Fixture News category listing 32 | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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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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BUCCS AWAY TO BELFAST HARLEQUINS ON SATURDAY

published:Jan  21

BUCCANEERS square up to fourth-placed Belfast Harlequins in a crunch Ulster Bank League Division 1B encounter at Deramore Park, Belfast, on Saturday with the action kicking off at 2.30 p.m. Buccs are one berth above and three points ahead of the Ulster club on the league table so victory is vital for both outfits in this contest between two teams who have hit a rich vein of form at present. The midlanders will travel with some optimism on the back of five successive victories. Now coached by Adam Larkin, Quins too will be confident as, like the Pirates, they have recovered from an indifferent start to also climb up the table. However, this is a “downtime” week for the provinces so both clubs could be short some key personnel. Buccs will definitely be missing Daniel Qualter (who is undergoing surgery this week on the shoulder that he injured against UCD) while Callum Boland sustained ligaments damage in the recent U-21 victory away to Shannon. Rory Byrne has been excellent at lock to date while Conor FitzGibbon is fit and raring to go again and these look the obvious replacements. Harlequins form has been somewhat topsy turvy. They lost away to Bruff but then were pipped by only two points by leaders Ballynahinch but they recorded decent wins over Malone and Dublin University just as Buccs did. Stuart Olding is their key operator with the former Ireland U-20 a regular scorer at fly-half. He shares the place-kicking duties with another Ireland U-20 Michael Heaney who is his scrumhalf partner. Rory Scholes and Michael Allen are two other exciting prospects in their backline. Hooker Niall Annett and back five forward Michael Ferguson are two promising members of the northerners’ pack which is captained by experienced lock Gareth Rourke. Here the influence of prop Richard Lutton and openside flanker Lawrence Babe must be curbed. Thankfully, from a Pirates perspective, the Athlone men are unlikely to encounter the mammoth frame of Neil McComb on this occasion! There is terrific team spirit and a willingness to work for each other currently in the Buccaneers camp. These are crucial elements in any team and will be nurtured by coach Tony Dolan and driven on by the experienced spine of skipper Kolo Kiripati, Garreth Halligan, Alex Hayman and James Tormey. Jack Carty, Mark Dolan, Martin Staunton, Peter Reilly and Luke Satchwell are just some of the young guns with bags of talent and potential, allayed to a positive attitude and solid workrate ethics. Billy Henshaw, Conor Finn, Diarmuid Higgins, Johannes Roets and Aidan Connaughton are others that the Pirates can count on to deliver. A tough test and serious examination of Buccaneers credentials is surely on the cards in this southern suburb of Belfast on Saturday. But if Buccs verve and endeavour is matched by composure and discipline, then the Pirates can make a successful raid up north.

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FIXTURES UPDATES

published:Jan  21

BUCCANEERS DEVELOPMENT SQUAD entertain Corrib in the Connacht Junior 1B League at Dubarry Park on Sunday. This fixture also doubles up as Junior Plate match. Buccs, whose scheduled league match last weekend was deferred as Creggs had to play their Junior Cup fixture, must make home advantage pay. Note that kick off time is 2 p.m.

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