'He was a wonderful ball player...he'd love going out wide and getting stuck in'

Published 28/11/2012 | 14:08

John 'Beachy' McCreanor (standing, fourth from left) with the Boyne RFC team that won the McGee Cup in 2009.

RUGBY men cry too you know.

When word broke of the death of John 'Beachy' McCreanor, a club, on the crest of a wave in AIL rugby at the moment, just stopped.

Many will remember the exact spot they stood in when they heard that 'Beachy' was gone.

'It's like losing a son,' Seamie Briscoe from Boyne RFC said, summing up the feelings of a devastated club.

John, despite being a true Ardee man, enjoyed a glittering rugby career with Delvin RFC and then Boyne RFC, making friends that will always remember his 'great smile and unique laugh'.

They'll miss the short 'quips' and the banter. A window closed on the past.

'He won every great honour with Delvin as a youths player and then moved on to Boyne when it was formed,' Seamie said.

The question was always asked what was Beachy's best position? He'd have said everywhere probably.

'He was one of the best props I've ever seen, but he didn't particularly like playing there. He was a wonderful ball player and loved to pass and kick, he'd love going out wide and getting stuck in.'

When he met Tanya (Branigan) and Casey and Leona came along, they helped form part of the very fabric of the club.

' The outpouring of grief felt by the whole club just shows his popularity as a young man,' Seamie added.

John won a McGee Cup and Seconds Cup medal and although returning to Ardee RFC last year returned for this season. He also played in the Leinster PTC final v Naas, in 2005 at Navan and won Leinster medals at 16s and 18s.

'Beachy always spoke with fondness of his first coach, the late Brian Phillips. I'm sure they are up there talking tactics again,' Seamie said.

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