HILLS HOST THE CLAYTON BOOTLEGGERS – THE SPIRT OF RUGBY
Not even the tail winds and lashing rains of the last of Hurricane Dorian were enough to dampen the spirts and enthusiasm of the Clayton Bootleggers when they called into Hughenden on Tuesday 11 September for the first game of their mini Scottish Tour.
Clayton is a town in North Carolina USA, and the Bootleggers’ suffix derives from the time during the prohibition era in the States when the area attracted attention for its production of “moonshine“ beverages. Their performance in this friendly was however, very authentic and they ran out convincing 41-19 winners against a Hills squad big in size and experience, but perhaps a little lacking in game time and fitness. Indeed master mariner scrum half Iain Jamieson’s plimsoll line appeared to be several inches lower than in previous seasons, while Hills mighty mouse prop Ronnie Bell revealed all the evidence of his recent investment in walking rugby as a leisure pursuit.
After the match, both sides enjoyed a post match meal and some craic in the club’s function room. Following welcome speeches from the Hills honorary president and then president, there were the well-established exchanges of club shields, flags and ties. Thanks to Keith Telford of Cartha Queens Park RFC for officiating well in an end-to-end game. Clayton now visit Dumbreck to play Shawlands RFC in the second and final game of their tour.
Pictured smiling in the main group image (left to right) are Stuart Mackenzie (Clayton MOTM), Gareth Davies (Clayton captain), Ted Hardy (president of Clayton) and Kitch (aka Gary Kitchener), president of Hillhead Jordanhill RFC. Pictured below, Dougie Elder with Ted Hardy.