Murrayfield Wanderers and Hillhead/Jordanhill set for cup battle

Murrayfield Wanderers take on BT Women’s Premier League rivals Hillhead/Jordanhill In the Sarah Beaney Cup final on Saturday in the BT Cup Finals Day.

It’s a repeat of last year’s final, where Wanderers came out on top. Hillhead/Jordanhill will be out for revenge, having also lost out on the league title to their Edinburgh rivals earlier this season after an 18-12 defeat.

The Glasgow club’s captain Louise McMillan said: “We have been developing throughout this season and our group of players are ready to challenge Wandies once again at BT Murrayfield.

“We have so much experience across the squad and we believe that we have the ability to overcome strong opposition, it will be an exciting match between two rivals.”
Sarah Quick, Murrayfield Wanderers captain, said: “We’ve got a lot of experience in our squad with many Scotland Women internationals involved, particularly across our back-line.

“The team have quality players across key positions who have performed well all season. We won’t be trying to do much different but will play to our strengths in what will be a competitive final with Hillhead.”
The match kicks-off at 1.15pm but the big day begins with the Women’s Plate and Bowl finals at 11am where Stirling County face Stewartry and Kirkcaldy take on Garioch.

Stewartry captain, Chloe Johnstone, said: “Having reached the BT Women’s Plate final feels amazing. We as a team have worked so hard this season and finishing fourth in the BT Women’s Premier League shows what we can do together as a strong team. Winning the final would be a massive accomplishment and would end the season on a high and give us the drive to go further next season.”

Stirling County captain, Rachel Shankland, said: “It’s brilliant to be in the Plate final again and every single player is looking forward to it. We’ve come so far as a squad since this time last year and can’t wait for the opportunity to show what we can do.

“To be named BT Women’s Plate champions would be an absolutely amazing finish to the 2016/17 season; words can’t describe what it would mean to the team who have put so much into training and worked hard all season. It’s always a cool experience to be at BT Murrayfield and the excitement and atmosphere of the whole day is great,”

The best of Scotland’s club rugby will also be on show when Melrose and Ayr meet in a repeat of last weekend’s BT Premiership final, where Ayr edged out league-leaders Melrose 12-8 in a tense affair at The Greenyards with the Millbrae men aiming to achieve this season’s double.

The BT Cup and Sarah Beaney Cup finals will be streamed live on Scottish Rugby TV’s YouTube channel on the day.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for U18 and senior citizens with clubs receiving a commission for any tickets purchased which are associated with their club.

BT Cup Finals Day, BT Murrayfield, Saturday 22 April

International Pitch:

BT Men’s Bowl Final: Blairgowrie v Portobello (11am)
Sarah Beaney Cup: Murrayfield Wanderers v Hillhead / Jordanhill (1.15pm)
BT Cup Final: Melrose v Ayr (3.30pm)
BT Men’s Shield Final: Murrayfield Wanderers v Carrick (5.45pm)

Back Pitches:

BT Women’s Plate Final: Stirling County v Stewartry (11am)
BT Women’s Bowl Final: Kirkcaldy v Garioch (11am)