Buccaneers U-16s have been fielding two teams for the last three years and have 38 active players. Both teams were in action at different ends of the province last weekend. The Buccs ‘ ‘black’ team travelled to Carrick-on-Shannon hoping to qualify for the league semi-finals. The home team were in no mood to lie down but Buccs produced enough good phases to prevail. Buccs were first to score with a well worked John Paul try converted by outhalf Ruari Dolan who had a fine game. Carrick stormed back to score a penalty and a try and lead 8-7 at the break.
Now it was up to Buccs to show their mettle and they did just that with a dominant second half performance. Jack Ryan, who had another outstanding game, and Darragh Glennon scored a try each with Dolan converting one. This was a serious test of the team’s resolve and they won 19-8. They played some great rugby but will have to beware of a large penalty count to progress further.
Buccs ‘yellows’ journey to Clifden produced their best performance of the season. Emmett Muldowney scored a nice try early on after the inside backs engineered an overlap. The returning Fionn McGlaughlin and Jack Kelly were having stormers and the latter scored a try with an unstoppable burst. Outhalf Jacob Bourke was pulling the strings and scored with a show and go. Owen Egan made a cameo appearance and showed his class with a kick and chase score.
Buccs took the foot off the pedal after half time with a pletora of substitutions compromising the flow. Nevertheless, they were much too strong for the Connemara/Oughterard combination and won 22-12 on the back of an excellent performance by this talented team.