Wednesday 26 April 2017

Brett's Buccs eye Bateman final

Buccaneers head coach Brett Wilkinson Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Buccaneers head coach Brett Wilkinson Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Buccaneers clash with defending champions Cork Con as they look to reach the Bateman Cup final at Temple Hill tomorrow.

Brett Wilkinson's side made it five Connacht Senior League and Cup doubles when they beat Corinthians 17-10 at Corinthian Park on January 6 as they carried their good end of 2016 league form into the traditional cup competition.

They will look to continue their impressive season when they play the Division 1A heavyweights on their home patch, and hope to emulate Galwegians' history-making run to the final last season.

Galwegians became the first Connacht side to qualify for the final of the All-Ireland Cup when they beat Ballynahinch in January 2016.

But they lost the decider against Cork Con at Crowley Park, and Buccaneers won't want to suffer that same fate against the Munster club.

Buccaneers are top of Division 1B in the Ulster Bank League - they have won eight of their nine games this season and they are four points clear of UL Bohemians in the table.

But Cork Con are in blistering form in the top tier. They reached the final before losing to Clontarf last summer, and they are second, just four points behind Lansdowne in the 2016-17 standings.

Elsewhere, the lower divisions in the Ulster Bank League get back under way this weekend, with Division 1A and Division 1B not returning until the end of the month when the B&I Cup pool games are over.

In Division 2A, Corinthians clash with Sunday's Well at Irish Independent Park - they are well off the pace in seventh. But in the bottom tier, Sligo are third before they play Bangor.

Irish Independent

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