Galway County Final Victory for Creagh NS Hurling Team
An unprecedented week of success for Creagh NS on the sporting fields was kickstarted by the hurlers who won the 13 a-side county final after coming so close the previous year. The team produced a string of outstanding performances to defeat Gaelscoil Riada, Athenry BNS, and Claregalway NS to cement their place in the final.
On the 13th of June, the top hurling schools in Galway togged out in Loughgeorge for finals day where Creagh faced daunting opposition in Tynagh/ Killeen. A tense opening half saw Creagh take a slender lead into half time, making light of the fact they lined out without their captain Shane Fitzpatrick due to injury. Creagh took control of the game early in the 2nd half but a dogged Tynagh/ Killeen outfit clawed their way back to set up a dramatic final quarter. However after being denied by the width of a post in the 2016 final, Creagh showed tremendous character to hold out and block a 20m free in the dying moments to seal a 2- 9 to 2- 6 victory.
A thoroughly deserved achievement for this group of talented players who will hopefully go on to experience more success with their clubs and there is no doubt we will see some of these lads line out in a county jersey in the future.
Roscommon County Final Victory for Creagh NS Football Team
The Creagh Boys’ football team won the Roscommon Top Schools football final for the first time in 9 years when defeating St. Joseph’s Boys’ National School Boyle on June 14th in Ballyleague. These two schools have become big rivals in recent years as Boyle got the better of Creagh by a solitary point in last year’s final. This was also the third time the two sides met this year as Boyle defeated Creagh by a goal in the group stages, while Creagh exacted revenge and won by a point in the group playoff as three teams finished on level points. Both teams would eventually progress and looked destined to face each other again later in the year. Indeed, this came to pass as Creagh easily despatched of Ballybay NS in the semi-finals and Boyle did likewise when comfortably beating Cornafulla NS. It was all set up to be humdinger of a final between the old foes.
The final itself was a very topsy-turvy affair with both sides enjoying periods of dominance. Boyle raced in to an early lead and the signs looked ominous for Creagh who looked like they were going to be pipped at the final post again. Shane Fitzpatrick, Creagh’s captain fantastic, took the game by the scruff of the neck, however, dragging his side back in to the game with a few brilliant catches and runs in to a strong wind. The skilful Jason Cunningham and the powerful Ciaran Clark then expertly finished three goal chances and Creagh were back in the ascendancy. With the wind at their backs, Creagh produced a very mature and solid second half display to secure the victory. Charlie Naughton was immense at full back, snuffing out Boyle’s dangerman brilliantly, while goalkeeper Diarmuid McDonagh made a brave last-ditch save to ensure that Creagh’s lead remained intact. At the final whistle, there were scenes of jubilation as this wonderful team finally got their just rewards after years of hard work. Creagh’s joint captain, Joey Tierney, lifted the trophy aloft and the Creagh boys sang late in to the night.
Galway County Final Victory for Creagh NS Camogie Team
The camogie county final took place in Loughgeorge on the 15th of June 2017. After facing G.S de hÍde, Oranmore in the semi-final we knew the calibre of players was extremely high at 13-a-side level. Both the hurling and the boys football school teams had won their county finals earlier in the week and the girls were determined that the boys of Creagh NS would not be the only winners. Creagh N.S met G.S Dara, Renmore in the final. It was by no means an easy match. Weather conditions were challenging but our players, ranging from 3rd to 6th class, showed that dedication, determination and perseverance pay off. They worked extremely well together as a team on the day. Shaunah Mitchell, our team’s captain, ensured that the players remained focused throughout the match. Even when it seemed that we could not possibly win, Shaunah raised morale and all the girls rose to the challenge. A special mention must be made to Aoibheann Fitzpatrick and Ava McKeon who were both injured during the match but refused to let that stop them from continuing and winning the match. The final score was extremely close and Renmore put up a real fight. To win a camogie county final was a huge achievement for Creagh N.S. It was in fact the first time that the school had ever won a camogie county final. All the players should be extremely proud of their achievement and no doubt they will continue to achieve great success as camogie players in the future.