BUCCS KICK OFF SEASON AWAY TO SLIGO ON SUNDAY | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Aug  25   2019

BUCCANEERS commence their season with a trip to Hamilton Park on Sunday in the opening round of the Connacht Senior League. Kick off time for this tricky assignment against Sligo, who opened their campaign with a 43-7 demolition of Ballina last Sunday, has been brought forward to 1.30 p.m.


It’s somewhat of a trip into the unknown for Buccs as training is still gearing up around Dubarry Park and some players are still involved with their respective GAA clubs. The midlanders enjoyed a Connacht Cup and League double last season but suffered relegation in the All-Ireland League. A good Connacht campaign is essential ahead of the upcoming AIL.


Sligo have done particularly well in the AIL in the past two seasons, winning 2C and then finishing fourth in 2B last year when they won ten of their eighteen fixtures. They gave Buccs a right good fright when the sides met in Athlone in last year’s Connacht League, the Pirates edging the exchanges 35-34 when the Yeats County men were off-target with a last kick conversion that could have earned them the spoils.


Coached by Paddy Pearson, the north-westerners are likely to look to forwards Shane Boyle, Shane O’Hehir, Craig Trimble and Robert Holian to earn possession and territory. Scot Euan Brown is a versatile back who could be aided and abetted by Jack Keegan, Ryan Feehily and Brendan Cunningham in the backline where Mata Fifita might be a formidable opponent for the midlanders. Sligo also boast a Charlie Cooper in their squad!


Buccaneers will probably field a primarily youthful squad backboned by Martin Staunton, Shane Layden, Torin Rensford, Rory O’Connor, Rory Grenham and Ruairi Byrne. Young guns such as Corey Reid, Michael Hanley, Peter Claffey, Sean O’Connell and Darren Browne are likely starters. This could well be a transition season for the Shannonsiders and it will certainly be a challenging one right from the beginning as the standard between the Connacht clubs seems to be fairly level. Head Coach Peter O’Donnell has been working hard with his charges and he will be looking for the players to hit the ground running. Anything less will be punished by Sligo on their own turf.


Meanwhile Buccaneers first home game of the season against Galway Corinthians has been brought forward to Friday week, September 6th with an 8 p.m. kick off under the Dubarry Park floodlights.




Buccaneers RFC Membership Registration will take place on two dates with the initial Registration day being Saturday, September 7th and the second date two weeks later on September 21st. Registration commences at 11 a.m. on both dates in the Lower Deck at Dubarry Park. Membership Subscriptions remain unchanged for the third year in a row.




Minis and Youths training and coaching for boys and girls aged 6 upwards begins in earnest on Saturday, September 7th at 11 a.m. All are welcome including beginners.




Buccaneers will host their traditional Junior Cert Disco shortly to coincide with the issuing of results. Tickets will be available only through local schools. Further details next week.