Buccaneers Club Notes February 11

Buccaneers U-20’s, J1’s and J2’s fixtures away to NUIG, Connemara and NUIG respectively last week all fell victim to the dreadful weather.

The J1’s are back on the road this Sunday when they travel to Tuam for a crunch Connacht Junior 1A League tie, kick off 2:30pm.

This Buccs outfit really need to win this encounter as they strive to avoid relegation.

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Tuam gave them a whipping early in the season at a time when Buccs were very stretched for numbers and not as organised as they should be.

The Pirates have had mixed results throughout the campaign, their inconsistency leading to their current precarious position.

They have some quality players who can drive the side on but these have not always been available.

However, with so much at stake coach Michael Harding must be granted as strong a hand as possible for this ‘must win’ duel.

Tuam are enjoying a good season, currently riding high in third place, so they will be difficult opposition.

But Buccs needs are greater at this stage of the season and, hopefully, their desire can get them over the line.

Pre-match lunch on Saturday

There will be a pre-match function at 12:45pm in The Bounty for Saturday’s match against Dolphin.

Cost is only €30 per person for lunch with complimentary wine and free admission to the game. AIT President Prof. Ciaran O’Cathain is the invited guest speaker for this event. Groups and/or individuals can be catered for.

Contact Pat Hynes or the club’s administrator Geraldine at 0861732711 to book.

Congrats Robbie & Ireland

It was with a little trepidation that you’re truly ventured to the Aviva Stadium to support Ireland against the Grand Slam champions Wales, especially after the somewhat fortuitous win over Scotland.

But Ireland, with Robbie Henshaw now in the starting line-up, were utterly convincing winners, the late bonus point making this victory all the sweeter.

Hopefully Robbie’s injury will not prove too serious as he had been out-storming both Ciara and Wales and looked a real contender for the man of the match accolade.

Congrats to all involved in securing a hat-trick of wins over the Principality at the weekend.

Well done too to the Ireland Clubs squad, featuring recent Buccs duo Peter Claffey and John Sutton in their ranks, who completed a double over Scotland.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who supported and attended Buccaneers Networking Business Lunch last Friday afternoon, with particular gratitude to our three guest speakers Feargal O’Rourke, Des Fitzgerald and Anne-Marie Taylor and also our moderator Orla Thornton.

It was a most enjoyable event capped by the recital by the Llantrisant Choir from Wales. (See separate article).

Condolences

Deepest sympathy is extended to Dermot Fitzpatrick on the death of his brother Ronan. Indeed we also wish ‘Fitzy’ a full and swift recovery from his current illness.

Connacht U-18 Girls Cup Quarter Final

Buccaneers and Ballinasloe served up a highly competitive match in very poor conditions at Moher Road.  Match was abandoned at 56 minutes due to a serious injury sustained by a Buccaneers’ player.

The first half saw Buccaneers pin Ballinasloe in their 22 for the first 20 minutes with a series of dominant phases between forwards and backs.

This terrific work was ultimately frustrated with a try against the run of play through a well worked counterattack by a strong Ballinasloe team.

As the weather closed in, conditions deteriorated and Ballinasloe turned another phase of pressure into a converted try before half time.

The second half started with a quick converted try from Ballinasloe.  This proved to be a catalyst for Buccaneers who responded with a fine try worked off the back of a scrum.

With the contest heating up, Buccaneers seemed to be gaining momentum before injury brought proceedings to an early end.  The match is intended to be re-fixed.