A Fitting Farewell...........

Sunday saw Hillhead/Jordanhill Ladies last ever competitive outing on their beloved 'big pitch'. With the development of Hughenden imminent, the ladies put on a performance worthy of the occasion and beat Murrayfield Wanderers 25-22 in an enthralling match. The large home support was kept entertained with end to end rugby that kept everyone on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.

Mirroring the early play from last weeks cup semi final defeat in Edinburgh the Hills Ladies had all the early pressure and possession keeping Murrayfield pinned in their 22. The blitz defence adopted by the team during Thursday_x0019_s training session proved effective in keeping the play in the Edinburgh team_x0019_s half. Unlike the previous week, the ladies managed to convert this pressure and scored through the unstoppable Heather _x0018_HRL_x0019_ Lockhart. Conversion missed.

This loss of a score seemed to liven the travelling side and they hit back with scores from fullback Millard and no.7/8 Rimma who showed brilliant individual skill and finishing both rounding several players to cross the line to bring the score to 5-12. Conversion by no.10 Lisa Martin.

An infringement at the ruck saw the home team awarded a penalty which was successfully converted by the ever versatile McFazden to lessen the gap to 8-12.

Murrayfield extended their lead again after half time when good hands in the backs released Millard again. Conversion missed, 8-17.

HRL crossed again after a brilliant sniping run from Nicolson left the ball free at the back of the ruck for the resident pick and go specialist to do what she does best and touch down from close range closing the score to 13-17.

Brown crossed for Hills 3rd try and the first of her brace after brilliant recycling work from the forwards and further hard rucking from Nicolson. Spotting the gap at the side of the breakdown, the no.7 picked and sprinted in to touch down putting the Ladies in the lead for the first time in the match 18-17.

Murrayfield regained the lead after a rampaging run from no.8 Rimma saw her surging down the blindside after picking from the scrum. Cutting in field she found good support from no.12 Shepard who crossed taking the score to 18-22.

The vocal home support and encouraging words from Coach Keith rejuvenated the Hills pack and the Ladies took the lead again through Brown. A brilliant dummy run from HRL after a quick tap penalty fixed the defence allowing the no.7/8 to get on the outside shoulder of the defence and touch down on the line to put the westenders into the lead. The score was successfully converted by McFazden 25-22.

The final whistle was met with some confusion as some of the Hills ladies were unsure of the score. HRL, however, did not hesitate in her celebration and proceeded to what can only be described as mount the ref who in disbelief dropped her and his whistle.

The win could be put down to an outstanding team effort which saw all players put in 110% to give the pitch the send off it deserves. The drive, determination and spirit showed by all was phenomenal and the win was greatly deserved. The only sad point is the fact that there isn_x0019_t a cup final to top what has been an fantastic set of matches between these two teams this year. Special mention must go to Vik who switched her membership and missed her flight home to finish the match.

The Ladies would like to extend a huge thank you to Boys 1st XV Coach Keith who stepped into the breach after Kitch was unable to attend the match. His influence and tactics allowed the ladies to perform to the best of their abilities.

The one low point of the match saw Kirsty Miller sustain a dislocated knee. We wish her a very speedy recovery.

Blakebrough, Barlow, Tomb, Willis, Fitzgibbon, Craig, Nicolson, Lockhart, Smith, McFazden, Catherine, Romanes, Hutchinson, Brown, Miller (Meredith)

Subs not used: Spiers and Gallacher.