BUCCANEERS WOMENS TEAM also have a hugely important match at the weekend and it is a real shame that their Connacht Womens League final against holders Sligo is scheduled for Saturday. It is a little unusual that club fixtures other than Senior or Underage games in Connacht are slotted in on a Saturday so supporters of Buccs will be disappointed that they cannot attend both games. But, if you are not heading to Trinity, then there should be no better place to be than at this much-anticipated decider which kicks off at 1.30 p.m. in Ballyhaunis.

buccaneers Womens3This particular Buccaneers team has made huge strides in just two seasons. Runners-up in the league in their debutant campaign, they went one better in winning the Cup. Now they would dearly love to get their hands on the league trophy but Sligo will certainly not be willing to relinquish it softly. Buccs and Sligo are clearly the best two teams at this level in the province, so an absorbing and competitive final will surely unfold. There is terrific spirit and camaraderie in this Buccettes group who are not shy to work hard and learn on the training paddocks.

Mele Kiripati leads by example in the front row where Ann Marie Sleator is a very mobile prop. Elaine Conlon or Emer Phelan can dictate at No.8 and Natasha Egan is a fiery lock. The fiery Latin temperament of Myriam Borque-Cascajo is perfect for her flanker role and the Spanish senorita has been a key addition to the Buccs pack. Sligo Womens 2013Sinead Taylor’s powerful carrying and impressive place-kicking add fresh dimensions to the Buccettes backline where the pace and footballing nous of fullback Niamh Ni Dhroma is sure to pose constant problems for Sligo. Sharon Hynds, Emma Traynor and Colette McSpadden are other key figures in this sector. Buccaneers have a much stronger panel this season with the O’Shea sisters, Aislinn Kelleher, Lorna Stuart-Trainor, Christine Mannion, Catherine Moore, Niamh Gough, Antoinette Kemmy, Aoife Taaffe and Mairead Devaney all contending for starting berths and able to give Billy McMickan and mentors quality options in most positions.

The enterprise, energy and “one for all, all for one” attitude of this bunch of girls gives Buccaneers a wonderful platform and their fitness levels, honed by a couple of recent tough Cup matches, can give the Athlone team the decisive edge. Go for it, girls!

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