March 2018

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!


  • 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:


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


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




Hillfoots Weekly News 3 Feb



Last Week in Review

We were lucky to have had some good weather on Saturday in Tilly Park, where the 1st XV had a comprehensive victory over Falkirk RFC 2nd XV, while the Rams had a difficult away trip up to Arbroath.  Meanwhile on Sunday, the Juniors had fun training in the Park and the Youth played with Falkirk against a strong Grangemouth side in a fantastic real end-to-end match.

We are fortunate to have had some great coverage in Scrum Magazine – one article focusing on the Slade Brother front row, copied below and another focusing on the Club, which I will copy next week!  Hopefully you will be able to get your hands on a hard copy!

I do not think that I have ever been this excited about a 6 Nations tournament!  There is so little between each of the teams that it could be anyone’s!  Will it be Scotland who will lift it despite their long injury list?  Wales are in a difficult position too.  Can France or Italy pull it out of the bag, they are so unpredictable that they are nightmare for any opposition to plan against!  You can never discount England – but let’s face it every Celt will be on the other side!  I’m sure you have guessed who I will be supporting!

Finally, huge thanks to Mike Power, who has managed to get a bumper allocation of tickets for the Club this year!  We are always over-subscribed and he does an outstanding job ensuring that you can get to see world-class rugby at both home and away fixtures. 

Paddy ☘️


Slade brothers have front-row seats at Hillfoots

Gary Heatly, from Scrum Magazine, catches up with three brothers who are enjoying playing in the same Hillfoots team in the front-row:

We often hear that when a team is successful your team mates feel like family, but there is a team going well in BT Caledonia League Division Two Midlands who have three players who are family and whose team are winning!

Hillfoots are top of the table after 12 matches following their 86-10 win against the Stirling County third XV on January 13.

And the Slade brothers – loosehead prop Paul, hooker Keith and tighthead prop Michael – have been enjoying recent months now that they are all in  the front-row.

Paul: “I wish I could say that we do squabble, but the pitch is the one place I listen to my older brothers!”

Paul, 29, said: “I started playing Hillfoots when I was 8 with my brothers who got me into rugby along with our father who always supported us.

From an early age I fell in love the sport mostly because of the social aspect, but the brotherhood you feel with your team mates on and off the park was probably the reason I have stuck with it.

“I made my first XV debut in 2007 in an away fixture against Ardrossan, this was significant for all the Slade brothers as it was the first time we had all played together since we started playing.

“This season has been especially special for us all as Keith had been playing with Falkirk for the past few seasons and Michael at Lenzie, but we had decided we wanted one last season together.

“However, the concept of an entire Slade front-row is a new one as Michael used to play back-row until recently so even though we used to play regularly years ago, Michael had only joined me and Keith in the front-row this season.

“Saturday, January 6 was the first time ALL three Slade brothers were able to play at the same time this season with injuries or work commitments keeping it from happening, so it was a very proud moment binding up for that first scrum made even more special with the home supporters cheering us on shouting ‘Come on the Slades’.

“I wish I could say that we do squabble, but the pitch is the one place I listen to my older brothers!

I trust their judgment and any advice they give me on the park, but mostly we are very supportive of each other and look out for one another.”

Keith, 32, recounted: “I joined the club when I was in primary school after seeing some posters that were put around the school.

“The reason I love rugby hasn’t changed much since I was younger , I love being part of a team and also the whole rugby community, love taking and making contact and making friends for life from all walks of life and all over the world.

“Being quite big for my age I made my senior debut for the club’s seconds at 14 and I was 15 when I got into the firsts.

“I am always proud to be on the same park as my brothers, but it has made it more special now that we all play in the front-row!

“The decision of myself and Michael to move back to Hillfoots [from  other clubs] was appreciated by our dad who was sick of travelling to three different clubs to watch us play!

“Being brothers we trust each other so it makes us a tight unit and I know at scrum time or in open play they’ll do their job.

“I am probably the biggest speaker, sometimes I even make sense! We always chat to each other at rugby and away from rugby we’re pretty close.”

Oldest of the three Michael, 35, said: “Whilst I played football, badly, at school, it wasn’t until a friend suggested that I try rugby that I found a sport that I loved.

“There were about four or five of us that played with the seconds that first year and every weekend was an adventure playing with the legends and great characters of the club.

“These same guys are still down the club to this day watching and sharing stories and in my opinion are the backbone to any successful rugby club.

“I made my first XV in 1998 against Linlithgow in a Cup game.

“Playing with my brothers is always a proud moment. It’s only happened a few times in the past since three of us haven’t always played with the same team.

“The first time was 2007 against Ardrossan. I am a fairly recent convert to the front-row, normally playing back-row,  but age and injuries have taken their toll over the years and my legs no longer have the speed they used to – better to be a fast prop than a slow back-row!

“We’ve never had an argument on the park and it’s always handy having the other two watching your back especially when they are both bigger than me!

“I would recommend Hillfoots to anyone who is a fan of rugby. We have hard working coaching staff and dedicated players at both senior and junior level, but equally the team behind the social events work very hard to ensure that everyone is made welcome.”

The 1st XV v Falkirk 2nd XV

After the snow affecting the fixtures schedule, Hillfoots XV were raring to go and to get playing rugby again. They hosted Falkirk 2nd XV, in a muchly anticipated game due to importance of every game to the Hillfoots campaign. The wind began to pick up an hour before the game and persisted well into the second half, so both teams had to adjust their approach to the game to suit the conditions. The first half saw Falkirk take advantage of a mistake and they began to mount pressure on the Hillfoot’s defence and push them back well into the 22. However, this pressure was not converted, with some great defensive work from the ‘Foots.  The hosts began to counter-attack and play more tactically making their own advances up the field. After a series of well worked phases, Hillfoots opened their account and scored a total of four tries in the first half, with two converted finishing up with a scoreline of 24-0 at the end of the half.

The second half began brightly for both teams.  Falkirk changed their strategy and began to build some momentum with increasing pressure on the ‘Foots defensive line. As the wind persisted the hosts needed to use alternative methods to gain territory, as some kicks were attempted with little success. The hosts used their skill set and game management to soak up bouts of significant pressure by turning over the ball several times deep in their own territory and then scoring with a few neatly executed phases. The stalwart defence ensured that the visitors were unable to put any points on the board, but they showed some defensive resilience in an effort to keep the scoreline down. However, the Hillfoot’s attack constantly probed for every weaknesses and managed to put another four tries over the line. The game ended with a final score of 55-0 and now the Hillfoots XVs prepare to travel to Panmure where both Hillfoots teams are playing.

The 1sts take on Panmure, while the Rams are playing Dundee Medics, both KO’s are at 12.15pm to allow everyone to cheer on the Scotland team in Cardiff.  Thanks again for all of our great local support – we hope to entertain you all again on 17 Feb with a 3pm kick off.


This weekend’s Action:


  • 1st XV are away to Panmure RFC and the Rams are away to the Uni of Dundee Medics – please meet at 9am.
  • The Club will be open to watch the matches on the big screen – come down to shout on Scotland!


  • Juniors and Youth are home training in the Park from 10am.



January 2018

Hillfoots Weekly News 13 January




Last Week in Review




I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a cracking New Year!  Our players and coaches kept focussed over the festive season and last week’s fantastic and convincing result against Blairgowrie demonstrated the benefit of their dedication!  The game was notable with the Slade brothers providing the full front row – while I have been told this is not a first for Scottish rugby (does anyone know who and for what team?) – its great to see!  You might be finding more out about this and the Club in a future edition of Scrum Magazine…




Special thanks must go to the local community whose addition to our usual band of stalwarts certainly added to the support our players felt on the Park.  If you know of anyone who would like to be kept in touch with what the Club is doing, please share, tweet or forward this email using the buttons below.

This week, the 1sts welcome local rivals Stirling County 3rd XV to Tilly Park and what promises to be another exciting game.  We are also delighted that the Rams will take on Bo’ness, so you will be able to enjoy not one but two matches this weekend from 2pm.  Hopefully we can maintain our winning ways for the rest of the season!





1st XV v Blairgowrie




The first game of the New Year saw Hillfoots 1st XV host Blairgowrie RFC 1st XV in a fight for the top of the Caledonia Midlands Division 2 League table.  Neither team were able to play in December due to frozen pitches, so it was a much anticipated game for both teams with full squads and even match preparation over the Christmas period. Hillfoots received the kick off and game began with both teams earnestly testing and probing their opposition. It was the hosts who scored first with an unconverted try to be 5-0 up, followed by a Blairgowrie reply within 10 minutes which brought the game 5-5 in a keenly contested first quarter. Thereafter, Hillfoots started to dominate possession and scored another two well-worked tries before half time. 
The second half saw the ‘Foots score a couple more tries without a reply from the visitors.  While both teams defended hard, it was Hillfoots who were able to capitalise on Blairgowrie’s mistakes and worked some well executed moves. The hard-earned fitness of the hosts began to show in the second half as they were able to successively build on phase after phase. In return, the visitors tried to kick tactically to regain territory but they were unable to turn this territorial advantage into points due to the staunch Hillfoots defence. The final nail in the coffin for Blairgowrie was one of their players being red carded – but the game was very much in Hillfoots favour before this. The final score was 34-5 to Hillfoots.  In addition to the game being a top of the table clash, it had a special significance for the Slade family who singlehandedly provided the complete front row for Hillfoots!
Both the Hillfoots 1st XV and Rams XV are hosting teams next week at Tilly Park with the 1sts taking on local rivals Stirling County 3’s and the Rams playing Bo’Ness.  The Hillfoots Director of Rugby, Ian Hamilton commented, “The supporters who turned out on a chilly January day to support the ‘Foots were definitely a 16th player for us – it would be great to see everyone come along this weekend and support both our teams.” 




Looking back on 2017




2017 has been a great year and 2018 promises to be even better!  What a great series of Autumn Internationals and an unbeaten Warriors in the Pro-14 (let’s ignore the European Cup!).  On the Club front, the 1st XV are second in the League with probably the league decider on the 6th of Jan against Blairgowrie RFC – it would be great to see you all down in the Park to support them.  Our 2nd XV, the Rams are managing to fulfil most of their fixtures and maintain a positive and fun attitude in the face of some teams not playing in the spirit of a developmental league.  The Youth squad, playing with Falkirk as “Hillkirk” are enjoying their rugby and developing well both as a squad and as individual players.  Last but by no means least, the Juniors through to Tigers continue to thrive – we have been lucky with the weather, fingers crossed for more fun in the Park in the New Year.  Finally, socially there has been something on for everyone at the Club, from live music to gin tasting and not forgetting our Christmas Jumper Party.  Hope you all have a great Christmas and a cracking New Year!








This weekend’s Action:




  • 1st XV: Home to Stirling County 3rd XV – 2pm kick off.
  • Rams: Home to Bo’ness 1st XV – 2pm kick off.


  • Youth: From 10 am, outdoor training at Alva Academy – no metal studs please!  Also bring along trainers for some S&C work inside.
  • Juniors: From 10 am, indoor training at Alva Academy – please bring trainers and don’t forget your water!











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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!


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!

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!


This weekend’s Action:


  • 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


  • 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.


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:


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


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


  • 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!


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.



This weekend’s Action:


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


  • 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



  • 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.


Dates for the Diary:


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!



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 – –  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!


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. 




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:


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


  • 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!