Boyne opened their season as a senior club against North Dublin side, Suttonians, at Shamrock Lodge on Sunday last. There was a time when this competition was of premier importance, but most clubs now use it to give young players a taste of this level of rugby. This match was no exception and with conditions absolutely perfect for open football, both teams took full advantage to give their early season supporters an entertaining game of rugby.
The Mens 1st XV team is the leading senior team within the club, currently plying their trade in the Leinster J1 1st division. Games are played on Saturdays and fixtures can be found under the "Senior Club Teams" Menu. Currently coached by Craig McGrath & Eoin Collins.
* - Promoted to AIL Division 2B
Boyne's quest to win a third consecutive Provincial Towns Cup and finish their junior status with a league and cup double failed in glorious sunshine at Mullingar on Sunday last.
If one were to use adjectives to describe this Provincial Towns Cup match, there simply would not be enough to encapsulate the afternoon that was involved in this enthralling encounter between two purist rugby playing sides. The wonderful atmosphere that this marvellous competition engenders, was displayed in Rosetown on an afternoon that was ideally suited to the type of rugby that both of these teams like to exhibit.
The Mayor of Drogheda, Mr. Paul Bell, & his fellow Borough Councillors, held a Civic Reception last nite in The Tholsel for Boyne RFC players, Exec Committee and distiguished Guests. This reception was held to honour the achievement of the Boyne 1st team in winning the Leinster League Div 1A and in the process, attaining senior status. The evenings procedings was marvellously compered by LM/FM's Gerry Kelly who introduced the Boyne players and various speakers. The Mayor, Mr.
Following the euphoria that surrounded the celebrations of the previous weekend, which saw Boyne crowned as Leinster League Champions, it was back to the serious business of Craig McGrath and his squad to commence the defence of the Provincial Towns Cup. The visit to Shamrock Lodge in the 2nd round, of West Offaly Lions marked a first for the team and supporters from Ferbane and district to the venue. They had managed to beat North Kildare in the first round and drew the holders in the 2nd round of the competition.
Boyne finished off their league in great style on Sunday last at a very cold but, resplendent Shamrock Lodge. The club went all out to celebrate their rise in rugby status by naming the occasion “Elevation Day”. And, what an occasion it turned out to be. Every aspect of the club was on show with the mini’s starting off proceedings at one o’clock with several exhibition games climaxing with the Des Smyth Foundation team of St. Pauls taking the field just before the big game, taking on a club selected side. With plenty of entertainment for the children by way of slides and sideshows, there was also food and beverage in abundance provided by club members, John Hennessy and Terry Lockyer and the Grounds Development Committee didn’t let the day go by without displaying their progress to date and accepted any donations and pledges that was given for the cause. To the blare of fanfare music and the great enthusiasm of announcer on the day, Eamon Duffy, both teams were introduced onto the field in a blaze of colour and excitement. There was a guard of honour led by Boyne’s under 19’s Leinster Champions and younger members of the club who clapped their League winning side onto the pitch.
Boyne resumed action at Ashbrook on Saturday last, following a five week lay-off, with a tough away fixture against a vastly improving Coolmine team who have performed well in this league this season. Whilst Boyne already had the league title wrapped up, nevertheless, Coach, McGrath, wanted to maintain the form that secured the title. He started some of the peripheral players like Graham McQuillan and Ciaran Smith and both young players seized the opportunity with great relish, each having an outstanding outing.
Shamrock Lodge on the Ballymakenny Road has seen many momentous games since it became a rugby ground in 1969. The league game that took place there on Saturday last between the home side and visitors, Tullamore, must rank as the most auspicious game that the venue has ever hosted. This was evidenced on the approach to the grounds, when cars were parked all along the Ballymakenny Road each side of the entrance to the club .
Boyne are now on count down to the clubs greatest moment in its history. Many at Shamrock Lodge on Saturday last, were reluctant to even contemplate senior rugby in the town next year or tempt fate, until such time as the mathematics assured promotion. On the evidence of the home sides performance in this match, it is difficult to imagine any such other outcome.