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Stuart Mackenzie (Clayton MOTM), Gareth Davies (Clayton captain), Ted Hardy (president of Clayton) and Kitch (aka Gary Kitchener), president of Hillhead Jordanhill RFC

The Clayton Bootleggers

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.

Douglas Elder (Hills MOTM) with Ted Hardy

CRAIG COLVIN CLEARS FROM A STATIC BREAKDOWN 7 SEPTEMBER 2019

The sun shines on the Hills

HILLHEAD JORDANHILL 1st XV 32 pts | Murrayfield Wanderers RFC 15 pts

ON A PERFECTLY STILL DAY stolen from the height of midsummer, Hills overturned a 5 points to 7 half time deficit to eventually defeat a dogged Murrayfield Wanderers side by 32 points to 15 to secure a bonus point win in the opening league game of season 2019/2020.

The victory was based on sound defence and a willingness to run the ball from anywhere in the field. Hills were given a good lead by both the defensive and attacking skills of their back row in which Calum McLeod excelled in attack along with Conor Ferguson, while Olly Davidson was a very effective ball carrier in the loose. The physical strengths of the visitors pack foundered on the static strength of Hills tight head Nick McAuley, but the hosts were second best on the touchline despite the best efforts of Blair Colvin and captain Conor Ferguson.

There was little between the sides in the first half with Angus Twaddle touching down in the corner and Murrayfield coming back by means of an interception in the Hills twenty two. After the break, Angus Twaddle eased his side ahead with a penalty goal and Hills then looked to take the upper hand with the catalyst being stand-off Rory Harte’s mercurial skills and in particular his side step. He literally led the visitors’ defence a dance, and no- one could put a hand on him. Somewhat unusually for the modern game, the Hills stand-off scored three tries, each of which fullback Angus Twaddle converted. The fullback added a penalty goal to his tally, but Murrayfield could add only a try and penalty goal to their half-time scores.

Hills then ran out winners from this absorbing contest and, by virtue of their four tries, added a bonus point to their four points win. Hills kept going well in what were enervating conditions for the first match of the season, and they will need to maintain their fitness reserves in what will be a long and occasionally unforgiving season of travel.

Next Saturday 14th September, Hills travel to Forfar for their first ever fixture with the newly promoted Strathmore side, KO 15:00.

HJRFC 1XV

15Angus Twaddle Full Back
14Craig Colvin 9 Wing
13Damien Genocchio Centre
12Jack Harris Centre
11Graham Davidson Wing
10Rory Harte Fly-half
9Andrew Blair 19 Scrum-half
1Daryll Elvin Tighthead prop
2Preston McGoldrick Hooker
3Nick McAuley Tighthead prop
4Blair Colvin 16 Lock
5Ciaran Stormouth Lock
6Calum McLeod Flanker
8Olly Davidson No. 8
7Conor Ferguson Flanker
16Harry Perston 4 Hooker
17Harry Singh Hooker
18Ross Robertson Wing
19Finlay Keegan 9 Fly-half
RORY HARTE and CRAIG COLVIN vs GHK

Yellow fever weakens Hills’ cup performance

HJRFC 1st XV 14 pts | GHK 1st XV 38 pts

DESPITE ALL THE RECENT DELUGES, the playing surface at Hughenden was in excellent order for this west end derby in the preliminary round of the National Cup. Playing with the breeze and up the slope in the first half, Hills competed well, reaching the interval only one score behind at 14 -19. But GHK bossed the second half to run out convincing winners 38 -14, although Hills handicapped themselves by having both Blair Colvin and Rory Harte in the sin bin.

The first competitive game of season 2019-20 was notable for the return of two Hughenden favourites, the mercurial Angus Twaddle at full back and the gargantuan Nick McAuley at tight-head prop. Both franked their performances with influential roles in Hills first points. Alex Gibbons at scrum half harried well to pounce on loose ball, Rory Harte threw out a massive miss pass which McAuley gobbled up to barrel over the line. Angus Twaddle converted brilliantly from tight on the left hand touchline and the Hills were 7 points up. But GHK were stung into action and came back strongly to lead by 12 points to 7 after 30 minutes. Then some Rory Harte magic opened up the game with a clever kick into open space which Graham Davidson played football with to dribble across the line and score. Angus Twaddle converted to take “Hills” 2 points ahead but GHK hit back with a fine converted try just on the break.

The second half was tough going for the Hills even with a full complement on the field. The hosts defended well however, being seen only rarely in attack, but frailty again on the touchline mitigated against some promising field positions.

This was a well contested game against a side from a higher league, and the additional match fitness gained should help Hills when they play their opening National 3 league game vs Murrayfield Wanderers at Hughenden on Saturday 7th September with a 15:00 KO. We hope to see you there.

HJRFC 1XV

15Angus Twaddle Full Back
14Craig Colvin Wing
13Ciaran Callaghan Centre
12Rory Harte Centre
11Graham Davidson 20 Wing
10Finlay Keegan Fly-half
9Alex Gibbons 19 Scrum-half
1Ross Jackson 17 Loosehead prop
2Harry Singh 16 Hooker
3Nick McAuley Tighthead prop
4Blair Colvin Lock
5Ciaran Stormouth 18 Lock
6Alec Cameron Flanker
7Preston McGoldrick Flanker
8Olly Davidson No. 8
16Harry Perston 2 Hooker
17Daryll Elvin 1 Tighthead prop
18Nathan McCann 5 Lock
19Andrew Scott 9 Scrum-half
20Ross Robertson 11 Wing

..and send them homeward.. again?

6 Nations 2020 home applications now open for members, secure your tickets while supporting your club: hjrfc.com/the-club/international-ticket-applications

England return to Murrayfield on the 8th February, and that promise to be high voltage! France will surely also bring some electric atmosphere to the capital later on the 8th March..

Applications close on the 13th September

Girls Rugby Coaches required

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC require enthusiastic coaching staff for the following age bands, Under 12, 14 and 16 girls. Six required in total. These posts are voluntary, and would offer a great coaching opportunity for suitable candidates.

Role Purpose:

The Girls Coaches will support the weekly training and development of the HJRFC girls with the support of the Committee.

Requirements:

  • The successful candidates will be enthusiastic and passionate about the girl’s game with a UKCC Level 1 or 2 (or be willing to work towards) and will have a demonstrable effective track record in coaching or looking to take the first steps.
  • They will be able to demonstrate effective communication and motivational skills as well as providing leadership and commitment.
  • HJRFC will fully support and encourage coaches in developing their coaching experience and understanding of the Scottish Technical Blueprint for the female game. The candidates will also require to undertake a PVG Check

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan, prepare and deliver coaching sessions with the girls, ensuring player and team development in an enjoyable and safe environment.
  • Ensure all sessions follow the regional aims and objectives and are designed to develop all skills and understanding.
  • Attend all training session/matches and festivals.
  • Feedback to the HJRFC Committee on the progress and development of the girls.
  • Identify and signpost any talented players to the ETID Programme if eligible.
  • Follow the HJRFC and SRU Child Protection Policy.

Club Overview:

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC has roots going back as far as 1904. We run very successful teams at all levels, Men’s, Woman’s, Under 15s and Under 18s. Many of our ladies have played or are playing for the Scottish National Team, we also have several under 18s in the Scotland Futures Programme.

Weekly training sessions occur on Wednesdays 5.30-7p.m. at Hillhead Sports Club. Games takes place at weekends.

If interested, please send an expression of interest to contact@hjrfc.com

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS 12 JULY 2019
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What happens on Friday nights..

Last Saturday was tough to take, but here is a reason to rejoice:  TARTAN TOUCH resumes at Hughenden this Friday 6.30pm!
Very casual, really fun, open to all level, new bees to Rugby warriors

All details: Tartan Touch

#hjrfc, #tartantouch

Sarah Beaney Cup Build-up

5.45pm Sarah Beaney Cup – Hillhead Jordanhill RFC v Watsonian FC

WE ARE DELIGHTED to have reached the final and the fact that this is the 5th consecutive final for the girls shows the incredible efforts that they have put in to maintain such a high standard for so long.

It was a great confidence boost to be going into the final with the impressive performance in the penultimate round against Ayr RFC. We have a really close and tight-knit squad, that is ready to relish the challenge that is ahead! We really feel like we’re ready to perform at BT Murrayfield and are up for the final challenge of facing Watsonians FC this Saturday!

This season has had many different highs throughout it. One of the obvious highs was the girls retaining the women’s premiership league title. However, there has been some lows through the season as well as it has been a year that has been tormented by injuries. In total we have over 25 different injuries happen through the year for major injuries in the likes of Siobhan McMillan and Sophie Anderson to have smaller injuries that have players out for just a couple games. This however does make what we have achieved this year even greater. As we haven’t had it easy and the girls have had to really work hard for everything they have got this year as well. With obviously loosing quite a few seniors players last year due to them finishing up there time playing there wasn’t as many leaders within the group as I previous years. However, this gave some girls a real opportunity and chance to rise up to the challenge and we have no got a team with a real cohesion and a group of different leaders all in their own way.

Tonci, Aird and Rory
“Tonci Buzov (Asst. & Coach), Aird Jardine (Head Coach) & Rory Harte (Coaching Staff)”

The international girls have accomplished so much this year both with Scotland 15’s, 7’s and hills. What they have achieved is down to the extensive hard work they have all individually put in behind the scenes. They have always had a great attitude as well when returning back to hills after being away with Scotland. An example of this was when Hannah Smith was not even home 24 hours from Hong and played in the cup quarter final against Stirling. It was great to see Sophie Anderson get her first cap as well this year, even though we haven’t seen her in hills colours she has been an incredible support and has carried herself in such a positive light throughout her injury which am sure has rubbed off on some of the other girls when they have short term injuries. Louise our captain as well has been a truly leader of this team on and off the field. She always carries herself with great distinction and has great respect for every player within the team, and thus earns her the respect of everyone else. Louise is another that did have an injury set this year but she showed great character to get herself for again for the Honk Kong 7’s. Abi Evans has worked tirelessly behind the scenes and that is now showing in the international stage. With scoring for the Scotland 15’s on a few occasion as well as having a few brilliant performances out on Hong Kong at the 7’s. Siobhan McMillan has been another player that has been ruled out of playing for a while due to injury. However, Siobhan has an incredible attitude and which is fuelled by at brilliant hunger and desire to become better. She always demands the best out of the girls and herself when she plays and this is a brilliant attribute to have as a player.

In this side of the year we have had a few of the younger girls starting to come up and joining the senior ladies not just in training but in games as well. Of the young girls that has just started coming to senior ladies training is Eve Thomson. Eve was another girl that suffered a unfortunate injury last year, but she is now recovered and back to playing. Eve has a brilliant attitude towards by throwing herself straight into everything. Another under 18 that has stepped up this year is young Aimee Johnstone. Aimee has played a huge part within our cup campaign this year. She has really been a great example for all the younger girls within the club. She carries herself amazingly in every training and match and is truly some with a mature head on young shoulders. Another mention must go out of young Carla Mcdonald who is younger sister of Mairi Mcdonald. Carla has been one of the most regular attendees to the senior ladies training even though she is still and under 15. For someone so young to have the confidence to fit in shows how amazing this young ladies character is. I truly believe Carla has taken huge steps of improving as a player this year due to being exposed to a lot more rugby that is of a higher quality and at a faster pace. She is now starting to also show some great leadership skills within her younger age groups.

As group we are now all really looking forward to the final. We have all worked incredibly hard to get to where we are and we are determined not to take the foot of the pedal now. We have got two weeks of training ahead and we going to make the most of it. The ladies are excited to showoff what they are capable of on the big day.

HJRFC Women 1XV

15Lucy Mills Full Back
14Hannah McHugh Wing
13Hannah Smith Centre
12Amy Watkins Centre
11Emma Barlow Wing
10Phillipene Mias Fly-half
9Mairi McDonald Scrum-half
1Rachael Kerr Loosehead prop
2Stella Kyalikunda Hooker
3Heather Lockhart Tighthead prop
4Flic Syfret Lock
5Juliet Ross Lock
6Jemma Forsyth Flanker
7Hannah Telling Flanker
8Louise McMillan No. 8
16Francesca Wood Forwards
17Kendall King Forwards
18Aimee Johnston Forwards
19Erin Davie Forwards
20Abi Evans Backs
21Bex Francis Backs
22Amanda Moore Backs
LOUISE MCMILLAN FLIES HIGH vs AYR 14 APRIL 2019

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.

HJRFC Women 1XV

15Lucy Mills Full Back
14Emma Barlow 20 Wing
13Hannah McHugh Centre
12Amy Watkins Centre
11Bex Francis Wing
10Phillipene Mias Fly-half
9Mairi McDonald Scrum-half
1Heather Lockhart Loosehead prop
2Francesca Wood 16 Hooker
3Aimee Johnston 17 Tighthead prop
4Flic Syfret 18 Lock
5Kendall King Lock
6Jemma Forsyth Flanker
7Hannah Telling 19 Flanker
8Louise McMillan No. 8
16Stella Kyalikunda 2 Hooker
17Rachael Kerr 3 Tighthead prop
18Jenny Johnston 4 Lock
19Erin Davie 7 Flanker
20Abi Evans 14 Wing

HJRFC AGM 2019

HJRFC’s AGM will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 7th May 2019 at Hillhead Sports Club

Nominations are requested for those wishing to be officiate in leading roles in the Committee. In particular nominations are being sought for the positions of President, Treasurer and Secretary. Nominations should be sent to the Club Secretary, Hunter Kirkpatrick by email to h.kirkpatrick@armour.co.uk no later than Tuesday 30th April.