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Given that the press were in attendance at yesterdays game and a full report will ensue in this weeks Drogheda Independent, this is just a summary report of a very historic day in the annals of rugby in the town of Drogheda.
Boyne made the long trip to Yeats territory to make their historic debut in the Ulster Bank All Ireland League. This game saw the respective champions of Junior rugby in Leinster and Connacht the previous season pitted against each other in their opening match in this league. Whilst Boyne were entering new ground, the home side were returning to senior rugby having lost that status back in 1998. The Sligo grounds are situated in the shadow of Knocknarea on one side where legend has it, on its peak, is the burial place of Queen Maebh.
Boyne finished their Leinster League campaign at Lansdowne Road on Saturday last against Wanderers in the shadow of the Aviva Stadium on the home clubs synthetic pitch. Preparations are now complete for their entry into the real cut and thrust of Div 2B of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League next Saturday against Sligo away.
This was Boyne’s third outing in this competition and with their opening AIL league match against Sligo only a matter of two weeks away they improved greatly from their previous showings. Greystones came into this game in confident mood having had very good results in their games so far. However, Boyne upset the form book in this encounter with a brand of rugby that matched the visitors in skill and pace. Greystones are a division above Boyne in the AIL and the opening twenty minute spell suggested that they would demonstrate their status when they took a 10pt lead.
The newcomers to senior rugby got a serious wakeup call at Donnybrook on Saturday last when they came up against a very slick Wesley team who play their rugby in division 2a of the AIL. Boyne continued with their ploy of trying out new players at this grade but the home team were more physical and a stronger running side that caused great problems for the visitors. It was a shadow Boyne side that took the field with a number of first team players still waiting to make a return to first team duty.
Boyne opened their season as a senior club against North Dublin side, Suttonians, at Shamrock Lodge on Sunday last. There was a time when this competition was of premier importance, but most clubs now use it to give young players a taste of this level of rugby. This match was no exception and with conditions absolutely perfect for open football, both teams took full advantage to give their early season supporters an entertaining game of rugby.
Boyne supporters made their way to the Milltown venue, Ashbourne, in great numbers last Friday night to watch this local derby clash against Ashbourne RFC in the QF of the 2nds plate. The excellent pitches were complemented by the lovely weather conditions that prevailed for the match on a warm, pleasant April evening with little wind to speak of.
Both sides would have been quietly confident before the kickoff of advancing to the semi finals next weekend. However, the try count read 6 – 0 in favour of the Boyne team, but Ashbourne certainly played their part in an entertaining game.
Boyne 2nd XV had the opportunity to put the disappointment of losing in the 2nd’s Provincial Towns Cup away to Enniscorthy over two months ago behind them when they travelled to play V’s the Balbriggan 1st XV in their Balrothery grounds. The match was played in front of a good attendance on a very sunny day with a light wind blowing across the pitch. The first try of the match came about 10 minutes into the game, after some good defending from Boyne which ended with Shane Campbell intercepting on his own 22 and scoring under the posts converting his own try with a drop kick.
Boyne's quest to win a third consecutive Provincial Towns Cup and finish their junior status with a league and cup double failed in glorious sunshine at Mullingar on Sunday last.
If one were to use adjectives to describe this Provincial Towns Cup match, there simply would not be enough to encapsulate the afternoon that was involved in this enthralling encounter between two purist rugby playing sides. The wonderful atmosphere that this marvellous competition engenders, was displayed in Rosetown on an afternoon that was ideally suited to the type of rugby that both of these teams like to exhibit.