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BUCCS AWAY TO NAAS IN FINAL LEAGUE FIXTURE

published:Apr  10   2019

BUCCANEERS travel to Forenaughts on Saturday to complete their All-Ireland League fixtures against Naas, kick off 2.30 p.m. Naas are flying at the moment on the back of three big wins and could possibly clinch the Division 1B title by winning against the Pirates. They have moved nicely up to third place in the league table, just one point behind Old Wesley whom they defeated in their last home fixture. Sizeable away victories over Ballymena and Banbridge leaves the Co. Kildare club just four points adrift of leaders Ballynahinch so the Cobras have huge incentive should either of the clubs above them slip up. Meanwhile Buccaneers have little only pride to play for so the midlanders can expect an arduous 80 minutes on Saturday.

 

The play-offs will be the Pirates primary concern with Queens University looking their likely opponents in the opening phase when Buccs will have home advantage as the higher ranked club.

 

CUP MATCHES

 

With the season drawing to a close, its Cup time in club rugby. Buccaneers U-20’s tackle fellow Connacht side NUIG in the quarter-final of Leinster’s Purcell Cup on Sunday. This game takes place at Dubarry Park on Sunday with a 3 p.m. kick off. Buccs have done very well in their league, finishing third while the Students ranked fifth. But in a derby Cup game it will depend on which side wants it more. So Buccs must turn up and play to their collective potential, something of which they are well capable of. If they do, then they can account for College.

 

Buccaneers and Ballinasloe contest the Connacht U-17 Cup final at Galway Sportsground on Sunday with the action here getting under way at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, Buccaneers U-13’s have a 12 noon showdown against Sligo in their Connacht Cup final also at the Sportsground on Sunday.

 

BUCCANEERS AWARDS NIGHT

 

BUCCANEERS AWARDS NIGHT will take place in The Bounty on Saturday, May 25th, when the club’s Senior, U-20’s, J1’s and Womens player of the year winners will be unveiled. The Clubperson of the Year accolade will also be presented at the event as will presentations to Buccaneers players who have played for Ireland during the season. Nominations for this coveted award should be made to the club’s Secretary or Administrator before the end of this month. Tickets will be on sale this week and early purchase is recommended for what promises to be a very enjoyable event.

 

CONDOLENCES

 

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Eoin “Digger” O’Neill on his untimely passing recently. Condolences are also extended to the O’Sullivan family on the death of Nancy McManus.