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.
The attached pdf document lists the details of a player insurance scheme which we are being offered. We recommend you make yourself aware of the issues surrounding personal accident insurance and act accordingly.
Skerries made their return to senior rugby on Saturday against a Boyne team that offered little resistance to the dominance of the North County Dublin side who brought huge support with them to Shamrock Lodge. Apart from the first ten minutes of this game when Boyne did hold parity with the visitors thereafter, it was all Skerries. The home sides hopes were dealt a grievous blow when their young prop, Hugh Carolan, was adjudged to have ‘Tip’ tackled a Skerries player and received a straight red card from referee Gallagher.