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Instonians Rugby Newsletter – Tuesday 12th April

Recent results / events


We don’t really know where to start this week.

This year has been about “Instonians getting back to where we belong”

Well this week was certainly the first step on that journey.

A big ship is a hard thing to turn around, to get back on the right direction.

Instonians big ship has been turned and has started its long journey on the right course.

It has been turned due to a huge effort by players, coaches, team support staff, sponsors, supporters, family and friends.

Massive thank you to you all.

The start of a big journey has begun.


Saturday 16th April


Mini section

In the morning Instonians and Cooke ran a very successful festival

Over 500 kids turned out – unbelievable.


U14s won an exciting games against Carrick


U18s won their Shield Final against Omagh

Won 39-29 with 14 players for most of the game.

Stevie Lamb and Mark Smith have put together a fine bunch of lads.

On Saturday they were rewarded for all their hard work.

Well done, they are the future!!


Match report on club website



1st XV win 25-21 against Bective RFC and gain promotion to Energia All Ireland League


2 years of hard work came down to a 4 point winning margin, against our good friends from Bective Rangers RFC

Sorry that there could only be one winner.

I don’t think it has sunk in yet for many of us!!

Excellent Match report on club website



2nd XV no game


3rd XV lost narrowly to Ballynahinch 4th XV in their Plate Final

Lost 26-31

Words of 3rd XV stalwart Craig Holmes:

“Couldn't be prouder of my club than today.

Massive congrats to the 1s...words can't describe what it means to be back as a Senior club.

But to my favourite rugby team ever...the mighty 3s.

Boys, you are legends.

What a match.

I've never been as proud in defeat as today.

You did yourselves and your club so proud.

A bunch of legends.



U21s XV no game but again were present at Dundalk in a loud way!!


Upcoming fixtures


Sat 16th April

Minis – Easter Holiday

Youth – Easter Holiday

Adult Teams – Easter Holidays


Monday 18th April

U21s Instonians Easter Monday Tournament

A very competitive day awaits with the following clubs hopefully all in attendance!


Bangor                             Current Holders (2019)

Ballymena                        Winners 2017

Queens                            Winners 2016

Harlequins                       Winners 2015



First matches will be at 14:00 with the Final finishing around 19:00.


Tuesday 19th April

Adult Training restarts.


Wed 20th April

3rd XV home to Ards 2nd XV in the league


Sat 23rd April

2nd XV away to Enniskillen 2nd XV in the league


Other information:


Instonians Fundraising Ball – Fri 13th May

Only 20 tickets left!!


Dear Instonian 

As you may have heard, our biggest fundraising event for many years is now rescheduled for Friday 13th May. With greatest living All Black, Sean Fitzpatrick as guest speaker, we are looking forward to a really exciting event. 

For the avoidance of any doubt, there is no requirement to arrange a full table. Individual tickets for the event are available at https://www.seahorsesminirugby.co.uk/product/fundraising-sports-dinner/

We have set aside a number of ‘club tables’ to ensure any Instonians buying individual tickets will spend the evening with some friendly faces. Please remember that partners are very welcome too. 

We are very lucky that the format remains the same and the full original line up is still intact as detailed below - 

  • Reception with bubbles and music 
  • 3 course meal with a selection of wines 
  • Guest speaker Sean Fitzpatrick - greatest living All Black 
  • Comedian Tim McGarry 
  • Lots of table fun and entertainment 
  • DJ and Dancing into the night 
  • Evening expertly compared by local Broadcaster Mark Simpson 
  • Whilst fundraising for Instonians, we are also using the night to support 'Friends of the Cancer Centre'. 

 If you need any further information please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Neil Gillies

Mob: 07919 493 797


“Here Come the Girls” ladies lunch – Friday 20th May

Ladies. Delighted to announce that we have a new date for the postponed Ladies Event! It’s now on Friday 20 May at 6:30pm at the club.

It’s going to be amazing so get your tickets booked quickly!



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/


Club Shop

Contact: Michael Fairbanks 0774 760 8021


Support Darren Grant in a great cause

Darren is one of those people that a club like Instonians could not run without.

“Should we design a Club App?” – I will run that

“Should we get a supporters bus?” – I will organise that

Etc. Etc.

Now it’s our turn to help Darren:

I’m fundraising for Action Mental Health.

Here’s my JustGiving page, if you’d like to donate: “