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Often maligned, rather unfairly, as a dog track overlooking a cemetery, the Galway Sportsground can now be the province’s “shining light”. Hardened fans love it just as it is, and former captain John Muldoon refused to contemplate moving big games elsewhere, but in many ways it is past its sell-by date, particularly since the game went professional.
BUCCANEERS commence their All Ireland League campaign with an intriguing home fixture against Naas in Dubarry Park on Saturday, kick off 2.30pm.
BUCCANEERS playing season commences on Saturday when they face a very tricky assignment away to Ballina in a Connacht Senior League fixture at Heffernan Park, kick off 2.30 p.m. The hosts, who have been junior kingpins in Connacht for the past two seasons, will be buoyant following their opening day 35-24 home victory over Sligo last Saturday.
A return to the hallowed turf of Dubarry Park awaits Jack Carty on Saturday afternoon as he dons the out half jersey for his first senior appearance for Connacht on home soil.
On-field rugby action for the season commences with a hugely attractive match between Connacht and Wasps at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday afternoon.
A new coaching triumvirate is in place at Buccaneers for the coming season, the kick off for which is fast approaching on August 25th. Peter O’Donnell comes in as Head Coach and he will be assisted by Aidan Wynne with Michael Harding in charge of the club’s Seconds team. All three are young, ambitious and progressive, and will work together along with Buccs U-20 mentors in fashioning the Pirates style of play for all teams.
Two Galwegians headed to the USA this week to compete in the 2018 World Handball Championships.
A new name has been added to the list of overall winners at Buccaneers Tag Rugby annual league tournament with Coupers Loopers coming out on top of this summer’s leagues contested at Dubarry Park. Last year’s championship bowl victors, Coupers Loopers now qualify for the IRFU Volkswagen Tag series.
This season’s All Ireland League fixtures list has just been unveiled and Buccaneers open their AIL campaign with a tasty home fixture against Naas on October 6th. Their first away game follows on the 13th with a first ever match against Banbridge, the Co. Down club that has moved up the divisions in recent seasons.
Four Galway girls have made an historic breakthrough in gymnastics, qualifying for the 2018 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships.