BUCCS PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS on May 25th next | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:May  06   2019

Buccaneers Annual Player Awards event takes place in The Bounty later this month when our Senior, U-20, Junior and Womens players of the year will be announced along with the ‘Club Person of the Year’ winner who will be presented with the Michael Hanley Memorial Perpetual Cup’. The club has quite a number of players who have played on various Ireland teams during the season, including Jack Carty and Robbie Henshaw who have both featured on the Ireland Senior team. Niall Murray and Colm Reilly were members of the U-20 Six Nations grand slam winning squad while Niall’s brother Darragh was a regular on the Ireland U-18 team. John Sutton (Ireland Clubs) and Rory O’Connor (Ireland Students) were others to proudly and successfully wear the green jersey as did Liam Winnett (Ireland U-19) and Jordan Conroy (Ireland Sevens). Smart dress is the code for this event which takes place on Saturday, May 25th. Tickets €35 are on sale from our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711 and early purchase is recommended. DJ Ray O’Reilly will provide the music following dinner and the presentation of awards.




Last summer Buccaneers and Moate Warriors player Patrick Browne volunteered with the ‘Olive Branch For Children’ charity for six weeks in Tanzania. Before he went, Paddy received donations for the charity including some Buccaneers attire such as jerseys and rugby balls donated by the club. He enjoyed his experience, helping in a country that, while stable, has much poverty among its population of 57 million. The Buccs shirts are now being worn with pride by a number of teenage boys in this east African nation, the jerseys having been presented to them on passing their school examinations. Samweli is one of those now wearing Buccs colours with pride just south of the equator.




With this season’s All-Ireland League fixtures now completed, Buccaneers opponents for the coming campaign have now been confirmed. The Pirates will face a number of clubs for the first time in their meetings against Rainey Old Boys and Cashel while there will be a renewal of fixtures against Ballymena, UL Bohemian, Dolphin, Old Crescent, MU Barnhall and Queen’s University (whom the midlanders have played just once in the recent play-off). Nenagh Ormonde, a club that Buccs have played against regularly at various grades, complete the ten team Division 2A. Thus the Pirates will travel to all four provinces including lengthy trips to Cork and Ballymena.




The Annual General Meeting of Buccaneers Rugby Football Club takes place in The Bounty (Lower Deck) on Friday, May 24th at 8 p.m. Nominations/proposals should be forwarded forthwith for attention of the club’s honourary Secretary Michael Cleary.




Deepest sympathy is extended to Eamonn Collins and family on the death of his mother Mary.




Buccaneers RFC church gate collection in aid of underage rugby takes place in Athlone this coming weekend. If you can volunteer at any particular Mass, kindly contact our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711.