Hillfoots Weekly News

Hillfoots Weekly News

Hello Hillfoots!


1.     Club Events and Information

2.     MINIS

3.     YOUTH

4.     SENIOR



Hillfoots RFC Events and Information

–          EVENTS

–          Kit

–          Key National Themes

–          Club website – Last chance to pick up ordered kit!!!

–          Club shop open every Wednesday 1630-1800


–          International Rugby Board Rugby Ready course for coaches, volunteers and keen parents. Will be taking place at Hillfoots Clubhouse on Wednesday 23rd of January from 1830-2030. The course is free so please contact me ASAP to reserve your place.

–          Tillicoultry Burns night in Devonvale Hall Saturday 26th January.  

–          On the 17th march our friends from Beauvais are visiting for a long weekend of rugby fun.

–          Hillfoots Easter Camp 1rst to the 5th of April 2013.

Last chance to pick up your kit

The Kit order from our suppliers has arrived please come and collect your kit order ASAP. If you do not collect your order by the end of January your order will be forfeited.

If you would like to order kit please email sizes and pay HRFC through cheque to me or bank deposit. Once we have received your monies we will process your order ASAP.

We hope to open our online club shop ASAP which will work with a maximum 4 week turnaround to avoid delivery costs.

Until that time the club will be open every Wednesday evening from 1630 till 1800 for you to pay order and collect kit.

 I will be sending out an email to all those who still have yet to pay. Hillfoots RFC is on the path to become a big rugby club but cannot afford to order in large volumes of kit and wait.


If you have any questions please contact [email protected] ASAP.

Key National Themes Pathway Trials

Calling all Youth members! Hillfoots is about to start its selection process for the up and coming Central rugby trails. Last season one of our S3 players was called up into the Caledonia squad and represented the club at district level. This was due to our fantastic youth coaching team who are doing a fantastic job developing the next generation of Scottish rugby players.

We will use a selection committee to observe and score players over the four KNT’s. Players will be tested on: hand catch, ball presentation, tackle and offload. This process will happen over the next few weeks so please ensure that players attend all of their training sessions or notify the coach of their absence.

The age groups which will be assessed are: P7, S1, S2, and S3 & S4.


If you have any questions regarding the key national themes or the methods involved please contact [email protected] ASAP.

Club Website

Please keep on checking the club website for all news articles and up and coming events.



Due to the bad weather forecast the Minis are training at Alva Academy this Sunday 1000-1200. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for indoor and outdoor activity. Kit is available on Wednesday evenings 1630-1800 at the clubhouse. You can make payments and orders on Sunday.



The U14 will be at Alva Academy 1000-1200 this Sunday due to the bad weather. We hope to continue our KNT assessments inside and will finish with snow ball fight on the astro.

Strength and Conditioning training is now on Monday evenings at the club for U14 from 1800-1900. They will learn basic lifting techniques and build up their muscle endurance. 

Wednesday evenings the U14 are at Alva Academy 1900-2000 where we will work on game shape.

U15 /16

The U15/16 are away this weekend to Carnoustie. Please meet at Bannockburn RFC for 1015.

 Please can all members reply to teamer to ensure the coaches know that you are attending.

All the best lads and remember your thermals!


U18 training starts back this Wednesday at Alva Academy 1900- 2000. We are on the lookout for players so if you know of anyone who would be interested please tell them to come along. Everyone is welcome from the very short to the very tall; rugby has a place for everyone. 

Please contact [email protected] for more information.


First XV

Hillfoots 21-9 Strathmore
Hillfoots got back to winning ways with a hard fought victory over Strathmore. ‘Foots started off uphill in the first half, but it was the visitors who looked the hungrier, hoping to build on their surprise win the week before on league leaders Aberdeenshire. The visitors were holding onto the ball well and Hillfoots were struggling to keep any kind of possession. Strathmore opened the scoring with a penalty. Gregor Manson levelled, but it was the visitors who finished the half stronger and lead with another penalty.
Half time 3-6
Hillfoots started the second half well, but were finding no way through a stubborn Strathy defence. Gradually the visitors worked their way up the park and forced a penalty. Jamie Doyle got a yellow card and ‘Foots were trailing by 6. From the kick off it was Hillfoots turn to apply the pressure. Good play from the forwards allowed Gavin Paterson to charge deep into the visitors ’22. Strathmore killed the ball and Gregor Manson slotted the penalty. Hillfoots took the lead straight from the kick-off. Veteran flanker Mike Slade plucked the ball from the air, twisting out of the tackle, drove up over the 10 meter line before offloading to Jamie Murchie whose pace took him clear of the visiting defence. The game turning moment came 10 minutes later. Craig Scott was harshly yellow carded in front of the posts and the resultant penalty looked a formality. The ball came back off the posts and in the ensuing chase Hillfoots managed to gather the ball and clear their lines. This spurred ‘Foots on and after a short spell of pressure Gregor Manson slotted another penalty. Once again from the kick off Mike Slade secured the ball and this time off loaded to Jamie Murchie who was coming deep and fast. Murchie danced his past a couple of tackles before offloading to Gavin Paterson. The big man broke a couple of tackles before rounding the final defender and touching down. Manson convereted. It was a nervy last five minutes as Strathmore looked to get themselves back into a losing bonus point position. The Hillfoots defence stood strong however and managed to close out the game.                                              

Kevin Manson

The first fifteen were meant to be away at Orkney this weekend but bad weather forecast has made the trip illogical. The minis welcome any firsts boys down on Sunday at Alva Academy to lend a hand !!

Second XV

Carnoustie 2nd xv 24- Hillfoots 2nd XV 27


Ferocious Foots., travelled to Carnoustie more in hope  than expectation having lost players at the ‘last gasp’.

A promise of players from Carnoustie never materialised so the game was played as a 13 a side game.

This suited Foots., as the lack of clutter in the middle of the field allowed their experienced backs to control the game.

Carnoustie started off the stronger but Foots., struck first when Grant Carmichael scored a fine try after Bryan Conlan slickly  ‘put him through’.

Carnoustie then got a try which they converted.

Bryan Conlan then went over for a fine individual try which Paul Bowyer converted.

Carnoustie replied in kind before a good handling movement allowed Tom Gelling to go over..

Half time Carnoustie 12 – Foots., 17

Playing up the hill Foots., had to defend heroically for long periods to hold out Carnoustie  but the pressure finally told and Foots., conceded

A try which Carnoustie converted.

Foots., went ahead about 15 mins., from time through a good try taken by Grant Carmichael converted by Paul Bowyer.

However Carnoustie drew level shortly before the end and came very close about 5 mins from time only to be thwarted by a magnificent tackle from Campbell Calder.

Just about full time Foots., won a penalty which Paul Bowyer calmly slotted over for a memorable victory.


Final score Carnoustie 24 – Foots., 27


This was a win which will be long remembered.

It would be wrong to single out individual players , but mention must be made of Dave Kenyon who played almost throughout the full game ,as the whole team played well with Stuart Hall also contributing during the 15 minutes he was on the field.

Once again the players and managers feel aggrieved at being the last people to know when call offs occur.

It only takes you one text or phone call , I don’t think that is asking too much of you.

This week home to Madras. 

Please find report,


Alan Aaron


The Second Fifteen are at home this weekend against Harris 2s. Kick-off is 1400 and the boys invite all supporters to come and cheer them on. All the best Boys!

Cast Tups


The Cast Tups are always on the lookout for players so anyone looking for a game and beer please contact one of the two Norries by emailing [email protected] or 07717627013 ASAP. The over 30s training starts back this Tuesday at Alva Academy from 1900-2000 on the AstroTurf. Their training consists of a good game of touch rugby followed by team tactics in the Wool Pack.


The next match on the fixture card is against Kinross on the 26th of January. Please put in for holiday time now!


Also another date for your diary is 1rst June at Highland RFC!! The 5th Golden oldies rugby festival. Please see the website for more information. www.hillfootsrfc.co


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