Match Report to follow:
This game was played on a rare glorious Autumn evening in Shamrock Lodge on splendid underfoot conditions that both sides took full advantage of, with good open running rugby. The home side had most of the possession in the first half and they used it to very good effect. Both teams are taking the opportunity of using this competition as a testing ground for players who are on the fringes of selection for the upcoming league that will commence at the end of the month.
The Boyne senior mens panel travelled up North to Dromore last Saturday and had a training game of three 25 minute periods against the Ulster Junior 1 side. We had a good win with the final scoreboard reading 21 points to 5 points.
The new coach, Craig McGrath, tried out several new players and the club welcomed back former centre Eoin Fox following a few years away from the club. Another encouraging aspect of the trip was the inclusion of several young players who are now coming of age and graduating to adult rugby.
The Mens 1st XV team is the most senior team within the club, currently plying their trade in the Leinster J1 1st division.
The Mens 1st XV team is the most senior team within the club, current plying their trade in the Leinster J1 1st division. The team is coached by Sean McEntee and train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Bryanstown.
Boyne have contested the Leinster Provincial Towns Plate 3 times in the last four years and this was their second win out of the three finals. During that spell they have also appeared in the Final of the Provincial Towns Cup losing out to Naas. The short journey to Naas on Saturday evening last to take on Roscrea turned out to be a rewarding end to the season for the Boyne squad.
Both of these teams had their positions assured in this League for next season. Tullamore were also safe in the knowledge that they could not be overtaken for a top four place and their place in next seasons All Ireland Junior Cup was also safe.
This game was crucial in deciding the fate of one or other of the protagonists as to whether they would have to go to the last series of matches this week to avoid a play off with the third placed team in division two by finishing at the foot of the table of division 1. As things turned out, Boyne produced one of their best performances in recent times and greatly relieved their supporters anxieties by edging home. They now face Tullamore at Shamrock Lodge next Sunday safe from the fear of play off worries.