Sarah Beaney Cup Final
Hillhead / Jordanhill 7 - 19 Murrayfield Wanderers
Murrayfield (back pitch)
It was east meets west in the climax to the women's national finals day at Murrayfield when, in a gripping encounter from start to finish, it was Murrayfield Wanderers who took the spoils.
Head coach Jules Murciano said: "We're delighted to win back the Cup. It's been very close between these two teams all season, and particularly this afternoon.
"We have a new team with a number of young players coming through and I'm really pleased with all the performances today.
Next week the two teams meet again in the league decider which Wanderers need to win, with a bonus point, to top the table.
Kicking off into a stiff breeze, the early match action went Wanderers' way until a great kick to touch by Hillhead / Jordanhill stand-off Craig took the ball into Wands 22.
A push and drive from the Glasgow forwards saw prop Heather Lockhart cross the whitewash inside five minutes, the try converted by Craig. (7-0)
After the restart a break from Wanderers flanker Ruth Slaven looked to have legs until the action reverted into the capital team's own half again.
Slaven was then responsible for a tremendous tackle which temporarily halted Hillhead's run until a break from number 8 Jemma Forsyth put them back in the driving seat.
Wanderers stand-off, Lisa Martin, had the pace for a searing run through the opposition defence but the bulk of the threat in the first half came from Hillhead / Jordanhill.
Into the last ten minutes of the first half, a yellow card for Slaven (for persistent offences) saw Wanderers reduced to fourteen for the remainder of the first half.
As the wind picked up again in the second half, the direction of the breeze seemed to favour Wanderers who made all the early running, attacking in numbers with a good run from winger Lauren Ing.
Although the majority of the action in the second half was instigated and executed by Wanderers it wasn't until fifteen minutes from the final whistle that they evened the scores with a blistering break by centre, Lisa Martin, to cross the line. She converted her own score to make it 7-7 with all to play for.
Fired up and with only minutes to go, it was scrum half Lauren Sedgeworth who finally put Wanderers ahead, her try again converted by Martin.
With a minute to go, the leaders underlined their advantage with an opportunistic move from Slaven that saw her dart across the whitewash to make it 7-19 the final score and trophy to return to Murrayfield Wanderers.
Hillhead / Jordanhill
22 Stacey Coffin
14 Rhianne Boag
19 Stephanie Johnston (vice captain)
12 Maria Omma
11 Ciara Baxter
10 Julie Craig
9 Caroline Mullenbroich
6 Heather Lockhart
16 Lindsey Smith (captain)
3 Mairi Forsyth
4 Jenny Johnston
5 Mileka Grager
1 Arlene McConnell
7 Hazel Bielinski
8 Jemma Forsyth
Substitutes (all used)
Kerry McFadzean, Tamsin Tyeson, Fiona Reardon, Stacey Care, Lizzie Willis, Emma McBride, Carmen Cree
Hillhead / Jordanhill Road to the final
Round 1 – Sunday 23 January – Glasgow University 0 – 111 Hillhead / Jordanhill
Quarter final – Sunday 27 March – RHC Cougars 5 – 43 Hillhead / Jordanhill
Semi final – Sunday 10 April – Hillhead / Jordanhill 1 – 0 Watsonians
15 Jen Skilnick
14 Megan Gaffney
13 Katy Green
12 Laura Steven (captain)
11 Lauren Ing
10 Lisa Martin
9 Caitlin Sedgeworth
1 Ellen Beattie
2 Sarah Quick
3 Beth Dickens
4 Jen Cram
5 Ange Johnston
6 Catriona Syme
7 Ruth Slaven
8 Lana Blyth
Substitutes (all used)
Michelle Ovens, Rachel Murray, Kelly Shields, Orla Reid, Tracey McAdam, Sarah Dunnett
Murrayfield Wanderers Road to the final
Round 1 – Sunday 23 January (bye)
Quarter final – Sunday 27 March – Stirling County 0 – 1 Murrayfield Wanderers
Semi final – Sunday 10 April – Murrayfield Wanderers 57 – 12 Melrose
Referee: Alex Pratt
Player of the match: Stephanie Johnston (Hillhead / Jordanhill)