This was a must win game for both sides to lift them off the bottom of the table. Boyne were smarting over their defeat the previous week in Kanturk and went into this game in determined fashion right from the start. However, they gave the large Shamrock Lodge crowd many anxious moments before snatching a fantastic win in the last play of the game when replacement winger, Cormac Brodigan, finished off a sustained period of play with a fantastic try in the corner.
Kanturk were celebrating their first ever AIL match on their own home ground and they certainly did not disappoint their enthusiastic home supporters, running out comfortable winners and scoring four tries to achieve maximum league points from the game against a Boyne team who were at the receiving end of their exuberance.
Conditions could not have been more ideal at Shamrock Lodge on Saturday last with autumn sunshine beaming down on the splendidly manicured grounds on the Ballymakenny Road. There were a number of history making "firsts" preceding the opening AIL game this season, when this years President, Phoebe Leonard, hosted her inaugural pre-match lunch as the first lady President of the club. There was another "first" when the new face of UTV Ireland, Alison Comyn, became the first lady to perform the pre-match lunch speaker duties.
Boyne 18 Skerries 28
The Mens 1st XV team will play in the All Ireland League Division 2B for the 2014/15 season. Games are played on Saturdays and fixtures can be found under the "Senior Calendar" Menu. Currently coached by Mike Walls 0834424639.
AIL Div2B Fixtures & Results 2014/15:
|Saturday 30th August @ 14:00||Skerries R.F.C.||Leinster Senior League||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||18 - 28|
|Saturday 6th September @ 14:00||Tullamore R.F.C.||Leinster Senior League||Away (Spollanstown Road)||Loss||38 - 13|
|Saturday 13th September @ 18:00||Navan R.F.C.||Leinster Senior League||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||17 - 28|
|Saturday 20th September @ 14:30||Greystones R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||10 - 34|
|Saturday 27th September @ 14:30||Kanturk R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away||Loss||35 - 10|
|Saturday 4th October @ 14:30||Ards R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Win||24 - 20|
|Saturday 1st November @ 14:30||Highfield R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away (Woodleigh Park)||Loss||50 - 3|
|Saturday 8th November @ 14:30||D.L.S.P. F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||11 - 29|
|Saturday 15th November @ 14:30||Midleton R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away (Towns Park)||Loss||27 - 0|
|Saturday 6th December @ 14:30||Tullamore R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||13 - 24|
|Saturday 20th December @ 14:30||Sunday's Well R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away (Musgrave Park)||Loss||18 - 15|
|Saturday 24th January @ 14:30||Sligo R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Win||40 - 17|
|Saturday 31st January @ 14:30||Richmond R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away (Canal Bank)||Win||3 - 16|
|Saturday 21st February @ 14:30||City of Armagh R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||18 - 20|
|Saturday 28th February @ 14:30||Wanderers F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||21 - 30|
|Saturday 6th March @ 14:30||Navan R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away (Balreask Old)||Win||12 - 25|
|Saturday 28th March @ 14:30||Old Crescent R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Win||26 - 0|
|Saturday 11th April @ 14:30||Bruff R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away (Kilballyowen Park)||Win||12 - 27|
|Saturday 25th April @ 14:30||All Ireland League Playoffs|
Ulster Bank AIL Div 2B Tullamore 26pts Boyne 7pts.
This was an end of season fixture that meant little to both sides other than playing for pride. Tullamore obviously had more appetite than their visitors and went on to record a very comfortable win at the end of a game which produced very little by way of excitement but had plenty of incidents which saw several players sin binned, from both sides, even though the game was played in a relatively sporting manner by both sets of players throughout.
Boyne’s AIL Status Assured For Next Season
Boyne made the trip up to the shores of Strangford Loch on Saturday last a rewarding one. Whilst not victorious they did manage to garner two precious bonus points which could yet prove vital in the league run in when they play their last home game against Sundays Well next Saturday and then travel to Tullamore to take on the midlanders on their last tie of the league.
This was a topsy turvey encounter which produced eleven tries and also saw the home side ensure their safety for next season in this division.
Ulster Bank AIL Div 2b - DLSP 16pts BOYNE 14pts
This scribe has been doing the club rugby reports now for the past 42 years for the local, national papers and social media outlets and have always tried to be impartial and descriptive whilst giving encouragement to my own team for their efforts without offending or denigrating our opposition or officials.
Given the widespread feedback from various quarters around the world, these reports are awaited with great interest and keep everybody informed of the Boyne teams’ progress, or otherwise, and how the team is faring.
This was a crucial match for both these teams with only two league points separating them in the lower regions of the Div 2B league table. Victory for either side would have greatly eased their relegation fears with Middleton looking for victory to virtually assure them of safety.