GHA v Jed: Mollison’s mullet for the chop as regular Premiership season comes to an end

Full-back will miss this weekend's final match of the regular Premiership season but has a date with destiny next weekend

Grant Mollison's mullet is living in borrowed time. Image: Craig Robinson
Grant Mollison's mullet is living on borrowed time. Image: Colin Robinson/Robinson Photo

THE regular season in the Premiership comes to an end on Saturday afternoon when GHA host Jed-Forest, but it will be seven days later when the mullet hairstyle that has become a feature of life at Braidholm this year comes to its own end in aid of a great cause.

Grant Mollison, the 28-year-old GHA full-back, will miss the rearranged game against Jed when sixth takes on eighth in the 90th out of 90 top flight games in 2021-22 because of a knee injury.

However, on March 19th he will take centre stage in the clubhouse when the most talked about haircut in Scottish club rugby is shaved off for charity.


Italy v Scotland: Townsend calls for clarity after van der Merwe suspension

U18 Schools Cup Final: success for Merchiston Castle over Stewart’s Melville

Rory Darge agrees terms on long-term contract extension with Glasgow Warriors


The flowing locks will disappear whilst club members congregate to watch Six Nations Super Saturday unfold on the television with Mollison raising money for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland in honour of GHA club member Stevie Burns.

Burns died suddenly of a heart attack in April 2020 and it hit many at GHA hard as he made a great impact as a coach, a team mate, and a friend at the Glasgow outfit.

“I didn’t know Stevie personally, but I know having spoken to lots of people at GHA just what a character he was and just how much of an impact he had within the club,” Mollison, who suffered his current injury in January, explains

“When it was put to me that I could help start of the fund raising for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland in honour of Steve which will keep going until the GHA Gazelles Testimonial Touch Tournament in June, I was more than happy to do so

“The mullet really started to take shape when the lockdowns came a couple of years ago. I was working from home and my team mate and friend Scott Derrick and myself were chatting.

“He is a barber so the subject turned to hair and we agreed to grow mullets. I have just kept it since then and, with his expertise, he has helped me to keep it looking as good as a mullet can!

“Unfortunately, he is away on holiday on March 19th so he will not be performing the charity shave, but Scott’s family will be on my mind during that day as he lost his dad Peter to a cardiac arrest in 2019.

“Peter was a great character and since his passing the family have worked hard to see more defibrillators installed at sports clubs and bars and such like, so if me getting my hair cut can raise some more awareness then that can only be a good thing.”

 

Season Appeal 2022

We hope you are enjoying our unrivalled coverage of Scottish Rugby. While mainstream media continues to reduce its interest in the rugby family in Scotland, The Offside Line does its very best to make sure all levels of the domestic game are reported.

Our commitment to the game and sharing its stories means that we do not have a paywall, so we would ask you (only if you can!) to support The Offside Line, either with a one off donation, or with a monthly contribution.

We have been keeping Scottish rugby in the news since 2016 and will have 3 million page views this year, making The Offside Line first for Scottish rugby.

 

So, how did Mollison’s rugby journey lead him to GHA?

He grew up in East Lothian playing for Haddington and then turned out for George Heriot’s School while studying there in his teens, then a move to Glasgow to study at Strathclyde University took him to GHA way back in 2011.

In his first few years in Glasgow he played for the club and then focused on university rugby, but in recent years since graduating it has all been about GHA and he enjoys being part of the club.

“GHA is a great place to play rugby, everyone at the club is welcoming and I have made lots of good friends here,” the project manager for Banks Renewables said. “It is scary to think that I first played for them over a decade ago and now I am one of the older players, certainly in our 1st XV backline, but it is all good.

“This season has been a bit ‘stop-start’ for us, but on our day we have shown we can play some good stuff and compete with the top teams in the division and now I just want to get back fit and try and play some sevens.”

To donate to ‘Shave the Mullet’ click HERE

The Lowdown –

GHA V Jed-Forest

Venue: Braidholm @ 1.30pm

Teams –

GHA: A Scott; B Jouary, C Lonergan, M MacFarlane, L Bardelli; A Goudie, G Baird; M Fox, A Falconer, B Boum, S Callaghan, J McCarthy©, M Ryan, D Ewing, J Bruce. Subs: T Brogan, S Carmichael, W Graham, S Simpson, J Peacock.

Jed-Forest: G Young©; K Hayes, R Marshall, R Yourston, R Shirra-Gibb; L Young, N Stingl; G Paxton, F Campbell, T Jeffrey, C Skeldon, A Sweenie, D Wardrop, B McNeil, F Scott. Subs: T Cromarty, P Ferreira, K Scott, E Lauder, L Elder.

KEY BATTLE: Andrew Goudie versus Lewis Young

Team news –

GHA: Two changes in the backline from last week’s game against Selkirk with George Baird starting at scrum-half and Luca Bardelli coming onto the wing. One change in the pack with Mike Ryan getting his first start of the season in the back-row. Tony Brogan, Walker Graham and Jacob Peacock are added to the bench.

Jed-Forest: Robbie Shirra-Gibb returns on the wing and Kieran Hayes is on the other. Injuries and the like still see a few players missing for this final game.

What the coaches say –

“We are looking to end the season on a high with our home fixture against Jed-Forest. It was a very close game against them three weeks ago and we will be looking to reverse the final score this weekend. The boys have trained well this week and looking to finish the season with a good performance for 80 minutes. We know what Jed-Forest will bring to Braidholm and everyone at the club is looking forward to the challenge.…” – Trevor Carmichael (GHA)

“GHA will be looking to finish their season with a home win, a win for Jed will make the bus trip home more enjoyable. Two points separated the teams last month with Jed taking the honours so GHA will hope to reverse that result. It’s the last game in a ‘stop-start’ season with league places secured for both teams it should a entertaining game for supporters .…” – David Grieve (Jed-Forest)

Verdict: GHA will have taken confidence from last week’s late win at Selkirk while Jed will be licking their wounds after a home thumping by Marr. Jed did beat GHA 22-20 on February 19th, but the Glasgow side should get revenge at Braidholm.

Home win.


Italy v Scotland: Townsend calls for clarity after van der Merwe suspension

About Gary Heatly 238 Articles
Gary has loved rugby ever since he can remember and since 2004 he has covered the sport and others in a professional capacity for many publications and websites and runs his own company, GH Media.