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Buccaneers 7 Sligo 10

Buccs U-13’s were pipped 10-7 by Sligo in their Connacht Cup final last Sunday. This evenly contested affair ended in controversy with a seemingly perfect Buccs try in the final move of the contest not being allowed.

U-17's Cup final v Ballinasloe at Dubarry Park on Sunday week

Buccaneers U-17’s Connacht Cup final against Ballinasloe was deferred last week and this derby decider now goes ahead at Dubarry Park on Sunday week, April 28th. Kick off for this game is 1 p.m.


Buccaneers U-14’s obliged their neighbours Midland Warriors with a challenge game at the Carmelite ground in Moate on Sunday. Played in ideal conditions the Buccs team played at a high tempo which the hosts weren’t able to match save for a five minute burst in each half. A decent half back combination of Donnacha Connolly and Finn Duffy kept the game flowing and Diarmuid Murtagh made a good impression when introduced. But it was Sonny Drummond who was outstanding while Matthew Fallon and Fionn Lyons shone up front with captain Peadar Dolan leading the way. This was a good workout for the ‘black’ team before their upcoming tour to Wales.


BUCCANEERS:- M.Connors, R.Kelly, M.Jurginas, F.Lyons, M.Fallon, P.Dolan, P.Egan, S.Rohan, D.Connolly, F.Duffy, S.Drummond, C.Mandall, L.Cassidy, M.Kenny, E.Killeen and D.Murtagh.


Buccaneers U-18’s secured their place in the Connacht final with a fine workmanlike victory over a hardworking Corrib team in Headford on Sunday. Buccs played into a very strong breeze in the first half but, in spite of this, were unfortunate to only be in front 12-9 at half time with two fine team tries by Connacht lock Martin Fallon and winger Killian O'Sullivan and one conversion from outhalf Michael Byrne. The Corrib outhalf scored three penalties from distance with the aid of the strong breeze to keep them very much in contention.

Buccs had the elements in the second half but their mettle was tested when the Corrib standoff converted another penalty ten minutes into the half to level the scores. Sensing victory Corrib tried to push on but the Buccs defence was rock solid and three tries in the last 15 minutes, two from Byrne and one from Connacht and Ireland underage star Darragh Murray (two converted by Byrne) sealed a 31-12 win.


Victory was celebrated with a fine rendition of the “Brothers Malone” and the lads now square up for a final against Ballinasloe in the Sportsground, Galway, on Sunday next, kick off 4 p.m.


BUCCANEERS:- E.Connolly, E.Gallagher, L.Laoshvili; M.Tallon, M.Fallon; C.O'Grady, J.Scouler, D.Murray; L.MacFarlane, M.Byrne; C.Digan, J.Why, H.Balsiger, K.O'Sullivan; J.Nagle. Replacements:-T.Devery, Z.Kenny, K.Connolly, L.Doyle, R.Muldoon, J.Martin, H.Stewart, A.Kenny and C.Colgan.



Buccaneers U-18.5’s had a convincing 30-8 win against Galwegians in the quarter-final of the Connacht Cup on Sunday in Dubarry Park. Two first half tries by Connacht U-18 scrumhalf Leo MacFarlane, both converted from difficult angles by outhalf Michael Byrne, plus a penalty by Byrne gave Buccs a 17-3 halftime lead. Buccs conceded an unconverted try ten minutes into the second half. But another Byrne penalty followed by two brilliant team tries, finished by Liam Doyle and Harry Balsiger, ensured the young Pirates advanced comfortably.

U-14's win in Mullingar

Buccaneers U-14 ‘yellow’ team travelled to play Mullingar in preparation for their forthcoming cup game v Sligo. A fine entertaining match ensued with all players getting at least 25 match minutes to stake their claim for a cup starting spot. Buccs played some entertaining rugby from start to finish and did well to stay disciplined as the temperature heated up.
Sean Doyle, Cormac Petrie and Patrick Egan were always to the fore in the pack with Euan Joyce, Danny Reid, Fionn Lyons and Leon Cassidy (2 tries) excelling in the backs. Niall Tallon, Danny Reid and Lesin Gossy also scored in a 36-19 win for Buccs.
BUCCANEERS:- C.O’Hara, S.Doyle, S.Rohan, M.Jurginas, P.Brazil, C.Petrie, M.Kilclyne, C.Sheehan, P.Dolan, P.Egan, J.Clarke, N.Tallon, F.Lyons, E.Joyce, B.Mulvihill, O.Dolan, N.Heavey, L.Cassidy, T.McCay, B.Mulvihill, M.Kenny, L.Gossy and D.Murtagh.

Buccs U-15's defeat Corrib in Cup

Buccaneers U-15s who reached the League final recently recorded a big win in the Cup with a home victory against a resilient Corrib outfit .Although the first half was a scrappy affair Buccs were ahead at the break despite conceding an intercept try and a breakaway score. This was due to No.8 Charlie Byrne who led from the front and finished up with a hat trick of tries in a rumbustious display.
In the second half Buccs pulled away with a nice try by Pierce Edmundson as he sliced through as well as a try from powerhouse winger Bobby Foxe with Gary O’Shea also sidestepping across the line before the finish.
Buccs will need to step up on their first half performance to progress further in the competition but best on the day were Vinny Meyer and Shaun McGrath.
BUCCANEERS:- J.Coyle, O.Dolan, D.Bolger, V.Meyer, L.Giles, A.Murray, A.Cepi, C..Byrne, F.McKiernan, P.O’Lochlann, B.Foxe, P.Edmundson, S.McGrath, C.Daly, C.McLaughlin, H.Stuart-Trainor, L.Chapman, O.Donoghue, T.McKiernan, R.Byrne, M.Henry and G.O’Shea.


Buccaneers U-15B team played Loughrea in a friendly match on Sunday in Loughrea and came out with a 50-41 win. Buccs management will not be pleased after a 35-7 half-time score line was frittered away in the second half with complacent interior defence. However Buccs looked dangerous every time they attacked. Best were debutant Oisin O’Donoghue, Tadhg McKiernan and Josh Coyle in the pack and captain Harry Stuart-Trainor, Cian Ddaly and Frank McKiernan in the backs.

Buccaneers play Corrib at home in the Connacht Cup next weekend. 

BUCCANEERS:- T.mcKiernan, J.Coyle, L.Chapman, O.O’Donghue. G.O’Shea, A.Cepi, V.Meyer, A.Murray, P.O’Lochlain, C.O’Brien, F.McKiernan, S.McGrath, H.Stuart-Trainor, C.Daly, B.Foxe and C.McLoughlin.

BUCCS U-14's to play Sligo in Cup

Buccaneers U-14’s had two teams entered into the Connacht U-14 Cup and the Buccs Blacks and Buccs Yellows played each other on Saturday at Dubarry Park in the first round. The 30 starting players along with 10 subs were locked in close combat for an hour under the watchful eye of referee Brian Tallon and no quarter was asked or given in a very even encounter.

Outstanding on the day were Danny Reid, Donnacha Connolly and Tom Muldoon in the backs and Pauric Brazil, James Clarke and Fionn Lyons in the forwards. The quality of rugby played by both sides augurs well for the remainder of the season. The club is going to benefit hugely as this talented and improving group advance through the age grades. The winners face Sligo in the next round.

BUCCANEERS:- S.Doyle, P.Brazil, S.Rohan, D.Lally, A.Ward, M.Connors, C.O’Hara, S.Buckley, C.Petrie, O.Flynn, M.Jurginas, P.Egan, P.Dolan, J.Clarke, N.Tallon, M.Kilclyne, F.Lyons, O.Byrne, D.Connolly, E.Joyce, B.Mulvihill, F.Duffy, S.McCarthy, L.Cassidy, A.Sheffield, T.Muldoon, D.Reid, J.Duffy, S.Drummond, M.Kenny, O.Dolan, E.Killeen, D.McGrath, C.Mandall, C.Reid, D.Murtagh, C.Hynes and L.Gossy.

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.

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