Studied discipline from Alex Gibbons

Hills travel miles north to win at North Inch

PERTHSHIRE RFC 14 points | HILLHEAD JORDANHILL RFC 34 points

HILLS TOOK THE HIGH ROAD to Perth to record their first away win of the season. This was a fine, resilient, battling team performance from Hills which revealed qualities some of their faithful support believed had vanished forever from the club. Hills were 7-0 down after 50 seconds which became 14-12 to the hosts after 20 minutes, but in the remaining 60 minutes of a well contested game at the North Inch, such was the visitors commitment to defence that the stuffy Perthshire side failed to add to their score.

The key components of the Hills win comprised of assured performances down the touchline from the returning Jonny Agnew (his first game in Hills colours since 2013) and from captain Conor Ferguson, and there was also an improved defensive performance in the midfield where Ciaran Callaghan was outstanding. Added to the aerial certainty was an aggressive rolling maul which provided the basis for three first half close range tries from Harry Perston, Jonny Agnew and James “Pine Tree” Reekie. The Hills’ backs also revealed their potency in attack with a well engineered try which started with Rory Harte looping his centres to creat the space for full back Angus Twaddle to burst clear from forty metres out in his run to the line. Twaddle converted two of the first half tries to see his side handily placed at 24-14 at the break.

Perthshire worked exceptionally hard to get back into the game and for most of the second half Hills were in defensive mode, but some copybook tackling in which no8 Calum McLeod excelled, and very effective use of his bench resources by head coach Graeme Blackhall kept the hosts at bay. Hills were always sharp on the counter attack and Perthshire struggled at times with the pace of some the quicksilver visiting backs. Angus Twaddle kicked a penalty goal to take his side further ahead and then in the 70th minute Scott Halliday touched down by the posts following up a kick through the home defence from Rory Harte. The conversion was a formality and Hills were now 20 points ahead. To their credit, Perthshire tried to the final whistle to add to their tally of two tries, but Hills remained resolute in defence of their line.

Hills now return to their Hughenden grounds on Saturday October 14 after the two away fixtures to play NL3 newcomers Berwick. Some 15 seasons ago Berwick were regular visitors to a very different-looking Hughenden and it will be good to renew our old rivalries. Kick off is 15:00.

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

Community Coaches Wanted

Hillhead Jordanhill RFC (Hills) are looking  for enthusiastic and motivated coaches to assist growing rugby in Glasgow’s west end and at Hills.

The role is part time, up to 150 hours over the rugby season, will liaise closely with the SRU / Glasgow Life development officers and work within the local community to promote and develop rugby with local schools and at Hills.

The successful candidate will be self employed and will deliver rugby both during the school day and also at post school sessions. A role profile is attached Hills Community Coach Role Description.

This is an exciting opportunity to help promote and grow rugby and Hills youth. Further details are available from either Gary Kitchener, 07711 344697 or Andy Scott 07528 385 467.

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.