Hillfoots Weekly News 5 NovemberPaddy Sherrard
Hillfoots RFC 5 – Grangemouth Stags 19
Saturday 29th October saw two big clubs come head-to-head in a league fixture. Both teams had come into the game looking for a win so anticipation was high for a crunch match between Hillfoots RFC First XV and the Grangemouth Stags First XV. It was a typical cool, cloudy and moist day in this beautiful part of Scotland but the atmosphere was electric with both clubs wanting a ‘BIG’ win. The game saw many spectators on both sides of the field supporting their teams in good spirit and they created an environment that would spur on their team.
As the Hillfoots Rams had kicked off a few minutes earlier than the First XV game, Rugby was the only topic of the day in Tillicoultry. The game kicked off and both teams tussled with each other to try and set dominance in the game, so they could control the flow of the game and dictate what part of the field to play in. It was looking like an even game until the Stags broke the dead lock with a try. Hillfoots fought hard to find the rebuttal but it was unsuccessful, but both teams continued to work hard to win the upper hand over their opponents. Hillfoots showed so excellent pieces of magic with a few line breaks and looked to try and build some momentum but it wasn’t to be as The Stags added a second try. Hillfoots eventually found the try they were looking for after an excellent set piece move off a line out and it brought the scores closer. However, The Stags continued to put on the pressure with some well placed kicking their kept Hillfoots out of their 22. The final score was 5-19 to Grangemouth and a long hard fought battle from both teams.
Hillfoots Rams – 60, Glenrothes 2nd xv – 14
The Ram welcomed Glenrothes RFC to Tillicoultry on Saturday. Glenrothes started well and were recycling the ball and making inroads into Rams territory. The Rams defence held firm and after securing a turnover scored the first try of the game when Mark McKinnon sprinted from deep inside his own half and passed to Kev Aitken to touchdown. The Rams really got into their stride and dominated the rest of the half with tries from Callum Murray(2), Niall McKenzie and a fine solo effort from Grant Carmichael. Cammy Sinclair added 3 conversions to give the Rams a healthy 31 point lead going into the break.
The second half continued in the same vain as the first with Bryan Conlan adding his name to the list of try scorers when he crossed the whitewash after a fine run. As expected the Glenrothes lads did not let their heads go down and scored 2 converted tries of their own. This was to be the Ram’s day and going into the final quarter Kev Aitken scored his second try of the match. The Rams pace and fitness paid dividends as John Ferguson, Cammy Sinclair and Mark McKinnon all crossed the Glenrothes try line with Sinclair slotting 2 more conversions as full time approached.
Although the final score would indicate a comfortable win for the Rams the reality is that they had to work hard and the potential shown in previous games came to the fore resulting in their best performance of the season so far. The Rams will need to take this level of performance into next week when they go to Bridgehaugh to face league leaders Stirling County RFC.
The Cast Tups Need You!
At Hillfoots RFC we have a tradition for Vet’s rugby, and are known as “The Cast Tups”, an identity that is recognised and feared as the Kilted Warriors throughout Scotland, France, Belgium and Italy.
The Cast Tups identity across France and Europe is as a result of our participation in the prestigious Vets Festival hosted by ‘Les Independents’ Beauvais RFC, where ‘The Cast Tups’ have fronted up against teams from Clermont, Stade Francias, Toulouse, to name a few, however more importantly we have cemented friendships that only can be forged through rugby that remain today. Hillfoots Cast Tups are members of the ‘European Veterans Rugby Association’ (EVRA). Through EVRA association Hillfoots Cast Tups now receive invitations to Veteran Rugby Festivals throughout Europe, and some of them seem amazing. Hillfoots hope in the future to host a European Festival, however we need to get a squad together to allow us to participate in our own and other festivals.
Hillfoots, intend to host a local Festival in April/May 2017 however we need players, so if you are of that age, but would still enjoy playing, fancy giving it a go, its fun, get in touch. If we get numbers games against local clubs will be arranged, clubs are waiting to play us…
Please get in touch with Peter Norman
Avoid the hassles of getting into Murrayfield by car or train!
The Club has organised a bus to see Scotland take on Australia in one of this year’s great autumn internationals! The bus will only be £10 for the return trip!
Please email Niall if you want a seat asap!
This weekend’s action:
5 November – The 1st XV are home to Kinross and the Rmas are away to Stirling County 3rds. Both with a 1400 kick off.
6 November: Juniors are at home entertaining Watsonians and Ellon with a 1030 meet for a 1100 kick off. The Youth are away to Glenrothes with a 1030 meet.
Check the webpage for more detail