This was a game that was of vital importance to the protagonists with each of them looking for a win that would take them away from the dreaded bottom spot that will be so crucial to its occupant when the league finishes. In a restructuring process of the Leinster Leagues, that will begin next season, the bottom team in division 1 will play off with the third placed team in division 2 to decide if they are to stay in division one.
Traditionally, down through the years, these sides have always served up a good competitive game of rugby football when they meet in Leinster League fare. However, this game was an exception to that tradition and it must have been tough on the Boyne faithful who travelled to Cabinteeley on the Southside of the Dublin to witness their side being torn to shreds by the Kilbogget Park team who went to the top of the League following this result. Seapoint have been to the fore in this League since coming back up from the 2nd division five years ago.
The weather conditions that prevailed in the days that preceded this game left the fixture very much in doubt to be played at Shamrock Lodge. However, despite the excellent facilities of neighbouring North East club, Ashbourne, being kindly made available to Boyne to ensure that the fixture was played, the game did go ahead at Shamrock Lodge. The pitch and the grounds, for both spectators and the players alike, were in absolute marvellous condition for the match and commendations must go to the grounds staff for having the facilities in such excellent condition.
From the Drogheda Independent:
Boyne director of rugby Joh Sheridan has rejected any suggestion of looming unrest at Shamrock Lodge after the club's first team crashed to an unprecedented fifth consecutive loss on Sunday. The Drogheda side had hoped to go into the Christmas break on a positive note to boost confidence ahead of their All-Ireland Junior Cup clash with Clonmel on January 5th - but instead bottom club Garda inflicted Boyne's heaviest home defeat of the season.
Boyne were heavily defeated by local rivals Navan in the Leinster league J1 match.
This match kicked off at 1:30pm on Sunday last due to the fact that the Wicklow team, mentors and supporters wanted to take part in a Civic Ceremony later that evening, organised by the Town Fathers to honour the marvellous achievement of their under 16's success in winning the All Ireland competition at that age level. They had the satisfaction of returning home victorious with another win to consolidate their position in the upper half of the League Table.
Dundalk certainly came out of the shadows of their Co. Louth neighbours with a very convincing win over the South Louth side at Shamrock Lodge last Sunday. The Dundalk club have been making steady progress under their South African Coach Dan Van Zyl in the last couple of seasons and their rise from the 2nd division, where they faced a play off 4 seasons ago to stay in that division, to outright success in Division 2, two seasons ago and now mixing it once again with the clubs in the upper echelons of Division one is steady progress indeed.
The standard of rugby associated with this tough League was apparent in this game on Sunday last when both sides served up a top class game of rugby football. It had all of the ingredients that is inherent in the game of rugby and above all was played in a very competitive spirit, ably controlled by ARLB referee John Montayne. The unseasonable good weather made for perfect conditions for football and aligned to the very progressive and excellent facilities provided by the host club the scene was set for a top of the table showdown between these sides.
This match, <strong>Sponsored By I.D.Technology Ltd.</Strong> was played in ideal weather conditions on a splendid pitch that absolutely invited good rugby football. A fine crowd also turned up for Boyne's first home game of the season at Shamrock Lodge. However, the home side started this game as if they had never played together before. Coming off a fine win the week before against Ashbourne they certainly did not look like a team that was going to make an impression in their first home game on the start they made to this match.
The magnificent facilities of Ashbourne RFC provided the setting for this opening League match of the season between local North East Area rivals Ashbourne and Boyne. The rugby world was talking about the wonderful exploits of Jonny Wilkinson the evening before for England in the World Cup. However, the Ashbourne team and supporters soon forgot about Wilkinson and replaced the topic with the virtuoso display of kicking from Niall Kerbey for Boyne during this game. The full back landed all of his sides points with a performance that would certainly rate alongside the exploits of Wilkinson.