Leddy: ‘Lads got over the line in style’
Creggs Rugby Club President Adrian Leddy says the manner of the club’s victory over long-time foes Connemara was a fitting way to end the 27-year wait for Connacht League honours.
“To wait 27 years and to be coming up against the same opposition over and over again meant that there were very emotional scenes at the end the game. But when we did eventually win, we got over the line in some style,” he said.
“Any of the four tries we scored could have been ‘Try of the Month’. The lads played exceptionally well and stood up on the day. Connemara just weren’t able to stay with them; they were out on their feet”.
There remains a healthy rivalry between Creggs and Connemara, as there was in 1996 when the village team last won the Connacht League, beating the All Blacks in the final. This friendly rivalry was evident once again last Sunday.
“There was no doubt about this one and even the Connemara lads would (admit that). They were very gracious in defeat and there’s a great camaraderie and respect between the two clubs. Some of the lads play together for the Connacht juniors,” Adrian added.
But this was Creggs’ day and it could very well be their year too with a Connacht Junior Cup semi-final to come this Sunday.
“It’s Ballinrobe this Sunday so the double is very much still on,” Adrian says, insisting that Sunday’s celebrations were muted.
“The lads are really focussed on this one on Sunday and they really want to go on and complete the double by adding the Junior Cup”.
On-field success follows plenty of hard work both within the club and the local community, and Adrian believes the best is yet to come ahead of Creggs RFC’s 50th anniversary next year.
“This success is the icing on the cake following all the development work off the field over the last few years with the new facilities and the 4G pitch.
“I’d like to pay tribute to the great management and coaching team as well as the staff and all those who have worked so hard for Creggs Rugby in both the club and in the schools and in Mini Rugby too. It’s really appreciated.
“This is a very young team with many of these lads still in their early 20s. They’ve all come through the system and all the club’s hard work over the last number of years is now really starting to reap rewards,” he concluded.