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BUCCS HOME TO TERENURE COLLEGE

published:Jan  30   2018

BUCCANEERS are home to Terenure College in an absolutely “must win” Ulster Bank League Division 1A match at Dubarry Park on Saturday afternoon. This crunch encounter kicks off at 2.30 p.m. With both teams chasing points for differing reasons, --Terenure striving to achieve a home Top Four semi-final and Buccs desperate to move away from the bottom of the league table – a cracking and committed battle is anticipated.

 

Buccs notched their first point of a difficult campaign when the sides met at Lakelands Park when a red card to Eoghan Maher midway through the second half gave Nure the edge for their narrow 27-21 victory. Nevertheless that display was one of the midlanders better outings in a game of swaying fortunes and exciting scores. Terenure currently lie in third place, just one point adrift of champions Cork Constitution. They will look to Oisin Heffernan, Alex Thompson, Schalk Jooste and Robert Duke to win the forwards battle while Sam Coghlan-Murray and a trio of O’Neill’s will take minding in the metropolitans’ backline where Tim Schmidt (son of Ireland supremo Joe) could feature.

 

Buccs were well below par at UCD last Saturday but are capable of – and will need to – playing at a much higher level. Their tempo and precision will need to be upped considerably and support players need to get to the ball carrier much sharper than in recent showings. The midlanders will need Peter Claffey, Cian Romaine, Dan Law and Paul Boyle at their best in the forwards exchanges with Martin Staunton and John Sutton also buzzing. The Carty brothers, Alan Gaughan and Shane Layden can make an impact in a backline that will hopefully see Rory O’Connor return to his try-scoring exploits. How they could do with Jordan Conroy’s availability. The Pirates must turn up and be switched on from start to finish. If they do, they are capable of forging a greatly needed victory.

 

OTHER FIXTURES

 

BUCCANEERS U-20’s face Maynooth University/Barnhall in back to back fixtures on the next two Sundays beginning with a home clash against the leaders in Athlone. This could be a cracker and kicks off in Dubarry Park at 3 p.m. Buccs had a most encouraging win over NUIG last weekend while MU/Barnhall slipped up at home to Suttonians. If the Pirates are focussed and work hard, they can upset the odds particularly if their discipline and defensive work is what it needs to be. Niall Murray, Thomas McGann, Brian Collins, Sam Hastings and Sean O’Connell can be leaders in this enticing duel.

 

BUCCANEERS SECONDS have been drawn at home against Monivea in the Connacht Junior Plate. Both sides are struggling in the league but the Plate presents both clubs with a real opportunity for some success. They have also been favoured with byes to the semi-final so are within touching distance of silverware. If the Pirates can rustle up a full crew for this tie, they can make home advantage pay. But they will have to battle all the way as Monivea are a proud and committed outfit so Buccs must be prepared to beaver with discipline from start to finish. This game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

 

BUCCANEERS WOMENS team also have a home fixture when they square up to Castlebar in the Connacht Womens League with a scheduled 1 p.m. start. Castlebar have been the top team at this level for the past number of seasons and are likely to prove too strong for the Buccs ladies who have had no fixture for some weeks now.

 

Best of luck Ireland

 

It is Six Nations rugby time again and we wish Robbie Henshaw and Ireland every success in the forthcoming campaign which opens with a testing trip to take on France in Paris on Saturday. It seems daft to this writer that All-Ireland League fixtures are scheduled on international match days. However, as the Ireland game has a 17.45 kick off, you can catch the Buccs match beforehand and then pop in to The Bounty afterwards where you can watch all the Six Nations action on their myriad of big screens over the coming weeks. Come On, Ireland!

 

TICKETS FOR IRELAND CAMP IN ATHLONE

 

Tickets for Ireland’s Open Training Session at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Thursday, February 15th will be available from Ticketmaster on this Saturday. Tickets are FREE but numbers are limited. So pop in to The Crescent on Saturday morning or log on to www.ticketmaster.ie to secure your tickets. Tickets are NOT available via Buccaneers.

 

CONDOLENCES

 

Heartfelt condolences are extended to the family of the late Josie Grace, who for many years was one of the true characters on our Ladies Committee. May she rest in eternal peace.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

 

Congratulations to Kolo Kiripati who was honoured at last Friday night’s ‘Westmeath Independent’ Sports Awards event. It was a marvellous occasion and well done to everyone involved in its organising.