Here come the girls!!!!

On Thursday March 30th Dubarry Park was a female only zone as the club hosted a Girls Tag Blitz between local schools Our Lady’s Bower, Colaiste Chiarain and Athlone Community College. The blitz day was the accumulation of four weeks of sessions in each of the schools, coached by Tina McKiernan and Lorna Stuart-Trainor with the most welcome support and guidance of Wendy Hickey of the Connacht Branch IRFU.

Each of the schools welcomed coaches and encouraged girls to such an extent that there were over 70 players at the Blitz. It was fantastic to see how the players had improved and honed their skills over those weeks. The games on the day were hugely competitive with great moves and use of space on display. There was a festive atmosphere that even the showers couldn’t dampen.

Thank you to all the students who participated, their wonderful teachers and supportive schools; it was a pleasure to have them at Dubarry Park. Thank you to the referees on the day Brendan Wilkins, Declan Brady, Lawrence Berrigan and Wendy Hickey and also to Martin Joyce and Diarmuid Sloane for logistics and catering on the day.

For any girls looking to try out rugby please don’t hesitate to contact Lorna on 0868794465.
Training times:-
U-18 and U-16 Girls train on Mondays and Fridays 7pm
U-14 Girls train on Wednesday 6.30pm and Saturday at 12am
U-10 and U-12 train Wednesday 6.30pm and Saturday 11am

Canterbury ‘Give It A Try’ starts in Buccaneers on Wednesday 19th of April from 7pm.
It is an 8-week programme where girls aged 8-14 can learn to play rugby in a fun environment.

Meanwhile, Buccaneers is hosting a ‘Youth Skills Camp’ at the club for three days during the Easter holidays. Girls and Boys are invited to participate on April 11th, 12th and 13th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. The camp will be in two groups; Juniors U-13 to U-15 and Seniors U-16 to U-18.5. Fee is €50 and you can register online at

Congratulations to Anna McGann on her call up to the senior Irish women’s squad for the Tik Tok six nations fixture against France in Musgrave Park at the weekend.

The Annual Ladies Day in Buccaneers RFC is coming with the ‘Prosecco by the pitch’ event taking place on the 15th of April. It is open to everyone, so come along enjoy a prosecco reception in The Bounty, at 12.30pm, followed by 3 course dinner with wine. Free entry into Buccaneers RFC vs City of Armagh AILgame at 2.30pm. Post match music and dancing provided by Ray O’Reilly. Amazing raffle on the day along with prize for best dressed. Wear your black and gold. Tickets €45 are available from Geraldine 0861732711