Boyne have encountered many highs and lows during their relatively short history. However, the raw emotion which their players and faithful supporters displayed following this game has never been witnessed before. The emotion was mixed with jubilation and relief that this young side would continue to play at this level following the serious commitment and dedication they had shown when their ability was at times doubted as to whether they would survive in AIL rugby.
This Saturday in Bruff will see Boyne first team play what is possibly the most important game of our Clubs short history. Four wins from our last six games has left our All Ireland League destiny in our own hands and a win in Bruff in the last game of the season will secure our AIL status, irrespective of results elsewhere.
We need your support on Saturday.. the large Boyne following in Navan was a decisive factor for the lads when they registered our Clubs first AIL success over our closest rivals last month. WE NEED THE SAME AGAIN THIS SATURDAY IN BRUFF.
Ulster Bank AIL Div 2B Boyne 26pts Old Crescent Nil
Boyne's great fight to survive in senior rugby continued on Saturday last at Shamrock Lodge when they produced another top class performance to defeat Limerick side Old Crescent and also managed to score four tries which earned them a bonus point.
The men from the south west had already ensured their safety with good early season wins which saw them consolidate a mid table position. Nevertheless, their form and league table position suggested that Boyne needed to be on their best form to gain something from this game.
Ulster Bank AIL2B Navan 12pts Boyne 25pts
Whatever about their precarious position in the AIL table the Boyne faithful are not prepared to give up on their team's fight for survival. A large contingent from the Drogheda club travelled to Navan on Friday night last to cheer on the team against their fellow North East rivals. This was a vital fixture for Boyne, and it was a simply must win game for the side. In previous AIL encounters between the teams, Navan, always held the upper hand and were unbeaten by Boyne.
Ulster Bank AIL Div 2B Boyne 21pts Wanderers 30pts
This indeed was a heartbreaking defeat for this Boyne side having turned in an excellent performance in a very entertaining game at Shamrock Lodge before a large attendance. That they did not gain at least a bonus point for their efforts, conceding a very harsh penalty in the concluding minutes, was rough justice for their courageous display.
This ever improving Boyne team gave a fine performance on Saturday last at Shamrock Lodge with their efforts thwarted when they lost their focus at vital periods to give the initiative to the visitors who fully capitalised on momentary lack of concentration to take vital scores which proved costly for Boyne.
Just as this game commenced the early bright very cold weather turned nasty and a huge black cloud came from the North West accompanied by heavy snow and a stiff arctic wind which made conditions very difficult for the players.
Ulster Bank AIL Div 2B Richmond 3pts Boyne 16pts
Boyne made another trip to Munster, their 6th so far this season, on Saturday last when they took on fellow strugglers, Richmond, at their Canal Bank grounds in what could only be described as arctic conditions. On setting out for the journey to the Limerick venue, conditions on the east coast were cold but dry and sunny perfect. Just before the game commenced the climate deteriorated.
Boyne's task was made all the more difficult with a heavy pitch suiting the home team whose strength lay in their bigger pack of forwards.
Following a long break, which took in the Christmas break, Boyne opened the new year with this game against Sligo at Shamrock Lodge on Saturday last. The men from the North West have yet to register a win over the Boyne side since they were promoted to this level of rugby four seasons ago.
It was a fine sunny afternoon in Musgrave Park last Saturday and this game had a slightly earlier kick-off time of 2pm. with excellent conditions in a stadium which renovations are still on-going.
Ulster Bank AIL 2B Boyne 13pts Tullamore 24pts