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CONNACHT EAGLES PLAY OSPREYS IN ATHLONE ON FRIDAY NIGHT

published:Sep  16   2018

CONNACHT EAGLES take on their OSPREYS counterparts in Round 3 of the Celtic Cup under the Dubarry Park floodlights on Friday night. Kick off for this game at the Athlone stadium, the first home fixture for the Eagles in this new Cup, is 7 p.m.

 

There has been a promising blend of experience and youth in the two Eagles squads fielded to date in their difficult opening assignments away to Munster, which they lost narrowly 24-16, and Dragons, being outpointed there 53-38. Seasoned hooker Tom McCartney has been captaining the side which got a welcome boost last weekend with the return after injury of Ireland international Robin Copeland at No.8. Peter Claffey, who featured impressively for Buccaneers last season, and Joe Maksymiw are the likely second row partnership. The latter has joined from Leicester Tigers and the young lock, despite his surname, is Irish qualified. Buccs prop Conor Kenny and Sligo’s Cillian Gallagher are other possible starters in the pack.

 

Former Ulster player Rory Scholes, who featured for Buccs a couple of times last season, and Galwegians Darragh Leader are two of head coach Mossy Lawlor’s key backs. Here young Pirate Conor McKeon will vie with James Mitchell for the scrumhalf berth with another promising youngster Conor Fitzgerald looking for a third successive start at fly-half although local fans will be keen to have Luke Carty manning this pivotal role. Youth could also get its fling in the centre if Kieran Joyce and Sean O’Brien are paired together.

 

All in all it is an exciting Connacht Eagles squad rich in potential that should provide highly entertaining and swift-flowing rugby in Dubarry Park. Hopefully, many of those who saw Connacht demolish Wasps in Athlone recently will come along again on Friday night when cash will be taken at the turnstiles.

 

FIXTURES

 

BUCCANEERS SECONDS are away to their Galwegians counterparts in the second round of Connacht Junior League 1A fixtures. Please note that this game at Crowley Park, Glenina, takes place on Saturday with a 2.30 p.m. kick off. Meanwhile Buccaneers U-20’s complete their trio of friendlies with a trip to Castle Avenue on Sunday when they face Clontarf ahead of their J.P.Fanagan Leinster League qualifier the following week.

 

MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS

 

Thank you to all who attended last Saturday’s Membership Registration and coffee morning at Dubarry Park. The club is greatly indebted to Geraldine Kenny, Jacqui Leech and their helpers for their endeavours. Membership Subscription rates have not been increased this season and we thank everyone who has already paid. Membership can also be paid on-line on www.buccaneers.ie  New members are always welcome. Meanwhile training for Minis and Youths players is now up and running. Check with the relevant team managers/coaches for your age group or team’s training timetable.

 

JUNIOR CERT DISCO

 

Thank you to all who assisted at and attended last week’s Junior Cert Disco in the Lower Deck. It had a great turnout and was very successful on all fronts. Watch out for another supervised Youth Disco near Halloween.

 

TABLE QUIZ

 

Buccaneers U-17’s are holding a TABLE QUIZ in the Bounty on Thursday next, September 27th. This is the first quiz of the new season and starts at 8.30 p.m. The Girls team are scheduling a TABLE QUIZ for the following Thursday, October 4th also in The Bounty. Four persons per team per table. All support for both quizzes will be most welcome.

 

CONDOLENCES

 

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Tom Donohoe who died last week. His sons Tom Junior, Padraic, Michael and Niall all served the club well over many seasons.