Buccaneers AIL fixtures announced

Buccaneers All-Ireland League fixtures for the coming season have been announced by the IRFU.

The AIL, which has a new sponsor ENERGIA on board, kicks off on the first weekend in October when Queen’s University return to Dubarry Park on Saturday October 5. It is ironic that Queen’s were the last visiting team to play in Athlone when their win over Buccs consigned the Pirates to Division 2A.

There are three Ulster clubs including Queen’s in this division and the midlanders will play them in their opening three fixtures. Buccs’ first away game heralds a joust against new opposition in Rainey Old Boys while Ballymena, also relegated last season, visit the midlands the following weekend. Tipperary clubs Nenagh Ormonde and Cashel are other new AIL opponents for the Pirates although the club has had strong links in the past with Nenagh. Perhaps the John McCormack Cup, which commemorates a former player with both Nenagh and Athlone, will be revived for this fixture?

Buccaneers have previously played the remaining four clubs – MU/Barnhall, UL Bohemian, Dolphin, and Old Crescent – in varying divisions over the years. The full fixtures list of league fixtures for Buccaneers First XV is listed below including a quartet of Connacht matches.

Good numbers are attending training under head coach Peter O’Donnell and the preparatory work for the forthcoming campaign is cranking up seriously from hereon. Junior squad players are also getting in shape for their league which kicks off on the weekend of September 15.

Buccaneers senior fixtures 2019

September 1 - Sligo (A ) CSL

September 8 - Corinthians (H ) CSL

September 14 - Galwegians (A ) CSL

September 21 - Ballina (H ) CSL

September 28 - BYE

October 5 - Queen’s University (H ) AIL

October 12 - Rainey Old Boys (A ) AIL

October 19 - Ballymena (H ) AIL

November 2 Nenagh Ormonde (A ) AIL

November 9 - MU/Barnhall (A ) AIL

November 16 - UL Bohemian (H ) AIL

November 30 - Dolphin (A ) AIL

December 7 - Cashel (H ) AIL

December 14 - Old Crescent (A ) AIL

2020

January 11 - Old Crescent (H ) AIL

January 25 - Cashel (A ) AIL

February 15 - Dolphin (H ) AIL

February 22 - UL Bohemian (A ) AIL

February 29 - MU Barnhall (H ) AIL

March 14 - Nenagh Ormonde (H ) AIL

March 21 - Ballymena (A ) AIL

March 28 - Rainey Old Boys (H ) AIL

April 18 - Queen’s University (A ) AIL

April 25 - AIL semi-finals

May 9 - AIL final

*AIL denotes Energia All-Ireland League; CSL denotes Connacht Senior League.

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