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1sts, 3rds, Women & Connacht Eagles all in action next weekend

published:Apr  21   2013

The season may be in it’s death throes now but Buccaneers still have some key fixtures this weekend. The Senior side travel to Bruff on Saturday for their final Ulster Bank League Division 1B match in this campaign, kick off 2.30 p.m. Bruff overcame Buccs at Killballyowen Park in the corresponding game last year to survive in Division 1B but, alas, there can be no reprieve for the hospitable Co. Limerick club on this occasion as they are doomed to relegation along with Ballymena. However, the small club can reflect on pride on their accomplishments in the recent few seasons including winning the Bateman All-Ireland Cup. Buccs will be depleted for this encounter with a handful of regulars sure to be involved with Connacht Eagles who, ironically, play in Dubarry Park on Saturday. On paper, Buccs should still have enough enterprise and potential to prevail but they will need to be more focussed and co-ordinated than they were away to Ballynahinch last weekend. Nevertheless, I am counting on Buccaneers to deliver and finish on a high.

 

Buccaneers Womens team have an enticing encounter on Sunday when they face Fermoy in a qualifier for the Womens All-Ireland League. This clash against the Co. Cork club takes place in Portlaoise with a 1 p.m. kick off.

This play-off was unexpected news around Dubarry Park but it presents a wonderful opportunity for this hard-working group of ladies who have put in a serious, sustained stint this season.

 

The Fermoy girls first got together in 2009 so may have a little more experience than the Athlone standard bearers. They qualified for this clash by winning the Munster Womens Development League, defeating Abbeyfeale 7-5 in the decider at the Co. Limerick venue. They are defensively strong and have a decent rucking game. But Buccs too had a wonderful season, doing especially well in the Leinster Cup and, of course, triumphing in the Connacht League in only their second season. If they can field close to full-strength and play with their usual verve and teamwork, then they can tame the Fermoy Lionesses and progress to Division 2 of the Womens AIL. Go for it, girls!

 

Buccaneers Thirds square up to Our Lady’s Boys Club in the semi-final of the Ard-Na-Cregg Cup at Galway Sportsground on Sunday, kick off 3 p.m. This will be a dogged affair and Buccs will need to front up and battle to the very end. The midlanders overcame OLBC when the sides met in the league in Galway earlier in the season and, if Buccs play to their collective potential, then they can advance to the final at Corinthians Park on Sunday week. It will call for a sustained effort but Buccs are capable of producing it.  

 

Meanwhile, Connacht Eagles British & Irish Cup game against Newport, which was postponed last January due to the bad weather which prevented the Welsh club travelling, has been rescheduled and takes place in Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday afternoon. So, if you cannot make the trip to Bruff, pop out to this encounter which kicks off at 2 p.m. The fixture seems a little bit daft at this stage as it has no major significance in terms of the B&I Cup but, with incoming coach Pat Lam now in Galway, a lot of young Connacht players will see this as an opportunity to impress. Jack Carty, David Heffernan (at hooker?), Conor Finn and Peter Reilly are among the young Buccs likely to be involved.