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Buccs home to leaders Sligo

published:Aug  26   2018

BUCCANEERS have their first home game of the season when they take on new leaders Sligo in the Connacht Senior League at Dubarry Park on Saturday, kick off 2.30 p.m. Sligo bounced back from their opening day defeat at Ballina to record an impressive 31-13 win at home to Galwegians. They appear to have scoring firepower having secured try bonus points in both outings to date and will be keen to take Buccs scalp.


Sligo made a number of personnel changes, primarily in the pack, for the visit of Wegians whilst the backline was rejigged including the omission of former Bucc Mata Fifita. He will surely wish to feature in Athlone. Ryan Feehily captains the side from scrumhalf and he forms a decent half-back partnership with Mark Butler. Their pack boasts a strong scrum with prop Conor Mitchell key here and they did well at lineout time against the light blues. Here flame-haired Shane Boyle is prominent while Diarmuid O’Dowd-Hill is an aggressive flanker.


Meanwhile Buccs will have been well pleased with a winning start on the basis of a promising all-round display. A number of younger players were blooded in the win at Ballina and head coach Peter O’Donnell’s policy seems to be to give all players an opportunity in Connacht fixtures ahead of the All-Ireland League. Consequently, further changes and permutations can be expected as numbers at training grow.


Sligo, who won Division 2C in the AIL last season, will likely pose more questions for the Pirates but Buccs have a promising nucleus of upcoming players that should enable them to prevail on home soil, provided they again work hard, both individually and collectively, and maintain their discipline.


Training times


Adult training for Firsts, Seconds and U-20’s continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays when all players should be togged and ready for training by 7 p.m.

Womens training takes place on Mondays at 7 p.m. and “newbies” are most welcome to “give rugby a try”.

Youths training has commenced with Boys U-14 sessions on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. The remaining Boys teams train on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.

Girls coaching for U-16’s and U-18’s takes place on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 6.30 p.m.

Minis coaching is scheduled to commence on this Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

New players welcome at all levels; no rugby experience is necessary.

***Looks like busy times indeed around Dubarry Park!***


Registration/Family day


Registration Day will take place early next month, most likely Saturday, September 8th or 15th. More details next week. Memberships Subscriptions remain the same as last season. Pirates Membership is possibly the best value for families as it covers two adults and school-going children. Pirates get free admission to all home matches plus there are also a range of discounts and concessions available to Pirates members.




Congratulations to the Connacht U-18 squad who performed so admirably in the Festival of Rugby in Limerick, defeating Leinster, Munster and Ulster in the process! Five Buccaneers players featured in the squad which was captained by Darragh Murray. Harry Balsiger, Martin Fallon, Leo McFarlane and Sam O’Sullivan made up the Buccs quintet.


Buccaneers had an even larger contingent in the Connacht U-17 squad that defeated Munster Schools & Clubs. Kieran Egan, Ruadhri Fallon, Deema Feehan, Sam Fogarty, Koronato Kiripati, Mark Mitchell and Thomas Shine all got game time while injury ruled Adam Flanagan out.

Well done to all these young players and their coaches.


Congratulations too to Brian and Aislinn Lennon on their recent marriage.




Deepest sympathy is extended to Liam Macken and family on the death of his mother Annie. Deepest sympathy goes also to the family of the late Thomas Byrne (ex-Ericssons), who served on the voluntary bar rota in the club’s old clubhouse at Keane Park