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Three crunch fixtures for Buccs teams

published:Dec  03   2018



BUCCANEERS face a pair of pre-Christmas crunch All-Ireland League fixtures with clashes against Old Belvedere (away) and Ballymena (home) before the AIL takes its festive break. First up is a trip to Anglesea Road for a joust with Old Belvedere who sport a couple of ex-Buccs Ben Carty and Daniel Riordan in their backline coached by Steve Crosbie. Crosbie’s duel with fellow Connacht rookie Luke Carty (younger brother of Ben) should add spice to this match!


Old Belvedere’s defeat away to Ballymena (the Braidmens first win of the season) last Saturday along with Buccs win over City of Armagh means that the Dubliners slip below the Pirates in the league table. Both clubs will be targeting this encounter as a “must win” battle and, consequently, fireworks could be anticipated. The metropolitans pack’s foundation lies with a Limerick front row trio of James Bollard, Ed Rossiter and Declan Lavery while Jack Kelly is an exciting second rower. Another Jack, winger Keating, is a try-scoring threat on the wing.


Buccs have been improving in recent outings, albeit results have not always gone their way. Their side is more settled and getting physically stronger. Peter Claffey is hoping to be fit for this trip to the capital where his dynamism could be invaluable. With matches coming thick and fast, Niall Farrelly is gradually finding his feet at this level and Rory Moloney’s abrasiveness is proving a constant thorn for opponents. Eoin Griffin has added steel to the backline where Luke Carty can contribute more by doing less! The richly promising fly-half has a tendency to try to get the last centimetre out of every kick, but perhaps should curb his youthful desire in this regard and simply find safer touches. His flourishing partnership with another youngster Colm Reilly could be highly influential to Saturday’s outcome. If Buccaneers continue to work ceaselessly but are more clinical, they can forge a crucial victory.


Other Fixtures


Buccaneers U-20’s and J1’s are both in action against their Galwegians counterparts on Sunday. The U-20’s will be bidding to maintain their second place in the J.P.Fanagan Leinster Premier League 2 when they square up to Wegians at Crowley Park where the action kicks off at 2 p.m. This will be a tough test for the midlanders but they are on the back of a good run even if not playing to their full potential. They prevailed narrowly over the light blues earlier in the season in a game that ebbed and flowed. Sunday’s joust is likely to be as finely balanced but the Athlone side can edge the decision.


The J1’s are home to Galwegians in a Connacht Junior 1A League game that gets under way at 2.30 p.m. in Dubarry Park. Victory could see the Shannonsiders climb into the top four but, as in battles with their old foes, a tight encounter is in prospect. If this Buccs outfit work to their collective strengths, then home advantage could be decisive.


Best of luck


Best of luck to Marist College, Athlone, who square up to old rivals Garbally College in the final of the Top Oil Connacht Senior A League final under floodlights at The Green, Creggs, on Wednesday night. Kick off is 6.30 p.m. Good luck too to Athlone Community College who play Clarin College, Athenry, in the Junior Emerging League final on Wednesday afternoon. This game kicks off in Ballyhaunis at 11.15 a.m.


Conroy try wins Dubai trophy


A last move touchdown by Buccaneers flyer Jordan Conroy, his second try of the match, earned Ireland Sevens a thrilling 28-21 win over South Africa in the final of the Dubai International Invitational Trophy on Sunday.


‘OsKaRs’ countdown


Cameras! Lights! Action! Casting for Buccaneers forthcoming “A Night at the OsKaRs” takes place in The Bounty on this Wednesday night, December 5th from 7.15 p.m. So if you wish to star in a film or merely be an extra or even produce a movie, now is your opportunity. So why not come along on Wednesday or give Ronan Bushell a call at 0866005816. All interested persons will be most welcome. No prior acting experience is necessary so why not give it a go!


Pre-match v Ballymena


Buccaneers final home AIL game of the year heralds the visit of Ballymena on Saturday week, December 15th. There will be the traditional Christmas pre-match fare for this match. Cost is only €30 per head for meal with complimentary wine plus free admission to the stand. Bookings are now being taken for this seasonal get-together which can cater for groups and/or individuals. Contact our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711 to book.


Thank you


“Thank You” to all the strands of the club from adult to minis who supported the ‘Your Club, Your Country’ Grand Draw. The efforts of our U-20’s and Firsts players is greatly and gratefully noted.




Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Jim O’Connor who died recently.