Instonians hosted the 2022 Goldsborough Trophy at Shaws Bridge on Easter Monday with eight club sides taking place in the competition.
The competition, which has been running since 1980 consisted of two, four team, leagues as below.
|LEAGUE A||LEAGUE B|
|Instonians RFC||Ballymena RFC|
|Suttonians RFC*||Belfast Harlequins RFC|
|Bangor RFC||Academy RFC|
|Enniskillen RFC||City of Armagh RFC|
The teams in each league played each other over six 12 minutes each way games. The top 2 sides from each league went through to semi finals with the winners of the semi final competing in the final.
The results over the day were as follows.
|PITCH 1||PITCH 2|
I picked up the competition at Round 3 and concentrated on the Pitch 1 matches. The standard was good with all teams having their moments and they were played in good spirits with a touch of low level sledging from the side lines for the “grudge” matches.
The results saw Instonians top League A and Armagh top League B, both sides undefeated they were joined in the semi finals by Enniskillen who finished second in League A and Academy, who pipped Harlequins by an extra conversion, to finish second in League B.
The semi finals were played consecutively with Instonians playing Academy on Pitch 1 and Armagh playing Enniskillen on Pitch 2
|PITCH 1||PITCH 2|
The final pitched, home side favourites, Instonians against Enniskillen who had battled particularly hard to go through in the semi final against the much fancied City of Armagh side.
Unfortunately, for Enniskillen, the final was a touch one sided with Skins running out of steam after their big semi final win. Instonians ran in five tries without reply to lift the Goldsborough Trophy and set up a evening of hard partying at the Shaws Bridge clubhouse.
We have over 580 images in 6 galleries from the day.