Buccaneers Player of the Year Awards

It was a case of third time lucky for Mark Dolan when he was named Buccaneers Senior Player of the Year at the club’s annual Awards Night. The scrumhalf, who had been nominated for the third successive season, finally landed the coveted accolade at a well-attended function in Athlone’s Sheraton Hotel on Saturday night. Former Ireland U-20 Dolan was one of a few in the Pirates squad who were ever present throughout a season that did not rise to expectations in the AIL but nevertheless captured silverware by winning the Connacht Senior Cup. The Athlone native who came up through the club’s ranks, and who also enjoyed success with Athlone Institute of Technology, was a feisty and committed contributor to the Buccs cause.

Evan Galvin was a unanimous winner of the U-20 Player of the Year award with the wing forward, who captained this side, putting in passionate man of the match performances in virtually every game played. Recently married prop Brian Campbell capped a wonderful season for the club’s Seconds squad, who won their Connacht League title, when being deservedly unveiled as their Player of the Year. The exuberant and richly promising Peadar Hennessy was a popular winner of the Thirds Player of the Year accolade. Buccaneers Women’s team reached both the Connacht League and Cup finals with much credit for this being due to the fiery displays in a number of positions by Tina Kiernan who was a worthy winner of the Women’s Player of the Year.

The Buccaneers Player of the Year winners for 2014/15 are:-

Senior:- MARK DOLAN

U-20s:- EVAN GALVIN

Seconds:- BRIAN CAMPBELL

Thirds:- PEADAR HENNESSY

Womens:- TINA KIERNAN

 

A highly commendable six Buccaneers players represented Ireland during the season and they, like the Player of the Year winners, were presented with pieces of Athlone Crystal to mark their achievements:-

Senior:- ROBBIE HENSHAW

U-20:- RORY MOLONEY, STEPHEN McVEIGH and CIAN ROMAINE

U-19 Schools:-  CONOR KENNY

U-18 Clubs:-  LUKE CARTY.

Our three U-20 players have been selected for the Junior World Cup in Italy next month and they are wished continued success there as is Robbie Henshaw as Ireland bid for their best performance at Senior World Cup level later this year.

PAT WHELAN honoured as Clubperson

Long serving club stalwart PAT WHELAN’S selection as Buccaneers Clubperson of the Year was warmly received at the club’s Awards Night. Whelan gave sterling service to the Athlone club for many seasons, primarily at fullback, and he contributed to many a victory with some impeccable place-kicking.  Pat played in five Connacht Senior Cup finals and two Junior Cup deciders, winning back-to-back Senior trophies in 1976 and 1977. He was also a key member of the Connacht Senior League winning squad in 1977, when the Athlone club completed a memorable double. The unassuming Whelan was also an accomplished Gaelic footballer. Following retirement from rugby, he remained involved in the club, whom he represented at Connacht Branch level. Latterly he has proved assiduous and highly-efficient in the demanding role of Fixtures Secretary and he recently assumed the task as one of the club’s Trustees.  The Michael Hanley Memorial Perpetual Cup for Buccaneers Clubperson of the year was presented by Leo Galvin to Pat Whelan, who received a richly-merited standing ovation.

DIARMUID HIGGINS nominated for Ulster Bank League award

Buccaneers prop Diarmuid Higgins is one of four Connacht players nominated for the Ulster Bank League Provincial Player of the Year accolade which will be unveiled at the UBL awards event on this Thursday night. Here’s wishing Diarmuid success on the night. Meanwhile, five Buccs players are among the nominees at the Connacht Rugby Awards event in the Radisson Hotel, Galway, on Saturday night. Best of luck to Robbie Henshaw, Cian Romaine, Rory Moloney, Luke Carty and Jimmy Tormey there.

SPONSORED CYCLE

Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent Sponsored Cycle organised by the Minis section of the club. There was a sizeable turnout at this event, yielding a decent and welcome contribution to the club’s coffers. Here Charlie from our U-12’s raised the highest sponsorship and he was presented with a Buccaneers jersey by Minis Co-Ordinator Brian Tallon. Brian and Charlie are worthy of special mention for their major input in making this event such a success.

PITCHES

All three pitches remain out of bounds until further notice. Following re-seeding they have now had a spray of weedkiller applied so must not be used for the time being.

 

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