What happened last week at Instonians Rugby – Sat 9th Oct

What happened last week at Instonians Rugby – Sat 9th Oct



Successful Volunteers Breakfast

Great turnout for the Volunteers Breakfast on Saturday morning

Michael Fairbanks gave an idea of the jobs we had available for any volunteers

In truth if anyone has time, no matter how little we can find a use for it.

For more information contact any of:

Michael Fairbanks   0774 760 8021

Ken Keane              0774 040 8911

Clem Boyd             0792 185 4459

Tell others!!

“The more the merrier”


Great weekend at Instonians RFC – 3 Wins from 3!!


U21s win at home 41-0

On Friday night Scott Hanley's U21s Academy beat Donaghadee U21s Academy 41-0.

Great to see some of these young adults returning to play with each other.

Some brilliant rugby on show.

On Saturday two great matches at home:


1st XV had bonus point win 40-7 against Enniskillen

Match report courtesy of The Front Row Union website.


More quality rugby and sets up a thrilling match next week when we travel to Clogher Valley.

Both teams undefeated!

Clear your diary and come down to support the team.

On pitch 2 the 3rd XV continued their good season with a bonus point win 37-0 against Ards 2s.

Instonians 3rds hosted Ards 2nds in a top of the table clash at Shawsbridge.

With on looking 3rdXV alumni at the pre match lunch, the thought of a double rickety and with last weeks ‘best performance in 5 years’ words of our leader Gavin Oakes, still playing in our heads, the stage was set for a top performance.

The game started off with a bit of a stalemate, some strong carrying from a talented Ards pack, tested the Stones defence. Fortunately Instonians came up trumps.

Some outstanding hits and reads in defence by Joe fryers helped the team, with this and some scramble defence.

Instonians started to gain the upper hand resulting in Finlay putting us 3-0 up with a penalty

Continued pressure and controlling of the game by fly half Ashley Black helped the 3rds to go over in the corner with the first of a brace by Lewis Bodel.

The game was slightly tarnished by Injuries to a few players including Louis meant a reshuffle in the pack.

This brought on Ethan ‘limpet’ White who was outstanding from minute one in the breakdowns achieving almost double figures in turnovers.

This confidence gave way for players to show some fine counteracting skills, resulting in tries for Nathan in his first start back after a hiatus to play cricket, another for Lewis one for Ben and Rab who showed his running skills in open play throughout the game to add to his at times scarily violent play

One special mention must go to Henry ’dementor’ Pattison who puts in tackling performances that he has no right to do with his size. Just need to hope that Mr Pattison can feed him up whilst still living at home.

From minute one this was probably our best team performance of the season and certainly is going to put us in fine stead for our upcoming games.

All players deserve a pat on the back and earned their beers on Saturday night.

One overriding difference in our team this season is our fitness, the fact that we scored 30 odd points in the second half against Bangor and 35-0 unanswered points against Ards is something that we can thank Curtis Barret for.

Let’s keep this going for the rest of the season.

Plenty of Ricketys to be heard


1st XV results:


2nd XV results:


3rd XV results:



Amy Hunter – sets a new record


Maybe not rugby, but general Instonians’ related news. 

Amy Hunter, who was part of the ladies cricket team and also played for the junior boys teams in the cricket club, hit her maiden ODI (one day international) century against Zimbabwe in Harare on Monday 11th October. 

She scored 121 not out and becomes (on her 16th birthday) the youngest cricketer ever (male or female) to do this.

More details on the BBC.


Another Huge Rickety