Creggs Rugby Club News for the Week of 24 February 2012

November 7, 2018

Connacht Fitness Seminar 2012

The I.R.F.U. and Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce that the third annual Fitness Seminar will be held in the Galway Sportsgrounds, the home of Connacht Rugby on the 14th of March. This seminar will be aimed at rugby coaches working at all levels but is open to coaches from all sports. The seminar will be held in the Connacht Rugby gym one of the best strength and conditioning facilities in Ireland.  Read more


Creggs Under-8 and Under-9’s travel to their Connacht Blitz next Saturday (Feb. 3), meeting at church car park in Roscommon at 8.30 AM, and also a second group will be leaving Creggs Clubhouse at 8.30 AM.

All Under-8 and Under-9 players are requested to please return Lotto tickets to the coaches this week.

Creggs Under-10/11s and Under-12’s will train next Saturday morning at 11AM in Creggs as normal.
All Under-10, Under-11 and Under-12 players are requested to please return Lotto tickets to the coaches this week.




Great Creggs win in Under-13 Supermacs Connacht Cup
Creggs Rugby  8     Galwegians RFC  7
Creggs Under-13’s had to come from behind to beat Galwegians RFC in a very competitive Supermacs Under-13 Connacht Cup game played in Creggs last Sunday afternoon.
It is a credit to both teams on a heavy pitch that the game was so open and committed and indeed was in the balance right up to the final whistle.
Creggs began the game brightly and had the better of the early exchanges with a couple of opportunities to get over the line only to be defied by a bad bounce or pass to foil their efforts. Creggs had to wait until the 12th minute to take the lead after an infringement at the breakdown gave Ronan Dowd the opportunity to take the 3 points on offer, and he took the score very well.
Galwegians then took the game to Creggs and were competing well at the breakdowns and forcing Creggs to fight for the ball at every occasion and at every possible opportunity put Creggs back into their own half.
With 7 minutes to go to half-time Galwegians attacked a Creggs lineout and took possession of the ball and through the forwards gained good territory in the Creggs 22 , but they were denied a try when good Creggs defence held them up when a try looked a certainty.
From the ensuing 5 metre scrum Galwegians picked from the back of the scrum and after a series of pick and drives, Ronan Corless dived over for the games opening try, which was also converted by Ewan Heapes to give Galwegians a 7-3 half-time lead.
Creggs had the better of the territory in the second half and never gave their opponents the opportunity or time to get out of their own half. Creggs were also now competing much better upfront and excellent play from Brian Maloney, James Brandon and Thomas Hester kept their opponents on the back foot. In the backs, Ronan Dowd, Cian Gately and Shane Purcell kicked well and kept their opponents in their own 22 at every occasion.
Creggs continued to keep on the pressure and after a series of 5 metre scrums, they took the lead when scrum half Michael Hanly picked and dived over from close range to give Creggs an 8-7 Lead.
Creggs had to hold out for the last 5 minutes but in truth their line was never tested and it finished with a deserved victory.
Creggs Rugby Under-13 Team and Replacements: Michael Conroy, Aaron Glennon, Thomas Hester, Brandon Hanmore, Brian Maloney, David O Gorman, Oisin McConn, James Brandon, Michael Hanly, Ronan Dowd, Shane Purcell, Padraig Gaffey, Ben McGahan, Thomas Hanly, Cian Gately, Melvin Conteh, Jason Hoare, Niall Hynes, Hughie Daly, Michael Brandon, Danny Arnold, and Ben Feeley.
Galwegians RFC: Daragh Coen, Ethan Conroy, Ronan Corless, James Costelloe, Stefan Ficner, Eric Flynn, Robert Fox, Conor Hartnett, Ewan Heapes, Daniel Johnson, Maccon Keane, Ben Lavelle, Kevin McCabe, Cathal Murphy, Diorai O Connor, Rory O Connor, Cathal O Dwyer, Brian O Malley, Timothy Regan, Jason Sherlock, Colm Tarpey, Sean Tynan, and Aaron White Martyn. 

Training for U13’s continues on Wednesday night at 7 PM.

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

Creggs U13 next Cup game will be next weekend TBC.




Creggs draw with Ballinasloe RFC in Supermacs Connacht Under-14 Cup

Creggs Rugby  12     Ballinasloe RFC  12

Our under-14 team held on for a 12 – 12l draw at home to favorites Ballinasloe in the Quarter-Final of the Supermacs Connacht Cup on Sunday. 

Creggs dominance of the first half was based on aggressive defense with our midfield backs coming up fast and the backrow tackling hard. These tactics kept Ballinasloe on the back foot and with territorial advantage Brian Diffley broke the deadlock on 8 minutes with a try on the left hand side duly converted by out-half Michael Farrell. 

Creggs continued the pressure and towards the end of the first half, after some delightful handling, a great backline move ended with Conor Shanagher getting over in the corner. Michael Farrell was wide with the difficult conversion from a very difficult angle.

So at the turned, Creggs had a deserved 12 – 0 lead. However, the game turned early in the second when strong tackling inside centre Mark Dolan departed with a recurrence of a shoulder injury. 

The Creggs boys lost some of their intensity and confidence, which allowed Ballinasloe back into the game. Two relatively easy tries and a conversion brought it level.

However to their credit, Creggs finished strong and were unlucky not to finish off a barnstorming Brian Diffley break at the finish.  The replay will be in two weeks and hopefully with a fully fit squad we can prevail.

Meanwhile, Ballinasloe play Ballina in the Connacht League final next weekend. 

Creggs Rugby Under-14 Team and Replacements:
Conor Shanagher, Theo McGuinness, Adam Whyte, Mark Dolan, Conor McNeill, Michael Farrell, Matthew Browne, Dan Butt, Rory Cunniffe, Ronan Cahill, Michael Feely, James Fetherstone, Sean Doorly, Edward Clinton, Brian Diffley, Breen Fallon, Thomas O’Byrne, Dylan Morrin, Max Bannon. Aidan Devine, and Richard Thomson.

Training for U14’s continues as usual this week, in preparation of the Connacht Cup replay v Ballinasloe RFC.
All Under-14 players are requested to please return Lotto tickets to the coaches this week.

Creggs Under-14s will not have a game this weekend and the replay date of the Connacht Cup match with Ballinasloe RFC has yet to be arrange.



Creggs Under-15s had no match last weekend.

Training for U15’s continues on Wednesday night at 7 PM in preparation for the Connacht Cup Quarter-Final next weekend.

All Under-15 players are requested to please return Lotto tickets to the coaches this week.

Creggs Under-15s play the Supermacs Connacht Cup Quarter-Final v Ballina RFC in Creggs next Sunday at 1 PM. 



Creggs Under-16s had no match last weekend.

Training for U16’s continues as usual this week in preparation for the Connacht League Final next month.

All Under-16 players are requested to please return Lotto tickets to the coaches this week.

Details of a friendly match will be announce at training.
N.B. – Creggs Under-16s play the Connacht League Final at Corinthians RFC on March 24th. 


All Under-19 players are requested to please return Lotto tickets to the designated players and coaches.



Creggs Junior Team had no match last weekend.

Training for our Seniors continues as usual this week, on Wednesday and Friday at 8 PM, in Creggs. A good turn out is requested to prepare for the final three Connacht League of the season (see fixtures).
Please return Lotto tickets to the designated players and coaches.

This Sunday (March 4th), Creggs Rugby play Loughrea RFC in the Connacht Junior League at 3pm in Loughrea.

Next Wednesday (March 7th), Creggs Rugby play Loughrea RFC again in a previously postponed Connacht Junior League at 8pm under the lights in Creggs. This will be the last home match of the season.

Thie following Sunday (March 11th), Creggs Rugby play Corrib RFC away in the last Connacht Junior League match of the season at 3pm.