Congratulations to our Under-18 and Under-16 girls teams who have qualified for the Connacht Division 1 League Finals.
The Under-18 Girls in their first year in Division 1 have qualified to play Claremorris RFC next Saturday in the u18 Girls Division 1 Connacht league Final.
The Under-16 Girls will play Ballina RFC the following Saturday in the Under-16 Division 1 League Final. The club wishes both teams the bets of luck in the finals.
Commiserations to the Under-14 Boys who narrowly missed out on their Division 1 League Final when they drew 22-22 with Sligo last Saturday. This meant Sligo just pipped them to the post and made the Final. Great things to come for sure from this team in the future.
YOUTH Match Reports:
Creggs Under-18 Girls qualify for Connacht Final
Creggs RFC 50, Westports RFC 12.
Creggs Under-18 girls kept up their hunt for a Connacht League Division 1 final over an impressive Westport side in Creggs on Saturday afternoon running in 8 tries in the process.
Creggs were very fast and on the scoreboard after 1 minute when Sarah Purcell ran clear to score and Eabha Dowd converted. Creggs scored again after 8 minutes when Nadine Fitzmaurice scored which again Eabha Dowd converted. Further tries followed by Jemima Adams Verling , Roisin Maher and Sarah Purcell and Eabha Dowd converted another 3 tries. As this was a 12 a side game due to Westports numbers all the girls did well when introduced and contributed to a super league campaign.
This is Creggs first year competing in the Division 1 of the girls league and The girls have gone through their Group in the league unbeaten but are awaiting one more result to confirm their position in the league final where they would play Tuam/Oughterard who were top of the other group and the final would take place next weekend.
Creggs Under-16 Girls for Connacht League Final
Ballinasloe RFC 17, Creggs RFC 24.
Creggs U16 girls having already qualified for the Connacht division 1 League final finished their group games in the league with a hard fought win over Ballinasloe on Sunday in Ballinasloe.
Ballinasloe started this game and really took the game to Creggs especially upfront and were 17-0 up after 3 tries before the Creggs girls got their game going and Creggs got in for 1 try before half time through Sarah Purcell which she converted to leave the half time score 17-7.
In the second half the Creggs girls really stood up and upfront Darcey Farnon, Stacey Corbally , Beibhinn Maher carried well and n defence Shauna McDermott, Grace Mannion, Elizabeth Gory and Isabelle Quinn were excellent while out the backs Grace Mannion was excellent at 9, while Shauna Walsh, Rachel Kilcoyne , Katie O Connor and Leah Heavey were excellent in both attack and defence.
Michaela Gilooly got in for Creggs Second try 7 minutes into the second half which Sarah Purcell converted to reduce the deficit to 17-12. Julie Ann Fahy then got in Creggs third try which was converted by Sarah Purcell for Creggs to take the lead for the first time and then late in the game Sarah Purcell got in the corner for a try to stretch the Creggs lead out to 24-17.
Well done to Ellen Jordan on her debut and she showed great heart and promise in attack. The girls will contest the league final against Ballina on the weekend of the 11th of December.
Under-14 Girls continue to play good rugby
Entertaining draw for Creggs Under-14 Boys
Creggs RFC 22, Sligo RFC 22.
A place in the boys Under-14 league final awaited the winners of Creggs and Sligo in Creggs on Saturday last.
The visitors were very swift out of the blocks and caught the home team cold by running in a try within three minutes from kick off. the missed conversion gave Sligo a 5-0 lead.
Sligo followed this up scoring their second try out wide. Again, the missed conversion gave the Creggs boys a bit of a reprieve. It wasn’t to last for long as they found themselves down another try under the posts which was easily slotted over for a 17-0 lead with eighteen minutes gone in the half.
After the restarted Creggs won a scrum in the middle of the field which was passed out wide to Jack Finn who had alot of work on but passed two Sligo lads as he cut back inside from the wing, and got over the line to open the Creggs scoring. In a difficult swirling wind, with a successful conversion, Kaylum Curran narrowed the Sligo lead to ten points (17-7).
Creggs were growing in confidence now and on a lovely worked by Daniel Fleming, Mark Shelly set up Luke Shelly for a Creggs try. It wasn’t converted so it was 17-12.
Sligo kicked off the restart, more great work from Sam Kearns and Daniel Fleming set up Cian Trimble who ran at the Sligo backs and from the 22 managed to get over for Creggs third try. So at half time, a great comeback left it at 17-17.
Sligo won a penalty out wide when the second half resumed. In a lapse of concentration Sligo got over to regain the lead. Creggs we’re back playing catch up.
Cian Trimble started a move involving a number of Creggs players and Cian was agin in place to give the final pass to Cian Kiernan got over to level the game again .
Sligo got over for what looked like their fifth try but great defensive work by the creggs lads and the referee deemed the ball was held up over the line. Creggs had weathered the storm and came back out fighting. However, time ran out and the match finished in a draw twenty two points all .
However, the draw result left the visitors the happier of the two sides as it gave Sligo a place in the Connacht Division 1 Boys Under-14 League Final.
Creggs may rue gifting Sligo an early lead but have to be happy with the resolve and belief they showed to get back into this very entertaining game.
We will be seeing many great days with this Creggs team later this season and in the years ahead.
Another good away performance for Under-13 Boys
The Creggs Under-13s Boys suffered another narrow defeat on Sunday last, this time away to Ballina. However, they continue to play lovely rugby and with the good coaching they are getting, very soon they will be regular winners.
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.