Buccaneers host Nenagh Ormonde in the Energia All-Ireland League Division 2A at Dubarry Park on Saturday, kick-off at 2:30pm.
Both clubs are at the wrong end of the league table although the Pirates look in a much healthier position. Buccs lie in eighth place with Nenagh just below them but only on 15 points.
Dolphin prop up the table four points further adrift but have a game in hand on their fellow Munster outfit but with precious points at stake in their battle to avoid relegation, the Tipperary side will surely arrive firing on all cylinders.
Buccs pipped Nenagh 22-21 when the teams clashed at Ormonde Park in early November.
The Shannonsiders looked the better outfit for large portions of that contest played in foul weather conditions but, not for the only time this season, seemed to drop their intensity a shade early.
Two former Buccs players are involved with Ormonde, Ireland sevens flyer Josh Rowland and player-coach John Hayes from Ballinasloe so they will have some familiarity with the midlanders.
They have a sturdy and willing pack of forwards.
Buccaneers have played well in their most recent couple of games, impressing away to UL Bohemian and then being somewhat unlucky against MU Barnhall last weekend.
Their youngish side has bundles of energy and oodles of potential but would benefit from a more ruthless streak and guile. If the home forwards hold their own, Luke Carty and Colm Reilly can dictate matters.
Apart from AIL points, the teams will also be competing for the John McCormack Memorial Cup. John played with both the Nenagh Ormonde and later Athlone clubs but was sadly killed in a motor accident in the early 1970’s.
This cup was played annually between the clubs for many seasons until the advent of the All-Ireland League gradually eroded friendly fixtures. Hopefully, Saturday’s match will prove a fitting occasion to remember John.