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published:Sep  25   2017


BUCCANEERS tackle another fabled Limerick club when Young Munster come to Dubarry Park for this Saturday’s Ulster Bank League Division 1A joust that kicks off at 2.30 p.m. ‘The Cookies’ have been a top four team in recent seasons but, like the hosts, are pointless after the opening two rounds of this season’s league so something has to give in this showdown.


When club rugby was king, Young Munster and Buccs were clubs that drew massive support and in the early years of the All-Ireland League thousands would flock to their matches, home and away. With the professional era, that has changed (and all not necessarily for the best) but, nevertheless, there should be a decent turnout for this game that will surely be played with commitment and intensity. The Limerick side will look to No.8 Gavin Coombes, hooker Ger Slattery and the versatile Marc Kelly in the forwards exchanges. Outhalf Shane Airey has faced Buccs previously in the colours of UL Bohemian while centre Ben Swindlehurst looks a decent acquisition from Naas.


Injuries are beginning to mount up for Buccaneers with Danie Poolman and Conor Kenny joining Mata Fifita, Jordan Conroy and Callum Boland in the treatment bay. Corey Reid is another injured back so options there are becoming tougher for coaching duo Darin Classen and Mike McCarthy while forwards Brian Diffley and Evan Galvin look like being out for some time yet. Will O’Brien and Graham Lynch could feature on Saturday for Buccs who were in touching distance with both Lansdowne and Garryowen for over an hour in their recent defeats. A slice of good fortune would not go astray and, if the Pirates get the little things right, then a confidence boosting victory is well within their compass with much depending on the influence of players such as Alan Gaughan, Shane Layden, Cian Romaine and Dan Law.


Buccaneers are holding a pre-match function including meal with wine, complimentary matchday programme and free admission to the Young Munster match on Saturday. This starts at 12.45 p.m. in The Bounty. Contact Geraldine at 0861732711 or Pat Hynes 0876883833 to book.




BUCCANEERS WOMENS team  face Castlebar in the final of the Connacht Invational Cup which is down for decision at Dubarry Park on Sunday afternoon with this decider kicking off at 1 p.m. This ten-a-side format has proven popular in giving Womens teams an early season tournament to get squads up and running.


Buccs have availed of the opportunity to give a number of ‘newbies’ their first taste of team rugby in their wins over Ballinasloe and Galwegians. Shannon Hennessy has hit an early streak of tries and Susan Earner, Sabina Egan and Niamh Gough are other lively operators in this Pirates crew skippered by Lorna Stuart-Trainor. Tracey Finnerty, Sarah Kelly and Antoinette Kemmy are others who are prepared to roll up their collective sleeves in Buccs cause. Castlebar will be favourites but, on their home patch, Buccaneers can be counted on to put it up to the Mayo girls in what should be a competitive and finely balanced final.


BUCCANEERS U-20’s, buoyed by their nail-biting win over Old Wesley, face another Dublin outfit in the Leinster League qualifiers when Dublin University arrive in Dubarry Park on Sunday. This will be a much stiffer test for the young Pirates but they will have benefited from finally getting a full (and very competitive) match under their belts last weekend. Halfbacks Frankie Hopkins and Michael Hanley are a tidy pairing and Ryan Convey, Sam Hastings and Conor Murray are other backs who will pose a threat to Trinity. The Buccs pack really beavered to the very end when their efforts culminated in forcing the winning penalty and they will need to be focussed and disciplined against the Students. Here Brian Collins, Jack Delahunt and Dylan Farrelly must show leadership in this match which kicks off at 3 p.m.     


BUCCANEERS SECONDS are the only team with an away fixture this weekend but it is a short hop to Moher Road to square up to local rivals Ballinasloe in the Connacht Junior 1A League with a 2.30 p.m. kick off on Sunday. Ballinasloe may have problems at the moment but nothing like a derby focuses them so Buccs must build on the improvement shown against Monivea. There is a promising mix of experience and young blood in this group that with a bit more work on the training paddock can pay dividends.




TOUCH RUGBY is a six-a-side non-contact version of rugby which originated in Australia. It is a fun and social game and introductory training sessions take place at Dubarry Park on Monday nights at 6.30 p.m. Denis O’Connor is the organiser and he may be contacted at deniso_connor@hotmail.com for information.   




Deepest sympathy is extended to Stephen Reilly and family on the sudden death of his brother Brendan. Heartfelt condolences go also to Edel Coen and family on the passing of her sister Olivia. May they rest in eternal peace.