TAG RUGBY KICKS OFF ON THURSDAY

RUGBY with MICHAEL SILKE

TAG RUGBY kicks off at Dubarry Park on this Thursday evening getting under way from 7 p.m. This season, Buccaneers are participating in the official IRFU ‘Bud Light’ Tag Rugby Summer League and entries are welcome from clubs, organisations, firms and groups of friends. Tag Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports at the moment and no previous experience is necessary. Indeed one does not even have had to play any sport previously as this is a non-contact, fun sport ideal for those sunny summer evenings.

A minimum of 10 players is required per squad but team panels can be comprised of 12 or slightly more to cover for some players being unavailable due to summer holidays, etc. Matches are contested by teams of 7 players with at least 3 females playing on-pitch at any one time. Matches are 20 minutes per half.

Buccaneers RFC is delighted that Michael Smith 083-3493642 and Kieran Sloyan 087-6298133 are co-ordinating the Tag Rugby league at the club. Entry fee is €350 per squad and must be paid on Registration this Thursday. The league is scheduled to run until August so this fee represents fairly decent value when spread out among 10 or more players over an 8 or 9 match schedule.  Full details are available on the IRFU website at www.irishrugby.com or by contacting Michael or Kieran.

TAG IN TULLAMORE TO COMMEMORATE RONNIE WALSH

Tullamore Rugby Football Club is hosting a one-day ‘Tag & Craic Festival’ this Saturday to commemorate the greatly missed Ronnie Walsh, who is also fondly remembered here at Buccaneers. Normal IRFU Tag Rugby laws apply for this event and entry fee is €100 per team of ten players. The action starts at 12 noon with Registration from 11 a.m. The event is rounded off with a BBQ. All in all, ‘The Keg’ would surely approve!

YOUNG BUCCS TO PLAY AT AVIVA

BUCCANEERS are proud to be involved in the opening rugby fixture of the splendid new Aviva Stadium which takes place on Saturday, July 31st when Connacht/Munster face Leinster/Ulster in the first competitive rugby action. Buccs U-12 squad have been invited to play their Portadown counterparts at half-time of the big opening match so it is a wonderful honour for both the club and especially the young Buccs players. It will certainly be a super memory to savour of this landmark occasion.

RUGBY SUMMER CAMPS

The first of two Rugby Summer Camps at Dubarry Park is fast approaching, taking place early next month from July 5th to 9th inclusive. This course, organised by Irish Rugby Institute, is geared primarily for teenagers but, of course, younger players are also welcome to attend. For further information and/or Application Forms, contact www.rugbyinstitute.com or phone 01-8391064. Heineken Cup winner Chris Keane will be among the players coaching at this summer camp.

Meanwhile, the ‘Centra Try Rugby’ summer camp has been confirmed for the first week of August from 2nd to 6th inclusive. This is mainly focussed for National School boys and girls. Connacht players will attend and more information as well as Application Forms are available on the Connacht website at www.connachtrugby.com

WELL DONE, WESTMEATH

Well done Westmeath footballers, including Alan Gaughan, who upset the form book when overcoming Wicklow and all the Mick O’Dwyer hype accompanying them. Meanwhile Roscommon hurlers (under the stewardship of Seamus Qualter — with a little help from Paul Kenny!) qualified to meet Kerry in the final of the Christy Ring Cup, a magnificent trophy that Seamus previously guided Westmeath to! Staying with inter-county GAA, Roscommon footballer and occasional Buccaneers player Mark O’Carroll is wished a full and speedy recovery from the nasty knee injury he sustained in ‘the Rossies’ recent victory over London.

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