The draws for the Schools-Youth cups, which are open to club teams consisting of both club and schools players was made this week. Boyne entered teams in the U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-17 competitions. The draws are attached.
Boyne 17 “B”s travelled to Ashbourne on Saturday to compete in their second competitive North East game since the new year.
Boyne dominated play in the early part of the first half but it fifteen minutes before their efforts were rewarded with a forward drive which saw Jerry Onianwa place the ball over the line and Thomas O’Sullivan convert.
Ashbourne responded just before the half time break when their lock forward broke away to score an excellent individual try breaking three Boyne tackles in the process.
The 2009/2010 Leinster Youth Cup draws were made on Tuesday 26th January and are after pitting Boyne against local neigbours Dundalk, Navan & Skerries in the Under 19's, Under 15's and Under 14's respectively. The Under 17's travel away to Birr, with a 2nd round tie against Navan awaiting the winner and the Under 13's must travel to North Kildare. The complete draws for each team are attached.
The Under 19's and Under 17's start their campaign on February 13th, with the Under 15's and Under 13's starting the following week, February 20th. Due to the small number of clubs playing at Under 14's that competition does not start until March 20th.
Mixed fortune this weekend for the U-17 A's and B's. The B's played Ratoath on Saturday morning and were unlucky to loose 17 nil. They showed great effort and created at least four scoring chances but failed to take them. Clearly a sign of rustiness after no play for the last 4 weeks.
The U-17 A's also played this morning in a friendly against a very good Barnhall team, who are in to the Leinster League Semi-finals. It was an excellent win 3 nil. Although a very low score line both teams produced an excellent and exciting match. The defense on both teams proving to be too strong.
The first inter area match of the season saw the holders North East take on many peoples favourites for this years title the South East. Three Boyne players were on the panel for the match, with Ciaron Clinton starting at full back, John McDonnell starting on the wing and Ruairi Hickey providing front row cover from the bench. In what was a very tight game both sides found it hard to breach the opposition defense with the South East looking the more threatening with ball in hand. The teams turned around scoreless at half time but the South East came out the stronger and had three clear chances to touch down, two of them frantically defended and the other touched down under the posts. 7 points down, the North East raised their game and were rewarded when Boyne full back Ciaron Clinton broke through the South East defense to touch down. However, what was a straightforward conversion was missed to leave the South East 7 - 5 up. A late penalty was converted by the North East hooker to snatch an 8 - 7 victory. Both John McDonnell & Ciaron Clinton the Boyne backs played well, whereas hooker Ruairi Hickey was an unused substitute.
The North East Leinster squad starts the defense of the Shane Horgan cup this Saturday with the representative squad from the South East the first up, kick off 1:30 in Navan. Boyne are represented by three players in the starting 22, hooker Ruairi Hickey and outside backs John McDonnell & Ciaran Clinton.
The Boyne 17 “B”s visited Balbriggan on Saturday and on a very cold but bright afternoon; conditions were perfect for the match which was evenly balanced affair for most of the game.
Boyne were first to put points on the board when winger Ryan Farrell scored his first try of the day but Balbriggan struck back soon after with a well worked move.
The Boyne forwards began to dominate well in the scrum and good performances by Paul Taafe and Gerry Onianwa helped secure consistent possession.
Boyne 17 “B”s hosted Skerries in Brianstown on Saturday and came up against well prepared opposition.
The match was evenly balanced for most of the first half before Skerries with the wind in their favour took advantage to run in their first try ten minutes before half time and then scored a second just before the half time whistle giving them a 12 point advantage coming into the second half.
A very well organised Tullamore were Boyne 17 “A”s opposition in Brianstown on Saturday.
With eight of the Boyne squad unavailable due to injury it was always going to be a tough challenge to contain their visitors.
A well matched affair saw both sides looking to break through each others defence for the first twenty minutes and Tullamore were the first to score when their centre broke two tackles to score their first try.
The mach continued to as a battle of the packs with both groups of forwards gaining ground in equal measure with neither gaining the upper hand.
Boyne travelled to Birr on the back of their heavy defeat against Navan, needing a win to get their league campaign back on track. With Jonathan Dunphy and Niall McGrory back from injury and Conor Rothwell also available again the pack was restored close to full strength and Richard Keane was also back at out half. Daniel Grimes, John McDonnell & Shane Dowling were unavailable due to injury but they may find it hard to regain their places when they do return as the incumbents are proving themselves very well.