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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.


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-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-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-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.

U-15 Management Team 2018-19

Francis McKiernan (manager), Adam Daly, Chris Neville and Nigel So.


John Waters, Niall Daly and Damien Shine.

U-15s edge out Ballinasloe



An epic rugby match was witnessed last Sunday involving two hugely committed teams serving up an immense battle of intense, highly skilled rugby which enthralled everyone who was lucky enough to be there. No, it wasn't in the Millenium Stadium, it was in the slightly less auspicious venue of Moher Road, Ballinasloe where Ballinasloe and Buccaneers clashed in the Connacht Under 15 league. 

Matches between these two clubs at all levels are always fiercely contested, particularly due to the their former amalgamation for a period between the mid 90s and mid 2000s. This game was no different and both teams served up an exhibition of committed and skilled rugby which ended up with a narrow 5-7 win for the visiting Pirates. 

The first 15 minutes was a ding dong battle largely played between both 22 metre lines with both defences coping well with whatever their opponents threw at them. As the half wore on, the well drilled Ballinasloe team got the upper hand and following a sustained period of pressure near the Buccs line their speedy backline spotted a mismatch on the blindside of a ruck 10 metres out and cleverly switched the play to go over for a try eight metres from the corner flag. The Ballinasloe place-kicker narrowly missed the conversion which would later prove to be crucial. 

Buccaneers managed to get to half time with no further breaches and used the time well to re-group. Ten minutes into the second half, following a period of sustained pressure, the Buccaneers Captain Shane Greene, who lead the side magnificently, spurned the opportunity to kick three easy points from in front of the posts. The penalty was tapped quickly and, following a series of quick rucks, second row Rob Muldoon drove powerfully towards the Ballinasloe line. Although initially held up short, his pack supported in behind him to get him over the line where he managed to ground the ball superbly. A true team score which typified the tenacity of these young Buccs. 

The ever lively scrum-half Leo McFarlane stroked over the conversion which was to prove to be the match winning score. The Buccaneers team managed to counter the gallant Ballinasloe players as they tried to redeem the game. The Galwaymen had one penalty with five minutes remaining but the kick sailed narrowly wide. The contest finished with Ballinasloe camped on the Buccs line but, following a knock-on, Buccs were awarded a scrum which they won and the referee blew the final whistle after the impressive Jack Scouler kicked the ball dead.

The entire squad of 20 players deserve great credit for their superb performance, in particular their tackling, rucking and never say die attitude proving just enough to overcome their game opponents. 


Buccaneers:- Tommy Devery, Dean Buckley, Ethan Connolly, Julian Devenny, Martin Fallon, Shane Greene (captain), Darragh Murray, Ruairi Campion, Leo McFarlane, John Why, Cameron Rooney-Duigan, Jack Scouler, Conor Larkin, Killian O'Sullivan, Dean Reynolds, Ebhan Slattery, Patrick Lynch, Kevin Horan, Robert Muldoon and Michael Byrne.


Nick Purcell, Patrick Doran, Larry Fallon, Damien Larkin, David Connolly, Paul Fogarty (Snr).