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Jade chez les Ch’ti – Part 1

2 months into being here in France and I am loving it. It is like a family away from home, although of course I miss my Hillhead-Jordanhill family which will always hold a place close to my heart.

The first training session, I got a shock. The nauseous fatigue during and post session, the language barrier and the whole new experience was a shock to the system but one I knew that I was happy to welcome with both arms. The team are all very helpful on and off the field always available to help and give that extra helping hand when it comes to learning more French and the game project.

The season has commenced and we have made it 2 wins from 2 but that was certainly not without a fight. Sheer fight, war and determination right until the 80th minute with only harder games to come. I love how passionate and emotional the team are – it is right up my street and for those who know me, will know my love for the cheesy motivational quotes. Something there are plenty of here, albeit in a different language. From improving as a player and making life long friends, I wanted to say a huge thank you to Hillhead-Jordanhill club, coaches and players for everything over the last 5 years and everything that has come with being apart of the team.

Jade

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HillJills’ Relentless Display

Hillhead/Jordanhill 64 Murrayfield Wanderers 5

For anyone not attending the game at Hughenden on Sunday 8th of October, the final score would indicate a one-sided game. The reality, however, for the sizeable crowd who were entertained for the full eighty minutes was of a Wandies side who ran, tackled hard and never gave up but were ultimately overwhelmed by the Hilljills squad who all played as if their lives depended on defeating their long time domestic rivals from Edinburgh. For the record, the Hilljills scored ten tries with seven converted with Wandies touching down in the first half.

The early injury to stand-off, Sarah Smith, might have upset some sides but it seemed to galvanise Louise McMillan and her squad who wasted no time in running at the opposition, offloading and always seeking to use the ball in the wider channels. Coaches Thomas Davidson, Morgan Martin and Tonci Buzov must have been delighted to see how well the ball was passed and this incessant pressure ultimately produced gaps in the visitors’ defence which were quickly exploited by the ruthless Hilljills. First half tries came from Nicole Pike, Louise McMillan, Abi Evans and Amanda Moore with full back Amanda converting two. Wandies scored their only try in a rare break out in this half. Six further tries were recorded in the second forty minutes with Louise McMillan adding a further four (five in total-outstanding), her sister Siobhan with one and Abi Evans crossing for her second. Five of these were converted.

In what was a wonderful team performance it would be invidious to pick out any individuals for special mention but it would be remiss not to mention one or two of the home squad. Discretion might persuade the report not to use the term “veteran” but returning scrum half Rachael Whyte on her contribution to the squad reminded all watching of her distribution skills; second rower Jenny Johnston set up go forward ball to very good effect and tight head prop, Heather Lockhart, displayed all the skills which her long career in the women’s game have honed. Birthday girl Aimee Watson did everything but score a try such was her determination to be involved in everything that was good about her side’s performance.

Hilljills now remain unbeaten after their first six league games. A wonderful afternoon of women’s rugby completing a great weekend for the club with 4 wins from 4 for the men’s and women’s senior teams over the weekend.

Hillhead/Jordanhill 64 Murrayfield Wanderers 5
Scorers: Tries-Louise McMillan 5, Abi Evans 2, Nicole Pike, Siobhan McMillan and Amanda Moore
Conversions-Amanda Moore 7

Hillhead/Jordanhill Squad: Siobhan McMillan, Lindsey Smith, Heather Lockhart, Georgie Keys, Jemmy Johnston, Hannah Telling. Kirsty McConnell, Louise McMillan (c), Rachael Whyte, Sarah Smith, Nicole Pike, Abi Evans, Andrea Gaffney, Aimee Watson, Amanda Moore, Marta Estelles Chaparro, Stella Kyalikunda, Fiona Dorman, Emma Barlow, Hannah McHugh.

More photographs by the excellent @craigwatsonpix HERE

The remaining fixture in Premier League Round 1 before the split is away against Ayr on Sunday 22nd October.

2XV Take 5 Points from Physical Encounter

Hills 2nd XV emerge victorious with 5 point after physical encounter away to Carrick 2nd XV. In a match that had two red cards and one penalty try it would be fair to say there were some fiery moments. Hills kept there cool and saved all their tries for the second half to win 31 points to 7.

The first half had no scores but plenty of action for the medium sized crowd to enjoy. Carrick brought a physical game plan which was met with equally strong defence. Big tackles close to fringes from Charlie Smillie and captain James Reekie stifled Carrick’s attacking options. With Hills misfiring at lineout time they were unable to build the pressure on the home team. Before the first half was over Chris Kelly was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle. Unfortunately video technology was not available at Rozelle park as the card was very suprising.

The second half saw the second red card being produced. This time Carrick’s number ten was sent off with 35 minutes or rugby left to play. Then Hills decide to step up a gear. The first try scored by the Graham Davidson, running from deep after a quick turnover. The standoff Angus Lauder converted easily and Hills had their tails up. Hills had now fixed the lineout problems and were playing further up the pitch. A penalty kick thirty meters out cooly sloted by the up and coming number ten built the lead again. The second try was another long range effort. This was scored by substitute Rory Wilson who galloped down the wing untouched to dot down under the posts. Seventeen points in front and Hills turned it on again. Pressuring Carrick’s line the ball found its way to Graham Davidson again who lived up to the name “Bambi” and skipped over to score. The infallible Angus Lauder again added the extras.

Discipline became an issue for both teams in the second half. Both not willing to give an inch. Carrick kicked a penalty to touch to attempt to get some foothold back in the game. After a well set driving lineout was taken down two meters from the line the referee had little choice but to award a penalty try.

With time running out and Hills on the last attack of the game there was a feeling the bonus point would be a bridge too far. Back row Loïs Legendre had other ideas! A sneaky pick and go on the oppositions 22 meter line resulted in the flying French man sliding over the line. Angus was handed another easy kick and the game and maximum points went to the boys from Hughenden Road.

Final score Carrick 7 – Hills 31.

2XV Squad: Darryl Elvin, Callum Kettles, Francisco Gomez Acuña, Charlie Smillie, Graeme Milloy, Loïs Legendre, Sam Bancroft, Hélian Bourrel, James Reekie, Angus Lauder, Graham Davidson, Chris Crome, Ruaraidh Mayes, Padraig Cuthbertson, Gaëtan Boyer, Tom Primrose, Chris Kelly, Rory Wilson, Grahame Cannell.

Coaching: Stuart Irvine, assisted by Ryan Williamson
Report: Stuart Irvine

A Braveheart Victory

Sunday morning saw the Hilljills’ heavies throwback their curtains and jump for rugby joy. A howler had blown in from the Atlantic overnight; rain, wind, and plummeting temperatures would be manifesting swamp conditions at Bridgehaugh. Praise be to the rugby gods – it was a game for the big guns! A prop pummelling, tub thumbing, dirt digesting forward fest!

However, it was not to be…

Hillhead/Jordanhill’s 43-10 victory against Stirling County on Sunday was a testament to every player on the pitch. An enigmatic flow of forward and back plays that eventually saw a plethora of tries across a variety of positions.

It was not a simple start. To the contrary the girls faced their most challenging opposition this year as County instantly showed up with some smart plays off their 9- who made it clear we had a game of rugby on our muddy paws. Almost over-hyped by the challenge, Hilljills took a while to embrace the concept that they would have to set up several patient phases then earn the rights to utilise the weapons that be on the wing.

It was not until the 22nd minute that the experienced Lockhart bowled over her victim and bounced to the try line. Her first of the season!

This eased the pressure and within the next ten minutes Smith (of the Sarah variety) snaked up the blind side in a display of her positional fusion. Smith demonstrated she is more than a pivotal link player and whipped up the side-line like a greyhound at the races. County answered back with fury proving they were not going to be victim to a big score line. They provided a well worked try out on their left wing as a result of a penalty. In previous seasons being scored against could be said to be the Achilles of the team. However, Captain McMillan did not lose her Kilbarchan mojo. She gathered her squaddies under the posts and insisted all would be well if we do not panic, retain composure and play our systems.

Consequently, the prize for composure arrived in the sparkling form of Evans who sliced her defensive line with her sevens inspired side step and raced to the line.

Holding onto the win would require effort. The conditions were now swampesque and the underfoot terrain caused players to look as if they were playing in the black boots era of 90s rugby. Rising to the challenge the forwards put in some big carries led by veteran Lindsay Smith who inspired her pack to carry forward at all costs.

Unfortunately, in their haste, Hilljills’ penalty count was creeping alarmingly high: they began to dive into rucks like salmon in the Spey and tacklers were not being released for love nor toffee. At half time, big constructive words from a small constructed man ensured the team were aware this statistic was indeed real. His motivational rhetoric was gospel and he challenged the girls to abolish this weakness.

To which they rose! The first quarter of this half was perhaps the most aesthetic of rugby Hilljills had displayed this season. At times they looked like they were playing on a dry summer’s day.Cook and Smith at 9/10 proved integral: the brains to the brawn. Smith’s vision set up several stunning plays and Cook’s strikingly skilful handling sent the soap bar wide. Within minutes, Evans was through for her second. The team moved with grace and pace up the field. Ironic- as they had started to look disturbingly similar to the Moto Moto Hippos in scenes from animated movie Madagascar. It was not long before McMillan showed her international flair and picked up a bobbling loose ball, shook free of the nuisance defenders and danced her way to the line.

Stirling again retaliated and were met with Braveheart defence and solid tackling across the board. Most notably in this area was Andrea Gaffney. Unusually, Gaffney was featuring in the centre (in place of the injured, effervescent Hannah Smith) and it was not long before she made herself heard. Time after time Gaffney used her speed to get off the line and knock back her opposite number –all.day.long. It was almost frightening to watch and an incredible effort for a position debut. Similar Tongan style hits from Jennifer Johnson were made as part of an organised defence.

The sixty third minute saw Gaffney take the hit for the team and was sent to the bin for ten minutes following a repeated error at the breakdown.

Later than usual, Hilljills began to look their comfortable selves and pulled away in the latter stages to record a good victory. Their flow only tempered by a yellow card to Ally Cook (the first of her career), who was penalised for not rolling away despite being a distance away- perhaps a case of mistaken number identity!

Squad: Siobhan McMillan, Lindsey Smith, Heather Lockhart, Georgie Keys, Jenny Johnston, Kirsty McConnell, Hannah Telling, Louise McMillan(C), Saran Smith, Ally Cook, Aimee Watson, Abi Evans, Andrea Gaffney, Emma Barlow, Amanda Moore, Marta Estelles Chaparro, Fiona Dorman, Hannah McHugh, Lucy Mills

Hills will face Murrayfield Wanderers at home this weekend where they intend to hold fort.

Next match v Murrayfield Wanderers, Sunday 8th Oct 2pm kick off at Hughenden

Report: Kirsty McConnell

2018 6 Nations Away Game Tickets: ACT NOW!

The application deadline for 2018 RBS 6 Nations Away tickets is less than three weeks away (Friday 20th October), so get your ticket allocation forms in NOW to avoid disappointment.

Scotland travel to Ireland, Wales and Italy for three exciting games in legendary touring locations, and tickets for these games will sell out fast, so don’t miss out!

Apply for your tickets TODAY!! (link opens application form)

McCrea’s and HJRFC Renew Partnership

As announced today, Hillhead Jordanhill RFC are delighted to share the news of the sponsorship renewal from long standing partners McCrea Financial Services.

McCrea’s support throughout the years have benefited rugby development for all our teams at Hughenden. The continuation of this partnership is a fantastic news for all Hills players and supporters.

Hills President Andy Scott commented: ‘I am delighted we are renewing our ongoing partnership with McCreas who have been a great supporter of HJRFC. Everyone at the club is looking forward to developing our relationship further through imaginative activity.’

Freshers: Play Rugby at HJRFC!

New students are welcome to play rugby at Hillhead Jordanhill RFC!

We operate three senior men’s and a women’s team and we welcome all new members. New student members benefit from our special student membership rates along with access to our excellent training facilities and recently refurbished members bar.

Our club has a long association with Glasgow’s colleges and universities, so if you’re new to the city and would like to join an open, friendly and ambitious club, head for the HIlls!

Students are welcome at Hillhead Jordanhill RFC

Hills Mini Rugby Returns

Welcome Back!

HJRFC minis start back this Sunday 20 August at the new time of 1100. Feedback has generally been that a slightly earlier time would suit most. Let us know if doesn’t or you would prefer an earlier time yet.

We’ll be training at Hughenden each Sunday with our first game on 10 September.

Get involved! We are always looking for parents to help with coaching and admin.. Don’t worry if you lack rugby or coaching experience, a helping hand is always welcome. We also need parents to take on various organisational tasks. It won’t be a big ask but every bit helps.

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Dr. Iain Todd

It is with extreme sadness that I advise of the passing this morning, Wednesday the 2nd August, of Dr. Iain Todd at Buchanan House nursing home, Drymen.

In his ninety third year, Iain had lived independently until only very recently, when declining health required him to move to Buchanan House.

To describe “Toddy” as a kenspeckle rugby figure would overlook and undersell his many achievements in the game of rugby union, both at amateur and professional level, as a leading administrator in the domestic game in Scotland and eventually as president of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) in the first year the game became professional in 1995.

“Toddy” was a leading figure in the prominent rise of the Glasgow district side (GDRU) in the days of the old unofficial championship. He served on the GDRU from the mid 1970’s, and in tandem on many of the committees at Murrayfield and also on its general committee.

His spiritual home was, however, always Hughenden, the ground of Hillhead HSFP RFC and latterly Hillhead Jordanhill RFC. He was able to trace his lineage to the World War 1 memorial panel in the current Sports Club bar where his uncle’s name was inscribed. On demob from the army in 1947, he played in the 1st XV, but the pressures of early family life and his work as a GP restricted his on field contributions.

His early committee life was as rugby secretary and, among other duties, he was 1st XV touch judge, always ensuring he packed his kit bag with his playing gear, without his wife Isobel’s knowledge, in case the “team was ever short”! He had and enjoyed for many years a formidable reputation as grounds convener, not perhaps as severe as a “keep off the grass” approach, but more sympathetic to the long term seasonal needs of the Hughenden pitches.

In his later years, Dr. Todd was a faithful attender at all the Hills home games at Hughenden and was regularly present during season 2016/2017, driving himself from his home in Drymen to the grounds in the west end of Glasgow. Always first up to the function room for the pre-match lunches, he remained as knowledgeable about the game as ever and totally committed to the Hills. “Toddy” was absolutely delighted when he became one of the first inductees in April 2014 to the HiIls legends at a ceremony in the clubhouse, and also later that year when he enjoyed his 90th birthday celebrations, again at Hughenden, with his extended family.

The club at Hughenden and the wider rugby community has lost a highly respected member of its family, but to Iain’s own family all at HJRFC extend their sincerest condolences. Funeral arrangements will follow when available.

Hillhead Jordanhill and Petone

Petone RFC was founded in 1885, located near Wellington, New Zealand. The club is famed for its competitiveness and its social attributes and holds close ties with Hillhead Jordanhill RFC, initiated in 1995 with the arrival of Matt Lee at Hughenden. Petone RFC has to date produced 30 All Blacks and 16 NZ Maori representatives including Andy Leslie (NZ Rugby Union President in 2007 and 2008) and Tana Umaga who have both captained the international side. They have also produced many players for the NZ Womens Black Ferns. In addition, players have also represented Scotland, England, Italy, Tonga, Australia, Samoa, Sweden, Spain and the British and Irish Lions. John and Martin Leslie have worn the dark blue of Scotland with distinction and now Nick Grigg has received his first cap.

With the British and Irish Lions touring, the club had organised festivities in the lead up to the second test at Westpac Stadium. This included a Māori Hangi evening, Golf day, Craft ale beer tasting and Test referees Q&A. It was in the back drop of the referees Q & A session that a HJRFC reunion was organised. This provided past and present players / coaches of Hills and Petone to meet, reminisce and celebrate the connection of the clubs. This night also had appearances from Gavin Hastings, Ricky Flutely, Nick Grigg and even the current Lions physio and Hills centre during the 1990s, Bob Stewart. The night was kicked off by the Petone RFC president Jon Roper welcoming everyone to the club but also gave special mention to the ties with Hillhead Jordanhill RFC. Below are some of the past and present players:

John “Zinny” McCormick: Second Row for Hills through the 90’s. Petone Club Manager.
Bob Stewart: Centre,  played for Hills in the 90’s. England and British Lions Physio.
Jason Adamson: Hooker, played in the 90’s for Hills, capped by Samoa.
Tama McGrath: Centre, played for Hills in the 90’s, now lives in Napier.
Paul Assur: Winger, Played in the 90’s for Hills. Now involved in coaching
Matt Lee: Player/Coach, Hills 1995 – 1999 former Petone and Hutt Old Boys Marists. Now coaching Wellington Lions and St Patricks School.
Iain MacCallum: Prop 1987 – 1997, also coached Hills Ladies and Lenzie. Coached Riverton Junior rugby.
Emma MacCallum: 1998 – 1999 Hills Ladies now GP in Riverton.
Hector McIntyre: Present Hills player.
Harry Preston: Present Hills player.
Andy Leslie: Petone player, All Black captain early 70s > Father played for Hibs and sons Martin and John played for Scotland and Edinburgh. The boys were often at Hughenden due to Matt Lee.
Martin Malone: Present Hills player.
Rory Dunro: Second Row, played 1998 season with Hills former Petone player.

Set up as a club for families and all the community they hold matches from mini through to very successful Senior Men’s and Woman’s teams. As their 2017 season comes to a close four of their teams have so far reached semi-finals.

More information about Petone RFC can be found here: www.petonerugby.com. We would encourage any Hills player and supporter to visit Petone if they are venturing to New Zealand. Having had a great experience at Petone, we would encourage any Hills players or supporters to visit the club if you are in the area.

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC would like to invite those from Petone who may be visiting Glasgow to come along to support or play!