Category: Women’s 1st XV News

CloudCover Joins HJRFC Sponsors Team

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC were delighted to welcome Lance and Alasdair Gauld from Cloud Cover IT last Saturday for the unveiling of their pitch side advertising hoarding board. The company representatives got the opportunity to share the pre-game brunch and strike a pose with the victorious players of a tough game.

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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.

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

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!

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Hills Ladies Hit a Ton

Hillhead Jordanhill Women 1st XV 115 — 0 Cartha QP Women 1st XV

On a wonderful early autumnal evening under the Hughenden floodlights, the Hilljills showcased their full range of running and handling skills to blow away their plucky south side rivals.

For the record, the Hilljills were fifty-five points up at halftime. If there had been a scoreboard operator, she would have been sorely fatigued by the end of the proceedings.

In these situations it can be invidious to pick out individuals in what was a fine team performance, but the twinkling feet of Hilljills’ centres, Hannah Smith and Abi Evans, generated some twelve tries.

The McMillan sisters, Siobhan with her direct running and captain Louise with her sheer athleticism, also caught the eye.

Abi Evans stretches for the line.

Unfortunately, scrum-half, Mairi McDonald, caught something else, a flying elbow, which flattened the “Mighty Atom” and led to the Cartha transgressor being red carded.

Mention also should be made of the goal kicking skills of Mairi McDonald and Ally Cook, who between them converted ten of the nineteen tries.

After this try fest, Hilljills play again on Friday 8th September at 20:00 against visitors Stewartry Sirens from Castle Douglas.

Team: S. McMillan, L. Smith, H. Lockhart, G. Keys, J. Johnston, H. Telling, K. McConnell, L. McMillan, M. McDonald, S. Smith, A. Evans, L. Willis, A. Jane, D. Falconer, F. Wood, S. Kyalinkunda, A. Cook, L. Mils

Words by Bernie Mitchell and photos by David Whyte

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

Hilljills Appoint New Coaching Team

Hillhead/Jordanhill RFC are proud to announce the appointment of a new women’s coaching team for season 2017/18. Thomas Davidson has taken up the helm alongside assistant coaches Morgan Martin and Tonci Buzov.

Thomas Davidson was the Head Coach for Jordanhill School for season 2016/17 and is currently the Head Coach for the BT Academy Glasgow North U16. Thomas ordinarily plays for Cartha QP RFC however he is unable to play this season due to injury.

Morgan Martin, who hails from Lanarkshire, has previously coached women’s rugby abroad, most notably in Australia. His last role was Assistant Coach to the NSW State Junior Women. He is currently playing 1st XV rugby for Hamilton RFC.

Tonci Buzov is the current Head Coach for Strathclyde University Men and is also a junior boys’ coach at Whitecraigs RFC. He is a Croatian International and is in the process of obtaining a degree in rugby coaching. He was the Hills Men’s 1st XV Captain for season 2015/16.

Fiona Dorman, Vice President for Women’s Rugby, said, “These are really exciting appointments for us as a club. All three of the coaches have played for Hills in the past and it is pleasing to have them come back home to Hughenden. The women will shortly begin a dedicated strength and conditioning programme to supplement their Wednesday and Thursday nights’ training. We aim to have the most comprehensive and supportive club programme for women’s rugby in Scotland.”

Pre-season for the junior girls and women started on 26 July 2017. Training will be on Wednesday and Thursday nights at Hughenden (Hillhead Sports Club, 32 Hughenden Road, Glasgow, G12 9XP).

Training for the junior girls commences at 5:30pm and the women’s training commences at 7pm- all welcome. Pre-season fixtures are still to be announced.

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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.