RBS Women's Leagues: Weekend Round-Up

Photo: Sarah-Louise Russell for Watsonians Ladies against Aberdeenshire Quines

There was no shortage of tries in the RBS Premier Women’s leagues on Sunday (23 September), with 24 over three games.

In Premier A, Hillhead Jordanhill edged RHC Cougars 37-26, to maintain their spot at the top of the table. The Hill Jills’ tries came courtesy of Jade Konkel, Jenny Johnston, Julie Craig, Katie Verweijmeren, Sarah Smith, Hannah Smith and Mairi Forsyth with the extras added by Amanda Moore.

Hillhead hooker Lindsay Smith said: “We started strongly but then let RHC back into the game – it was pretty evenly balanced for the most part.

Jade had a few good runs – along with her deadly hand-off! – and Hazel Bielinski had a good game off the bench.

Meanwhile the other Premier A fixture, between Melrose and Murrayfield Wanderers was played as a friendly, due to Melrose being unable to field a front row.

Premier B saw Cartha Queen’s Park fight back after last week’s defeat to Watsonians, to beat Dundee University 61-7.

Cartha’s player-coach, Joan Hutchison, was at pains to highlight that the result belied the opposition’s effort.

She said: “It was Dundee’s first match, after only one training session. They have some good players and they just need more game time. I don’t think we’ll have that score the next time our two teams meet.

“At Cartha, however, we’re really gelling as a team at the moment and also had the services of a couple of dual-registered players from Oban, Donna Smith and Jen MacLennan, who were storming.”

Cartha’s tries came courtesy of Kirsty Millar (4), Liz Tiller (2) Jen (2) and one apiece from Helen Ferry, Donna and Joan, the latter adding the extras.

In the other match in Premier B – as Stirling County had a bye – Watsonians Ladies overcame Aberdeenshire Quines 38-0.

The Edinburgh side’s six tries came from player of the match Helen Blevins (4) and Karen Dunbar (2), with Sandra Bell adding four conversions.

Watsonians’ Kath Vass said: “Helen had a particularly good game as she moved in from her usual place on the wing and provided one of the highlights of the game, a 75m run through the usually crunching Quines defence, a slick sidestep and hand-off and she was away.”

Next week’s fixtures see Stirling County away to Dundee and table toppers Cartha hosting Quines in Premier A while Watsonians have a bye. There are no games in Premier B.