Category: Men’s 2A XV News

Fiery 2A’s Under the Lights

This was a fine game played under the Hughenden lights on a perfect night for running rugby. There was plenty of excitement to keep a sparse crowd well entertained with a very close first half which the home side just shaded by nineteen points to fifteen, coming back from a ten nil deficit after fifteen minutes. But the second period of play saw the Hills side move up the gears to consolidate their winning position by adding a further three converted tries with visitors Marr recording a consolation effort just before the final whistle.

Hills owed their superiority to a fine forward and midfield defence and to the predatory instincts of their half backs, Fionn Whyte and Tom Donaldson. Both ran well individually, but importantly made space for others to keep the forward momentum. The forward pack scrummaged and ruck effectively to provide a fine platform for no. 8 Steven Kay run well from the base and Fionn to distribute the ball.

The try of the game was scored by scrum half Fionn Whyte whose solo run had several Marr defenders grasping fresh air, as he weaved his way to the line from thirty-five metres out. His half back partner, Tom Donaldson, made several breaks, three of which produced tries for himself. Additionally his running lines and well-judged offloads produced space for Toby Mitchell and Alasdair Turnbull to cross the line unopposed. Sean Smith at full back had a good game with his boot, converting five of the tries, he partnered well with Blair Johnston who was efficient again, this time on the wing.

A five pointer against Marr is an exceptional result and the outcome can be referenced Hills improving and enlarging group of players. Keeping on this path the 2A’s can seriously target the top of their league. They travel to Dalziel 3rd XV next Saturday.

Hillhead Jordanhill 2AXV 40 points Marr 3rdXV 22 points

6th October Squad: Ariel Fertonani, Iain Cardno, Michael Sinclair, Charlie Duncan, Andrew Park, Alistair Mclaren, Stephen Cunniffe, Steven Kay, Fionn Whyte, Tom Donaldson, Blair Johnston, Euan MacMahon, Toby Mitchell, Iain Stewart, Sean Smith, Martin Wilson, William Murphy, Anurat Phuntungpoom, Alasdair Turnbull, William Murphy, Andrew Ross.

Coaching: Hector McIntyre & Ian McLennaghan

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.’

Hills 2AXV Win in the Whitecraigs Sun

Whitecraigs 2XV 26pts Hillhead/Jordanhill 2AXV 44pts

Following a debated draw in the 2A’s league opener last week, this bonus point win at Whitecraigs was well deserved. It came about due to some excellent teamwork under the watchful eyes of newly appointed manager Ian McLennagham and the travelling touch judge, Andrew Scott (snr), who patrolled the pitch side with his customary efficiency. For his next tour of duty, the Club will endeavour to ensure Andy carries his flag with him.

There were some good individual performances. Up front, returning Douglas Elder was very accomplished, running well with ball in hand and working hard in all phases of the game. His three tries were just reward for a fine afternoon’s toil away from the demands of Curriculum for Excellence. Sean Smith at stand off led the line well with good distribution from hand and, early on in the game, steady goal kicking.

Hills benefitted from a good understanding of the structures of the modern game although those on the touchline, unfamiliar with some of the team calls, remained bemused as to the number of wild beasts that were believed to be wandering in the open fields of Renfrewshire.

It was a good outcome then for this squad, at this level of the domestic game. It is those players with the better fitness levels who will prevail throughout the season. The improved attendance at training does undoubtedly help.

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

Fire Starter

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