Tennent’s Women’s National Leagues Preview | 3 & 4 September
As another weekend of Women's Premiership rugby kicks off, the Women's National 1 league gets started. Here is everything you need to know about this weekend's action.
Tennent’s Women’s Premiership
Saturday sees a Watsonians v Stirling double-header at Myreside and the Women’s team kick off proceedings in the Premiership, followed by the same fixture between the FOSROC Super6 sides.
Following from their Round 1 victories, Watsonians and Stirling County will both look to continue their winning streak.
With Watsonians racking up nine tries against Cartha and County scoring eight against Hills, it is safe to assume that the meeting between these two sides will be nothing short of exciting.
Looking ahead to the game, County Head Coach, Mark Ainsworth said: “We have had a good pre-season and I was happy with our result against Hills, however we are under no illusions that this weekend’s fixture against Watsonians will be a far tougher test.
“Last year Watsonians were the benchmark, so we look forward to seeing how much progress we have made.”
Watsonian FC v Stirling County – Myreside, 2pm
Finally, rounding off the weekend Heriot’s Blues will start their Premiership campaign as they host Corstorphine Cougars at Goldenacre on Sunday.
Heriot’s last meeting with Cougars in the Premiership was in November 2021, where the blues secured a narrow 10-12 win.
Head Coach, Lucy Brown said: “The group is excited to finally get the season started, as a coaching team we’ve started to really see the drive and competitiveness from the players. Last week we had a friendly with Biggar which gave us the chance to really see what we’ve been focusing on during preseason, come together.
“Cougars are a physical side but having beaten them before last season the group know what needs to be done to repeat that. Having the match at home on the main pitch at Goldenacre will be a great opportunity for the squad and for the club, and I can’t wait to get started!”
Reeling from their Round 1 victory which saw 10 tries scored from 10 individual players, Corstrophine Cougars will hope they can replicate a team performance against the Blues.
It’s a big weekend of rugby for Cougars and their Head Coach Eric Jones, as he now has two competitive squads on his hands. The Cougars 2XV will make their competition debut in the Tennent’s East/Midlands League on Sunday.
Looking ahead to this weekend, Jones said: “We’re delighted to have two teams going out on league business this weekend for the first time ever.
“We managed to field two teams on the same day last season when our 1XV played Watsonians and our 2XV played an American touring University.
“To now have them out in the competitive league structure is great as we can now provide regular rugby for everyone at Cougars.
“We’re looking forward to making the short trip across the city to Heriot’s, who I know will be looking forward to hitting the ground running. Cougars are ready for a competitive and physical game.”
Heriot’s Blues v Corstorphine Cougars, Goldenacre, 2pm KO
Cartha Queens Park had been scheduled to host Garioch at Dumbreck this Saturday, however Garioch have conceded due to player numbers. Cartha have therefore been awarded a 28-0 win.
Garioch are next due to play at home on Sunday 11 September against Stirling County, whilst Cartha will next play on Saturday 17 September, away to Heriot’s.
Hillhead Jordanhill have a bye this weekend following on from their first win of the season last weekend against Garioch (5-39) last Saturday. Hills will return to the pitch on Saturday 10 September when they host the Blues at Hughenden.
Tennent’s Women’s National 1
The Women’s National 1 division restarts this weekend, with three fixtures taking place on Sunday 4 September.
The winner of the National 1 division will earn promotion in the Tennent’s Premiership in the 2023/24 season.
Biggar and Ayr will start their 2022/23 season the way they saw out the 2021/22 season as opposition against one another. Biggar out-scored Ayr six tries to four at BT Murrayfield back in May to take home the National Plate.
Stewartry are on the road to Howe of Fife, playing at Duffus Park. It has been some nine months since the sides last met in National 1, where Stewartry claimed the victory (25-36).
And it’s east versus west in the final fixture of the league, as Broughton welcome West of Scotland to Wardie.
All three fixtures kick-off at 2pm.