Sarah Beaney Cup round-up: wins for Corstorphine Cougars, Heriot’s Blues and Stirling County

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Corstorphine Cougars won at Garioch on Saturday. Image: Gareth Falls
Corstorphine Cougars won at Garioch on Saturday. Image: Gareth Falls

CORSTORPHINE COUGARS, Heriot’s Blues and Stirling County all secured bonus point wins in the Sarah Beaney Cup pool stage on Saturday.

Despite still having a number of players away on Celtic Challenge duty with Edinburgh, Corstorphione managed to pick up their second win in three matches so far in this campaign against Garioch in Inverurie, with Lorna Young, Aby Anderson, Kaylee Fraser, Pip Benson, skipper Emma Donaldson and Bekah Douglas all scoring tries and Kiyomi Honjigawa converting once in a 32-10 victory.

“I’m pleased to come away with the win,” said Cougars head coach Eric Jones. “We had four players making their first appearance for the 1st XV in the game and players playing out of position, so to get the bonus point away from home was what we were looking for. Credit to Garioch who stuck in until the final whistle.”

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Garioch’s tries came from captain Sammy Ross and Jess Silcocks, but they have now lost three from three, with head coach Dave Duguid stating:  “A couple of players pulled out with sickness on the morning of the game, so I was really happy with the way we came together and competed.

“We were actually disappointed not to come away with more points and we gave away a couple of soft tries. We are improving considering the last couple of times we played the same opponents we got beaten by a lot.”

Heriot’s Blues had not played since February 4th, but did not look rusty at all as they came out on top 54-10 at Cartha Queens Park, with Tabbie Brough (2), Matilde Dadie, Cat Syme, co-captain Pearl Kellie (2), Lisa Martin and Hannah Riddoch scoring the tries, while former Scotland skipper Martin added seven conversions. The Goldenacre side have now won two and lost one after this result at Dumbreck.

“It was an outstanding team performance,” Heriot’s head coach Craig Robertson said. “I couldn’t be happier with the commitment of the players and their discipline and determination which resulted in eight well-worked team tries. Lisa Martin had a great day with the boot as well.”

Cartha – who have now lost four from four – scored tries through Rosa Cobban and captain Sammy Djoh.

“We are disappointed with the result,” said coach Ally Hunter. “We scored a couple of nice tries, but didn’t take some of our others chances and Heriot’s were quick to punish our errors.

“However, as a coaching team and a squad we are looking at our performances and where we have come from since Christmas and the end of the league and the week-on-week improvement and buy in from the players is there for all to see.”



In a repeat of December’s Premiership final, Stirling County once again got the better of Watsonians. The 43-24 scoreline at Bridgehaugh got the home side’s campaign up and running after a loss at Hillhead Jordanhill early in February.

Ceitidh Ainsworth, returning from Glasgow Warriors involvement in the Celtic Challenge, led the way with 16 points. She scored two tries as did skipper Jodie Murdoch, while Angharad Hopwood, Sky Phimister and Rachel Cox also crossed. Ainsworth also kicked three conversions with Cox chipping in with one.

“It was not a vintage performance, but we managed to grind out a good win,” Stirling head coach Mark Ainsworth said. “Credit to Watsonians for turning up and putting in a gritty performance with a depleted squad.”

For Watsonians, who had travelled with no replacements, this was their first defeat in the competition after three previous wins, but they did pick up what could be an important four try bonus point. Sophie Anderson, Ailie Tucker and Mary Nelson (2) scored their tries while Susie Clements converted two.

“It was always going to be a big ask travelling to Stirling with no replacements, but we felt it was the right thing to do to fulfil the fixture,” Watsonians head coach Bruce Millar said.

“The 15 players who took the pitch put in a brilliant shift and fought right to the end, scoring four tries to earn us a bonus point. If we had been a little more clinical with our opportunities in the 22, especially in the opening quarter, we might have achieved a different outcome and we’ll continue to develop our attacking game over the coming weeks.”

The competition continues with three ties scheduled for this coming Sunday, March 10th. At the end of the pool stage, the top two will play in the final as part of Silver Saturday on April 27th at Murrayfield.


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