BUCCS AWAY TO ST. MARY’S COLLEGE | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Nov  28   2017

BUCCANEERS are away to the club just above them in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A when they take on St. Mary’s College at Templeville Road, Dublin, on Saturday. Kick off time is 2.30 p.m. for this basement battle.


After a promising start to the campaign, St. Mary’s have lost their last four matches. Outhalf Sean Kearns has been absent in that sequence although College could call on Leinster A player Conor Dean (son of Paul) in his berth. Former Trinity duo Paddy Lavelle and USA international Tim Maupin are able performers in the Dublin side’s three-quarters line. Lock Ciaran Ruddock (brother of Ireland’s Rhys) skippers St. Mary’s in a pack that includes Leinster caps in prop Adam Coyle and flanker Caelen Doris.


Saturday’s contest is likely to be fiercely contested. Even though they were not getting the results that their performances merited, Buccaneers have battled commendably to the bitter end in every match to date. The players have displayed wonderful resolve and a resolute will, attributes that will be very much in demand in this “must win” joust. Having finally broken their duck, Buccs confidence and self belief will have benefited massively from the UCD game. But they must put in a maximum effort combined with discipline and composure at Templeville Road. If the Pirates do that, they are capable of taking the bounty and begin to climb up the league table.     


Other Fixtures


BUCCANEERS SECONDS face a swift rematch with Connemara when the teams square up again in the Connacht Junior 1A League at Dubarry Park on Sunday. The Blacks are a strong outfit and will be razor keen to maintain their perch on top of this league so Buccs will need to hit the ground running when the action gets under way at 2.30 p.m.


BUCCANEERS U-20’s head for the capital on Sunday for a J.P.Fanagan Leinster League Premier 2 joust with Dublin University. Kick off is at the earlier time of 2 p.m. for this match which is scheduled for the University’s  Santry grounds. 


Pre-match function for home game against St. Mary’s


BUCCANEERS final AIL match of the year takes place on Saturday week when they renew acquaintance with St. Mary’s College at Dubarry Park. There will be a pre-match event in The Bounty for this game with lunch including wine plus free admission to the crunch match at a cost of only €30 per person. Meal is scheduled for 12.45 p.m. and this function could be an ideal pre-Christmas get-together for groups of friends/family or work colleagues. Individuals can also be catered for. Contact our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711 to book.


Table Quiz


BUCCANEERS SECONDS team are holding a TABLE QUIZ in The Bounty on this Thursday night, November 30th at 8.30 p.m. Entry fee is €40 per team of four. There will be spots, prizes and complimentary finger food on the night. All support will be warmly welcome.


Christmas Club Shop


There is a change of date for the next Club Shop. It will now take place on Saturday week December 9th and should provide the perfect opportunity to get your Buccaneers replica gear in good time for Christmas. The shop will be open from 11 a.m. at the club. 




Deepest sympathy is extended to Michael Cleary and family on the death of his sister-in-law Bernadette Cleary.


Six Nations tickets // Membership


Application Forms for tickets to Ireland’s home Six Nations matches are now available in The Bounty. Only paid up members are eligible to apply for these precious tickets. Applications must be made on the appropriate form. No telephone requests taken! Membership Subscriptions should have been paid in full by October 31st so any outstanding subs due should be paid as soon as possible to our club Administrator or to relevant team managers.




Congrats to Beauden Barrett on being named Rugby World Player of the Year for the second year in a row and to Joy Neville on winning the Referee of the Year accolade. Best of luck to SABINA EGAN who has been included in the Connacht Womens squad for the forthcoming interpro series.