Buccaneers club notes 25 February.
Buccaneers J1’s threw themselves a lifeline when winning their basement battle 27-23 against their Sligo counterparts at The Green, Creggs, on Saturday night.
This Connacht Junior 1A League encounter ebbed and flowed with the lead changing hands on a number of occasions.
Sligo scored a penalty either side of Michael Hanley’s penalty before Robert Enraght-Moony scored a smashing try though the conversion from in front of the posts was surprisingly missed.
Sligo added another pair of penalties before Fergus Galvin got over for an unconverted try that put Buccs ahead by the minimum 13-12 at half-time.
Following the change of ends, Hanley got a blockdown to score a try which he also converted to edge Buccs further ahead. But Sligo then notched a brace of tries to retake the lead and go 23-20 ahead.
However, gallant Buccs had the final say when Daly scored a try in the corner and Hanley landed a splendid conversion to give Buccs a crucial 27-23 victory.
Buccs scrum was well on top with Sean O’Connell and Cedric Forkam outstanding. Here a special worth of praise for club stalwart Rory Grenham who played 70 minutes as substitute at UL Bohemian and then travelled to Creggs where he put in another serious shift for an hour.
Hopkins and Hanley also played in Limerick where Galvin was an unused substitute, wonderful commitment by these young players and also by player/coach Michael Harding.
Buccs four tries earned them a bonus point win but Sligo’s losing bonus point keeps the north-westerners in the play-off berth on scoring difference.
Both teams have two matches remaining as they strive to avoid the automatic relegation berth. However, this win gives Buccs a fighting chance to edge into the play-off spot.
Buccaneers RFC greatly thanks Creggs RFC for making their excellent new 4G pitch available for this Buccs ‘home’ fixture v Sligo
Buccaneers: G.Lynch, Eoin O’Reilly, R.Enraght-Moony (c), F.Hopkins, Colin Daly, M.Hanley, G.Fallon, C.Forkam, D.Buckley, S.O’Connell, R.Flanagan, F.Galvin, D.Touhey, M.Harding, R.Grenham.
Replacements: T.Thompson, S.Flynn, J.Kelly, A.Hanley, N.So
Prosecco by the pitch
It’s Ladies Day at Buccaneers for the visit of MU Barnhall on Saturday and it looks like ‘Prosecco by the Pitch’ will prove a sell-out.
At time of writing only a handful of tickets are still available. Contact Geraldine at 0861732711 to book.
Connacht make presentation to buccs & marist
Connacht Rugby made presentations to Buccaneers Rugby Football Club and Marist College, Athlone, at a pleasant function in The Bounty recently.
Joey Gorham (Domestic Rugby Manager, Connacht Rugby) made these ‘Player Development Awards’ to the club and the school in recognition of their work in coaching and developing Robbie Henshaw and Jack Carty, who not only went on to become Connacht stalwarts but have also played for Ireland at the highest level.
Mr. Gorham stated that Connacht is the only province recognising in this manner the input of club and school coaches in the pathway from underage all the way to international standard and indeed in the case of Robbie playing for the British & Irish Lions.
The presentations were made to Patrick O’Meara (Buccaneers President) and Michael Loftus (Marist College coach/manager).
2 Buccs girls in Ireland squad
Congratulations to two young Buccaneers girls Ivana Kiripati and Faith Oviawe who have been selected on the Ireland U-18 squad that went to training in camp in Scotland where Ireland will also play the host nation. Best of luck girls.
Deepest sympathy is extended to Martin Cahill and family on the death of his father James.
Henshaw Try for Ireland
Robbie Henshaw’s try was one of the few bright spots in Ireland’s defeat to England. Schoolboy errors contributed to the winners opening pair of tries in a game where our halfbacks played well below expectations while Jacob Stockdale’s defensive quality is simply not up to international requirements.
Keith Earls should start against Italy when John Cooney also warrants to be in from the kick-off.
Meanwhile an exhilarating and sustained effort by Ireland’s U-20’s earned them a stunning win over the Red Rose as they bid for back to back grand slams. Disappointingly from a Buccaneers perspective, it is the first time in many seasons that no young Pirate is in the U-20 squad.
Curley v Klopp!
Most readers will, I’m sure, have heard by now of the letter written by ten-year-old Donegal boy Daragh Curley to Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool FC and the reply from Klopp.
Daragh’s father Gordon is a former player with Athlone Rugby Football Club. He was a talented back three player who also graced the playing fields for Connacht while Daragh’s grandfather Michael is a loyal supporter of Buccaneers.