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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.

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.