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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!

Club Season Pass Application Forms and supporting HJRFC

Buy a Season Pass and Help the Club

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC will receive commission if members purchase a home international Season Pass through the Club.

Scotland home match details are as follows:

  • Saturday 11 November 2017: Scotland v Samoa kick-off TBC **
  • Saturday 18 November 2017: Scotland v New Zealand kick-off TBC
  • Saturday 25 November 2017: Scotland v Australia kick-off TBC
  • Scotland v England TBC
  • Scotland v France TBC

The club can offer Adult season passes at Gold, Silver & Bronze. For Under 18’s we have passes available at Silver & Bronze. Prices are noted in application form.

Make sure the completed form and full payment are returned no later than Monday 22nd May 2017 to avoid disappointment.

Download the 2017/18 Scotland Season Pass Application Form.

Samoa Stadium Configuration

** Although the Samoa game is included in the value of your season pass, a different stadium configuration will be in place therefore your pass(es) will not be active and you will be emailed a link to choose your seats for this match. Please be assured that you will receive priority access to select your seat(s) before the match goes on sale to the public and you will have the opportunity to try seats in a different part of the stadium, within the same category. Match ticket(s) will then be posted to you in advance of the match. When completing the form, please ensure you supply an up to date email address.

Mother’s Day, 26th March!

The minis enjoyed glorious spring sunshine on a trip to Bishopton for a three way tie including Cartha Queens Park and some very tasty burgers. We fielded teams from p1 right through to p7 with strong showings throughout the squads who were all very thankful to their Mums for letting them play on such an important day! The minis will break for the Easter holiday, returning to action at Hughenden (weather and groundskeeper allowing) on 23 April for training at 1130. For more details, get in touch using our contact form.

Under 16s Update

Due to the schools October break, no Club games have been scheduled over the past two weeks. This has given us a chance to “lick our wounds” after two pretty serious maulings from Cambuslang and Hawks respectively. Our much younger and lighter squad stuck to their task gamely and are beginning to put together some good phases of play. The physicality of the opposition eventually tells however and despite some trenchant defending from a solid core of players, we begin to lose touch.

The really positive news, however, is that our squad has grown to 22 boys who are all keen to learn. They really enjoy the training sessions and Rory, David, Daryll and Innes (Rory’s younger, bigger and better looking brother) deserve great credit for building a really positive team spirit.

Our remaining league games are against: Cartha QP (A) on Oct 30th, Oban (A) on 6th Nov, Udd/Way/Drum (A) on 13th Nov, Cambuslang (H) on 20th Nov and Cartha QP (H) on 27th Nov. Kick off is normally at 2pm.

We would be delighted to see as many Hills supporters as possible at any or all of our games – the boys and coaches deserve as much backing from the Club as possible.
The Over 16

Hills Under 16 Boys v Uddingston/Waysiders

Hills played their first match of the season at Hughenden yesterday with a very young squad of 17 players drawn from Hyndland Secondary, Hillhead High School and Jordanhill School.

On a blustery day, Hills were asked to play into the wind, which added to their difficulties against a visiting team which had already played 4 games. Despite some excellent defence in the tight areas, the boys struggled when the opposition moved the ball wider and found themselves down 0-24 at half time.

The interval gave the team some time to regroup, and the second half commenced with the boys in full flight, driven on by a strong tailwind and the well chosen words of coach David Brown.

The 2nd half ended 12-12, with Hills scoring two excellent tries through Hussain Mohsan and our captain Ayrton To, with one conversion from Finn Stewart, as well as being thwarted a few times by last ditch defence, after some excellent driving forward play.

All 17 boys deserve great credit for performing so well in their first outing against more experienced and much heavier opposition.

Final score: Hills 12 v Uddingston/Waysiders 36

International Ticket Application Forms Now Available

Club members can now apply for tickets to the forthcoming 2016 Autumn Test series against Australia, Argentina and Georgia as well as both home and away matches in the 2017 RBS 6 Nations. Scotland play, Ireland, Wales and Italy at BT Murrayfield, and are away to England and France. Download, complete and return the forms below to secure your tickets!

Autumn Tests 2016 Application form

RBS 6 Nations 2017 Home Test Application form

RBS 6 Nations 2017 Away Test Application form

Hills Ladies Work Hard Under the Hughenden Lights

Every Wednesday evening during the season, the “Hills” Ladies are to be found training hard at Hughenden. At the end of a tough session, ahead of their home Sunday fixture vs Stirling County which was supervised by head Coach Dean Kelbrick and his assistant Graeme Blackhall, Dean reported “This was a really good session and for once the weather conditions were excellent. The girls, some twenty three in total, worked very hard and we were able to mix some conditioning with game play situations. All the girls bought into what Graeme and I were trying to coach.” Hills Ladies kick off at 14.00 this Sunday, the 11th September.