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Ireland selected to host World Rugby Women's Sevens Tournament
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Ireland selected to host World Rugby Women's Sevens Tournament

Irish rugby fans will experience the excitement of a major World Rugby women's sevens tournament for the first time this August with the announcement that Women's Sevens Dublin will be held in UCD on the 22nd and 23rd of August. 
 
The IRFU were selected to host the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series Qualifier 2015, which will see 12 teams, including Olympic qualified Brazil and Colombia, compete for the two remaining places on the coveted 2015-16 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.inpho 00943912500px
 
UCD will host over 200 visiting players and management with games taking place at the UCD Bowl, which has a capacity of up to 3,000 supporters.  A family friendly carnival atmosphere will provide the perfect backdrop to this important event in the women's sevens calendar.
 
The announcement is yet another step forward for women's sport in Ireland as it comes just weeks after World Rugby awarded the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 which will be held at in Dublin and Belfast in August 2017.
 
World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said:
 
"With the 2016 Olympic Games looming large on the horizon and the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series now an important and popular fixture on the international rugby calendar, this qualifying tournament in Dublin is extremely important for World Rugby and of course the individual teams involved.”
 
"Competition is fierce at this level and it is very encouraging to see that the overall standard of the women's game is rising all the time. There have never been so many exciting opportunities for women's sevens players as there are today. The series, the Olympics and of course Rugby World Cup Sevens mean the world's best female players are in the public eye more than ever before. This in turn is attracting more players, spectators and commercial partners into the game, which is having a significant, beneficial effect.”
 
"I would like to thank the IRFU for hosting this tournament and I've no doubt all the teams will be working hard in preparation as they seek to qualify for next season's series. For two teams that effort will bear fruit and for the rest I'm sure they will benefit from the experience of competing in an elite, high-intensity, two-day sevens event.”

 
On announcement of their selection IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne said: 
 
"We are delighted with today's announcement that Ireland is going to host the Women's Sevens Dublin Tournament.  UCD is a world class facility and it is a great opportunity to build the women's game on an international stage.
 
This gives us a great opportunity to showcase the game and we look forward to welcoming the International teams to Ireland for what is sure to be a great event.”

Source: Irish Rugby Football Union

 

 
VIXENS TRIUMPH IN ‘7s in the City’
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VIXENS TRIUMPH IN ‘7s in the City’

A star-studded Vixens squad triumphed in the ‘Supervalu 7s in the City’ all female Sevens tournament hosted by Buccaneers RFC at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday. After a most entertaining afternoon of competitive sevens, Vixens overcame an also impressive Railway Union side in the decider. Last year’s winners Blackrock captured ‘The Piano Bar Plate’ trophy, defeating a spirited Shirt The Ducks in that final. In the U-18 competition, Portlaoise proved too strong for neighbours Tullamore. National Breast Cancer Research Ireland was the designated charity of this Sevens event.Kim Flood is presented with the R8 Player of the tournament award at 7s in the City by Michael Moran R8 sponsors  Eddie Walshe pictured on left500px

Vixens and Railway Union both progressed with 100% win records through their group sections, both conceding just two tries enroute to the knockout stage. Here Vixens overcame Old Belvedere 36-0 in their semi-final while Railway Union accounted for hosts Buccaneers 29-5. In the final, Vixens with Jeanette Feighery snatching a brace of tries scampered away to a 19-0 halftime advantage that was stretched to 26-0 early in the second period. Siobhan Barrett and Ailsa Hughes shared the latter two tries and Jeamie Deacon added a hat-trick of conversions.

Cajoled by Tania Rosser, capped 50 times by Ireland, they were sharper and more clinical when chances appeared, yet this margin flattered them as Railway Union too had opportunities. However, their support play was not as swift or cohesive as it needed to be but they refused to throw in the towel and a strong finish in which they reduced the arrears to 26-14 was a fairer reflection on their endeavours. Eimear Murphy and Nicole Fowley finished off enterprising work for their touchdowns. Union gained some consolation with Kim Flood taking the ‘R8 Player of the Tournament’ accolade.

Blackrock were unable to retain the Open title won in last summer’s inaugural ‘7s in the City’ but they battled all afternoon and were rewarded with a hard-earned 33-22 success over Shirt The Ducks in the Plate final. The Galwegians representatives really got in the spirit of the occasion as they also celebrated their captain Marian Doolan’s birthday! Rock dominated for the majority of this decider but, despite looking comfortably ahead on a number of occasions, they found the westerners challenging to the very end before prevailing 33-22.

In the U-18 grade, Portlaoise looked much more organised and experienced than a younger looking Tullamore outfit in this midlands derby. The impressive Eimear Corri scored the first try of the afternoon and also looked the most exciting prospective talent on view. Meanwhile, St. Mary’s may not have enjoyed much reward on the field of play but they were worthy winners of the ‘Fair Play’ award.

Overall, it was a solid tournament although the unseasonably cool and showery weather was a bit of a spoilsport in the early proceedings. Key event organisers Mele Kiripati, Sandra Griffin and Niamh Ni Dhroma are to be complimented on their endeavours and there is a worthwhile platform to build for the future. Ireland players Laura Lee Walsh and Shannon Houston attended and the RBS Womens Six Nations championship trophy also put in an appearance. The generosity of all the sponsors is greatly appreciated with Athlone Towncentre supporting the free Family Day fun attractions such as bouncy castle, tug-of-war and face-painting that proved so popular with children and parents alike. In a well-structured event, the contribution of referees, physios and Order of Malta are gratefully acknowledged as was the input of scorekeeper Alex Hayman and announcer Diarmuid Sloane. Roll on next year!

Meanwhile Buccaneers can also be pleased with their on-field performance where busy duo Sandra and Niamh also contributed notably. They opened with a fine 24-5 win over St. Mary’s through tries by Emer Phelan, Siobhan Tierney, Sandra Griffin and Niamh Ni Dhroma. Hazel Kilduff kicked a brace of conversions before scoring a try in the 26-5 loss to Vixens. Trailing 0-7 at halftime to Shirt The Ducks, Buccs put in an impressive rally to overhaul the Wegians girls 17-7 in this Connacht derby through tries by Ni Dhroma, Phelan and Roisin Feighery who converted her own touchdown. This set-up a Cup semi-final joust with Railway Union who proved much too strong on a 29-5 margin, Siobhan Tierney getting Buccs try.

TAG ON THURSDAYS

The Tag Rugby Summer League continues on Thursdays and the main contenders in both the Open and Social sections are beginning to shape up for the finals night which is now rescheduled for Friday, July 24th. The various awards presentations will take place in The Bounty on the night so all participants are reminded make a note of the date.

FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

A new ‘Facilities Development Programme’ was launched by the club at the recent A.G.M. The current facilities, opened in 2003, cost €2.5m and were the best club facility in the country and has hosted Ireland U-20 Six Nations internationals, All-Ireland League and Cup finals and an Ireland pre-World Cup training camp as well as Connacht fixtures.

The club has now prepared a five year plan that includes pitch and dressing-room upgrades as well as the possibility of the provision of extra pitch(es) to cater for the burgeoning growth in player numbers and also to maintain Dubarry Park as one of the premier club grounds in the country. The club is endeavouring to build up a fund, including Sports Capital Grant support, to drive this project on. Members and supporters are invited to sign up for a Standing Order scheme to build up the necessary funds, which will be ring-fenced for facilities developments. Our retired trustee Patrick Cooney has agreed to chair the development committee. Brochures (including Standing Order form) can be obtained from Committee members or from our Administrator Geraldine at Dubarry Park where she may be contacted at 0861732711 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The club thanks you for your valued and continued support.

GOLF CLASSIC

Buccaneers RFC annual GOLF CLASSIC takes place at Glasson Golf Club on Friday, July 17th. Entries from teams of four players are welcome for this popular event and, of course, the earlier you enter the better the tee-off time available to you. Contact Geraldine at 0861732711 for time-sheet details.

 

 

 
7s in the City
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7s in the City

 

The second “7s in the City” all female Sevens tournament takes place at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday, June 6th.

Last year’s inaugural event, organised and run in the main by Buccaneers Womens squad, proved very successful and highly promising for further development. This season’s event promises extra competitions in addition to the Womens Open and Womens Social sections as well as a U-18 category.

Girls U-15 and Girls U-12 grades are also planned as is extending the event to incorporate a family day with face-painting and bouncy castle, etc., while it will be rounded off that night with music in a marquee at the venue. So, with a substantial prize fund again on offer, a super day is anticipated.

For further information or to enter, contact Niamh 0874112790 or Sandra 0870925504 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Sligo claim Invitational Cup honours
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Saturday 4th April saw the Connacht Cup action for 2015 come to a close. Firstly Galwegains/NUIG took on Castlebar in the plate final decider in Crowley park at 1.30. It was the Galway side that got off the mark first, Edel McMahon scoring a try, which was unconverted. Both teams defended well in the first half and it looked as if there was no way through for either team after the first try but McMahon struck again before half time leaving the score as 10-0 at the break.

Castlebar responded well in the second half, captain Caroline Staunton crossing for a try soon after the break, which was also unconverted. With only a score in it both teams had periods of possession but it was Galways Elaine Johnson who crossed after a series of forward pick and drives. Another missed conversion left the score at 15-5. The last points of the day were scored by Emma Doyle of Castlebar bringing Castlebar to within 5 points of the Galway side. Final score in Crowley park was 15-10 and captain Marion Doolan lifting the plate on behalf of her side.

Sligo WIC564Attention then switched to the Sportsground where Buccaneers were taking on Sligo in the Cup final. Both sides exchanged penalties in the opening 15 minutes, in testing wet and windy conditions both kickers performed admirably. The teams were well matched with both putting in huge defensive efforts. It was Ruth Goodwin of Sligo that crossed for the only try of the game, about mid way in the first half. The try was converted by Lauren McGee leaving the half time score at 10-3 to Sligo. After the break Buccs attacked with gusto but they couldn't get past Sligo’s defence and neither team crossed the line again in the match. A jubilant Jacquai Mulligan lifting the cup for Sligo who won with a final score of 10-3.

 
U15 & U18 Girls Triumph
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Ballinasloe U15's and Ballina U18's girls lift trophies in the Sportsground 

Ballinasloe Girls CupA very strong Ballinasloe U15's side took to the pitch on Saturday's marathon of matches in the Sportsground against Ballina/Creggs. Some excellent rugby was played, with numerous tries being scored from the Ballinasloe team. Ballina/Creggs never gave up and fought until the end, with a converted try coming near the end of the game. Ballinasloe, who won the Cup last season, were just to strong for the combined team, and Georgia Codyre once again lifted the Cup in victory. 

Ballina Girls CupNot long after the final whistle from the U15's match appeared the U18's teams from Ballina/Creggs and Westport/Galwegians combined teams. It was going to be an exciting match, as both teams' players know each other very well, many of them part of the Connacht U18's team. It was a well fought match from the outset. Westwegians didn't capitalize on their opponents' mistakes, and Ballina/Creggs came out on top, beating Westwegians 17-5. 

​Wendy Hickey, WCRO, was happy with how the day unfolded. "The chance to have 3 cup finals in the sportsground on the same day created a great atmosphere for players, coaches, and supporters. The clubs also brought their mini girls who were part of the day, lining up for the guard of honour and taking to the pitch themselves at half time. I would like to thank the Connacht Branch for their support in hosting the Cup finals, as well as all the supporters who braved the elements to cheer on the players. And lastly, to the coaches, managers, and parents who give up their time to support the girls with their rugby development. Without them, days like that would not be possible."

 
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