Author: David Vallance

Match Preview: Cartha Queens Park Women

KO 7:30pm at the Hillhead Sports Club, Friday 1st September 2017

Hillhead Jordanhill Women open their home fixtures at 7:30pm on the 1st September when Cartha Queens Park Women make the short trip to Hughenden.

With new coaches behind the scenes and new names on the team sheet, Hills will be looking to stamp their mark on the Premier League and reinforce their position as the dominant Glasgow rugby club.

 

Head to Head

During the 2016/17 season, Hillhead Jordanhill and Cartha Queens Park met just twice. Once in the league in September and once in the quarter finals of the Sarah Beaney Cup in March.

Hills ran out comfortable winners in both local derbies, scoring a total of 185 points to just 17 across the two games.

Don’t let the scores fool you, though. Both matches were hard fought and Cartha’s players fought tooth and nail for every blade of grass. That said, we’d expect nothing less from our southside rivals.

 

One to Watch — Number Eight

The Hills’ backrow has always been a particular strength typified by barrelling runs from Hills and Scotland legend Jade Konkel.

Earlier this year, Konkel was offered a professional contract playing for Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois (LMRCV) in France’s top tier Top 8 league and announced she would be leaving Hillhead Jordanhill after the 2016/17 season.

Konkels absence leaves a large number eight-sized hole in the Hills’ pack.

Losing Scotland’s first — and until only this month Scotland’s only — professional female player might sound like a huge loss but it’s not the first time Hills have been without their professional powerhouse.

Konkel missed the beginning of the 2016/17 season through injury but that didn’t stop the team from posting impressive wins against Stewartry (64-0), Stirling (67-0) and Cartha (10-87).

With several players standing out in training and a fresh slate from the coaches, it remains to be seen who will run out with eight on their back under the Hughenden floodlights.

Whoever packs down behind the scrum has some huge boots to fill but we know that they’ll be ready.

 

Team Announcement

Official team announcement by Thursday 31st August.

 

Match Details

🏉 Hillhead Jordanhill Women Vs. Cartha Queens Park Women

🏆 BT Women’s Premier League

📍 Hillhead Sports Club

🗓 1st September

⏰ 7:30pm

Match Preview: Hillhead Jordanhill RFC Vs. Ardrossan Academicals RFC

KO 7:45pm at the Hillhead Sports Club, Friday 25th August 2017

In a repeat of last year’s opening cup tie, Ardrossan Academicals RFC travel up to Glasgow to take on Hillhead Jordanhill RFC in the opening round of the BT Cup.

Last year’s game was a tense affair with Hills struggling to integrate new coaches and new playing systems. In the end, Ardrossan ran out 24-17 winners to claim victory in a match that could have gone either way.

However, this year feels different.

The Hills have enjoyed a full pre-season under new coaches Dean Kelbrick and Graeme Blackhall. Fitness and skills are both up on where they were last year and the team has returned to a simpler, fast-flowing brand of rugby.

Returning players will remember last year’s cup game well and know that the result stood on a knife edge. A single moment of Rory Harte magic or a lone break from Owen Gemmell could have changed the momentum — and the result — of the match.

 

Head to Head

During the 2016/17 season, Hillhead Jordanhill and Ardrossan Accies met a total of three times — twice in the league and once in the cup.

Ardrossan ran out winners in all three fixtures.

However, it’s worth noting that two of Ardrossan’s wins came by one score or less. The opening cup game ended 24 points to 17 and the league fixture finished at 13 points to 7. Both games were there to be won.

 

Team Announcement

Official team announcement by Thursday 24th August.

 

Match Details

🏉 Hillhead Jordanhill RFC Vs. Ardrossan Academicals RFC

🏆 BT Cup

📍 Hillhead Sports Club

🗓 25th August

🕐 7:45pm

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