Monday 23 October 2017

Buccaneers bid to bounce back

Buccaneers were hammered 63-0 in the Bateman Cup semi-final by Cork Con last weekend Photo: Getty
Buccaneers were hammered 63-0 in the Bateman Cup semi-final by Cork Con last weekend Photo: Getty

Daragh Small

Buccaneers will hope to stay top of the Ulster Bank League Division 1B standings when they clash with Ballymena at Dubarry Park tomorrow.

The Athlone outfit have been outstanding in 2016-17, and moved four points clear of UL Bohemians when they beat Ballymena 18-13 before Christmas.

That was their eight win in nine outings this season. Backed by a number of Connacht underage stars, Brett Wilkinson's side are aiming to bounce back into Division 1A for the first time since the format of the league changed.

Buccaneers were hammered 63-0 in the Bateman Cup semi-final by Cork Con last weekend. But in the more familiar surrounds of Dubarry Park, they are favourites to register another win.

Last season Galwegians were the only Connacht side in the top tier of Ulster Bank League, but as Buccaneers are on the verge of promotion, Galwegians continue to struggle in the lower half of the Division 1B table.

Galwegians are seventh in the standings ahead of their game away to Shannon in Thomond Park tomorrow.

The Glenina side have lost seven of their nine games this season, and are just six points clear of the league's basement side, who they face in Limerick.

In Division 2A, Corinthians are ninth in the table before they host high-flying Banbridge at Corinthian Park. Fourteen points separate the two sides in the table, although Corinthians are 13 points clear of bottom team Belfast Harlequins.

In Division 2C, Sligo remain well in contention for promotion ahead of their game against Seapoint.

The Connacht outfit are third, just four points behind leaders Navan.

Irish Independent

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