Hillfoots Weekly News 15 September

Hillfoots Weekly News 15 September


Hillfoots 1st XV v Falkirk 2nd XV

After a week’s break from League duties, Rugby returned to Tilly Park this weekend with ‘Foots 1st XV in action against Falkirk 2nd XV. The weather played its part too and those who turned up to support their teams or where just passing by and drawn in to have a peak at the proceedings, were rewarded with a fantastic afternoon’s action and sunshine. What a brilliant advert for all that is good about amateur Club Rugby and, in particular what is good about Hillfoots RFC.

As anticipated the 1st XV game was played as a typical derby encounter with a neither team willing to give an inch in the opening exchanges. Played at a very good pace with no shortage of tough confrontation the game enjoyed a fantastic spirit and equal levels of respect shown by both sets of players for each and the match official. Moving into the 2nd quarter of the game neither team had gained a certain measure of ascendancy with some tight exchanges producing some “almost score” opportunities for both teams but neither capitalising on those. It took a very well taken penalty kick by the Falkirk standoff to break the deadlock and but for this score the exchanges remained tight, uncompromising and full of endeavour leading into half time. At the break Falkirk led ‘Foots 3-0.

Half Time: Hillfoots 1st XV – 0 v Falkirk 2nd XV – 3

Clearly the author of this game’s script wasn’t willing to adjust his writing because the 2nd half proceeded precisely as the opening 40 had panned out. Once again, it was left to the Falkirk standoff to land a long range penalty goal in the 45th min to extend his team’s slender 3 point lead to 6. From the ensuing kick off ‘Foots found some space in the wider channels and through some smart passing interchanges managed to finally break the 5 point deadlock and took the opportunity to finish off a well rounded team movement. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful and the home side trailed by 1, with 25mins remaining in the match.

With the game bursting into life, the next 15mins proved very fruitful for ‘Foots and in quick succession they were able to score another 3 tries, 2 of which were unconverted, to take a 22-6 lead moving into the final 10mins. To their credit Falkirk never backed down from the challenge and, but for some last passes not finding their targets the score line could’ve been somewhat closer. In the end though the consistent pressure applied by Foots saw them score a 5th try in the final 5 mins of the game to end the encounter 29-6 victors.

In all a fantastic day out with both the 1st and 2nd XV’s fielding full squads of 22 players a piece. Thanks must go the the match officials without whom the fixtures couldn’t have taken place and as ever we are grateful for their efforts.
Final score: Hillfoots 1st XV – 29 v Falkirk 2nd XV – 6

Hillfoots Rams – 34, Stirling County 3rd xv – 57

On Saturday, Hillfoots Rams welcomed Stirling County to Tillicoultry. The opening exchanges were pretty even with both teams taking advantage of the perfect conditions to play fast open rugby.
Stirling opened the scoring with an unconverted try after 10 minutes. Although, not playing badly, the Rams found themselves victims to some clinical finishing from the County lads and conceded a further 3 tries, of which 2 were converted. To their credit, the Rams stuck to their game plan and their efforts were rewarded with tries from Gareth Parry and Kenny Paterson, Ryan Butterworth adding 1 Conversion.
Half time: Rams – 12, County – 24
The second half was only a few minutes old when County scored another converted try which left the Rams with a large mountain to climb. The Hillfoots lads showed real strength of character and the remainder of the match was a feast of running rugby with each team scoring a further 4 tries apiece. Lewis Coutts, Ryan Butterworth, Kenny Paterson and Brian Petrie touched down for Hillfoots with Kenny Paterson adding 1 conversion. This was a good Rams performance against a quality County side and the Hillfoots boys are eager for next Saturday’s rematch at Bridgehaugh.
Final score: Rams – 34, County – 57

The Junior Section welcomed over 160 visiting kids to Tilly Park last Sunday, with teams from Falkirk, Strathendrick and McLaren all enjoying another sunny summer day!
Special thanks to the volunteers who made the packed lunches for the visitors and manned the teas and coffees/ burgers and hot dogs – thanks to their efforts, the Junior Section made over £500 which will help offset the cost of Sunday’s beach trip to Stonehaven!

Forget the Lottery – Join the Century Club

If you would like a chance to win at least £500 each quarter with odds of less than 150 to 1 while raising valuable funds for the Club, please join the Century Club!
Draws will be made quarterly, with a top prize of £500 and additional prizes depending on the numbers taking part. For every additional 10 people that join up to a maximum of 150 the value of the secondary prizes will increase! In addition, each year at the Club’s Dinner Dance, there will be draw for the Annual Grand Prize of £1000. We would like at least 100 members to sign up, each pledging £100 over the course of the year. Contributions can be paid electronically on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.
then please complete one of the payment options below:

  1. One Annual Payment of £100
  2. Four quarterly payments of £25
  3. Ten monthly payments of £10

Full rules are here:http://hillfootsrfc.com/block/century-club/

We need just 10 more subscribers to make the draw live – As soon as we reach our target, the draw will be made at the Club!

Avoid the hassles of getting into Murrayfield by car or train!
The Club will organise a bus and tickets to see Scotland take on Australia in one of this year’s great autumn internationals! Ticket prices have been confirmed with the kids tickets at £10 and adults £25; and the bus will only be £10 for the return trip!

Please email Niall with your ticket and/or bus requirements by Sunday 10 October 16, to book your places!

Get Your Hillfoots Kit Online!
Our kit sale is on-line – it means that we can offer a greater range of kit, without the overheads of holding stock. Please use the following link to buy everything from hoodies to shorts to socks: Hillfoots Online Shop

This weekend’s action – A Great weekend of Rugby at Tilly Park:

  • 17 September – The 1st XV take on Strathmore RFC; and 2nd XV are away to Stirling County 3rds (Bridgehaugh). Both with a 1500 kick off.

  • 18 September: from 1000-1130 – P1-P3 and Youth are at home. P4-P7 go on a mini tour to Mackie for a day out at the seaside! Leaving the Club at 0830 and Dollar at 0845!

Check the webpage for more detail

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