Battling East Outmuscled By West

Saturday 28 April saw the West under-15 girls take on their counterparts from the East in the inaugural game between to the two sides. The West squad comprised of girls from Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Ayrshire schools and the East was represented by schools and clubs from Edinburgh and Midlothian.


The fixture was played on the 4G pitch in glorious sunshine at the new home of Glasgow Warriors - Scotstoun. The game kicked off at a ferocious pace with both teams eager to get their hands on the ball. West opened the scoring early with a nice line break from Emma-Jean Edwards who offloaded to Mairi McDonald who scored in the corner. Hannah Illingworth was unlucky with the conversion hitting the crossbar.

East came back with some strong tackling from Rachel Law and Laura Robertson,however the West proved dominant in the attack. A textbook two on one by Hannah was shut down by the East but Hannah managed to dive over the line for the second try.

West held the majority of the possession in the first third, that saw some great line breaks from Bronwyn McSeveny with solid support from forwards Louise McMillan and Alison Westwood. There were some great handling skills shown from both teams with both scrum halves Rachel Shankland, Rachel Law and Kate Davis distributing the ball well. This was evident in the build up to the third try with Rachel feeding the ball to Caitlin Cunningham who executed a great pass to Grace Thornhill who came on to the ball at pace and used powerful leg drive to break two tackles and cross the line, Hannah converted. The score at at the end of the first third was 17-0.

Both teams made some changes going in to the second third. Rebecca Schaschke was an ideal replacement for the hard working Flora Makin. Amy Graham replaced Alison Westwood at loose head prop. Melanie Grant swapped on for Caitlin Cunningham.  Erin Foley made way for Leigh Murray on left wing, who made an instant impression with the first try of the second third. This was a exciting try set up by Melanie who sliced through the defence with some fancy footwork at exceptional pace, offloading to Leigh who accelerated across the line. This was quickly followed by a second try for Leigh which was greatly assisted by the relentless work from the tackling machine Melissa Jamieson.

During this period the East dominated scrum time, constantly putting pressure on the west scrum and winning turnover ball on a few occasions. Ciera Campbell was able to field any of the resulting kicks from Law and Eartha Cumings which came her way. Bronwyn McSeveny celebrated her return to the field with two quick solo tries catching the East defence out of place, taking the score to 41-0.

Straight from the restart Keri McMullen received the kick off and made a charging run to earn some valuable yards for the West, however the ball was stolen by the East thanks to Amy Sanderson and Heather Reid  at the breakdown due to some slow support from the West. The East then looked to attack the wide channels from their own half before this was quickly spoiled by Louise McMillan who ripped the ball and ran in another try. 46-0.

The East continued to work hard, their efforts were rewarded with a penalty which they chose to run. Their strong forwards Bruce Allan and Steele set up a nice platform for stand off Law, who sent a driving kick  deep into the west 22. Law collected her own kick and dived over the line for a well deserved first try for the east. 46-5.

Motivated by the breach of their line the West responded through Leigh Murray's turnover in the midfield which allowed her to run in for her third try. End of second third 51-5.

The East started the final third with a jinky run Leonie Malone from in side their own half followed by a nice offload to Munro who popped it nicely to allow Cumings to slide over the line. 51-10. The west came back with some nice play and darting runs from wingers Erin Campbell and Erin Foley, which allowed Flora to pick and offload to Hannah supported on either side with Emma-Jean receiving the pass to break through the east defence and score. Hannah converted 58-10.

The excitement held out until the last five minutes of the game with the the fitness of Elspeth Bell and Ashleigh Love aiding the final two tries to the west. With scores from Amy Graham and Leigh Murray. Final score 70-10.

The final score reflects some excellent skills from the west but doesn't quite represent the hard work put in from the girls from east squad. Top tacklers of the day were Melissa Jamieson and four try scoring Leigh Murray from the west and Rachel Law and Metcalf from the east. Watch this space for the return fixture.

West Squad

Keri McMullen (Shawlands Academy)
Elspeth Bell (Hyndland Secondary)
Erin Campbell (Gryffe High School)
Ashleigh Love (Gryffe High School)
Rachel Shankland (Ayr Academy)
Hannah Illingworth (Haydon Bridge High)
Mairi McDonald (Hyndland Secondary)
Flora Mackin (Hyndland Secondary)
Melanie Grant (Grange Academy)
Amy Graham (Carrick Academy)
Bronwyn McSeveny (Auchinleck Academy)
Melissa Jamieson (Queen Margaret Academy)
Louise McMillan (Gryffe High School)
Rebbeca Schaschke (Hyndland Secondary)
Emma-Jean Edwards (Hyndland Secondary)
Grace Thornhill (Hyndland Secondary)
Ciera Campbell (Queen Margaret Academy)
Caitlin Cunningham (Hyndland Secondary)
Leigh Murray (Linwood High School)
Erinn Foley (Paisley Grammer School)
Alison Westwood (Kelvinside Academy)

East Squad
Jennifer Ward(Murrayfield Wanderers)
Rachel Law (Muraayfield Wanderers)
Heather Reid (Murrayfield Wanderers)
Iona Bruce (Murrayfield Wanderers)
Amy Sanderson (Murrayfield Wanderers)
Frances Munro (Murrayfield Wanderers)
Laura Robertson (Boroughmuir High School)
Leonie Malone (Boroughmuir High School)
Kate Davis (Boroughmuir High School)
Lucy Allan (Boroughmuir High School)
Beth Steele ( St.Augustines High School)
Emma Turner (Royal High)
Eilidh Thores (Royal High)
Lois Shiel (Royal High)
Amy Hailstones (Royal High)
Amy Johnstone (Royal High)
Megan Metcalf (Trinity Academy)
Nicole Reid (Trinity Academy)
Eartha Cumings (Trinity Academy)
Ruby Fischbacher (Trinity Academy)