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Glasgow recognition for Biggar Youth players

Many congratulations to Colt Ross Jackson who was called up to the Glasgow U-17 squad for their game against Ulster last Friday. Coming off the bench in the second half Ross played well although he couldn’t prevent his side from going down by 19-0.

Others to be rewarded with selection to the District side are centres Andrew Jardine and Peter Steele. Both have been selected to be part of the Glasgow Chiefs squad for forthcoming training.

Sincere congratulations to these players and to all others involved in the earlier stages of the District programme.

All the news from the weekend past (23/24th) and What’s On this Weekend?

Club News
The club is dependent on the support from and contributions made by its club membership who regularly volunteer and step up to help out with all manner of tasks.

Assistance on the committee is always very welcome – please speak to any committee member for more details - but not everyone can commit to that.

There are, however, a wide variety of roles which require filling and the following provides a brief idea of those roles for which we are currently seeking support.

Video analysis
The club is about to embark on an extensive and valuable programme of video analysis with Senior and Youth games all being recorded for evaluation and player development. The completed videos will be loaded onto the Coach Logic site and individual coaches and players will then be able to log in to view their matches and their own performance.

Needless to say there is a need for people to record the action and this item is a request for volunteers who would be willing to carry out the recording of the game footage.

No experience is necessary as there will be an opportunity for training. Availability at weekends is essential but if you are already a regular touchline supporter then this might be right up your street!

Anyone who, on reading this, think that they might be interested should contact Al Stewart or Nigel Pacey asap.


Programme editor
A volunteer(s) is being sought to handle the editing of the Match programme. There are a number of contributors to what is an excellent production but the club is looking for someone – or perhaps two people – who could work to pull the various elements together on the week of the match.

Some IT skills are required but an interest in the club and what goes on in the club is the most important quality! That way matters of note and interest to both Biggar and opposing sides supporters can be included so all are kept well informed and entertained.
Please speak to Al Stewart for further details.


This weekend


1sts v Watsonians BT Cup, away KO 3pm

2nds tbc

Colts v Dalziel friendly, home KO tbc



PLEASE NOTE CHANGE Minis v Lasswade/Portobello/Musselburgh (H) KO tbc

U-16’s v Preston Lodge (Edinburgh and District U-16 League) (Away) KO tbc

1sts and 2nds have mixed fortunes at Cartha.

Cartha 17 Biggar 47

Biggar’s last outing prior to competitive action took them to Glasgow and Cartha Queens Park RFC.

Having just missed out on promotion last season Cartha were in a similar position to last week’s opponents Howe but if a week is, as once suggested, a long time in politics (a fairly topical observation at present) it surely is the same in rugby as this was a very different Biggar XV from the one which sputtered into action last week.
With two good midweek session under their belt and with players becoming increasingly better acquainted with each other and with what coach Gav Blackburn is looking for, there were many positives from the match which Biggar won comfortably.

There were still some dull points which will take time to iron out – not least the times when having strung together several good scoring opportunities the side seemed to take their foot of the gas allowing Cartha back into things – but there was more than a semblance of teamwork and unity coming to the fore.
Free from the effects of jet-lag Andrew King at centre and Craig Bachurzewski at prop gave note that they will be a real asset while there were once again positive displays from Scott Swankie, Giles Borland, Mark Bertram and debutant Graham Jamieson.

Biggar exerted early, good pressure from the kick off and got into Cartha 22.  While Cartha were able to clear they made good ground into the Biggar 22 from a couple of penalties and opened the scoring from a neat blind-side move off a well worked lineout. 

Biggar then worked their way back into the game scoring three tries in the first half, through good link up play between backs and forwards. Bachurzewski scored off a good break from Scott Swankie, Mark Bertram scored in the corner after some good handling, and Borland added a third.  

17-7 at half time. 

Biggar came out like rockets after the break to score 3 unanswered tries in left hand corner in around just 10 minutes. Quick ruck ball and simple hands led to the first two with the 3rd a 60m run from Swankie.   Biggar then sat back slightly and allowed Cartha to have a positive 10 minute spell during which they scored a try. Not to be outdone Biggar hit back via a try from Craig Simmons with a good break from around 25m out.  

In addition to those already mentioned, it was great to see Alan Warnock and Michael Dunlop back in action, the latter in particular as he has now recovered after heart surgery last year.


The 2nd XV meanwhile managed to get a run out as well although they were heavily dependent on the availability of those who took their place on the 1st XV bench to make up the numbers.
Playing against the wind a tough opening half saw them turn round with scores tied at 0-0. Carha came out strongly after the break to run in 4 tries with Biggar finishing the match with a well-deserved try from ex-Colt Steven Campbell.
The match also saw four other of last years Colts making their senior debuts, Grant Hamilton in the pack, Aird Jardine at scrum half (Aird kicked the conversion), Alistair Sinclair at stand-off and Danny McAllistair in a variety of positions! All acquitted themselves well and it is of some importance that these boys receive the best support that the club can offer in order that they develop quickly.

Memberships are now due

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Glasgow recognition for Biggar Youth players

All the news from the weekend past (23/24th) and What’s On this Weekend?

Colts open their account with encouraging win.

Youth sides back in action at Dalziel and Peebles

1sts and 2nds have mixed fortunes at Cartha.



First XV

August 30, 2014, BT Cup Watsonians v Biggar,

Second XV

September 13, 2014, 2nd XV v Jedforest (A) Edin Reserve League 1,


August 30, 2014, Edinburgh League Biggar v Dalkeith,


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