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U11 Finals Day - Boys and Girls

A season of hard work and impressive development reached its culmination at the Ulster Finals today. The u-11 boys A team won the championship after a thrilling 2-1 victory over Portadown. The team had gone unbeaten through 2 group stages and a semi-final without conceding a goal and scoring 30. The final was a stiffer test against a skilful and well-organised Portadown side. They went one behind, but battled back with flare and determination, with Matthew McAreavey firing a scorching reverse-stick shot into the top corner to give Seahorses a 2-1 lead. Then, in the last minute. at the other end, our goalie William Allen pulled off a wonder save, diving high to his left to palm away a sure-fire equaliser from Portadown. Moments of magic capped an afternoon of enchantment. Our warmest congratulations to our coaches Paul, Toby, Dan and Finlay, to all the parents who gave such splendid support and to all the boys who played in our three teams. The Bs and Cs also had successful tournaments with the Cs, a precocious squad of Y5s, making it through to the semi-final of the plate competition.

The u-11 girls were also in action in their Ulster Finals at Playball Arena Stormont. As per usual the girls were a little slow to start and unluckily went down 1-0 to Lisnagarvey. They then beat Elks 3-0, to set up a crucial match against tournament favourites Pegasus. Our girls played their best hockey and matched Pegasus throughout the close-fought encounter. We went inches wide twice and were undone by two Pegasus goals. Undaunted we won our last two games against North Down and South Antrim, but that narrow loss to Lisnagarvey proved decisive and they went into the cup while we progressed to the plate where injuries took a toll and we went down to a big, physical Ballymena side who narrowly lost in the plate final while Pegasus were pipped 1-0 in the cup final by Portadown. Well done to all the girls, a big thank you to Paddy and Jessica ( the master tacticians!) and to the wonderful parents who were a constant encouragement. They should be very proud of the progress we’ve made this season and the way in which we matched Pegasus is tribute to our increasing hockey prowess.

We would like to invite all parents to our club dinner to celebrate the success of youth hockey at Instonians. The dinner is on Friday 1st June from 7.30pm. If you’re interested in coming then please let me or Paul know. You’ll be most welcome.

We also will have an end of season hockey day with parents matches and competitions at Shaws next Sunday and then on Sunday 29th April we’re getting together for our end of season funday from 2pm onwards at Shaw’s Bridge. It should be a very enjoyable occasion.

 
EY Provincial Playoffs

The 1st XI are in action all weekend at Old Alex in Dublin.  The timetable for all the games is below.  If you are free please try and get down and support the team trying to achieve their goal this season.

    4 quarters x 12.5 mins
Saturday 14 April   Pitch 1 (men)
  10:15 UCD v Corinthian
  11:45 Mossley v INSTONIANS
  13:30 UCC v UCD
  15:00 Corinthian v Mossley
  16:45 INSTONIANS v UCC
     
Sunday 15 April   Pitch 2
  09:45 Mossley v UCD
  11:15 Corinthian v INSTONIANS
  13:00 UCC v Mossley
  14:30 INSTONIANS v UCD
  16:15 Corinthian v UCC

Ticket Prices:

  • Weekend pass (adult only): € 15        
  • Single day pass (adult): € 10
  • Single day pass (OAP/uni student/secondary school pupil): € 5        
  • Primary school children and younger: Free
 
1stXI back in the Premier League Title Race with great 4-1 win over Bangor
On a cold and frosty evening in front of a good crowd at Shawsbridge the 1stXI recorded an excellent 4-1 win over Bangor.
With an 8.15pm start it was always going to be doubtful if the game would finish.
Well done to umpires Eamon McFerran and Gareth Herron who allowed it to finish with a slight doubt over pitch conditions for only the last 5 minutes.
 
Bangor as their top of the league position indicate provided strong opposition and started well keeping the Inst defence on their toes.
After 10 minutes  Inst came more into the game in what can be described as their most disciplined performance of the season.
 
With John Watson back in the side Inst were able to attack at pace down the wings and first half goals from Ben Palmer and Dane Ward saw us go in 2-0 up at half time.
It had been a good team performance but special mention to Adam Kyle for a great mid field run which saw him set up our second goal.
A great piece of skill from Chris Barnes on the edge of the circle where he was unfortunate not to score.
Chris beat three defenders lobbed the ball over Andy Seay in the Bangor goal only to see it go over the bar.
 
Inst started strongly in the second half and a foul by a Bangor defender in the circle saw an award of a penalty stroke and Ward put Inst 3—0 ahead.
It was now all about hoping the surface continued to be playable but as the temperature had remained constant play correctly continued.
 
Inst had a good second half keeping constant pressure on the Bangor defence and Kelso was unfortunate not to score following a great move when his angled deflection shot struck the goal keeper who knew little about.
 
Another great move from mid field involving five player saw John Watson make it 4-0 to Inst.
Bangor did come back to score just before the end to make it 4-1 but the three points went to Inst to move us one point ahead of Bangor at the top of the Premier but Bangor do have a match in hand.
 
Inst have three Premier League games still to play so Instonians, Bangor and Kilkeel are all still very much in the title race.  Keep an eye out for these remaining games on the website.
 
Seahorses U-11 Girls shine at The Dub

The U-11 girls continued their improvement with a successful Knock blitz held at the Dub on 25/2/2018. In cold bright conditions they sparkled, winning twice against hosts Knock and CI. They also drew two matches they had in their grasp against Lisnagarvey and Banbridge.

 

Things are looking promising for the Ulster Finals in April.

U11 Girls

 
1st XI v South Antrim

The Premier League has now split into Top 7 Bottom 7 but by losing 4-3 to Belfast Harlequins, last week Instonians went into the break in third place so a win at South Antrim on Saturday was most important.

The players responded well and came away from Lisburn with a 5-0 victory and three very valuable points.  Whilst we still remain in 3rd place matters are very much in our own hands as we have still to play the teams in places 1 and 2 and we will be looking for maximum points from both those matches. 

Chris Barnes’s return to Instonians has been so important to our goal scoring as another  two from Chris on Saturday brought his total to 15 in 5 matches.  We believe that Chris’s influence over the coming weeks will be so important to us as we continue our efforts to land the Premier League title.  Other scorers on Saturday were Gavin Leckey 2 and Dane Ward.

This week it is Portadown at Shawsbridge when again we will be looking for maximum points.

 
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