LOTTO JACKPOT WON!

BUCCANEERS RUGBY with MICHAEL SILKE

Last week’s numbers drawn in the Buccaneers Lotto proved the right combination for MICHAEL GRENHAM who matched all four 2, 7, 12 & 28 to win the JACKPOT of €10,000. This is not only a substantial amount but also a very timely win, with Christmas on the horizon. Congratulations to Michael and good luck to him on his win.

Teresa Griffin matched three numbers to win €200. The Jackpot now restarts at €2,000 and, once again, Buccaneers RFC thank everyone who is supporting our Lotto.

GALWEGIANS 14  BUCCANEERS 30

BUCCANEERS THIRDS consolidated both their berth at top of the Connacht Junior 2 League and also Galwegians’ position at the bottom with a 30-14 victory at Crowley Park, Glenina, on Sunday.

Weather conditions were decent for this fixture although a grassy pitch was heavy underfoot. Nevertheless, Buccs made virtually all the early running and indeed they had compiled all their scoring before the halftime whistle. Playing down the hill, the Pirates raided for six tries but woeful placekicking meant that they did not add to their tally when their endeavours went downhill a bit on the change of ends.

It was a scrappy enough encounter with a resilient Wegians’ effort belying their lowly position as they salvaged respectability with a converted try in each half. Darren Costello orchestrated matters very efficiently for the midlanders in the opening half and also grabbed a brace of tries. Kevin Langdon, Sean Byrne, Mark Tormey and Rory Silke completed the bonus point haul. Tormey and Damien Kelly were other backs to shine while young duo Langdon and Tristan Couper were pick of the pack.

BUCCANEERS:-  K.O’Neill; M.Tormey, D.Kelly, S.Flynn, R.Silke; D.Costello, G.Fallon; L.Doran, K.Grehan, K.Langdon; G.Glynn (captain), G.Kenny; N.Flynn, T.Couper and S.Byrne. Replacements:- D.Dunning, C.Galvin, V.McGrath, L.Aadic, J.Bonnar, D.Smith, R.Mahon and C.Shanley.     

 

SLIGO 13  BUCCANEERS 29

BUCCANEERS U-19s put in a strong finish to defeat Sligo 29-13 in their Connacht League encounter at Hamilton Park, Strandhill, on Sunday. On a breezy but dry afternoon, Buccs did not click as an attacking force until late in the game to secure a bonus point victory in this redrafted and restarted league.

 

The Athlone boys trailed 5-13 at the break but held the home side scoreless in the second half. Their defensive effort was decent enough throughout but they will need to be more clinical all through in tough tests ahead. All Buccs tries came from their Seans – messrs. Dempsey (2), Doyle and Flanagan. Ben Carty converted all second half tries and also kicked a penalty.

Centres Dempsey and Doyle were best of the backline, being defensively resilient whilst also displaying their score-taking prowess. Josh O’Rourke drove the pack ever on while his second row partner Niall Carr also did well as did backrower Thomas Finuncane.

BUCCANEERS:-  R.McMickan; E.O’Reilly, S.Doyle, S.Dempsey, H.Hughes; B.Carty, B.Gilligan; S.Gallagher, S.Flanagan, J.Gormley; J.O’Rourke, N.Carr; C.Morrissey, P.Hennessy and T.Finucane. Replacements:- P.McLoughlin and G.Murtagh.

 

EAGLES MATCH TOP FIXTURE THIS WEEKEND

CONNACHT EAGLES rematch with Cross Keys in the British & Irish Cup is the top fixture at Dubarry Park this weekend. The Welsh team, last season’s runners-up in this tournament, edged the Eagles 17-12 last weekend but the Eagles will be optimistic of overcoming the visitors in Athlone on Saturday. The 2 p.m. kick-off will enable supporters to watch the Heineken Cup matches (particularly Leinster v Clermont Auvergne) afterwards on the big screens at The Bounty.

BUCCANEERS DEVELOPMENT SQUAD hope that weather conditions will favour the going ahead of their rearranged Connacht Junior 1B League game against Ballinrobe  at Dubarry Park on Sunday afternoon, kick off 2.30 p.m. This is a crucial ‘dress rehearsal’ as the sides will meet again in the first round of the Heineken Connacht Junior Cup next month. Buccs scheduled game v Dunmore at the same venue was postponed last Sunday due to an unplayable pitch. The Thirds are awaiting confirmation of a friendly away to Birr on Sunday.

BUCCANEERS WOMENS team have their final home Connacht Womens League match on Sunday when they tackle NUIG at Dubarry Park. Kick off time is not confirmed at time of writing. The Students are faring much better this season than last year so the Pirates ladies will be wise not to underestimate them. But a passionate Buccettes are flourishing too, so a home win should be the outcome.

THANK YOU

Podge Finn and Arthur Carr, who organised successful fund-raising for the eminently worthy AWARE charity group, have written to the club thanking everyone who contributed to their fund-raising endeavours that included a collection at the recent Connacht Eagles v Newcastle Falcons match. In total €6,500 was raised for AWARE.

BAG PACKING

BAG PACKING in aid of underage rugby takes place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Dunnes Stores, Irishtown, Athlone. At time of writing, there are still a few vacant slots on the rota so, if you have a little spare time and wish to volunteer for a stint, kindly contact Fintan O’Reilly or Geraldine Kenny at 086-1732711.

LOTTO

The numbers drawn in this week’s BUCCANEERS LOTTO were 6, 10, 13 & 14. Thank you to all who are supporting the club’s Lotto.   

 

WELL DONE, CONNACHT!

CONNACHT had a mighty and thoroughly deserved Heineken Cup 22-14 win over two-time finalists Olympic Biarritz. In the process, a much-depleted squad with many young promising players was allowed throw off the shackles as they played some exhilarating rugby. Hopefully, they can become more consistent with the confidence that victories such as this will give their burgeoning players. Overall, it was a pretty good weekend for the Irish provinces so there is much to anticipate next weekend and beyond and all matches can be viewed live in The Bounty. 

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