Buccaneers commence life in Division Two of the AIB League with a highly attractive home game against Clonakilty in Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday afternoon. Kick off for this Bank Holiday fixture is 2.30 p.m. This season is a crucial one for the progressive midlands club and they will be keen to make a prompt return to the top flight. However, Division Two is arguably the toughest pool to be in as many clubs will have similar ambitions to Buccs. It’s certainly survival of the fittest at this level and teams really must make home advantage pay. Buccaneers will find out a lot about themselves – on and off the pitch – this year. It’s a huge challenge and promotion is certainly not a ‘gimme’ as others such as Young Munster and Dublin University will testify. But a number of clubs including St. Mary’s College, Galwegians, Dungannon, Ballymena and Galwegians have relatively quickly bounced back up so tradition seems to favour relegated sides. However, the fall of County Carlow is a warning sign that their fellow midlanders must heed. It’s time to stand up and be counted. Whatever, we’ll quickly discover what we’re made off around Dubarry Park!