1st XV

News & Match Reports for the 1st XV

Ulster Bank AIL Div 2b Boyne 18pts Thomond 27pts

At the pre-match lunch before last Saturdays game, very humorously conducted by MC, Terry Grant, acquaintances were renewed and memories recalled of times past when Drogheda RFC had an annual fixture with Thomond back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Former Drogheda player, Frank Buckley, managed to come up with a picture which featured both teams of that era which was framed and presented to the visiting Thomond officials by Boyne President, Robbie McGrath before the game.

Ulster Bank AIL Div 2b Greystones 31pts Boyne 12pts

The scoreline certainly did not reflect the effort Boyne displayed during this game when they produced their best rugby of the season in the opening 30 minutes  of this game. Lining out with a side that showed many changes from previous outings, they had a bright opening and it looked like these changes would bring a change for the better when they took the game to their South East opponents.

Ulster Bank AIL Div 2b Skerries 32pts Boyne 10pts

This match was the perfect advertisement for ‘Friday Night Lights’ rugby. Played on an excellent pitch on a dry, but chilly evening, there was a large turnout at Holmpatrick for this encounter. Both sides had an impressive opening to their respective league campaigns with three wins each under their belts.

Ulster Bank AIL Div 2b Boyne 20pts Instonians 18pts

When the referee blew for full time at the conclusion of this match a Boyne supporter could be overheard saying; "Sometimes you need a little luck and we had it today."  This quote certainly summed up a game in which the home team spent long periods playing second fiddle to a young Instonians team who came to Shamrock Lodge with victory in their nostrils. If luck is proportioned during the course of a season then Boyne certainly have used up a large chunk of theirs during this match.

Ulster Bank AIL Div 2b Sligo 17pts Boyne 23pts

Ideal weather conditions accompanied a fair sized Boyne contingent on their journey to the North West to support their team who played Sligo away at Strandhill.

Their hopes received a setback as early as the 5th minute when they found themselves 7pts down when the home side took full advantage of a poor Boyne clearance with the Sligo full back, Mark Butler, gathering and making an excellent run through weak Boyne defence to send his winger, Colin Kane, in for a try. Out half, Stefan Moir, converted to open his sides account with 7pts.

Season Overview 2013/14

The Mens 1st XV team is the leading senior team within the club, currently plying their trade in the All Ireland League Division 2B. 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 2013/14, are as follows:
Date Opponent Fixture Result Score
Sat 21st Sep Navan RFC (Away) Lein Shield @ 5.00pm    
Sat 28th Sep Richmond RFC (Home) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Win 22 - 15 
Sat 05th Oct Sligo RFC (Away) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Win 17 - 23
Sat 26th Oct Instonians RFC (Home) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Win 20 - 18 
Fri 01st Nov Skerries RFC (Away) AIL Div 2B @ 7.30pm Loss 32 - 10
Sat 23rd Nov Greystones RFC (Away) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Loss 31 - 12
Sat 30th Nov Thomond RFC (Home) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Loss 14 - 27
Sat 07th Dec Navan RFC (Home) AIL Div 2B @ 5.00pm Loss 3 - 28
Sat 11th Jan Suttonians RFC (Away) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Win 20 - 22
Sat 25th Jan Armagh RFC (Away) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Loss 14 - 
Sat 01st Feb Nenagh RFC (Home) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Loss 10 - 20
Sat 15th Feb Midleton RFC (Home) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Loss 20  - 22
Sat 01st Mar D.L.S.P. RFC (Away) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Loss 16 -  14
Sat 15th Mar Ards RFC (Away) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Loss 31 - 26
Sat 22nd Mar Sunday’s Well RFC (Home) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Win 19 - 7 
Sat 12th Apr Tullamore RFC (Away) AIL Div 2B @ 2.30pm Loss 26 - 7


Ulster Bank AIL Div 2B - Boyne 17pts NUIM Barnhall 63pts

Boyne mixed the sublime with the ridiculous in this game and contributed enormously to this humiliating defeat to promotion chasers NUIM Barnhall. Not for the first time during this season have they contributed to their own downfall by displaying indiscipline which incurred the wrath of the referee. During the course of this game they had four players sin binned which left their fellow players with an impossible task of stemming the challenge of the visiting team.

Ulster Bank AIL Div 2B - Sundays Well 3pts Boyne 10pts

Boyne made the long trip to Cork last Saturday and played their first AIL game in that city when they played Sundays Well in Musgrave Park, the second home of Munster rugby. Whether it was the long trek down to the southern capital or end of season lethargy, this was a game that the Boyne side were extremely fortunate to come away from with four league points. Seldom has a team been on the defensive for such long spells and come out victors of an encounter in which the opposition squandered so many opportunities to put the game beyond doubt long before the end.