BUCCS HOME TO OLD WESLEY & MONIVEA ON SATURDAY | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Oct  17   2018

Buccaneers are home to Old Wesley in the All-Ireland League on Saturday next. Kick off at Dubarry Park, Athlone, is 2.30 p.m.  Old Wesley, for whom Alan Gaughan is the latest to join the large contingent of ex-Buccaneers in Donnybrook, lie fourth in the league table following a win against City of Armagh and a draw with neighbours Old Belvedere.


Gaughan’s opposing centre in that Dublin derby was Ben Carty and the departures of this duo has stretched Buccaneers resources in their three-quarters line. Old Wesley are captained by Paul Harte this season, another former back at Dubarry Park while Tim Clifford, Eoghan O’Reilly and David Henshaw are other ex-Pirates who could feature on Saturday. Although UCC were promoted to 1A this season, two of the College’s promotion-winning squad Paul Derham and Tom Kiersey have switched to Old Wesley who have also recruited Ireland U-20 winger Tom O’Callaghan from Lansdowne. Rory Stynes, Charlie O’Regan, Ian Cassidy, Josh Pimm and David Rowley are other capable performers in the metropolitans’ ranks.


Buccs have been operating with a depleted squad in the opening two rounds but will be hopeful that some of their absent personnel will be available to strengthen their options over the coming weeks. The ever consistent Martin Staunton will be back to bolster their front row this week and backs coach Aidan Wynne may be called into action again on Saturday. Niall Farrelly and Rory Moloney shipped injuries in Banbridge but, hopefully, both will be fit and raring to go against the Dublin outfit. If the Pirates can get a few of their more experienced absentees back on the pitch, then they will be better equipped to deal with the challenges posed in 1B. Old Wesley will be a stiff hurdle for the midlanders but Buccs are willing to work hard from start to finish and, with a bit of luck, their fortune can change on Saturday.


Seconds home to Monivea on Saturday night


Of course the absentees are also felt down the line with our J1 side suffering accordingly. They square up to leaders Monivea in the Connacht Junior 1A League in Athlone with this game now kicking off under the Dubarry Park floodlights on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Monivea, coached by Paul Flanagan, have won all their three fixtures to date but on tight margins. Michael Harding is working hard with this group of Pirates and has some promising young players under his tutelage. They are faring much better than last season but, nevertheless, would benefit from the addition of a few more seasoned operators to their panel.