December 2017

Hillfoots Weekly News 8 Demember

 

The highlight of last week was undoubtedly Jamie Bhatti presenting the Scotland Shirt that he wore against Australia in Scotland’s fantastic win!  It was great that Jamie took time out of his busy schedule to come back to the Club, chat with his old coaches and former teammates as well as inspire the next generation of international players!  

Jamie started playing rugby at Hillfoots and epitomizes the Club’s hope to take its kids all the way from ‘Minis to Murrayfield’.  Jamie’s meteoric rise illustrates the development pathway from grassroots rugby at ‘Foots, through to playing for County, Caledonia and Scotland Youth squads then Melrose and now as the starting prop for Glasgow Warriors and what an impact sub for Scotland!  We are really grateful that Jamie took time off following Warriors win over Cardiff on Friday night before heading back to Glasgow to prepare for training the next day!

This Saturday sees a bumper weekend of rugby at Tilly Park with Hillfoots 1stXV hosting Falkirk 2nd’s, while the Hillfoots Rams host Aberfeldy. We are also delighted to welcome some of our great sponsors to lunch to thank them for their support throughout the season.  

Hope to see you in the Park or in the Club!

 Paddy
 

1st XV Match Report

 
St. Andrews was the venue for the first match for the Hillfoots 1st XV since before the Autumn Internationals, as Madras RFC hosted them for keenly anticipated game of rugby. Both teams started the game with intent with Madras dominating possession for the first 5-10 minutes however, the Hillfoot’s defence was up to the challenge and soaked up the pressure and remained disciplined. Shortly after this wave of attack, the Hillfoots regained possession and their attacking threat began to penetrate the Madras defence and scored 5 tries in the first half, with no reply from the hosts. The visitors went into the half-time with a comfortable and flattering lead which did not do justice to Madras’ level of possession and sniping runs. 

The second half began brightly for the visitors and they scored a couple of early tries which put the game beyond Madras’ reach.  Hillfoots played quickly and with confidence in their system, which began to hurt the hosts as the scores started to mount up. Towards the end of the game, Hillfoots conceded a series of penalties which put Madras within a scoring opportunity, to which they capitalised and they scored a late consolation try. The scored ended up being 65-5, with Hillfoots reinforcing why they are title contenders in this league. 

The Rams v Rosyth Sharks

The Rams welcomed Rosyth Sharks to Tillicoultry on Saturday for this league encounter. The big Rosyth pack dominated the breakdowns and had the Rams defence under pressure for a lot of the 1st half. During this time they built a 12 point lead by scoring 2 tries and 1 conversion. When the Rams had possession they did make ground and 1 of these attacks resulted in a fine try scored by Jack McClymont which was converted by Gregor Manson. The 1st half came to a close with Rosyth scoring again to take them into the break 19 -5 in front.

The Rams enjoyed a better start to the 2nd half and got themselves back into the match when Alex Cameron outstripped the Sharks defence to score a great try which Manson converted. As the 2nd half wore on the benefits of having a full replacements bench gave the Sharks the opportunity to introduce fresh legs while the Rams had to make do with their starting XV. As the match drew to its conclusion the Sharks extended their lead by scoring another 4 tries of which 3 were converted and took them home comfortable winners.

Hillfoots Weekly News 30 November – Happy St Andrew’s Day!

Last Week in Review

 

 

What an awesome game on Saturday!  It was summed up by one commentator as:

‘Majestic and utterly dominant in all phases of the game, this record win over a Southern Hemisphere nation felt like a genuine coming of age. Gregor Townsend’s Scotland scored an incredible eight tries and played with an invention, verve and ambition which swept the Wallabies off their feet. By the end, the men from Down Under were run ragged and barely holding it together.’

It bodes well for a fantastic Six Nations – I think that there is so little between all of the teams that the Championship could go to any of the teams!  With Scotland’s draw, two of the most difficult matches against England and France at home, can this season be Scotland’s?

 

It was great to see Jamie Bhatti get another cap and make such an immediate impact to the game!  Many of you will know that Jamie started his rugby at Hillfoots and we are really honoured that he wants to present the shirt that he wore last Saturday against Australia to the Club! 

Jamie has kindly agreed to come along to the Club this Saturday at 7pm to present his shirt to the Club!  We would love Everyone  from the Minis all the way to the Cast-Tups to come down to the Club to welcome our latest international back to ‘Foots!
 

 Paddy
Thanks to John Reid, who posted this great picture on Facebook – Winners of the Crieff P7 Tournament, about 2003.  Jamie Bhatti back left, Grant Carmichael next to him, Rainer Kennedy front second left, Corey Reid holding the trophy and Lewis Coutts front second right – let me know who the others are!
 
 

Gin Tasting with Stirling Spirit Co.

 
Many thanks to Derek for organising last Friday’s “ginspiration” when the team from Stirling Spirit Co. took everyone on a journey through some of the top gins on the market today.  Starting with a signature Stirling Gin cocktail on arrival, everyone then sampled four different gins, being talked through each to discover their unique smells and tastes.  Our local gin will definitely be featuring behind the bar from now on!
 

International & 6 Nations Tickets Update

Away Tickets

SRU are still working through these but we expect to get all the Wales tickets that have been applied for. The Ireland tickets application has been oversubscribed and so SRU may make adjustments to our requests, and they may also need to make changes to the price categories for Italy tickets. We should get an update from them by 1 Dec and will confirm to those who requested and ask for payment immediately thereafter. 

Home Tickets

Thanks to everyone who has already paid for their tickets!  

Please note that they must be paid by close of play on Saturday 2 December at the latest, or your allocation will go to the next person on the waiting list (which is long)!!

We also still have tickets available for the Scotland v France game – send an email ASAP to [email protected] if you would like some!

Mike
 

This weekend’s Action:

Saturday:

  • 1st XV: Game against Madras at St Andrews, meet at 1130 for an 2pm kick off.
  • Rams: Home to Rosyth Sharks, meet at 1245 for an 2pm kick off – hopefully the frost will have lifted by then.
  • Welcome Jamie Bhatti back to the Club, when we are honoured that he will present his Scotland shirt at 7pm

Sunday:

  • Youth: Game against Deeside at home, meet at 1100 for an 1200 kick off.
  • Juniors: Our last outdoor session of the year at the normal time (10am) – from next week we will be indoors at the Alva Academy.

November 2017

Hillfoots Weekly News 18 November

Last Week in Review

Last weekend was outstanding on the pitch at Crieff for the Rams as well as on the pitch at Murrayfield.  Not only did we get a mention in the Scotland v Samoa programme: ‘Glasgow Warriors prop Jamie Bhatti started his youth rugby with Hillfoots Minis’, but the Club was also mentioned in the commentary on the TV!  Our motto driving the kids rugby has been that Tilly Park is the place to begin playing rugby, being nurtured through the Club will the aim of getting our players from the ‘Minis to Murrayfield’ – Jamie is proof that this can be the case!

It’s another busy weekend at the Club!  Friday will see the Youth team play Kinross under floodlights at 7:30pm as well as local band ‘Eleven’ playing at the Club from 8pm.  On Saturday, the Rams welcome Stobswell to Tilly Park with an early kick off at 2pm to permit everyone to watch the Scotland v New Zealand match on the big screen.
 

 Paddy
 

Hillfoots RFC presents “Eleven”

Following their debut at the Club back in June and a knock-out performance at Tilly in the Park, local supergroup, “Eleven”, return to where it all began on Friday 17th November.

Featuring Alex Pollock, Stuart Little, Jim Cook and Nick Ibanez, their set will be chock-full of rock classics from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd.

Admission only £5 – pay at the door
Doors at 8pm

 

The Rams – Hillfoots 2nd XV

Crieff 1st xv – 26,  Hillfoots Rams – 27

The Rams travelled to Crieff on Saturday for knowing that they were probably the underdogs in this league fixture.  The home side started well and dominated proceedings and it was only some great defence that kept Crieff to a solitary unconverted try. Having weathered this early onslaught the Hillfoots lads started to win some decent ball and began to ask questions of the Crieff defence. Their efforts were rewarded when Alex Cameron finished of a fine move when he scored a try in the corner. The Rams kept up the pressure and crossed the whitewash on another two occasions but unfortunately the referee was unsighted and disallowed both efforts. As the first half drew to a close Crieff took the lead again with a converted try to give them a 12 – 5 advantage at the break.

As the second half got underway the home side increased their lead with 2 well taken penalty goals. The Rams responded by stepping up the pace and tries from Ross Kinnear, a second from Cameron and Callum Hood along with 2 conversions from Jon McMurdo to give the visitors a 24 -18 lead going into the last quarter of the match. This pulsating match took another twist when Crieff scored another penalty goal which was followed up with a converted try and gave the home side a narrow 2 point lead.  With only minutes to go the Rams mounted one last attack and were desperately unlucky not to score a try when the ball was held up over the line. The referee did however award the Rams a penalty in front of the posts after playing advantage from an earlier Crieff infringement. Jon McMurdo showed nerves of steel as he kicked the penalty goal to secure a 1 point victory for the Rams.

The Rams welcome Stobswell RFC to Tillicoultry next Saturday.

 

This weekend’s Action:

Friday:

  • Youth: Away to Kinross, meet at 7pm for 7:30 kick off.
  • Local band ‘Eleven’ rock the Clubhouse from 8pm

Saturday: 

  • Rams:  Home to Stobswell with a 2pm kick off.

Sunday:

  • Youth: Away to County, meet at 1100 for an 11:30 kick off.
  • Juniors: Home training 10-11:30 – bring warm kit!
 

Hillfoots Weekly News 11 November

Last Week in Review

Last weekend saw the return of the infamous Halloween Party!  There were some fantastic costumes and some wicked party games – a great time was had by all – many thanks to the organisers and #everyone who turned up!
 Congratulations to 1st XV player, Keith Slade, who was selected to play for Caledonia Reds in their fixture against South of Scotland Rugby at Bridgehaugh.  It was a great night for the Club, with former players Reyner Kennedy and Kris Burney also selected and making an appearance.In a gritty game, Caley dominated the first half, but it was South who ran away with it in the second, eventually closing it out 24-41.

This weekend the Rams are back in action after a hard fought match against Grangemouth last weekend.  We have laid on a bus to Crieff, s all our supporters can go along too!  It’s an early kick off so that we all can watch the Scotland v Samoa match.

The Club will be open for the International, not least so that you can cheer on former Hillfoots player Jamie Bhatti who is one of the uncapped players – fingers crossed that he will grace the pitch at some stage in the match!  We then are delighted to welcome back Kieran Fischer to the Club, who will be playing live from 5pm in the bar!  Hopefully we will be able to celebrate a great win!
 

 Paddy
 

The Rams – Hillfoots 2nd XV

Can’t fault the effort yet again – well done to everyone who pulled on a jersey for the Rams . It was obviously not a result we wanted, but again, we stuck in to the end and gave those big units a game.

This is a development league, and that’s what we’re doing. We’re getting better as the season goes on, and we’ve won half the games we’ve played…that’s an improvement on the last couple of seasons.

We’re only one win away from the top half of the table, and that’s where we want to be. I know not everybody can train, but the more of us we get down, the more we’ll get the results.

Unfortunately Grangemouth didn’t hang around long enough for us to do MOTM, so congratulations to Kev Aitken for a great performance at 10.

Derek

 

This weekend’s Action:

Saturday: 

  • Rams:  Away to Crieff with a 1130 meet at the Club.

Sunday:

  • Youth: Training at Falkrik at 11am.
  • Juniors: Away at Dunfermline, meet at McKane Park (KY12 7XA) Lime kilns Road, Dunfermline at 1030am.
 

Coming up: Hillfoots RFC presents “Eleven”

 
Following their debut at the Club back in June and a knock-out performance at Tilly in the Park, local supergroup, “Eleven”, return to where it all began on Friday 17th November.

Featuring Alex Pollock, Stuart Little, Jim Cook and Nick Ibanez, their set will be chock-full of rock classics from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd.

Admission only £5 – pay at the door
Doors at 8pm

Weekly Junior Information for 12 November

 

BLUF:

  • Youth training at Falkirk from 11 to 12.
  • Juniors away to Dunfermline 10:30 meet at McKane Park (KY12 7XA) Lime kilns Road, Dunfermline.
  • Please check out our Clubs’s Facebook pages under Hillfoots Rugby Football Club, Hillfoots Youth and the Hillfoots Junior RFC Supporters where you will get all of our team information and which means that you can send us a message too!  We also tweet as Hillfoots RFC – so please do get in touch!
 

Scotland v Samoa

Firstly, many congratulations to former Hillfoots player Jamie Bhatti, who has been named on the bench amongst four uncapped players…  Here’s hoping he sees some action! We’ll all be rooting for you back at the Club.  So come down to the Club to watch it and then stay on to listen to Kieran Fischer Live from 5pm!

If you are attending the match, please note the ‘small bags’ policy:

Scottish Rugby has introduced a ‘small bags only’ policy for international matches at BT Murrayfield. Supporters will only be allowed to bring in bags up to A5 size – equivalent to a small clutch bag. This new policy has not been put in place in response to any specific threats, rather it is a result of our on-going review of security, with the aim of keeping BT Murrayfield as safe and enjoyable an environment as possible for everyone. There are exceptions to this rule for spectators who require to carry bags for health reasons, including parents with young children who require to carry medical/dietary items. If you need to carry bags larger than A5 size please email us now at [email protected]  to arrange for appropriate access.

 

Last week at Hillfoots

All our players braved the cold the weather  this weekend at Hillfoots.  I floated between all the age groups training on Sunday and was delighted to see the number of dynamic rugby players out on the pitches and innovative coaching.

On Tuesday the youth squad came along for some pad-work and “animal walks” conditioning.  The boys are being stretched and were challenged to hardest exercise on offer with many of the boys almost completing it!  It was impressive as I regarded it difficult to perform. I aim to develop the boys’ flexibility and body awareness along with their balance and co-ordination – bodes well for some strong performances in matches in the future.
 

Barry
 

Dates for the Diary:

November:

26th Juniors away to Strathendrick 

10th of December marks the beginning of indoor Training at Alva Academy  

October 2017

Hillfoots Weekly News 28 October

 

Last Weekend in Review

Saturday 21 October was a bumper day at Hillfoots RFC.  Not only did we have both teams playing at home, but Hillfoots also held a Sponsors’ Lunch to thank them for our support.  Having held a Charity Touch Tournament in the summer, we were delighted to pass over a cheque for over £2108 to Prostate Scotland to help them further their excellent work in raising awareness about the most common cancer in men in Scotland, with one in ten at risk.

Please remember to sign up for a free test drive with Mitsubishi to earn £30 of kit for the Club – it’s less than an hour of your time!
 

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.

 

6 Nations Away Matches need to be ordered this weekend!

The details for the 6 Nations ticket offer via the club are now available.

An email regarding the AWAY games has already gone out to everyone in the club who is a current member, and you need to reply to that immediately to secure any tickets for away games.

Note there is no limit to the amount of tickets we can apply for re the away games, but as ever no guarantee we will get everything requested.

A separate email regarding the HOME games, namely France and England this season, will go out to all club members. The excellent news is that we have once again secured a record allocation of tickets for these two games, of more than 60 tickets for each game, so fill your boots!!

As ever, you MUST be a paid up member of the club to secure tickets through this route, so if you are not up to date with your membership, sign up here – http://hillfootsrfc.com/pay/ –  now!!

 

Hillfoots 1st XV

On the field, a light drizzle meant that the ball was slippery – but both home teams were keen to demonstrate their prowess from the first whistle.  The 1st XV’s opponents, Morgan RFC could only field an under-strength team, but nevertheless they were determined to limit Hillfoots’ chances to cross the line.  Despite some ferocious tackling, ‘Foots handling skills and determination ensured a comfortable lead of 35-0 at the end of the first half.
After the break, Hillfoots continued to mount the pressure on Morgan with well-worked set piece from the scrums and line outs, which set the backs up for success.  With some great individual line breaks from the Hillfoot’s wingers speeding along the touchline to score and the forwards keeping relentless pressure on the Morgan forwards, a further five tries brought the final score to Hillfoots 1st XV 66 – Morgan 1st XV 0.  

This Saturday, the 1st XV take on Carnoustie HSFP away from home in what promises to be an exciting match.  It is a three horse race at the top of BT Caledonia Midlands Division 2, ‘Foots are holding onto the second position in the league, being chased by Carnoustie in third, but with Blairgowrie maintaining their three point lead over HiIlfoots building the pressure until their trip to Tilly Park in the New Year.

 

Hillfoots Rams – 57 v  Angus Development XV – 31

Hillfoots Rams welcomed Angus Development xv to Tillicoultry on Saturday. From the kick off the home side grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and for the first 20 minutes played some fantastic rugby which resulted in tries from Connor Wilson, Kenny Paterson, Dave Davidson, Callum McGee and Danny Ross. Grant Carmichael slotted 4 conversions. To their credit, the Angus lads did not let their heads go down and started to win some possession and began to mount some attacks of their own. Their efforts were rewarded with 2 tries of which 1 was converted. The Rams stepped up the pace again which saw Grant Carmichael cross the whitewash and Paterson score his 2nd try of the match. Carmichael converted both tries to take the home team into half time with a healthy 47 – 12 lead.
The second half was a much more even affair with the visitors proving that they could play a bit as well by scoring 3 fine tries of which 2 were converted. While the Rams play never managed to reach the dizzy heights of the first half, they kept the scoreboard ticking over with tries from Carmichael and Ross to secure a fine win.
The Rams travel to Anstruther next Saturday to face Waid Academy FP.

 

Another great turnout in the Tattie Holidays!

Another great Sunday at Hillfoots last weekend.  With our motto of ‘everyone plays’  – all our great players and coaches joining together for fun in the park.  we saw some outstanding concentration from our tigers lasting the duration of the session, as well as silky handling and footwork on display from our players across the board.

One tigers deserves a special mention to Robert Kelly exhibited model sportsmanship as he handed every player their tags back and even picked up the fallen ones to hand to the coaches – well done on your awesome hooker throw your dad would be very proud!

Barry

The youth players enjoyed some martial art pad work along with other drills and exercises.  This cross training is not only very fun but also great for improving their coordination, reaction time, timing as well as a trust for their partners they are working with  even promotes team work.  I am glad they love it as much as I do!

We train every Tuesday from 630 to 8pm. 

Barry

 

Courses

If you would like to volunteer to help the rugby club, the following courses are available for you to get qualified either as a coach or a first aider.  If the course is not free, the club will pay you any fee that the SRU has charged, on successful completion of your course, if you can commit to help coach on a Sunday.
 
U18 & Senior Teams – ‘Developing Defence’, free:

Monday 30th October – Developing Defence – Stirling (Forthbank)
 
Coaching Micro Rugby, free:  

Sunday 5th November – Coaching Micro Rugby – Stirling County RFC

 

This weekend’s Action:

Saturday:

  • 1st XV: Away to Carnoustie, with a 3pm kick off. 
  • Rams:  Away to Waid Academy FP, with a 3pm kick off. 

Sunday:

  • Juniors: Everyone (P1 upwards) is away to Perth RFC, Gannochy Sports Pavillion, North Inch Perth (PH1 5HS)
  • Hillkirk (Youth squad plays with Falkirk under this name!): Home v Glenrothes, with a 11am meet for an 11.30am kick off – support always appreciated!

 

 

 

Weekly Junior Information for 29 October 2017

 

 

 
 

 

BLUF:
  • P1 to P7 away to Perth.  Gannochy Sports Pavillion, North Inch Perth (PH1 5HS)
  • S1/S2(Hillkirk) Home game against Glenrothes  11 meet for 1130 kick off.
  • Last Chance for Kit: Next week, we will be announcing new sponsors for our Junior shirts and have finalised the design – doesn’t it look awesome!.  This is your very last chance to get a new shirt!   The cost of the Youth/Adult top is £40 and Junior £35. Sizes from 32 to XXXL available.  Email Barry with your order using this link.  Any Questions talk to Barry.
  • Last chance for your Hillfoots Bobble hat too!  See below:
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                    Last week at Hillfoots
Another great Sunday at Hillfoots last weekend.  With our motto of ‘everyone plays’  – all our great players and coaches joining together for fun in the park.  we saw some outstanding concentration from our tigers lasting the duration of the session, as well as silky handling and footwork on display from our players across the board.

One tigers deserves a special mention to Robert Kelly exhibited model sportsmanship as he handed every player their tags back and even picked up the fallen ones to hand to the coaches – well done on your awesome hooker throw your dad would be very proud!

Barry
The youth players enjoyed some martial art pad work along with other drills and exercises.  This cross training is not only very fun but also great for improving their coordination, reaction time, timing as well as a trust for their partners they are working with  even promotes team work.  I am glad they love it as much as I do!

We train every Tuesday from 630 to 8pm. 

Barry
 

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.

 

If you need a Hillfoots Bobble hat to keep your head warm in the winter, please click on the Gocardless link below and one can be yours for £18! The order will be placed on 27 October, so get that Christmas present early!

https://pay.gocardless.com/AL00013MVR0D4P

 

Courses

If you would like to volunteer to help the rugby club, the following courses are available for you to get qualified either as a coach or a first aider.  If the course is not free, the club will pay you any fee that the SRU has charged, on successful completion of your course, if you can commit to help coach on a Sunday.
 
World Rugby First Aid in Rugby Level 1, Course Cost: £35
Sunday 15 October (10am-4pm) Stirling County RFC  UKCC Level 1: Coaching Children Rugby Union, Course Cost: £65
Saturday 7 October 2017 (9am-5pm), Sunday 8 October 2017 (9am-5pm) at Lornshill AcademyS1 & U16 Coaches – ‘Foundation Defence’, free:
Monday 16th October – Dunfermline RFC – Foundation Defence – Dunfermline RFC
 
U18 & Senior Teams – ‘Developing Defence’, free:
Monday 30th October – Developing Defence – Stirling (Forthbank)
 
Coaching Micro Rugby, free:  
Sunday 5th November – Coaching Micro Rugby – Stirling County RFC
 
Dates for the Diary:

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

November:

5 November – Training at Hillfoots
12 November – Juniors away to Dunfermline  

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.

 

 

 
Dates for the Diary:

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

October:
29th – Youth play Glenrothes at home (S1&S2); and Juniors are away to Perth.

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 22 October 2017

 

 

BLUF:
  • CHANGE – The Youth will take on Alloa at Falkirk playing as Hillkirk, please meet up there for 1045 for a 1130 kick off.
  • Due to the half term break with a number of kids and coaches away, we will all play a big game of fun tag rugby with all ages mixing together from Tigers to the Mums and Dads (even Grandparents too!) – see you in the Park from 1000!
  • Last Chance for Kit: We are putting a order for some playing Jerseys by Monday at the latest. The cost of the Youth/Adult top is £40 and Junior £35. S to XXL Available.  Email Barry with your order using this link.  Any Questions talk to Barry.
 
                    Last week at Hillfoots
When its the holidays, with large numbers of kids and coaches away, we will play tag rugby to keep everyone’s skills honed!  Our approach is that ‘Everyone plays’ whether you be the youngest P1, or the oldest grandparent!  We started with a massive game of ‘Hawick Ball’ where you can throw the ball forward (easier for the P1s) and then we went into a proper game.  The smaller kids are definitely at an advantage, they are like slippery little elvers and because they are so close to the ground, its hard for the adults to get their tags!

We then split for the youngest kids to play ‘sharks and fishes’ as well as their coaches Susan and Alan attempting to tire them out (not sure that we ever do despite our best efforts!).  This meant that the older kids could play a more competitive game of tag.  The grand finale was the kids against the dads – I am not sure who was more competitive!!

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.

 

If you need a Hillfoots Bobble hat to keep your head warm in the winter, please click on the Gocardless link below and one can be yours for £18! The order will be placed on 27 October, so get that Christmas present early!

https://pay.gocardless.com/AL00013MVR0D4P

 

Courses

If you would like to volunteer to help the rugby club, the following courses are available for you to get qualified either as a coach or a first aider.  If the course is not free, the club will pay you any fee that the SRU has charged, on successful completion of your course, if you can commit to help coach on a Sunday.
 
World Rugby First Aid in Rugby Level 1, Course Cost: £35
Sunday 15 October (10am-4pm) Stirling County RFC  UKCC Level 1: Coaching Children Rugby Union, Course Cost: £65
Saturday 7 October 2017 (9am-5pm), Sunday 8 October 2017 (9am-5pm) at Lornshill Academy

S1 & U16 Coaches – ‘Foundation Defence’, free:
Monday 16th October – Dunfermline RFC – Foundation Defence – Dunfermline RFC
 
U18 & Senior Teams – ‘Developing Defence’, free:
Monday 30th October – Developing Defence – Stirling (Forthbank)
 
Coaching Micro Rugby, free:  
Sunday 5th November – Coaching Micro Rugby – Stirling County RFC

 
Dates for the Diary:

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

October:
29th – Youth play Glenrothes at home (S1&S2); and Juniors are away to Perth.

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.

 

 

 

Hillfoots Weekly News 21 October

 

Last Weekend in Review

Saturday saw the 1st XV travel into deepest Fife to play Kirkcaldy at Beveridge Park!  Despite the travel, ‘Foots came out with all guns blazing and demonstrated some beautiful rugby with great teamwork resulting in a convincing win 53-12.

Sunday was a glorious day for a massive game of tag rugby in the Park.  What a fantastic autumnal background, so much so that even our local MSP re-tweeted my post proclaiming the beauty of the Ochils!

Lots on this weekend with a massive Club photo at 1pm on Saturday – we would love to see everyone in the Park in a Hillfoots shirt or hoodie by the Clubhouse for the biggest photo ever!  Stay on to watch both the 1sts and Rams play at 3pm!

Please remember to sign up for a free test drive with Mitsubishi to earn £30 of kit for the Club – it’s less than an hour of your time!
 

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.

 

Hillfoots 1st XV

Kirkcaldy RFC was the venue for Hillfoots XV latest fixture, Saturday 14th Oct was the date and the weather was ideal for a good game of rugby. Hillfoots started the brighter of the two teams and it was evident that the away venue  was not important for the Hillfoots, who came out guns blazing. Kirkcaldy tried to make an impact by using pick and go’s and some tactical kicking but Hillfoots managed to score 4 tries in the first half. At half time the score was 0-29 to Hillfoots. 

After the break Hillfoots continued to build more pressure on the home team and scored a couple more tries with some well executed team play and some brilliant individual line breaks. However, in the second half Kirkcaldy managed to sustain some pressure and Hillfoots had to defend their 22 for short periods. The second half saw the home team score two tries. Hillfoots replied to each try by scoring their own well-worked tries which saw the visitors stretch their lead and the game finished 53-12. 
Hillfoots XV now prepare for a home game against Morgan and the the Hillfoots Rams also host the Angus Development team this weekend with a 3pm kick off.

It’s a big weekend with both teams at home and the Sponsor’s lunch taking place so come down to Tilly Park and support your local team and enjoy the afternoon’s entertainment. 

 

Not sure who is more competitive,
the kids or the dads!

When its the holidays, with large numbers of kids and coaches away, we will play tag rugby to keep everyone’s skills honed!  Our approach is that ‘Everyone plays’ whether you be the youngest P1, or the oldest grandparent!  We started with a massive game of ‘Hawick Ball’ where you can throw the ball forward (easier for the P1s) and then we went into a proper game.  The smaller kids are definitely at an advantage, they are like slippery little elvers and because they are so close to the ground, its hard for the adults to get their tags!

We then split for the youngest kids to play ‘sharks and fishes’ as well as their coaches Susan and Alan attempting to tire them out (not sure that we ever do despite our best efforts!).  This meant that the older kids could play a more competitive game of tag.  The grand finale was the kids against the dads – I am not sure who was more competitive!!

The Juniors are back in the park this Sunday while the Youth are playing as Hillkirk (with Falkirk) against Alloa with a 1130am kick off – any support is always welcome!

 

Courses

If you would like to volunteer to help the rugby club, the following courses are available for you to get qualified either as a coach or a first aider.  If the course is not free, the club will pay you any fee that the SRU has charged, on successful completion of your course, if you can commit to help coach on a Sunday.
 
World Rugby First Aid in Rugby Level 1, Course Cost: £35
Sunday 15 October (10am-4pm) Stirling County RFC  UKCC Level 1: Coaching Children Rugby Union, Course Cost: £65
Saturday 7 October 2017 (9am-5pm), Sunday 8 October 2017 (9am-5pm) at Lornshill Academy

S1 & U16 Coaches – ‘Foundation Defence’, free:
Monday 16th October – Dunfermline RFC – Foundation Defence – Dunfermline RFC
 
U18 & Senior Teams – ‘Developing Defence’, free:
Monday 30th October – Developing Defence – Stirling (Forthbank)
 
Coaching Micro Rugby, free:  
Sunday 5th November – Coaching Micro Rugby – Stirling County RFC

 

This weekend’s Action:

Saturday:

  • From 1pm – the Club Photo!  If you have a Hillfoots shirt or hoodie, throw it on for the first ever mass club photo prior to our 1st XV and Rams playing!
  • 1st XV: Home to Morgan, with a 3pm kick off. 
  • Rams:  Home to Angus Development, with a 3pm kick off. 

Sunday:

  • Mass Tag Rugby!  Meet up at 10am for more fun in the park.  Mums, dads, sisters, grandparents – everyone plays!
  • Hillkirk (Youth squad plays with Falkirk under this name!): Away to Alloa, with a 11.30am kick off – support always appreciated in the local derby!
 
 
 
 

 

Hillfoots Weekly News 6 October

 

Last Weekend in Review

All good things must come to an end, and the 1st XV ended their unbeaten streak at the weekend with a hard fought match away to Blairgowrie, losing 27-17.  Lots of good lessons were learned and we will look forward to reversing the result on the return match.

Despite another rain drenched Sunday, both the Juniors and the Youth had another cracking day.  The Juniors welcomed Lenzie RFC to Tilly Park and across all age groups enjoyed playing another team that embraces the ethos of Positive Coaching Scotland – effort, respect and responsibility.  Special thanks to the Mums and Dads who helped with the home baking, teas and coffees! 

Meanwhile in Glenrothes, the combined Youth team of Hillfoots and Falkirk, now known as Hillkirk (better than Fallfoots!) demonstrated great skills despite the slippery ball.  Throughout the match, we gave 3 of our players to the opposition to maximise the boys playing time and ensure that ‘everyone plays’.

Please remember to sign up for a free test drive with Mitsubishi to earn £30 of kit for the Club – it’s less than an hour of your time!
 

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.

 

Finally!  We are delighted to announce that we will have Schiehallion on tap.  It’s great that we can support our local brewery Harviestons!
 

Hillfoots 1st XV

The last game in September 2017 saw another top of the table clash between Hillfoots XV and the hosts Blairgowrie RFC. Both teams were entering the fixture undefeated in the league so there was added pressure for both teams. The game started positively with both trying to exploit weaknesses in the defensive lines. Hillfoots XV conceded a couple of penalties which were converted and put the home side into the lead. The hosts then followed up with a try, which began to put more pressure on the Hillfoots to reply – which they did, scoring a well-worked team try to close the gap.

Unfortunately, there were some areas of the game in which Hillfoots could not dominate in the fashion they have been used to so far this this season, and Blairgowrie managed to score two more tries. Later on the second half, the visitors began to even up the playing field and scored two more tries. One of which was an elegant and well-timed interception by the Hillfoots number 10 (G. Carmichael). Blairgowrie managed to score a couple more penalties and the deficit was too great as the game ended in their favour, 27-17. Hillfoots XV are now looking to the next game at home and prepare to host Kinross RFC.

 

Talks, Touch, Sidesteps and Scrums…

Great games last week against Lenzie RFC – what a great team to play!  Well matched game at every age group. some P6/P7’s first taste of the scrum too.  The P4/P5 showed some great skills and style, and showed character in the face of a stern test against Lenzie.  The Tigers are also showing great potential with  the tackle shields and coaches flying everywhere!

Carl was giving a great teamtalk at the weekend, P4s are a bit light on numbers just now, which has its limitations but also has its benefits as it allows great coaches like Carl to bring on the players’ skills in all fields.  Due to more 1to1 time and by understanding the needs of the player to facilitate a fun, positive and creative learning environment for them to thrive. 

 

Hillkirk put on a polished performance at Glenrothes

The Youth side travelled to Fife on a rather dreich Sunday to take on a 12 man Glenrothes side.  From the outset, three of our players volunteered to play for the opposition to make it 15 a-side, which we swapped for each of the three ‘halves’.  Some great individual efforts in the first third saw us stretch into the lead by four tries.  By the second third and having reinforced the opposition with some of our stronger players , we saw a greater contest with a further 2 tries being scored by Hillkirk and 3 tries by Glenrothes (including one from one of our players!).  In the final third, we focussed on our set piece and second phase ball and played some fantastic rugby despite the slippery ball and sodden pitch.  While we finished up with a total of 8 tries to 4, more importantly, everyone (and that’s both sides) came off the pitch in good spirits having enjoyed their morning.  Thanks to Glenrothes for a really enjoyable morning and great stovies to warm us up!
 

Courses

If you would like to volunteer to help the rugby club, the following courses are available for you to get qualified either as a coach or a first aider.  If the course is not free, the club will pay you any fee that the SRU has charged, on successful completion of your course, if you can commit to help coach on a Sunday.
 
World Rugby First Aid in Rugby Level 1, Course Cost: £35

Sunday 15 October (10am-4pm) Stirling County RFC  UKCC Level 1: Coaching Children Rugby Union, Course Cost: £65
Saturday 7 October 2017 (9am-5pm), Sunday 8 October 2017 (9am-5pm) at Lornshill Academy

S1 & U16 Coaches – ‘Foundation Defence’, free:
Monday 16th October – Dunfermline RFC – Foundation Defence – Dunfermline RFC
 
U18 & Senior Teams – ‘Developing Defence’, free:

Monday 30th October – Developing Defence – Stirling (Forthbank)
 
Coaching Micro Rugby, free:  

Sunday 5th November – Coaching Micro Rugby – Stirling County RFC

 

This weekend’s Action:

Saturday:

  • 1st XV: Home to Kinross, with a 3pm kick off.  

Sunday:

  • Tigers (P1 & P2): Home training 1000-1130.
  • Juniors (P3 to  P7): Home training – please meet in Tilly Park at 1000 for a 1030 kick off.
  • Youth (S1-S2):  The Youth (S1 and S2) are joint training with Falkirk at home – please meet in Tilly Park at 1000 for a 1030 kick off.