BUCCS HOME TO DUAL CHAMPS CORK CON | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Nov  06   2017

Buccaneers are home to League and Cup holders Cork Constitution in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday next, kick off 2.30 p.m. This is an acid test for the young Pirates side against perennial contenders but Buccs have shown tremendous spirit and commitment in the face of adversity this season. They will be looking to big home support on Saturday for this key fixture.


Cork Con have been surprisingly inconsistent this term, winning three matches but also losing the other three. However, they have a big squad both in size and numbers so will pose challenging problems for the Pirates. Conor Kindregan will be well known to home supporters and the lock has done very well since his transfer down south. Hooker Max Abbott, backrower Brian Hayes and the Duffy brothers are other formidable players in their pack while tidy outhalf Tomas Quinlan (1A player of the year last season) makes the Corkonians tick. Niall Kenneally and Ned Hobson are a strong pairing in the centre and winger Rob Jermyn will keep the home defence alert.


Buccs will have taken great heart from their display against Terenure where the red card hurt them in the final quarter. Cian Romaine will be back after his suspension and Jordan Conroy should be available too following his Ireland Sevens exploits in Spain and USA in recent weekends. Callum Boland’s return after injury was another boost last Saturday when Alan Gaughan seemed to regain the form that made him such a key contributor last season. Conor Kenny will know more about his injury situation this week but Conan O’Donnell did well at Lakelands. The midlanders pack, although generally giving away weight and experience to most opponents, have not been shy to put in sustained and committed efforts in all games to date so they can be counted on to again give of their best. Dan Law and Paul Boyle will be hopeful of being fit for inclusion here. If the team, collectively, works together and is cuter, they can spring a surprise.          


There will be a pre-match function in The Bounty for the game against Cork Con. Lunch with complimentary wine and free admission to the game is included in the cover charge of €30 per person. Former Buccs favourite Ted Robinson will be guest speaker at the lunch and his hotel, the Glenroyal in Maynooth, is match sponsor. Groups and individuals can be catered for. Contact our busy Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711 to book.


Saturday is a massive day for sport and supporters can watch both the Ireland v South Africa rugby international and then the Denmark v Republic of Ireland World Cup play-off on the various big screens in The Bounty after the Buccaneers match. Incidentally, this scribe cannot fathom the IRFU playing All-Ireland League matches on the same day as full internationals. Buccs next home game against UCD takes place in competition against the Ireland v Argentina fixture at the Aviva Stadium. Meanwhile Champions Cup weekends are free of club games. It seems that the Union’s hyperbole regarding the importance of the club game may just be that!


BUCCANEERS U-20’s are away to Greystones in the J.P.Fanagan Leinster League Premier 2 division on Sunday. This game at Dr. Hickey Park has a 2.30 p.m. kick off. Buccs will need improved application and focus to take the spoils.




Buccaneers Club Shop will be open on two dates pre-Christmas. The first one takes place in conjunction with a Cake Sale/Coffee Morning in the main function room at The Bounty on Saturday, November 25th. The second one will be held in The Lower Deck on Saturday, December 2nd. These shop days present the ideal opportunity to get your Buccaneers replica gear in good time for Christmas.


Buccaneers Seconds squad are holding a Table Quiz in The Bounty on Thursday, November 30th at 8.30 p.m. Entry fee is €40 per team of four. Plenty of prizes on offer and complimentary finger food will be served. 




Ten superb prizes, including a trip for two to Australia, are on offer in the IRFU’s “Your Club, Your Country” Draw, which takes place next month. Tickets are priced at just €10 each and the proceeds of all tickets sold by the club stays in the club. All club officials including team managers/mentors should now have tickets to sell. The support for this draw is sought from all strands of the club. Tickets can also be purchased at The Bounty or from our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711.  




Congrats to another pair of young Buccaneers players, Saul O’Carroll and Thomas Ahern, on their selection on the Ireland U-18 Clubs squad.




Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of the late Tommy Molloy, Garnafailagh. Ar dheis De a anam.