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BUCCS PLAY LEADERS LANSDOWNE IN AVIVA STADIUM

published:Apr  09   2018

BUCCANEERS final Ulster Bank League fixture pits them against long time table toppers Lansdowne at Lansdowne Road’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Kick off for this Division 1A game is 2.30 p.m. With relegation now confirmed, Buccs have little to play for but can be counted on to display pride and vigour in this outing. Lansdowne have suffered just one defeat this season and are eager to regain the league title. They have quality performers in all sections of their strong squad where ex-Bucc Josh O’Rourke is now firmly established in the second row.

 

Fellow lock Ian Prendeville captains the team that has the meanest defence in the league and also are highest scorers so another tough test is in prospect for the midlanders. Fly-half Scott Deasy is top scorer in a backline that features Adam Leavy (younger brother of Ireland’s Dan) and regular try scorer Mark O’Keeffe. Wing forward Aaron Conneely is another player worth keeping an eye on but injury is likely to rule out Athlonian Charlie McMickan.

 

Buccs will be up against it but Jordan Conroy could sparkle on the wide expanses of the Aviva Stadium while other young Pirates like Simon Meagher, Cian Romaine, Paul Boyle, Luke Carty and Conor McKeon will surely relish the challenge on Saturday. Although the season has ended in disappointment for the midlanders, it will be a fillip to finish with a game in the national stadium.

 

BUCCS IN U-18.5 CONNACHT FINAL ON SUNDAY

 

BUCCANEERS U-18.5 squad, who were presented with their Connacht League medals at the Garryowen pre-match function last Saturday by inspiring sportsman/adventurer Damian Browne, bid to complete the double when they square up to Corinthians in the Cup final at the Sportsground on Sunday. Kick off at the Galway stadium is 4p.m.

 

This particular Buccs squad has enjoyed wonderful success over the past five seasons and will be confident of accounting for Corinthians in the decider. They defeated the Galway outfit in the league at Corinthian Park but that result will count for nothing on Cup final day as the westerners, who overcame Oughterard in their semi-final, will surely give it their best shot in this showdown.

 

But this Pirates crew is a well balanced outfit, well coached and with strong performers in Fergus Galvin, Nathan Horan, Darren Browne and Jensen Nagle while Liam Doyle and Cathal O’Grady won’t shirk hard work. They overcame Westport 43-3 to reach the final, a margin that was not as clearcut as it may appear, but Buccs have been very consistent in the league over the past number of seasons and also finally won a Cup crown last year. They should not be fazed by the occasion and look to have too many options compared to their opponents but they must be focussed and disciplined to prevail.

 

TABLE QUIZ

 

BUCCANEERS U-11 team are holding a Table Quiz in The Bounty on this Wednesday, April 11th at 8 p.m. Our girls U-15 and U-18 squads are joining together to hold a Table Quiz, also in The Bounty, on Thursday, April 26th at 8 p.m. Table of four is €40 for each quiz and complimentary finger food will be served. All support welcome for both quizzes.

 

AWARDS GALA

 

Make a note of the date for Buccaneers Awards Gala, when the player of the year awards will be presented, which takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, on Friday, May 19th. Further details and tickets available shortly. Meanwhile, nominations for the ‘Buccaneers Clubperson of the year’ should be made before the end of April; send your nominations to the club’s honorary secretary.

 

CONDOLENCES

 

Deepest sympathy is extended to Eamonn Fagan and family on the death of his mother Myra. May she rest in eternal peace.