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Nerves were jangling today as the Howe Harlequins welcomed their old foes Annan Rugby to Duffus Park on a sunny Sunday.

A close rivalry has built over the years with Annan as the Quins formed at the same time as Annan and have always had a fierce battle both home and away. The visitors have rejoined National 1 this year after being relegated from the premiership, so the Quins expected this strong Annan team to test them in every way here at Duffus.

The Howe team looked strong on paper and within 5 minutes the new back line had worked their magic utilising their pace and direct running to see Niamh Feighan cross the white wash for the Quins first. Annan came back hard with a strong score but the first of many penalties given away by both sides allowed Phoebe Saunders to kick her first 3 points. A second Annan score took the visitors ahead until Saunders slotted her second penalty.

Another direct run from Rachael Mulholland gave Niamh Feighan an easy walk in after the centre broke through three tackles to run 2 thirds of the pitch to then pass onto Feighan. Not to be left behind, the Forwards decided to get in on the action with Adelle Ferrie breaking a couple of tackles to score behind the posts, Phoebe Saunders kicking the conversion.

Howe 23, Annan 10 HT

A few changes to the Howe pack and back line brought new power to the game. A Susie Clements kick to touch deep into Annan’s 22 gave the dominant Howe pack a chance to flex their Mauling muscles with a catch and drive that had Annan going backwards over their line and Stephanie Craig grounding the ball.

Annan however were not finished, pressure was applied and it was the visitors who scored last.

Howe 28, Annan 17.

A shout must go out to the Howe pack who dominated the set piece today. Beth Robinson for hitting her mark every time in the lineout and Becca Martland for her constant disruption, turnovers and tackles. The Howe back line were incredibly strong, Liana MitchellClaire Buist and Niamh Feighan all playing in new positions and performing well.

We also have to thanks all the Howe senior coaches and players who have integrated the Quins into their training sessions, it is paying off lads!

Annan are worthy opponents every time we play them and I am sure they are plotting revenge when we head down their way next month! We look forward to the challenge and Oban next weekend.

WOM Susie Clements
Forward Of The Match Becca Martland
Back Of The Match Niamh Feighan

Mon the Howe!



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The last league game of the campaign saw the Howe Harlequins make the trip to Edinburgh to face Broughton. After a convincing win the previous week & favourable weather conditions the Quins had every reason to feel confident.

From the kick off Howe exerted some early pressure and after some good attacking play & direct running by the forwards, centre Niamh Feighan made a good break in to the Broughton 22 only to be tackled just short of the line. Howe were able to recycle quickly and an overlap and some good passing saw Full Back Christianne Fahey go over for the opening score of the game which was duly converted by Megan Potter. 6 minutes gone & 0-7 to the Howe.

From the restart Broughton began to come in to the game with their larger pack competing very well at the breakdown. This allowed them to have a sustained period of pressure in the Howe 22 with only superb determination in defence from the entire team. Some notable big hits going in from Christianne and debutante Becky Moncur preventing Broughton from crossing the line.

Howe were able to soak up all the pressure and eventually come away with ball through some good running by forwards Phoebe Saunders & Stephanie Craig allowing a small breather and ending the first half on a positive note

HT Broughton 0 Howe 7

The Second half kicked off with Howe playing uphill on a not inconsiderable slope and again started brightly with some big carries from Adelle Ferrie & Megan Potter. However, in what was to prove a frustrating day in attack for Howe, they were unable to sustain any real pressure and it wasn’t long before Broughton were again on the front foot.

With Howe defending for most of the first 20 minutes of the second half and some big tackles going in from centres Eve Irving, Niamh Fiegahn & prop Megan Reid-Schachter. It was not to last though and eventually Broughton found a gap in the Howe defence to touchdown wide on the right and with the successful conversion the scores were tied up ‪at 7 - 7‬ with 15 minutes left to play.

With the game finely balanced it was going to take a moment of magic from either side to seal the win. Fortunately it came from Howe, following some good driving play to take them up to the half way line Captain Emma Wood took a short pass from the ruck and burst through the defence to score under the posts. The conversion attempt unsuccessful on this occasion.

7 - 12 to Howe and seven minutes remaining. Broughton were throwing everything they had at the Howe defence which stood firm and after turning the ball over Howe were able to relieve the pressure with some excellent running by Niamh and Christianne to take Howe back in to the Broughton 22. Some good hands saw winger Liana Mitchell step inside two tackles only to be tackled just short of the line.

Following some good phase play Broughton infringed at the breakdown conceding a penalty just to the left of the posts and again Megan Potter was on hand to slot it home followed by the referee’s whistle signalling full time. There can be no doubt that the grit and determination in defence of the Harlequins won the day.

Full Time Score

Broughton 7
Howe Harlequins 15



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The Howe Harlequins welcomed Garioch Women to Duffus Park on Sunday on their last home game of the current season. A full stand of sponsors and Howe faithful welcomed the teams onto the pitch and especially Phoebe Saunders on the occasion of her 50th appearance for the Quins. Our back row powerhouse and laser eye guided kicker is the first Quin to reach the magic 50. We are proud of and eternally grateful for her commitment and and love for this team.

The game was expected to be a hard one and Garioch started how they were going to continue by bursting through the Howe defensive line to put three scores past the Quins in the first half of the match. When Howe got their hands on the ball they looked dangerous with probing kicks from Pam Gibson and ferocious hand offs from Emilia Kristiansson but small mistakes cost Howe badly. Howe’s set piece worked well and it would be fair to say their scrum was dominant but with frustrations rising, Adelle Ferrie showed the strength and pace that she used all last season to burst through a couple of tackles and score just before half time. Phoebe Saunders converted. Howe 7, Garioch 17 HT.

With the rain coming down, the teams headed for the changing rooms for the half time chats. Quins came out feeling that the tide was about to change and with some new faces in the back line, they were ready! Unfortunately so were Garioch! Every trick Howe had up their sleeve, Gairoch had an answer. After the rest of the tries went over, the game ended at Howe 7 - Garioch 48.

A humbling day at the office for the Quins but a great opportunity to try out a totally brand new back line which showed potential for the future. Notable performances from Pam Gibson, Liana Mitchell, Stephanie Craig and the Captain, Emma Wood. Adelle Ferrie was back to her old self again being named Howe’s Woman of the match alongside the aforementioned Emilia Kristiansson. Garioch Named Howe’s Megan Potter as their player of the game too.

With the Quins in a development season, their future is looking better every week with the addition to the squad of Eve Irving and Niamh Feighan. Both of whom came on for their first appearances in a Quins shirt and added significant pace and physicality to the Howe back line. Welcome girls, its great to have you with us!

Next week we travel to league leaders Oban for a greatly anticipated fixture.



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The Howe Harlequins welcomed Broughton Women to the Duffus Park on Sunday as the Howe Of Fife celebrated a day of inclusive rugby. Howe Knights played The mixed ability Clan, Dundee Dragons played an exhibition match of wheelchair rugby and at 2pm, the Quins kicked off their game in front of the Howe faithful.

Howe decided to buck their trend of starting slowly scoring their first try of the day within 5 mins of kick off. A probing kick from Pam Gibson over the Broughton try line sent Stephanie Craig over for her first this season.

Broughton answered back immediately with their first of the day and the Duffus crowd then knew they were going to see a great game.

A strong run from Emilia Kristiansson resulted in her first for the day and not to be outdone, Katie Williams scored Howe’s third after an opportune kick on from Debutante Lily Thompson. Phoebe Saunders converted the first of that pair, Howe 17, Broughton 5 at Half Time.

Broughton started the the second half strongly and eventually scored their second. This pushed the Quins on and with some strong forward work from the Howe they powered their way back up into the Broughton twenty two. After a couple of crash balls, the backs worked their passing magic earning Emma Mackinnon a well deserved try converted again by Phoebe Saunders.

Broughton came back with their third with a strong showing from an in form Fullback but the last word was given to the Quins in form Fullback with Emilia punching through to score her second.

Howe Harlequins 29, Broughton 15 FT.

The Howe showed strength in their forwards with Emma Wood leading from the front as usual, great defence shored up by Katie Williams and Emilia Kristiansson and a never give up attitude, especially from Kirsty Wilson with her try saving tackle right at the end of the game.

A big thank you goes out to Broughton, always a tough team to play, always a hard hitting team to play but always a fair team to play. We wish them well for the rest of the season.

Our next game is our last one at home against Gairoch next Sunday. We hope to see you there.


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The Howe Harlequins welcomed Ayr Women to the Duffus Park for the first home game of the season with anticipation as the Quins had never met the ex Premiership side before. Howe were also introducing 5 new players to the Duffus Park, 1 home grown and 4 from their newly formed partnership with St Andrews University.
A slightly delayed start did not faze the Quins as they defended well when Ayr had the ball and attacked forcefully when possession came to the Quins. Unfortunately the Howe attack could not breach the Ayr defence in the first half but Ayr breached the Howe wing a few times to go into the second half 40-0 ahead.
After another early try, Howe Harlequins finally came to life with a storming drive up field with Phoebe Saunders planting the ball down. Howe 5-Ayr 47.
Megan Potter then puts a penalty kick over to score the last of Howe’s points for the afternoon. Howe 8, Ayr 47.
Ayr showed their class putting a couple of more tries on the board with a full time score Howe 8, Ayr 61.
Everyone within the Howe Harlequins setup are extremely proud of this rebuilding team. We showed some great touches with Pam Gibson’s boot, Emma Wood’s strong running and Emma Mackinnon’s hard defending and carrying particularly shining.
Ayr’s Choice of Quins Woman Of The Match was Emma Mackinnon. Howe chose Phoebe Saunders as theirs.
Next week we visit Greenock.