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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-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-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-14's matches w/e 14th October

Buccaneers U-14’s played NUI Galway in the Connacht Development League on Sunday and used the opportunity to play 33 players against an NUIG team that was too strong for development level. However there were some outstanding Buccs performances in the first half with debutant Michael Kilclyne magnificent and a returning Oisin Flynn and Caolin Duffy to the fore. In the second half James Clarke and Leon Cassidy stood up to an NUIG assault and came back to draw the half two tries apiece.

BUCCANEERS:- M.Fallon, M.Connor, Matas, D.Lally, S.Doyle, S.Rohan, C.Hynes, S.Joyce, C.O’Hara, O.Flynn, C.Petrie, C.Sheehan, O.Byrne, P.Dolan, P.Egan, F.Lyons, A.Sheffield, D.Connolly, A.Ward, B.Mulvihill, D.McGrath, D.Murtagh, J.Clarke, O.Dolan, T.McCay, C.Duffy, E.Kane, T.Muldoon, E.Killeen,  M.Kilclyne, T.Daly, A.Stuart-Trainor and L.Cassidy.

Buccaneers U-14’s “yellow” team had a big win against a game Caslebar outfit at home on Saturday in appalling conditions. Buccs started slowly as the game was spoilt by the rain but managed to score twice before the big Castlebar No.6 ran through some woeful attempts at tackles to score under the posts. Suitably stung Buccs reacted well to the half-time regrouping to forge ahead, scoring three times in the last five minutes to give the scoreline the flattering appearance of 38-14.
Con O’Hara was outstanding when the game was in the melting pot and he was ably supported by Conor Sheehan, Niall Tallon, Danny Reid and Fionn Lyons.

U-14’s two games at Galwegians


Both Buccs U-14 teams travelled to Glenina on Saturday to play old rivals Galwegians. The yellow team played first and though missing a few regulars played some superb rugby. Michael Kenny 2 Danny Reid 2 Diego and Sean Doyle were the try scorers with Euan Joyce converting 4.Galwegians scored late try but this was a good all round performance by this developing young squad with defence holding the key.
The black team only scored a single try but, with several debutants, nevertheless put in a promising performance. Patrick Egan, Caolin Duffy and Than were outstanding but tackling was always an issue. Next week this team plays NUIG in a league fixture in Athlone.

U-14 Management Team 2018-19

Shay Rohan (manager), Seamus Lyons, Charlie Couper, Brian Tallon, Paul Sheehan and Martin Joyce.



Keith Farnan, Derek Ryan, Thomas Colgan and Paul Fogarty, Jnr.


John Waters, Niall Daly, Niamh Ni Dhroma, Paul Hamilton.