Boyne completed their matches in the Leinster Senior League Cup at Shamrock Lodge last Saturday against NUIM Barnhall. The Leixlip side, who are now attached to Maynooth University, were the most impressive outfit that Boyne met in this competition. Boyne now enter more serious bread and butter stuff when they open their Div 1a league campaign against Tullamore away next Sunday. Boyne will have gained a lot of match time through their involvement with the Senior League and this should stand them in good stead when they compete in the league.
Senior Team News
Boyne visited Balreask Old last Saturday to take on Navan in their second competitive game of the season. With the Div 1A league bearing down on them, Coach and Captain, Craig McGrath, fielded a strong side for this encounter. There was a setback for the Drogheda side before the kick off when stalwart 2nd row, Paddy Muldowney suffered an injury during the warm up. There was a quick reshuffle and promising youngster Ciaran Smith was moved to the 2nd row with Leo Nulty taking over at wing forward.
Last Saturday saw PTC winners Boyne commence their season against AIL Div 3 opponents, Naas, in the Leinster Senior League. This is a competition that the Drogheda club qualified, through finishing in 2nd place in the Leinster Div 1 A league last season. Whilst it is a senior competition and gives an opportunity to qualifying AIL teams to test their mettle against AIL opposition, nevertheless, it also gives peripheral squad players a chance to show their ability.
By Dermot O’Mahony
Friday April 23 2010
A FORTNIGHT ago we were spoiled by a superb weekend of top class European rugby that produced three Irish semi-finalists, with no game being more dramatic than Leinster's cliff-hanger with Clermont Auvergne.
Last weekend it was the turn of the top junior clubs in Leinster to create similar fireworks with Seapoint completing an outstanding season in Monivea to qualify for the AIB League, while Boyne beat Tullamore for the second year in succession in a scintillating Newstalk Provincial Towns Cup Final.
The 2nd PTC campaign got back underway on Saturday 10th April, after over a month in hibernation. A well-fed Clondalkin unit travelled to Shamrock Stadium on the back of a long run of victories with the intent of adding Boyne to the list. Clondalkin started well, first slipping a tackle on halfway to score virtually unopposed, then benefitting from four successive penalties against Boyne to go from their own line to kicking for goal. At 10-0 Boyne hadn't fired a shot. Then up stepped our own "Johnny Sexton" in the form of Alan McEneaney.
Boyne travelled to Edenderry with great trepidation on Sunday last to meet Cill Dara in the Semi Final of the Leinster Provincial Towns Cup. The Drogheda side were defending the trophy, won for the first time last year. Cill Dara had inflicted a rare defeat on Boyne in the Leinster League back in February and confidence was high in the Kildare camp that they could repeat the result.
Following some concern, due to weather conditions the previous week, the Edenderry grounds were in superb condition and the weather matched the efforts of the host club.
That the Leinster Provincial Towns Cup has regained its Prestige and pride of place among the competing clubs and indeed the rugby fraternity of the province, there can be no doubt. Once again, the holders, Boyne, were involved in an epic encounter with an Enniscorthy team who came to Shamrock Lodge determined to hold on to their latter season unbeaten run and extend it to include a cup semi final spot. That they did not realise this ambition was down to a try that was worthy of try of the season in any grade.
The full results from today's games are as follows:
<ul><li>Portlaoise 10 11 Tullamore</li><li>New Ross 12 27 Dundalk</li><li>Boyne 18 13 Enniscorthy</li><li>Wicklow 5 27 Cill Dara</li></ul>
The Semi-finals are set for Sunday 4th April and see
<ul><li>Tullamore v Dundalk</li><li>Cill Dara v Boyne</li></ul>
Cup matches do not come any better than this. The Black Gates venue is a renowned ground for cup upsets and Tullow came close once again to upsetting the form book with a riveting cup display against the holders, Boyne. The home team got off to a dream start when within three minutes they scored a magnificent try, when they tore into the Boyne forwards and moved their attack into the opposition half.
Boyne were assured of second place in this league going into this game which, ended their league campaign. However, whilst the result may not have altered their league position, such is the thoroughness of their coach, Craig McGrath, he demanded full concentration from his squad and, apart from wanting to end on a winning note, his eyes were firmly fixed on preparing for this weekends PTC encounter with tough opposition, Tullow.