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published:Nov  20   2017

Buccaneers face University College Dublin in the Ulster Bank League at Dubarry Park on Saturday afternoon with the action getting under way at 2.30 p.m. Buccs are still chasing their first win in Division 1A and surely their luck will turn for the better sooner rather than later. They have been decidedly unfortunate in a number of matches so far in what has been a steep learning curve for the squad. Injuries and absentees for other reasons have not helped their cause but the players have continued to play with massive pluck and will take heart from losing bonus points in their two most recent outings away to Terenure College and at home to dual champions Cork Constitution.


UCD, backboned by many of the Ireland U-20 and Sevens squads, will prove a difficult hurdle to overcome. The Students won last time out at Terenure where a quartet of Ireland Sevens players – Billy Dardis, Jimmy O’Brien, Hugo Keenan and Will O’Connors – made significant contributions. Puzzlingly Jordan Conroy was not available to Buccs on the same weekend. Much local interest will feature on whether or not Stephen McVeigh is named in the College squad. The Glasson backrower achieved a scholarship to UCD that necessitated his transter there. Ronan Foley and Brian Cawley are regulars in the UCD pack where recent Leinster cap Josh Murphy could feature. Jamie Glynn captains the Students from centre and he could be joined in the backline by Jack Ringrose and Harry Byrne whose older brothers are key components in the Leinster squad. Sixth placed UCD are capable of decent scores but also tend to concede too so a high-scoring joust could be in prospect.


Buccs will be hoping that their injury list will be shortening. Dan Law got a brief run-out with the Seconds and they will be anxiously awaiting news on other forwards Paul Boyle, Peter Claffey, Ruairi Byrne, Ryan O’Meara and Conor Kenny but Simon Meagher should be good to lineout. Callum Boland’s recent return in the backline was a welcome boost and Darragh Corbett took his chance well against Cork Con while Corey Reid could be in contention to start. With this match scheduled by the IRFU on the same day as Ireland host Argentina it will be difficult to entice a big crowd to the Buccs game but those who do venture to it could be well rewarded by a lively and entertaining tussle. Of course, supporters can enjoy the Ireland game on the big screens in The Bounty afterwards!


BUCCANEERS SECONDS have a daunting trip to Clifden on Sunday where they take on Connemara in the Connacht Junior 1A League at the Monastery Field. Kick off time is 2.30 p.m. The Blacks have won all their league games to date and trail Ballina at the top of the league table only due to the leaders accruing bonus points in all their matches. Buccs will have to dig deep to get something from this outing.


BUCCANEERS U-20’s are at home on Sunday when they tackle Suttonians in the J.P.Fanagan Leinster Premier League. With a handful of their players involved with the Senior squad, this Buccs panel has lost its primary leaders. Thus they have struggled, injuries also not helping their cause. But if attitude and workrate are what they need to be, then they can make home advantage pay in this game which kicks off at 2.30 p.m.




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. 




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 this Saturday, November 25th. The second one will be held in The Lower Deck on Saturday week, December 2nd. These shop days present the ideal opportunity to get your Buccaneers replica gear in good time for Christmas.




Ten super 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 Geraldine at 0861732711. All tickets (sold or unsold) should be returned to the club by November 27th.




Congratulations to Robbie Henshaw on winning his 31st senior cap at just 24 years of age when Ireland defeated Fiji. You can watch Robbie on Canterbury’s latest video filmed at Dubarry Park where he speaks eloquently about his club Buccaneers. Ronan Bushell, Tommy Conlon and Michael Loftus also feature in this video.




Deepest condolences are extended to Ian Scouler and family on the death of his father Gerry.