Connacht Plate U14 semi final
Creggs 41 Connemara 27
Creggs U14 team reached the provincial final of the Connacht Plate competition by defeating Connemara All Blacks in Creggs last Sunday, but the margin of victory does not tell the full story of this match.
Connemara were dangerous throughout and Creggs had to be vigilant right up to the final whistle. Early nerves saw a few knock-ons by Creggs, until Shane Dowd found a gap between the centres to score in the corner. The conversion was missed but Shane Dowd kicked a penalty to leave Creggs eight points clear. Connemara sliced through the Creggs cover for a great unconverted try. Creggs re-grouped with strong tackling by Simon Spain and Matthew Walker and good work by Donal Kelly and Robbie Daly led to a scrum under the Connemara posts. A rehearsed move worked neatly by Brian Diffley saw the Oran number eight crash over under the posts well supported by back row Andrew Clarke and winger Mark Ward. Connemara again responded well with another to try to leave the score at half-time Creggs 15 Connemara 10.
Another try followed for Shane Dowd but Connemara kept in touch with two late tries and it could have been worse had it not been for two great try-saving tackles by hooker Rory O’Donoghue. Further tries from Shane Dowd, Brian Diffley and a great backline move with passes from Connor Gore to Robbie Daly to winger Tomás Clayton to wash over for a great try followed.
Impressive too were forwards Dylan Ward and backs Diarmuid McDermott, supported by Tomás Beattie and Matthew Butt, who made several powerful runs deep into Connemara territory. The final takes place against Loughrea with the likely venue being the Sportsground, Galway.
Creggs reach quarter final of Árd na Cregg Cup
Creggs 21 Ballina 13
Creggs defeated a strong and determined Ballina team in Sunday’s Ard na Cregg Cup tie at the Green to advance to the quarter final against old rivals Tuam. Creggs have home advantage against Tuam in the quarter final and will be hoping to reverse the result from last season’s semi final which Tuam won narrowly, before going on to win the final comfortably.
Ballygar side qualify for Connacht finals
The first year rugby team at Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar recently qualified for the Connacht first year tournament in Garbally, Ballinasloe. Coláiste Mhuire took part in the Connacht qualifying blitz held in Tuam RFC on Tuesday 22nd March. Losing to St Gerald’s in the first game Coláiste Mhuire regained their composure to see off the two other teams, leaving them second from the top, which meant qualification for the Connacht 1st Year tournament in Garbally.