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

Mother’s Day, 26th March!

The minis enjoyed glorious spring sunshine on a trip to Bishopton for a three way tie including Cartha Queens Park and some very tasty burgers. We fielded teams from p1 right through to p7 with strong showings throughout the squads who were all very thankful to their Mums for letting them play on such an important day! The minis will break for the Easter holiday, returning to action at Hughenden (weather and groundskeeper allowing) on 23 April for training at 1130. For more details, get in touch using our contact form.

HillJills through to Cup Semi Finals

On a beautiful spring Sunday at Cartha, Hills won through to the Sarah Beaney Cup semi finals, scoring 16 tries in the process, winning 98-7. Player of the match for Hills, Abi Evans, crossed the line 6 times with Mairi McDonald, Cartha’s nomination for opposition player of the match, converting 9 of the tries.

Try scorers were as follows: Abi Evans (6), Sarah Smith, Kirsty McConnell, Aimee Watson, Mairi McDonald, Jemma Forsyth, Lizzie Willis (2), Kirsty Reid, Lindsey Smith, Heather Lockhart.

Hills squad: Kirstin Daly, Aimee Watson, Abi Evans, Louise McMillan, Lizzie Willis, Mairi McDonald, Sarah Smith, Siobhan McMillan, Kirsty McConnell, Debbie Falconer, Jenny Johnston, Kirsty Openshaw, Hannah Telling, Kirsty Reid, Jemma Forsyth, Stella Kyalikunda, Lindsey Smith, Heather Lockhart, Fiona Dorman, Eilidh Simpson.

Coach: Graeme Blackhall

Hills now play RHC, who defeated Ayr, away, on Sunday 2 April. Kick off 2pm.

Hills Stumble to Defeat in Last Home Game

Hillhead/Jordanhill 15 pts West of Scotland 39 pts

On a wonderfully sunny and warm day for flowing rugby, this was a disappointing outcome to end “Hills” home fixtures in National league 2 for season 2016/2017. As in previous games, there were periods when “Hills” won good first phase possession, retained the ball and worked through the phases to gain territorial advantage. But on too many occasions, visitors West were able to make easy inroads through the home defence to score some relatively straightforward  tries.

“Hills” had a good first quarter initially containing a lively opening from their visitors and then working their way forward for second rower, Calum Stove, to burst through from twenty five metres to score an unconverted try. This stung West into action and they quickly rattled on three tries by utilising quick passing to and fro across the field to exploit gaps in the home defensive line. But the livewire Ross Thomson at scrum half for the “Hills” made a fine individual break from some thirty metres out to score just to the left of the posts to bring “Hills” closer to their visitors. Unfortunately Darren Knox’s conversion was charged down, leaving the half time score seventeen points to ten in West’s favour.

For the first ten minutes of the third quarter, West looked as if they were going to overwhelm “Hills” by adding another two tries. It was left again however, to scrum half Ross Thompson to shake the “Hills” out of their second half torpor by breaking well from his own half, evading several defenders and then passing onto centre Scott Halliday who made good ground to the West try line where he was tackled despairingly; but just managed to get the ball away to Chris Tulloch who supported well to touch down. That took “Hills” to fifteen points to West’s twenty nine and, for a moment, the home support felt they were back in the hunt. But that was illusory, and West then took full advantage of “Hills” mistakes and poor defensive efforts to add a further uncontested ten points to finish deserved winners by thirty nine points to fifteen.

All of the “Hills” squad can be commended for their hard work and effort to keep going for another eighty minutes of ultimately unrewarding rugby. If there had been a “Hills” man of the match, it would have been awarded to left winger Jamie Maddox, who enjoyed an exemplary afternoon both in defence and attack.

“Hills” conclude Season 2016/2017 with an away fixture at Memorial field, Ardrossan, on Saturday the 1st April. Kick off is 15.00. All supporters very welcome.

“Hills” 1st XV – Darren Knox, Dan Williams, Scott Busby (Graham Davidson), Scott Halliday, Jamie Maddox, Rory Harte, Ross Thomson, Ryan Williamson (Jonny Urquhart), Harry Perston, George Stephenson (Blair Mackenzie), Alec Cameron (Chris Tulloch), Callum Stove, Owen Gemmell (C), Harry Cordner, Ryan Reilly (Alec Cameron). All subs used.

Bernie Mitchell

Ken Wins Warriors Tickets

Pictured against the background of the Sports Club bar at Hughenden after Thursday night’s training are 1st XV captain Owen Gemmell and “Hills” mini rugby Convener,  Ken Grierson.  Ken is receiving two stand tickets for the Warriors game vs Connacht, provided by the committee as a recognition of  service during the season.

Andy Scott, “Hills” President,  noted: “I am delighted that Ken, an outstanding servant to the Club over many years has been given these tickets.  Ken will become a “Hills Legend” on Sunday the 14th May and thereby join the select group of former players and committee members whose service and support over a long number of years is formally acknowledged.”

Hills Senior Women Win Premier Development Cup

Hilljills beat Stewartry Sirens 53-24 in the Premier Development Cup Final played at Greenlaw, Castle Douglas. Player of the match was Elis Martin on her first game for Hills seniors.

Try scorers were as follows: Hannah Smith (5), Kirstin Daly (2), Stella Kyalikunda (1) and Abi Evans (1). Conversions by Mairi McDonald.

Squad: Debbie Falconer, Stella Kyalikunda, Fiona Dorman, Kirsty Openshaw, Siobhan McMillan, Elis Martin, Kirsty Reid, Hannah Telling, Sarah Smith, Mairi McDonald, Lizzie Willis, Hannah Smith, Kirstin Daly, Aimee Watson, Abi Evans, Eilidh Simpson, Georgie Keys, Mallory van Wyngaarden, Erin Foley.

Next match for the HillJills is against Cartha next weekend in the quarter final of the Sarah Beaney Cup.

Tough Shift Up North

Aberdeenshire 63 – 12 Hillhead/Jordanhill

Despite the one sided nature of the final scoreline, there were periods in this game when the Hills dominated territorially, but, as has occurred all too frequently this season, the pressure has not resulted in points for the board. After Aberdeenshire had raced into an early fourteen points to nil advantage, Hills camped in the home twenty two for some fifteen minutes, but to no avail, despite the frequent brave charges of captain Owen Gemmell and second rower, Callum Stove, for the line. “Shoe ins” of kicks at the posts were ignored for glorious but ultimately failed attempts to cross the line. Against a side of Aberdeenshire’s quality, one small mistake can be punished unerringly, and a dropped ball during a Hills attack allowed the home team to lift the siege and race to the far end to score. The only remaining bright note for the small visiting support from the first half was stand off, Rory Harte’s ability to fashion a try from a smart kick, chase and pick up to crash over the line. The half time score of 35-5 reflected the home side’s ability to play efficient, high tempo continuity rugby and ruthlessly put away the opposition.

The second half was almost a carbon copy of the first period: Hills trying desperately hard with good line breaks from Scott Halliday, Jake Hayden and Owen Gemmell, but not having the skills in continuity play to hurt the home team. The Hills score, when it did come, was a penalty try, the referee deeming the defenders did not roll away from a tackle area and thereby impeded the attackers. Praise must go to the home side for their effectiveness in open field play and also their goal kicker who, from a variety of kicking positions, seemingly effortlessly slotted nine out of nine conversions. A perfect day for him, but another disappointing one for the Hills.

There is now a gap of a fortnight till Saturday the 25th March when Hills play their penultimate National league game against old rivals, the West of Scotland, at Hughenden with a 15.00 hours KO.

Hills 1st XV – Andy Bolster, Graham Davidson, Jake Hayden, Scott Halliday, Ryan Reilly, Rory Harte, Matt Murray, Blair Mackenzie, Harry Perston (Harry Singh), Kenny Harper (Harry Perston), Chris Tulloch (Alec Cameron), Callum Stove (Owen Gemmell), Owen Gemmell(C) (Fraser Gow) Harry Cordner, Alec Cameron (Jonny Kinniburgh) All subs used.

Report & Featured Picture by Bernie Mitchell