CHAMPIONS BUCCS AWAY TO CORINTHIANS | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Sep  10   2018

Buccaneers complete their Connacht Senior League campaign next Saturday when they play Corinthians at Corinthian Park, Galway, kick off 2.30 p.m. The Athlone club is already assured of retaining the title but Corinthians have a Senior Cup semi-final berth in their grasp so have much to play for.


They suffered a hefty opening round 35-18 defeat to city rivals Galwegians but have since bounced back with a 22-10 home win over Ballina and then surprised Sligo 16-15 at Strandhill last Saturday They are now level on points with Sligo, who have a marginally superior scoring difference but who have also completed their league fixtures. Corinthians will be keen to finish in second place in the league table and also avoid any slip up should Galwegians or Ballina (who meet in the other remaining league game) overhaul them. As things stand presently, Corinthians and Sligo are in line to contest the Connacht Senior Cup semi-final so this is a prospect that Corinthians will wish to secure on Saturday.  


Consequently, Buccs will not find Corinthians accommodating hosts on the playing pitch come Saturday. With starting places in the All-Ireland League up for grabs on both teams, a competitive contest is in prospect. The Pirates will surely be much changed in personnel from last weekend’s exciting win over Galwegians but their workrate and attitude must be repeated from that encounter.


Seconds season kicks off


BUCCANEERS SECONDS commence their Connacht Junior League campaign at home to Sligo on Sunday. Kick off for this Division 1A match is 2.30 p.m. at Dubarry Park. New Seconds coach Michael Harding has been working solidly on this squad, many of whom have already got a taste of action with the Senior side. Sligo’s Reserves have a couple of games under their belt too so a lively affair could unfold in Athlone.


Buccaneers U-20’s, who had a good workout against Coolmine in their opening fixture, travel to Naas for another friendly on Sunday as they build up their preparations for the Leinster League qualifiers.


Connacht Eagles play Ospreys in Athlone on Friday week.


Connacht Eagles will play their Ospreys counterparts in the new Celtic League at Dubarry Park on Friday week, September 21st. This floodlit encounter will kick off in Athlone at 7 p.m. Cash will be taken at the turnstiles for this game which should feature a host of upcoming Buccaneers players.


Membership Registration on Saturday


Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Membership Registration and Coffee Morning takes place in the Lower Deck at Dubarry Park on Saturday morning next. ‘Early birds’ are welcome to come along from 10 a.m. and Registration will continue until 1 p.m. Anyone who brings along some home baking, scones or cakes, will be especially welcome! So pop in and enjoy a cuppa!. Membership can also be paid online at


Junior Cert Disco


Junior Cert celebration Disco takes place in the Lower Deck at The Bounty on this Wednesday night. This supervised Disco is organised by Buccaneers RFC and the Athlone Drugs Awareness Group with the support of Athlone Gardai. Music by DJ Paul will be from 9 p.m. til midnight. Admission is strictly by ticket only. Tickets €10 each can be purchased at local schools on Wednesday.




Deepest sympathy is extended to Sean Dempsey and family on the death of his grandfather Owen Connaughton.