Buccaneers RFC won a handful of awards at the Connacht Rugby Awards Ball in Galway on Sunday night.
Following the Pirates Division 1B league title triumph and promotion, Buccaneers RFC Head Coach Brett Wilkinson claimed the Coach of the Year accolade. Jordan Conroy, whose 18 tries were a major contribution to the Athlone side’s success, was named Senior Club Player of the Year. Brideswell’s Niall Murray took the honours as U-18 Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, on the professional rugby front, Conor McKeon won the Academy Player award with Tiernan O’Halloran being selected as Connacht Back of the Year, for which Kiltoom’s Jack Carty was also nominated. Former Buccaneer John O’Brien of Connemara was named Junior Club Player of the Year. Congratulations to all winners.
Buccaneers RFC Youths and Minis awards
The event takes place in The Bounty on Sunday next, May 7th. This commences with presentations to our Minis players from 4 p.m. in the Lower Deck. Presentations to the Youths players will follow circa 7 p.m.
Buccaneers Senior Awards Gala
The Gala takes place on Saturday week, May 13th, at the Athlone Sheraton Hotel at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the hotel, ‘A Room In Bloom’ or by contacting our Administrator Geraldine at 0861732711. Early purchase is recommended for what should be a most enjoyable occasion.
At time of writing, only the Buccaneers Senior Player of the Year nominees are to hand and all are highly worthy contenders:- Jordan Conroy, Alan Gaughan and Kolo Kiripati. The Seconds, U-20’s and Womens player of the year awards will also be made at the event as will the unveiling of the Buccaneers Clubperson of the year for which the winner will be presented with the Michael Hanley Memorial Perpetual Cup.
Buccaneers players who have represented Ireland during the season will also be honoured on the night. Specially commissioned pieces of Athlone Crystal will be presented to the various winners.
Dates For Your Diary
Youths and Minis awards events take place in The Bounty on this Sunday, May 7th.
Senior Awards Night takes place on Saturday, May 13th. Early purchase of tickets is urged!
‘Smith’s Supervalu Sevens in the City’ at Dubarry Park on Saturday, May 20th.
Buccaneers Annual General Meeting takes place in The Bounty on Friday, May 26th, 8 p.m.
Annual Golf Classic:- Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club on Friday, July 19th.
Summer Tag League commences at Dubarry Park shortly and will run for ten weeks.