National Youth Girls’ Cup and Shield finals: Stirling County too strong for Edinburgh Harlequins

Bagar triumph in under-16s final

Stirling County defeated Edinburgh Harlequins in the National Cup Final. Image: Bryan Robertson
Stirling County defeated Edinburgh Harlequins in the National Cup Final. Image: Bryan Robertson

U18 Cup Final:

Edinburgh Harlequins 0 – 55 Stirling County RFC

STIRLING COUNTY retained their under-18 Cup title with a comprehensive win over Edinburgh Harlequins on the international pitch at Murrayfield with tries scored by hooker Aria Hannigan, second-row Charlotte Russell, winger Rosalind Turnbull, full-back Mazzy Walker, flanker Rebecca MacKenzie, replacement second-row Nicole Flynn (twice), stand-off Freya MacColl and replacement hooker Eilidh Fleming, while MacColl kicked three conversions and Lucy MacRae added two.


U16 Cup Final:

Stirling County 5 – 38 Biggar RFC

Lisa Brown set Biggar on course to victory with a powerful run and early try, then  a self-converted try from stand-off Poppy Mellanby and a third try in quick succession from scrum-half Annabel Godfrey (converted by Mellanby) made it 19-0 at the break. Mellanby struck again at the start of the second half to keep Biggar on the front foot, then Brown got back in on the act (converted again by Mallenby), before Cailin Lardner got County off the mark in the final score of the game.

Biggar were under-16s Shield Champions. Image: Bryan Robertson
Biggar were under-16s Shield Champions. Image: Bryan Robertson

U18 Shield Final:

Tayside 41 – 29 Biggar RFC

Tayside rallied from 7-29 down to secure an excellent comeback victory. Biggar had taken an early lead through a brace for stand-off Abigail Barrett, but their opponents bit back with a try for centre Rebecca Carroll, converted by Grace Fraser. Tries for Eve McAlee and Barrett, the first converted by Freya Lejkowsk, put County back on the front foot at 29-7 at half-time, however the break brought a massive momentum shift, with Pheobe Lawson, Grace Mathers, Jocelyn Norrie, Grace Mathers, Phoebe Lawson and Norrie all dotting down to secure Tayside’s win.


U16 Shield Final:

Dumfries Saints 12 – 55 Murrayfield Wanderers

Niamh Waters (twice), Eilidh McCulloch, Madison Borthwick and Alice Mason scored, with Waters converting once, to put Wanderers in a commanding lead, but Zara Fisher touched down before the break to give Saints a sniff. Waters restored normal service with three self-converted tries at the start of the second half, then Daisy McFegan nipped in for the Saints to set up a conversion for Maison Dunn, before Waters claimed her double-hat trick in the final minute.


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4 Comments

  1. The Offside Line do great work covering Scottish rugby and I appreciate this is done with very limited funding and a lot of personal commitment from the journalists. With all that said, I think it’s time for equality in coverage of female and male rugby. It would be hard to justify to young girls why this is not the norm.

    • I totally agree the girls should have the same style of articles and coverage, but there is no coverage from TOL of the National Shield boys’ games yesterday with the exception of a photograph of the 18 winners Ayr and one line. Nothing on the 16s shield at all. At least the girls got a paragraph I suppose…Well done to all the finalists!

    • Ah your willing to put your money behind that statement? Donate to the offsideline or volunteer to journal for them if it matters so much to you.

      To many people demand equality but just moan on twitter etc and do nothing.

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      • Angrygalafan just to clarify your point, you are saying that the underrepresented should stay quiet about the inequality evident in their sport; and if they want representation that they should pay? That’s very 19th century of you but you are entitled to your opinion. I just wonder how many fans of the clubs who received excellent coverage of their matches pay for that privilege? Would be interesting to know the stats.
        Well done to all who played on Saturday, be proud!

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