought off a spectacular try-saving tackle. 

 Head coach Pat Cunningham will be very pleased with his side’s first league clean sheet of the season against strong and determined opponents who couldn’t find a way through a well organised and disciplined defence, conceding no penalty within kicking range during the second half. 

 Next up for Creggs following a well earned rest week is another top of the table clash, away to Castlebar on Saturday week. We wish Andrew Callaghan a speedy recovery from a hand injury picked up on Sunday.

Creggs: Kevin Gavin, Luke Meehan, Elliot Jennings, Tom Callaghan, Chris Duignan, Mark Brandon, Andrew Callaghan, Mike Blighe, Sean Higgins, Aidan Leech, Brian Donoghue, Tom Fleming, James Brandon, Alan Brandon, Kevin Brandon, Eoghan Farrell, Eoghan Coyle, Peter Lohan, Ronan Cahill, and Ryan Horan.

Creggs record a great win over Galwegians

Connacht Under-18.5 League:

Creggs RFC  34,  Galwegians RFC  7.

Creggs Under-18.5’s responded to their first Connacht League loss last week to Ballina RFC by beating Galwegians RFC on Sunday afternoon in Creggs. 

Ronan Dowd breaks through the Galwegians backline with Eoghan Coyle in support – Creggs U-18.5’s defeated Galwegians on Sunday by 34 points to 7. 

 Very much like last week Creggs came out of the blocks flying and played a fantastic brand of rugby with the forwards on the front foot and the backs running the ball at every opportunity.

 Up front Adam Finnerty, Brian Maloney, Aaron Glennon were very prominent early on, with big carries time after time, Tim Lambe and Eoghan Coyle exploited the space to release Ronan Dowd and Amuray Duarte. 

 Aodha Hession was a very effective link between forwards and backs and made some great decisions in the early stages and up front John McDonnell and John Martin were defending very well and putting huge pressure on the Galwegians attack when they did have the ball. 

 It was from this pressure that Creggs managed to turn over ball and did lead to two of Creggs five first half tries from Mairtin Quinn (3), Aodha Hession and Killian Higgins with Tim Lambe converting two giving Creggs a 29-0 half time lead.

 The second Half was a much more even affair as Galwegians upped their intensity and were attacking the Creggs rucks and making life much more difficult for the Creggs backs. Tom Farrell, Thomas O’Brien and Aidan Conneely did well on their introduction, but Galwegians did manage to get the first score of the second half which they converted to reduce the deficit to 29-7.

 However, Creggs regrouped and again the forwards did some great work especially through Danny Arnold and Mathew Curley and when Creggs released the backs Eoghan Coyle raced in unopposed to touchsown and leave the final score Creggs 34 Galwegians 7.

 Creggs U18.5’s have a well deserved week off next weekend with their next league game away to Castlebar RFC in two weeks. 

Senior Rugby Fixtures

Creggs First XV has a well earned rest week before another top of the table clash, away to Castlebar on Saturday week. in the Connacht J1 League. 

Creggs Seconds XV had no game last weekend with Sligo RFC failing to field. This coming weekend, the team play a previously postponed game v Connemara RFC in the Connacht J1 League in Creggs. Please come along and support the lads.

Creggs U18.5’s have a well deserved week off next weekend with their next league game away to Castlebar RFC in two weeks. 

The Creggs Under-20’s travel to Westport next Saturday for the penultimate Connacht Blitz Series of games, and will hope to move from second place to the top of that League table, if they perform like they did last time out.

 We welcome any of the Under-20’s available to play next Saturday and a text will go to all during the week to check availability. 

Training for all senior teams (First, Seconds, Under-20’s & Under-18.5’s) continues on Friday evening. New and returning players always welcome.

YOUTH RUGBY 

Creggs Under-17’s defeat Carrick in League

Connacht Under-17 A League

Creggs Rugby  29,  Carrick RFC  19.

Creggs Under-17’s returned to winning ways on Sunday in the Connacht A League with a hard fought win over Carrick on Shannon.

 In difficult conditions the visitors scored first to lead 5 – nil after just 3 minutes.  

 Creggs responded well and their big forwards led by Tom Farrell with Eric O Doherty and Micheal Beirne to the fore getting over the gain line. 

 Half-backs Ethan Glennon and Mark Purcell marshalled things well behind the scrum and Creggs were soon back on level terms with a well worked try scored by Adam Donnelly.

 The rain held off and with both teams looking to move the ball wide, the game was opened up. Creggs went in front on 20 minutes when Lorcan Maher got over for the first of his two tries and Mark Purcell comfortably added the conversion

 Creggs looked likely to pull away in the second half and their young second-row forward Ronan Lambe stood out with his performance around the park. The score of the match came from a sustained period of pressure from the home team showing great patience and the try was finished off by Kaylem Holian, capping an excellent all-round display from the versatile winger. 

 That should have been that but Carrick had other ideas and in the space of five minutes were right back in contention with two tries in quick succession. 

 Creggs showed great character and responded with what proved to be the vital score following good work from Diarmuid Quinn,John McDonnell and Thomas O’ Beirne, Maher crossed for his second try. 

 The Creggs defence held firm and Ryan O Keeffe and newcomer Erin Coyne putting in very solid performances in the back line. Creggs will be heartened by the form of their young players at this level with Ben Finnerty, Adam Donnelly, Darragh Kiernan, Ronan Lambe and Lorcan Maher all looking very comfortable at this level. It augurs well for the next outing which will see the Creggs Under-17’s head for Ballina on the Weekend.

Creggs: Thomas O Brien, Tom Farrell, Eric O Doherty, Darragh Kiernan, Ronan Lambe, Kaylem Holian, Adam Donnelly John McDonnell, Mark Purcell, Aaron Hannon, Lorcan Maher, Diarmuid Quinn , Aodha Hession , Ethan Glennon, Erin Coyne, Ben Finnerty, and Ryan O’Keeffe.

Connacht Under-16 League:

Creggs RFC  17,   Galwegians RFC  34.

Creggs Under-16’s took on Galwegians on Friday night under lights in Creggs in the Connacht Under-16 A League and lost out on a scoreline of 34-17. Creggs were minus five of their usual starting line up for various reasons but the lads who came in acquitted themselves very well in the first half of this very physical encounter.

 Creggs found themselves down early on when Galwegians ran in for a very soft try under the posts which they converted for a 7-0 lead but Creggs clawed their way back into the game and after 15 minutes found themselves in front after a try by Lorcan Maher and a penalty and conversion Mark Purcell. 

 Galwegians responded well and managed to get in for 12 unanswered points after 2 tries, one of which they converted to lead 19-10 after 20 minutes but Creggs continued to attack and a move from the back of the scrum late in the first half Purcell fed Andrew Naughton out wide who had a lot of work to do but still managed to score right in the corner and Mark Purcell converted from right on the touchline to leave just two points between the teams at half time 19-17. 

 In the first half Darragh Kiernan, Ehtan Glennon, Adam Donnelly, and Luke Divillly were very effective with ball in hand and out wide Cian Glennon, Aaron Lyons, Shane Connaughton were excellent in both attack and defence.

 The bigger Galwegians Squad paid dividend in the second half and as the Creggs lads ran out of steam on the heavy pitch later on, Galwegians ran in for 3 more unconverted tries to leave the final score 34-17. Ruarai O Brien, Anthony O Gorman were excellent on their introduction while Ronan Lambe and Jack Tucker were excellent from set pieces and in open play.

Connacht Under-14 League:

Creggs RFC 5   Corinthians RFC 26

Creggs Under-14’s suffered their first Connacht Under-14 A League game loss of the season to Corinthians of Galway last Saturday afternoon in Creggs, coming out on the wrong side of a 26-5 loss. 

 Corinthians travelled with a bigger squad and were the better team in the early stages scoring two very early tries, both of which were converted to give them a 14-0 lead. 

 Up front for Creggs Edimar Fimho, Ciaran Purcell, Lee Kilcoyne and Tomas Tiernan were showing very well but the bigger Corinthians back line were finding gaps early on but Daniel O Shaugnessy and Senan Lambe did well in defence to stop them. 

 Creggs managed to get into the game and were very unfortunate just before half time that Corinthains got a bit of luck to get in for another try to take a 21-0 lead.

 Creggs game improved in the second half and it was a very even game with Michael McAteer, Aidan Hoare, and Daniel Flynn prominent up front and out the backs Jack Fleming, Aodhan Looby and Tadg Lyons were taking on the ball and were now threatening their opponents line but after 15 Minutes Corinthians broke away for a try to lead 26-0. 

 Creggs did manage a try through Brian McLoughlin after great work from Cormac Dolan and Daniel Hughes. Creggs Under-14’s remain joint top of the Connacht League and have no game next week but will travel to Ballinaslloe RFC in two weeks in a must win game.

Youth Rugby Fixtures/ Training

Creggs Under-13’s & Under-14’s continue training ceach Tuesday night at 6.45pm on the astro turf in Lisnamult. New players alway very welcome come along and start playing rugby. 

Under- 13’s V Galwegians 1.30 in Creggs this Sat 25th Nov

Creggs Under-15’s  following a great win over Tuam RFC last time out in the League, Creggs Under-15’s will play away in Sligo next Saturday at 12.30pm. Training continues Thursday at 7pm in Roscommon.

Creggs Under-16’s travel to play Sligo RFC next Saturday in the Connacht Under-16 League at 11am. Training continues in Roscommon on Thursday before 7pm.

Creggs Under-17’s are due to play away to Ballina RFC in the Connacht Under-17 League next Sunday at 12pm. Training continues Thursday at 7pm.

Creggs Under-18.5’s have a weekend off before playing Castlebar RFC, the weekend after. Training for the Under-18.5’s is next Friday at 8pm. 

All youth team players, please note – any outstanding registrations/membership for this season will need to be completed by this weekend (Sunday, 26th. November). After that, all non registered players with their membership unpaid for this season, will unfortunately not be eligible to train or play. 

MINI RUGBY

Creggs Minis visited Ballinasloe RFC last Saturday and thanks to all that travelled. 

 Next week Creggs Minis will train in Donamon at 11am. It is great to see new faces joining the Mini Rugby Coaching Team, as the number of players continues to grow.

 New players always welcome at all ages from Under-7 to Under-12 (boys & girls). More info on: www.creggsrugby.ie / Facebook: Creggs RFC / Phone: 089 7078296.

  Please note – any outstanding registrations/membership for this season will need to be completed this weekend (Saturday, 25th. November). After that, all non registered players with their membership unpaid for this season, will unfortunately not be eligible to train or play. 

CREGGS RUGBY LOTTO

The Creggs Rugby Lotto Draw numbers this week were: 3, 8, 16, 27. There was no winner of the jackpot, which no rises to €5,700 for the next weekly draw. The winner of the Lucky Dip draw this week was Mary Farrell.

 Please support the Creggs Rugby Lotto, as we develop our new training and playing facilities for all our Mini, Youths, Schools and Senior Players. Your support is much appreciated!

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Well done to the Creggs U16 and Creggs U18 Girls teams who have both qualified for the Final of the Connacht U18 and U16 Girls Division 1 Leagues.

Fantastic achievement for the club in our first year fielding in Division 1 of the U18 league and only our 4th season since we set up the girls youth section in the club.

The Girls u18 final will take place in Dunmore next Saturday at 12pm V Claremorris while the Girls u16 Final will take place the following weekend against Ballina.
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Creggs RFC U.13s suffered yet another narrow defeat on Sunday last, this time away to Ballina in Sunday morning last. After conceding an early try from a Ballina scrum we were under real pressure when Brian O Connor put in a tremendous try saving tackle and we managed to force a turn over under our own posts and clear. We finally got a foothold in the opposing half and after a superb attacking scrum and great drives from Matthew Donnelly and Jack Lally the ball was fed to winger Luke Hayes who danced around the despairing Ballina defence to cross the line right on half time. Scoreline Ballina 7. Creggs 5 at the break.
The second half played out like the first with some resolute defence from the Creggs lads. However the line was breached on 12 minutes and now we faced a 7 point deficit. With just 3 minutes remaining and having put in a ferocious defensive display we were rewarded with a try by Michael O Brien who was in the right place at the right time to punish a poor Ballina defensive kick to leave just 2 points between the sides. In the last play of the game though we came unstuck while trying desperately to find the winning score as Ballina scored in the corner to leave the full time score Ballina 17. Creggs 10.
Training continues Wednesday evenings at 7 and we are away to Buccaneers next weekend.
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