Category: Men’s 2A XV News

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Hills ignite new season with a strong first pre-season session

Last night was a perfect Scottish summer evening to start preparation for the new season. 56 senior players attended the club’s first session to prepare for Season 2017-18 and many faces are still to appear. Players were welcomed with a Mo’Farah fitness test to measure everyone’ work baseline; followed by an intense session including fitness work, skills development and a lot of game action. Overall a good effort in a great atmosphere.

Dean Kelbrick commented: “there was a huge effort from everyone, which was good to see. It gives us a benchmark as to how we want to work on our development this season” and added “The club fields 3 male and 1 female senior team through the season, so it’s great to see that we have started with this kind of turnout”

Pre-season for seniors will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 18:45 sharp, with Saturday sessions from the 29th July (Club’s Day) and pre-season fixtures on the 5th and 12th of August.


Hills Reserve Teams Achieve Bonus Point Victories

A strong set of results at the weekend saw both Hills 2XV and 2A’s take bonus point victories to set up an exciting end to the season, with both teams competing for a fourth place finish.

Hill’s 2XV win 26-54 away to Hamilton 3XV

After opening the match with a try from their very first possession, Hills 2’s couldn’t manage to build on this fiery start. Despite dominating in the scrum and operating a functional line out, the score tipped into Hamilton’s favour as they exploited the space out wide with some slick passing. Hills went into halftime trailing, although the game was close, with two tries apiece.

The early part of the second half remained close, until in the 50th minute Hamilton breached the Hills’ defence with two back to back tries, extending their lead. However, with Hills superior fitness starting to show, Jimmy “The Rocket” Griffith scored a fine solo try to help catalyse the rest of his teammates into action. A further six unanswered tries followed, securing the Hill’s 2XV a deserved bonus point win.

Hillhead Jordanhill 2XV: Adam Plunkett, Harry Singh, Callum Kettles, Loïs Legendre, Christopher Warnock, Michael Sinclair, Jason Smith, David Webster, Matt Murray, David Paterson(C), Jimmy Griffith, James Reekie, Christopher Crome, Matt Rea, Miguel Jimenez Pimentel, Charlie Duncan, Lewis Costello and Grant Payne.

Hill’s 2AXV win 45-31 at home to Dalziel 2XV

At Hughenden, the 2A’s found their way around a strong Dalziel 2’s pack. An excellent result, particularly as Dalziel had beaten Hills soundly in their first league encounter of the season.

Remaining fixtures

The 2XV is working to secure fourth place in West Reserve League 1. There are two fixtures remaining, both at home,  with Carrick 2XV on 1st April and GHK 2XV on 8th April. After some disappointing early results, the 2XV have shown great strength and skill to finish the season in a much more commanding fashion than they started.

Meanwhile, the 2A’s are also looking to secure fourth place, in West Reserve League 2. East Kilbride 2XV will host the Hills 2A’s on 1st April, before a two-week break, after which the 2A’s season will end with a Glasgow derby at Allan Glens on 15th April.

By Loïs Legendre & Hamish Adamson

Hillhead Jordanhill 2A’s 5 Whitecraigs 2nd 15

This was always going to be a close game and the slippery conditions did nothing to assist. A first half with defences on top saw 0-0 at the turn with neither side really threatening. However a couple of momentary lapses saw ‘Craigs nick tow early tries. Hills fought with all their resources but coughed up too may scoring chances and an interception lead to a 0-15 lead with fifteen to go. Hills then upped their game and produced a spell of quick rugby resulting in a score but with time against them they failed to get at least a losing bonus point. An off day but with many guys playing out of position not a bad effort. Still much to do but the signs are good. Next up away to Irvine.


The Mighty Hills 2A’s still Undefeated


On Saturday Clydebank 2nd XV attempted to cease Hills 2A’s undefeated run this season, they failed. Since March the 2A’s juggernaut has kept rolling.

In a scrappy first half Clydebank got the first score with a penalty in front of the posts kicked with relative ease. This would be the last time Clydebank would lead the match. The first try came from fly half Sean Smith putting the winger from the west, Shane “the hurricane” MacCormick in the corner with a text book execution of a two on one. After missing a difficult conversion the next score would fall to the hat trick hero Joe Robson. There could have been a greater lead by half time but a pass drifted forward and Shane was denied his second score of the day.

Then second half try fest made the result seem less certain. Clydebank enjoyed more success at lineout time and their catch a drive proved a potent weapon. After a few missed tackles they were awarded a try but Hills 2A’s had strength to call on from the bench. Making their debut, Ben Chaddock, steadied the ship with a well taken try from distance. Joe Robson found space out wide to add to his tally.

A couple of mistakes and a fortunate interception try for the home team made the scores 20 – 26 in favour of Hills but another try from Joe Robson and Sean Smith put the gloss on an impressive attacking performance.

Attacker of the Match – Sean Smith
Outstanding Defender – Blair Johnston
Glue man – Andy Scott
Captained by Gary Kitchener

Final Score 20 – 40 to Hills 2A’s

Paul Sheerin, Andy Scott, Gary Kitchener, Rob Parsons, Joe Robson, Hector MacCintyre, Blair Johnston, Johnny Kinniburgh, Stuart Torbett, Sean Smith, Euan MacMahon, Grant Payne, Stephen Cunniffe, Shane MacCormick, Graham Canell.
Subs (All used) Ben Chaddock, Alasdair Graham, Iain Jamieson

Hills 2A’s Strong Statment in Cumnock

IMG-2016090The mention of Cumnock RFC always conjours up notions of no nonsense physical rugby. True to form the game played today was a brand of impact rugby, however, the force was with the 2As. Comprising a blend of old buggers and young stags, Hills served up a performance that was sum up afterwards by one of the Cumnock old boy spectators: “A great game of rugby with one team dominating everything, sadly not Cumnock, you boys gobbled us up and spat us out”.

Praise indeed for a great effort from 15 guys, none of your subs nonsense. With MOTM from Mark Orr, top defender Vincent Ané and outstanding attacker Fish (purely tactical to win the after match boat race).

Hills took a bonus point win out of a potentially difficult game. Nothing was given or offered to the home team as Hills showed what a bit of training and cohesion can do for a team.

The team: Kenneth Harper, Francisco Javier Gomez Acuña, Iain Richardson, Gary Kitchener, Vincent Ané, Martin Malone, Rob Parson, Mark Orr, Tom Primrose, David Brown, Iain MacKinnon, Toby Mitchell, Hector MacIntyre, Shane MacCormick & Grahame Cannell

Hills Reserve Rising

On Saturday 27th August, The HILLS Reserve (2XV/2AXV) returned to Fort Matilda for a pre-season fixture against Greenock 2nd XV and came back to Hughenden with a good win for Hills. Final score 22 – 33.

2016-08-27 Greenock

A good mix of old wisdom and young fire but brilliant effort from everyone. Special mention for Darryl Elvin with a big front engine; a lot of game time this week; Grant Payne with a 60m first class winger try, pace, power and determination; and Vincent Ané with a great overall performance and a beautiful push over try (#FrenchFlairIsNotDead).

Hills Reserve: Darryl Elvin, Andy Scott Snr, Callum Kettle, Adam Jackson, Loïs Legendre (C), Vincent Ané (Coaches MOTM), Lewis Costello (Top Defender), Alex Michaud, David Brown, Ruaridh Mayes (Top Learner), Grant Payne (Outstanding Attacker), Joe Robson, Johnny Kinniburgh, Shane “The Hurricane” MacCormick, Matt Rea (Glue Player), Gary Kitchener, Mark Orr, Alasdair Graham. Coaches: Stuart Irvine, James Reekie