Buccaneers President’s XV 5 lost to Exiles 45

The Exiles proved too slick and too fit for the President’s XV in the annual St Stephen’s Day match regaining the James Moran Exiles Perpetual Cup.

The dull, but mild, conditions drew a decent attendance to Dubarry, the Exiles bolstered by the presence of several Irish representative caps. The Exiles gained early ascendancy despite contending with a stiff breeze, a sixth-minute David Fagan try the first of many scoring opportunities, Nigel So romped in for their second try at the end of the opening quarter and Aidan Wynne touched down for the third. Each of the three converted their own handiwork to go 21-nil up with the welcome prospect of a second-half tailwind.

Within moments of kick-off, Darragh Maguire touched down for the Exiles’ fourth. So grabbed his second almost immediately, the match on the cusp of becoming a rout. Wynne helped himself to his second 12 minutes gone to go 40-nil ahead. To their eternal credit, the President’s selection battled throughout but a solitary James Tormey try wide in the left corner was their only consolation.

The Exiles had the final say when So, celebrating his engagement, completed a hat-trick and extend the margin to 40 once again. Elena Moran presented th trophy to winning captain (and fiancee) Eddie Brady in The Bounty, President’s XV player Rory Byrne named man-of-the-match. Other colourful highlights included Brian ‘Abba’ Moore’s pink shorts and a cameo by Craig Milling in a vintage Buccaneers jersey.

Buccaneers President’s XV: M.Tormey; J.Bonnar, M.Madden, S.Flynn, R.Reid; P.Byrne, T.Donohoe; D.Lennon, K.Grehan, L.Doran; R.Byrne, J.Tormey; G.Glynn (captain), S.Byrne and A.Hughes. Replacements: G.Kenny, B.Kelly, V.McGrath, P.McManus, E.Mannion, P.Rikadze and C.Milling.

Exiles: N.So; M.Donohoe, P.Flanagan, A.Wynne, A.Downey; D.Fagan, J.Keegan; M.Jackson, E.Brady (captain), D.Henshaw; N.Quigley, M.Coleman; D.Maguire, D.Ryan and A.Hanley. Replacements: D.Kelly, B.Moore and A.Ryan. Referee: Richard English (Leinster).

The LOTTO numbers yielded 6, 11, 16 and 28, but went unwon and rolls over to a healthy-looking €2800 jackpot.

Condolences and deepest sympathies to Benny Gilligan and the greater Gilligan family on the death of his cousin Caroline, after her brave battle with ill-health.

Congratulations to Marist College on its long-overdue maiden Supermacs Connacht Schools Senior League title, won by way of a thrilling 15-8 victory over much-fancied Sligo Grammar in Ballyhaunis just before Christmas. Marist adapted well to both the challenge and conditions, especially on defence. Thomas Seery scored a late but all-important try to secure the title. Well done to coach Michael Loftus, captain Robert Henshaw and all involved on this success.

Galwegians Game, Friday Week. Buccaneers’ next Ulster Bank League home game against Connacht rivals Galwegians takes place on Friday week, January 13, with a 7.30 pm kick off under Dubarry Park floodlights. Bookings for pre-match tables at this much-anticipated Division 1B duel should be made to Geraldine at 086 173 2711. Priced at €30 (per person) secures a four-course meal, wine, a seat in the Stand, and a 100-page souvenir matchday programme. Bookings from groups and/or individuals welcome.

Buccaneers’ Management wishes all clubmembers, friends and supporters a Happy New Year, good health and contentment throughout 2012.

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