It was good news for Caledonia in the Brewin Dolphin Girls Scottish Cup, Shield and Bowl finals at both under-15 and under-18 levels at Murrayfield this weekend.
Yesterday, Nicolson Institute from Stornoway scored ten tries in the under-15 bowl final against Bell Baxter HS from Cupar, while today in glorious spring sunshine three of the remaining five pieces of silverware were won by teams who had travelled south to Scotland’s Capital.
The tone of the day was set by the free-flowing spectacle of the under-15 shield final, the only game not to feature a team from either North or Midlands. Carrick Academy from Ayrshire accounted for Boroughmuir High School 42-31. Twins Rebecca (2) and Amy (3) Graham led Carrick’s try scorers with Rachel Shankland (2) and Bronwyn McSeveney also dotting down. Shankland added one conversion.
For Boroughmuir Katrina Downie scored four tries, Isis Moody, one, and Jenny Stevenson (2) and Erin Cant added conversions.
Player of the match, chosen by former Scotland centre Rhona Shepherd, was Boroughmuir’s Laura Robertson.
Next up were the under-18 bowl and shield finals. The bowl was a somewhat one-sided affair, Stirling County taking the honours 72-7 against the relative newcomers of Glasgow-Ayrshire. Player of the match, Stirling’s Megan Thomson provided 32 points through four tries and six conversions, while their other tries came from Victoria Gray, Gabriella Fuentes-Tobin, Kirsty Murrell, Megan Kennedy, Lee Hannah (2), May Campbell and Molly Tweedle. Their opponents’ points came from a try by Siobhan McMillan, which she converted.
The experienced Murrayfield Wanderers were the victors in the shield final, 64-15, against Plockton High School. Player of the match, Wands’ scrum-half, Sarah Law also notched 32 points through four tries and six conversions, while their other points came from tries by Rhona Lloyd (3), Lucy Park (2) and Heather Innes. Park added one further conversion.
Plockton’s points were supplied by tries from Eilidh Coghill, Naomi Mackenzie and Holly McCue.
The day was rounded-off by two cracking finals. In the Brewin Dolphin Girls under-15 Cup final Grantown Grammar School saw off the South Barbarians 41-29, while the under-18 final ended Stewartry 29 Community High School of Auchterarder 37.
In the under-15 final Grantown’s points came from captain and player of the match Aliesha Brown with two tries. Sael Chisholm-Massheder, Lesley Davis, Ailsa Hepburn, Rhona Davis and Carla Sermanni also were on the try score-sheet, while Megan Murray goaled three conversions.
All the South Barbarians’ points came from centre Lisa Thomson through five tries and two conversions.
In the under-18 final Stewartry made a gallant fightback having trailed 17-37 late in the second-half but their Perthshire opponents were worthy winners.
Stewartry’s player of the match, stand-off Chloe Rollie, scored four tries and a conversion, with Paulina Serafin garnering their fifth try and Adella McCulloch landing one conversion.
Auchterarder, who varied their game nicely and kicked when it was sensible to do so, scored tries courtesy of Maryth Hunter (2) and her centre partner Katie Langlands; scrum-half Eilidh Sinclair (2) and Jennifer Wither. Sinclair landed two conversions and one penalty.