Last Saturday saw an early start for Boyne members at Shamrock Lodge with a pre-match lunch to honour the legendary Mr. Ken Spellman with Honorary Life Membership at a packed pre-match lunch in the clubhouse, (this occasion is reported elsewhere on this site) but the euphoria that was engendered for this function continued onto the pitch, with the young Lions of Boyne giving an excellent performance to rekindle hopes of getting into a play off by beating Ards with a bonus point to maintain their challenge.
Boyne travelled away again last Saturday and this time they made the journey south to Tipperary to play Nenagh Ormond in a game that was a must win for both sides to retain any interest in promotion from this division. Just one league point separated the sides with Nenagh Ormond just above Boyne in third place. Following their defeat the previous week to Instonians Boyne needed to win at the Tipperary venue to maintain their hopes of at least figuring in the play offs.
Following a two week lay-off Boyne returned to action last Saturday when they made the journey up the M1 to take on Instonians at Shaws Bridge. The home side were seeking to consolidate themselves and not slip into the relegation zone whilst Boyne still clung onto the hope of getting into at least a play off for promotion.
Boyne got back to winning ways last Saturday with this win over West Cork rivals, Clonakilty, who made the long trek to Shamrock Lodge for this encounter. The match was preceded by a minutes silence in memory of Mr. Liam Gardiner, whose son Odie, is a former President of Drogheda RFC and present hard working executive committee member of Boyne RFC.
Rugby action resumed for Boyne on Saturday last when they played Seapoint at Kilbogget Park in the specially organised Leinster Branch competition for teams involved in AIL Divisions 2A/2B. These two sides always produce a good game of rugby and last Saturday’s encounter was no different to this pattern. There is a good competitive tradition going back to their junior days and both clubs have the height of respect for each other on and off the pitch.
Boyne’s recent vein of good performances continued at Shamrock Lodge last Saturday when in front of a large crowd they ground out another valuable win to maintain their high league placing. The visitors were also hoping to emulate the Drogheda side and overtake them in the league table with only two points separating them before the kick off.
Limerick is undoubtedly the citadel of rugby in Ireland and Boyne tasted the fervency and passion that this city epitomises in terms of the oval ball game when they stepped out on the sward of Liam Fitzgerald Park on Saturday last. The welcome off the pitch was warm and hospitable, from folk who know their rugby from childhood. Whilst this was Boyne's first competitive fixture against the Limerick club, they were by no means strangers to each other.
There have been many exciting encounters at Shamrock Lodge but, it could be argued that none of them came anywhere near the scenes that were witnessed during and at the end of this pulsating encounter last Saturday. Both of these sides have met on several occasions at junior & senior grade and the closest that Boyne have come to beating the Kildare side was last year when they drew with them in the AIL at Forenaughts.
Boyne entered this game, kindly sponsored by Dave Doherty Ins Ltd, having come off a very tough encounter against North East neighbours, Navan, the previous week in a match they felt they should have done better. At this juncture last year they suffered a downturn in form having had a similar start to their league campaign. So, there was a lot of trepidation in the club before this game hoping that the same fate wouldn’t befall the team at the same stage this season.