Creggs Rugby Club News for the Week of 19 March 2012

November 7, 2018

Creggs Rugby Club would like to congratulate Eoin Kelly from Knockcroghery, who won a Connacht Senior Schools medal with the Marists College last week as their hooker. Maith an Fear.



U11 blitz takes place in buccaneers in Athlone at 10am next Saturday.


Training next Saturday at 11am.



Creggs RFC 27                                              Sligo RFC 0

All Under-13 players are requested to please return Lotto tickets to the coaches this week.

U13 play Castlebar in the semi final if the cup date tbc.


Creggs U13’s advance to Semi Finals of Connacht Supermacs U13 Cup:

Creggs RFC 27                                              Sligo RFC 0

Creggs U13 advanced to the semi finals of the Connacht Supermacs U13 cup with a win over Sligo at the Green in Creggs last Bank Holiday Monday.

Creggs began the game very well and showed their intention from the start to move the ball wide where possible in windy but dry conditions.
After 2 minutes Creggs set up a ruck in midfield after some fine work by Michael Conroy, David O Gorman and Brian Maloney and the ball was moved to Ronan Dowd who found a gap in the Sligo defence and ran a full 25 metres before being caught in the Sligo 22, Creggs recycled the ball quickly at the ruck and the ball went through a couple of hands fpr Cian Gately to score in the corner.

After 10 minutes Creggs thought they had scored another try when Cian Gately dived on the ball over the line, however they were pulled back for a 5 metre scrum. From this scrum James Brandon picked from ther scrum and was just held up short and Creggs recycled and moved the ball across the back line for Niall Cunniffe to score in the corner to extend the lead to 10-0.

Creggs continued to mix up their play and when they turned over a ball in Midfield agin they moved the ball out to the wing and Padraic Gaffey beat the defender and made a fine 25 metre run to touch down and to leave the half time score 15-0.
Creggs forwards continued where they led off early in the second half and excellent work by Thomas Hester , Eoghan Coyle and Aaron Glennon on the deck gave the Creggs backs good ball to move whenever possible, Creggs could have scored early in the second half after an excellent line break by James Brandon but a couple of passes just failed to find their intended targets and the opportunities were lost. After 14 minutes Creggs increased their lead when Shane Purcell did well to put a fine chip over the advancing defenders for Niall Cunniffe to run onto to score a great try which was converted by Ronan Dowd to leave the score 22-0.

From the Kick off Oisin McConn made an excellent break and ran a full 20 metres before being hauled down but he expertly offloaded to Michael Conway who had done very well to be up with the play and managed to keep his feet to score the last score of the game to leave the final score 27-0.

Creggs: Michael Conroy, Aaron Glennon, Thomas Hester, David O Gorman, Brian Maloney, Oisin McConn, Eoghan Coyle, James Brandon, Micheal Hanly, Ronan Dowd, Padraig Gaffey, Shane Purcell, Niall Cunniffe, Ben McGahan, Cian Gately, Hughie Daly, Michael Brandon, Brandon Hanmore, Niall Hynes, Jason Hoare, Thomas Hanly, Danny Arnold, Ben Feeley, Melvin Conteh.


Creggs 24           Ballina 12


Creggs Under-14s bow out of Cup in Ballina

Cregg’s Under-14 Connacht Cup run came to an end in the Semi-Final on St. Patricks day as we went down 24 – 12 away to Ballina, the 2012 Connacht Under-14 League champions.

After the strong performance against Ballinasloe on the Monday night the lads did not display the same intensity and were especially found wanting at ruck time.

Ballina exerted all the early pressure but in fairness to Creggs, the defense was good and when finally we got into Ballina’s 22 a good drive and offload by Brian Diffley put Edward Clinton in for a try in the right corner on fourteen minutes. Michael Farrell was off with the difficult kick, but the score settled us and we controlled the next ten minutes.

This would have brought us into the second half with a lead, except for the fact that the Ballina referee insisted that he was playing a 30 minute half when the rules of the competition state categorically that Under-14 rugby is 25 minutes per half.

The upshot of it all was that Ballina scored a try in the 32nd minute which was duly converted leaving us two points down at the break. The second half saw Ballina grow in confidence as we failed to find our A game and we conceded three tries. We continuously took ball into contact only to see Ballina come away with it, yet when we tried to poach Ballina ball we were been constantly penalised.

All credit to the lads though as they never gave up and actually finished the stronger of the two sides with Mark Dolan getting over with four minutes remaining and Farrell nailing the conversion.

The game finished with Creggs camped on the Ballina line but it was not to be our day. The squad can look back on some great performances over the season and reaching the semis of league and cup bodes well for this side at under 15 level next season.

New players are very welcome to come along to Under-15 training next season, so lads be on the lookout for some hurlers and footballers over the summer to join our squad.

Well done to all the Under-14 squad and their coaches.

Creggs Rugby Under-14 Team and Reserves: Conor Shanagher, Conor McNeill, Adam Whyte, Mark Dolan, Breen Fallon, Michael Farrell, James McNally, Daniel Butt, Rory Cunniffe, Ronan Cahill, Michael Feely, James Fetherstone, Edward Clinton, Brian Diffley, Sean Doorly, Sean Raftery, Max Bannon, Richard Thomson, and Jack Harkins.


No game last weekend.

Wednesday at 7pm sharp, all must attend.

Cregg’s Under 15s v Corinthians in the Connacht Cup semi final on Sunday (March 24th) in Creggs at 1.45.


Dunmore RFC 18                                   Creggs RC 11

Training as usual this week.

U16’s play Galwegians  in the quarter final of the u16 cup date tbc. 


Creggs U 16’s Lose League Final:

Dunmore RFC 18                                   Creggs RC 11

Creggs unbeaten all season in the Connacht U16 B league and who topped the league standings at the end of the home and away games failed in their bid to win the league outright last Friday evening in Ballyhaunis.

Creggs entered the game short of game practice over the last number of weeks and it showed in the second half of the contest played in excellent conditions.

Creggs began the game well and had scored a try within 3 minutes when a kick ahead by Noel Gately was hacked on by Evan Concar who beat the defender to score in the corner.

Creggs continued to play the game in their opponents half and had a number of opportunities to add to their early score but on a couple of occasions the final pass failed to find its target and the opportunities were lost.Oustanding upfront for Creggs in the opening half were Ross Mugan, Tom Oates, Dylan Keavney and Mark Kearney.

On a rare visit to Creggs Half Dunmore reduced the deficit to 5-3 when they kicked a penalty from outside the 22 after 15 minutes. Creggs continued to attack and were awared a penalty after an offside at the ruck which Noel Gately kicked for a 8-3 half time lead.

The second half Dunmore upped the intensity of the game and Creggs struggled to raise their game to match their opponents. Dunmore had the better of the territory and were rewarded with a try after 5 minutes which levelled the score after a number of phases which stretched the Creggs defence left a gap out wide for the dunmore attacker to score in the corner. Dunmore took the lead shortly after that when Creggs were penalised at the breakdown and the kick was successful which left the score 11-8 to Dunmore.

Creggs upped their game briefly after going behind and went back on the attack and drew level when dunmore went off their feet at the breakdown and the kick was converted by Noel Gately from the 10 metre line. Brian Cleary and Ronan Raftery were prominent for Creggs during this period.

Things now started to go wrong for Creggs when they dropped the kick off and also tried to run the ball from their own line but the pass didn’t go to hand and this gave Dunmore an attacking position within the Creggs 22 and in truth Creggs found it hard after that to clear their lines. Dunmore eventually got the winning score with 6 minutes left when they picked and drove on a number of occasions before a massive gap appeared in the Creggs defence which was exploited for the Dunmore player to run in under the posts untouched and the try wa sconverted to leave the score 18-11 to Dunmore.

Creggs tried to get back on the attack but Dunmore did well to play the ball into the Creggs 22 and defended well from there and never gave Creggs any attacking opportunities and so ended Creggs league ambitions.

Creggs try to resurrect their season and have the opportunity to banish this defeat when they play Galwegians next weekend in the quarter final of the U16 Cup in Creggs.

Creggs: Barry McDonnell, Mark Kearney, Ross Mugan, Tom Oates, Brian Donohue, Neville Walker, Ronan Raftery, Dylan Keavney, Matthew Brandon, Rory Collins, Sean Gaffey, Jamie Mee, Brian Cleary, Noal Gately, Ryan Horan, Diarmuid Cunniffe, Rory O Brochalain, John Brennan, Evan Concar, Jack Caltagirone, David Murray.