Match Preview: Cartha Queens Park Women
KO 7:30pm at the Hillhead Sports Club, Friday 1st September 2017
Hillhead Jordanhill Women open their home fixtures at 7:30pm on the 1st September when Cartha Queens Park Women make the short trip to Hughenden.
With new coaches behind the scenes and new names on the team sheet, Hills will be looking to stamp their mark on the Premier League and reinforce their position as the dominant Glasgow rugby club.
Head to Head
During the 2016/17 season, Hillhead Jordanhill and Cartha Queens Park met just twice. Once in the league in September and once in the quarter finals of the Sarah Beaney Cup in March.
Hills ran out comfortable winners in both local derbies, scoring a total of 185 points to just 17 across the two games.
Don’t let the scores fool you, though. Both matches were hard fought and Cartha’s players fought tooth and nail for every blade of grass. That said, we’d expect nothing less from our southside rivals.
One to Watch — Number Eight
The Hills’ backrow has always been a particular strength typified by barrelling runs from Hills and Scotland legend Jade Konkel.
Earlier this year, Konkel was offered a professional contract playing for Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois (LMRCV) in France’s top tier Top 8 league and announced she would be leaving Hillhead Jordanhill after the 2016/17 season.
Konkels absence leaves a large number eight-sized hole in the Hills’ pack.
Losing Scotland’s first — and until only this month Scotland’s only — professional female player might sound like a huge loss but it’s not the first time Hills have been without their professional powerhouse.
Konkel missed the beginning of the 2016/17 season through injury but that didn’t stop the team from posting impressive wins against Stewartry (64-0), Stirling (67-0) and Cartha (10-87).
With several players standing out in training and a fresh slate from the coaches, it remains to be seen who will run out with eight on their back under the Hughenden floodlights.
Whoever packs down behind the scrum has some huge boots to fill but we know that they’ll be ready.
Official team announcement by Thursday 31st August.
🏆 BT Women’s Premier League
📍 Hillhead Sports Club
🗓 1st September