BUCCANEERS AIL FIXTURES 2019-20 ANNOUNCED | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Aug  08   2019

BUCCANEERS All-Ireland League fixtures for the coming season have been announced by the IRFU. The AIL, which has a new sponsor ENERGIA on board, kicks off on the first weekend in October when Queen’s University return to Dubarry Park on Saturday 5th. It is ironic that Queen’s were the last visiting team to play in Athlone when their win over Buccs consigned the Pirates to Division 2A.


There are three Ulster clubs including Queen’s in this division and the midlanders will play them in their opening three fixtures. Buccs first away game heralds a joust against new opposition in Rainey Old Boys while Ballymena, also relegated last season, visit the midlands the following weekend. Tipperary clubs Nenagh Ormonde and Cashel are other new AIL opponents for the Pirates although the club has had strong links in the past with Nenagh. Perhaps the John McCormack Cup, which commemorates a former player with both Nenagh and Athlone, will be revived for this fixture?


Buccaneers have previously played the remaining four clubs – MU/Barnhall, UL Bohemian, Dolphin and Old Crescent – in varying divisions over the years. The full fixtures list of league fixtures for Buccaneers First XV is listed below including a quartet of Connacht matches.


Good numbers are attending training under Head Coach Peter O’Donnell and the preparatory work for the forthcoming campaign is cranking up seriously from hereon. Junior squad players are also getting in shape for their league which kicks off on the weekend of September 15th.


Buccaneers Senior Fixtures



Sep. 1              Sligo                            (A)                    CSL

Sep. 8              Corinthians                  (H)                    CSL

Sep. 14            Galwegians                 (A)                    CSL

Sep. 21            Ballina                         (H)                    CSL

Sep. 28

Oct. 5               Queen’s University       (H)                    AIL

Oct. 12             Rainey Old Boys          (A)                    AIL

Oct. 19             Ballymena                   (H)                    AIL

Nov. 2              Nenagh Ormonde        (A)                    AIL

Nov. 9              MU/Barnhall                 (A)                    AIL

Nov. 16             UL Bohemian               (H)                    AIL

Nov. 30             Dolphin                        (A)                    AIL

Dec. 7              Cashel                         (H)                    AIL

Dec. 14             Old Crescent                (A)                    AIL


Jan. 11             Old Crescent                (H)                    AIL

Jan. 25             Cashel                         (A)                    AIL

Feb. 15             Dolphin                        (H)                    AIL

Feb. 22             UL Bohemian               (A)                    AIL

Feb. 29             MU Barnhall                 (H)                    AIL

Mar. 14             Nenagh Ormonde        (H)                    AIL

Mar. 21             Ballymena                   (A)                    AIL

Mar. 28             Rainey Old Boys          (H)                    AIL

Apr. 18             Queen’s University       (A)                    AIL

Apr. 25             AIL Semi-finals

May. 9              AIL Final


AIL denotes Energia All-Ireland League; CSL denotes Connacht Senior League.


Youths Coaching


Pre-season coaching for youths has commenced on Thursdays with Girls coaching from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Boys coaching starts at 7.15 p.m. All welcome including beginners. No experience is necessary so give it a try! Meanwhile Womens training has also commenced on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Team Manager Sandra Feary will have a warm welcome for all who attend, especially newbies!


Golf Classic winners


Buccaneers Annual Golf Classic drew a good turnout at Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club with the favourable weather and magnificent course adding to the occasion. The winning team was led by Joe Naughton, claiming the top honours on a decent score of 94 points.



1st         Joe Naughton Auctioneers:- Joe Naughton (captain), Shane Mannion, Mark Lennon and P.Walsh. 94 points.

2nd        Barna Babes:- Jim Ward (captain), Chris Curtin, Micheal O’Cinneide and Michael Cuddy. 91 points (winning on back nine).

3rd        The Posse:- Ray Groarke (captain), Austin Hanley, Eamonn Barrett and Lexie Stronge. 91 points.

Nearest the pin:-          Declan Corcoran.

Longest drive:              John Kelly.


Buccaneers RFC thanks everyone who participated, all who sponsored teams, tees or greens, and especially the management and staff at Glasson Golf Club who had the course in splendid condition for our classic.


Rugby Summer Camp


Connacht Rugby Summer Camp for boys and girls aged 6 to 12 years takes place at Dubarry Park next week from Monday, August 12th to Friday 16th. All who attend for the week will receive a rugby ball, a Connacht zip top, and a ticket to a home Connacht match in the coming season. The camp is run by accredited IRFU coaches and Connacht players will attend on one day. To register log on to www.connachtrugby.ie/summercamps  Please note that registration is NOT done through Buccaneers!




Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Damien Kilmartin and extended family on the untimely passing of his wife Rachel. May she rest in eternal peace.