Creggs go top of the table

Creggs 40 Ballyhaunis 14

As the league hits the half-way mark this bonus point win, their fourth in four games, moves Creggs to the top of the table with a five point margin over second placed Tuam.

  Played in harsh but mainly dry conditions Creggs drew first blood when full-back Dave Flahive touched down in the left corner after seven minutes. The build up to the score saw good forwards and backs interplay with Flahive on the receiving end of a beautifully floated pass from out-half Shane Dowd.

  The lead was short-lived however, Ballyhaunis capitalised on Creggs’ failure to deal with a high kick as Ryan Convey pounced before adding the conversion himself to leave the visitors 7-5 ahead.

  Creggs responded quickly, a deftly reversed attack putting right-winger Stephen Crehan in for a try under the posts on twenty-five minutes. Dowd miscued the conversion but made amends ten minutes later posting home a more difficult kick after hooker Sean Óg Higgins had added a third Creggs try.

  From the ensuing kick-off Creggs attacked again affording Dowd a penalty attempt which he duly converted to leave his side 20-7 ahead.

            The bonus point was achieved just before half-time when Tom Oates brilliantly stole a Ballyhaunis throw on his own 22, Creggs broke quickly out of defence and with the opposition in total disarray Creggs were awarded a penalty try which Dowd converted to leave his side 27-7 ahead at the interval.

  Creggs were less impressive in the second half, performing fitfully and a number of scoring chances went a begging due to handling errors and misdirected final passes. Ballyhaunis capitalised on this with scrum-half Gabriel Gallagher diving over from a five metre scrum and Convey’s conversion brought his side to within two scores as the game entered its final quarter.

  That was as close as they got however, Creggs pulled away with two further Dowd penalties and Kevin Gavin, making his senior debut as replacement full-back, scored his side’s fifth try following a defence splitting diagonal run by Dowd who added the conversion to complete the scoring.

  Overall this was an impressive showing by Creggs, the back-line gelling well with half-backs Dowd and Andrew Callaghan again superb, Tom Oates lording the line-outs, Aidan Leech prominent in the loose with old hands Tom Fleming and Kevin Brandon to the forefront of a pack which left the visitors living off scraps throughout.

  Creggs have two home games before the Christmas break, the first against third-placed Castlebar at the Green this Saturday, kick-off time to be confirmed.

  Creggs: D Flahive, S Crehan, B Egan, T Callaghan, P Leech, S Dowd, A Callaghan, K Brandon, P Lohan, M Brandon, B Kilcommons, T Oates, E Conlon, S Óg Higgins, T Fleming, A Leech, N Walker, R Horan, K Gavin, B Donoghue.

Cregg’s 2nds: The seconds have been unlucky with a couple of match cancellations in the past month but they have a busy two weeks ahead.

  Next Sunday, they play away to Westport RFC at 2.30 pm, and the following week, they play away to Ballina RFC, with the time to be finalised. 

  Training in Creggs on Tuesday and Friday nights. New players always welcome – contact Sean Brandon on 086-170 8506.

Creggs U-13’s: Creggs U-13s traveled to Castlebar RFC last Saturday morning and lost 12-7 in a very competitive Connacht League game. The Creggs U-13’s were camped for long periods in the second half and Castlebar did very well to keep the lads out. 

  Training continues as usual. New players welcome.

Creggs U-14’s: Creggs U-14s will travel to play Westport RFC in the Connacht League this Sunday at 12 pm. Training continues as usual. New players welcome.

Creggs U-15’s: Creggs U-15’s will play Ballinasloe RFC next weekend. The game is not scheduled yet but will either be played Friday night under lights or Sunday at 12 pm.

  Training continues as usual. New players welcome.

Creggs U-16’s: Creggs U-16’s game scheduled for Castlebar RFC last Saturday was postponed.   

  Next weekend Ballinrobe RFC were due to be our opposition but they cannot field so our next game is home to Castlebar RFC on the weekend of December 12th.

  Training continues as usual. New players welcome. 

Creggs U-17’s: The Creggs U-17’s game against Sligo RFC was called off last Sunday morning. The under-17’s will travel to play Ballina RFC this Sunday at 1 pm.

  New players are always welcome for all Creggs Youth Teams – Contact Dave Purcell on 086-0434263, for information on training times etc. Training continues as usual.

Creggs Minis: The weather again played havoc with the youth and mini rugby schedules last weekend.

  The Mini Blitz with Longford RFC was called off Saturday morning. 

 Next weekend the Boys Mini Rugby squads will visit Castlebar RFC at 11 am, for the final away blitz of the year.  

The Girls Mini Rugby team are due to travel to Athlone RFC next Saturday for a Mini Blitz at Buccaneers. The following weekend Claremorris RFC will visit Creggs for a blitz, which will bring Mini Rugby to an end for December and 2015.