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Instonians Newsletter – Tuesday 8th February

Apologies but it has been two weeks since our last Instonians Newsletter.

The new Instonians App to be launched later this year, will make the process of communication easier and so quicker.


Recent results / events

Mini Seahorses went to Holywood and had a great time with some great rugby being played.

Then last Saturday had coaching at home.

Under 12 had training and then last Saturday held an under 12 blitz

Two wins from 4 games was a fair result.


Instonians master classes have started; players from all ages but the same position come together on a Wednesday night to do specific drills relevant to their position.

Master class no 1 was the scrumhalf position with 1st XV player Ruairi O’Farrell taking the lead. A very well run session was enjoyed by all.

Master class no 2 is the Front Row and is being taken by Clem Boyd – wed 9th Feb at 18.30pm


1st XV are in the middle of a 3 week break.

Time to rest those injuries and prepare for the remaining league games.

Still in contention for the league with 4 games remaining


1st XV full results & fixtures:

Instonians - 1st XV Fixtures and Results 2021-2022

1st XV League Table:

League – Page 161118 – Ulster Rugby (sportsmanager.ie)


2nd XV have had one game when they lost 24-34 to Ballyclare 2nd XV in the cup, under lights on wed 26th Jan.

The team played extremely well against a side that are league leaders in the league above.

Ballyclare were allowed to score too many points when they had the strong wind.

But overall it was another encouraging performance.


2nd XV full results & fixtures:

Instonians - 2nd XV Results

2nd XV League Table:

League – Page 161124 – Ulster Rugby (sportsmanager.ie)


3rd XV lost 3-13 against Bainbridge 4s.

A close high quality game between two good sides.


3rd XV full results & fixtures:

Instonians - 3rd XV Results

3rd XV League Table:

League – Page 161127 – Ulster Rugby (sportsmanager.ie)


U21s cannot get a team to play them with two cry offs in the last two weeks.

They really could have done with a run out before their quarter final cup match at home to Enniskillen.

Scott now has a pool of nearly 28 players to call upon.

Bring on Enniskillen in the Quarter Final – At home Fri 11th Feb at 8.00pm


Upcoming fixtures

All teams really appreciate your support – do your best to be on the sideline

Fri 11th Feb

U21s host Enniskillen U21s in Cup Quarter Final

8pm Kick

Get down and see the future of Instonians Rugby

Clubhouse will be open


Sat 12th Feb


Seahorses this week

Coaching at home.


Schools cup matches in the morning – Quarter Final Stage






1st XV & 2nd XV have no matches so are training.


3rd XV area away to PSNI 2nd XV in the league

2.30pm Kick Off


Other information:


Instonians help local school to start Rugby

Michael Fairbanks & Roy Lawton & their coaches have been working hard to promote rugby in local primary & secondary schools.

Thanks to this support and joint venture with Instonians, the local school Breda Academy have put up rugby posts!!

Well done to the lads and their team of coaches.

Photos attached.

Let’s hope for a bright future for rugby at Breda Academy


Questions on the Laws of Rugby – two referees involved

Richard Sweeney has agreed to work with Michael Pollock and do awareness sessions for any teams.


Club Shop

Contact: Michael Fairbanks 0774 760 8021


Instonians Fundraising Ball

Instonians Fundraising Ball with Sean Fitzpatrick currently rescheduled to Fri 13th May. There are still some tables left. Please contact Neil Gillies on 07919 493 797 or at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


“Here Come the Girls” ladies lunch

Our ‘Here Come the Girls’ ladies lunch at the Club scheduled for Sat 29th Jan has unfortunately been postponed due to Covid restrictions. The Ladies are currently working with the Bar Committee to identify an alternative date. We’ll confirm this asap. 


Instonians Communication App

The Instonians Executive Committee have now received the final design proposal for Instonians 1App which will become the communications tool for all on and off pitch details for rugby, cricket and hockey. Development will start early February and is expected to be completed late spring. 


Project Seahorse

Project Seahorse has been well received with generous donations coming in regularly. If you haven’t yet had a chance to view the rugby club video and consider making a donation, please have a look https://projectseahorse.co.uk/


Ireland Home International Tickets – Update

Ireland v Wales was a sell out

Ireland v Scotland is sold out

Ireland v Italy – small amount of tickets available

Contact: David Acheson 0778 756 0376