Girls battle it out at Bridgehaugh

The home of Stirling County, Bridgehaugh, will host the Brewin Dolphin Girls’ Cup finals day this Sunday (30 March).

Five games will be played in the Brewin Dolphin Cup, Shield and Bowl tiers of the competition, both at under-15 and under-18 level.

Scottish Rugby’s head of clubs and schools Nick Rennie, said: “The Brewin Dolphin Girls’ finals day is a celebration of girls’ rugby.  

“Last year’s finals were a great advert for the girls’ game with high standards of play and some very exciting matches.

“Bridgehaugh is a fantastic venue for this event and we expect a large and enthusiastic crowd to come along and support the girls.

“The women’s and girls’ game is a priority area for Scottish Rugby over the coming years as outlined in our policy initiatives paper.

“I wish all those competing the very best for the day, and hope the event is thoroughly enjoyed by all.”

Marc Wilkinson, regional director for Brewin Dolphin in Scotland, said: “Brewin Dolphin has sponsored the girls’ competitions for the past five seasons and we are delighted to see that each year has brought increased interest and participation from right across Scotland.

“The finals are always a great showcase for the skill and determination of the players in the tournament and we are looking forward to watching some extremely competitive and exciting matches on Sunday.

“We wish all the teams the very best of luck!”

In the Bowl competition, Earlston High School will play a Crieff/Perth/Ayr composite side at under-15, to kick-start the day (11.30am). A Crieff/Perth composite feature again, this time in the senior Bowl competition, facing Bell Baxter/Buckhaven (1pm).

There will only be one tie played in the Shield competition, as a Hillhead-Jordanhill/Cumnock team will take on Gordon Schools/Huntly at under-18 (11.30am). The under-15 Shield final will be rescheduled to a later date, with RHC Cougars playing Kinross/Angus for the title.

Like their senior counterparts, Hillhead -Jordanhill under-15s will play at the finals day, facing Border side Langholm in the Cup final (2.30pm).

The final match of the day will see Ayr take on Murrayfield Wanderers in the under-18 Cup, kick-off 4pm.  

Ayr’s community development officer Stuart Fenwick, said: “It’s great to see that two sides are representing Ayr today, especially considering our girls’ youth section only started this season.

“Our under-18 side travelled to play a Nicholson Institute/Stornoway team, in the semi-final and came away with an impressive 35-12 victory which will serve as a great confidence boost ahead of the final.

“We’re working hard to promote the girls’ game locally, encouraging youngsters to take part in friendly tournaments to get a flavour of rugby and hopefully from there they can take it further. 

“The senior women’s side are also going well, which gives the junior sides something to aspire to, as young girls come down to watch and want to get involved with a successful club.”