Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

Youth sides back in action at Dalziel and Peebles

U-15's : Dalziel 7 Biggar 17

You'd be forgiven for thinking the first game of the season was going to be a scrappy affair with mistakes galore coupled with some light rust on the fitness front. You'd be wrong!

Biggar travelled to Dalziel Park to meet a side that they defeated at the tail end of last season but were under no illusions that this could easily be a tricky game if they didn't step up to the plate.

Early signs looked good with immediate pressure on the Dalziel defence and the Biggar structure looking solid. So they have been listening!!

Biggar moved the ball well through the hands, albeit a bit lateral, but realised their mistake and corrected quickly. With Biggar starting on the front foot the travelling support got what they wanted after 15 min with a try from Stuart Forrest. Matthew Stewart’s conversion attempt was wide of the target from a tight angle, however the fly-half was given another chance a few minutes later after Dalziel fumbled on their goal line and Robbie Orr showed presence of mind to touch down. Conversion successful.
Biggar continued to press forward and Declan Boulton always managed to pick the right lines to break through the big Dalziel pack on more than one occasion. His work rate was impressive not to mention his bravery in the contact area.

The second row showed great strength, pace and vision to collect a loose ball, and with some style ran in to score from the opposition 22m. I do believe it included a side-step!!

All the Biggar backs linked well and made ground regularly with composed performances from Niall Ball and Sam Greive.
Dalziel rallied in the second half and were eventually rewarded for their positive play in the latter stages as they bulldozed over to score their first and only try of the match using their weighty pack but left it too late for any real comeback.

A clean bill of health for Biggar U15's with lots of positive aspects to take into the next training session.
Tries: Stuart Forrest, Robbie Orr, Declan Boulton.
Conv: Matthew Stewart (1)
Man of the Match: Declan Boulton


U-16's : Peebles U16’s 19; Biggar U16’s 22

After a long and full pre-season, the whole squad was eager for Sunday’s first full match of the new season before the league opener next weekend.  The squad of 20 young lads including debutants Andrew Nimmo and Neil Jones, looked fit, well-drilled and fired up for what would be a great competitive match against rivals Peebles.  Although still mismatched in some quarters in size and stature despite some summer growth spurts (it always seems we are the smaller team), the Biggar squad played their socks off for a well-deserved, albeit narrow, win.

The game was evenly matched from the off.  Biggar with the kick off, took the game to Peebles and showed their immediate intent with hard hits and good rucking.  Although penalised a couple of times for not releasing in the tackle they kept the pressure on Peebles.  Early scrum’s were stable and lineouts evenly matched with Biggar continuing to counter height disadvantage by excellent lifting technique. 

A Peebles infringement allowed Biggar to kick for territory into the Peebles half and the lineout allowed the platform for a great training ground move by the backs to gain territory.  Although stopped by the Peebles defence, it gave the squad confidence and soon after Andrew Jardine spotted a gap in his own half and burst through.  Supported by Rowan Stewart and Marcus Dobbie they kept the ball alive despite going to ground three times with Andrew Jardine the one to make it over the tryline for an unconverted try. 

Peebles came right back at Biggar making it to the 5m line but characteristic of the day, Biggar fought hard and disciplined in defence to keep them out.  However, Peebles were relentless and after successive rucks and phases they went eventually found a gap, going ahead with a converted try.   Both teams had opportunities before the end of the first third, Biggar thwarted by a forward pass and Peebles denied by a try saving tackle by Rory McGinn. 

Peebles started the second third well, and an early scrum allowed the ball to be moved right and they powered over for an unconverted try.  Biggar took the game back to Peebles though, with Biggar pressure forcing several ruck infringements.  An injury to Biggar hooker Jordan Gray meant uncontested scrums and Gavin Raftery took over lineout duties.  Although Biggar got very close, the Peebles defence held well, keeping Biggar out.    However, with tempo and adrenaline raised, the end of the second third came just at the right time with tempers on both sides resulting in sin-bins, one for each team.

The tempo of the second third of the game continued into the last in what was to be a thrilling end to the game.  The Biggar defence continued to hold well, general squad fitness and pre-season training paying dividends in the forwards and the backs.  Peebles tried on several occasions to chip over the defence as they couldn’t force their way through Biggar, but great cover by wingers and full back thwarted their efforts. 

Keen game awareness from Jardine allowed Biggar to get the first breakthrough.  A well-read pass was intercepted and he ran in a converted try from his own 22.  Soon after, another breaking run from Jardine ably supported by Alasdair Masson secured Biggar some territory.  Although Peebles won a subsequent scrum well in their own 22, a Peebles fumble and quick reactions from Jardine resulted in another converted try. 

Undaunted Peebles reacted with a converted try off a scrum to even the match with only minutes to go.  Again, good pressure from Biggar following the restart forced a Peebles infringement and Biggar elected to kick the penalty.  Euan Bogle held his nerve to put Biggar ahead by three points. 

With time for only a couple of more plays, Peebles secured the ball after the restart.  However, and while there were many anxious moments, the Biggar defence remained strong and resolute and Peebles were eventually forced out allowing the Ref (who had a great game) to blow for the end of the match.

This time last year this Biggar squad were resoundly beaten by Peebles at home.   Biggar won away this year as a result of the whole of the squad putting in a fantastic shift on the pitch.  Their fitness held to the final whistle through pre-season hard work, their cohesive play was evident through good support work from all team-mates, fluid moves resulted through training ground efforts and above all, every player exhibited a competitive, die hard spirit that will give them all confidence for the start of the season against Preston Lodge next week.

Winger Alex Denholm makes a break


Centre Andrew Jardine takes off for his interception try.

Memberships are now due


It's definitely that time of year..........and another reminder to all that memberships are now due – please pay to GY on any training night. The income generated from memberships is considerable and is the base from which the club operates. Membership covers SRU insurnace and helps towards the general running costs of the club - heating, lighting, laundry, playing equipment, strips......the list is pretty much endless. PLEASE become a member and help in ensuring that we may continue to provide the best facilities we can at Hartree Mill.



Also, businesses and individuals should now be in receipt of their sponsorship/advertising literature for the forthcoming season. Any interested parties who have not been involved with the club before would be very welcome and they should also contact GY to receive further information. (07774678617). Opportunities exist for sponsorship, touchline, equipment and programme advertising.


Youth sides back in action at Dalziel and Peebles

Memberships are now due

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