Following an intense series of interviews over the last few weeks I wish to formally announce that the following coaching ticket has been selected for next season. The position of Head Coach has been awarded to Graeme Eastwood. Graeme is from Cookstown and has played AIL rugby for Rainey. He's been Head Coach at Newry RFC for the past 3 seasons and also has been involved in the Ulster coaching set up,working with Academy players. Assistant (Player)Coach to Graeme will be Niall Kerbey. Niall comes with a wealth of playing experience at AIL level.
Senior Team News
This was Boyne’s first trip to Rosbrien the home of Old Crescent RFC. The Limerick club are going well this year and their ambition is to win promotion to Div 2A. They certainly posted their intentions of doing this from the outset of this game when they ran everything and spurned penalty kicks at goal in order to gain territorial advantage from lineouts close to the Boyne line where they could take off the top and drive at the Boyne line to score tries.
That rugby is the topic of the moment was apparent at Shamrock Lodge on Saturday last when one of the largest attendances for a Boyne game turned out to see this encounter with Sligo. Another feature that helped bring rugby folk out was the glorious weather which prevailed on the day reminding people of a summers day such was the climate.
Sligo made the journey down from the North West hoping to achieve their first win over a Boyne side who won all their previous encounters. The men from the North West were also trying desperately to gain their first win of their AIL campaign.
We are planning to do a live commentary of the Boyne AIL games this season. We will trial this at our first home game v Midleton RFC. To listen to the match stream click on the link below (or copy the url to your player) http://www.boynerfc.ie:8000/stream.m3u
Boyne take on old rivals Navan this Friday night in Navan at 8pm.
We have 3 league games left in which to save our league status or at the very least ensure we reach the play off place. Mike, Niall & Cillian and the lads have put enormous effort into what has been a very difficult season with retirements of senior players and blooding in of young lads. All Ireland League Status was hard won and a return to junior rugby would have many negative consequences for the club.
Boyne played their fifth game in this league on Saturday last and this was their third away trip to the rebel county to play Middleton, having earlier played Kanturk and Highfield in this league. A large contingent of club supporters travelled with the team to give them support and they stayed in the Cork town overnight on Saturday last.
The Middleton side have recruited well and as a result of this they are a much stronger outfit than the one which visited Shamrock Lodge last year.
Conditions could not have been more ideal at Shamrock Lodge on Saturday last with autumn sunshine beaming down on the splendidly manicured grounds on the Ballymakenny Road. There were a number of history making "firsts" preceding the opening AIL game this season, when this years President, Phoebe Leonard, hosted her inaugural pre-match lunch as the first lady President of the club. There was another "first" when the new face of UTV Ireland, Alison Comyn, became the first lady to perform the pre-match lunch speaker duties.
We are so pleased and delighted that Joe Schmidt has honoured a promise to our immediate past president, Robbie McGrath, that he would come down and do a coaching session - when his busy schedule allowed him to do so. Of course he is a good friend of our coach, Mike Walls and also Director Of Rugby, Niall Ronan. He will arrive at Shamrock Lodge on Monday night at 7pm and all players & coaches are asked to be togged out in training gear, prepared, to be on the pitch before 7:15pm. Let us give our national coach a real Boyne RFC welcome.
The Mens 1st XV team will play in the All Ireland League Division 2B for the 2014/15 season. Games are played on Saturdays and fixtures can be found under the "Senior Calendar" Menu. Currently coached by Mike Walls 0834424639.
AIL Div2B Fixtures & Results 2014/15:
|Saturday 30th August @ 14:00||Skerries R.F.C.||Leinster Senior League||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||18 - 28|
|Saturday 6th September @ 14:00||Tullamore R.F.C.||Leinster Senior League||Away (Spollanstown Road)||Loss||38 - 13|
|Saturday 13th September @ 18:00||Navan R.F.C.||Leinster Senior League||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||17 - 28|
|Saturday 20th September @ 14:30||Greystones R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||10 - 34|
|Saturday 27th September @ 14:30||Kanturk R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away||Loss||35 - 10|
|Saturday 4th October @ 14:30||Ards R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Win||24 - 20|
|Saturday 1st November @ 14:30||Highfield R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away (Woodleigh Park)||Loss||50 - 3|
|Saturday 8th November @ 14:30||D.L.S.P. F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||11 - 29|
|Saturday 15th November @ 14:30||Midleton R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away (Towns Park)||Loss||27 - 0|
|Saturday 6th December @ 14:30||Tullamore R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||13 - 24|
|Saturday 20th December @ 14:30||Sunday's Well R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away (Musgrave Park)||Loss||18 - 15|
|Saturday 24th January @ 14:30||Sligo R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Win||40 - 17|
|Saturday 31st January @ 14:30||Richmond R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away (Canal Bank)||Win||3 - 16|
|Saturday 21st February @ 14:30||City of Armagh R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||18 - 20|
|Saturday 28th February @ 14:30||Wanderers F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Loss||21 - 30|
|Saturday 6th March @ 14:30||Navan R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away (Balreask Old)||Win||12 - 25|
|Saturday 28th March @ 14:30||Old Crescent R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Home (Shamrock Lodge)||Win||26 - 0|
|Saturday 11th April @ 14:30||Bruff R.F.C.||All Ireland League Division 2B||Away (Kilballyowen Park)||Win||12 - 27|
|Saturday 25th April @ 14:30||All Ireland League Playoffs|
Boyne RFC Senior Pre-Season training commences on the 3rd July at 7:30pm in Shamrock Lodge. All adult & U-19 players, and anyone who has aspirations to become a 1st team player please come along. Myself, Mike Walls, Cillian Duffy and our back room staff are looking forward to working with everyone.