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BUCCANEERS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB Executive Committee 2018-19

published:Sep  05

President                                Gordon Ballantyne

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CONNACHT EAGLES TO PLAY OSPREYS IN ATHLONE

published:Sep  05

Connacht Eagles will take on Welsh club Ospreys at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Friday evening, September 21st. This floodlit Celtic League fixture kicks off at 7 p.m. and the home province will likely feature a raft of young Buccaneers players in their match squad.

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BUCCANEERS U-20's UP AND RUNNING.

published:Sep  05

Buccaneers U-20's begin their Leinster J P Fanagan League campaign on September 30th when they take on either Galwegians or Seapoint in the first Qualifier game. The league proper commences on October 14th with a busy schedule of games throughout the season.

The club has taken a very progressive approach to the U-20's group, adopting a 3-year plan that will see players and coaches working to a club playing template with the goal of developing local talent for Buccaneers Senior team. The group had a kick off day at the club on 
August 18th which was attended by 30 players with key inputs from Club Head Coach Peter O'Donnell
 and ex player Alex Hayman as well as special guest Damian Browne. Aidan O'Flynn from the Connacht Branch also ran a very successful workshop with the group on the key mental aspects of the game.

Paul Byrne, Benny Gilligan and Tony Ennis renew their very successful partnership from senior youth level as coaches, whilst Joe Browne, Craig Milling, John Doyle and Shay Rohan are the management team.

It's an exciting group, with many of last year's U-20's still available and complimented by last year’s U-18.5's Connacht League and Cup winning team. Training is every 
Friday night with players on the park for 6.25pm.

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BUCCS HOME TO GALWEGIANS ON SATURDAY

published:Sep  03

BUCCANEERS are home to Galwegians in the Connacht Senior League on Saturday. Match kicks off in Dubarry Park, Athlone, at 2.30 p.m. Admission is free.

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BUCCANEERS 35 SLIGO 34

published:Sep  03

Ten tries shared evenly, 69 points scored and just the minimum dividing the teams may indicate a cracking Connacht Senior League duel between Buccaneers and Sligo at Dubarry Park on Saturday. However, exciting though it may have been at times and especially in a nail-biting finish, overall this was a frustrating exhibition for both sets of supporters. Buccs will have been the happier having played below par to survive a massive scare to win 35-34 but Sligo will feel this is one that really got away from them.

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CLEAN SWEEP BY CONNACHT U-18’s

published:Aug  28

Connacht Clubs U-18’s enjoyed a clean sweep in the inter-provincial Festival of Rugby played in Limerick over the past week. They kicked off their pathway to silverware by forging a last move 33-29 victory over Leinster and followed that up with a 47-17 rout of Munster. They completed a notable treble when demolishing Ulster 41-15 in their final fixture.

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Buccs home to leaders Sligo

published:Aug  26

BUCCANEERS have their first home game of the season when they take on new leaders Sligo in the Connacht Senior League at Dubarry Park on Saturday, kick off 2.30 p.m. Sligo bounced back from their opening day defeat at Ballina to record an impressive 31-13 win at home to Galwegians. They appear to have scoring firepower having secured try bonus points in both outings to date and will be keen to take Buccs scalp.

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BALLINA 19 BUCCANEERS 49

published:Aug  26

BUCCANEERS made a winning start to the defence of their Connacht Senior League title by inflicting a first home defeat in over a year on Ballina with Buccs coming out on top 49-19 at Heffernan Park on Saturday. The relatively youthful Pirates crew hit the ground running against the Mayo club who have regained Senior status and who will shortly compete in the All-Ireland League. Three converted tries in the opening quarter laid the foundation for this fully merited victory by the midlanders.

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CONNACHT 43 WASPS 10

published:Aug  20

On a balmy afternoon and perfect playing conditions, Connacht stung visitors Wasps 43-10 in an entertaining friendly that opened the rugby season at a packed Dubarry Park on Saturday. Due to recent international camps, both teams were missing many of their Ireland and England frontliners but, nevertheless, the big home crowd that included Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt went home happy following a very promising display by the team in green.

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BUCCS KICK OFF SEASON AWAY TO BALLINA

published:Aug  20

BUCCANEERS playing season commences on Saturday when they face a very tricky assignment away to Ballina in a Connacht Senior League fixture taking place at Heffernan Park, kick off 2.30 p.m. The hosts, who have been junior kingpins in Connacht for the past two seasons, will be buoyant following their opening day 35-24 home victory over Sligo last Saturday.

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