BUCCS HOME TO GALWEGIANS ON SATURDAY | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Sep  03   2018

BUCCANEERS are home to Galwegians in the Connacht Senior League on Saturday. Match kicks off in Dubarry Park, Athlone, at 2.30 p.m. Admission is free.


The league has been topsy turvy for teams this season with Buccs the only undefeated side at this early stage. They top the league table on 10 points with Sligo (who have played an extra fixture) on 8 points. Wegians, Corinthians and Ballina are all on 5 points but still in contention so it is a finely balanced league yet. All teams have had their ups and downs with the Pirates being fortunate to prevail when having an off-day against Sligo last week.


Buccs have been fielding a lot of young players and it is a learning curve from them. But if they do not get dragged into a slug fest like last Saturday they have the pace and potential to maintain their winning sequence despite the absence of key players. They shipped a number of injuries against Sligo so the physio crew will be kept busy ahead of the visit of Galwegians.


The Tribesmen have some quality players in their ranks including Connacht Senior Club player of the year Brian Murphy. Rory Gaffney, Morgan Codyre and David Symes are other capable backs while Eoin Tarmey and Christy Reilly can be counted on to lead the battle in the forwards contest. Sligo proved too strong for them on a 31-13 scoreline last time out but their superior fitness told when winning the city derby against Corinthians 35-18. Wegians kept in tune by playing Old Wesley in a friendly last weekend.


The Athlone club will need to step up on last week’s performance and reproduce the vim and vigour shown at Heffernan Park to account for the light blues who will know that nothing less than victory will be of real value to them. With so much at stake, a ding dong battle is anticipated.




REGISTRATION DAY is scheduled for Saturday week September 15th. Membership rates remain the same as last season and can be paid on the day. Registration takes place from 11 a.m. All teams are now back in training. Check for your team/age group training timetable.




Students can celebrate their Junior Cert results in a non-alcohol environment at the ‘JC Disco’ in The Bounty at Dubarry Park on Wednesday next, September 12th. Music by a top DJ will take place from 9 p.m. until midnight. This supervised Disco is organised in association with the Athlone Drugs Awareness Group and the support of Athlone Gardai. Tickets are available through the local second level schools and admission is reserved to students who receive their Junior Cert results on September 12th. Tickets are not on sale on the night of the disco!