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U-15's report w/e 20th January 2019



Buccaneers U-15s played their final league game in Ballinasloe on Sunday and came away with a fine win for the first time against this opposition. Buccs started at a hundred miles an hour and scored an excellent try through Caleb McLaughlin in the corner. After this, although creating a lot of chances, Buccs fell foul of the referee at ruck time. Ballinasloe came back and a couple of missed tackles let them in for a couple of scores but these Buccs boys are a resilient lot and Charlie Byrne went over from short range with Luca Giles converting to level the scores. Harry Stuart-Trainor scored the try of the match when finishing a field length move in the corner which Giles again converted. He kicked a simple penalty to put Buccs two scores ahead before the predatory Sean McGrath intercepted and ran 70 metres to score under the posts. 29 -12 was a fair reflection on the game for a Buccs outfit who go on to play Creggs in the semi-final. Best for Buccs were Aaron Murray, Josh Coyle and Gary O’Shea in the forwards and Pierce Edmundson, Kevin Claffey and Bobby Foxe in the backs.
BUCCANEERS:- D Bolger, J.Coyle, A.Murray, V.Meyer, L.Giles, T.McKiernan, G.O’Shea, A.Cepi, R.Byrne, E.Murphy, F.McKiernan, P.O’Lochan, O.Dolan, K.Claffey, C.McLaughlin, B.Foxe, S.McGrath, P.Edmundson, H.Stuart-Trainor and C.Byrne.

U-14's reports w/e 20th January 2019



Buccaneers U-14 ‘yellow’ team finished a very successful league campaign with a 22-0 win in Ballina on Saturday. A very tight first half was heading to a scoreless break when some fine play resulted in No.8 Niall Tallon crashing over for a try. In the second half the Buccs half backs Fionn Lyons and Euan Joyce controlled proceedings on the back of a dominant pack with some snipes and kicks that kept the team going forward. Captain Oisin Flynn was an inspiring leader in a pack in which James Clarke and Patrick Egan were outstanding. Danny Reid at fullback had a super game with great catching and counter attacking and he was ably supported by the try scoring Leon Cassidy and playmaker Brian Mulvihill. Lyons scored the last try when he sheared through the Mayo defence to score under the posts.
BUCCANEERS:- C.Sheehan, S.Rohan, S.Doyle, C.Petrie, O.Flynn, P.Egan, J.Clarke, N.Tallon, C.O’Hara, M.Kilclyne, T.McCay, P.Dolan, M.Jurginas, F.Lyons, E.Joyce, M.Kenny, B.Mulvihill, L.Cassidy, L.Gossy and D.Reid




Buccaneers U-14 ‘black’ team played Gort in their last league fixture on Sunday in Dubarry Park and were unfortunate not to come away with a win as Gort scored a try in the last minutes of the game to win 12-10. A smashing try by Pauric Brazil as he barged over the line and a try by flying winger Conor Reid after some fine Buccs handling by the backs were all Buccs had to show for a match where they dominated possession. Half backs Donnacha Connolly and Diarmuid Murtagh were leading Buccs around the pitch with full back Than McCay to the fore in the backs .Brazil had a fine game up front along with Peadar Dolan and Finn Duffy.
BUCCANEERS:- C Hynes, D.Lally, S.Joyce, P.Brazil, O.Byrne, A.Ward, J.Clarke, C.O’Hara, C.Petrie, J.Duffy, M.Connor, O.Dolan, T.McCay, E.Kane, S.Joyce, C.Reid, S.McCarthy, C.Mandall, E.Killeen, P.Dolan, F.Duffy, D.Connolly and D.Murtagh.



Buccaneers U-14 ‘black’ team continued their Connacht league campaign in Athlone against a Connemara side whom they beat earlier in the year. Buccs have a large squad and managed to get 28 of them onto the pitch. A huge improvement has been evident in these players throughout the season. However a poor start was once again responsible for a defeat as Buccs conceded two tries in the first 15 minutes and another breakaway just on the stroke of half time. A rejuvenated team came out in  the second half with all guns blazing  but could only score once to eventually go down 20 -5.
BUCCANEERS:- A.Ward, C.O’Hara, M.Connors, C.Hynes, D.Lally, M.Jurginas, N.Tallon, M.Fallon, M.Kilclyne, F.Lyons, P.Egan, C.Sheehan, J.Duffy, E.Killeen, N.Heavey, B.Mulvihill, L.Cassidy, M.Kenny, S.Drummond, T.McCay, F.Duffy, C.Reid, D.Reid, O.Dolan, S.McCarthy, D.McGrath, C.Ozkay, C.Mandal and P.Brazil.


Buccaneers U-15’s moved a step closer to qualifying for the Connacht league semi-finals with a 38-14 victory over an Oughterard side who were just below them on the league. After last week’s victory in Sligo Buccs started lackadaisically and, unfortunately, continued in that vein until half time when some handling practice brought about a huge change in their play after the break.

Realising it was just a question of holding onto the ball Buccs scored at will for the remainder of the match against a poor away side. Best in a below par performance were Sean McGrath and Cian Daly. McGrath (2 tries), Giles (try & 4 cons), Byrne (try) and Foxe (try) were the Athlone team’s scorers. However, Manager Frank McKiernan felt that despite getting the points this performance would not be good enough for further progression.
BUCCANEERS:- D.Bolger, J.Coyle, A.Murray, G.O’Shea, R.Byrne, V.Meyer, l.Giles, M.Henry, C.Byrne, A.Cepi, F.McKiernan, O.Dolan, P.Edmundson, S.McGrath, C.Daly,

B.Foxe, C.McLaughlin, H.Stuart-Trainor, E.Burke, O.Flaherty, K.Claffey and P.O’Lohan.

U-14’s match reports W/E 5th January, 2019

The U-14 black team travelled to Corrib on Sunday hoping to avenge a 30 point loss pre Xmas. Buccs were unable to clear their lines at the start and paid the price before a Leon Cassidy break away yielded a 7 pointer but more dilly dallying in their own 22 let the home side in for a couple of soft tries.
A long clearance kick by Danny Reid resulted in another Buccs try. A half time  chat was enough to bring Buccs alive in the second half and eleven changes were soon made as a revitalized Buccs edged closer to the home team. The returning Kearney and Drummond livened up proceedings as did debutant Fionn Lyons.
At 31-26 Buccs superb defence almost led to a breakaway score that would have sealed the deal for the away team but alas Buccs had to settle for that scoreline. Buccs fielded 27 players which is testament to the huge interest of this age group which has nigh on 50 active players and growing all the time.
M.Connor, D.Lally, S.Rohan, M.Fallon, C.h,Hynes, A.Ward, Cebal, J.Clarke, O.Flynn, O.Byrne, F.Lyons, D.Connolly, D.Murtagh, O.Dolan, F.Duffy, T.McCabe, S.O’Flaherty, E.Killeen, S.Drummond, l.Cassidy, M.Kenny, D.Reid, C.Reid and G.Kearney.

Buccaneers U-14 yellow team travelled to Castlebar to play their return league fixture on Saturday. A sluggish start from the away side let the home team settle but Buccs looked dangerous when they put the ball out wide and when James Clarke put Lestin Gossy away with a cute little pass it was curtains for the ‘Bar defense as he went in under the sticks. But this was not the start of a scoring spree as sloppy passing cost Buccs numerous scoring opportunities and half time came and went but the home team came back after slack tackling to score an unconverted try.
The Buccs team were fortunate that Sean Doyle and Michael Kilclyne got back for try saving tackles and after some nice continuity Niall Tallon got a crucial score. Kilclyne made the next score with a fine kick for Tallon with Gossy being put away for his second soon after. Euan Joyce converted 3 of the 4 tries to leave the score at Buccs 26 Castlebar 5.
A poor performance which was made tricky by a penalty count of 18 to 5 against.

C.O’Hara, S.Rohan, S.Doyle, C.Petrie, O.Flynn, p.Egan, J.Clarke, N.Tallon, F.Lyons, E.Joyce, E.Killeen, L.Cassidy, B.Mulvihill, L.Gossy, O.Dolan, C.Sheehan, P.Dolan and M.Kilclyne. 


U-17’s in the hunt

BUCCANEERS are involved in a terrific three way chase at the top of the Connacht U-17 League which is currently narrowly led by Ballinasloe. These young Buccs put in a stunning finish, scoring two late tries, to overcome Corinthians last weekend. They will be buoyed by that splendid win when they take on second placed Galwegians in a ‘high noon’ showdown at Dubarry Park on Sunday. Kick off is 12 p.m.

U-14’s double

Buccaneers U-14’s had two games last weekend. The ‘yellow’ team played Galwegians at home on Saturday and the ‘black’ team travelled to Loughrea on Sunday. The return game against the galway boys was a much improved performance after a poor game against Sligo. Buccs were on top from first to last and scored some fine tries in the wintry conditions but were able to convert only one of the six scores. A much better performance from the pack led to a constant stream of possession for half backs Lyons and Joyce who kept Cassidy and Reid probing for gaps in the western wall. In the pack Sheehan and Tallon were to the fore in a 32-0 scoreline.

Conditions were better for the trip to Loughrea. Buccs lost in the home tie against the same opponents and struggled to put away a heavier Loughrea pack but eventually opened the door with some good handling and running. Great to see this talented bunch play some entertaining rugby .Buccs defence was pretty solid as the Loughrea juggernaut kept pounding away and they managed to keep the home side scoreless .The final score was 25-0 with none of the five tries being converted. Best of the Buccs were Dolan, Connolly, McCarthy, Muldoon and Fallon.

Well done to all the coaches, managers and parents for helping to make the weekend enjoyable and successful. Attendance at training is required from all as again we have two games next weekend.

U-15's inflict rare defeat on Corinthians

Buccaneers U-15’s played Corinthians in an epic encounter despite the second half rain at Dubarry Park on Sunday. Corinthians came with a three year undefeated record and after a promising Buccs start it was the visitors who scored first. Buccs now began to realize that go forward was the order of the day and earning the right to go wide was paramount. Sean McGrath, our very own try scoring machine, got in for his first after super combinations between backs and forwards.

In the second half Buccs out-half Paidi O’Lochlann gave a virtuoso performance, nailing last year’s champions into the corners and orchestrating his pack as they pummelled the opposition into the ground....none more so than Alban Cepi and Pierce Edmundson. McGrath finished off another move and Giles got an important penalty before Corinthians scored a 7 pointer with 2 minutes to go. But this talented Buccs squad prevailed to record a brilliant and deserved victory.

BUCCANEERS:- A.Murray, O.Dolan, D.Bolger, V.Meyer, L.Giles, R.Byrne, G.O’Shea, C. Byrne, F.McKiernan, P.O’Lochlann, C.Daly, S.McGrath, P.Edmundson, C.Albert, C.McLaughlin, J.Coyle, A.Cepi, O.Flaherty, H.Stuart-Trainor and K.Claffey

U-14 "blacks" defeat Connemara Blacks!

Buccaneers U-14’s “black” team travelled with a strong squad of 22 players to the picturesque town of Clifden to play the Connemara Blacks on Saturday. Buccs were soon under the pump but the local side were thwarted by new centre pairing Leon Cassidy and Tom Muldoon who chopped down any promising attacks. Michael Kilcline and Lestin Gossy made some great runs whenever Buccs spread the ball and Oisin Dolan had a sound game at full back. Despite shipping a few minor injuries Buccs produced two quality tries from Cassidy and James Clarke who did a good impersonation of Josh van der Flier. A great away win for this hard working squad who all stepped up to the plate in a fine performance.

BUCCANEERS:- S.Joyce, C.O’Hara, M.Connors, M.Kilclyne, M.Jurginas, D.Lally, J.Clarke, P.Egan, E.Killeen, F.Lyons, J Duffy, L Cassidy, T.Muldoon, L.Gossy, O.Dolan, O.Byrne, A.Ward, S.Doyle, T.Daly, C.Reid, C.Hynes and E.Kane.

U-14’s lose at Sligo

Buccaneers U-14’s travelled to Sligo to play on their immaculate new pitch. The Buccs team have improved since the sides met earlier on in the season but went behind to a try from close in. However Buccs responded and had several near misses before Brian Mulvihill scored and Euan Joyce expertly converted to leave the scores at 7-7at the break. Following the change of ends, Buccs were putting early pressure on when the ball squirted out of the scrum and Sligo hacked on 60 metres to score. The score knocked the stuffing out of the away side who conceded again before the finish. Buccs scrum and lineout crumbled against a bigger pack in the second half and their collision work wasn’t good enough but the back line looked sharper in attack.

BUCCANEERS:- L.Cassidy, S.Rohan, S.Doyle, C.Petrie, C.Sheehan, P.Egan, P.Dolan, O.Flynn, F.Lyons, E.Joyce, M.Kenny, J.Clarke, D.Reid, B.Mulvihill, D.Jover, M.Jurginas, C.O’Hara and L.Gossy.

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