Buccaneers RFC this week held its annual primary school contact rugby blitz on a day that presented four seasons in one. The excellently presented facilities served as a great backdrop for a fantastic morning of rugby where 250+ players got to grips with rugby, many of which in their first ever competition.
The blitz is run on a non competitive nature of and is a culmination of schools visits and training run by Buccaneers’ Charlie Couper.
Boys and Girls from 4th 5th and 6th class have been hard at work preparing and learning the skills of the game with a concentration on tackling, running, offloading and passing.
Charlie Couper Buccaneers says: “Firstly a huge thank you goes to teachers and players for attending today and doing so well as well the club volunteers who helped with refereeing duties. I really look forward to seeing many of these boys and girls playing here next year as so many of them have taken to the game so quickly. The high standard every year is great to see. The purpose of this blitz is to give as many children as possible their first taste of playing rugby and coach them in the important skills to help them play”.
Cornafulla NS, Ballbay NS, Coosan NS, Baylin NS, Tubberclair NS and An Grianan NS have been great supporters of this project and Charlie hopes to grow the group of schools even further next year.
East Connacht CDO Conor Galvin says: “I have been lucky enough to attend a lot of these blitzes over the years and they go from strength to strength. The players are really enjoying themselves out there and its always great to see how well the new players adapt to contact rugby. Charlie does an outstanding job working with so many new players and I’m looking forward to seeing these boys and girls continue to play in September here in Buccaneers”.

Sligo RFC overcame a 7 point deficit midway through the second half to defeat Buccaneers 10-7 and claim the U13 Boys Cup at a windy Sportsground this afternoon.

Ballinasloe defeated Buccaneers by the narrowest of margins yesterday, 22-21, to win the U18.5 Boys Cup Final. Here’s some of the best pics.

More silverware is up for grabs on Sunday when 10 teams compete in 5 league finals across the province, ranging from the U15 Boys to the Women’s League.
First up at 12pm are the Division 2 finals at U15 and U17 level. Corrib will play host to the U15 Division 2 decider between near neighbours Monivea and Dunmore, while at the same time in Ballina there’s a meeting of Westport and Sligo in the U17 Division 2 final.
One hour later at 1pm to more deciders will kick-off in Ballinrobe and Ballyhaunis. Ballinrobe will play host to the Connacht Women’s League final as Westport take on NUIG, while Ballinasloe and Galwegians will face off in the U17 Division 1 final in Ballyhaunis.
The last of the deciders gets going at 1.30 in the U15 Division 1 final as Galwegians take on Buccaneers, with Ballinasloe acting as the venue.
Best of luck to all 8 clubs, and we’ll have the results for you on the Connacht Club & Community Facebook page on Sunday evening.

Buccaneers are the Connacht Senior Cup champions for 2018/2019 after a last gasp win at home to Galway Corinthians. Victory came with the last kick of the game as Kieran Joyce knocked over a penalty for a 16-14 win.
The Athlone men went out into a 10-0 lead before Corinthians won a scrum against the head and drove over with a Nick Harrison try on 40 minutes.
Buccaneers built on their 10-07 half-time lead with a penalty from Mikey Hanley but it was Corinthians leading 14-13 heading down the stretch.
Mark McDermott cut a brilliant line through the midfield to put Corinthians on the attack. Six phases and a Simon Keller scythe got Corinthians to the line where Jack Noone forced his way over for a second try converted by Keller.
Joyce was given the responsibility of kicking Buccaneers into the semi-final of the Bateman Cup and the centre duly obliged. Corinthians Head Coach JP Cooney saw no fault in the efforts of his players:
“They gave it their all and then they gave some more,” he said. “If you look at the teams we had to beat to get to the final. We had Ballina who came up this year and are going well in Division 2C.
Sligo are in the same AIL division as us. Buccaneers are two divisions ahead and Galwegians are a division ahead of us. In my opinion, we deserved better today.”

For Buccaneers, City of Armagh are next up at the Palace Grounds on Saturday 12th January. Garryowen host Lansdowne on the other side of the draw in Limerick.


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