Creggs get the season off to a winning start
Curley Cup (First Round)
Portumna RFC 3 Creggs RFC 21
The Creggs First Team got the new season off to a winning start with a hard fought victory over Portumna at the Castle Park grounds in Portumna on Saturday.
Both teams displayed signs of rustiness in the early stages with lots of handling errors disrupting the flow of the game.
Creggs went ahead in the 16th minute when the referee awarded a penalty try following persistent infringements by the home team.
Despite further pressure, Creggs failed to translate possession into scores and Portumna responded with a successful penalty kick shortly before half-time.
Two well struck penalties by Mark Brandon put Creggs back in control before he dropped a goal midway through the second half to give his team a 10 point cushion.
A fine handling move involving backs and forwards was rounded off with a try by Alan Brandon to complete the scoring with ten minutes remaining.
Creggs will be happy with the win, but will need to be considerably sharper for the start of the League campaign in a two weeks.
Elliot Jennings made a very impressive debut on the wing, and he promises to be an exciting addition to the squad. Mark Brandon, the Callaghan brothers (Tom and Andrew), Aidan Leech, Ronan Cahill and Alan Brandon were also to the fore for Creggs.
Creggs squad: C Duignan, E Jennings, M Farrell, T Callaghan (Capt.), D Feeney, M Brandon, A Callaghan: A Leech, S Og Higgins, M Blighe, B Donoghue, D Nolan, A Brandon, K Brandon, R Cahill, B Coady, E Tully, M Feeley, and A Glennon.
Creggs now play Ballyhaunis RFC away next weekend in Round 2 of the Curley Cup. Thereafter, the following two weeks will feature two home Saturday night Connacht League matches.
Senior Players (Firsts, Seconds, & Under-20s) Training continues on the Community astro turf/ all-weather pitch in Lisnamult in Roscommon Town on each Tuesday and Friday at 8.15pm. New players always very welcome.
Creggs Under-20’s are well position after three Summer Blitzes to challenge to win the series out.
Training continues at 8.15pm on Tuesday and Friday nights on the Community astro turf in Lisnamult.
CREGG’S YOUTHS RUGBY
The Youth Rugby season kick off this week and Creggs Rugby Under-14’s will begin their Connacht Under-14 League campaign away to Buccaneers RFC in Athlone next Saturday at 3.30pm.
Creggs Under-15’s will be away to Tuam RFC in the Connacht Under-15 A League next Saturday at 4pm.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Creggs Under-17’s host Sligo RFC in the Connacht A League with a 12 Noon kick off.
Training for our Youths teams continues this week with the Under-13’s (Born 2005), Under-14’s (Born 2004), and Under-15’s (Born 2003) training at 7pm on Wednesday in Creggs while the Under-16’s (Born 2002) and Under-17’s (Born 2001) on Thursday night at 7pm.
Then from next week Training will move to the Community Astro Turf pitch in Lisnamult.
Creggs U-18’s will return to training next Friday night in Lisnamult (Astro Turf) at 8.15pm. The league begins for the Under-18’s in the 3rd week in September.
New Players are always welcome at all age group. For further information, please call David Purcell on 089 7000547, or just come along to training.
CREGGS MINI RUGBY
Creggs Minis Under-6’s, Under-7’s Under-8’s, Under-9’s, Under-10’s, Under-11’s, and Under-12 Boys and Girls will return on Sept 23rd. at 11am in Creggs. New mini rugby players always welcome, with a major emphasis on fun as they learn some of the skills of the game.
CREGGS WELCOMES NEW CRDO
Creggs Rugby is delighted to announce the appointment of Micheal Glennon as the new Connacht and Creggs Rugby Club Regional Development Officer (CRDO). We thank Connacht Rugby and Roscommon County Council for their support with this appointment.
We are confident that Micheal will be very successful in his new role and we wish him every success in developing rugby in our region.
CREGGS RUGBY TOUR TO LONDON
The Creggs Senior Teams (Firsts, Seconds, & Under-20’s), club coaches, committee members and members will travel to London on Friday, September 29th. until Sunday, October 1st.
There will be a function in O’Grady’s in Ilford on the Friday night and other planned activities throughout the weekend.
There are a couple of slots still available as we write, so if you haven’t confirmed. please do asap. Contact: Michael Farrell (U-20’s); Sean Og Higgins (Senior players); and Padraic Deane (Coaches/Committee and club members).
CREGGS RUGBY LOTTO
The Creggs Rugby Lotto Draw numbers this week were: 4, 10, 15, 17. There was no winner of the jackpot, which no rises to €4,600 for the next weekly draw. The winner of the Lucky Dip draw this week was Jerh O’Connor.
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!￼