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In really testing windy and wet conditions at Dubarry Park, Buccaneers U-20’s gradually found their rhythm to comfortably account for NUI Galway by 36-0 on Sunday and thus advance to the Purcell Cup semi-final away to St. Mary’s College next weekend. While Buccs had recorded a good away win over the Students in the league, they had lost to College at home so this was an unexpectedly clearcut victory.


Michael Hanley and Brian McDonnell, who had made major contributions for Buccs Senior XV at Naas, both started as did Darren Browne who came on in the second half at Forenaughts. The opening quarter in really demanding near Arctic weather conditions was understandably sloppy with lots of handling errors by both sides.


A smart tap and go penalty by Hanley opened the scoring after 19 minutes, catching the NUIG defence napping, and he also added the conversion to his try. Five minutes later Dermot O’Rourke broke from the base of a scrum and Sean O’Connell made a strong carry before linking with Hanley who offloaded to Dara Mulvihill. The big winger squeezed in for an unconverted try in the Bounty corner.


Sam Kroupa and Browne made big inroads to pin College back and Fergus Galvin was held up on the line but the sustained pressure was rewarded when the effervescent McDonnell powered over in the right corner for Buccs third try just before halftime to give the Pirates a 17-0 lead.


James Kelly continued the Pirates’ momentum with an early second half surge over the Students line following an impressive series of pick and goes with Hanley adding an excellent conversion. A pinpoint crossfield kick by the standoff found Thomas McGann who scampered in for a 55th minute try which Hanley also converted. The classy winger notched his second eleven minutes later when Kroupa provided swift ball from Cian Daly’s lineout throw. McGann coolly chipped over the defence before arcing in for a try on the right that completed the 36-0 rout of the visitors.


This was a splendid all-round team effort with Hanley and McDonnell again catching the eye as did McGann’s finishing. Galvin and Harry O’Reilly also made noteworthy contributions in this quarter-final win.


BUCCANEERS:- J.Nagle; D.Mulvihill, D.Ennis, C.McMahon, T.McGann; M.Hanley, D.O’Rourke; J.Kelly (captain), D.Browne, H.O’Reilly; F.Galvin, S.Kroupa; S.O’Connell, G.Catarino and B.McDonnell. Replacements:- J.Curley (for McDonnell, h/t), C.Daly (for Browne, 50 mins), E.Cooney (for Kelly, 55 mins), S.Flynn (for Hanley, 55 mins), S.O’Carroll (for Mulvihill, 60 mins), C.Watt (for Catarino, 60 mins) and K.Foxe (for McMahon, 60 mins).


Senior Management Team 2018-19

Senior Head Coach                Peter O’Donnell

Assistant Coach                     Aidan Wynne

Senior Captain                       Shane Layden

Senior Vice Captain              Rory Moloney 

Senior Manager                     Eamonn Collins

Assistant Manager                Michael Carroll

Senior Logistics                     Martin Webster

Physiotherapist                     Michael Donohoe

Assistant Physio                    Jack Mannion

Video Analyst                        Brian Fitzgerald

Psychology                            Jim Byrne      

U-20's Management Team 2018-19

U-20’s Coach                           Paul Byrne

U-20’s Assistant Coaches      Benny Gilligan and Tony Ennis

U-20’s Manager                      Joseph Browne

U-20’s Assistant Managers    Craig Milling, John Doyle and Shay Rohan.

U-20’s Captain

U-20’s Vice-Captain


U-20 Coach (Forwards)                                                  Ian Bloomer              

U-20 Coach (Backs)                                                        Johnny Murray

U-20 Manager                                                                Eamonn Collins

U-20 Management Assistants                                      Thomas Farrelly & Keith Rowe

U-20 Captain                                                                  Brian Collins

U-20 Logistics                                                                Joseph McEntegart


Seconds Team Coach                                                    Garreth Halligan

Seconds Team Manager                                                Conor Moran

Seconds Team Asst. Coach                                                              

Seconds Team Captain                                                  Sean Byrne

Seconds Team Logistics                                                Tony Hanevy


Senior Coach                                                                       Brett Wilkinson

Assistant Coach                                                                  Darin Claasen

Senior Manager                                                                   Thomas Conlon

Senior Assistant Manager                                                  Patrick Hynes

Senior Logistics                                                                  Martin Webster   

Senior Captain                                                                    Kolo Kiripati

Senior Vice-Captain                                                            Shane Layden

Physiotherapist                                                                  Michael Donohoe

Assistant Physio                                                                 Jack Mannion

Video Analyst                                                                     Cian O’Brien


U-20 Coach                            Derek Lackey

U-20 Assistant Coach                Eoghan O’Reilly

U-20 Manager                         Tom Farrell

U-20 Asst. Manager                   Jacqui Leech

U-20 Captain                          Cillian Walsh

U-20 Vice-Captain                     Ross Flanagan

U-20 Physio                            Kieran Joyce

U-20 Kit/Logistics                    Tom Farrell


Seconds Coach                  Kolo Kiripati

Seconds Manager               Conor Moran

Seconds Assistant Coach      Benny Gilligan           

Seconds Team Captain         Brian Campbell 

Seconds Vice-Captain          David Fagan


Head Coach                           Brett Wilkinson

Assistant Coach                      Danie Poolman

Senior Manager                      Thomas Conlon

Senior Assistant Manager            Patrick Hynes

Senior Logistics                       Martin Webster   

Senior Captain                        Martin Staunton

Senior Vice-Captain                   Kolo Kiripati

Strength & Conditioning Coach      Darin Claasen

Physiotherapist                       Michael Donohoe

Assistant Physio                       Jack Mannion 

Video Analyst                         Cian O’Brien

U-20 Management Team 2015-16

U-20 Coach Derek Lackey
U-20 Assistant Coach Eoghan O’Reilly
U-20 Manager Tom Farrell
U-20 Asst. Manager Jacqui Leech
U-20 Captain Cillian Walsh
U-20 Vice-Captain Ross Flanagan
U-20 Physio Kieran Joyce
U-20 Kit/Logistics Tom Farrell