Grand Winter draw
All members should now have received an allocation of Raffle Tickets. The club requests that all members make a big effort to sell their allocation, the funds from which will go towards the proposed ground works for an extension to our playing facilities.
There are prizes for those who sell the most tickets!!
£50 to the person selling the most tickets
£30 for the Midi aged Boy/Girl selling the most tickets
£30 for the Mini aged Boy/Girl selling the most tickets
There are more tickets available from GY!
Contact him on 0774 678617 or on email@example.com
The draw will take place at Hartree Mill on Friday 13th December so please make sure your tickets are returned to the club by Thursday 12th if at all possible. At the very latest, by Friday at 5pm!!
Tickets can be returned via the SAE included with your ticket allocation if payment is by cheque. Alternatively, please hand tickets and cash direct to GY at midweek training, on any Saturday or Sunday, to a committee member OR stick them in the Club Post Box if no-one is available.
Please do your best! Thanks in advance.
Story date: 03/12/2013
Weekend fixtures for Sat 7th and Sun 8th Dec
Never mind that it's a Heineken Cup weekend, it's wall-to-wall rugby at Biggar this weekend.
1st XV v Lasswade RBS Edinburgh Regional Cup (H) KO 2pm
2nd XV v Dumfries 2nd XV Reserve League (H) KO 2pm
Colts v Boroughmuir; Original opponents Haddington have postponed due to the Dunbar tradegy and funerals and our hoped for stand in opponents Boroughmuir have also withdrawn. Ian is still looking for opposition......so watch this space!
Micro training 11-12noon
Micro (P3) and Mini v Musselburgh (A) Please note change of KO time. Please meet at Stoneyhill for 11am and an 11.30 kick off.
S2 v Dalkeith (H) KO 12 noon. Unfortunately Dalkeith are unable to field a XV for Saturday and therefore the S2's are without opponents this weekend.
U-15’s v Lasswade (H) KO 1pm
U-16’s v Linlithgow (H) KO 2pm
Story date: 18/11/2013
Biggar 1st & 2nd XV lose at GHA
GHA 22 Biggar 21
At the end of normal time and in what was the 82nd minute Biggar were dealt a cruel blow when referee Neil Muir found fault with the Biggar back line who he believed had crept offside. His decision was to award a penalty within 15m of the Biggar posts. With ‘time off’ due to injuries to Douglas Notman, Lewis McLachlan and Calum Taylor the kick was delayed but there was no error and GHA’s Scott Lang struck the ball between the posts to deny Biggar what would have been their second league win. Cue massive and understandable frustration from the Biggar camp although in truth, their first half performance (when they allowed their hosts to run in a couple of relatively soft tries as they failed to manage the pace of the home three quarters), was of greater significance to the result than the last penalty itself.
Biggar fielded a strong XV with a number of players returning after last weeks break. Reiss Cullen started at scrum half and had another fine day while others to impress were hooker Andrew Muir, flanker Lewis McLachlan, the ever reliable Jonno Sullivan and centre Conor Lavery. Their collective support and broken play running broke through the GHA defence on several occasions. A last minute change saw Stuart Harrison withdraw because of work commitments, his place taken by Notman who moved from back row to centre. Jamie Orr came off the bench and Richard Peacock moved up from 2nd XV duty.
Biggar’s game started badly and within 10 minutes they were behind to a try from Robbie Glen, converted by Murray Houston as their defence was split wide by sheer pace of Hefin O’Hare and Lang. Barely 6 minutes later and a counter attack from their own half after Biggar spilled possession in attack saw GHA open out and a neat passing sequence saw ball shifted out of the tackle and away from the cover defence. The result a second converted try, this one from Paul Harkins and Biggar were 14-0 down.
At this stage GHA looked odds on for a convincing win as although Biggar promised much, too many errors allowed GHA to escape punishment. Knock-ons, dropped passes and weak kicks proved to be costly as GHA pounced to either clear their lines or turn defence into attack. The Glasgow backs were in fine form and at pace cut some great angles to further frustrate the Biggar defence. Captain Douglas Notman was the first to incur the displeasure of referee Muir who on the instigation of touch judge Tweedale sent him to the bin for 10 minutes. This was all the more frustrating as scrum half Cullen had tapped and run when the initial penalty seemed to have been awarded to Biggar.
The next passage of play saw a Lavery touch finder take play to within 15 m of the GHA line. The home pack looked to have lost possession from a squint throw, but the ricochet was taken by Taylor who made a beeline for the GHA goal line. His progress was halted prematurely (surely!), as referee Muir blew for not straight, seemingly ignoring the advantage gained by Taylor’s take.
An incursion by the GHA side was brought to an immediate halt when Cullen then robbed O’Hare who was in full flight and who conceded a penalty. This passage of play had also featured home prop Scott Carson but he was forced to retire injured and as his injury occurred after GHA had already lost the services of two other front row players, scrums became uncontested. Although Biggar were finding the GHA unit tough to handle, this seemed to be more of an advantage to GHA as they had the greater number of put ins and therefore cleaner possession.
With just minutes remaining before half time there came a piece of magic. O’Hare chose to run again and as he broke to the half way line he was again met by Cullen who again ripped ball cleanly before setting off on a mazy run which took him up to, around, inside and then outside the remaining GHA defenders to cross for a ‘wonder’ try. This single effort was confirmation, if any was needed, of the youngsters’ ability and an indication of why he has just been selected for Glasgow U-18. Coming just a few minutes prior to half time and converted by Craig Parker, this try was definitely the shot in the arm that Biggar needed and brought to mind their renaissance (temporary though it eventually was) when GHA visited Hartree Mill earlier in the season. In that game Biggar had scored just after half time to threaten a comeback. Could there be a repeat but with a happier ending this time round? Half time 14-7 to GHA.
That September comeback foundered, but on this occasion the second half began with a host of changes to the Biggar XV and with the stern half time team talk of Armstrong still ringing in their ears. It was clear that Biggar meant business. There were no fewer than 4 changes, Calvin Henderson, Mark Bertram, McLachlan and Richard Peacock replacing respectively Kev Anderson, Jamie Orr, Luca Rees and Parker. This necessitated another switch with Notman returning to the back row from centre.
A series of infringements by GHA began to slow down and frustrate Biggar’s attacks and a repeated offside saw referee Muir dispatch O’Hare to the bin. Stand off Kayle Conner, who had taken over the kicking duties from Parker, kicked the resultant penalty for 14-10.
Biggar were also now making some decent turnovers and it was from one such opportunity that ball was moved from a stolen GHA lineout on half way to the right. Jonno Sullivan, Colin Arthur and Muir were all involved before Lavery made an incisive break through the first line of GHA’s defence. A well-timed backhand pass found McLachlan whose pace took him over the line for a morale boosting score. Conner just missed the conversion but Biggar were ahead at 15-14. An untidy restart gave GHA the initiative and with this they were able to press in the Biggar 22. A series of probing runs forced Biggar back and after another few drives referee Muir dispatched Taylor to the bin for killing the ball. Although numerically the sides were even, Biggar were under more pressure in defence but a timely pick up by Zane Carlyon seemed to ease this with the winger sprinting clear until he dropped like a stone after tearing a hamstring.
The possession gained by GHA was well used and while there was some excellent cover defence from Sullivan and Peacock the Glasgow side managed to retain control and territory. An unlucky knock on by Muir as he went for an interception gave GHA a scrum and they ran in a try from the solid platform it provided. Rangi Jericevich the scorer. Although Houston could not convert, the game see-sawed again as GHA regained the lead at 19-15.
Quickly back on the attack another penalty award saw Conner kick successfully to give his side another three points and creep ever closer at 19-18.
Taylor’s return gave Biggar a timely boost and a good take by Henderson and tidy ball saw a great passage of play initiated by a quick lineout to McLachlan. Possession was further advanced by Taylor, Josh Harvey, Lavery and Arthur and took Biggar to the GHA 22 but unfortunately an error allowed GHA to regain control and conjure a breakout of their own and one which was only halted by a great tackle from Sullivan.
Despite a very kickable penalty award, GHA opted to run the ball and to put Biggar under the cosh once more. The defence held pretty well but a yellow card shown to Peacock seemed a tad harsh as he appeared to be making a genuine attempt to intercept the pass.
A GHA error at the base of a scrum allowed replacement ‘9’ Davy Reive the chance to pinch ball and a couple of penalties later Conner struck what was almost the match winning 3 points to take Biggar ahead at 21-19 – herald the last few minutes and the drama already recounted.
J Sullivan, C. Parker, C. Lavery, D. Notman, Z. Carlyon, K. Conner, R. Cullen, C. Arthur, A. Muir, K. Anderson, C. Taylor, J. Harvey, E. Sanderson, J. Orr, L. Rees, Reps C. Henderson, D. Reive, R. Peacock, M. Bertram, L. McLachlan
A losing bonus is scant reward for a good second half performance but another indication of the need for 80 minutes of focus and application. With a handful of league games remaining it is still mathematically possible for Biggar to catch 8th placed Peebles but that might be a step too far as it would rely on other sides to win and lose as well as Biggar to record favourable results. Their aim then must be to catch Hillhead Jordanhill who are currently 4 points ahead. That should be achievable as in almost every game (for a spell at least) Biggar have demonstrated that they can play good quality rugby. The immediate aim however is to defeat East Lothian XV Lasswade who come to Hartree Mill on Saturday on Edinburgh Regional Cup duty.
Selection for this Cup game will test the strength within the senior club as there were 4 casualties on Saturday all of whom will most likely be ruled out for the coming weekend. Carlyon damaged his hamstring, Taylor and McLachlan received stitches and Notman suffered a knee injury.
The 1st XV game is one of 6 home games scheduled for the weekend with 1sts, 2nds and Colts at home on Saturday and with S2’s, U-15’s and U-16’s all at home on Sunday - which should be just about enough to satisfy the keenest of rugby fans!
The second XV lost as well but by a slightly larger margin but Malky Bruce is really appreciative of the Ref blocking the GHA player to give him a chance of scoring!!!!
Story date: 30/11/2013