MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS DUE THIS WEEKEND | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Oct  26   2015

Membership Subscriptions are due to be paid in full by this Saturday, October 31st.

In line with club policy, no player or official will be allowed play or represent the club after that date if their membership subscription is not paid. Accordingly, the club urges those who have not yet paid their membership subscription, be it player, family or other type, to please do so this week. Players in particular are asked to pay their Subs as your team may not be able to field if there are not a sufficient numbers of players on a squad who are paid up. The club will, of course, treat "hardship cases" in an understanding and private manner. Membership Form is available on the club’s website or payment can be made via relevant team coach or manager. Payment can also be made directly to our Administrator during office hours (Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the club. 


Buccaneers next home game pits the midlanders against leaders Ballymena on Saturday, November 7th. This eagerly anticipated match is now changed to a floodlit game with a 7.30 p.m. kick off. Consequently, there will be a pre-match function with 3-course dinner plus wine, complimentary match programme and free admission to the big game. Cost is only €30 per person and groups or individuals can be catered for. Contact Geraldine 0861732711 or Pat Hynes 0876883833 to book.   


Tickets for the ‘Your Club, Your Country’ Grand Draw must be returned this weekend to ensure that they are forwarded in good time to the IRFU for the draw, which has a super array of rugby-orientated prizes included the Star Prize of a trip for two persons on Ireland’s tour to South Africa in June next year. Tickets cost only €10 each and your generous support is sought for this draw. 



Next Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final pits the two best teams in the competition in opposition, Australia v New Zealand. The Wallabies have looked very exciting and efficient at times, and Michael Chieka has done a fantastic job in such a short space of time. Meanwhile, the All Blacks are bidding to become the first nation to retain the trophy and, to do so, they will have to win it on foreign soil for the first time also. Both teams came through testing and hard-hitting semi-final encounters with Beauden Barrett’s try proving decisive for the Kiwis. Injuries (or possibly a citing?) could make a major dent to both countries’ aspirations. Here’s hoping for a cracking encounter and, although I thought prior to the RWC that Australia would win, the All Blacks may just have enough in reserve to prevail and retain their crown.