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HillJills’ Relentless Display

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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.

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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.

Hills Narrowly Lose Out in League Title Decider

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In a very closely fought game watched by a sizeable crowd on the back 4G pitch at Murrayfield on Sunday, Hills lost the BT Women’s Premier League title decider by three tries (plus a penalty) to two (one converted).

In a match that was a fantastic advert for the women’s game in Scotland (televised highlights will be shown on BBC Alba- details TBC), the two top teams in the League produced some excellent running rugby coupled with some outstanding defence and set piece work.

In what might be a unique occurrence for women’s rugby in Scotland in a match at this level, Hills fielded three sets of sisters in the game: the Smiths (Lindsey and Sarah); the McMillans (Louise and Siobhan) and the Haldanes (Caitlyn and Erin). Indeed a small piece of history and one in which they can all be immensely proud.

Teams and full match report: SRU match report

Photos: Rugby People ; Craig Watson and SNS

Both teams will be working hard to prepare for the Sarah Beaney Cup with the quarter finals taking place on the 26th March. The Premier Development Cup (for all Premier teams running throughout February and March) starts on February 5th- full fixtures at www.scottishrugby.org

Hills Clinch Bonus Point To Top League Table

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This was a very entertaining top of the table clash watched by a crowd of over one hundred who were treated to some engrossing rugby for the full eighty minutes.

Although the visitors opened the scoring with a short range well struck penalty goal from Lisa Martin, that was the last time they bothered the score board, such was the determination of the Hills defence to keep them out and the ball winning capabilities of the home forwards and some excellent finishing from the backs.

The strike running of centres Hannah Smith and Abi Evans combined with the powerfully quick bursts of Andrea Gaffney on the left wing proved a potent combination with Hills scoring two unconverted tries before the half time whistle. With the score only 10-3 in Hills favour at this point, the match was still in the balance. The introduction, however, of replacement forward Jade Konkel, on her return from injury, combined with some outstanding high energy attacking team play, swung the balance. Hills continued to press and ran in a further three tries in the second half to secure the important bonus point win to take them to the top of the table by a point with three matches to go.

The unexpected pairing of Sarah Smith and Louise McMillan at 9/10 proved itself successful with an efficient mix of feeding to the Hilljills powerful centres and strong running from the Scotland flanker. Jade’s forty minutes of play will be a welcome boost for not only the Hills squad but also the national squad.

Hills last league game before the Christmas break is at home this Saturday 17th December- 12.30pm KO against Stewartry Sirens.
Match Report by Bernie Mitchell
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Scorers:
Hillhead/Jordanhill: Tries-Abi Evans (3), Hannah Smith (2) Conversions: Sarah Smith (1)
Murrayfield Wanderers: Penalty- Lisa Martin (1)

Hills Squad:
Maelle Dotou, Aimee Watson, Abi Evans, Hannah Smith, Andrea Gaffney, Louise McMillan (c), Sarah Smith, Heather Lockhart, Stella Kyalikunda, Lindsey Smith, Lauren Hagan, Sammy Beal, Hannah Telling, Kirsty Reid, Jemma Forsyth, Fiona Dorman, Fiona Reardon, Jade Konkel, Kirstin Daly, Hazel Bielinski 

Hills Player of the Match: Jemma Forsyth
Murrayfield Wanderers Player of the Match: Abi Evans

Featured Photo by Rugby People /@CraigWatsonpix: Abi Evans and Hannah Smith
Plenty more excellent pictures from the game here