Category: Midi Rugby News

A Glorious Day for Minis Rugby

We welcomed not just spectacular sunshine and GHK to Hughenden on Sunday 11 November but also a good
contingent of Warriors players courtesy of HJRFC sponsors McCrea Financial Services. Despite Remembrance Sunday parades which had depleted both clubs, GHK brought strong squads from P2-3 upwards for a 1000 start in the bright sunshine.

The squads were then treated to some top notch coaching tips from the professional players – amazing how much more they listen to someone from the Warriors than Mums and Dads! Everyone got well and truly stuck in and at least one of the Warriors ended up on his back in the mud. Massive thanks to Leila, Ratu and Samuela for joining us and very special thanks to legendary Dougie Hall for the P6-7 tackling and scrum coaching!

After a well-observed minute’s silence, we got down to the serious part of the day, the games. Great to play under blue skies at this time of the year and each team gave a good account of itself some with more success than others but always in a very friendly environment (at least among the coaches) with all hostilities brought to an end by the final whistle. Special kudos to Italian international back row Samuela Vunisa for refereeing his first ever match without ever needing the TMO.

Afterwards, everyone enjoyed yummy pasta from on site restaurant Cafe Source Too along with cupcakes and sport bottles again courtesy of McCrea Financial Services.

Let’s hope we have some more days like that before the weather closes in!

Text by Alisdair Matheson
Pictures © Craig Watson / www.craigwatson.co.uk / @CraigWatsonpix

Mini Rugby Madness and Glasgow Warriors at Hughenden

HJRFC and McCrea FS are delighted to confirm that Glasgow Warriors players will be at Hughenden this Sunday!
As sponsors of Hillhead Jordanhill Minis, McCreas are delighted to support the Hills Minis vs GHK match on Sunday 12th November, 10.00am to 12.30pm, and host parents to a breakfast roll and a cuppa.
If you haven’t done so already, please confirm you will be with us with your young ruggers, either through the Hills Minis Teamer system or at minis-rugby@hjrfc.com
We very much look forward to welcoming you to a marvellous morning of Mini Madness this Sunday!

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