Finale of the Women's 2019 Leagues
The Women’s club league competitions come to a close this weekend with the final three matches of the season taking place.
Tennent’s Premiership Final - Watsonians v Hillhead Jordanhill
For the first time ever, the Tennent’s Women’s Premiership has a final to decide the league champions.
Unbeaten side Watsonians will face the trophy holders Hillhead Jordanhill. The keenly anticipated fixture will be a replay of the Sarah Beaney Cup final which Watsonians won in April, 17-21.
Both teams have a handful of Scotland Women players including captain for Hillhead Jordanhill, Louise McMillan. The two teams also host a number of experienced players for what will be one of the most exciting matches in the season’s calendar.
If Watsonians are victorious on Sunday, it will be the first time that the club has won the Tennent’s Women’s Premiership. Watsonians captain Rachel Bragg is looking forward to the weekend after a successful season for the club.
Bragg said: “We are super excited ahead of this week’s final clash. We've had a disappointing couple of weeks off without game time and so will be raring to get back out on the pitch.
“The squad is looking strong and everyone is working hard to give the coaches headaches over selection choices. We have had the best league performance in the club’s history so far and are hoping to go all the way to lift the trophy come Sunday.”
Aird Jardine, Hillhead Jordanhill Head Coach, has been impressed by his players' attitude this season and hopes to see them really stepping up for the final.
Jardine said: “We are delighted to have made the league final. The players have put in a huge amount of work and effort to allow us to make the final. The attitude the players showed in the semi-final against Corstorphine that was played in such horrid conditions was tremendous. It will be the same attitude and physicality we will be looking to bring on Sunday!
“We have been progressing as a team as a whole and it is really starting to show. Everyone has been stepping up and putting in a collective effort for the results we have been getting. I am really pleased and proud to be the coach of this group of players and they are a credit to themselves. So, I hope everything goes well on Sunday and they get the result they deserve.”
Tennent’s Premiership play-off - Ayr v Heriot’s Blues Women
Two teams will be battling it out for the final spot in the top tier of the women’s leagues for next season.
Ayr, who have only managed one win in this competition, will be facing the winners of the National League Division 1, Heriots Blues Women at Oriam.
Head Coach of Heriots Blues Women, Ruth Slaven-Ross, said on this: “We are grateful for the development in the wider women’s game and for the opportunity to play at Oriam where we hope our supporters will enjoy cheering loudly!”
Heriots Blues Women was created in 2018 and this year enjoyed their first season in the Tennent’s Women’s leagues. They entered the leagues into National Division 1 and have showed their strength early with only one loss in the season so far.
Regional League play-off final - Kelso v West of Scotland
West of Scotland were victorious last weekend when they faced travelling team Shetland in the play-off semi-finals.
In the other semi-final, Kelso beat Glasgow University to take the second spot in the final.
With Glasgow University out of the running, West of Scotland and Kelso will be playing for a space in the Tennent’s Women’s National League Division 1 for the season starting in 2020.
Fixtures – Sunday 15 December
Watsonians v Hillhead Jordanhill - Myreside - 2pm
Ayr v Heriot’s Blues Women - Oriam (Rugby pitch 1) - 2pm
Regional League play-off
Kelso v West of Scotland - Kelso RFC - 2pm