Hills shine to book Silver Saturday place
Ayr Ladies 0 points | Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies 70 points
UNLIKE THEIR QUARTER FINAL CUP TIE against Stirling County where they started slowly, Hills Ladies were on the front foot from the kick off in the semi final tie of the Sarah Beaney Cup at Millbrae. Despite playing against a bitingly cold east wind in the first half, Hills Ladies dominated most of the first and second phase possession and little was seen of the their hosts in attack. Ayr held out bravely for most of the first quarter, but when Hills’ scrum half Mhairi McDonald darted through from fifteen metres out to score, it seemed likely that the hosts would struggle to contain their visitors. That was proved with further first half scores being recorded by Emma Barlow with a trademark powerful run down the left flank, then Phillipene Mias from close range and just before the end of the first half from the tireless Hannah Telling. Mhairi McDonald converted one to leave the score at Hills twenty two points ahead.
Hills were bigger and stronger, and the tiring Ayr Ladies experienced considerable difficulty in their first time tackling, particularly when Louise McMillan and Flic Syfert were ball carrying at speed. Distribution from the eventual breakdowns was very effective with both Hills half backs, Mhari McDonald and Phillipene Mias, being exemplary in their passing and continuity play. Tries came at regular intervals in the second forty minutes with Abi Evans touching down twice and Lucy Mills, Hannah Telling, Amy Watkins, captain Louise McMillan, Jemma Forsyth and Hannah McHugh all adding to the score with tries. With the wind now at her back, scrum half Mhairi McDonald added a further four conversions.
Hills victory margin of seventy points was well deserved and was built on a solid all round team performance with each member of the squad of twenty one ladies making an effective contribution. This win takes the Hills to the Cup Final at BT Murrayfield on Saturday the 27th April with a 17.15 KO when they will play Watsonians. Ticketing details will be posted on all social media sites when available.
Head Coach Aird Jardine now has the unenviable task of selecting the starting fifteen for the final. With Hannah Smith hopefully returning to fitness, competition for places will be fierce. Certainly given the occasion and the fact Watsons play in a similar way to Hills always seeking to move the ball at every opportunity, a full squad of players will be required for what promises to be an outstanding final. 6 Nations referee Holly Davidson will be in charge and that also adds to the occasion.