Author - Paddy Sherrard

September 2017

Hillfoots Weekly News 22 September

 

 

Last Weekend in Review!

What a cracking weekend of rugby – the Firsts christened their smart new tops with a 110-14 win over Panmure and the Rams were victorious in the local derby at Alloa, winning 51-7.  Not only that, but our Youth team hosted Falkirk S1/S2s for a combined training session and match, as the Tigers trained in the Park. Meanwhile in Glasgow, the rest of the Junior Club had a cracking day away playing Accies and GHK.

Read on to find out what is on this weekend and please sign up for a free test drive with Mitsubishi to earn £30 of kit for the Club!

Paddy

 

Free Kit for the Club!

 The SRU have teamed up with Mitsubishi to offer Clubs rugby kit if their members book a test drive through our local dealer in Stirling. An hour of your time will get the Club £30 worth of kit! So if you have an hour spare in the next few weeks, please sign up through the link below!

Hillfoots RFC are part of the Kit 4 Clubs scheme and we need your help to raise funds. Follow the link here to help us earn money towards new kit and equipment courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK.

You can find out more in this clip here.

Come along to the club and find out who will be making an appearance next week…

Hillfoots 1st XV

Saturday 15th Sept set up to be a great day for rugby, as the weather was cool but sunny, with Hillfoots 1st XV hosting Panmure RFC. The Hillfoots XV started the game well and scored a couple of early tries and the visitors responded with their own 2 tries. The visitors contested well in the first 20 minutes of the game, which took the host team by surprise. As the game continued, Hillfoots started to break through the defensive line on a couple more of occasions and started to stretch Panmure even more, before the end of the half. At half time the score comfortable reflected the possession the home team had. 
The second half saw Hillfoots capitalise on the visitors’ defensive mistakes and the first 20mins of the half saw the hosts playing fast and expansive rugby and putting a few more tries past the visitors without a reply. The game ended well and it was a great game to watch for the home spectators, the game ended 110-14. Hillfoots XV are now preparing for a short away trip to Stirling County 3’s. 

The Rams

The Rams took the short trip along to Alloa for the first local derby of the season on Saturday.
 The match started at a frantic pace with both sides looking to take an early advantage. It was Alloa who opened the scoring with a well taken penalty goal. The Rams retaliated with some probing attacks and were asking questions of the home defence. Centre Jack McClymont finished off a great move when he scored a try near the Alloa posts. Gregor Manson landed the conversion. As the half wore on it was end to end stuff but it was Hillfoots who scored again when McCymont grabbed  his second try of the game and take the Rams into half time with a 12 – 3 lead.
The second half got under way in much the same manner as the first with both sides looking to attack at every opportunity. The Hillfoots lads were more clinical in their finishing an extended their lead through tries from Brendan McNulty and Alex Cameron, Manson added 1 conversion. The home side’s efforts were rewarded when they scored a converted try of their own. The Rams went on to seal the game with tries from Barry Munro, Callum Murray and another from Cameron. Manson added another conversion. Alloa scored another converted try as the match drew to a close.
This was a good performance by the Rams and will hopefully stand them in good stead when they travel to Howe of Fife next Saturday.

Thanks to Lynne and her staff for yet another fantastic Club Lunch prior to the game and the players’ food after the match.  You really can’t beat £15 for a 3 course meal and wine in such great company…  By all accounts it’s Dav’s turn to buy a bottle of port for the next lunch!
Speak to BJ if you can make the next one on 7 October.

 

Who won £400 from the
Century Club?

Congratulations to Club Captain Iain Nicholson who won the Season’s first draw of £400 in the Century Club!  You have to be in it to win it, so sign up here for your chance to win £400 at the Christmas Party!

The Legendary Davie Cree

Congratulations to the legendary Davie Cree on playing his 200th game for Hillfoots RFC!

We plan on celebrating all of our Club Legends at a dinner night in the New Year at the Club, watch this space….

 

Weekly Junior Information for 24 September 2017


BLUF:

    • Tigers (P1 & P2): Home training 1000-1130.
    • Juniors (P3 to  P7): The juniors are away to McLaren RFC (park in the Primary School Car Park, 6 Bridgend, Callander FK17 8AH) with combined teams at all levels from P3 to P7.  Please meet there at 1000 for a 1030 kick off.
    • Youth (S1-S2):  Following on from the success of last week’s combined training, the Youth (S1 and up) are playing with Falkirk against Kinross RFC at Falkirk (FK2 7YW). Please meet up there at 1015 for an 1100 kick off. 
    • We will endeavour to update FacebookTwitter and our webpage with this training update by Friday afternoon at the latest.  If you are not getting these emails, please check your Spam/Junk and if still not there ask another parent to forward it to you using the button above and let your coach know.

Free Kit for the Club!

 

The SRU have teamed up with Mitsubishi to offer Clubs rugby kit if their members book a test drive through our local dealer in Stirling. An hour of your time will get the Club £30 worth of kit! So if you have an hour spare in the next few weeks, please sign up through the link below!

Hillfoots RFC are part of the Kit 4 Clubs scheme and we need your help to raise funds. Follow the link here to help us earn money towards new kit and equipment courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK.

You can find out more in this clip here.


Fun and Games at Accies!

The Junior section travelled to the home of Glasgow Accies, joining with GHK. We had 3 P6 players who joined a Barbarian side with GHK to take on Glasgow Accies, winning both games (well done to Finn, Alex and Robert!). The P5 side continued their unbeaten run with comprehensive wins over two Accies sides and two GHK sides. The Accies and GHK coaches were particularly impressed with the P5 tackling and rucking as well as the speed of the players. Well done boys! Thanks must go to the parents who made the journey for this hastily rearranged fixture. The President of Accies is keen to ensure a repeat fixture next year and they will be visiting Hillfoots in March.


Dates for the Diary:

Please check the website for the most up-to-date fixtures

October:
1st – Juniors have matches against Lenzie at home; Youth will have training at home.

8th – Home training for everyone.

Please also sign up for our internet push message service called ‘Pushcrew’ when you visit the Club website to get the latest info about training.

Weekly Junior Information for 17 September 2017


BLUF:

    • THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE OF VENUE FOR SUNDAY!! We are now playing GHK and Glasgow Accies away at Accies ground in Glasgow (18 Helensburgh Dr, Glasgow G13 1RS).  GHK were meant to come to us, but their fixture secretary double booked them and we were asked if we could go to Accies instead of us hosting GHK – this way we can get 3 games rather than just 2!!!  Please let us or your coaches know as soon as possible if you can make it so that we can let Accies know for catering purposes. P3-P7 away and P1-P2 will train at home as usual. Don’t forget to bring your gum shield and water.
    • The Youth (S1 and up) are training at home from 1000 until 1145.  We will be training with Falkirk RFC.
    • Some have asked for a Facebook Group to help organise teas and coffees, which is greatly appreciated.  Please search for ‘Hillfoots Junior RFC Supporters’ in Facebook Groups and request to join. 

Autumn Internationals

We now have the link to the Kids tickets – with the normal tickets sold out, this might be your only chance to get tickets!  We will only make this offer for the All Black and Australia matches.  

A few things to note:

  • We are limited to parents accompanying kids and a few extra chaperones (eg 40x U18s means a maximum of 10x adults), we will try to maximise the ticket bid where possible, but be aware that we will need to ensure the right number of PVG’ed adults as a priority.
  • Tickets are allocated by the SRU on a first come first served basis, so we cannot guarantee your tickets.
  • The first batch have been requested.
  • The next deadline will be 30 September – still 2 weeks before the SRU deadline – but I think even the kids tickets will be sold out by then…

Please click on the link below to pay for your tickets through GoCardless. Once you have made your payment please email [email protected] to confirm which match you want your tickets for and confirm your request in terms of numbers of child and adult tickets, as well as whether you wish to take a bus with the Club.

The links are below – sadly I cannot make every possible combination, so please make multiple payments to fit your order if you need to:

July 2017

Family Friendly Summer Tag Rugby back again this Friday!

Family Friendly Summer Tag Rugby

Our summer series of fortnightly family friendly tag rugby continues this Friday evening at 6pm.  We will play till about 7:15pm and then retire to the Clubhouse for a BBQ.

  • It embodies our Club motto ‘Everybody plays’ – so everyone from 4 to 84 whether boy, girl, mum, dad, granddad or even grandma can play!  

  • It’s also a great way to start the weekend – a BBQ (so no washing up dishes!) and perhaps a beer or two from the bar (adults only!).  It’s a bring your own/self-service BBQ – so bring whatever you want to eat and you can cook it on the Club’s BBQ.

Fingers crossed for good weather – see you on Friday!

Youth Training Restarts on Tuesday 

Our youth training will resume at Tilly Park next Tuesday and Thursday.  Come along to start at 7pm when Ian Hamilton our Senior Coach will lead a session focussed on skills, strength and conditioning.  We will do the same training as the seniors at the start, but obviously will do any contact within our proper age bands.  Barry Munro our new RDO will lead the training sessions every Tuesday and Thursday prior to the schools going back, we can then discuss whether you want to continue the mid week training once you start back at school.

 

May 2017

Family Friendly Summer Tag Rugby back again this Friday!

Family Friendly Summer Tag Rugby

Our summer series of fortnightly family friendly tag rugby continues this Friday evening at 6pm.  We will play till about 7:15pm and then retire to the Clubhouse for a BBQ.

  • It embodies our Club motto ‘Everybody plays’ – so everyone from 4 to 84 whether boy, girl, mum, dad, granddad or even grandma can play!  

  • It’s also a great way to start the weekend – a BBQ (so no washing up dishes!) and perhaps a beer or two from the bar (adults only!).  It’s a bring your own/self-service BBQ – so bring whatever you want to eat and you can cook it on the Club’s BBQ.

Get some practice in before the Charity Sevens Tournament on 10 June!  

Fingers crossed for good weather – see you tomorrow!

Junior Tour to Yorkshire a great success!

Players and officials from Hillfoots RFC are beaming with pride after successfully beating four junior teams from Yorkshire club Aireborough RFC last weekend.  The Club has taken boys from P6, P7, S1 and S2 age groups to Yorkshire for the past six years, but this year was the best yet!  Paddy Sherrard, the Junior Convenor for the Club arranged the matches against Aireborough RFC through an old school friend who now lives in Leeds.  Paddy said:

“The highlight of the Junior Season is our tour to Yorkshire – it’s a great mix of fun, education and rugby.  On the Saturday, the kids loved visiting Leeds Armouries in the morning before we challenged their head for heights and raft building.  On the Sunday we were royally hosted by Aireborough Rugby Club, the kids will not forget being welcomed by a large crowd and the skirl of the pipes!”

 
Aireborough’s piper piped both the teams onto the pitch where the kids stood proudly as the national anthems were played before playing a series of Sevens matches.  The Hillfoots players, set to playing and being more used to the Sevens game started to pile on the points, but the locals were not to be completely brow beaten and they also managed to score some great tries too.  However, just like our national Sevens team later that afternoon at Twickenham, the Scots were victorious.
 
Afterwards, players, coaches and families from both clubs joined together to enjoy a barbecue and live music in the car park at Nunroyd Park.  Matt Smith, chair of Aireborough’s junior section, said the club was thrilled at how the day had gone.  He commented:
 

“Hillfoots are a first class outfit, on and off the field, and it was a pleasure to welcome them to Nunroyd Park.  It was the first time in our history that we hosted a junior touring club and I am proud that we rose to the challenge.  Most importantly, many new friendships were forged and that it was rugby is all about.”

Youth Training

Our youth training will resume at Tilly Park this Friday.  Come along for the Tag at 6pm, or turn up for 7pm when Ian Hamilton our Senior Coach will lead a session focussed on skills, strength and conditioning.  The session will only last until 7:45 – meanwhile mum or dad can join in the fun at the Club house!  You can then join the BBQ and get a free burger/hot dog.

The plans for next season will start with pre-season training alongside the Senior Club from 20th June and will run every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.  We will do the same training, but obviously will do any contact within our age bands.  Find out more on Friday!

Family Friendly Summer Tag Rugby starts this Friday!

Family Friendly Summer Tag Rugby

Our summer series of fortnightly family friendly tag rugby starts this Friday evening at 6pm.  We will play till about 7:15pm and then retire to the Clubhouse for a BBQ.

  • It embodies our Club motto ‘Everybody plays’ – so everyone from 4 to 84 whether boy, girl, mum, dad, granddad or even grandma can play!  

  • It’s also a great way to start the weekend – a BBQ (so no washing up dishes!) and perhaps a beer or two from the bar (adults only!).  It’s a bring your own/self-service BBQ – so bring whatever you want to eat and you can cook it on the Club’s BBQ.

Fingers crossed for good weather – see you there.

An Evening with Nathan Bombrys, MD of Glasgow Warriors

You might be interested in the attending the next free Rugby Business Network Scotland’s networking event on Wednesday 24 May 2017 from 18:30 to 20:30 at PwC, 141 Bothwell Street, Glasgow.  An evening with the Managing Director of Glasgow Warriors, Nathan Bombrys, when you will hear from the inside how a modern professional rugby club works in Scotland and what plans there are for the future for this successful Scottish side.
 

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-nathan-bombrys-md-of-glasgow-warriors-tickets-34102734196?aff=es2

March 2017

Weekly Junior Information for 26 March 2017


BLUF:

  • Everyone is Home training this week at Hillfoots 1000 – 1130.

  • Please book your places on the Easter Rugby Camp and the P6, P7 and S1 Tour to Yorkshire – if you have booked, please check with Paddy that your name is on the list!


Hillfoots RFC are inviting you to join in the fun at our ‘Key National Themes’ Easter Camp.

As part of Clackmannanshire Council’s Active Easter Programme, Hillfoots will run a Key National Themes camp from Monday 3rd to Friday the 7th of April (first week of the Easter Holidays). The Camp will start at 9am and finish at 12.30pm each day. You do not have to be a member of the Club to attend this fantastic sporting event. Hillfoots is inviting boys and girls aged 5 to 14 to come and learn some fantastic fundamental skills from our highly accredited coaching team.

The Camp costs £50 for the five days of coaching or £10 a day.

Could I please ask you to re-book your place by emailing Paddy[email protected]


Hillfoots Annual Tour to Yorkshire

Building on the incredible success of the past five seasons, we’re delighted to announce that we are in the final stages of planning for our tour this year . Full details are below, so please register your interest by email on this link.

What?

This year, we will be playing Aireborough RFC in Leeds!  We will be staying in the excellent Carlton Lodge Outdoor Centre again for the Friday and Sat nights. The structure of the weekend is planned in outline as follows:

 

Fri 1 May

  • 4pm assemble in the clubhouse, 4.30 depart in bus to Carlton Minniot
  • Dinner on the way at Tebay Services
  • Arrive around 9pm, bed by 10pm!

Sat 2 May – all day                 

  • Morning – We will vote on whether to re-visit the excellent Leeds Armoury; or visit York and the National Railways Museum!
  • Afternoon – a range of team building and challenging activities during this day at the centre, focussing on team building, creative thinking and communication, including the Outdoor assault course, zipwires and the legendary raft building and race!!
  • Evening Entertainment – Kangaroo Court….

Sun 3 May – morning

  • Matches start at 10am
  • BBQ festival lunch
  • Leave at 2pm
  • Arrive at the Clubhouse around 6-7pm

 

Who?

This tour has a maximum of 30 places in total available, as a result, we are limiting this tour to P6, P7 and S1 age groups only at this stage.  There may be some places available for S2 players if they want to go for a fourth year nearer the time!

How much?

We have secured a really great deal with the centre and hope to keep the cost of the tour to £150 again this year, this will be finalised by 31 March.  This will cover the cost of a tour top, the coach throughout the tour, the B&B accommodation costs for the two nights, including a packed lunch on both days and dinner on the Saturday evening as well as the afternoon’s activities at the Centre.  The best way to pay is by electronic transfer, the bank details for the club is Sort Code:82-68-17 and Account Number 00037235 (it is the Clydesdale Bank in Tillicoultry).  Can you please make sure you put the following in the reference ‘JT-your surname’ in the reference (eg for me it would be ‘JT-Sherrard’).

Please reserve your place with a £50 deposit, payable by 31 March 2015, with final payment due by 24 April 2015.

 

 



Hillfoots RFC Dinner Dance & Awards - 6th May 2017

Calling all HRFC Players, Coaches, Members, Parents & Friends…

The annual Hillfoots RFC Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday 6th May in the Devonvale Hall.  Please come along to celebrate the club’s year and enjoy an evening of good food, music and friendship.

Tickets £30 including:

3-course dinner
Season Awards
Dancing to Ceilidhdonia
Licensed Bar ’til midnight

Tickets from [email protected] 


Dates for the Diary:

2nd April:

  • Home Training for everyone.

3rd-7th April:

  • Easter Rugby Camp – from 1000-1400 each day, focusing on your Key National Themes.

9th April:

  • Home Training for everyone.

16th April:

  • No Training – Easter Sunday.

23rd April:

  • Hillfoots Mini Tournament – this is our big day of the season!  We will have six clubs playing on the park and will need all hands on deck for home baking, teas and coffees!  Please speak to Paddy on Sunday if you can help out.

30th April:

  • Final Home Training for the Season and End of Season Awards.

Weekly Junior Information for 19 March 2017

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BLUF:
  • It’s the big day of our festival we will have nearly 300 kids playing rugby on the park!  
  • Fingers crossed for great weather!  Matches will be played from 1200-1430.
  • Its also the Alloa Half Marathon, so note the key period for the marathon through Tilly is 1030-1100.  To avoid this, please come along early at the normal time of 1000 and help set up!
  • Mums & Dads, we will need your help to make the day run smoothly, from bringing your fantastic home baking, to helping out with teas and coffees, to helping the coaches organise the matches – the kids cannot have a fun day without your support!
  • Youth – training at the Newfield in Dollar 1000-1130, or if you can’t get to Dollar, turn up and help out with the festival and you will be paid in hot dogs!

 

Hillfoots Rugby Festival 2017

On Sunday, we are hosting: Currie, Glasgow High Kelvinside, McLaren, Mackie, Kinross and Strathendrick.  Each club has been invited to bring teams from P3 through to P7. 

This is our biggest fund raising day of the year – we need your help, so please Mums and Dads:

– Bring along some baking (whether from home or the Co-op!).
– Help out with the teas and coffees (we will have a rota so you can see your kids play as well as help out).
– Help with the hot dogs.
– Help set up the pitches and return the park to normal at the end!

Note the car park will be out of bounds and parking will be difficult, so arrive early for easy parking!

 

Each age group will have two adjacent pitches.

  • P3:  Touch tournament will be located on the lower end of the park on Pitches marked B nearest the clubhouse.
  • P4: Tournament will be located on the football pitch on Pitch Area C.
  • P5: Tournament will be located on the 2nd XV pitch at Pitch Area D.
  • P6: Tournament will be located on the 2nd XV pitch at Pitch Area E.
  • P7: Tournament will be located on the 1st XV pitch at on Pitch Area F.

The aim of the day is to have as many kids playing as many matches as possible – flexibility will be key!
 
There will be no central briefing – All age group coaches will meet up with the Hillfoots coach for their age group at 1150 to confirm playing times and numbers on the pitch for each age group.  We hope to have the kick offs at 1200 and to finish no later than 1430.

 

Dates for the Diary:

26th of March

  • Home training for everyone (early finish for Mothers’ Day!) – lets try not to get too mucky!

Please note that the Website calendar is now up to date and has all of our summer Tag Training detailed – more to follow!  
Please also sign up for our internet push message service to get the latest info about training.

 

 

 

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February 2017

Weekly Junior Information for 12 February 2017

 

BLUF:

 

Youth, Juniors and Tigers Back at Hillfoots

Every age group will be at normal training from 1000-1130
 

Madras apologise for not having the numbers available to properly visit us and hope to re-schedule later this season.  From their P7 coach:
“We would really appreciate if you could let them know that it would have been great to have gone along, as our last match with them was just super! It was really played in the spirit in which rugby should be played – a nice bunch of kids!”

 

Fingers crossed that the weather will keep the ground from freezing.  Unless there is a very hard frost combined with freezing temperatures, training will be on!  We can avoid any contact and tackling, but there are plenty of skills that we can focus on!  If there is no message on the club’s facebook page by 0930, training is definitely on!
 

Great win for Hillfoots RFC U14 v Kirkcaldy U14, 50-5

Well done to the U14s who last week beat a very spirited Kirkcaldy side 50-5.  Despite the quagmire and a slight drizzle that made the ball a bar of soap, both sides tried to play an open and fluid game.  Hillfoots came out on top, by maintaining a great attacking shape and demonstrating true grit and determination in defence.  It was great to see the boys from both Academies play so well together – hopefully, we will be able to exploit their success next season when we aim to play both a U15 and a U14 side.
 

Dates for the Diary:

19 of February

  • Tigers and Youth – Home Training back at Tillicoultry park training times 1000 – 1130.
  • Junior Section – Not on the fixture list – Away to a festival at the Howe of Fife (Cupar).

 

 

December 2016

Weekly Junior Information for 22 January 2017

BLUF:
Tigers – P1/2s – Home training at back at Hillfoots, Tillicoultry Park, 1000-1130
Juniors – P3-P7 – Away to Madras, 1000 meet for 1100 kick off
Youth – S1/2 Home training at Hillfoots, 1000-1200


Youth and Tigers Back at Hillfoots

We are now back to training at Hillfoots at Tillicoultry park, The Tigers and Youth section will be training at home at the normal times 1000-1130.  Remember to wrap up warm!


P3-P7 Away at the Madrascals Festival

For everyone travelling to Madras please make this a big turnout for our first festival of the new year – it is always a great day!  A few details:

  • Meet.   Please meet at Madras RFC between 1000-1030am with the kick off planned to be 1100am.
  • Kit.  Don’t forget to bring plenty of layers and a waterproof top to keep the wind off – while St Andrews tends to avoid the weather in terms of snow and frost, it certainly is windy!  P4 and upwards also need a gum shield as you back with contact!  (P3s are still touch – a gum shield is recommended, but not mandated.)
  • Parking.  Post code: KY16 9SP.  Please note that there is limited parking on the roads adjacent to Station Park. Free parking is available at Petherum Bridge Car Park (on the opposite side of the A91 from Station Park), and at the West Sands (some distance away but you can cut across The Old Course as there is no play on a Sunday).
  • Catering.  Refreshment boxes containing crisps, chocolate bar, fruit and a drink to keep the players energy levels and strength up during the day will be provided for coaches to uplift at the time of registration in the clubhouse. Food for non-players will also be available in the clubhouse and around the pitches.
  • Dogs.  Please kindly note that dogs are not allowed on Station Park. There have been unfortunate incidents with dogs in the past.  Dogs and their owners will be required to leave the grounds to meet the Local Authority playing field rules.
  • Bad Weather.  Fingers crossed for the sun!  However, in the event that the weather necessitates a cancellation of the event, a decision will be made by 8.30 am at the latest on the day of the tournament.

Next Week – 29 January:
Tigers and Juniors – Home Training back at Tillicoultry park training times 1000 – 1130
Youth Section – Home Vs Grangemouth, KO tbc