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published:Oct  15   2017

BUCCANEERS SECONDS continued their rejuvenation with a relatively comfortable 29-0 Connacht Junior 1A League victory over their Galwegians counterparts at Dubarry Park on Saturday afternoon. Playing with the breeze in the opening half, Buccs scored an early try to set them on their way and they had a firm grip on proceedings when leading 22-0 at halftime.


The Pirates made five changes from last week’s victory at Ballinasloe with Darragh Corbett and Conor Seery coming into the backline while Ryan O’Meara and the Byrne brothers Sean and Ruairi bolstered the pack. On the heavy surface, Wegians had the first scoring opportunity when Shane Ryan blocked down an attempted clearance in the opening moments. But a super tackle by fullback Corbett held the flanker up over the home line. The visitors were to swiftly rue this missed chance when the hosts turned over possession inside their own half and Dean McMahon kicked ahead. Callum Forde was quickest in the chase for the ball and he raced in for a second minute unconverted try on the right.


Corbett got his range right with a fine 15th minute penalty and four minutes later he was converting Forde’s second try after Buccs again turned over ball from the westerners with the home winger romping away to score for a 15-0 advantage. Forde was again involved in Buccs third try, scored in the final move of the half. His exciting mazy run was carried on by O’Meara and Sean Byrne before prop O’Meara powered through to stretch over the Galwegians line to touchdown with Corbett adding the extras.


The visitors fared much better in the second half, the wind ensuring they spent long spells in the home half. But the midlanders’ defence was in miserly mood as time and again they shut out Wegians. Both sides utilised their benches and play became disjointed with many handling errors. In the closing stages, Buccs upped the ante again and secured a late fourth try to earn a precious bonus point. This late flurry was rewarded when the tenacious McMahon wrongfooted the sky blues’ defence to cut in for a try which Corbett converted to complete the 29-0 victory.


In a hard-working home pack, O’Meara was particularly prominent especially in the first half with Ruairi Byrne and Rossa Dooley also doing well. McMahon was busy at flyhalf, Corbett was sound at fullback and eager beaver Forde a constant menace to the visitors.


BUCCANEERS:-  D.Corbett; C.Forde, S.Dempsey, S.Flynn (captain), C.Seery; D.McMahon, G.Fallon; K.Grehan, R.Grenham, R.O’Meara; R.Byrne, S.Byrne; J.Foley, C.Morrissey and R.Dooley. Replacements:- E.Galvin (for Morrissey, h/t), M.Okafor (for Forde, h/t), C.Cleary (for O’Meara, 47 mins), C.Morrissey (for S.Byrne, 47 mins), N.Flynn (for Foley, 65 mins), R.O’Meara (for Cleary, 65 mins), C.Forde (for Seery, 67 mins), N.Carr (for Grenham, 76 mins) and J.Foley (for Galvin, 76 mins).


GALWEGIANS:- C.Loughrey; G.Armstrong, P.Hackett, M.Joyce, M.Connolly; S.Browne, E.Dowling; A.Paton, C.Torpey, C.Dunne; E.Bermingham, M.Towey; S.Ryan, A.Johnson and R.Mooney. Replacements:- R.Moore (for Loughrey, h/t), K.McDonnell (for Joyce, h/t), C.Loughrey (for Dowling, 43 mins), M.Joyce (for Johnson, 43 mins), D.Mulvey (for Ryan, 47 mins) and E.Dowling (for Armstrong, 61 mins).


Referee:- Shane Gaughan (Connacht)




BUCCANEERS WOMENS team made a winning start to their Connacht League campaign when they proved too strong for Ballinasloe, winning 50-0 under the Dubarry Park floodlights on Saturday night. In the mild conditions, Buccs were stronger and sharper than the less experienced visitors who deserved something on the scoreboard for their endeavours.


Buccs were dominant in the scrums and tight, and had a more ruthless streak when scoring opportunities presented themselves. Sabina Egan and Susan Earner led the way with a brace of tries each. Judy Dowling, Tracey Finnerty and Katy Ryan also touched down. Miriam Obliers brought some French flair to the Pirates crew and she marked her debut with a try. Jasmine Willis was another to do well on her maiden appearance while Antoinette Kemmy fared well at scrumhalf following Niamh Gough’s injury. Alex Hennessy completed the Buccs tally with a handful of conversions. Youthful Ballinasloe made some lovely breaks and were unfortunate to not have fashion some scores in this game.


BUCCANEERS:- T.Finnerty, J.Dowling, K.Ryan, L.Stuart-Trainor (captain), J.Willis, A.Kemmy, N.Gough, A.Hennessy, S.Earner, M.Obliers, A.Hayes, S.Egan and N.Connell.




BUCCANEERS U-20’s paid for an under par performance when going down 38-19 to NUIG in their Leinster League match at Dangan, Galway, on Sunday. Buccs completed the double over College last season but the Students were much the better side on this occasion. Their well-balanced and stronger side was, crucially, the more interested in this encounter as they were worthy winners in this Connacht derby.


Buccs made two changes from their previous outing with James Kelly coming in to the pack while Robert Teape started in the centre in place of injured duo Eoghan Maher and Conor McMahon respectively. The midlanders were very sluggish in the first half, when the game was effectively won and lost. Tackles were missed while defending and attitude were poor as NUIG built up a healthy lead by the interval.


Buccs improved following the change of ends with Robert Enraght-Moony, Sean O’Connell and Brian Collins working earnestly in the forwards exchanges while Sam Hastings and Eoin O’Reilly were liveliest in the backline. Teape, Ryan Convey and Enraght-Moony scored Buccs tries, two of which were converted by fullback Convey. Robb and Parata were prominent for NUIG. 


BUCCANEERS:- R.Convey; R.Murphy-Sweeney, R.Teape, S.Hastings, K.Foxe; M.Hanley, E.O’Reilly; J.Kelly, D.Buckley, E.Cooney; B.Collins (captain), J.Delahunt; S.O’Connell, K.Wheatley-Byrne and R.Enraght-Moony. Replacements used:- D.Touhey, T.McGann and L.Donnelly.    




BUCCANEERS U-20’s have a quick renewal of acquaintance with Old Wesley in the J.P.Fanagan Leinster League when the clubs clash at Donnybrook on Sunday. This Division 2 match kicks off at 3 p.m. A determined and composed Buccs side earned a dramatic 21-19 victory over the Dubliners in Athlone recently when Michael Hanley’s last kick penalty edged the decision.


Buccs workrate and performance has fallen below that display in the intervening two matches when the Pirates under-performed. They will need to hit the ground running on the 4G pitch in D4 this weekend, otherwise Old Wesley are well capable of avenging their Dubarry Park defeat. The city side were bigger and faster but Buccs sustained workrate and spirit saw them through on that occasion. Attendance at training has not always been what it needs to be by these young Buccs and all squad members must knuckle down to the challenges ahead. As Roy Keane famously ranted “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. There is talent and potential galore in this Buccaneers panel but they must work collectively and dedicatedly if they are to realise it.


BUCCANEERS WOMEN hit the road west to Tuam on Sunday for the next round of the Connacht Womens League. Kick off here is at 1 p.m. This will be a tougher test but both teams seem fairly well matched. The Buccs girls will need a full turnout for this encounter as players sprung from the bench could be crucial in earning the spoils.