Buccaneers travelled to Monivea to play the hosts and relative new comers An Gaeltacht as the other visiting team. It was unusual but inspiring to hear An Gaeltacht coaches shout instructions to their young players in our native tongue- a new experience for the Buccaneers lads to be sure. The weather was favourable to open rugby and all 3 teams delivered on this promise. Many thanks go to Monivea for a great morning’s rugby and some great hospitality in their clubhouse afterwards. Thanks as always to all those parents who travelled in cars to support and cheer on their young players. Go raibh mhaith agibh.
The Under 7’s played 2 matches against Monivea’s 2 U7’s teams and were very h3 compared to their opposition. Coaches facilitated the h3er players and the ones still learning by allowing younger players space to run and pass before being tip tackled and great credit to all for keeping all players engaged and challenged equally. Buccs won both of their games and displayed some great running, tackling and passing in all their games.
E.Hunt, F. O’Brien, H.McGowan, N. Stewart, N. Ward, P. Bourke, S.McGuinness, S.Warde.
Buccaneers U8’s had another great turnout at Monivea, and had 2 teams and 5 games in total against both Monivea and an Gaeltacht, winning all their games. Both buccaneers teams put in a huge effort with many trys scored. There were some exceptional tackles made by Donal Dawson, Andrew Henson, Richard Heaslip and Calum Hudson in particular. Try scorers on the day were Kevin Boland, Donal Dawson, Andrew Henson, Calum Hudson, Paul O’Sullivan, Adam Casey, Liam O’Flaherty, Daniel Fogarty and Daniel Kelly. The teams new jerseys were generously sponsored by Café Haven and Vanilla Garden and stood out well and the players represented their club proudly in their new kit.
Calum Hudson, Andrew Henson, Daniel Fogarty, Kyle Byrne, , Richard Heaslip, Donal Dawson, Daniel Kelly, Paul O Sullivan, Daithi O Leochain, Liam O Flaherty, Adam Casey, Rory Dolan, Ben Ward, Liam O’Rourke, Rory McMicken and Darragh Glynn Desmond.
The U9’s won both their games in impressive style, scoring 14 tries and conceding 3.
In the first game, Buccaneers started explosively scoring 2 tries in the opening minutes from Tom Bourke and Ruairi Kilkline. Shell shocked Monivea staged a comeback scoring a try, however this only served to spur the Buccs team. With tremendous tackling from James Heaslip and Patrick Ward it was only a matter of time before the third try was scored by Rian Claffey after good passing from Michael Commins and Lorcan McCormack. Just before the interval Buccs scored one more try from Teaga Awhinawhi who combined with Jason Dolan for some clever passing to score in the corner. At half time Buccs made a number of changes, however this didn’t dilute the pressure or accuracy of the team. Cathal O’Brien continued the scoring, seizing on a loose ball after a bone crunching tackle by Shane Wheatley. Rian Claffey showed great strength and determination to get his second score of the game by powering through the Monivea defence. Good tackling from Tiernan Mitchell and a great rucking by Aaron Hurley allowed Evan McMiken the space to run in the seventh try of the day. Buccs weren’t finished and with 2 minutes remaining in the half Sean O’Donoghue, picked up a loose ball on the half way and went on a run slaloming through the Monivea defence to score the final try of the match with Buccs victories 8-1.
In the second match against An Gaeltacht, Buccs changed their starting line up completely. After a hesitant opening in which An Galeteacht scored first, Buccs regrouped and struck back. Great handling from John Hurley and Cormac Murphy allowed Cathal O’Brien a simple run to the line for Buccs opening score. With their blanket defence causing An Gaeltacht problems Conor Dowling profited after big hits from Lucas Carlin and Tom Bourke, to beat 3 defenders on his run to the line. On the stroke of half time Ruairi Kilkline scored to give Buccs a cushion. In the second half the Buccs pressure was relentless forcing An Gaeltacht backwards, and with pressure from James Heaslip and Tiernan Mitchell, Tom Sheehan was the beneficiary, picking from a ruck, breaking 2 tackles and scoring in the corner. Evan McMicken was a constant threat to An Gaeltacht and his crisp passing from the base of a ruck provided the time and space for Sean O’Donoghue to score. The score of the game was the last Buccs try. After overturning An Gaeltacht on the Buccs try line, where great credit has to go to Patrick Ward for a tremendous tackle and quick rucking by Cormac Murphy and Aaron Hurley, Buccs put the ball through the hands with sublime passing from John Hurley, Jason Dolan and Michael Commins. Sean O’Donoghue injected pace to the move and passed to Conor Dowling who passed out of the tackle to send Tom Sheehan in for their last try. On the stroke of full time An Gaeltacht breached the Buccs defence to end the game 6-2.
Buccs U9 Team: Lucas Carlin, Patrick Ward, Rian Claffey, James Heaslip, Tiernan Mitchell, Shane Wheatley, Tom Bourke, Tom Sheehan, Sean O’Donoghue, Michael Commins, Jason Dolan, Conor Dowling, Ruairi Kilkline, Evan McMicken, Cathal O’Brien, Teaga Awhinawhi, Lorcan McCormack, John Hurley, Aaron Hurley and Cormac Murphy. .
Buccs U10’s had only 1 team but with some late arrivals had 6 subs and they played 3 matches against Monivea’s 2 teams and An Gaeltacht.
In the opening game Buccs met host Monivea’s h3 team, as the hosts decided to stream their teams into A.h3 and B.Development teams. Bucc’s started well and opened the scoring from Conor Sheehan, as his speed and power took him over the line to finish a series of beaking runs and off loads by Kian Mitchell, Luke Reid and Brian Mulvihill. Buccs weren’t to have it all their own way and Monivea’s superb tackling kept the big crash runners out like Luke Reid, Ryan Kelly, Matthew Connor and Niall Tallon. It was the hosts who scored next and they got their second shortly after the start of the second half to put them into the lead. Cruelly, Buccs were denied an equaliser when Oisin Dolan playing as scrum half pre-emptively put the ball into the scrum and released Kian Mitchell on a searching run the length of the pitch and touching down for his try, only to be informed by the ref that he hadn’t signalled the ball to be put in. When play was brought back and scrum redone, the same move was closed down quickly and Buccs had to bite down and work for another score. Unfortunately it wouldn’t come and the game finished out 2-1 to the hosts.
In the second game the Buccs had it all their own way as Monivea’s development team’s inexperience and lack of pace caught them out. Buccs scored 4 Trys unanswered by Monivea. Scorers were Brian Mulvihill, Noah Heavey, Conor Sheehan for his second of the day and Diarmuid Murtagh.
In the 3rd and final game Buccs came up for the first time against An Gaeltacht and were almost as dominant as their second game in spite of some entertaining play by the young Gealgoirs. They won by 5 try’s to 2 with scores coming from Kian Mitchell, Niall Tallon, Brian Mulvihill and Diarmuid Murtagh both scoring their seconds of the day, and Conor Sheehan getting his third.
Some great defensive tacking was put in throughout the 3 games by Oisin Dolan, Oisin Flynn, Matthew Connor and Luke Reid with some excellent passing and support play from Jon Ganly, Oisin Byrne, Ryan Kelly, Andrew Warde and Noah Heavey.
The Under 10’s lads looked fast and fit and a credit to their club in their new fitted replica team Jerseys sponsored by Midland Stone and many thanks to them for their generous support.
Conor Sheehan, Kian Mitchell, Andrew Warde, Ryan Kelly, Jon Ganly, Niall Tallon, Brian Mulvihill, Oisin Dolan, Oisin Byrne, Oisin Flynn, Matthew Connor, Diarmuid Murtagh, Ryan Kelly, Luke Reid
Bucc’s U11’s squad put in an excellent away performance against a combined team of Monivea and An Gealtacht on Saturday morning.
The home team got off to a blistering start with 2 unanswered tries in the first couple of minutes. However after catching their second wind Bucc’s players Dylan Bolger, Donagh Mc Cormack and Barry Golden made some try stopping tackles which turned the game around. Buccaneers made some headway after a well formed ruck was created by Rory Henshaw, Cian Smyth, John Shine and Liam Ward which resulted in the first try by Dalu Alozie.
The second half started at pace for Buccs with a well taken try from Oisin O’Flaherty. As in the first half some excellent play was made by the Midland team with an inch perfect pass from Luca Gyles putting Bobby Fox in for their third try. After the restart Odhran Dolan made an excellent pass to Joshua Coyle which was passed on to Dalu Alozie for the visiting teams final try. Despite a try in the dying minutes by Frank Mc Kiernan which was disallowed for a marginal offside, the visiting team beat Monivea & An Gealtacht by 5 tries to 4.
Rory Henshaw, Luca Gyles, Odhran Dolan, Liam Ward, Joshua Coyle, Oisin O’Flaherty,John Shine, Dalu Alozie, Bobby Fox, Barry Golden, Donagh Mc Cormack, Cian Smyth, Dylan Bolger, Frank Mc Kiernan, Paidi O’ Leochain (injured), Darragh Henshaw (mascot).
In their opening game Buccs started well scoring in the first min with Cian Mccarthy weaving his way through the Monivea defence for an individual score . The 2nd came when relative new comer John Dillon O’Shea ran from deep bursting through the Monivea lines and going over for a try. Buccs got their 3rd from Callum Mcknight who ripped the ball off a Monivea defender and powered through 2 others before touching down over the line.
The 4th try came again from Cian Mccarthy, who keeping the ball in hand, burst through the hosts defence, and then some great forward play from Adam Farnan, Adam O’Brien and Lorcan Fallon working hard to put Monivea under pressure and keep them from scoring. With some great line running from John Dillon O’Shea and Brendan Costello, Buccs finished out comfortable winners, 4-2 at full time.
In the 2nd match more great work from Buccs forwards put Cian Mccarthy through for his 3rd try of the day. The next score came from great running and strength from Adam Farnan who popped the ball to oncoming Brendan Costello putting him in to score his try. Buccs 3rd and 4th trys came from pressure by Buccs on Monivea’s scrum which saw John Dillon O’Shea break from 1 tackle and handoff another to put himself in to score and then he scored again after bursting through the host defence and breaking for the line unopposed.
Buccs 5th and final score came from Lorcan Fallon who put Monivea under pressure turned over possession by ripping the ball and then driving through for a great try.
Great tackling came from Rory Killgariff, Ethan Friel, Paul Maloney and Peter Mulvihill with super line running from John Dillon O’Shea, Donnagh Claffey and Shane Boland. An all round quality performance was finished off by the Buccs forwards as they secured turnover ball at the breakdown. Final score 5-2 to Buccs.
Adam Farnan, Sean Kelly, Adam O’ Brien, Lorcan Fallon, Rory Killgariff, Paul Maloney, Shane Boland, John Dillon O’ Shea, Brendan Costello, Donnagh Claffey, Ethan Friel, Cian Mccarthy, Callum Mcknight, Eoin Galvin, Peter Mulvihill