Player of the Match Hannah Smith was delighted that her centre partnership with Abi Evans clicked on the big stage to help Hilhead/Jordanhill lift the Sarah Beaney Cup on Saturday.
Smith and Evans, who both have Scotland caps, scored two tries apiece to lead their side to a 26-23 victory over old rivals Murrayfield Wanderers.
“I really enjoy playing at centre inside of Abi because she has great feet and good awareness for a gap. Usually I try and set her up for tries, but it was also nice for me to get a couple of tries myself,” Smith, whose brother Matt plays for Glasgow Warriors, said.
“We lost out to Wandies in the decider for the BT Women’s Premier League back in January and that has spurred us on because we knew we had it in us to defeat them.
“The girls up front for us put in a load of work and thankfully in the backs we managed to finish off the chances.”
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Wandies Coach Rhona Shepherd said: “Fair play to Hillhead they played well, but I felt we were a bit sluggish at times and did not get into our way of playing and that cost us in the end. The girls are hurting after this one.”
Stewartry Captain Chloe Johnstone praised the team spirit and hard work her charges have shown this season after they ended a successful spell by lifting the BT Women’s Plate.
The Sirens performed well in their first season in the BT Women’s Premier League and took that form into this Plate event.
On the back pitches at the national stadium in this showpiece final they were tied 17-17 with County at half-time, but in the second half they stepped things up a notch and came out on top 29-17.
Centre Johnstone, who was one of the stand-out players in the Stewartry side along with Player of the Match Lisa Ritchie and back-row Sammy Durnan, said: “Over the season we have all worked very hard for a day like this and to be heading back to the club with a trophy means a lot to us all.
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“We tend to be slow starters in matches and that was kind of the case in this one again, but scoring a try just before half-time to put us level at 17-17 meant that we could regroup and really show what we are all about after the break.
“I thought in the second 40 minutes we showed what we can do, were more composed and we attacked and defended well.
“We can now take loads of confidence from this win into next season when we hope to compete well again in the top league.”
And Garioch skipper Alan Davidson could not hide back her delight after her side defeated Kirkcaldy 29-20 to take home the BT Bowl.
“This means so much. It is the first piece of silverware we have ever won,” the stand-off said.
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“The girls have worked so hard over the last three weeks training for this and I think nerves got to us a little bit at the start, but once we had reminded ourselves that we had come here to have fun we were able to keep our cool, and that saw us through in the end.”
Thanks to Scottish Rugby/SNS for the photo of Hannah Smith being presented with her award by Fraser Brown
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