Four games kicked off the RBS Women’s Premier leagues yesterday (Sunday 16 September), clocking up 133 points for the winning teams.
In RBS Women’s Premier Division A, Royal High Corstorphine (RHC) hosted Melrose with both sides battling hard to a 55-7 final scoreline, a result that belied the efforts of the visiting Borderers who started with 13 players.
Tries for RHC came courtesy of captain and centre Steph Johnston (3), winger Sarah Dixon (3) and stand-off Tanya Griffith (2) with the extras added by stand-off/scrum-half Louise Dalgliesh. Melrose replied with a converted try from winger Lauren Harris, with flanker Lana Skeldon singled out for an impressive performance.
RHC second row, Sarah Paterson said: “Melrose fought right up to the end, in all aspects of the game, and I thought their forward pack did really well.
We hadn’t played much over the summer so this was a good lesson to highlight some of the areas where we had challenges. It’s given us lots to work on for our next game.
Meanwhile the other Premier A clash saw visitors Hillhead/Jordanhill take the honours over Murrayfield Wanderers, 0-17. Tries from Julie Craig, Hannah Smith and Megan Forsyth – with the extras added by Craig – gave the Hill Jills a solid start to their season as they anticipate next Sunday’s fixture with RHC at Hughenden (kick off 2pm).
Watsonians and Stirling County took the honours in RBS Women’s Premier Division B with wins over Cartha Queen’s Park (CQP) and Aberdeenshire Quines respectively, while Dundee University had a bye this week.
At Myreside, Watsonians Ladies beat CQP 24-17, with a brace of tries to Helen Blevins and one apiece to Lisa Robertson and Keri Holdsworth, the conversions from Natalya Macholla.
It turned into a close-fought battle at Bridgehaugh as Stirling County edged Aberdeenshire Quines, 37-22, with four tries including a brace to Dani Stuart.
County’s number 8, Diane Christie said: “We got the first few scores on the board, then the Quines really punctuated our defence in the second half. They had a lot of new players and put in a really good performance.
“Our two respective centres clashed heads early on so we lost our most experienced player but our team is fairly well established so we were able to make the most of our set pieces.”
Next Sunday also sees Melrose against Murrayfield Wanderers in Division A while CQP take on Dundee University and Quines meet Watsonians in Division B, Stirling County having the bye.