Glasgow Hutchesons Aloysians RFC

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GHA
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Full name Glasgow Hutchesons' Aloysians Rugby Football Club
Union Scottish Rugby Union
Founded 2002
Location Glasgow, Scotland
Ground(s) Braidholm
President Scotland Euan Baillie
Coach(es) Scotland Euan Clark (Head)
Scotland Ben Addison
Scotland Donald Malcolm
Scotland Peter Jericevich
Scotland James Eddie
Captain(s) Scotland Paul Harkins
League(s) Scottish National League Division One
2015–16 7th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.gharugby.co.uk

Glasgow Hutchesons Aloysians Rugby Football Club, often abbreviated to GHA and colloquially referred to as G-HA!! /ˈhɑː/, is a Scottish rugby union club based in the Giffnock area of Glasgow, which currently plays in BT National One. The club plays its home matches at Braidholm.

History[edit]

The club was established by the 2002 merger between Glasgow Southern RFC and Hutchesons' - Aloysians' RFC.[1] The former club was originally known as Clarkston but was renamed in 1995 with the ambition of creating the premier side on the South Side of Glasgow. The latter club was also formed as the result of an earlier merger between the former pupils (FPs) clubs of Hutchesons' Grammar School and St Aloysius' College. The merged club is now firmly established as the premier club on the South Side of Glasgow.

Hutchesons’ Grammar School F. P. R. F. C.[edit]

The Club was formed in 1923 playing out of Auldhouse, the school’s sports ground in Thornliebank. Admitted as a full member of the Scottish Rugby Union in 1937, the Hutchesons’ Club entered the National League system in Season 1973 at 2nd Division level, having dispensed with tradition to some degree by opting for "Open" status two years previously, a significant decision forced, by necessity, on many Scottish F.P. Clubs at that time.

1990 was to see further constitutional change when the club agreed amalgamation with close friends and one time rivals to form Hutchesons' Aloysians R.F.C.

Old Aloysians R.F.C.[edit]

By contrast, the Old Aloysians’ club was formed in 1955 for the sole purpose of undertaking a challenge match against the extremely successful Saint Aloysius’ College 1st XV. The unexpected success of this venture resulted in a decision to seek regular fixtures which led to a continuing upsurge in interest and the inevitable and rapid expansion of the F.P. Club. The first fixture was against Hutchesons’ Grammar F.P.R.F.C., coincident with the invitation from Hutchesons’ Grammar School to Saint Aloysius’ College 1st XV to undertake regular fixtures. This long standing friendship led to the amalgamation in season 1990–91.

Hutchesons’ Aloysians R.F.C.[edit]

Richard Allan was selected as the club’s first full internationalist for the Irish fixture at Murrayfield in 1969, to be followed by other distinguished players who gained representative honours. Brothers Gordon and Alan Bulloch were to gain national caps, with the former captaining the national side on several occasions. Ray Nelson was to achieve caps for the United States national team the U.S. Eagles.

Clarkston R.F.C.[edit]

A view of the stand and club house at Braidholm, GHA's home field

Unlike the two Former Pupil Clubs now involved at Braidholm, Clarkston R .F.C., since its formation in 1937, has always been an "Open" club, created by a variety of former pupil rugby players who did not wish to undertake cross city travel to indulge in their sport. Significantly the first club chairman was a Glasgow Academical, the first President a Glasgow High Former Pupil and the longest serving Club Captain and Coach, Andrew Williams a product of Allan Glen’s.

Playing initially at the local authority’s Overlee ground, years of tireless fund raising saw the Club’s new facility at Braidholm opened by S.R.U. President Charlie Drummond in January 1971. The Club entered the new National League structure in 1973 at 4th Division level, rising through the years to division two. With three pitches. floodlights, 250 seater stand and expanded Clubhouse, in recognition of its changing character and by a significant membership majority at the May 1995 A.G.M., the Club altered its name to Glasgow Southern R.F.C.

Glasgow Southern R.F.C.[edit]

Over several years a variety of players graduated through the Club participation from both youth and senior level to achieve representative status. Full International caps were awarded to Gordon McIlwham, and Euan Murray while others have achieved selection at Youth level.

Further Development[edit]

Agreement reached with a development organisation saw the original 1970 Clubhouse demolished to make way for a health club. A new, state of the art, Clubhouse was formally opened by S.R.U. President Ronnie Young at Braidholm in January 2002. The Glasgow Southern name was only to survive for seven years before it became evident to all concerned that the sport on the south side of Glasgow would be best served through amalgamation, an initiative formalised in May 2002 with the formation of Glasgow Hutchesons’ Aloysians Rugby Football Club.

Senior Rugby[edit]

GHA run 5 senior sides, catering for all abilities and attitudes[2] - The club's 1st XV and 2nd XV teams play at a highly-competitive national level, with the 3rd XV (known as the GHA Lions) and 4th XV (known as the GHA Sharks) competing within the regional reserve leagues. Additionally there is a long established veterans team (known as the GHA Gazelles) who participate in a variety of social, friendly and touring matches.

Recent Results[edit]

Following the amalgamation, GHA took the place of the newly promoted Hutchesons Aloysians in Premiership Division Two, with the new club achieving promotion to Premiership Division One at the first attempt. The club has since spent three seasons in the top division - 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2007/08. Following three seasons in Premiership Two which saw a wealth of the club's most experienced players depart, ended in relegation to Premiership Three for season 2011/12.

In Premiership Three, with the arrival of a new coaching team and experienced ex-professionals Andrew Henderson and Hefin O'Hare GHA managed to finish second but due to league restructuring were denied promotion. Within the newly regionalised third tier of 2012/13 the club achieved promotion by winning RBS Championship A thanks to a historic 23-0 final day, winner-takes-all match away to local rivals Cartha Queens Park.

Following a difficult first season back in the second tier the club once again had a complete change of coaching team, which almost saw a surprise return to the Premiership during season 2014/15, only to be denied 39-22 in a relegation / promotion play-off with Stirling County. In yet another severe reversal of fortunes, the club suffered a season of disappointment in 2015/16, flirted with relegation until safety was assured on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Playing Overview[edit]

Season League Position Cup Notes
2002-03 Premiership Two 2nd Round of 16 Promoted to Premiership One
2003-04 Premiership One 9th Round of 16 -
2004-05 Premiership One 11th Round of 32 Relegated to Premiership Two
2005-06 Premiership Two 9th Quarter-Finals -
2006-07 Premiership Two 3rd Round of 32 Promoted to Premiership One
2007-08 Premiership One 11th - Relegated to Premiership Two
2008-09 Premiership Two 6th Round of 16 -
2009-10 Premiership Two 5th Round of 32 -
2010-11 Premiership C 8th Group Stage Relegated to Premiership Three
2011–12 Premiership Three 2nd Round of 16 (West) -
2012–13 Championship A 1st Group Stage (West) Promoted to National League
2013-14 National League 8th Runners-up (West) -
2014-15 National One 2nd Round of 16 Premiership / National One Play-off
2015-16 National One 7th Round of 16 -
2016-17 National One - Round of 32

Competitive Playing Record (2002 - Present)[edit]

Record correct as of 23/04/2016

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Win percentage Last Victory
Aberdeen Grammar 13 8 0 5 327 323 61.54% 26/09/2015
Ardrossan Academicals 6 5 0 1 187 94 83.33% 22/12/2012
Ayr 11 2 2 7 143 210 27.27% 19/02/2005
Berwick 2 1 1 0 56 40 75% 24/09/2005
Biggar 17 13 0 4 420 307 76.47% 20/02/2016
Boroughmuir 9 0 0 9 152 328 0% -
Cartha Queens Park 9 4 1 4 203 167 50% 23/03/2013
Currie 6 2 0 4 95 119 33.33% 05/01/2008
Dalziel 5 5 0 0 153 66 100% 14/12/2013
Dumfries Saints 5 2 0 3 138 76 40% 26/01/2013
Dundee HSFP 13 3 0 10 197 352 23.08% 28/03/2015
Dunfermline 5 5 0 0 226 62 100% 03/11/2012
Edinburgh Academicals 9 3 0 6 135 233 33.33% 08/12/2007
Edinburgh University 1 1 0 0 24 6 100% 18/02/2006
Ellon 1 1 0 0 29 14 100% 03/12/2005
Falkirk 4 2 0 2 104 108 50% 16/02/2013
Gala 13 6 1 6 275 244 50% 18/10/2008
Glasgow Academicals 1 1 0 0 50 15 100% 01/11/2003
Glasgow Hawks 8 0 0 8 109 240 0% -
Grangemouth 3 3 0 0 94 40 100% 22/11/2003
Greenock Wanderers 5 5 0 0 196 92 100% 07/12/2013
Haddington 8 5 1 2 217 137 68.75% 03/03/2012
Hamilton 4 2 0 2 90 79 50% 30/08/2008
Hawick 9 3 0 6 167 205 33.33% 01/12/2007
Hawick YM 1 1 0 0 21 12 100% 20/01/2007
Heriot's FP 6 3 0 3 116 126 50% 15/09/2007
Hillfoots 1 1 0 0 28 3 100% 10/01/2009
Hillhead/Jordanhill 13 7 0 6 347 231 53.85% 21/03/2015
Howe of Fife 5 2 0 3 110 162 40% 23/04/2016
Jed-Forest 14 5 1 8 229 275 39.29% 07/11/2015
Kelso 18 13 0 5 440 286 72.22% 12/12/2015
Kirkcaldy 8 5 0 3 186 134 62.5% 11/02/2012
Lasswade 3 1 0 2 84 72 33.33% 21/02/2009
Lenzie 1 1 0 0 43 3 100% 30/10/2004
Livingston 1 1 0 0 22 9 100% 02/11/2002
Marr 4 1 1 2 78 104 37.5% 04/10/2014
Melrose 7 2 1 4 137 171 35.71% 12/03/2005
Morgan Academy 2 2 0 0 74 52 100% 19/11/2011
Murrayfield Wanderers 4 4 0 0 121 49 100% 18/03/2006
Musselburgh 4 3 0 1 133 103 75% 26/03/2016
Peebles 13 7 0 6 319 310 53.85% 03/10/2015
Perthshire 4 3 0 1 228 49 75% 30/08/2014
Selkirk 14 3 1 8 167 268 25% 15/11/2014
Stewart's Melville 14 7 0 7 234 337 50% 07/02/2015
Stirling County 9 3 0 6 144 238 33.33% 03/10/2009
Watsonians 15 3 0 12 262 467 20% 06/12/2014
West of Scotland 2 2 0 0 66 20 100% 12/01/2013
Whitecraigs 2 2 0 0 76 27 100% 23/02/2013
Total 332 164 10 158 7424 7002 50.9%

Current 1st XV Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Scott Carson Prop Scotland Scotland
Tony Brogan Prop Scotland Scotland
Michael Scott Prop Scotland Scotland
Jamie Leslie Prop Scotland Scotland
Seitaro Usuda Hooker Japan Japan
Gordon Campbell Hooker Scotland Scotland
James Malcolm Hooker Scotland Scotland
Jamie Auld Lock Scotland Scotland
Adam Barnett Lock Scotland Scotland
Ryan Jenkins Lock Scotland Scotland
Paul Harkins Flanker Scotland Scotland
Mike Ryan Flanker Ireland Ireland
Scott Plumridge Flanker Scotland Scotland
Ross Angus Number 8 Scotland Scotland
Grant MacDonald Number 8 Scotland Scotland
Player Position Union
Peter Jericevich Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Murray Houston Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Andrew Goudie Fly-half Scotland Scotland
Ben Addison Centre Scotland Scotland
Christopher Binnie Centre Scotland Scotland
Ross Findlay Centre Scotland Scotland
Max MacFarlane Centre Scotland Scotland
Euan Greer Wing Scotland Scotland
Andrew Spowart Wing Scotland Scotland
Nigel Kelly Wing Scotland Scotland
Andrew Gilman Fullback Scotland Scotland
James Edgar Fullback Ireland Ireland

Centurions Club[edit]

The following players have represented GHA's 1st XV on more than 100 occasions. Appearances for the original constituent clubs are also included on this list.

These totals are accurate to 18/02/2017.

Player Appearances Player Appearances
Euan Baillie 205 Andrew Gillman 119
Rory Watson 174 Ryan Jenkins 109
Rangi Jericevich 156 Andrew Boag 108
Richard Nolan 154* Trevor Carmichael 108
James Noonan 152* Martin Dunn 108
Ian Smith 141* Andrew Richardson 105*
Niall Cassie 138 Andrew Healy 103*
Alistair Menzies 133* John Fitzpatrick 102
Zander McIlwham 130* Jamie Auld 102
Paul Harkins 127 Andrew Henderson 101
Iain Nelson 125* Andrew Rushforth 100
Chris Binnie 123 Dom Sharkey 100*
Ross McClymont 122

*Appearances include games played for Glasgow Southern/Clarkston
Appearances include games played for Hutchesons' Aloysians
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Junior Rugby[edit]

GHA has a large junior rugby section consisting of over 300 boys and girls ranging from micros up to Under 18s. The junior section has contributed several players to the senior set up including James Eddie who subsequently signed for Glasgow's professional team, the Glasgow Warriors.

GHA's ongoing ties with Hutchesons' Grammar School and St. Aloysius' College can also be seen from the large number of pupils and former pupils of both schools playing at the club. Links have also been forged with local state schools, particularly Williamwood High School and Mearns Castle High School whose pupils and former pupils are also widely represented throughout the club.

The GHA Rugby Academy Logo

The GHA Rugby Academy[edit]

The GHA Rugby Academy was established in 2012 and is aimed at helping talented young players at the club to realise their potential and achieve their rugby ambitions.

The GHA Rugby Academy offers the club's most talented young players an opportunity to experience a professional approach to training and playing rugby. It was set up to produce future 1st XV players for GHA RFC, provide more players for the Glasgow district set up and ultimately get more players into National Age Grade Squads. It was seen as a necessary development and use of the clubs limited resources in order to develop the long term sustainability of the club and support its long term ambitions.

Notable former players[edit]

This is a list of former GHA players who had or went on to gain full-time professional contracts within a full-time professional rugby squad and/or achieved senior International, International A or International 7s Honours.

This list does not include players who were allocated to play for GHA in the Scottish Rugby draft[3] whereby players from Scotland's full-time professional squads - Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby - are annually drafted by Scottish Premiership clubs to play for them on weekends when not selected for the professional teams. During GHA's spell in the Premiership, current Scotland Internationals Johnnie Beattie[4] and John Barclay[5] were among those to be allocated to play for them.

Post the 2002 amalgamation[edit]

Active:

Retired:

Pre the 2002 amalgamation[edit]

Active:

Retired:

Scotland Club Internationalists[edit]

Scotland U20/U21 Age Grade Internationalists[edit]

The following players gained either Under 20 or Under 21 Age Grade International honours whilst playing senior rugby at GHA.

Under 21 (Age group was disbanded after 2006 season)

Under 20 (Age group replaced Under 21s from 2007 onwards)

Club Captains[edit]

Trevor Carmichael 2002 / 2003
Euan Baillie 2003 / 2004
Zander McIlwham 2004 / 2006
Rory Watson 2006 / 2008
Niall Cassie 2008 / 2011
Andrew Henderson 2011 / 2016
Paul Harkins 2016 / Present

Head Coaches[edit]

Gavin Walsh 2002 / 2003
David Wilson 2003 / 2005
Roddy Moir 2005 / 2008
Bill MacDonald 2008 / 2011
Gordon MacPherson 2011 / 2014
Craig Sorbie 2014 / 2016
Euan Clark 2016 / Present

References[edit]

External links[edit]