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First League Outing for U18's

Buccaneers U18 v Sligo at Home

 Buccaneers U18s got their first competitive outing of the League underway at Dubarry park on Sunday, losing out to a well prepared Sligo side. Head coach Billy McMickam was without several of the regular squad due to injuries and other commitments, but this served as a useful workout for the newly forming squad.

 Niall Farrelly, Conor Kenny and James Foley bring valuable experience to this squad and although they will need to juggle outings with the 18s due to their selection with the club 20's, they enjoyed the rough and tumble that the Sligo pack presented. Farrelly was man of the match until his dismissal early in the second half for a very controversial red card and it was a game changer. Foley carried strongly and Conor Kenny on his return to play following recent injuries acquitted himself very well.

 Cory Reid had a fine game and the full back positon will surely be his for the season ahead. Ross Cooper and Paddy Browne also had solid games.

 Conor Cleary and Calum Turley made welcome returns to club rugby and younger members of the squad Kyle Higgins and Daniel McGlynn got a taste of rugby at this level.

 Overall a useful workout and performances will improve as the full squad make their way back playing.

 Team : N Farrelly, J Berry, C Kenny, B Collins [Capt], C Cleary, K Rigney, C Turley, J Foley, P Browne, K Higgins, J O Keefe, N Conway,  R Cooper, J Wentzel, C Reid, D McGlynn, D Ryan,  B McEvoy, A Murphy,  J Egan, N O Kane, J Dolan, S Ricard, J Milling, M Burnell

Good luck to Buccaneers players Luke Carty, Conor Murray, Ryan Jinks, Brian  Stack, Paul Daly, George O Hara and Brian Daly as they take the field for neighbours St Bridgids in the Roscommon MFC Final this Sunday

 Training and Fixture - Training continues on Friday nights at 7pm. Next match v  Castlebar on Sunday 19th at home in Dubarry Park


Up, Up and Away for U17's v Sligo

U17 v Sligo League at home.

Buccaneers under 17 team got off to a flying start in their first league match, at home to a fancied Sligo team with a narrow but hard fought win. On a showery October morning Buccs  started very well ,taking the game to Sligo and were unlucky after 10 mins not to score in the left corner, following sustained pressure from a significantly large and powerful Sligo pack.

The visitors were however first to get on the score board with a well taken try, which they failed to convert, after 20mins.  Not allowing themselves to be overwhelmed these young Pirates fought back and scored a penalty  within 5 mins all the time playing into a strong breeze. 

As expected with the wind behind them the second half was all Buccaneers as they controlled they play with some super kicks into the Sligo 22 and converted a penalty after 10mins and eventually scored a well-deserved try after being held up over the line on 3 separate occasions.

Battered and bruised this heroic team held out for a justified 11-5 win.

The performance by this bunch of young men was a particularly heroic, with each one playing an equal part to defeat this fine Sligo side.

Due to the team work and commitment displayed, it would be wrong to single out any one man and if this team continue to play with the same commitment for the rest of the season, they will go far in this competition and do their club proud.

Team - Daniel Guinan, Brian Kenny, Thomas McGann, Corey Reid(C), Kyle Higgins, Dermot O’ Rourke, Robert Teape, David Noad, Kalem Byrne, Jamie Milling, Eric Fletcher, Darren Buckley, Arron Taylan.


Sun Shines Radiantly on U14's

Under 14 League v Castlebar

November 2nd, 2014

 Buccaneers 36 to Castlebar 12

 The sun shone down at Dubarry Park as Buccaneers U14’s lined up to face Castlebar in their third game of the current league programme, the weather seemed like a good omen and indeed this proved to be the case for the Midland side. Buccaneers were playing into a strong wind in the first half but stormed away racking up three tries in 20 minutes, it would be difficult to single out any one player as the whole team played well from forwards to backs alike.

 The forward pack made some tremendous line breaks with Dean Buckley, Evan Gallagher, Oisin Lough, Martin Fallon, Julien Devany, Shane Greene, Michael Lynch and Jack Scouler forming a tight forward pack and making excellent line breaks time and time again. When they neared the Castlebar try line Buccs then moved the ball quickly to the backs and Leo MacFarlane, Darragh Murray, Daniel Westman, Fergus O’Sullivan, Conor Larkin, John Feeney, Dean Reynolds showed deft control to hand, going over on either wing and one time under the post, to rack up a three try lead. Try scorers for the Pirates in the first half were Darragh Murray, Conor Larkin, Shane Green. Castlebar to their credit showed real spirit and they fort their way back into the game, scoring a try just before the close of the first half, they converted the try leaving the score 15 to 7 going in at the break.

 Buccaneers high tempo performance had slipped at the end of the first half with some tackles been missed, so still all very much to play for in the second half for both teams. The home team started the second half with real purpose and zeal and within ten minutes scored a tremendous try which started from centre field and with a strong break from forward play and one pass to the outside winger Conor Larkin, they were away and scored under the posts and with the resulting conversion sailing between the upright. Buccs continued to power forward at pace, putting real pressure on the breakdown and giving Castlebar real issues and no time to settle, it was not long before they breached the Castlebar line for the fifth time, this time an absolute blistering run from the left winger Dean Reynolds starting from deep before cutting in and running under the posts and converted well extending the lead to 29 to 7.

 You had to admire this young team as they were relentless in this second half performance, and they continued to move the ball at pace through the forwards and backs and it was not long before the sixth try was scored. Real pressure was applied on the Castlebar line, the resulting pressure forced a clearance been hurried by Castlebar and the hurried kick fell to Darragh Murray where he showed typical tenacity in forcing his way over the try line and subsequently taking the conversion.

 You had to admire the lads from Castlebar as they did not give up and this positive attitude was fully rewarded with a try late on, leaving the final score Buccaneers 36 to Castlebar 12.

 Buccaneers first points secured on this seasons league campaign, this is a good confidence boost for the team and gives them a real platform to build on, the sun shone this day and Buccaneers certainly shone with this performance. Try scorers in the second half were Dean Reynolds, Conor Larkin, Darragh Murray and conversions Leo MacFarlane and Jack Scouler. All substitutes were used on the day and they performed excellently when they came on Eabhan Sleator, Dairmuid Glynn, Michael Byrne

 This was a real team performance, so well done to all !


Heavy defeat for U14's under Heavy Conditions

U14 Connaught A League v Ballina, Away.

 Buccaneer’s played the fourth league game of the season away to Ballina. To say that the conditions underfoot were difficult would be an understatement, the pitch was well cut up and this meant heavy going for both teams attempting to play rugby.

The match itself was a difficult contest with few scoring opportunities been created. Buccaneers chose to play with the wind in the first half and the game developed into a hard slog, not surprising given the conditions and state of the pitch.


Ballina had a strong defensive game plan that was well executed and they were very quick and aggressive in the ruck, tackling extremely well and Buccs found it difficult to create any real opportunity. Buccaneers chose to kick often for territory in the first half but more often than not this resulted in possession going back to Ballina. The half ended with no points on the score board for either side.


The second half was more of the same and Buccaneers were guilty of allowing alot of turnover over ball, the forwards were continually slow to the break down, whereas Ballina were much quicker giving them the benefit of  turnover ball consistently through the match. When Buccaneers moved the ball through the back line they more often than not knocked on from poor handling, it should be said that conditions were not the best but the level of knock on was high.


The first breakthrough came with some good ruck ball won by Balina, the ball was moved quickly through the back row, which created a one on one on the outside wing, the Ballina winger beat our defensive tackle and enjoyed a free run to the line going over in the corner. Ballina missed the resulting conversion leaving the score Ballina 5 and Buccanears 0.


Buccaneers in the next phase of the game upped the level of intensity and did put pressure on the Ballina line, they got a penalty midway inside the Ballina half and Buccaneers kicked the resulting penalty to touch on the Ballina try line, however once again Ballina turned over our line out and the chance was gone.


The Pirates in this phase of the game did get the ball over the try line, Jack Scouler had made a line break close to the Ballina line, the forwards pilled in behind him, pushing him and ball over the line. Although the ball was grounded, he was adjudged to have dropped onto his knees without releasing the ball in the movement, resulting in a penalty to Ballina where they cleared their lines.

It is difficult to pick out players today as alot of errors were made by the team but it is fair to note the performance of Michael Lynch who tackled all day with-out a missed tackle.


Honest summary today would be, difficult conditions with some tough referee decisions but cannot excuse our deficient performance. Poor ball handling allowed too many knock on’s, forwards were slow to ruck ball and Ballina were quicker and more agressive giving them turnovers throughout the match. The few chances we did have were poorly executed without the normal level of ball carry that we are normally accustomed to.


 Sometimes you can learn from a defeat and this was one of those days ! Final Score Ballina 5, Buccs 0.


Team: Ebhan Slattery, Lorcon Withers, John Why, Conor Larkin, Jack Martin, Darragh Martin, Leo McFarlane, Shane Green, Dan Buckley, Ethan Connolly, Julian Devany, Martin Fallon, Ruari Campion, Michael Lynch, Jack Scouler

Bench all used: Dirmuid McLaughlin, Fergus O’Sullivan

U16's Back on Track

Satisfying Win by U16's v Connemara.

 Buccaneers U16s got their League campaign back on track with a convincing win at home to Connemara RFC on Sunday.The pack certainly raised their performance and took the game to Connemara right from the off.

 The front five for Buccaneers of Obono,Murray,Slevin,Brosnan and Kenny gave a solid platform in the scrum whick allowed James Kelly the opportunity to cross for an early try which was converted by Michael Hanley.

 Kelly put in a barnstorming 'man of the match' performance and was ably supported in the backrow by Aaron O Reilly and Anthony Lynch.

Michael Hanley controlled the match from outhalf and put in some clever kicks for territory which were well chased by both wingers Donnchadh Gately and Killian Foxe and Kian McBrearty.

 In the second half Niall Murray added 2 more tries as Buccaneers pulled away comforable winners on a scoreline of 37-0.

Buccaneers are now well placed to contest a play off spot in the League if they can build on this performance.

 Buccaneers team:Atrio Obono,Adam Murray,Robert Slevin,Ted Brosnan,Eoghan Kenny,Aaron O Reilly,James Kelly,Anthony Lynch,Max Feehan,Michael Hanley,Captain,Killian Foxe,Niall Murray,Kian McBrearty,Donnachadh Gately and Shea Henry.

 Replacements: Darren Tuohy,Inigo Gomez Loteo,Patrick Henry,Mel Mullooly,David Gavin


U18 Buccaneers edge Creggs in Forwards Tussle

 Satisfying U18 League Win v Creggs

Buccaneers had to win ugly in a hard fought Connacht League U18s league game at Dubarry park on Sunday. Played in very poor conditions, it was always going to be a game dominated by forward exchanges, and Buccaneers edged it on a scoreline of 19 - 10.

First half tries from wing Jamie O'Keefe and lock Cian Irwin were converted by returning outhalf Luke Carty. Creggs response in the first half was a penalty but both teams put in a huge effort and with mistakes a plenty in the difficult conditions, Buccaneers controlled the game better to lead at half time on a scoreline of 14 - 3.

  The second half brought a very determined Creggs team to the fore and an early converted try left Buccaneers with a slender 4 point advantage. Both teams traded possession and dominance in a hard fought encounter, before Jamie O'Keefe scored a try in the dying minutes. It came off the back of a trademark cross field kick from Carty which was superbly gathered by Ross Flanagan who offloaded to O Keefe to score in the corner.

 Buccaneers were the better team over the 70 minutes but only marginally so and it was a sweet win, reversing the result of a year ago down in Creggs. In the forwards, Calum Turley was excellent all day and Brian Collins had his best game to date. Prop Conor Kelly also had a fine game which is encouraging after a long injury lay off.

 In the backs, Browne and Carty combined well and ran proceedings. O'Keefe was clinical for both tries and Dylan Farrelly showed his versatility combining  a strong showing at centre with his throwing duties into the lineout.

 Buccaneers now travel to Connemara before the last league game of the season at home to Corinthians before the Christmas break.

 Team : C Kelly, J Berry, C Cleary, B Collins, C Irwin, D Ryan, C Turley,  R Flanagan, P Browne, L Carty, J O'Keefe, D Farrelly, J Wentzel, B Muzengenza, P Daly, D McGlynn, W O'Meara, M Burnell


Courageous and Spirited performance by Buccaneers U16

Buccaneers U16s put in a tremendous performance against League leaders Galwegians in a wind swept Dubarry Park.

 Buccaneers started off playing against the wind and conceded a try early on,however they rallied and a trendous driving maul resulted in Darren Tuohy crossing for a great try.

 Buccs went in at half-time trailing 10-5 but had the strong wind in the second half.Galwegians kept control of the ball for long periods at the start of the second half,bur persistent pressure by Buccs resulted in a great score by No 8 James Kelly which was converted by Michael Hanley.

 Despite great pressure from Buccaneers in the final quarter,Galwegians held on for a slim 15-12 victory .

 Best for Buccaneers in the forwards were Darren Tuohy and James Kelly,while in the backs Michael Hanley,Niall Murray and Shea Henry stood out.

Buccs: Artio Obono,Darren Tuohy Captain,Robert Slevin.Ted Brosnan,Eoghan Kenny,Adam Murray,Aaron O' Reilly,James Kelly,Max Feehan,Michael Hanley,Mel Mullooley,Niall Murray,Donnacha Gately,Anthony Lynch and Shea Henry.

Replacements:Patrick Henry,David Gavin and Jack Nolan


Buccaneers U14 Sharks deliver an excellent win away to Creggs

 Creggs v Buccaneers  Under 14 league

Date January 18 th. 2015

Score Creggs 7 Buccaneers 24

The recent memory of the snow lay on the fields surrounding the Creggs pitch but this did not affect Buccaneers banishing the memory of last week’s defeat and bouncing back with an excellent performance against Creggs, scoring four tries and winning a competitive game by 24 points to 7.

  The midland team stated the game at pace and immediately put pressure on the Creggs try line, the home team defended several attempts and managed to turn over the ball each time and clear. Eventually Bucanears  made the pressure count from a pre played moved from the training ground, the move was ran from the back of the scrum with Jack Scouler taking the ball in hand and he drove for the line shoving off the many attempts to bring him down and powered over for the opening score. The resulting conversion was narrowly missed leaving the score Creggs 0 to Buccaneers 5

  Creggs showed real fighting spirit and raised their game immediately, their number 10 showed good vision and had kicked an excellent punt into space which was chased down well and from the resulting ruck they turned over possession, the ball was fed back again to the out half and he drove a sublime kick across the pitch which was taken on the full by the winger and he went over for an easy try under the posts, Creggs converted the resulting kick leaving the score Cregss 7 to Buccaneers 5.

  Buccanears themselves then demonstrated their own fighting spirit and the forwards showed excellent aggression with Even Gallagher, Dean Buckley, Chas Alozie, Martin Fallon and Robbert Muldoon Owen Slattery, Shane Green and Jack Scouler continually breaking the gain line and supporting each other well on every carry made, this continual effort was beginning to show up gaps in the Creggs line defence and shortly before half time Darrgh Murray broke free and with what seemed like half the Creggs defence hanging on to him he still thundered over the line for what was an excellent individual try.

  Half time allowed all teams to regroup with the score standing at Creggs 7 to Buccaneers 12.

  The second half remained very competitive but Buccaneers showed that extra line speed and were much quicker in loose play and as the game opened up, the back row were much more prominent in the game with excellent hands been shown by Leo McFarlen, Darragh Murray, John Why, Conor Larkin, Lorcan Wither, Dan Reynolds, Even Slattery and Paddy , it was not long before a flowing back row move delivered the ball out to Even Slattery who showed Olympic speed that Usain Bolt would have been proud of and Even went over for a deserved try in the corner, the resulting conversion was missed and the score now stood Creggs 7 to Buccaneers 17.

  Buccaneers continued to dominate and in another well worked play through the back row, Conor Larkin took the ball at pace with a beautiful reversed angle run that cut right through the Creggs defensive line and he touched down under the posts for the try, the conversion was duly despatched leaving the final score Creggs 7 to Buccaneers 24.

  The second half also saw some switches in the team line up with Leo McFalone  coming on and returning to his normal scrum half position and Evan Slattery returning to his accustomed full back role, Ethan Connolly came on as prop and Kevin Horan and Ronan Hanley coming into the back row, all performed really well..

  Team: Even Gallagher, Dean Buckley, Chas Alozie, Martin Fallon, Robert Muldoon, Owen Slattery, Shane Greene, Jack Scouler, Even Slattery, Darragh Murray, John Why, Conor Larkin, Lorcan Wither, Dean Reynolds, Paddy

  Bench all used:  Ethan Connolly, Leo McFarlane, Kevin Horan, Ronan Hanley


U13's Live up to the Hype.

Magic Performance by Buccaneers U13 v Carrig on Shannon.

It has been said on two previous occasions to watch this space and with 5 tries and three conversions the Bucc’s U13’s have most definitely come of age for their first win away from home. A storming start, which took Carrick-on-Shannon completely by surprise, scoring two fantastic individual tries from players Kyle Blackweir and Natanial O’Neill which set the tone for the rest of the 1st half.

  Strong running, great tackling and pure determination to win were the ingredients needed to put the home team to the sword. Captained again by Deema Sheehan who lead by example. With his pack under severe pressure from a much larger Carrick 8 the Bucc’s forwards were able to get quick clean ball back to Mikey Graham who was selected to start again at scrum half after his sterling performance last week against Westport. Ben O' Carroll partnered Natanial O’Neill in the Centre and proved that he is the most versatile player on the park and is key to the future success of this team.

  Ruairdhi Fallon again starting at Fly Half allowed his backs make clean line breaks all afternoon, his handling and kicking ability is improving each week and I have no doubt this young player will go from strength to strength throughout his playing career. He, along with Gavin Daly who switched to flanker for this match put in what can only be described as monumental tackles to prevent two certain tries. If there is one part of this teams game that has improved it is most definitely their tackling ability. Wings Luke O’Rourke and Conor Waters who came on for injured Adam Burke had little sight of the ball all day but  were in the thick of battle and their defensive duties were second to none. Tom Shine and Fionann Henry who both missed last week’s game against Westport were excellent all day and will no doubt be certain starters over the course of the season if they keep playing and training as well as they have been.

The second half saw some fantastic individual runs from players such as Ronan Flanagan, Sam Fogarty Koranato Kirpati and  Dermot Carey. But with any side so far ahead at half time the mind can sometimes wander and with only 10 minutes gone Carrick put two excellent scores on the board converting one. Bucc’s for the first time in the match were on the back foot. Held up in their own 22 for some time, it took the Bucc’s Fly half to clear their lines and slowly but surely push the home team back up the pitch. With good rucking and clean ball Martin Donnelly was able to charge through the Carrick Defence on two separate occasions and score two hard worked tries which were both converted by Fallon.

  Another away match next week the last of 2014, although busy weekends on the lead up to Christmas the coaching staff are very confident that with a full squad they can end the year on a high and go into 2015 with sights set firmly on winning something.

 Final Score 12-31

Christmas comes early, Excellent Buccaneers Display Delivers Home Win !

Buccaneers v Westport Under 14 league

Date December 13th 2014

Score Buccaneers 29 Westport 0

Arguably Buccaneers best display of the season deliveries an early Christmas present to the young Under 14’s as they score five tries at home against a visiting Westport side.  

Both sides started sluggishly, but you could see Buccaneers beginning to gradually dominate the possession, the forwards and backs were putting together some lovely phased play however the move would often break down, this was due to a very stout defensive performance from Westport and also probably the very cold conditions on the day made handling difficult.

Eventually the pressure did tell and three tries came within quick succession, the first try came from excellent back play, good hands and a running moving resulting in a try for Even Slattery in the corner.

The second try came from the forward pack, Buccaneers had worked a position just to the right of the posts Robert Muldoon picked the ball from the back of the ruck and made for the try line, several Westport players attempted to stop him but Robert showed his power and strength and grounded the ball well.

The third try showed Darragh Murray in top form, making a break from centre field, and once through the gap he ran for the try line with the Westport defence trying in vain to get across to stop him.

Half time gave a chance for the teams to regroup with the score Buccaneers 15 to Westport 0 no conversions had been made.

The second half started with Buccaneers again dominating possession and territory, and it did not take long for the tries to come, the backs were now showing supreme confidence and Buccaneers were running the ball at every opportunity resulting in a fine try for Conor Larkin.

The last try came from a floated kick towards the Westport corner flag, Jack Scouler ran the ball down but did not make a clean grounding however an infringement was adjudged for shirt pulling and a penalty try was given.

Two conversions were made in the second half by Leo McFarlene and Michael Byrne

Westport to there credit showed a never say die attitude and for the last five minutes put real pressure on the Buccaneers line however the midland side were not giving up any points on this day and held absolutely firm to the close.

Buccaneers played some excellent rugby, with the back row showing great hands and moved the ball with speed and accuracy, the forwards supported and cleaned well and this gave the scrum half Leo McFarlene room to link play at pace. Everyone upped their game today and played well.Special mention needs to be made of Martin Fallon and Robert Muldoon who both showed good controlled  aggression throughout the match and this makes a big difference when the forwards in the team play to that level and intensity.

Team: Josh Dunican, Dean Buckley, Ethan Connolly, Martin Fallon,  Robert Muldoon, Michael Lynch, Shane Greene, Jack Scouler, Leo McFarlane, Darragh Murray, John Why, Alex Cleary, Conor Larkin, Even Slattery, Jack Martin

Bench all used: Julian Devany, Killian Fallon-Myers, Michael Byrne