Boyne made the long trip to Yeats territory to make their historic debut in the Ulster Bank All Ireland League. This game saw the respective champions of Junior rugby in Leinster and Connacht the previous season pitted against each other in their opening match in this league. Whilst Boyne were entering new ground, the home side were returning to senior rugby having lost that status back in 1998. The Sligo grounds are situated in the shadow of Knocknarea on one side where legend has it, on its peak, is the burial place of Queen Maebh.
Boyne finished their Leinster League campaign at Lansdowne Road on Saturday last against Wanderers in the shadow of the Aviva Stadium on the home clubs synthetic pitch. Preparations are now complete for their entry into the real cut and thrust of Div 2B of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League next Saturday against Sligo away.
This was Boyne’s third outing in this competition and with their opening AIL league match against Sligo only a matter of two weeks away they improved greatly from their previous showings. Greystones came into this game in confident mood having had very good results in their games so far. However, Boyne upset the form book in this encounter with a brand of rugby that matched the visitors in skill and pace. Greystones are a division above Boyne in the AIL and the opening twenty minute spell suggested that they would demonstrate their status when they took a 10pt lead.
The newcomers to senior rugby got a serious wakeup call at Donnybrook on Saturday last when they came up against a very slick Wesley team who play their rugby in division 2a of the AIL. Boyne continued with their ploy of trying out new players at this grade but the home team were more physical and a stronger running side that caused great problems for the visitors. It was a shadow Boyne side that took the field with a number of first team players still waiting to make a return to first team duty.
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.