Premiership: Hillhead Jordanhill clinch third place with win over Heriot’s Blues

Sonia Smolina, Heather Lockhart and Hannah McHugh score tries in a 22-0 win for Hughenden side

Brogan Carberry of Hillhead Jordanhill takes the game to Heriots Blues. Image: Malcolm Mackenzie
Brogan Carberry of Hillhead Jordanhill takes the game to Heriots Blues. Image: Malcolm Mackenzie All photo usage must carry mandatory copyright credit ©Malcolm Mackenzie

DESPITE giving up home advantage to make sure the game was played, Hillhead Jordanhill put together a composed performance to secure a 22-0 win over Heriot’s Blues on the 4G pitch at the University of Edinburgh’s Peffermill facility on Saturday. 

This bonus-point victory for the Glasgow side in the only top flight club game in Scotland to go ahead over the weekend clinched third-place in the Women’s Premiership, behind Watsonians and Stirling County who will face each other in play-off clash for the league title on 16th December

Winger Sonia Smolina led the way with two tries for Hillhead Jordanhill while the evergreen former Scotland front-rower Heather Lockhart also crossed as did centre Hannah McHugh. Carla McDonald converted one of the tries.

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Heriot’s battled hard throughout and commanded their fair share of territory and possession, but struggled to convert that into points on the scoreboard.

“It was a really pleasing win to round off the league season for us and it is good to finish in third place,” Hillhead Jordanhill head coach Stephen Gillies said. “It was a game we’ve been building towards over the last few weeks, so to see everything we’ve worked on and put in place come through on the day was a joy to watch.

“Heriot’s pushed us hard and congratulations to them on a positive league campaign. We had two really competitive games against them in the league [Heriot’s won the first meeting 38-12].

“Now it is time for the players to rest up a bit and build towards the Sarah Beaney Cup when it starts in the New Year.”

Heriot’s currently sit fourth in the Premiership table, but Corstorphine could still leapfrog them if they can win their final regular season game away to Watsonians next Saturday.

The other game next weekend sees, bottom of the table Garioch (with four league points) play their re-arranged fixture against second bottom Stewartry (with five league points), which is almost certain to decide which team ends up in three-way play-off against the top teams from the Caledonia Midland/East and the West regional leagues for top flight status next season.

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  1. Tremendous logistical effort from the Hills RFC women’s leadership team in giving up home advantage at Hughenden to travel to an away venue in Edinburgh; and to come away with an impressive win !!

    Very well done !!

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