‘CRAZY HORSES’  had the necessary pedigree to emerge triumphant in the second Midland Sevens tournament staged at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday. Played in ideal conditions – firm sod, fine day but not too hot – an entertaining and competitive competition ensued.

Encouragingly, there was a marked increase in team numbers participating with a cross-country spread supporting the event. Clubs from Dublin to counties Galway and Clare on the western seaboard were among those represented in this pre-season tournament which provides them with an ideal opportunity to get some competitive match time under their collective belts as well as some bonding before the main season kicks off. Full credit to Buccaneers player Alex Hayman on instigating and driving this event on.

First into action included Crazy Horses and Lansdowne Barbarians in their respective pools, with both immediately showing free-scoring form that quickly confirmed their passages to the knockout stages. Quin and All-Sorts joined them in the semi-finals while Tuam made it to the Plate decider where they faced a youthful Springbuccs. The Co. Galway club possessed the necessary guile to prevail 31-10 in that final.

Crazy Horses accounted for the Banner standard bearers 31-12 while Lansdowne proved too slick for All-Sorts winning comfortably 45-12 to set up a mouth-watering pairing between the two best outfits in the final. This proved a pretty competitive affair with Crazy Horses, backboned by a bevy of South Sea islanders such as Leo Au’va and Carl de Cheniu, building an early lead. This proved crucial for as Lansdowne’s challenge gathered momentum, one Horse was a bit too Crazy in tackling and a sin-binning left them hanging on for dear life. But Lansdowne, despite the endeavours of the Meagher brothers, William Wallace (three ex-Buccs) and Robbie Boucher, had left themselves too much to do and Crazy Horses had the composure and nous to record a 34-19 final win.

Buccaneers President Pat Hynes presented the awards to the various winners and he thanked all involved in the successful running of the Midland Sevens, particularly noting the contribution of the match referees. He believes it is an event that will go from strength to strength as it is well run and it provides timely and appropriate pre-season fare for players and mentors alike. After the action, all players were treated to a BBQ at the Bounty (included in the nominal entry fee for each team) and the post-match analysing continued long into the night!


BUCCANEERS new Senior Coach Hendre Marnitz, who only arrived from South Africa on Monday last, suffered a devasting loss with the death in a motor accident in his native homeland of his brother. He returned home on Friday for the funeral and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this heart-breaking time.
One minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect prior to the final of the Midland Sevens.


RUGRATS, who were venue winners in the ‘Bud Light’ Tag Rugby staged at Dubarry Park, went on to win their section of the national tag rugby finals hosted at Suttonians RFC. They won all their matches and defeated ‘The Hoff’ from St. Mary’s College in the final to capture the B Grade Cup which was presented to them by Mick Galwey. Alex Hayman, Geoff Kenny, Paul Harte, Colin Watters, Conor Lavelle and Elena Moran were among those who led the charge to this notable success.


BUCCANEERS annual Golf Classic takes place at the magnificent Glasson Golf & Country Club course on Friday week August 27th. Entries from teams of four are welcome and already there is a hugely promising take up of tee times. Hugh Conlon and Eamonn Fagan are stewarding this ever popular event. Some places may still be available so contact Geraldine at 086-1732711 to book and/or confirm tee off time.


BUCCANEERS have a double friendly away to Young Munster at Tom Clifford Park, Limerick, on Saturday afternoon. The Senior teams kick off at 1.30 p.m. while the U-21 squads from both clubs will also taste action there in what should prove more than useful encounters. The Senior squad then travel to Sligo the following weekend where they will be challenged by their hosts on Saturday. After overnighting in Yeats country, they take the relatively short hop west to Ballina where a mainly Junior XV will face the Mayo side on Sunday. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. with good attendances to date.


We have mentioned Crazy Horses, Rugrats and Barbarians already and we have had our own ‘Piggy’ Moran around the club for years; now it’s time to turn our attention to real pigs!

Buccaneers U-16 squad are participating in a rugby event in France later this year and they are holding a fund-raising PIG DERBY around Dubarry Park on next Saturday evening. This promises to be a real night of craic at The Bounty as well, of course, generating some much-needed funds for this trip. A recent Pig Derby at the nearby Olive Bar attracted a bumper crowd who got a wonderful night’s entertainment so here’s hoping for an action replay at Dubarry Park this Saturday. First race comes under starter’s orders at 7.30 p.m. so let’s see you there early to check out the form, have a little flutter on these porkies and have a fun night out! 


Last season’s Senior captain Colm Rigney has indicated that he will not be playing rugby with Buccaneers this season. Now domiciled in Galway, I understand that he intends turning out in Galwegians’ colours. Although last season’s campaign did not go as anticipated for ‘Riggs’, his departure brings a long link to the famous sporting family that must stretch nigh on twenty years with the club. At one stage, Colm (the youngest of the brood) played with three of his brothers in a mighty Buccs pack (Brian, Des and Donal) but don’t forget that another brother Kieran was the first of the clan to play with the Pirates. It won’t be quite the same without a Rigney on the team-sheet but we wish Colm all the best. 


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