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BUCCS FACE ST. MARY’S IN SHOWDOWN

published:Dec  07   2017

BUCCANEERS and St. Mary’s College gets to grips with each other again when the sides renew rivalry in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday. Having back to back league fixtures so close may not be ideal but it adds spice to this match as the teams duel to get off the bottom rung of the league table prior to the festive break. RUSSELL BRENNAN KEANE are match sponsors for this enticing festive fixture.

 

Buccs will be buoyed by their victories over UCD and St. Mary’s following on from bonus points secured against Terenure College and Cork Constitution where the points gathered have seen them close the gap on Saturday’s opponents to one solitary point with Dublin University just three points further up the table. Buccaneers performances to date have warranted a higher league position. Injuries and naivety has cost them in quite a number of games but they have nevertheless continued to play with commendable spirit and passion, ingredients that will be precious come Saturday.

 

Willing warriors Martin Staunton and John Sutton can set out Buccs stall against the visiting pack while Daniel Law and Cian Romaine must impose their influence on the proceedings from the second row. Simon Meagher is an injury doubt but Evan Galvin, Ruairi Byrne and Ronan Farrell can be counted on to beaver cleverly. Niall Farrelly and Ryan O’Meara will be vying for inclusion in this outing. Skipper Shane Layden and his centre partner Alan Gaughan can set the tempo and shape in the backline where Rory O’Connor and Callum Boland can pilfer tries. Frankie Hopkins and Graham Lynch are contenders to start in this sector.

 

St. Mary’s will be smarting from last week’s defeat in which flyhalf Conor Dean (son of Ireland manager Paul) did not play to his potential. American Tim Maupin, Marcus O’Driscoll and Myles Carey are threats in the blues backs division. Ireland Sevens player Terry Kennedy is likely to start at fullback while Sean Kearns could be fit to return at standoff. Lock Ciaran Ruddock (brother of Ireland’s Rhys) can be counted to lead by example in the St. Mary’s pack where Nick McCarthy, Adam Coyle and Caelen Doris are able operators.

 

This is a “must win” game for both clubs and so a battle royale is anticipated. Whichever team wants it most could be the decisive factor. On home soil and hopefully in front of a sizeable and partisan crowd, Buccaneers must make that advantage pay on the scoreboard in this final match of the year.

 

SECONDS AWAY TO MONIVEA

 

BUCCANEERS SECONDS are away to Monivea in the Connacht Junior 1A League on Sunday with the action at the Castle Grounds kicking off at 2.30 p.m. Following Ballinasloe’s sad withdrawal from this league, the table has had some changes with Buccs dropping one place but still two above Monivea. The Galway side are having a tough season while the Pirates are inconsistent so any outcome is possible in this game.

 

PRE-MATCH FUNCTION

 

BUCCANEERS game with St. Mary’s College next Saturday should draw a bumper crowd to Dubarry Park. There will be a pre-match function in The Bounty with lunch plus wine and free admission to the big game all for only €30 per person. This pre-Christmas event could be an ideal get-together for work/social/family festive gatherings. Groups and individuals can be catered for. Contact Geraldine at 0861732711 to book.

 

THANK YOU

 

Thank you to everyone who supported the recent Coffee Morning/Cake Sale and the Seconds Table Quiz. Thanks also to everyone who helped out at these enjoyable functions especially Geraldine Kenny, Bree Meagher, Emily Duffy, Giovanna Hudson and Joe McEntegart. Thanks too to everyone who supported the “Your Club, Your Country” Draw.

 

BUCCS SHOP

 

BUCCANEERS SHOP will be open at the club on this Saturday morning from 11 a.m. The Canterbury representative will have a full range of Buccaneers replica gear on sale so it may be an ideal opportunity to make those Christmas purchases for family or friends.