CRIEFF High's winter rugby break came to an end on Sunday, January 30 when the Girls Under 15 squad, took part in the Midlands region Scottish cup qualifying tournament in Falkirk.
Ten Crieff High girls braved the freezing conditions and took on sides from The Community School of Auchterarder, a combined Glenwood High (Glenrothes) and Atholl RFC side and a Stirling Cluster squad made up of players from Stirling County and Stirling High.
The big feature of the day was the bitter cold, which detracted from the rugby on show. However, the Crieff girls acquitted themselves well, coming second overall. This granted passage to the quarter finals of the Cup and a home tie against the girls of Grantown Grammar, who had won the North of Scotland qualifying tournament.
The quarter final game was played on Wednesday, February 8 on the Campus pitch. It was a dreich day with a smattering of snow lying on the pitch. However, this time the Crieff girls rose above the conditions running six tries past their opponents for zero reply.
Try scorers Isla Bendall and Kate Hendry were both outstanding but it was a real team effort. Juliette Farrell converted two tries, Sammy Miller was close to scoring on several occasion, S1 girls Ellis McDowell, Rachel Ford and Mhairi Delany all showed up well in the loose, in fact all the Crieff players showed up well in both attacking and defensive chores with no weak links on the field at anytime. It was a very convincing win.
The girls will now go into the draw for the semi final of the Scottish cup. The tie is to be played sometime between February 27 and March 13.