Category: U18 Girls Rugby News

So Near But So Far for the Gallant U18’s at Murrayfield

STIRLING COUNTY 36pts HILLHEAD/JORDANHILL 26pts

After some seventeen minutes of the Girls U18  final played on the main pitch at Murrayfield,  Stirling had rattled on some nineteen  points without any sign of reply and matters were beginning to look ominous for the “Hills” with a drubbing the likely outcome. Yet the “Hills”  girls rallied in the second quarter of the game restricting their opponents to only one further score and coming close to a score themselves,  being held up on the Stirling  line on the final play of the first half.

Whatever motivational words were delivered to their charges  by the coaches, Mesdames Konkel, Openshaw and Watson,  are uncertain but they seemed to have been wired to a slow burning  fuse, as Stirling scored immediately on resumption of the second  half.  Now Stirling, thirty one points ahead,   appeared to be on “easy street” BUT then “Hills” burst into life.  Urged  on by captain Elis Martin and the strong running from deep by Erin Haldane,  Allana McWiiliam opened the scoring, followed quickly by the elusive Helen Frater and powerful no. 8 Erin Foley, and then in the 65th minute by Helen Frater  again,  a constant thorn in the side of Stirling for the whole of the second half. Stand-off Melanie Grant converted three of these to leave the score tantalisingly at Stirling 31 Hillhead/Jordanhill 26 with only some five minutes to go.

A game which had looked to be a run away success for Stirling in the first half had turned totally and the result was now on a knife edge due to “Hills” second half resurgence.   The concluding and clinching  score when  it came in the 68th minute resulted from a Stirling  breakaway with more than  a hint of the ball being knocked on as the attacker crossed the line.   After consultation the try was awarded, but there was too  little time left for the “Hills”  girls  to mount any kind of offensive and Stirling ran out winners in what was a fine advert for Girls development rugby.

This was some experience  for all of  the “Hills”  squad to be involved in a National final played in the intimidating confines of BT Murrayfield.  Each is  to be congratulated on their commitment and performance.  The  squad  will now be able to take confidence from this game forward into next season when hopefully they will all return for training for the new Season.

“Hills” Cup Final squad:  Erin Haldane, Rachael Waddell, Meghan Davis, Helen  Frater, Brogan Carberry,  Melanie Grant, Niamh deans, Anne Young, Elis Martin ( C ), Aimee Johnston,  Tallulah Armstrong,  Eve Thomson, Allana McWilliam, Lucy Mills, Erinn  Foley.
Replacements Sara Akinrinbola, Christy Smith, Amy Saunders, Zoe Toner, Elissa Burr, Eilidh Kelly.
 

Junior HillJills Secure Cup Final Place at Murrayfield

Biggar RFC welcomed both a full Hillhead u18XV squad and the early summer sunshine to Hartree Mill.
As expected the opening salvos were fired in uncompromising fashion and after sustained pressure in the Hills 22 area Biggar were first to trouble the scorers with a converted try. An immediate response was required by Jills which came moments later with fine converted try of their own.


The all important battle of the gain line once again proved vital and another period of sustained pressure saw Biggar dominate that area of the game and capitalise on a stretched Jills defence to score twice in succession with two unconverted tries! Hills again responded with a converted try of there own making it 17-12 at the break to the host side.
After the break a series of probing attacking movements nearly saw the home side extend their lead but they were denied by some very good Jills defence but in the end it was the hosts who scored first to extend there lead with a fine converted try to take the scores to 24-12. The home side extended their lead again moments later with a another try to take the sore to 29-12 that would be the final time Biggar put points on the board.
After a regroup Jills upped the ante and scored another 3 converted tries to end the match as 33-29 victors, bagging a place in the final at Murrayfield on April 29th against Stirling county.
Many thanks to the referee on the day without which the encounter would not have been possible and to the Management and Staff at Biggar RFC for their fantastic hospitality and wonderful facilities.

Hills Player of the Match with a 4 try stunner – Helen Frater

Try scorers –
Helen Frater 4
Ellie Burr – 1
Converted Mel Grant – 4

Report by Ritchie Bruce

Hilljills and Mini-Hilljills in Action

Hills ladies and junior girls (U18s and U15s) were all in action yesterday, Sunday 5th March.

Hills ladies played Murrayfield Wanderers at home to record a 63-10 win in the semi final of the Premier Development Cup. Player of the match was Kirsty Reid with two tries whilst other Hills scorers were Hannah Smith (4), Mairi McDonald (3), Aimee Watson (1), Hannah Telling (1) and Ally Cook with the conversions.

Hills play the winner of Ayr and Stewartry in the Final which is scheduled for the 19th March.
The game was pictured by Fiona, you will find more of her very good shots here.

Hills squad: Siobhan McMillan, Stella Kyalikunda, Fiona Reardon, Kirsty Openshaw, Jenny Johnston, Kirsty McConnell, Kirsty Reid, Hannah Telling, Sarah Smith, Ally Cook, Lizzie Willis, Hannah Smith, Kirstin Daly, Aimee Watson, Mairi McDonald, Debbie Falconer, Georgie Keys, AnnMarie Franz, Caitlyn Haldane.

Meanwhile at Bridgehaugh, Hills under 18s lost to Stirling County 40-12 in the West League whilst the under 15s played a friendly. Judging by the smiles and the mud, a good day of rugby was had by all!


Featured picture by Lesley Robertson
Above Pictures by Fiona and Jade
Report by Heather