1st XV

News & Match Reports for the 1st XV

Newbridge 18 Boyne 24 (PTC quarter final)

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.

Civic Reception for Boyne Senior Team

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.

Provincial Towns Cup Boyne 36pts West Offaly Lions 3pts

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 1st XV 41 - 25 Cill Dara 1st XV

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.

Coolmine 15 - 26 Boyne 1st XV

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.

Leinster League Div 1 A Boyne 34pts Tullamore 14pts

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 1st XV 38 - 6 Newbridge (Leinster League)

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.

Dundalk 13 - 27 Boyne 1st XV

Boyne supporters made their way to the Mill Road, Dundalk, in great numbers last Sunday to watch this local Top Of The Table derby clash against county rivals Dundalk RFC. The picturesque venue of the North County Louth Club was complemented by the lovely weather conditions that prevailed for the match on this blustery but, pleasant January Sunday.

Leinster League Div 1A Dundalk 13pts Boyne 27pts

: Leinster League Div 1A Dundalk 13pts Boyne 27pts

Boyne supporters made their way to the Mill Road, Dundalk, in great numbers last Sunday to watch this local Top Of The Table derby clash against county rivals Dundalk RFC. The picturesque venue of the North County Louth Club was complemented by the lovely weather conditions that prevailed for the match on this blustery but, pleasant January Sunday.