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CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF INSTONIANS HOCKEY CLUB

Saturday 7 September saw over 140 alumni gather to celebrate 60 years of Instonians Hockey Club.
13-September-19
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF INSTONIANS HOCKEY CLUB

Saturday 7 September saw over 140 alumni gather to celebrate 60 years of Instonians Hockey Club. Guests were delighted to be joined by Alison Spearman, wife of the late Ralph Spearman, fondly remembered as the ‘father of Inst and Instonian hockey’. Ralph was the major driving force behind the foundation of hockey as a main school sport at Inst from 1949, before co-founding Instonians Hockey Club in 1959. The club gained Senior League status in 1967 and remains one of the major forces in Irish hockey, associated with a string of Irish internationals including Dixon Rose, Paul Hollway, Patrick Brown, Neil Cooke and current international Paul Gleghorne.

Many memories and laughs were shared over dinner before co-founder Haydn Taylor and former Captain and Coach Mark Irwin brought the rich history of the club to life with a number of anecdotes from their playing days. During her address, RBAI Principal Janet Williamson proposed a toast to Instonians Hockey Club, thanking the many volunteers from the club who continue to support and promote Hockey at RBAI, inspiring the current pupils and providing vital coaching support.

Find out more about hockey at RBAI: http://rbai.org.uk/page/Hockey/4804/Index.html

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CCB Medallion Tournament
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18 2019
Scout Parents' Night
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CCB Medallion Tournament - MCB (Away)
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On Friday 20th September 2019, it was the privilege of the RBAI Head of School and Deputy Heads to attend the All Ireland Senior Prefects Conference, held at St Columba’s College, Dublin.
25-Sep-2019
Congratulations to RBAI Fencing Club captain Rowan Luney who represented Northern Ireland Fencing at the Youth 5 Nations in Dublin recently.
25-Sep-2019
On Wednesday 18th September around 120 parents/guardians of boys in year 13 attended the annual information evening in the Dining Hall.
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