Author: Alisdair Matheson

Minis on the march again!

We hope you’ve had a fantastic summer and are raring to get back to rugby with a super season ahead.

Dates for the diary:

Sunday 11th August – Club-wide RBS Rugby Force fun day. Keep an eye on HJRFC social media for more information. @HillsMiniRugby @HJRFC

Sunday 18th August – Training starts. See if you can get each child to bring along a friend!

Sunday 1st September – Parents’ meeting after training.

We’ll outline plans for the year ahead and take your thoughts and suggestions. In particular, we want you to think about how you can get involved in the club:

  • as a coach (funding for coaching qualifications available)
  • web/media/publicity maestro
  • catering when we host
  • admin help with kit, registrations and welcoming new children and parents
  • international games organisation
  • and after the success of our P6-7 Marseilles tour, a tour convenor!

More details about Hills Minis Rugby

Mini’s Magic Marseille tour

In high spirits our intrepid first time tourists set off one dreich Friday morning for the South of France to test the waters for Scottish rugby in the sun.

Thanks in no small part to the generosity of Glasgow Life and in particular Hills’ sponsors, the “senior” players in our minis section were able to take up the invitation from Marseille’s premiere club Stade Phoceen to participate as one of 24 teams in their hugely successful tournament.

The challenge was to adapt to the different rules played at that age with contested scrums and lineouts, ripping the ball and a few French 12 year olds who rivalled our coaching staff in size and hirsuteness.

On arrival we were met by Tim (an ex-pat) and his son Pablo from Stade Phoceen and were initially disorientated by the complete lack of cloud, something we had to contend with for the whole weekend along with temperatures in the high 20s. Lovely but perhaps not for an all-day tournament! Before finishing the day off with dinner at the club, the city authorities treated us to a walking tour of the old city, proudly predating Paris!

Game heads on for Saturday and the girls and boys did us proud. Adapting to the rules wonderfully and giving a few teams frights on the way, they were never outclassed even if they seemed a bit smaller and younger than their opposition. We suspected there weren’t many p6s out there!

Pushing in their effort, they rallied to win their last match ending on a high.

Sunday was of course a trip to the beach and park for some R&R with our wonderful hosts Tim and Pablo followed by a round of pizzas at a restaurant and an impromptu table football tournament.

All in all a weekend our young players will certainly never forget!

Once again, thanks to Hills’ sponsors and Glasgow Life without whom it simply would not have been possible.

A Glorious Day for Minis Rugby

We welcomed not just spectacular sunshine and GHK to Hughenden on Sunday 11 November but also a good
contingent of Warriors players courtesy of HJRFC sponsors McCrea Financial Services. Despite Remembrance Sunday parades which had depleted both clubs, GHK brought strong squads from P2-3 upwards for a 1000 start in the bright sunshine.

The squads were then treated to some top notch coaching tips from the professional players – amazing how much more they listen to someone from the Warriors than Mums and Dads! Everyone got well and truly stuck in and at least one of the Warriors ended up on his back in the mud. Massive thanks to Leila, Ratu and Samuela for joining us and very special thanks to legendary Dougie Hall for the P6-7 tackling and scrum coaching!

After a well-observed minute’s silence, we got down to the serious part of the day, the games. Great to play under blue skies at this time of the year and each team gave a good account of itself some with more success than others but always in a very friendly environment (at least among the coaches) with all hostilities brought to an end by the final whistle. Special kudos to Italian international back row Samuela Vunisa for refereeing his first ever match without ever needing the TMO.

Afterwards, everyone enjoyed yummy pasta from on site restaurant Cafe Source Too along with cupcakes and sport bottles again courtesy of McCrea Financial Services.

Let’s hope we have some more days like that before the weather closes in!

Text by Alisdair Matheson
Pictures © Craig Watson / www.craigwatson.co.uk / @CraigWatsonpix