After the success of last weekend’s friendly, the Quines were ready to face Huntly Ladies RFC in the next stage of the league. The squad to face Huntly was a mix of familiar faces and keen newbies, and even after a little reshuffling, everyone was ready to show what they’d been working on this past week.
Kick Off may have been slightly delayed, but the Quines didn’t have to wait long for the first try, courtesy of speedy winger Chloe McGregor. Scrum half and star kicker Jenna Woods missed this conversion, but got another chance soon after, thanks to a try by the aptly-named Kirsty ‘Jynx’ Coghill. This time, Jenna managed to nudge the ball over the bar.
One try was not enough for Chloe, who scored her second of the day halfway through the first half. After another successful conversion, the Quines didn’t have to wait long for more points, thanks to fresh face Jenny Macdonald who stormed through the opposition to score. Keeping up her streak, Jenna Woods converted this as well.
A missed penalty for the Quines prevented change to the scoreboard, but not for long, thanks to our brilliant captain Maedbh Smyth crossing the line to bring try number five for the team. Unfortunately this was not converted. Huntly finally managed to make a break through the Quines’ defences, and despite a close and tense chase from ever-reliable full back Mhairi MacPhail, Jasmine Edwards scored the first try for the opposition. Luckily for the Quines, the conversion was missed.
It takes more than one try to get the Quines down, and sure enough, Jenny scored her second try of the day, making it a fantastic first game for our new recruit. Despite her best efforts, Jenna missed this conversion, and so at half time, it was Quines 36, Huntly 5.
A quick change replaced one rugby newbie with another, as Marina Torres came on for Victoria Boulind Arqued. After the restart, the Quines got straight back into the action, with returning retiree Rachel Kirk scoring a try, which was unconverted. A small break in the Quines’ defence let Huntly through once again, allowing Nicky Chalk to score for the opposition, and convert her own try.
The next 25 mins were a tense and scoreless struggle on the pitch, with the Quines doing their best to push through an unyielding Huntly defence. With 20 mins left of the match, Rachel was replaced by the returning Eilidh Webster, her first game back from injury, and soon after, Victoria was back for more, providing an injury replacement for the fierce Lisa McGregor.
The fresh sets of legs were enough to finally help the Quines over the try line, with a second try for captain Maedbh. Jenna unfortunately missed this conversion, but redemption came a few minutes later with a successful penalty. With 30 seconds to go, the Quines set their sights on one last try, and sure enough, the unTouchable Syla Clarke put her speed and agility to good use, delivering on that goal with an excellent break across the line.
FT: 54 - 12
We greatly enjoyed this match, one of our first against Huntly, and we’d like to thank them for coming down, and look forward to meeting again!
Forward of the Match: Jenny Macdonald
Back of the Match: Mhairi MacPhail
DOTD: No one this week!
Opposition MOTM: Maedbh Smyth
Tomorrow, training continues as the Quines focus on their remaining league match of 2019 in Peterhead!
19:30 – 21:00
Woodside Sports Complex
All ability, fitness and experience levels welcome! Come on down and join our growing number of Newbies! : )