Author: Georgie Keys

Hilljills with Scotland 7s

HJRFC is proud to have several members of our women’s squad representing Scotland during a magnificent summer of sevens.

Our girls Ellie Burr, Eve Thomson and Zoe Toner have been working hard over the summer break as they train with the U18 Scotland 7s squad, coached by our own Graeme Blackhall.Eve Thomson was selected to play in two Home Nations U18 tournaments in July – the first one was at Peffermill, Edinburgh on 7th/8th and second one in Birmingham on 21st/22nd.
After two days of tough competition and finishing 4th overall, Coach Graeme said “The girls have learnt a huge amount from their experiences this weekend and I can only praise them for their attitude and determination. Although the scoreboard didn’t always reflect their efforts, they should take massive confidence from how far they have come as a squad.”

The club stands behind the girls as they prepare for an internal exhibition match at BT Murrayfield this Sunday 12th August.

We are also proud to stand behind several members of our senior women’s team who have been named in the Scotland 7s training squad ahead of the second and final leg of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia (Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September). Hannah Smith, Abi Evans, Mairi McDonald and Louise McMillan have been training hard during the summer months as they hope to secure a top-ten overall spot to guarantee a spot in next year’s Grand Prix Series.
All the best ladies! We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments!

Pictures: Estelle Rodden

So Near But So Far for the Gallant U18’s at Murrayfield


After some seventeen minutes of the Girls U18  final played on the main pitch at Murrayfield,  Stirling had rattled on some nineteen  points without any sign of reply and matters were beginning to look ominous for the “Hills” with a drubbing the likely outcome. Yet the “Hills”  girls rallied in the second quarter of the game restricting their opponents to only one further score and coming close to a score themselves,  being held up on the Stirling  line on the final play of the first half.

Whatever motivational words were delivered to their charges  by the coaches, Mesdames Konkel, Openshaw and Watson,  are uncertain but they seemed to have been wired to a slow burning  fuse, as Stirling scored immediately on resumption of the second  half.  Now Stirling, thirty one points ahead,   appeared to be on “easy street” BUT then “Hills” burst into life.  Urged  on by captain Elis Martin and the strong running from deep by Erin Haldane,  Allana McWiiliam opened the scoring, followed quickly by the elusive Helen Frater and powerful no. 8 Erin Foley, and then in the 65th minute by Helen Frater  again,  a constant thorn in the side of Stirling for the whole of the second half. Stand-off Melanie Grant converted three of these to leave the score tantalisingly at Stirling 31 Hillhead/Jordanhill 26 with only some five minutes to go.

A game which had looked to be a run away success for Stirling in the first half had turned totally and the result was now on a knife edge due to “Hills” second half resurgence.   The concluding and clinching  score when  it came in the 68th minute resulted from a Stirling  breakaway with more than  a hint of the ball being knocked on as the attacker crossed the line.   After consultation the try was awarded, but there was too  little time left for the “Hills”  girls  to mount any kind of offensive and Stirling ran out winners in what was a fine advert for Girls development rugby.

This was some experience  for all of  the “Hills”  squad to be involved in a National final played in the intimidating confines of BT Murrayfield.  Each is  to be congratulated on their commitment and performance.  The  squad  will now be able to take confidence from this game forward into next season when hopefully they will all return for training for the new Season.

“Hills” Cup Final squad:  Erin Haldane, Rachael Waddell, Meghan Davis, Helen  Frater, Brogan Carberry,  Melanie Grant, Niamh deans, Anne Young, Elis Martin ( C ), Aimee Johnston,  Tallulah Armstrong,  Eve Thomson, Allana McWilliam, Lucy Mills, Erinn  Foley.
Replacements Sara Akinrinbola, Christy Smith, Amy Saunders, Zoe Toner, Elissa Burr, Eilidh Kelly.

Sarah Beaney Cup Final – Supporters’ Arrangements

Hilljills play Murrayfield Wanderers on the main pitch at BT Murrayfield in the Sarah Beaney Cup Final on Saturday 22nd April. Kick off 1:15pm.

The club would like to have as many supporters from the club there as possible and the following arrangements have been made if you can come and support- club members (adults and juniors), friends, family- all welcome:


This includes bus to Murrayfield and a ticket to the games (schedule below). The cost for both bus and ticket is £20 for adults and £15 for concessions. Departure time will be 10am from Hughenden. Return time from Murrayfield will be approx 5pm.

Prior to departure, Cafe Source Too at the club will be open from 9.15am and will be offering supporters a Cup Finals breakfast deal (coffee/tea and bacon roll) for £3.50.

Cafe Source Too will also be offering matchday deals at the Bar for supporters on return from Murrayfield.

Please contact Heather Lockhart by Wednesday 19th April to register and arrange payment ( or mobile 07951 539102.

Tickets are available from Scottish Rugby’s website- £10 adults and £5 concessions via the link below:


Murrayfield Pitch:

BT Men’s Bowl Final 11am

Grass/3G Pitches:

BT Women’s Plate and Bowl Final 11am

Murrayfield Pitch:

Sarah Beaney Cup Final 115pm

BT Cup Final 330pm

BT Men’s Shield Final 545pm

Junior HillJills Secure Cup Final Place at Murrayfield

Biggar RFC welcomed both a full Hillhead u18XV squad and the early summer sunshine to Hartree Mill.
As expected the opening salvos were fired in uncompromising fashion and after sustained pressure in the Hills 22 area Biggar were first to trouble the scorers with a converted try. An immediate response was required by Jills which came moments later with fine converted try of their own.

The all important battle of the gain line once again proved vital and another period of sustained pressure saw Biggar dominate that area of the game and capitalise on a stretched Jills defence to score twice in succession with two unconverted tries! Hills again responded with a converted try of there own making it 17-12 at the break to the host side.
After the break a series of probing attacking movements nearly saw the home side extend their lead but they were denied by some very good Jills defence but in the end it was the hosts who scored first to extend there lead with a fine converted try to take the scores to 24-12. The home side extended their lead again moments later with a another try to take the sore to 29-12 that would be the final time Biggar put points on the board.
After a regroup Jills upped the ante and scored another 3 converted tries to end the match as 33-29 victors, bagging a place in the final at Murrayfield on April 29th against Stirling county.
Many thanks to the referee on the day without which the encounter would not have been possible and to the Management and Staff at Biggar RFC for their fantastic hospitality and wonderful facilities.

Hills Player of the Match with a 4 try stunner – Helen Frater

Try scorers –
Helen Frater 4
Ellie Burr – 1
Converted Mel Grant – 4

Report by Ritchie Bruce

Hills beat RHC to Secure Place in Cup Final

HillJills are through to the Sarah Beaney Cup Final after recording a 60-5 win over RHC on Sunday. Of the ten tries scored by Hills in a high tempo game, centre Abi Evans completed a hat-trick whilst captain Louise McMillan scored a brace. Hannah Telling, Lucy Mills, Kirsty Reid, Jemma Forsyth and Mairi McDonald were also on the scoresheet. Ally Cook kicked the conversions.

Player of the match: Kirsty Reid

Opposition player of the match: Mairi McDonald

Hills Squad: Aimee Watson, Lizzie Willis, Abi Evans, Hannah Telling, Lucy Mills, Ally Cook, Mairi McDonald, Siobhan McMillan, Stella Kyalikunda, Heather Lockhart, Kirsty Reid, Debbie Falconer, Jemma Forsyth, Louise McMillan, Jade Konkel, Fiona Dorman, Jenny Johnston, Mallory van Wyngaarden, Erinn Foley, Andrea Gaffney

Coaches: Dean Kelbrick and Graeme Blackhall

HillJills now play Murrayfield Wanderers in the Sarah Beaney Cup Final on the main pitch at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 22nd April at 1.15pm, as part of Scottish Rugby’s Cup Finals Day. Further arrangements, including any for supporters, will be posted on here shortly. All welcome.

HillJills through to Cup Semi Finals

On a beautiful spring Sunday at Cartha, Hills won through to the Sarah Beaney Cup semi finals, scoring 16 tries in the process, winning 98-7. Player of the match for Hills, Abi Evans, crossed the line 6 times with Mairi McDonald, Cartha’s nomination for opposition player of the match, converting 9 of the tries.

Try scorers were as follows: Abi Evans (6), Sarah Smith, Kirsty McConnell, Aimee Watson, Mairi McDonald, Jemma Forsyth, Lizzie Willis (2), Kirsty Reid, Lindsey Smith, Heather Lockhart.

Hills squad: Kirstin Daly, Aimee Watson, Abi Evans, Louise McMillan, Lizzie Willis, Mairi McDonald, Sarah Smith, Siobhan McMillan, Kirsty McConnell, Debbie Falconer, Jenny Johnston, Kirsty Openshaw, Hannah Telling, Kirsty Reid, Jemma Forsyth, Stella Kyalikunda, Lindsey Smith, Heather Lockhart, Fiona Dorman, Eilidh Simpson.

Coach: Graeme Blackhall

Hills now play RHC, who defeated Ayr, away, on Sunday 2 April. Kick off 2pm.

Hills Senior Women Win Premier Development Cup

Hilljills beat Stewartry Sirens 53-24 in the Premier Development Cup Final played at Greenlaw, Castle Douglas. Player of the match was Elis Martin on her first game for Hills seniors.

Try scorers were as follows: Hannah Smith (5), Kirstin Daly (2), Stella Kyalikunda (1) and Abi Evans (1). Conversions by Mairi McDonald.

Squad: Debbie Falconer, Stella Kyalikunda, Fiona Dorman, Kirsty Openshaw, Siobhan McMillan, Elis Martin, Kirsty Reid, Hannah Telling, Sarah Smith, Mairi McDonald, Lizzie Willis, Hannah Smith, Kirstin Daly, Aimee Watson, Abi Evans, Eilidh Simpson, Georgie Keys, Mallory van Wyngaarden, Erin Foley.

Next match for the HillJills is against Cartha next weekend in the quarter final of the Sarah Beaney Cup.