Boyne concluded their league programme last Sunday before a sizeable crowd at Shamrock Lodge with a win over Tullow to consolidate a third place finish in the Leinster League Division 1. This has been their highest placing in a few years and they will look back on two of their three defeats against Monkstown and Seapoint with a certain amount of regret knowing that they could have won both of these games. But, Coach & Captain Craig McGrath was in buoyant mood following this match and says that he is looking forward to the rewards that the team will derive from finishing third.
This is a trip that Boyne team and supporters always undertake with great trepidation and there was an added anxiety on Sunday last. The midlands side is coached this season by Kiwi, Andy Melville who, in the past, has caused Boyne huge problems when he coached Naas in this league. Melville chose not to start this game and picked himself on the bench. However, Boyne’s restored confidence this season overcame both obstacles, the long trip to the midlands venue and the introduction to the game of Tullamore coach, Melville, in the 56th minute failed to unnerve the Drogheda team.
Boyne 1st XV, having defeated Gorey in the first round will now have to travel to the winners of the Naas / Tullow clash on Sunday 8th Feburary at 3pm.
This game was brought forward to Saturday because of the Heineken Cup Fixture between Leinster and Edinburgh on Sunday. The game was timed for a 6pm start and was played under lights at Gorey. Boyne's preparations began at 1:30 pm when they assembled at Shamrock Lodge for departure by bus to the South East venue. There was to be a stop for an hour, courtesy of the Arklow Bay Hotel, to have a team talk and some light bites and refreshments before completing the pre match journey to Gorey.
Match Report to follow:
Boyne msne senior 1st XV gained a bonus point victory over Enniscorthy Sunday: Match report to follow:
The North East Area of the Leinster Branch played off their finals in the splendid facilities provided by Ashbourne RFC on Saturday eveing last. Although it was bitterly cold with a chilled wind blowing from the North West, this did not prevent the teams from Navan (1sts & 2nds) Boyne and Skerries stepping up to the mark to play two excellent games of rugby in the McGowan and Jenkinson Cup finals. The curtain raiser was the Jenkinson Cup final played between Navan and Skerries with the latter taking home the Jenkinson Cup.
This match got the go ahead from the official in charge, Mr. Lynch ARLB, just before the kick off. The Westmanstown pitch had just thawed out from the heavy overnight frost and with the earlier kick off, timed for 2 O'clock, the sun had just done enough to allow the game to go ahead. Conditions were dry but extremely cold for the action and wingers had to keep themselves warm by whatever means possible when they had no action coming their way. Boyne will be thanking "Lady Luck" to have come out on the right side of a narrow scoreline.
Seapoint ended Boyne’s recent great run in this competition when they came to Shamrock Lodge on Sunday last and took the four League points from a top class game of rugby that gave the respective set of supporters from each club good entertainment for the afternoon. The game was halted however for a serious leg injury to Boyne centre, Malakai Kisina. The Boyne player had to be removed from the pitch by ambulance. This was indeed an unfortunate injury and a complete accident that saw the popular Kiwi injured following a tackle when he was in full flight.
The Mill Road hosted this Leinster League game between the home side Dundalk and their Co. Louth rivals Boyne. A beautiful Autumn day saw ideal conditions prevail for playing good rugb and both teams did not disappoint the large crowd that turned up to watch this derby encounter. Both clubs were enjoying good results in this competition to date and Dundalk were lying in third position going into this game. Boyne, despite an impressive run of results, were lower down the table in 7th position with four league points separating the teams.