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.
Leinster Senior 2A/2B Cup – Boyne 18pts Old Wesley 33pts
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.