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BUCCS 2018-19 ‘PLAYER OF THE YEAR’ AWARDS THIS SATURDAY

published:May  20

Buccaneers Annual Player Awards event takes place in The Bounty on Saturday night when our Senior, U-20, Junior and Womens players of the year will be announced along with the ‘Club Person of the Year’ winner who will be presented with the Michael Hanley Memorial Perpetual Cup. Specially commissioned pieces of Athlone Crystal will also be presented to Buccaneers players who have represented Ireland during the season. No less than a dozen Buccs, including Jack Carty and Robbie Henshaw, have worn the green, which is a splendid achievement for a rural club such as Buccaneers.

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BUCCS ‘2019 PLAYER OF THE YEAR’ AWARDS ON SATURDAY WEEK

published:May  13

Buccaneers Annual Player Awards event takes place in The Bounty on Saturday week when our Senior, U-20, Junior and Womens players of the year will be announced along with the ‘Club Person of the Year’ winner who will be presented with the Michael Hanley Memorial Perpetual Cup’. Specially commissioned pieces of Athlone Crystal will also be presented to Buccaneers players who have represented Ireland during the season. No less than a dozen Buccs have worn the green which is a splendid achievement for a rural club such as Buccaneers.

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BUCCS PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS on May 25th next

published:May  06

Buccaneers Annual Player Awards event takes place in The Bounty later this month when our Senior, U-20, Junior and Womens players of the year will be announced along with the ‘Club Person of the Year’ winner who will be presented with the Michael Hanley Memorial Perpetual Cup’. The club has quite a number of players who have played on various Ireland teams during the season, including Jack Carty and Robbie Henshaw who have both featured on the Ireland Senior team. Niall Murray and Colm Reilly were members of the U-20 Six Nations grand slam winning squad while Niall’s brother Darragh was a regular on the Ireland U-18 team. John Sutton (Ireland Clubs) and Rory O’Connor (Ireland Students) were others to proudly and successfully wear the green jersey as did Liam Winnett (Ireland U-19) and Jordan Conroy (Ireland Sevens). Smart dress is the code for this event which takes place on Saturday, May 25th. Tickets €35 are on sale from our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711 and early purchase is recommended. DJ Ray O’Reilly will provide the music following dinner and the presentation of awards.

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BUCCANEERS win thrilling Connacht U-17 Cup final

published:May  06

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Buccaneers and Ballinasloe played out a compelling and thrilling Connacht U-17 Cup final at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Sunday with Buccs shading a fiercely contested decider by 7-3. Two very well matched sides gave it their all in this derby duel but the young Pirates inexorable commitment, particularly in their tackling, richly merited this victory in a battle that was in the balance right up to the final whistle of the 70 minutes.

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CONGRATS DARRAGH!

published:Apr  25

Congratulations to Buccaneers U-18.5's captain DARRAGH MURRAY who has had some Easter! He won the Connacht U-18 Player of the Season Award at the recent Connacht Awards event in Galway. He was unable to attend that ceremony as he was on his way to England with the Ireland U-18 Schools squad for a ten day international tournament. Darragh was one of only four players in that squad who started all three matches against France, England and Scotland. The Irish team played some brilliant rugby and Murray was outstanding throughout. It's been a fantastic season for this rising young star and he is certainly one to watch for the future. Well done, young man!  

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BUCCS FACE BALLINASLOE IN U-17 CUP FINAL

published:Apr  24

Buccaneers take on neighbours Ballinasloe in the final of the Connacht U-17 Cup at Dubarry Park on Sunday when the action in this derby decider gets under way at 1 p.m. Ballinasloe will be favourites following their table topping run in the league, including a good home victory over the Athlone boys. However, they lost out to Galwegians in the league decider. This will surely stimulate the Co. Galway side to atone for that setback in this Cup final. Buccs, meanwhile, enjoyed some very impressive league wins but inconsistency let them down in a couple of games. If they play to their collective potential and strengths they can take the silverware in what is Buccaneers final fixture of a lengthy season. It should be a sparkling encounter between two teams with bags of potential.

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BUCCANEERS 24 QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY 30

published:Apr  24

It’s relegation for the second successive season for Buccaneers following their 30-24 All-Ireland League play-off defeat to Queen’s University at warm and sunny Dubarry Park on Saturday. Buccs battled relentlessly to the bitter end but came up against a well-drilled and highly committed Belfast outfit who were that bit smarter on the day. Queens now progress to a playoff decider at Navan but it’s Division 2A for the midlanders next season.

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Darragh Murray & Liam Winnett on Ireland teams

published:Apr  17

Congratulations and best wishes to Darragh Murray and Liam Winnett who have been selected on the Ireland U-18 Schools and Ireland U-19 squads respectively. This takes Buccaneers international players into double figures this season. Well done to all the guys.

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CRUNCH FIXTURES FOR FIRSTS & U-20's this weekend

published:Apr  17

BUCCS SQUARE UP TO QUEEN’S IN PLAY-OFF

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NAAS 33 BUCCANEERS 19 in final league fixture

published:Apr  15

Despite fielding a very injury depleted squad Buccaneers put up a brave and adventurous showing when going down 33-19 to Naas at Forenaughts in their final All-Ireland League Division 1B fixture of the season on Saturday. The Cobras victory was not as straight-forward as anticipated for the hosts whose final move try flattered their winning margin somewhat. Nevertheless, Naas confirmed their Top Four play-off berth with this victory but Buccaneers can take considerable confidence and encouragement from their lively and committed display.

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