Girls in brave effort against Hill Jills
U18 GIRLS EDGED OUT IN EXCITING SEMI: U18 Girls Club Cup Semi-Final 7th April 2017
Biggar 29 Hillhead Jordanhill 33
Biggar girls had a lively start against a very professional and well drilled Hills team and following a kick and chase scored a converted try to open the scoring within the first 5 minutes.
Hills responded very quickly with a try to take the scores level at 7 all. The game was very even for the next period with both sides displaying good attack and defence. Both teams were playing the game at a good tempo and it was Biggar who achieved the next score which was converted to make the score 14 -7.
Hills responded with a converted try to level the score at 14 all. Biggar scored again to open the lead to 19 – 14. Biggar continued to apply pressure and following several phases a try was scored by very good forward play. 24-14 (HT)
An injury to Biggar full back Sarah Denholm as part of this earlier play resulted in the referee blowing for half time slightly ahead of time. With paramedics still attending to the injury the second half was resumed on an adjacent pitch.
It was Biggar that scored first to make the score 29 -14, Hills responded quickly with a try taking the scores to 29 -19. The Hills girls enjoyed a prolonged period of possession and although the Biggar defence was responding it eventually was broken allowing a score between the posts with a successful conversion which took the score to 29 – 26.
Hills continued to mount attacks and with Biggar picking up further injuries their defence was broken again to take Hills into the lead for the first time in the match 33- 29.
With only minutes remaining in the game Biggar pressurised the Hills defence but it was Hills that finished stronger and held out to take the victory in a fiercely contested match that would have been worthy of the final.
Biggar tries by Megan McCarry, Jennifer Bell, Rachel Hill, Megan MacLeod , Julia Bell with 2 conversions from Emily Armstrong. Hills now proceed to the final against Stirling at Murrayfield.
Many thanks to the fantastic local support, the officials, Joanne Robertson and the Brown family for their sterling work and Richard Robinson for filming duties which must have been difficult in the reduced light of the second half!
PS- Sarah did not incur any breaks and was released from hospital later in the evening with muscle damage and bruising. (Currently sporting a very nice black eye!)
Report by Bill Denholm
Story date: 11/04/2017