Buccaneers Club Notes February 4

Buccaneers Rugby Club Notes Tuesday February fourth.

Crunch away fixtures for J1’s and u-20’s

Buccaneers U-20’s and J1’s are both on the road west this Sunday.

The U-20’s have a very tricky assignment against NUIG in the JP Fanagan Leinster League Premier 2 Division at Dangan, Galway, where the action kicks off at 3pm.

The Students are just three points adrift of the Pirates and they have a game in hand. They will be surely focussed in search of a win that would elevate them above the midlanders into second place on the league table.

They outscored Buccs by three tries to two at Dubarry Park earlier in the season but the Athlone side came out on top by 23-21.

College may have a slightly better cutting edge, something that hampered Buccs last week when they were decidedly unlucky not to topple leaders St. Mary’s College.

However, Buccaneers will take confidence and self-belief from that game in which their pack excelled. The forwards can again forge a supply that must be capitalised on by the backs in what will surely be a tight contest that the Pirates can come out on top in.

The task for the J1’s looks a lot stickier as they journey all the way to Clifden’s Monastery Field, not the happiest of hunting grounds for visiting teams. Home side Connemara have been the dominant force in the Connacht Junior 1A League in recent seasons and they again top the table this year, sporting a 100% winning rate to date. They won’t wish to relinquish that record at this stage of the campaign.

Buccaneers desperately need victories in their remaining fixtures but they will need to field at greater strength than against Westport.

If they can do that, they can make life difficult for the Blacks but they may have to get those necessary wins in their other matches.

Kick-off for this game is 2:30p.m.

Welsh choir recital in The Bounty on Friday

The 25 person Llantrisant Choir from Wales will again visit Athlone to coincide with Ireland’s Six Nations match against Wales.

They have been popular visitors to the Buccaneers club and they will give a recital from their vast repertoire on Friday night at 8 p.m. approximately. All are welcome to come along and admission is free.

Pre-match Lunch for Dolphin match

Buccaneers next home game in the Energia All-Ireland League takes place on Saturday week when Cork club Dolphin are visitors to Dubarry Park.

There will be a pre-match lunch at which AIT President Ciaran O’Cathain is the invited speaker for that game.

Cover charge is only €30 per person for 3-course meal with complimentary wine and free admission to the match. Groups or individuals can be catered for. Contact Geraldine at 0861732711 to book.

U-15’s play Moate

Buccaneers U-15 yellow team prepared for their Cup game next week with a match against Moate on Sunday.

Buccs started off really well with constant pressure on the home line but after 15 minutes of attack Buccs had still not scored and the home team broke away to score in the corner.

Again Buccs went down and put the heat on the home team with Stephen Joyce plunging over. Buccs unwillingness to pass played into the hands of the defence despite excellent approach work.

This ding dong contest continued in the second half and Buccs were guilty of lots of missed tackles. But their resilience was evident and further tries by Fionn ‘spuds’ Lyons and Brian Mulvihill led to an exciting finish when play went from end to end.

Brian Moore brought the proceedings to a conclusion with both sides happy after an entertaining game.

Fionn Lyons had a great game against his old side and he was ably supported by G Murphy and S Joyce in the forwards and D Connolly, B Mulvihill and newcomer O Tiernan in the backs.

A very encouraging performance by this improving group which augurs well for the cup campaign.

Buccaneers: S Joyce, Guillermo, M Connors, A Ward, D  Lally, F Lyons, G Murphy, D Connolly, K  Redmond,  T Daly, S Buckley ,S McCarthy,  O Tiernan, E Killeen, D McGrath, C Minnock, B Mulvihill, C Reid,  A Saka, F Duffy, G Aytang