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Captain Marion Doolan lifted the plate on behalf of her side

Captain Marion Doolan lifted the plate on behalf of her side

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Captain Marion Doolan lifted the plate on behalf of her side

Buccaneers head coach Tony Dolan wants his men to start in flying fashion this season having targeted outright victory in Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League.

Buccs, for the second year in succession, will begin their campaign away in Belfast, with Malone the opposition tomorrow at Gibson Park.

Buccaneers were defeated by Ballynahinch in last season's 1A/1B promotion/relegation play-off, and Dolan believes his side have what it takes to go one better this time.

"Our goal last year was to make the play-offs and we achieved that," he said.

"Like every 1B team, we want to win the league. If you take the play-offs, it means you are away from home against a team that are potentially coming down so you are at a disadvantage."

Last year Buccaneers finished seven points and two places above Corinthians after losing to them away before defeating them at home in Dubarry Park. Galwegians are also set to feature in 1B this season and Dolan says this is a huge positive for Connacht.

"It is back to the way it was years ago. It is great to see three Connacht teams in Division 1B and definitely our two games against Corinthians last year were really good matches, so there is a lot at stake in terms of pride and everything," Dolan continued.

Galwegians begin life back in 1B at home in Crowley Park against Dublin University tomorrow, while Corinthians travel to Ballymena.

Irish Independent