Hillfoots currently operate two senior XV’s plus a veterans’ team, The Cast Tups, for over 35’s (or anyone who’s generally clapped-out). The 1st XV currently plays in Caledonia Division 1. Having finished runners-up in both the 2010-11 & 2011-12 seasons, the club is hoping to go one better in 2012-13 and to ultimately gain promotion back to the National Leagues. The 2nd XV play in Midlands Division 1 and were League winners in 2011-12.
The 1st and 2nd XV squads train together on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, enjoying the advantages of the all weather floodlit pitches at Alva Academy during the worst of the winter months. We have a young but talented group although the average age is increased by one or two old timers who still have a few more seasons in their legs! Our established players are kept on their toes each season by the latest influx from our successful U18’s squad.
The 1st XV is currently unbeaten at home since September 2010 and anyone who has been down to watch us will tell you that we play a fast, skillful and exciting style of rugby. We are an ambitious club on and off the field. The aim for this season and for the seasons ahead is for each of our teams to win their league and to do so by playing a brand of rugby that’s exciting to watch and fun to play.
Not as good looking as the 1st XV and not old enough to be Cast Tups, limbo. However, at Hillfoots, the 2nd XV are not to be sniffed at! They were league winners in 2011-12, and contest a newly competitive league for 2012-13 including some Club’s 1st XV teams. In addition, some of the 2011-12 season U18 players are now in teh adult game adding a significant contribution of youth & ability to the team.
Older limbs and aching backs are lubricated by a dash of pitchside Port (or Nurse McReedy’s surgical bruise lotion – tangy on the tastebuds!). This bunch of old buggers are still capable of a quick dash around the field & the odd scrum or two provided they aren’t too worse for wear following their weekly catch up in The Woolpack Inn (proud sponsors to the team), the previous evening.
Generably uncoachable as far as rugby is concerned, they remain an enigma to all but their wives & partners who let them off the leash for a good leg stretch on match days. The very keen can train on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 7pm. This involves a friendly & lively touch game for an hour or so.