BALLYMENA 13 BUCCANEERS 18
BUCCANEERS moved five points clear at the top of the Ulster Bank League Division 1B following their 24-12 victory over Galwegians in front of a decent attendance on a raw evening at Dubarry Park last Friday night. Buccs were full value for their win in this Hodson Bay Hotel group sponsored match which, on the evidence of the first half, should have been a lot more comfortable for the Athlone side but derby contests can be notoriously tricky to predict and to prevail in.
OLD WESLEY 22 BUCCANEERS 49
BUCCS demolish leaders to go top of league
BUCCANEERS SECONDS scored a late, late try to secure a dramatic but precious 20-17 Connacht Junior 1A League victory over their Galwegians counterparts at Crowley Park, Glenina, on Sunday. Trailing 17-5 at halftime, Buccs put in a splendid second half effort to keep the hosts scoreless as they steadily gained ascendancy in this well-contested tie.
BUCCANEERS 40 TUAM 20
BUCCANEERS consolidated second place in the Ulster Bank League Division 1B when they outpointed University College Cork 49-36 in a cracking contest played at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday. Twice the Pirates build up promising leads in the 85 points scorefest, leading 25-3 after half an hour and 35-22 at the hour mark, but they had to work assiduously to the very end to shake off the spirited endeavours of the Students.
A 12 points scoring salvo in the final 2 minutes by Buccaneers transformed the outcome of their first ever competitive meeting with Naas when the Pirates made a successful raid at Forenaughts on Saturday. Buccs 24-16 victory moves the midlanders up to second place in the Ulster Bank League Division 1B following this piece of grand larceny in a well-contested but often stop-start affair played in ideal sunny conditions at the Co. Kildare venue.