Hills Annual Player Awards Dinner

The Prizewinners and All the Chat

This eagerly awaited event at the end of the 2016/2017 season was characterised  by the usual mixture of the sublime  and the ridiculous, the details of which will unfold rapidly for those anxious enough to feast on all the gossip.   After all  as someone very famous once said .. “ we all hate to spread gossip but what else can we really do with it… “

It is important at the outset to note that the ladies present, some twenty number, had determined to make an impression such was their combined excellence in dress, (very occasional) décolletage and (initially) demeanour.   The men by comparison presented  as mostly dour and uninspiring in their dress sense with, however, some notable exceptions. Martin Malone wore his kilt but there were no  substantiated reports at the time of going to print  if there was anything worn under the kilt; Calum Forrester ,a guest of Dean Kelbrick’s, clearly thought he was attending a dinner in some upmarket gaff being attired in his “DJ” with bow tie, while Messers Scott (snr) and Legendre were resplendent in their “Hills” waistcoats. This was then one of those occasions when the Ladies came out on top of the men!!

The meal was up to the usual high Café Source Too standard, but a surprise awaited the ladies’ when the dessert, a wonderful caramel (?) cheesecake, was served them by one of the “Chippendales” (aka Ryan Williamson). This appearance provided a fertile ground for all the usual wisecracks about apparatus and equipment. The bold Williamson did, however, suffer some damage to his ego, if not his manhood, by being advised by the Ladies spokesperson, Kirsty McConnell, an alleged connoisseur of matters to do with “tackle”, that he was very much “size inappropriate”. To keep spirits up during the first comfort break prior to the speeches, Abi Evans reinforced her image as an outstanding  athlete by doing “chin ups”  and swinging from one of the roof beams. Those familiar with the works of the eminent zoologist, Desmond Morris, will recognise these behavioural traits.

Then it was onto the speeches. Stuart Irvine who, admittedly on the flimsy evidence of only one speech, is recommended not to rush to  give up his day job spoke for the men. He did provide one good line for the discerning among the diners with his remark about James  Reekie always running “hard lines“. “Waldorf and Statler” really enjoyed that one, thinking aloud it was indeed “hardlines” that they had attended, but Stuart was applauded for his efforts; never easy to be a prophet in your own country. Georgie Keys, “A lady in red” for the evening, was all Transatlantic sorority and engaging with the girls in the team. It was generally agreed that the decision not to have bread rolls at the meal  had contributed to an improved feeling of health and safety for the speakers and their general wellbeing. There was regrettably, however, the occasional missile, either a napkin doused in lager or a slice of lemon, but the collateral damage was limited.

The awards proved as popular as ever, with the presenters having their differing styles of delivery. Loïs Legendre with his usual Gallic flair and Stuart “The Speaker” Irvine presided over the awards for the 2A and the 2nd XV’s.  European football has its “golden Boot“ award for their top player, and Loïs’s answer to that fashion statement is a rugby boot presented as a phallic symbol, “mounted” on an impressively polished plinth. Matt Rea (most improved player) and Ben Chaddock (player of the year) captured the 2A’s prizes; and Matt Murray (most improved player) and David Webster (player of the year) garnered the votes  for the 2nd XV. Chairman Andy Scott (Snr) who performed well under duress all night, distributed the 1st XV awards to Jamie Maddox (most improved player), Owen Gemmell (player of the year) and Rory Harte, (Players’ player  of the year). The latter, known affectionately as “Golden balls“ to some present, seemed rather off colour and became more overwhelmed by the occasion as the evening wore on. Perhaps he became dizzy as a result of the greatness imposed upon his callow shoulders? Bringing up the rear of the “Oscars” was Ladies coach Dean Kelbrick who dazzled the audience with a welter of statistics about the Ladies performance over the season: games won; points scored; tries scored;  record numbers of girls/ladies with representative honours, it flowed. The awards for the Ladies went to Aimee Watson (Most improved), Hannah Smith (Players’ player) and Hannah Telling (Player of the year). Winding up, Dean thanked  Graeme Blackhall for his help and then delivered the best line of the night, perhaps a Freudian slip, when he asked Mairi McDonald to thank Fergus Matheson (absent for the evening) for his help.  No-one present  doubted  that would not take place.  Finally the demure and sober Louise MacMillan, captain of the ladies 1st XV, made presentations to Messers Kelbrick and Blackhall on their retirals as coaches to the ladies.

It was unfortunate that the formal part of the evening then concluded rather too swiftly without any vote of thanks to the Dinner Convener, Douglas Grove, who had worked tirelessly to deliver the evening and the “Hills” President, Andrew Scott (snr) for his seamless performance  in continuity announcing. But by then the youth had evacuated to boogy on the dance floor and Rory Harte  was ready for the knackers’ yard.

PS: The usual process of contacting A and E departments on the morning after the night before to check on diners’ welfare was severely hampered by lack of communications due to the malware problems afflicting the NHS. A chance visit however to HQ this morning revealed at least two pairs  of high heels had been left in the function room. Ladies being swept off their feet!!

Bernie “The Bunnett’ Mitchell

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.
 

Club Season Pass Application Forms and supporting HJRFC

Buy a Season Pass and Help the Club

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC will receive commission if members purchase a home international Season Pass through the Club.

Scotland home match details are as follows:

  • Saturday 11 November 2017: Scotland v Samoa kick-off TBC **
  • Saturday 18 November 2017: Scotland v New Zealand kick-off TBC
  • Saturday 25 November 2017: Scotland v Australia kick-off TBC
  • Scotland v England TBC
  • Scotland v France TBC

The club can offer Adult season passes at Gold, Silver & Bronze. For Under 18’s we have passes available at Silver & Bronze. Prices are noted in application form.

Make sure the completed form and full payment are returned no later than Monday 22nd May 2017 to avoid disappointment.

Download the 2017/18 Scotland Season Pass Application Form.

Samoa Stadium Configuration

** Although the Samoa game is included in the value of your season pass, a different stadium configuration will be in place therefore your pass(es) will not be active and you will be emailed a link to choose your seats for this match. Please be assured that you will receive priority access to select your seat(s) before the match goes on sale to the public and you will have the opportunity to try seats in a different part of the stadium, within the same category. Match ticket(s) will then be posted to you in advance of the match. When completing the form, please ensure you supply an up to date email address.

Hilljills Triumph in Murrayfield Cup Final

Hilljills 26-23 Wandies

The final game in the BT Womens Premier League in January had seen these two Clubs pitted against each other on the back pitch at Murrayfield and , on that occasion, “Wandies” had triumphed in a hard fought game by eighteen points to twelve. Fast forward to April and the BT finals on the main pitch at Murrayfield, and the same two Clubs contested the final of the Sarah Beaney Cup with Hills Ladies the victors this time, edging their close rivals by three goals and one try to two goals and three penalty goals.

Classically it was a game of “two halves” with the Glasgow visitors, after a very shaky opening spell in which their rivals raced to a ten points lead in seventeen minutes, settling down with their two main strike runners, their centre pairing Abi Evans and Hannah Smith, proving far too elusive, quick witted and strong for a very porous Edinburgh defence. Hannah Smith ran in the first try from some fifty metres on a mazy route and the second was a touch down from Abi Evans who sprinted clear from some forty metres. Stand off Ally Cook converted both but just failed
with her third kick following another burst of pace and touch down from Abi Evans. Murrayfield chipped away at Hills with another Lisa Martin penalty, but the first half concluded with the sad sight of winger Sarah Smith being stretchered off with a head injury ; and the scoreboard showing the match finely poised at nineteen points to thirteen in favour of the HillJills.

The second forty minutes was altogether a much dourer affair than the first with Wandies dominating territorially and also enjoying the greater share of possession, but finding the Hills defence impregnable. It took Murrayfield some twenty five minutes to break through far out to the right and this time Sarah Nelson kicked the conversion, taking Murrayfield one point ahead.

The margin was increased to four when Lisa Martin, revisiting recent Broadwood Stadium heroics, kicked a penalty goal from some thirty two metres. But Hilljills did not panic with stand off Ally Cook being far from traumatised and showing fine footballing skills to take the game back into the Edinburgh half. Eventually Hills went through some phased plays to create sufficient space for Hannah Smith to dash through the Wandies ranks once more to score to the side of the posts. Ally Cook converted pushing her team some three points ahead with just over three minutes left to play. The final honours were left to Man of the Match , Hannah Smith to boot the ball out of the playing area and bring up no side. The celebrations were then unconfined with players, replacements and coaches, Dean Kelbrick and Graeme Blackhall, all joining in.

This was a fine effort from all the HillJills squad; it would have been all too easy for them to have crumbled after the opening onslaught, but they stuck to it well and emerged worthy winners . It is always invidious to pick out individuals in what was a cohesive team performance but Jade Konkel, who has enjoyed better days with her hands, was an exocet in attack sometimes taking four defenders to halt her ; Mairi McDonald was sharp throughout at scrum half providing an excellent service and Louise McMillan captained the side well and proved a more than useful source of line out ball.

WELL DONE HILLS LADIES AND COACHING STAFF.

Report by : Bernie “the Bunnet” Mitchell
Read also:
SRU Match Report
Article in the Herald Scotland
Article in The Scotman

Sarah Beaney Cup Final – Supporters’ Arrangements

Hilljills play Murrayfield Wanderers on the main pitch at BT Murrayfield in the Sarah Beaney Cup Final on Saturday 22nd April. Kick off 1:15pm.

The club would like to have as many supporters from the club there as possible and the following arrangements have been made if you can come and support- club members (adults and juniors), friends, family- all welcome:

SUPPORTERS’ PACKAGE

This includes bus to Murrayfield and a ticket to the games (schedule below). The cost for both bus and ticket is £20 for adults and £15 for concessions. Departure time will be 10am from Hughenden. Return time from Murrayfield will be approx 5pm.

Prior to departure, Cafe Source Too at the club will be open from 9.15am and will be offering supporters a Cup Finals breakfast deal (coffee/tea and bacon roll) for £3.50.

Cafe Source Too will also be offering matchday deals at the Bar for supporters on return from Murrayfield.

Please contact Heather Lockhart by Wednesday 19th April to register and arrange payment (Heather.lockhart@sky.com) or mobile 07951 539102.

Tickets are available from Scottish Rugby’s website- £10 adults and £5 concessions via the link below:

https://www.eticketing.co.uk/scottishrugby/?Advcode=SARAHBEANEYCUP_Hillhead

GAMES SCHEDULE

Murrayfield Pitch:

BT Men’s Bowl Final 11am

Grass/3G Pitches:

BT Women’s Plate and Bowl Final 11am

Murrayfield Pitch:

Sarah Beaney Cup Final 115pm

BT Cup Final 330pm

BT Men’s Shield Final 545pm

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

Hills beat RHC to Secure Place in Cup Final

HillJills are through to the Sarah Beaney Cup Final after recording a 60-5 win over RHC on Sunday. Of the ten tries scored by Hills in a high tempo game, centre Abi Evans completed a hat-trick whilst captain Louise McMillan scored a brace. Hannah Telling, Lucy Mills, Kirsty Reid, Jemma Forsyth and Mairi McDonald were also on the scoresheet. Ally Cook kicked the conversions.

Player of the match: Kirsty Reid

Opposition player of the match: Mairi McDonald

Hills Squad: Aimee Watson, Lizzie Willis, Abi Evans, Hannah Telling, Lucy Mills, Ally Cook, Mairi McDonald, Siobhan McMillan, Stella Kyalikunda, Heather Lockhart, Kirsty Reid, Debbie Falconer, Jemma Forsyth, Louise McMillan, Jade Konkel, Fiona Dorman, Jenny Johnston, Mallory van Wyngaarden, Erinn Foley, Andrea Gaffney

Coaches: Dean Kelbrick and Graeme Blackhall

HillJills now play Murrayfield Wanderers in the Sarah Beaney Cup Final on the main pitch at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 22nd April at 1.15pm, as part of Scottish Rugby’s Cup Finals Day. Further arrangements, including any for supporters, will be posted on here shortly. All welcome.

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