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BUCCS away to BALLYNAHINCH: U-20's home to NUIG

published:Oct  23   2018

BUCCANEERS head north for the second successive away fixture with a trip to Ballymacarn Park on Saturday where they can expect fireworks with Ballynahinch in this bank holiday All-Ireland League Division 1B match which kicks off at 2.30 p.m.


Hinch are always a tough test on the elevated grounds near the mountains of Mourne. They currently lie in fifth place in Division 1B having one won, drawn one and lost one of their three fixtures to date. It’s a really topsy turvy division this season and, even at this early stage, no team remains unbeaten. Like the Pirates, Ballynahinch got their first win of the season last Saturday, a 32-17 victory away to Old Belvedere where they were helped by the inclusion of a handful of players available from Ulster. Front rowers Campbell Classon, Claytan Milligan and Zack McCall have worn the red hand shirt as has lock Bradley Luney while Callum McLaughlin has featured at centre. James Simpson, Ollie Lougheed and Conall Bloomer are regulars in Hinch’s pack with flying winger Aaron Cairns captaining the Ulster club who are now under the tutelage of wily coach Brian McLaughlin.


Rory Moloney and Callum Boland are likely to miss this game too due to injury while Shane Layden and Corey Reid continue their rehab. However, Buccs will be greatly boosted by their win and the manner of it over Old Wesley, the game time there being invaluable to Luke Carty and Conor Kenny. If the Pirates can build on that performance, then it should be a right good battle up North on Saturday.


U-20’s kick off at home to NUIG


BUCCANEERS commence their J.P.Fanagan Leinster U-20 League campaign with a Connacht derby at home to NUI Galway at Dubarry Park on Sunday afternoon. This Premier 2 contest gets under way at 3 p.m. and could be a Halloween cracker. Buccs have had no match since their narrow qualifier win over Galwegians, who subsequently also qualified for this division.


The Athlone outfit have some potent talent in their ranks, although likely to be without Colm Reilly, Michael Hanley, Thomas McGann and Frank Hopkins who are doing well currently with the First XV. James Kelly, Darren Browne and Harry O’Reilly are a very promising front row trio and the side would benefit further if Niall Murray and Liam Winnett are available. Sam Kroupa looks an exciting lock and Saul O’Carroll, Sean Flynn, Darragh Murray, Tom Applebee, Fergus Galvin and Conor McMahon are others well equipped to play at this level. Meanwhile Conor Watt and Gianlucca Monticonte add a cosmopolitan feel to the Pirates crew.


‘A night at the OsKaRs’


Would you like to star in a movie?! Walk down the red carpet on premiere night?!

Then “A night at the OsKaRs” could be just for you! Buccaneers RFC is holding this fund-raiser event in the New Year. Anyone interested in becoming involved, especially to play a part in one of the movies being filmed for the occasion, should contact our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711. No acting experience is required and it sounds like a fun event to be involved in, so get dialling, please!


Pre-match event for visit of Malone


The club is hosting a pre-match event for the All-Ireland League match at home to Belfast club Malone on Saturday week, November 3rd. For just €30 per person you can enjoy meal with wine, complimentary match programme and free admission to the stand. Groups or individuals can be catered for. It’s an ideal day out for past players, firms and other organisations so here’s hoping for good support.