Author - Paddy Sherrard

July 2018

Kelpies Rugby Launched

Falkirk, Grangemouth Stags and Hillfoots RFCs are delighted to announce that next season their youth sides will be joining in partnership and playing together as Kelpies Rugby in the regional leagues

The Chairperson for this exciting development, Craig Bolan said “All three Clubs have been finding it difficult to field full youth teams at all ages on a regular basis due to the competing demands of school work and other interests.  This exciting partnership will mean that Kelpies Rugby will firstly have large enough squads to regularly field full teams that will train and play together.  Secondly, we will be able to combine resources – especially coaching to provide a strong development pathway from S1 all the way through the youth setup to U18 rugby and ultimately into adult rugby.  There is no doubt that we are stronger together.”

This exciting opportunity is available to all boys and girls in the Forth Valley, with Kelpies Rugby being able to field teams at S1, S2, U16 and U18 as well as offering a pathway for girls rugby from U15s through to U18s.  The partnership will permit the Kelpies Rugby teams to play with full squads and allow the boys and girls to experiment with different positions and have fun on the pitch, while providing a clear pathway from junior rugby through to the adult game where we can develop our young players to be the stars of the future.

Combining each Club’s resources in terms of coaching expertise and facilities can only be to the advantage of the kids who will benefit from not only the enhanced coaching available, but also excellent facilities such as Grangemouth Stag’s indoor training pitch which will be of great benefit in the winter and will keep the kids playing and training all season long.

If you are a youth rugby player and would like to take part in this exciting opportunity to have fun and develop your game of rugby, please email [email protected] for more information.

June 2018

Hillfoots Weekly News 9 June

The end of the season does not mean the end of fun @hillfootsrfc!

Since I last emailed, we have had a number of events, not least our annual Dinner Dance – a massive thank you to Euan and Derek for organising yet another fantastic evening. 

We have also supported both the Alloa Half Marathon and Rotary Club Nebbit Hill Walk – both have required a number of volunteers to assist and are a key source of income to the Club – a huge thank you to those volunteers.

Like many Clubs, our activities are successful only due to the time, effort and dedication of our volunteers and with more events coming up over the summer, we need everyone to lend a hand at the following events:

  • Set up for the Touch Tournament from 10-12am and then dismantling it from about 5-7 pm on Saturday 9 June.
  • Set up for the Tilly Gala from 11-12:30 and then manning our burger stall from 13-16:00, on Sunday 17 June. 

These events bring in a significant amount of income that the Club needs to fund our plans for the seasons ahead – without everyone chipping in we cannot take the Club onward and upward!

Paddy ☘

 

Charity Touch Tournament in aid of Prostate Scotland

We’re hosting a touch rugby tournament on Saturday 9th June to raise money for Prostate Scotland. It will be normal touch rugby rules with the added rule that each team must have at least one female player playing at all times. Every team will get plenty of games throughout the afternoon and there will be live music and a Shorts n Shades party in the evening.  

Why are we doing it? 

Most of us know, or will know, someone affected by prostate cancer or other prostate problems. We’re delighted to be hosting this tournament to raise funds for Prostate Scotland and to raise awareness of the conditions. All profits will be donated to Prostate Scotland. It will also be a cracking day of rugby with friends old and new! 

If you’d like further information, check out the website, or please email Gavin at [email protected] or Derek at [email protected]

In celebration of Scotland’s spectacular 25-13 victory in this year’s NatWest 6 NationsScottish Rugby are taking the Calcutta Cup on tour, and we’re excited to announce that it will be making an appearance at our Prostate Scotland Touch Tournament this Saturday!

As if the prospect of a sunny afternoon in the park wasn’t enough, come down between 1pm and 2.30pm to see the famous trophy…you might even be lucky enough to get your hands on it!

 

The Annual General Meeting

Finally, we plan to hold our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 14 June 2018 at 7pm.  If you would like to volunteer to join the Committee, raise any issues or questions for the current Committee – please speak to Derek Paterson on 07736466398.  

 

Child Protection and PVG

As the Club’s Child Protection Officer, I would like to make a fresh start on everyone’s PVG status.  To that end can I ask everyone who is interested in assisting the Junior or Youth Sections to see me at the Touch Tournament this Saturday, touch on Tuesday (12th) and AGM on Thursday (14th), or the Tilly Gala 16th to get a new form from me and complete it for next season.  Many thanks,

Paddy

 

Future of the Youth Side

Things are looking positive, but more to follow next week and on social media!

Paddy

 

This weekend’s Action:

Saturday

  • Hillfoots RFC Charity Touch Tournament in aid of Prostate Scotland, kick off at 1pm.  Please help set up from 10am if you can (you may even get a free beer token!).

 

 

March 2018

Hillfoots Weekly News 31th March

 

What a Super Saturday!

What a fantastic Saturday we had last weekend!  The 1st XV travelled down the road to Dundee and put on a great show against Morgan Academy FP RFC who could not compete against the ‘Foots fast pace and well executed drills.  It’s all to play for this weekend!  The table shows that we retain our slender lead over Blairgowrie by a point and I am sure that the team will be focussed on finishing the season in style with a bonus point win, loads of tries and more great rugby.  We would love to see you all down in the Park to support the team and see in the season in style!  The Bar will be open and we have live music to kick the evening off in style!
The Rams had a cracking result at home against our friendly rivals Bannockburn – great to see the mix of wise old heads and aspiring young players! Hopefully this season’s ‘developmental league’ will put in a good position to have some regular rugby next season and develop the depth to our sides that we need to progress ever further!

While not a win, the Youth had a fantastic game of rugby against Blairgowrie at Falkirk on Sunday.  It was real end to end rugby with the visitors ultimately coming away with a win 38 to 31.

Finally – our raffle for some great prizes has been launched on the website where you can electronically enter the raffle, or wait and get a paper ticket tomorrow.  The prizes are outstanding!  A unique Scotland shirt signed by some of the touring All Blacks from last year’s Autumn International; a Scotland shirt signed by the Calcutta Cup winning Squad; and a fantastic bottle of whisky kindly donated by Russell Sharp.  You have got to be in it to win it!
 
Paddy ☘️????
 

The Hillfoots Raffle!

This is your chance to get your hands on some special rugby memorabilia! 

It ranges from a unique Scotland Rugby Shirt signed by some of the New Zealand Touring side from last year’s Autumn Internationals, a Scotland rugby shirt signed by the Calcutta Cup winning side and for the whisky drinkers one of the last remaining bottles of whisky from the Rosebank Distillery in Falkirk.  All you have to do is see one of the members of the Club with paper tickets or sign up using Go-Cardless using this link and we will enter you in the raffle.
 

The one ticket gives you the chance of winning one of the three prizes!

Back in November, Eddie Inglis and I were honoured to have been invited to the President’s Suite for the Scotland v New Zealand match.  We had a fantastic day meeting more or less every possible former Scottish international – not least the indomitable Doddie Weir who launched his charity that evening.  For those that do not know, the players from both sides eat in a different room from us mere mortals and then come in briefly for the Captain’s speeches, presentation of first caps and a quick beer if they are lucky!  I had planned ahead and had bought a Scotland shirt and went around as many All Blacks as I could find to ask them to sign the shirt that we are now raffling – the signatures were scribbled on my hand, back and any surface that I could find for them to lean on!  I do not think I am exaggerating by saying it is unique!  You can clearly see, Kieran Reid under the thistle, Steve Hansen and Beauden Barrett, Ardie Savea, Sam Kane, Sonny Bill Williams, Sam Whitelock to name but a few!
 

 For only £10 you have the chance of winning this unique shirt!
Click here to enter!

We were also fortunate to have had the opportunity to send our Club Development Officer Barry Munro to experience Murrayfield and the Captain’s Run prior to the Calcutta game!  Barry was royally hosted by the SRU and Al Kellock who took the lucky few around the stadium on a grand tour.  The highlight was having the opportunity to get autographs from the team, so Barry has kindly given us this shirt to auction off too!  While not as unique as the All Black’s shirt – it will be a reminder of that special day when Scotland fought and won the Calcutta Cup back!  Most rugby internationals seem incapable of writing legibly, but I am reliably informed that it is Greig Laidlaw’s signature under the thistle and Finn Russell’s opposite that!  The rest you will have to decipher!

 For only £10 you have the chance of winning this fantastic memento of a great Calcutta Cup win!

Click here to enter! 

Last but by no means least we have a treat for whisky connoisseurs!  Sadly the Rosebank Distillery at Camelon, founded in 1798 stopped distilling in 1993 before being sold off and developed as houses.  Thanks to Russell Sharp, who has graciously given the Club a bottle of 12 year old Single Malt from the distillery.  It was described in its heyday as a ‘light and distinctive’ malt whose flavour was well-balanced – many considered it to be the finest Lowland malt and Jim Murray (of the Complete Book of Whisky fame) believes it should rank in the top five of all Scottish Malts!  If you Google it you will see that the Whisky Exchange is selling a bottle for £375 and the Whisky Barrel is selling a bottle for £1999.96!
 

For only £10 you have the chance of winning this historic bottle of whisky!

 

Hillfoots Rams 46 – Bannockburn RFC – 17

The Rams welcomed old rivals Bannockburn RFC to Tillicoultry on Saturday hoping to get revenge for a narrow defeat imposed by the visitors earlier in the season.  The Rams started the match well and soon had the Bannockburn defence under pressure and were rewarded when David Cree scored a try after some great play. Jack McClymont increased the Rams lead when he finished off another fine move.  As to be expected, Bannockburn started to win some ball of their own and started to make gains into the Rams territory. The home defence held and in fact scored again when scrum half, Lewis Coutts took a quick tap penalty and outpaced the visitors defence to touch down under the posts. Gregor Manson added the conversion.  Bannockburn responded with some more forays into the Hillfoots half and were successful when they scored a converted try of their own. The Rams responded with a try scored by David Davidson to take them into the break with a 22- 7 lead.

The second half got under way in much the same fashion as the first and it was not long before Jack McClymont another try which was converted by Manson.  For the next twenty minutes it was the visitors who dominated play and got themselves back into the match when they scored two tries.
As the match entered the final quarter it was a try from Gavin Spowage that took the steam out of the Bannockburn fightback.  As the clock wore down to no side the Rams secured a good win when Manson converted a fine try scored by David Simpson. Mitch McEwan added the icing to the cake when he crashed over in the last play of the game.

 

Easter Rugby Camp @ Hillfoots RFC

 

This weekend’s Action:

Saturday

  • The 1st XV are at home to Carnoustie RFC with a 3pm kickoff, in our last league game of the season.  With only 1 point between us and 1,000 points scored this season and Blairgowrie chasing us all the way to the end, here’s hoping to lost more points to see the season out in style!

Sunday:

  • It’s Easter Sunday!  If you need to run off your Easter eggs, come down to the Park at 1000 for a fun game of Tag rugby – all ages from 5 to 75 can play!

Weekly Junior Information for 31 March

 
BLUF – 
  • All players home for training/joint touch depending on numbers.
 

Tillicoultry Primary School Taster Sessions

Well done to Barry for leading a taster session in Tilly Primary – the kids loved their lunchtime run around – hopefully we can get a few more enticed to play the game in the Park on Sundays! 

 

Easter Rugby Camp @ Hillfoots RFC

 
Touch rugby: from Youth to Cast-ups touch rugby
Come along from 7pm until 830pm every Tuesday and Thursday(until 8) at Alva Academy astro-turf for some great touch!  We welcome everyone from S1 up to the oldest and boldest Cast-tups player!  Remember no metal studs are permitted.

Barry 
 

Dates for the Diary:

Next week – everyone is training at home!

 

Hillfoots Weekly News 17th March – Happy St Pat’s — copy

 

What a Super Saturday!

OK – I won’t gloat too much, but what a fantastic end of the Six Nations for Ireland!  Its always good to beat England (as the Scots well know), but even better to do it at Twickenham the same week that their coach provides even more reason to want to beat the auld enemy by calling your nation ‘scummy’!  What a shame that England actually came 5th in the league table!
Scotland managed to pull off a late win in Italy much to everyone’s relief in the Clubhouse and the travelling supporters in Rome!  

Last but by no means least, the winner of £400 from the Century Club was Alan Manson!  To date, he has won £1400 from the Century Club having won the last mega draw at the Dinner Dance too!  This Club gives some of the best odds and invests in the Club too.  You can still sign up for the next draw for £400 which will be at the Annual Dance.  

Finally – this weekend starts to bring the season to a close.  The Rams take on local rivals Bannockburn at Tilly Park at 3pm – it would be great to see everyone in the Park shouting them on!  The Bar obviously will be open to see the season in!  Meanwhile the 1sts travel into darkest Fife to play bottom of the table Morgan.  It will not be an easy game with Morgan giving us a good game with only 12 men when they visited us!  Our lead to the top of the table is by a slender point, so maximum tries and a bonus point is definitely required!
 
Paddy ☘️????
 

Easter Rugby Camp @ Hillfoots RFC

 

This weekend’s Action:

Saturday

  • The Rams are at home to Bannockburn RFC with a 3pm kickoff, while the 1st XV are away to Madras RFC. 

Sunday:

  • Juniors – P1-P7 home training from 10am
  • S1/S2 playing as Hillkirk vs Blairgowire at Falkirk RFC for an 1115 meet with a 12pm kick off.  If you need a lift let us know in the Youth Facebook page.
 

Weekly Junior Information for 18 March

 

 
BLUF – NOTE LATER START DUE TO HALF MARATHON
  • Juniors: P1-P7 at Home vs Glasgow Accies, Strathhendrick and Kinross. It’s an 1100 meet for an 1115 kick off. Please wear a Doddie headband and bring a donation towards Doddie Weirs MND Charity – more below:
  • Juniors:  Teas and coffees will be in the Bar so we would like as many mums and dads to help us to host the visitors -please bring your usual fantastic home baking.
  • S1/S2 away with Hillkirk vs Blairgowire (PH10 6TR) for an 1115 meet with a 12pm kick off.  If you need a lift let us know in the Youth Facebook page.
  • S3/S4 away with Falkirk vs Cumbernald (G67 4HA) for a 1245 meet.
 

A Headbandage for Doddie

Following on from a great suggestion by Strathendrick, on Sunday we would like all of our P1-P7 teams to wear a iconic Doddie Weir head bandage during their festival.  We would like everyone to donate, whether that be the kids giving up their pocket money or Mum and Dad giving their change to the bucket for his worthy charity.  You can find out more about Doddie’s fund rasing at this link.

 

Tillicoultry Primary School Taster Sessions

Well done to Barry for leading a taster session in Tilly Primary – the kids loved their lunchtime run around – hopefully we can get a few more enticed to play the game in the Park on Sundays! 

 

Easter Rugby Camp @ Hillfoots RFC

 

Touch Rugby – from Youth to Cast-ups!

 

Come along from 7pm until 830pm every Tuesday and Thursday(until 8) at Alva Academy astro-turf for some great touch!  We welcome everyone from S1 up to the oldest and boldest Cast-tups player!  Remember no metal studs are permitted.

Barry 
 

Dates for the Diary:

Next week – everyone is training at home!

Hillfoots Weekly News 17th March – Happy St Pat’s

 

It’s Super Saturday!

Well its time for Super Saturday!  We will have not one but FOUR winners this weekend, with the opportunity to celebrate in the Club!

First off, we have Scotland traveling to Italy – will Townsend’s boys be able to reinforce Italy’s poor showing this season with a convincing win at the Stadio Olimpico?  We were again fortunate to get a great mention last weekend in the Ireland v Scotland programme thanks to Jamie!

Attention then moves to Twickenham where England are out for revenge against Ireland for ruining their back to back Grand Slam last year in Dublin.  Will the ‘scummy Irish’ (according to Eddie Jones) be able to win only their third Grand Slam?  If Jones’ comments combined with St Patrick’s Day and the Irish luck at Cheltenham this week aren’t enough to do it, I am snot sure what is!

We then have Wales v France.  I think that this will be one of the cracking games of the tournament – both sides have nothing to lose other than their pride!  I hope we will be graced with some fantastic and daring rugby!

Last but by no means least, the final winner will be someone from the Rugby Club who will walk away with £400 from the Century Club!  This Club gives some of the best odds and invests in the Club too.  You can still sign up for the next draw which will be at the Annual Dance.  

Finally – Happy St Patrick’s day, I hope that you enjoy this great weekend of rugby whatever team you support!  The bar will be open for the matches this Saturday – hope to see you in the Park or Clubhouse this weekend to enjoy the banter and craic!
 
Paddy ☘️????
 

A Headbandage for Doddie

Following on from a great suggestion by Strathendrick, on Sunday we would like all of our P1-P7 teams and supporters to wear a iconic Doddie Weir head bandage during their festival.  We would like everyone to donate, whether that he the kids giving up their pocket money or Mum and Dad giving their change to the bucket for his worthy charity.  You can find out more about Doddie’s fund rasing at this link.
 

Speed & Agility Workshop – Hillfoots RFC

Thanks to Peter Jericevich from the SRU for running a great S&C workshop for us last Monday.  These sessions are great for learning new skills and ‘best practice’ from one of the best coaches in Scotland – Peter coaches the Scotland Women’s team.  The sessions are not just for coaches, but players and supporters who play other sports will always learn some transferable skills and drills! 

 

Well done to Barry for leading a taster session in Tilly Primary – the kids loved their lunchtime run around – hopefully we can get a few more enticed to play the game in the Park on Sundays! 

 

Easter Rugby Camp @ Hillfoots RFC

 

This weekend’s Action:

It’s Super Saturday!

  • The Clubhouse will be roaring to: Italy v Scotland, with a kick off at 1230; England v Ireland at 1445; and finally Wales v France at 1700!  Come down and shout on your team!

Sunday:

  • Juniors: P1-P7 at Home vs Glasgow Accies, Strathendrick and Kinross. It’s an 1100 meet for an 1115 kick off. Please wear a Doddie headband and bring a donation towards Doddie Weirs MND Charity – more below:
  • Juniors:  Teas and coffees will be in the Bar so we would like as many mums and dads to help us to host the visitors -please bring your usual fantastic home baking.
  • S1/S2 away with Hillkirk vs Blairgowire (PH10 6TR) for an 1115 meet with a 12pm kick off.  If you need a lift let us know in the Youth Facebook page.
  • S3/S4 away with Falkirk vs Cumbernald (G67 4HA) for a 1245 meet.
 
 

February 2018

Hillfoots Weekly News 25 Feb

 

Last Week in Review

Another big weekend of rugby awaits us!  What great games we have on show – Scotland take on the unbeaten England, who the ‘head’ would say must be favourites.  However, the ‘heart’ must be with Scotland!  I am sure that the spectators and the occasion will add that extra special lift to the Scottish teams as they hope to regain the Calcutta Cup after 10 years!  Meanwhile Ireland take on Wales – will the Welsh spoil Ireland’s chances of that Grand Slam game on St Patrick’s Day in Twickenham?  And finally, can Italy beat the French – I would say that Connor O’Shea must fancy his chances!

One of the great things about rugby is the banter and craic – especially as the English are so easy to wind up!  What is your answer to this famous BBC ad?



Finally, having spent last Friday afternoon speed filling out our RugbyForce application, I was delighted that Barry was selected to be one of 15 guests at the Captain’s Run at Murrayfield today!  After breakfast at Murrayfield with Ali Kellock, he will get to watch the training and then get a full behind the scenes tour!

The bar will be open for the matches this Saturday – hope to see you in the Park or Clubhouse this weekend to enjoy the banter and craic!
Paddy ☘️
 

 
 

The 1st XV v Kirkcaldy 2nd XV

After some heavy rain, Saturday 17th Feb saw Hillfoots XV host Kirkcaldy 2’s. This game was the last game before a four week break due to the 6 Nations fixtures, so both teams were looking to put it a shift and leave nothing out on the field. The conditions were cold and the pitch was heavy, and as the match kicked off, the visitors built some momentum and capitalised on some small errors by the hosts. After the first 5 minutes though, Hillfoots found their stride and started to build some attacking phases and began to score some early tries, after some excellent line breaks. The first half ended with Hillfoots scoring 4 tries with no reply from Kirkcaldy.

The second half began with Hillfoots playing in their opponent’s half for long periods and they scored 2 more well worked tries, one of them with an excellent individual break from the Hillfoots fullback who received a clearance kick and broke around the outside of the Kirkcaldy centres and ran over half the field to score. The rest of the game became a little more of a contested game as Kirkcaldy defended well at times and applied some of their own pressure on the home team. The game finished 38-0 to Hillfoots XV.  The Hillfoots 2nd XV, the Rams played away at Bannockburn RFC in a close game that finished 16-12. Both teams have a break for a few weeks, the Rams host Aberfeldy on 10th March and Hillfoots 1st XV travel to Morgan RFC on 24th March.

 

The Rams v Bannockburn 1st XV

A hard fought match at Bannockburn – not bad when the the cumulative age of the forwards maxed out at 340!

 

This weekend’s Action:

Saturday:

  • No matches for the seniors – come down t the Club if you are not heading to Murrayfield!

Sunday:

  • Juniors are training at home in the Park from 10am.
  • Youth (S1 to S4) are training in Falkirk from 10am.

 

 

 

Weekly Junior Information for 25 Feb

 

 
 
Cold weather cancellation are always a worry this time of year.  We always aim to train and adjust our practices if the ground is too hard for contact.  If we are forced to, any cancellation will be notified by email and on social media.

Barry 
BLUF:
 
  • (P1 to P7)  home training 1000 to 1130.
  • (S1 to S4) are training at home with Falkirk from 10:00 to 11:30
 
Touch rugby: from Youth to Cast-ups touch rugby
Come along from 7pm until 830pm every Tuesday and Thursday(until 8) at Alva Academy astro-turf for some great touch!  We welcome everyone from S1 up to the oldest and boldest Cast-tups player!  Remember no metal studs are permitted.

Barry 
 

Dates for the Diary:

  • 4th of March home tournament  
  • 11th of March away to Kirkaldy