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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.

U-15's match report w/e 18th November 2018

Buccs U-15’s travelled to Gort on Sunday with a squad of 22 to play this top of the table clash. Buccs started well enough but Gort had a purple patch where they scored a cluster of tries. Buccs replied with a couple of tries from Sean McGrath and one each from Cian daly and Gary O’Shea and a scorcher from Aaron Murray. But overall it was Buccs poor ball retention and indifferent defence that let Gort in for unneccessary scores.

BUCCANEERS:- L.Chapman, J.Coyle, A.Murray, D.Bolger, A.Temple, M.Henry, H.Stuart-Trainor, P.O’loughlan, P.Edmundson, K.Claffey, E.Burke, F.McKiernan, E.McDonnell, R.Byrne, O.Flaherty, V.Meyer, Carlos, C.McLoughlin, C.O’Brien, G.O’Shea and S.McGrath.

U-14 match report w/e 18th November

Buccaneers U-14 squad played NUIG in a friendly at Dubarry Park on Saturday. 

Three 20 minute sections were played with referee Brian Tallon keeping both sides in check. Buccs made many changes rotating their whole squad throughout the games, with those not playing training with coach Seamus Lyons. The match was close in scoring but the Buccs squad would have gleaned most from this encounter where so many played well. Buccs play Sligo and Connemara next weekend.

BUCCANEERS:- A.Ward, M.Fallon, S.Doyle, S.Joyce, S.Rohan, L.Cassidy, P.Egan, P.Dolan, M.Tallon, C.O’Hara, D.Connolly, D.Reid, D.Murtagh, Diego, D.McGrath, O.Flynn, O.Byrne, B.Mulvihill, C.Reid, J.Duffy, Matas, F.Lyons, M.Kilclyne, C.Hynes, E.Killeen, E.Kane and T.Daly.

U-14's match report 20/10/2018

Buccaneers U-14’s played Ampleforth College, Alma Mater of two former greats Lawrence Dallaglio and Billy McMickan who kindly agreed to referee what proved to be an intense battle. Buccs were caught on the hop when watching their bigger/older opponents go in for a couple of easy scores but came back into the game and with four minutes to go were just 15-12 down. There followed a period of intense pressure on the visitors’ line and Buccs declined several penalties but eventually worked an overlap in the corner and were unlucky not to be given the score. This was a high quality encounter and, if Buccs can defend as a tackling unit and lower their body height in the rucks, this squad can go a long way. Best for Buccs were Patrick Egan and Cormac Petrie in the forwards and Michael Kenny and Fionn Lyons in the backs.

BUCCANEERS:- L Cassidy, C O’Hara, S Doyle, CPetrie, C Sheehan, O Flynn, P Dolan, N Tallon, F Lyons, E Joyce, A Stuart-Trainor, D Reid, J Clarke, B Mulvihill, Diego Matas, P Egan, D Murtagh, N Heavey and M Kenny.


U-15's match report 20/10/2018

Buccaneers U-15’s travelled to Glenina on Saturday for a Connacht League game against last year’s champions Galwegians. Buccs were on top for most of the game but, as is the norm for these lads, gave away a couple of soft scores. However this time Buccs showed a lot of resilience to come back and win by 22-14.Tries for Buccs were scored by Charlie Byrne, Alban, Sean McGrath and the returning Adam Farnon, one of which was converted by Luca Giles .An outstanding performance by the whole team which bodes well for the future.

BUCCANEERS:- A Murray, O Dolan, A Farnon, V  Meyer, L Giles, C O’Brien, Alban, C Byrne, F McKiernan, P O’Loughlin, B Foxe, S McGrath, P Edmundson, Carlos, C McLoughlin, T McKiernan, G O’Shea, H Stuart-Trainor and E Burke.

U-15's match report 14th October 2018

Buccaneers U-15’s came out on top of their Connacht Development League match with Corrib by double scores 42-21 on Saturday. Buccs played some super rugby with Aaron Murray playing his best ever game and Tadhg McKiernan putting in a good stint. In an improving backs division half backs Frank McKiernan and Paidi O’Laughlin steered the ship with Sean McGrath running in the scores. This is an improving team beginning to reap the benefits of serious training.

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