Sarah Beaney Cup preview for Sunday 10th March: runners, riders and verdict

Cartha Queens Park host Stirling County while Heriot's Blues entertain Hillhead Jordanhill

Heriot's Blues are back at home in Sarah Beaney Cup action on Sunday. Image: hhphotospace
Heriot's Blues are back at home in Sarah Beaney Cup action on Sunday. Image: hhphotospace

HERIOT’S BLUES will look to build on a good win over Cartha Queens Park last weekend when the Sarah Beaney Cup pool phase continues on Sunday with unbeaten Hillhead Jordanhill the visitors to Goldenacre. Hills have not played since mid-February but have won three from three to sit second in the standings.

The other match on Sunday sees winless Cartha, in sixth, hosting fifth placed Stirling County who have only played two games and won last weekend.

The Watsonians-Garioch tie is not taking place with the latter having been forced to cancel due to injury and illness. As it stands Watsonians have been handed a 28-0 win by Scottish Rugby for the game and now have 21 pool points from five games.

At the end of the seven-team pool stage, the top two will play in the final as part of Silver Saturday on April 27th at Murrayfield.

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The Lowdown –

Cartha Queens Park v Stirling County

Venue: Dumbreck @ 2pm

Teams –

Cartha Queens Park: C Olsen; K Renicks, J McAslan, S Jessiman, N McCreadie; C Bell, K Brown; B Charlton, S Djoh©, C Baker-Hughes, A McIntosh, E Gilmour, K Gray, Nieuwoudt, S McMillan. Subs: R Cobban.

Stirling County: S Phimister; F Keys, C McLaren, ⁠Ciorstaidh Ainsworth, S Murdoch; Ceitidh Ainsworth, J Murdoch©; C Brown, A Sutcliffe, E Fleming, S Taganekurukuru, H Bogan, K MacDonald, H Davis, R Cox. Subs: A Luke, P Aitken-Robinson, A Hopwood, J Duncan, B Henderson, E Middleditch, S Mitchell.

Key clash: Samantha Djoh versus Aicha Sutcliffe

Team news –

Cartha Queens Park: A slightly reduced squad this week due to unavailabilities through work and injury plus the need to put out a seconds. Kimmi Renicks – a GB judo champion and a Commonwealth Games champion –  makes her first start after playing well off the bench versus Watsonians last month.

Stirling County: Forwards Eilidh Fleming, Sam Tagenakurukuru and Holland Bogan return from Celtic Challenge duty. Sophie Murphy is rested.

What the coaches say –

“We look forward to welcoming county to Cartha this week. We know this will be a tough challenge for the squad, but one that we welcome …” – Ally Hunter (Cartha Queens Park)

“We are looking for an improved performance from last week and are preparing for a tough encounter …” – Mark Ainsworth (Stirling County)

Verdict: Cartha have battled away all tournament and are making improvements of that there is no doubt, but Premiership champions County are back in the swing of things and are getting stronger.

Away win.



Heriot’s Blues v Hillhead Jordanhill

Venue: Goldenacre @ 2pm

Teams –

Heriot’s Blues: H Riddoch; M Thomson, P Kellie©, G Chicot©, M McNee; L Martin, A Evans; M Capaldi, M Taylor, A Wilson, C Syme, A Murray, R Sodden, D Stamp, A Savage. Subs: M Dadie, T Jenkinson, L Stewart, J Kerr, O Bell.

Hillhead Jordanhill: from C McGowan, D Lee, E Henderson, E Thomson, F Campbell, Telling©, H Lockhart, K Yeomans, P Abernethy, R Davidson, S Marra, Z Dura, B Tobin, B Carberry, C McDonald, E Barlow, Dunnett, H McHugh, J Miles, MA Wales, M Warren, R Fraser.

Key clash: Mary McNee versus Roma Fraser

Team news –

Heriot’s Blues: Alison Wilson and fellow prop Millie Capaldi are back from Edinburgh Rugby exploits while Megan Taylor and Morven Thomson also come in to the team.

Hillhead Jordanhill: Refreshed after a break since February 17, Roma Fraser, Carla McDonald and Eve Thomson are back from the Celtic Challenge to boost the group.

What the coaches say –

“The team has had some really good preparation leading up to this game, we have been fine tuning the details at training and with the return of our Edinburgh players Millie Capaldi and Alison Wilson into the forward pack we are really excited for this weekend. Hillhead Jordanhill have a had a strong Cup run so far, so we are excited to test ourselves against them, and show all the hard work that’s been put in by the girls this season …” – Giselle Chicot (Heriot’s Blues, co-captain)

“We’ve had a really enjoyable few weeks as a group building towards Sunday’s game. As a coach I’ve enjoyed watching the team prepare on the pitch, but also, importantly, enjoying one another’s company with some faces returning from Celtic Challenge duty. Consistency in approach is vital for us as we take each game as an individual opportunity to show what we’re capable of.  We fully respect the intensity and physicality Heriot’s bring to the game and have been preparing for a very competitive match. As always, we are looking forward to a good test at Goldenacre …” – Stephen Gillies (Hillhead Jordanhill)

Verdict: This will be a stern test of Hills’ unbeaten start to the campaign. Heriot’s have had a good start to the pool stage too and have key tight-head Alison Wilson back. The visiting squad has real competition in it and they have a finisher like Roma Fraser on form after a Glasgow Warriors stint, so that may just swing it.

A tight away win.

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