Brewin Dolphin Girls’ Final Day graced the home of Stirling County today with five finals on the Bridgehaugh pitches.
Silverware went to Hillhead/Jordanhill/Cumnock; Earlston High School; Crieff/Perth/Kinross; Langholm and, in the showpiece U18 Cup Final, Murrayfield Wanderers who ran in ten cracking tries.
Nick Rennie, Scottish Rugby's Head of Clubs and Schools, said: "What a great celebration of girls rugby! My thanks to all teams and all supporters and to our sponsor, Brewin Dolphin.
"Congratulations to our five winners. It was encouraging to see some competitive action and there was clearly emerging talent on show from players who, hopefully, can go on to compete for Scotland in the future."
In the opening action a combined Hillhead/Jordanhill/Cumnock side dominated the under-18 Shield final registering a 53-0 margin against Gordon Schools, Huntly.
Scrum-half Mairi Macdonald was a deserved winner of the Player of the Match in this tie weighing in with two tries and four conversions and showing good skills as she orchestrated her team’s attack.
Other tries came from Abigail Evans (3), Rachel Shankland (2), Emma-Jean Edwards and Bronwyn McSeveney.
Taking place on an adjoining pitch was the under-15 Bowl final between Earlston High School and a Crieff/Perth/Ayr amalgam.
CPA stuck resolutely to their task but it was the Borderers who emerged victorious 62-24 or ten tries to four if that’s your currency of preference.
Laura Runciman, a famous name in Melrose rugby circles, cousin of the current Melrose back-rower, Grant, registered a hat-trick of tries and slotted the final conversion too for good measure.
Other Earlston points came from tries by Christie Rout (2), Naomi Kidd, Teigan Scobbie, Isobel Reid, Rhiannon Fagan and Morgan Smith. Rout kicked five conversions.
For CPA – which sounds like some trendy fitness regime – Katie Howat had two tries and a conversion, while Samantha Duthie and Shania Irvine also crossed for tries. Hannah Lynch added one conversion.
Next up was the under-18 Bowl Final where Crieff/Perth/Kinross - with a smattering of Blairgowrie and maybe Pitlochry too! - won 43-5 against a Bell Baxter side that was minus some Buckhaven players.
The CPK++ side, coached by former Glasgow Hawks' and Gordonians player, Rory McKay, controlled the game from the outset and scored seven tries through Jess Martin (2), Heather McDade, Eilidh Wilson, Niamh Flett, Ellis McDowall and Christie Whittle. McDade was on target with four conversions.
Bell Baxter had the last word with a try by Erin Watson.
Martin was named player of the match in this tie.
On to the under-15 Cup Final and this was a step-up in intensity with both Langholm and Hillhead-Jordanhill relishing their defensive chores and showing commendable agggression in contact.
Langholm won 24-14 with the lead given by their player of the match, scrum-half Rachel Law(pictured above).
Rachel, from Penicuick, younger sister of Scotland cap, Sarah, was among the Langholm try scorers, alongside her half-back partner Charlotte Hope (2) and forward Lauren Meager. Megan Paisley kicked two conversions.
Helen Frater, in the Hillhead-Jordanhill centre, scored a fine early try, operating outside Melanie Grant at stand-off. Grant, who kicked two conversions, tried hard to spark something for the Glasgwegians but their only other score was a second-half counter from full-back Zoe Toner.
In the Under-18 Cup final, Murrayfield Wanderers were triumphant 70-29 against Ayr.
There were three outstanding individual performances in this game. Wands' Scotland under-20 cap, full-back Rhona Lloyd (pictured above), the capital side's captain scored five tries; her colleague in the centre, Lisa Thomson, had a try hat-trick; and Ayr's stand-off Emily Irving, already a full Scotland cap, had a try brace.
Lloyd, a 17-year-old pupil at Tynecastle High School in Edinburgh who is a keen sprinter with Corstorphine Athletic Club, has been playing rugby since first year at secondary school.
She has her sights set on international honours. "Scotland are an up and coming team in women's rugby. The points margins will get smaller and very soon we'll be competing with the big guns. I want to be there when they do," she asserted.
Murrayfield Wanderers' other tries came from Coreen Grant and a penalty try. Thomson kicked two conversions and Lucy Park - who had a spell in the sin-bin - landed the other eight.
Ayr's additional tries came from No 8 Lisa Croniken (2) and her fellow back-rower Phoebe McDowall. Irving added two conversions.