HJRFC AGM – 23rd June

When: Tuesday 23rd June

Time: 19:00

Where: Zoom online meeting

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If you would like to attend, please email Club Secretary, Andy Scott, at arf.scott@icloud.com who will email a link to the meeting on the day.

Nominations are also requested for those wishing to officiate in committee roles. Nominations should be sent to the Club Secretary, Andy Scott by email to arf.scott@icloud.com no later than Friday 19th June 2020.

HJRFC Vacancy: Community Coach

We are looking for coaches who have enthusiasm, drive and commitment with the ability to motivate, challenge and develop of youth rugby within the local communities in the West End of Glasgow.

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC currently support over 60 minis age group players and have over 30 girls playing secondary school youth rugby. Our secondary schools’ boys age grade compete as Hills rugby in the Barbarian conference in a venture with Jordanhill and other local secondary schools.

The position is with Hills working in partnership with Scottish Rugby, Glasgow Life, and local secondary and primary schools in the community to grow rugby participation in schools and then at Hills. The ideal candidates will be committed, hands on, and a have good club and working ethos. Applicants will also have a dynamic, hardworking personality and a passion to develop players. Working closely with the Club President and Committee to develop, support, communicate and deliver a thriving positive rugby environment/

Applicants should have:

  • Played (or are playing) rugby; or have experience coaching, experience coaching other sports will be considered
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • A proactive self-starter with a flexible approach to work
  • Communicate effectively throughout the club and local schools
  • To effectively and enthusiastically plan all training sessions and matches
  • Preferably a UKCC Level 1 or UKCC level 2 coaching qualification or equivalent are desirable however the Club will support candidates in achieving required qualifications.

This post is considered to be Regulated Work with children and vulnerable adults in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) (PVG) Act 2007 and a PVG is therefore required.

Additional information

This position is offered on the basis that the successful applicant will be a self-employed person. Holidays shall be expected to be taken during school holiday periods unless otherwise agreed.

Remuneration: The post is on a self-employed basis at £12.50 per hour up to a maximum of 150 hours in a season.

How to apply

Application is by CV with a covering letter of no more than 500 words, outlining why you feel you are suitable for the position and should be submitted by email to HJRFC Club Secretary Andy Scott at arf.scott@icloud.com.

Further details

To discuss the role further please don’t hesitate to contact:

Gary Kitchener – 07711 344 697

or

Andy Scott – 07528 385 467

Closing Date: Friday 19th June 2020

Interviews Start Date: Monday 22nd June 2020

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HJRFC Vacancy: Coach, U18 Girl’s Rugby

We are looking for a coach who has enthusiasm, drive and commitment with the ability to motivate, challenge and develop girls rugby at the club, with a specific focus on the U18s.

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC support over 30 players and are working closely with Glasgow Life and SRU to promote girls rugby in Glasgow. Our women’s section currently play in Tennents Premiership and include many former players form our youth program.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for leading the girls’ coaching team, playing programme and development of both players and teams. Working closely with the Vice President of Women’s Rugby and Club Committee to develop, support, communicate and deliver a thriving positive rugby environment.

Applicants should have:

  • UKCC Level 2 desirable, however club will support up and coming coaches to achieve the appropriate qualifications
  • Experience as a club or school coach and previous involvement in the development of talented players
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and motivate players
  • Work with the women’s coaching team to ensure continuity and a clear pathway between junior and senior rugby
  • To effectively and enthusiastically plan all training sessions and matches
  • Design and execute training which is effective and relevant to the player and squad development and goals
  • To work with coaches, volunteers and club committee to achieve the best outcomes for the club.

Remuneration: This is a voluntary role, kit, and assistance with travel expenses and coaching qualifications will be available.

How to apply

Application is by CV with a covering letter of no more than 500 words, outlining why you feel you are suitable for the position and should be submitted by email to HJRFC Club Secretary Andy Scott at arf.scott@icloud.com (click/tap link or copy and paste into new email).

Further details

To discuss the role further please don’t hesitate to contact:

Hannah McHugh – Hannah.C.M@hotmail.com (click/tap link or copy and paste into new email)

or

Andy Scott – 07528 385 467.

Closing Date: Friday 19th June 2020

Interviews Start Date: Monday 22nd June 2020

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HJRFC Vacancy: Assistant Coach, Women’s Rugby

We are looking for a coach who has enthusiasm, drive and commitment with the ability to mentor, motivate, challenge and develop our women’s players, particularly the forwards.

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC women’s team play in Tennents Premiership and have been both league champions and Sarah Beaney Cup winners in recent seasons. The Club have developed and currently boast Scotland internationalists and support over 30 youth players some of whom are on the age grade pathway programme.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for assisting the Head Coach, playing programme and development of both players and teams with a focus on forwards play.

Applicants should have:

  • Qualifications: UKCC Level 2 or above desirable, however club will support up and coming coaches to achieve the appropriate qualifications
  • Players, or ex-players looking to commence a coaching career
  • Knowledge and experience of rugby
  • Demonstrate the ability to mentor, lead and motivate players
  • Communicate effectively throughout the club
  • To work with coaches, volunteers and club committee to achieve the best outcomes for the club.

How to apply

Application is by rugby CV with a covering letter of no more than 500 words, outlining why you feel you are suitable for the position and should be submitted by email to HJRFC Club Secretary Andy Scott at arf.scott@icloud.com (click/tap link or copy and paste into new email).

Further details

To discuss the role further please don’t hesitate to contact:

Gary Kitchener – 07711 344 697

or

Hannah McHugh – Hannah.C.M@hotmail.com (click/tap link or copy and paste into new email).

Closing Date: Friday 19th June 2020

Interviews Start Date: Monday 22nd June 2020

Download this advert as a PDF.

HJRFC Vacancy: Assistant Coach (Backs), Men’s Rugby

We are looking for a player / coach who has enthusiasm, drive and commitment with the ability to mentor, motivate, challenge and develop our adult male players backline.

We are an ambitious club and are proud we continue to field three senior men’s teams, our 1st XV play in Tennents National League Division 3 with our 2nd XV and 3rd XV in Tennents West Reserve League Division’s 1 and 3 North.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for assisting the men’s Head Coach, playing programme and development of both players and teams with a focus on backs play.

Applicants should have:

  • Qualifications: UKCC Level 2 desirable, however club will support up and coming coaches to achieve the appropriate qualifications
  • Players, or ex-players looking to commence a coaching career
  • Knowledge and experience of Rugby
  • Demonstrate the ability to mentor, lead and motivate players
  • Communicate effectively throughout the club
  • To work with coaches, volunteers and club committee to achieve the best outcomes for the club.

Remuneration package based on experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

Application is by rugby CV with a covering letter, outlining why you feel you are suitable for the position and should be submitted by email to HJRFC Club Secretary Andy Scott at arf.scott@icloud.com (click/tap link or copy and paste into new email).

Further Details

To discuss the role further please contact:

Gary Kitchener – 07711 344 697

or

Andy Scott – 07528 385 467

Closing Date: Friday 19th June 2020

Interviews Start Date: Monday 22nd June 2020

Download this advert as a PDF.

THE DEFENSIVE LINE v STRATHMORE DECEMBER 7 2019

MENS HEAD COACH, U18 GIRLS AND COMMUNITY COACH WANTED

Hills are looking for three new coaches:

  • Men’s Head Coach – an experienced coach who has enthusiasm, drive and commitment with the ability to motivate, challenge and develop the whole club, with a specific focus on our adult male players. The Head Coach will be responsible for leading the men’s coaching team, playing programme and development of both players and teams. Head Coach – Role Description
  • Community Coach – This position is with Hills working in partnership with Scottish Rugby, Glasgow Life, and local secondary and primary schools in the community to grow rugby participation in schools and then at Hills.Community Coach – Role Description

Adverts/Description and Contact for each role in hyperlinks above.

THE VICTORIOUS SQUAD CAITHNESS MARCH 7 2020

Hills Win Five Pointer in Game of Two Halves

Caithness RFC 12 points | Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 29 points

IT’S A LONG WAY TO THE VERY NORTH OF SCOTLAND for a game which lasts only 80 minutes. A total of some 560 miles to Caithness’s Millbank ground in Thurso and back in fact. Visitors on domestic league business have to undertake the journey only once a season, whereas the hosts, Caithness, have to make 11 reverse visits to the central belt to complete their programme. Their continuing commitment and organisation have to be admired and also their competitiveness. Because of the windy conditions which prevailed throughout on the exposed grounds, this game split into two halves: Hills won the first half by 29 points to 0, and then lost the second half by 12 points to 0.

Hills were at their most commanding in the first 40 minutes when they established huge territorial advantage in the Caithness twenty-two. They monopolised possession, and the first score was the best of a busy afternoon with a flowing right to left movement. Scott Halliday made a classic outside break after repeated recycling to offload into the grateful hands of Ruairi Taylor, intruding from full back, who raced to the line unopposed. Finlay Keegan converted with a wonderful kick from the left hand touchline. Five minutes later he was repeating his feat, but this time from the right hand touchline, adding the extras to some Rory Harte wizardry.

Caithness then tried to escape from the confines of their twenty-two with a fine break out of defence by their no. 10, Marc Anderson, but this foundered on Ciaran Callaghan’s alert footballing brain. The flight of the hosts’ pass was guessed correctly and a wonderful solo interception try resulted. Try number four came from an Olly Davidson charge, some good recycling by the forwards and then some sleight of hand from Rory Harte which let captain Conor Ferguson in for the first of his two tries. His second, on the stroke of half time, was down to some good ball carrying from Robbie Thomson and Blair Mackenzie which set up the close field position for a drive to the line.

Hills defended well in the second period of play, and became much more competitive at the line out thanks to Robbie Thomson’s work at the front and Conor Ferguson’s athleticism in the middle of the line. Unlike their hosts when playing against the wind, Hills made good ground through their various runners at the back; Finlay Keegan, and replacements Graham Davidson and Ross Robertson. Paul Kidd’s dynamism in the loose proved helpful to his side when lifting the siege. Although the visitors conceded two second half tries, they were never in real trouble against this spirited Caithness side, and ran out worthy winners by 29 points to 12.

Hills now have a weekend off and are back in action on Saturday March 21st when they entertain old rivals Ardrossan Academicals at Hughenden with a 15:00 KO. Coaches and players will be hoping for a continuation of their recent form so as to finish the 19/20 season with some momentum.

ROBBIE THOMSON LEADS THE CHARGE v WEST FEBRUARY 29 2020

Hills Beat West and the Weather

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 12 points | West of Scotland RFC 10 points

WHILE THERE WAS SOME DOUBT as to whether this game would proceed due to casual water lying on the surface of the pitch after heavy overnight rain, Hills President Gary “Kitch” Kitchener used all his earth science knowledge combined with the judicious use of a large fork to make the grounds playable. After the early morning concerns the playing surface was in remarkable condition, but the ambient temperature of 4C and the biting wind chill with occasional rain made for testing conditions for the players as well as the brave supporters, shivering in the Fraser stand.

It was not a day for pretty, open rugby, but both sides worked hard in attack and defence to respectively fashion and close down chances. With the wind blowing east-south-east, West held the advantage in the first half kicking to the Gartnavel end of the grounds. But there were few line breaks and first and second phase possession was evenly contested. Hills relied on half backs Alex Gibbons with his astute box kicks, and stand-off Rory Harte with his fine line kicking, to take them out of trouble. The West forwards proved troublesome with their close driving and the visitors had scored two unconverted tries after 30 minutes, one of which came off an upright, which would prove crucial. In the last 10 minutes of the half, Hills raised their game through Jonny Agnew’s lineout work and Robbie Thomson’s carrying in the loose. A series of charges at the West line ended up with replacement prop Adam Eakin burrowing his way over for a try. Winger Finlay Keegan slotted the conversion and the half ended with West 10-7 to the good.

Hills now had the wind and much of the territorial advantage in the second half, but West proved a stubborn side to break down. When Hills decisive score came, it was down to some opportunism from Finlay Keegan who, with little space to move in, caught his own chip kick to plunge over the line. The conversion was missed, but Hills now had a two point advantage and were in the ascendency. Rory Harte ensured the game was played in the West half of the field and try as the visitors might to break out into the Hills danger areas, their attacks were well contained by the home defensive wall. The last 10 minutes were played out in midfield with neither side gaining any advantage. Within some 90 seconds of the final whistle, the pitch and grounds were enveloped in a fierce snowstorm and players and spectators ran for the comfort of the clubhouse.

Hills now travel next Friday/Saturday March 7th to Thurso to play Caithness, a 560 mile round trip with an overnight stay in Inverness. This will not be an easy game as the home team requires points to move out of the National League 3 relegation zone. If the visitors can retain the defensive shape which they showed in the West game and also play rugby in the Caithness danger areas and not in their own half, then the Hills stand a good chance of success.

LINE OUT AT BERWICK FEBRUARY 15 2020

Hills Blown Away By Berwick

Berwick RFC 36 points | Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 5 points

WHILE STORM DENNIS was a factor in Hills defeat at Scremerston – the home team played the tricky conditions much more assuredly than did the visitors – the opening quarter of the match was their undoing when they conceded 17 points without reply, one of the Berwick scores being a penalty try.

Playing catch-up rugby when the game is being dominated by your opponents pick and go techniques is not easy, but Hills finally awoke from their opening reverie in the second quarter to put together some quality driving and wet weather play of their own. Inside centre, Scott Halliday, had a fine game, constantly committing the home defence to set up numerous go forward situations. From one of his half breaks, the Hills forwards with Blair Colvin in the van, rumbled on with some excellent phases of recycling until stand-off Rory Harte released his outside backs with the try line threatening. Fast hands, helped by an intrusion from Andrew Scott at full back, provided just enough space for Damien Genocchio to squeeze in by the left hand corner for a well deserved try. However, Berwick hit back to take the score at half time to 24-5 in their favour.

In the second half, Hills competed well in most phases of play, apart from the line out, which given the conditions was a lottery for the whole game, with the visitors living off scraps. As the game wore on, the superior physicality of the Berwick players cemented their hold on the game, despite Hills tenacity and spirit. Berwick added two further tries to record a deserved five point win.

Hills will recognise the youthful nature of their squad when competing with more mature and experienced clubs Like Berwick. They should reflect, however, on the need to play from the first whistle, and not when they are trailing by three tries. Additionally better discipline when in adversity would assist, as losing two players to the bin was unhelpful in the context of the game.

Hills now travel again, next Saturday February 22nd, to Edinburgh to play Murrayfield Wanderers in a league game postponed from November 30th. At present, neither the venue nor kick off time can be confirmed as Murrayfield are experiencing pitch problems at their grounds in Roseburn Gardens behind BT Murrayfield. Please check Facebook pages for updates.

COLLISION TIME AT FORT MATILDA SATURDAY JANUARY 25 2020

Disappointing Outcome at Fort Matilda

Greenock Wanderers RFC 33 points | Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 20 points

ALTHOUGH HILLS OPENED AND CLOSED THE SCORING on a heavy but eminently playable Fort Matilda playing surface, their opponents Greenock Wanderers, had too much power and pace throughout their squad to defeat their visitors by four goals and one try to one goal, two tries and one penalty goal. Hills therefore returned home pointless, and now out of contention for an NL3 promotion place, while their hosts league title hopes were rekindled.

Hills started well thanks to the power play of Nick McAuley at tight head prop and the rugby nous of half backs Rory Harte and Alex Gibbons. A good move on the blind side of a scrum from 30 metres out provided space for right-winger Ruairi Taylor to touch down in the corner. Wanderers however quickly regained the front foot and by the end of the first half had eased in to a 14 points to 8 lead. Hills early scrummage dominance had faded and the midfield contact areas were becoming hotly contested with almost professional rugby intensity. Hills struggled to maintain their intensity, apart from a Twaddle penalty goal, even when the Wanderers lost a man to the bin for an illegal body check.

The third quarter began with Hills having to recast their backline due to an Alex Gibbons head knock. Even though they continued to handle the ball well, line breaks were all too rare. Wanderers went further ahead after some poor defensive play from Hills who, despite this setback, responded with a fine right-to-left movement which saw Damien Genocchio take his try scoring opportunity well. Angus Twaddle converted brilliantly from the extreme left hand touchline and Hills were now only 21-15 down.

Unfortunately for Hills, the final fifteen minutes of the game saw the home team turn the screw and arm wrestle Hills out of the game. It was very poor work at the restart from Hills which let Greenock in for their fourth try and the fifth try followed soon after. To their credit, Hills rallied to put Greenock under much pressure in their own twenty two and, from an aggressive piece of mauling, a home player was red carded. A final onslaught on the home line forced a fine driven line out maul which saw Jonny Agnew scoring what turned out to be a consolation try.

Of Hills final eight league games, five are against the clubs immediately above them in the NL3 league table. Lasswade are first up this coming Saturday, February 1st, at Hughenden with a 14:00 hours KO.