Sarah Beaney Cup: Hillhead Jordanhill and Watsonians march on

Pool toppers make it three bonus-point wins from three games played

Hillhead Jordanhill's positive run in the Sarah Beaney Cup continued with a big win away to Garioch. Image: Gareth Falls
Hillhead Jordanhill's positive run in the Sarah Beaney Cup continued with a big win away to Garioch. Image: Gareth Falls

HILLHEAD JORDANHILL and Watsonians both made it three bonus point wins from three in the Sarah Beaney Cup group stage over the weekend. They ran in eight and nine tries respectively to make it 15 points from a possible 15 each.

The Glasgow outfit had defeated Cartha Queens Park and Stirling County at home previously and their first road trip in the competition was to Inverurie to face Garioch. It was a test that Hills passed with flying colours, running out 50-5 winners on Saturday at Kellands Park.

Sonia Smolina scored two tries and ⁠Brogan Carberry, ⁠Beth Tobin, captain Hannah Telling, ⁠Zelda Dura, Philippa Abernethy and ⁠LJ Crawford all crossed too for the victors with Millie Warren (2), Melanie Grant (2) and Emma Barlow kicking conversions.

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Hillhead Jordanhill head coach Stephen Gillies said:  “It was a good win against a Garioch team that was fully committed throughout. At times we were ruthless in attack and at times the game got a bit scrappy and we let our focus and fluidity wander

“There were positives to take as always and learning points to focus on in preparation for Heriot’s Blues in a few weeks [March 10th].

“I was really proud of how those who haven’t had as much game time in recent weeks stood up and played, including another two debutants moving up from our 2nd XV.”

Garioch have now lost to Heriot’s and Hills and their try on the day came from Jess Silcocks.

“Hills travelled with a strong squad and I was really pleased in general and the second half was close,” Garioch head coach Dave Duguid said. “We should have had a couple more tries, but I’m happy with our progression and players stepped up with Nikki Simpson and Megan Hyland away with Glasgow.”



On Sunday, Watsonians built on their victories over Corstorphine and Heriot’s with a 51-5 triumph over Cartha Queens Park at Myreside.

They led 27-5 at half-time thanks to two tries each from from Ami Conchie and Mary Nelson, and one from Rachel Philipps, with one conversion from Susie Clements.

After the interval, Nelson, Laura Buckingham, skipper Rachel Law and Shannon Macey scored tries and Clements converted two.

Captain Law said:  “We were really pleased with the performance. We know how physical Cartha can be, they have a number of strong ball carriers so we knew we had to be solid defensively which I think we were.

“In attack, we moved the ball nicely and got it wide and into the areas we needed to. We scored some nice tries and we will just keep on building in the competition.”

Cartha ‘s try was scored by Sam Cockburn. Their head coach, Ally Hunter, said:  “Again the scoreline doesn’t reflect the work we put in I thought our players were excellent and we controlled the ball and territory for long periods.

“Credit to Watsonians though as they punished our errors when they had the chance and that’s a big learning curve for us in our development, but again I am happy with how we continue to build through this competition.”

The tournament now takes a break until March 2nd when there are three matches scheduled in the seven-team event. At the end of the group stage, the top two will play in the Sarah Beaney Cup Final as part of Silver Saturday on April 27th at Murrayfield.

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  1. Well done to Watsonians and HillJills on winning.

    More worrying though is the call offs at the weekend. One in the cup, two in the Shield and one in the Bowl.

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