New head coach Eddie O’Sullivan gave an impressive power-point presentation to Buccaneers players in the Bounty last Tuesday when, equally impressive, was the large turnout of players. Circa 50 I would guess, a number not usually seen around the club until perhaps a week or two before the season would be due to kick off! Discipline, culture and attention to detail will be key aspects demanded by the coach. Training then commenced on Thursday and will continue on Tuesdays & Thursdays from hereon with all players expected to be on the pitch, duly warmed up, for 90-minute sessions starting at 7.30 p.m. Meanwhile fixtures for the coming season have been revealed, as follows:-

Connacht Senior League
August 13 Galwegians (H)
Sept 3 Ballina (A)
Sept 10 Corinthians (A)
Sept 17 Sligo (H)

Energia All-Ireland League Division 1B
Oct 1 City of Armagh (A)
Oct 8 Old Wesley (H)
Oct 15 Highfield (A)
Oct 29 Old Belvedere (H)
Nov 5 Malone (A)
Nov 12 University College Cork (H)
Nov 26 St. Mary’s College (A)
Dec 3 Banbridge (H)
Dec 10 Naas (A)
Jan 14 Naas (H)
Jan 21 Banbridge (A)
Jan 28 St. Mary’s College (H)
Feb 18 University College Cork (A)
Feb 25 Malone (H)
Mar 4 Old Belvedere (A)
Mar 25 Highfield (H)
Apr 1 Old Wesley (A)
Apr 15 City of Armagh (H)
Apr 22 Semi-final
May 6/7 Final

The coming season’s All-Ireland League schedule has one free weekend between every pod of three matches on successive weekends. The 18 games are on a home and away basis with no double away or home fixtures this time which is a welcome change from recent seasons. Buccaneers kick off their campaign away to City of Armagh on October 1st with the first home game being against Old Wesley the following weekend.