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 AIL2B Navan 12pts Boyne 25pts
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
Boyne played their fifth game in this league on Saturday last and this was their third away trip to the rebel county to play Middleton, having earlier played Kanturk and Highfield in this league. A large contingent of club supporters travelled with the team to give them support and they stayed in the Cork town overnight on Saturday last.
The Middleton side have recruited well and as a result of this they are a much stronger outfit than the one which visited Shamrock Lodge last year.
This game was preceded by an incessant downpour which thankfully ceased just prior to kick off at Shamrock Lodge last Saturday. The home side had hopes of picking up precious league points from this match but despite long periods of dominance they lost concentration at vital stages to hand the initiative to their opponents who gratefully accepted them to run in four tries and gain a bonus point in a 29pts total. Boyne had a total of 13pts for their efforts which consisted of a penalty try and conversion and a penalty each by Tyler Lansdowne and Karl Keogh.
Boyne’s young side suffered a chastening experience when they travelled to Model Farm Road in Cork City on Saturday last to take on the div2b league leaders, Highfield, in a tie that was played in dreadful conditions with torrential rain falling heavily throughout the game. The Cork side have seen a number of their former players return to the club having plied their wares at a higher level and this was apparent in physicality and maturity compared to Boyne’s young side.