Summer camp to spring a hive of activity at Buccaneers RFC

Reeling in the years at an Athlone RFC dinner dance during the early 1970s.  Pictured back row, l-r, Michael T Byrne, Dermot Fitzpatrick, Peter Shiel, Noel Ryan, Pat Creagh, Paul Sheeran and Matt Vaughan.  Front row, l-r,  Enda O’Rourke, Sean Cawley, Jim Keane (club president) and Egbert Moran (who celebrated his 80th birthday recently).

Reeling in the years at an Athlone RFC dinner dance during the early 1970s. Pictured back row, l-r, Michael T Byrne, Dermot Fitzpatrick, Peter Shiel, Noel Ryan, Pat Creagh, Paul Sheeran and Matt Vaughan. Front row, l-r, Enda O’Rourke, Sean Cawley, Jim Keane (club president) and Egbert Moran (who celebrated his 80th birthday recently).

Buccaneers rugby summer camp, in association with Smith’s Supervalu Monksland, takes place next week at Dubarry Park from Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12, from 9.30am to 12.30pm daily.

Boys and girls aged 7 to 12 years old are welcome to come along with no rugby playing experience necessary. Children can have fun, make friends and burn up some energy!

Cost is €70 per child with discounts applicable for additional family members. All participants for the five days will receive a rugby ball and t-shirt. Advance registration is recommended but entries will also be accepted on the day.

To register, contact the club administrator, Geraldine at 0861732711 or email [email protected] or log on to https://bit.ly/3yT1lRi.

O’Connor clan tops in annual golf outing

Buccaneers ‘Golf and BBQ’ event proved hugely successful, attracting a full entry list to Glasson Lakehouse’s panoramic course on July 19. The O’Connor clan, with flying winger Rory, proving he can score just as readily on the greens as easily as he poaches tries in the All-Ireland League, prevailed as the top team on a score of 107 points. Rory also claimed the ‘Nearest the Pin’ award. Rory’s team members were his father Gabriel, John O’Connor and Iggy O’Brien.

Micheal O’Faolain’s team were pipped by a single point for the prime spot on their score of 106. His teammates were Michael Downes, Willie Owens and Seamus Feeney.

Michael Walsh led his team, which had a 50/50 gender mix, to third place on a score of 101 points. Melita Walsh, Louise Quinn and Barry Reidy were his comrades.

Another member of Buccaneers exciting backline, Michael Hanley, proved he is equally adroit with the driver as he is with his place-kicking when clinching the ‘Longest Drive’ prize.

Buccaneers RFC thank all who supported this fund-raiser by participating or sponsoring with particular thanks to Glasson Lakehouse where the course was in splendid condition. The prizes will be presented to the winners at Buccaneer’s first home AIL fixture v Old Wesley on October 8.

Connacht V Sale Sharks at Dubarry Park

Connacht rugby have confirmed an attractive friendly fixture against Sale Sharks to be played in Dubarry Park on Friday, August 26. Kick off is 7pm and tickets are now on sale on their website www.connachtrugby.ie Tickets are priced at €10 per adult and €5 for juniors. Connacht season tickets will be valid for this fixture.

Home fans will be eager to see skipper Jack Carty, the Murray brothers Niall and Darragh, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham and Bundee Aki in action up close and personal.

Sale Sharks play in the English Premiership and include England internationals Tom Curry, Manu Tuilagi, Joe Simpson and Josh Beaumont (son of Bill ) as well as a shoal of South Africans in their squad. A big physical side they should prove a formidable challenge for Connacht and will surely attract a big attendance to the Athlone venue.

Meanwhile, Connacht will face Leinster in two Youths interpros at Dubarry Park on Saturday afternoon, August 27. Admission is free to both these matches.

Women’s rugby

Buccaneers women’s rugby pre-season training commences this Wednesday evening so ladies grab your boots and head to Dubarry Park. The session commences from 7.30pm until 9pm. All are welcome. Bring a friend and give rugby a try.

Women’s touch rugby sessions will take place on four Thursday evenings at Dubarry Park from August 11 to September 1. These introductory sessions welcome ladies and girls aged 16 to 60 and no previous rugby playing experience is required. It’s a growing fun sport so why not come along and give it a try from 7pm each evening. Phone Denis at 0857742751 for further information.

Congrats to Hazel Kilduff and the Ireland women’s softball team who finished fifth in the European Championships held in Slovenia recently.

Congratulations Egbert

Congratulations to former club president and captain Egbert Moran on celebrating his 80th birthday recently.

Cash for Clobber

Buccaneer’s ‘Cash for Clobber’ is back! Clean clothes, towels, scarfs, curtains and bed linen welcome but NO duvets, quilts or pillows. Hats, belts, handbags and paired shoes are also welcome. Items may be dropped in to the first dressing room at the club or contact Geraldine at 0861732711 during office hours.

Condolences

Deepest sympathy is extended to Keith Grehan and family on the passing of his grandfather Anthony.

 

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