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

..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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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.

Iain Cameron 1925-2019

An Appreciation

This short appreciation of Iain’s life can only make passing mention(s) of his many achievements : a quiet and reserved family man, an outstanding rugby player with Jordanhill College School FP’s and later administrator at SRU level, a primary school headteacher in Helensburgh and latterly as a dedicated supporter and Vice President of Hillhead Jordanhill RFC . But perhaps Iain’s major accolade was the recognition paid by the French government of his role in Normandy in 1944 when he was awarded the Legion d’ Honneur by the French consul in 2016.

Iain Cameron, was a machine gunner in the Royal West Surrey regiment, within the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats). During the D Day landings the regiment was held back by storms in the Channel and landed at Arromanche on 12th June 1944. Iain was injured near Lisieux within a few weeks of arriving in France and was hospitalised near there. At this point his family back in Glasgow received a telegram to say that he was missing in action, but later discovered he was in a field hospital.

On his recovery he was sent to rejoin his unit, by then fighting their way through Belgium.The 7th Armoured Division was involved in the liberation of Ghent in September 1944. Iain was again badly injured near Eindhoven during this campaign, he carried the scars of the shrapnel wounds in his back and shoulder. He was invalided back to England and latterly to a convalescent home in Scotland. By the time he had recovered from this injury, the war was drawing to a close and he was (fortunately for his family!) given a desk job with the army until the war ended.

Iain was born on 12th January 1925 and attended Jordanhill School in the 1930s, before being evacuated to Cally School near Gatehouse of Fleet. After the war he played rugby for Glasgow University, London Scottish and Jordanhill FPs and was instrumental in setting up the FP club premises and grounds at Kilmardinny.

His funeral takes place at the Glasgow Crematorium on Tuesday the 11th June at 15.15.

Acknowledgements to Jordanhill School and Iain’s family to reproduce some of the above.

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

# Player Position YC RC T C P DG
15Lucy MillsFull Back  0000
14Hannah McHughWing  0000
13Hannah SmithCentre  0000
12Amy WatkinsCentre  0000
11Emma BarlowWing  0000
10Phillipene MiasFly-half  0000
9Mairi McDonaldScrum-half  0000
1Rachael KerrLoosehead prop  0000
2Stella KyalikundaHooker  0000
3Heather LockhartTighthead prop  0000
4Flic SyfretLock  0000
5Juliet RossLock  0000
6Jemma ForsythFlanker  0000
7Hannah TellingFlanker  0000
8Louise McMillanNo. 8  0000
16Francesca WoodForwards  0000
17Kendall KingForwards  0000
18Aimee JohnstonForwards  0000
19Erin DavieForwards  0000
20Abi EvansBacks  0000
21Bex FrancisBacks  0000
22Amanda MooreBacks  0000
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

# Player Position YC RC T C P DG
15Lucy MillsFull Back  1000
14Emma Barlow 20Wing  1000
13Hannah McHughCentre  1000
12Amy WatkinsCentre  1000
11Bex FrancisWing  0000
10Phillipene MiasFly-half  1000
9Mairi McDonaldScrum-half  1500
1Heather LockhartLoosehead prop  0000
2Francesca Wood 16Hooker  0000
3Aimee Johnston 17Tighthead prop  0000
4Flic Syfret 18Lock  0000
5Kendall KingLock  0000
6Jemma ForsythFlanker  1000
7Hannah Telling 19Flanker  2000
8Louise McMillanNo. 8  1000
16Stella Kyalikunda 2Hooker  0000
17Rachael Kerr 3Tighthead prop  0000
18Jenny Johnston 4Lock  0000
19Erin Davie 7Flanker  0000
20Abi Evans 14Wing  2000

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.