Fixture News category listing 27 | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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BUCCS AWAY TO UCD IN "MUST WIN" DUEL

published:Mar  12

BUCCANEERS are away to University College, Dublin, in a “must win” Ulster Bank League Division 1B duel at the Belfield Bowl on Saturday, kick off 2.30 p.m. UCD are in flying form at the moment chasing leaders Ballynahinch as they seek the automatic promotion berth. But this could also be termed a ‘Cup final’ from Buccs perspective as they simply have to win too to maintain their aspirations of snatching the play-off spot so a highly competitive affair is anticipated.

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FIXTURES

published:Mar  05

The big game in Athlone this weekend is the ‘Electric Ireland’ U-20 Six Nations Championship showdown between Ireland and France in Dubarry Park on Friday night, kick off 7.45 pm. (See separate article).

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OTHER FIXTURES

published:Feb  25

BUCCANEERS U-21s are home to Thomond in the South-West Conference League on Saturday and this Section A game kicks off in Dubarry Park at 2.30 p.m. Buccs have had to field understrength sides in recent fixtures but, on home ground, should still have sufficient wherewithal to come out on top in this tie.

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WOMEN CONTEST LEAGUE FINAL ON SATURDAY

published:Feb  25

BUCCANEERS WOMENS TEAM also have a hugely important match at the weekend and it is a real shame that their Connacht Womens League final against holders Sligo is scheduled for Saturday. It is a little unusual that club fixtures other than Senior or Underage games in Connacht are slotted in on a Saturday so supporters of Buccs will be disappointed that they cannot attend both games. But, if you are not heading to Trinity, then there should be no better place to be than at this much-anticipated decider which kicks off at 1.30 p.m. in Ballyhaunis.

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BUCCS AWAY TO TRINITY

published:Feb  25

BUCCANEERS travel to the centre of Dublin on Saturday afternoon to take on Dublin University at College Park in what is their most important Ulster Bank League fixture to date. Trinity are joint second with UCD, whom they lost to last weekend, just a single point ahead of fourth-placed Buccs in Division 1B as the league hits a crucial stage. This is an absolutely vital “must win” game for both clubs and should be a really cracking affair between two youthful and enterprising outfits. Kick off 2.30 p.m.

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BUCCS HOME TO MALONE ON SATURDAY NIGHT TOPS BUSY FIXTURES SCHEDULE

published:Feb  18

HECTIC WEEKEND OF FIXTURES AHEAD

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DUNGANNON TRIP TOPS BUSY WEEKEND OF FIXTURES

published:Feb  14

BUCCANEERS travel north to Stevenson Park on Saturday where they take on Dungannon in the Ulster Bank League Division 1B, kick off 2.30 p.m. Buccs stuttered badly at home when the sides met early in the league but they have lost just one game in the interim to climb to fourth in the league table. Meanwhile, Dungannon have added just a solitary win to that victory over the Pirates and they now languish in the relegation zone so Buccs can be assured that the northerners will be giving it their all at their neat venue on Saturday as they bid to ease away from the stragglers. Kolo Kiripati and Mark Dolan were absentees when the sides met at Dubarry Park and they are both injury worries again. Buccs will definitely have some changes from the previous meeting, John O’Brien, Shane Layden and Danny Qualter being certain non-starters. However, Garreth Halligan, Mark McCrea and Diarmuid Higgins could feature as the Pirates, who have lost just once away from home this season, chase vital points to keep pace with the leading pack. Dungannon will field a competitive front five and this is a sector where, if Buccs don’t at least share the exchanges, then the Ulster side will look to build on any supremacy here. The Sinnamon brothers, Phil Whyte, Mark Farquhar and Paul Jackson (brother of Ulster’s Paddy) will make any front row work hard while Mark Jenkinson and Ali Birch are two competitive and effective forwards. Jaryd Bennett mans the pivotal fly-half berth while Paul Magee, Chris Cochrane and Peter Nelson can pose problems for the visitors.

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FIXTURES

published:Feb  04

BUCCANEERS U-21s, whose scheduled game against UCC fell victim to the bad weather last weekend, take a trip down the M4 to square up to Connacht rivals Galwegians in what should be a well-contested South-West Conference Section A fixture at Crowley Park, Glenina, on Saturday. Kick off 2.30 p.m. Both clubs have enjoyed mixed fortunes to date and both need to win to strengthen their play-off hopes so a battle royale is in prospect. The Pirates have displayed solid endeavour and, if disciplined, they can eke a crucial victory but it will be a tough test for both sides.

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FIXTURES CANCELLED

published:Feb  01

BUCCANEERS Development Squad’s Junior League/Plate match at home to Corrib on Sunday has been postponed as Corrib unable to field this weekend. BUCCS Womens Connacht League semi-final v NUIG scheduled for Dubarry Park tonight (Friday) has also been called off as the pitch is water-logged. BUCCS U-21s South-West Conference League fixture v UCC has been postponed also, again due to unplayable pitch.

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BUCCS FACE BLACKROCK ON SATURDAY, 2.30 pm

published:Jan  30

Buccaneers have a quick chance to atone for their defeat in Belfast when they host Blackrock College in the Ulster Bank League Division 1B at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday. Quite why the IRFU scheduled club fixtures on the day of a Six Nations match is something of a mystery while Blackrock did not accede to changing the match to Friday night. Kick off at 2.30 p.m. Buccs just never clicked, individually or collectively, at Harlequins last Saturday. As Belfast’s Van Morrison sang “There’ll be days like this” but, hopefully, those who come along to Dubarry Park will witness a continuation of the exhilarating rugby that claimed the scalps of Dublin University and UCD either side of Christmas. It will be a test of character for what is a relatively youthful Buccs squad but they have the ability and potential to overcome a third “College” in succession on home soil. Blackrock College struggled early in the league but have won four of their last five games which gives them a bit of breathing space above Bruff, Dungannon and bottom club Ballymena. Des Dillon, Michael Carroll and ex-Bucc David Gannon bolster the pack and David Godfrey has been rowing with lots of points from placed balls. Consequently, confidence will be improving and, still desperately seeking points, they will prove dangerous foes, particularly if Buccs do not grant them due respect.

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