Boyne club claim 'Beachy' honours
The North East Area Leinster Branch got the 2017/2018 season off in fine style with the now annual Beachy Cup J2 Blitz.
The competition is named in memory of the late John 'Beachy' McCreanor who played most of his rugby with Boyne RFC, though he also had a playing connection with Ardee RFC and, in his youth, with Delvin RFC.
It was therefore rather fitting that Boyne J2 won the Beachy Cup Final against Ashbourne J2 and Ardee prevailed in the Plate decider in a cracking match against Swords. Last year's Cup winners Balbriggan pipped Dundalk J2 to clinch the Beachy Bowl.
This year, the competition was held at Dundalk's Mill Road grounds and it featured full 15-a-side teams playing four 20-minute matches against various opponents on the one afternoon.
The Beachy Cup is a great opportunity for clubs to knock the cobwebs off and to get their seasons up and running after the long summer break. The Blitz itself is played in a very positive and friendly spirit, but more than anything the Beachy Cup is a social event that helps bring old friends and sporting rivals together again at the start of a new season.
This year seven teams from the North East participated - Ardee, Ashbourne J2, Balbriggan, Boyne J2, Dundalk J2, Navan J2 and Swords.
Overall winners Boyne RFC were captained by Eoghan Duffy (pictured) and coached by Robert Shuttleworth and both men, along with some others who played for Ardee and Boyne on the day, were former teammates of Beachy McCreanor.
The participating teams may encounter each other again soon as the North East Area competitions, notably the J2 Jenkinson Cup group stages, now get under way before the Leinster League campaign kicks off.