U21’s emphatic win as Buccs prepare for Dungannon fireworks!

RUGBY with MICHAEL SILKE

BUCCANEERS 64   NUIG/CORINTHIANS 7

BUCCANEERS ran riot in their South-West Conference Section A U-21 National League game against NUIG/Corinthians at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday when the homesters romped to a 64-7 victory.

Played in lovely conditions, Buccs redeemed themselves from the previous week’s error ridden display in Cork. They achieved this despite some absentees that resulted in a virtually all local squad who responded emphatically to restore pride. The young Pirates dominated all facets of play, particularly the set-pieces as the visiting combination side suffered a backlash.

This was a terrific team performance with the especially youthful front row trio being hugely effective. Overall, all players played their part as Buccs reeled in a haul of ten tries with the superb Aidan Connaughton grabbing a hat-trick. Slick backs Rossa Taylor and Conor FitzGibbon helped themselves to a brace apiece while Ryan Sheridan, Tim Clifford and Ray O’Reilly also enjoyed touchdowns. Ben Carty completed the haul with a pair of penalties and four conversions. The disappointing Galway outfit managed just one converted try in response. Meanwhile, training for Buccaneers U-21s  continues on Friday nights at 7 pm.

BUCCANEERS:- R.Taylor; T.Clifford, C.FitzGibbon, R.Sheridan, R.O’Reilly; B.Carty, B.Digby; B.Teape, S.Flanagan, S.Meunargia; J.O’Rourke, J.Donoghue; R.Moony-Enraght, P.Maxwell and A.Connaughton (captain). Replacements used:- E.Kelly, J.Gormley, R.Corcoran and G.Costello.  

CORRIB 7  BUCCANEERS 29

BUCCANEERS DEVELOPMENT SQUAD continue to move up the Connacht Junior 1B League table following another fine victory away to Corrib at Headford on Sunday when they forged a 29-7 win.

This was a solid if not spectacular display with a decent first half effort by Buccs laying the foundation for this bonus point victory. The midlanders led 17-0 at halftime following tries by James Tormey, Rory Walshe and Tim Clifford, with Ger Fallon landing one conversion. Corrib got in for a converted try early in the second half to get back into this contest but in a dull enough second period Buccs were that bit sharper and stronger. Clifford added his second try before Jack Keegan grabbed his side’s fifth try which Darragh Lennon converted with typical aplomb to seal the issue.

BUCCANEERS:-  J.Maguire; T.Clifford, G.Walsh, D.Byrne, G.Fallon; D.Griffith, J.Keegan; M.Staunton, D.Burns, D.Lennon (captain); J.Tormey, R.Byrne; D.Egan, R.Reid and R.Walshe. Replacement:- S.Byrne.

BUCCANEERS 17   CARRICK-ON-SHANNON 5

BUCCANEERS made further progress in the Connacht Womens League when they overcame Carrick-on-Shannon 17-5 at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Friday night.

Good pressure by the homesters gave the Athlone ladies plenty of possession and territory in the opening half after which they led 12-0. Aislinn Kelleher sent them on their way when she ran through for a rip-snorter of a try. Props Tracy Finnerty and Anne-Marie Sleator combined neatly for Buccs second try by the latter. The second half was a more even affair with dogged Carrick refusing to wilt. The teams scored one try apiece in this period with Mairead Devaney settling the issue with a well taken try for Buccs for whom Christine Mannion kicked one conversion. Centre Kelleher apart, there were no out and out stars in this encounter but, nevertheless, a solid team effort for a well deserved victory.

BUCCANEERS:- M.Devaney; C.McSpadden, A.Kelleher, N.Gough; C.Mannion, S.Hynds; T.Finnerty, M.Kiripati (captain), A.M.Sleator; C.Moore, N.Egan; M.Borque Cascajo and E.Conlon. Replacements used:-  A.Corry, E.Phelan, A.Taaffe, Y.O’Shea and N.Ni Dhroma.   

FIXTURES

Top of the bill this weekend for Buccaneers supporters is the Saturday night Ulster Bank League Division 1B clash at home to Dungannon. This floodlit game kicks off in Dubarry Park at 7 p.m.

Dungannon were ambushed by UCD in their final fixture last season and thus missed out on promotion. Consequently, it is surprising that they have lost their two opening AIL games this year, albeit both to promoted clubs Malone and Dublin University. Paddy Johns, who has a long association with the northerners, is their new coach and he will be demanding improvement on Saturday. Dungannon have some classy players in their ranks with Chris Farrell, Chris Cochrane, Peter Nelson, Craig Gilroy and Stuart McCloskey all exciting young backs. Paul Magee anchors this sector in the centre while ex-Bucc Jaryd Bennett mans the pivotal outhalf berth when Patrick Jackson is not available from Ulster. Ali Birch and Mark Jenkinson are key figures in the pack where Glen Sinnamon and Phil Whyte are part of a formidable front row that could include Nigel Brady or Declan Fitzpatrick as Ulster play on Friday night.

The Tyrone men (who defeated Ards last Saturday) did the double over Buccs last season, albeit the Pirates fielded an extremely weak squad at Stevenson Park. Buccs had no fixture last weekend but half a dozen  players (Shane Layden, Jack Carty, Daniel Qualter, Eoghan Grace, Michael Kearney and Peter Reilly) featured for Connacht Eagles in Athlone. The midlanders will need to be focussed, committed and cohesive for this Bank Holiday clash and there is bags of talent and potential too in the Athlone club’s squad. Consequently, a thoroughly entertaining and compelling encounter is in prospect with some Halloween fireworks anticipated on Saturday night.

A pre-match meal is available prior to the Dungannon game. Tables per 8 persons cost just €240 which is excellent value providing 3-course meal, some vino, 100-page programme and seat in the Stand. That’s real value at only €30 per person. Bookings from groups or indeed individuals are welcome. Please contact our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711 to book.

Buccaneers Development Squad are also at home this weekend, taking on Ballyhaunis in the Connacht Junior 1B League at Dubarry Park on Sunday, kick off 2.30 p.m. The Thirds are inactive again this weekend, their opponents Westport being unable to field last Sunday. The U21s and Womens teams also have the long weekend off!

LOTTO

The numbers drawn in this week’s BUCCANEERS LOTTO were 11, 12, 19 & 25. There was no outright winner so next Saturday night’s JACKPOT is €10,000. ‘Redbrook Ingredients’ matched three numbers to win €200. Thanks to everyone who are supporting our Lotto. 

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