Although playing at HOME for the 1st time in what seems like months, it was the 1st time most of the Boyne lads ventured up the notorious Bryanstown Lane for this Metro fixture against Dundalk as well as a North East fixture against Virginia.
A cold breeze swept across the pitches, on top of the hill, with no shelter for the players or spectators. However after the warm up the boys at least warmed up and were ready for contact.
Dundalk brought 2 teams of 12 players as planned but unfortunately Virginia had trouble assembling their squad and finding the venue also seemed to be a problem as they arrived at 11.30 for an 11am KO. This upset the scheduling of the matches and some of the Boyne lads had to wait around for their 2nd match of the morning. Boyne squad consisted of 30 players, splitting into the “Lions” and “Tigers”, two teams of 11 with 4 rolling substitutions. From a coaching perspective it is wonderful to see so little disruption to the team despite the constant substitutions which is a credit to all the lads who make the effort to attend training every week in the Grammar School.
Boyne kicked off playing some enterprising rugby, with some wonderful offloading out of contact situations, changing the point of attack to great effect eventually resulting in some great tries. Allied to this were some good tackling and great endeavour at the rucks to secure our own possession and turnover Dundalk possession. The final match against a fresh Virginia side proved to be the tightest of the morning with Virginia, aided by a few of the Boyne lads, taking an early 2 try advantage. The Boyne lads dug deep and came back into the match with some direct running, on a muddy pitch, paying dividends. Unfortunately Virginia just edged this match by the narrowest of margins.
Special mention for Dylan L, who went under the knife on Friday, we all hope he is recovering well and hopefully he’ll be back training and playing sooner rather than later.
Many thanks to all the Mum & Dads who made sure all our visitors were well fed before their journey home. See you all next Saturday 15th for the trip to the Aviva to watch Leinster play Clermont. Don’t forget that training will take place in the Lodge next Sunday 16th followed by a visit from Santa.
Check out the Photo Gallery on the boynerfc.ie website for some action shots from Sunday's matches.
Squad – Eoin, PJ, Ronan, Tim C, Tim D, Ryan, Cathal D, Cathal F, Oisin, Sam E, Sam Mc, Jack, Jonathon, Dylan K, Dylan L, Ross, Liam, Karl, Andrew, Matthew, Nathan, Milo, Harry, James, Luke R, Luke S, Joe, Tony, Ben, Fergal, Zac, Rory, Conor, Enda, Robbie, Oscar, Finbar, Josh & Evan