Creggs into second Connacht Final

U-17s: Creggs U-17s will contest the final of the Connacht U-17 Plate competition in the Sportsground, Galway this Sunday after a comprehensive victory over NUIG in Creggs on Sunday afternoon last.

  Well done to the lads who have the final this week and who have also made it through to the Connacht Division 1 League final against Corinthians on May 1st in Athlone.

  Last Sunday, Creggs always had the upperhand over NUIG in this contest and ran in 10 tries on the day from Niall Cunniffe, Shane Purcell, Ben McGahon, Brian Maloney, Melvin Conteh and Jason Hoare. A super performance!

  Training as usual this week in preparation for the Connacht U-17 Plate Final and the Connacht U-17 Division 1 League Final in two weeks time.

Creggs: Ben McGahon, Jason Hoare, Daire Byrne, Niall Cunniffe, Shane Purcell, Tim Lambe, Eoghan Coyle, Rian Biesty, Adam Finnerty, Danny Arnold, David O’Gorman, Brian Maloney, Melvin Conteh, Ian Conlon, Oisin Keenan, Aaaron Glennon, Mathew Curley, Brandon Hanmore, Juan De La Campa.

U-14s: Creggs U-14s produced a brilliant performance in drawing with a fancied Ballinasloe RFC last Saturday in the semi-final of the U-14 Connacht Cup in Ballinasloe.

  After suffering a loss to Monivea in the semi-final of the league mid-week, Creggs went into this game against the cup favourites without a few regulars and low on confidence.

  However, the lads turned it around and put in a performance they can all be proud of. Creggs had the better of much of the early parts of the game and scored early through a penalty from Mark Purcell.

  Up front the pack were standing up very well to their bigger opponents with Ben Finnerty, Luke Divilly, Jack Tucker, Rory Callaghan, Lorcan Maher and Diarmuid Fahy very much to the fore of the good work the forwards were doing.

Ethan Glennon fitted in very well at 9 with Cian Glennon moved out to 10 on the day which moved the back line much better and gave Purcell and Aaron Lyons room to attack.

  Ballinasloe did level things up after 8 minutes of the second half but Creggs were just getting back on top when an unfortunate knee injury to the excellent Ben Finnerty meant the game was called off with seven minutes remaining. Creggs management and players wish Ben all the very best in his recovery.

  The replay will take place mid-week (the 19th or 20th of April) which will be confirmed over the next couple of days.

Creggs: Jack Crehan, Naoise Coyle, Daragh Kiernan, Darren Gately, Brandon Kilcommons, Ronan Lambe, Aaron Lyons, Mark Purcell (C), Cian Glennon, Ethan Glennon, Jack Tucker, Rory Callaghan, Ben Finnerty, Luke Divilly, Lorcan Maher, Diarmuid Fahy, Louis McCaffrey, James Rocke.

U-15s: Creggs U-15s will play Oughterard RFC in the semi-final of the Connacht U-15 plate next Sunday at 12 pm. The game is scheduled to be played in Oughterard.

Creggs 23 NUIG 17: Creggs recorded an excellent win over NUIG in the opening round of the Ard na Cregg Cup on Sunday. This was a very brave display by the home team, and sets up a home quarter-final clash with Carrick-on-Shannon.

  Mark Brandon’s late try sealed victory, but each player contributed hugely to this win.

Training continues on Friday at 8 pm. All squad members please attend.

Creggs Mini Rugby: Creggs U-10 Boys and Girls U-12 teams travelled to Ballina on Saturday for the Aviva Blitz. It was a well-run competition with very competitive games and the kids had a great day out. Thank you to those that drove the players up on the day. Thanks also to all coaches, parents and players for all their help and cooperation during the year. Creggs will hold a Connacht Mini Camp in August with more details to follow.

  Creggs U-11s will travel to Athy at the end of the month for the blitz with over night camping and further details will follow on same.

  Congratulations to Archie Naughton who has the honour of being the Connacht Rugby mascot for the big game v Munster this Saturday in Galway. Best wishes from everyone in Creggs Rugby.