SPRINGBUCCS RETAIN TAG TITLE | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Jul  24   2017


SPRINGBUCCS retained the top title at Buccaneers Summer Tag League when the finals were played at Dubarry Park on Friday night last. Although it was an unseasonably cool evening, conditions thankfully remained dry for the concluding round of this event which was run this season as part of the Volkswagen IRFU Tag League.


Springbuccs got a walkover in the Championship Cup as, unfortunately, their opponents Hanley’s Heroes were unable to field. But backboned by the Byrne brothers, Gerard Fallon, Rory Grenham and Harry Hughes, Springbuccs looked the strongest outfit over the duration of the tournament with scores by Christine Mannion and Dearbhaile West helping their cause throughout.


Tag Rugbaes overcame Karma All Sorts 26-20 in a cracking Plate final with Antoinette Kemmy, Aileen Hayes and the free-scoring Alice key to their success. In the Bowl decider, Couper’s Troopers had too much guile and enterprise for Run & Dodge. Tristan Couper and Bobby Pears led the way here but the Alkermes representatives, participating for the first time, can hold their heads high despite going down 29-13.  


In the Conference Cup, PPD Inglorious Passers proved too slick for Average Joe on a 30-16 margin while Craic’N’Tag edged out The Bounty Boozers 21-17. In the Conference Plate, Must Tag Sally had the narrowest win of the night, pipping Tic Tag by a single point 15-14 while a more experienced Octotaggers proved too strong for Ru Paul O’Connell’s Tag Race by 30-15.


The presentation of the various awards followed a free BBQ, sponsored by The Bounty, and Buccaneers President Tom Meagher thanked all who participated. Speaking to the large attendance, he was particularly grateful to tournament director Billy McMickan “who put in a Trojan effort” ably assisted by David Keane from the IRFU. He especially thanked all who had refereed over the summer and he was grateful to all at The Bounty for their efforts. “Buccaneers is a family and community club”, he added, “and with the Senior team playing in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League a very important season lies ahead”. On behalf of the IRFU, David Keane was “thrilled with the partnership in this first season of the Volkswagen Tag League at Buccaneers. Dubarry Park is an amazing facility” and he anticipates that “this competition will grow bigger and better in the years ahead”. He thanked all the volunteers who had helped run the event.


Apart from the various team winners named above, there were three other special awards. Couper’s Troopers were clear winners of the ‘Fancy Dress Award’ while The Bounty Boozers took the honours in a new category, ‘The Spirit of Tag’. Chara Schultz showed that she has more strings to her bow than ‘Strictly Scrum Dancing’ when she was named as ‘The Most Improved Player’ of the tournament. Congratulations to all the winners and here’s hoping to see you all again next summer. DJ Padraig Nally then got the party going in earnest into the wee hours!





Training for all adult players commenced last week and continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays under coaching duo Darin Claasen and Mike McCarthy. All players from Firsts, Seconds and U-20’s should be ready on the paddock by 7 p.m. Training for the Womens squad commences on Wednesday, August 2nd at 7 p.m. and ‘newbies’ are welcome there too.




CONOR GALVIN has been appointed Coaching Development Officer for clubs in east Connacht. Conor has held a number of roles with the province over the past seven years and is particularly well known and regarded at Buccaneers where he has coached and played. We wish him every success in his new role, which he takes over from the peerless CHARLIE COUPER who has devoted a lifetime of dedicated service to rugby. Charlie played for many seasons in Athlone’s back row appearing in five Connacht Senior Cup finals, finally getting his hands on the Cup in 1990. He was also a member of the club’s Connacht Junior League winning team ten seasons earlier. He then gave a long and committed service to Connacht in various coaching roles. Charlie has made a significant contribution to the club and he is wished all the best on his official retirement but, no doubt, he will continue to be deeply involved especially at Buccs. It was particularly fitting that before he retired one of his protégés Robbie Henshaw became the first Athlonian to be selected on the British & Irish Lions squad.




YOUTH TAG RUGBY continues on Wednesday evenings for six weeks at Dubarry Park. Starting time is 7 p.m. nightly. This “Give It A Try” programme is an IRFU initiative in the run up to the Womens Rugby World Cup which takes place in Dublin next month. Contact Mele Kiripati at 0838452563 for further information if you wish to participate.