Biggar Under 15 Girls are Scottish Champions
Biggar U15 Girls 55pts v Community School of Auchterarder 5 pts
Brewin Dolphin Girls Under 15 Scottish Cup
“Your destiny is in your hands. If you believe you can do it, you will do it”
AND THEY DID
Biggar Under 15 Girls lifted the Scottish Cup on Friday night after a truly awesome display against the Community School of Auchterarder on the main pitch at Murrayfield.
With a strong Biggar support on a perfect night for running rugby the scene was set for a game to remember.
From kick off the game both teams showed they were going to play at a high tempo with both strong running and excellent tackling going in.
With the tempo mistakes crept in early with both teams regularly being pulled up for knock-ons and dropped passes.
However this was not going to affect their morale and Biggar started to put strong runs together and force Auchterarder to defend for a period of time. This they did to a degree before Biggars strength told and after some good play by the forwards , Emily Armstrong powered over for the 1st try.
Biggar knew as the game progressed that if the could move the ball away from the opposition forwards and exploit outwide then they would dominate.
They did to good effect and Abbie Baillie showed tremendous turn of pace and vision to run down the wing from some 50 yards to score a great individual try.
Auchterarder did then lift their game and went on the attack out wide but when they spilt a pass, the loose ball was picked up by Feebi Robinson who took the opportunity of taking and going which she did with great speed and went over for a try and then converted by Emily Armstrong.
At this point although Biggar were ahead they were having to do a high tackle count which was needed as Auchterarder mounted attack after attack which was being well led by their powerful Number 10 ,Caitlin McClaren. Eventually their pressure told and Auchterarder went over for an unconverted try.
Now Biggar were in a game and they needed now to take the upper hand and this they did with the forwards laying a foundation for the backs to work on. Abbie Baillie again broke through but was halted by the tackle of the night just short of the line.
A few minutes later she was not going to be denied this time and with good hands out the backs Abbie Baillie went over for another try converted by Emily Armstrong.
Aucheterarder now had their backs against the wall especially as their influential number 10 had to leave the field with a leg injury.
Biggars tackling was so strong that it was turning defence into attack as Aucheterarder were trying to play an offloading game which was benefiting Biggar with spilt ball. At times the under 15 girls may not be the biggest players on the pitch but they have the biggest hearts and that counts for far more.
Half time : Biggar 24 points to Aucheterarder 5 points
Biggar started the 2nd half again at strength both in attack and defence . The strength of tackle was evident as Auchterarder were feeling the tackles going in on them and more injuries crept in. Amy Watkins was the stand out tackler who was putting hits in that nobody would want to take and this was lifting the team. Other big hits were going in from Sarah Denholm, Ailie Tucker and Rebecca Clark.
The backs were getting clean ball out wide and at pace Rachel Hill took the ball and was brought down some 3 yards short. She then laid the ball back to allow Sharee Marshall to go over for a try.
Amy Watkins then orchestrated the backs to start putting their set moves into play and this she did to great effect with her passing and looping round Abbie Baillie to then set off and cut through the defence to then offload to again back to Abbie who then in turn passed to Feebi Robinson to allow her the space to take the ball at pace and go in for a great try which was converted by Emily Armstrong.
Next try was the same set move but Amy Watkins when she received the return pass was able to find space herself to go over for another converted try by Emily Armstrong.
Yes it may look as backs took the glory but its is the forwards who laid the platform for this to happen and they did to tremendous effect.
“The strength of the team is each individual member...the strength of each member is the team”.
Ailie Tucker at number 8 has been awesome all season and this continued on Friday night with incredible runs and strength to allow her forward to lay the foundation. The other forwards were setting up rucks and securing ball that any team in Biggar would be proud to do. This then allowed Rebecca Clarke at scrum half have clean ball to put out which she did in the 2nd half to maximum effect.
As the game drew near to full time many changes were made to allow everyone game time and was evident that those going on the pitch were as skillfull as those coming off.
Abbey Baillie then went over for her 3rd try of the night converted by Emily Armstrong.
The last try of the night was put together by the whole team who all player a part in it with many hands were involved to allow Amy Watkins to go in the corner for a try. Although not converted Emily Armstrong had a successful night with 5 conversions out of 9.
Full Time – Biggar WIN by 55 points to 5.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a teams determination and this they proved. What a performance from this team to win the cup.
Yes the girls won the cup but that just gathers dust whereas their memories will last forever.
To see all photos from the match, click on the above photo
Everyone who attended could not have left the stadium without feeling so proud of this squad of girls.
Ellie Court, Rachel Hill, Sarah Denholm, Abbie Baillie, Feebi Robinson, Amy Watkins, Rebecca Clarke, Neola Mitchell, Sharee Marshall, Emily Armstrong, Erica Steele, Kaylee Fraser, Ailie Tucker, Emelia Knights, Jenny Leech, Geraldine Kimm, Meg Robinson, Abigail Clarke, Mason Cosh and Anna Boertien.
This squad to get to this point have to a coaching team who have brought so much belief into them in such a short period of time.
All the players and parents are so pleased and proud to have a coaching team of Charlie Court, Eric Shearer , Mark Foster and Steven Foster. There is a lot of time spent coaching and they have to free up their own time to do this week in week out.
For coaches the uplifting sight is seeing all the hard work on the training pitches being put into place and rewarded in the actual games. Also when things go wrong such as missed tackles and tries against them these girls simply respond by giving each other encouragement. Thats what makes a team.
Thanks also has to go to Tammy Mitchell who also puts a lot of time in behind the scenes as there is a lot to organise each week and no more so than last week prior to the final.
Story date: 29/03/2015
BIGGAR RFC EASTER CAMPS / MINI COME AND TRY DAY
COME AND TRY DAY
For any budding young rugby players between the ages of P1-7 we will be holding 'Come and Try Day's on Sunday 5th April and Sunday 12th April.
No need to book on.... just turn up to Hartreemill at 11am!
Any questions get in touch with Calum on 07720677977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This year we are looking to ramp up the benefits of the Easter Camps! Some of the plans, include:
Team structure training
Position specific training
Video Analysis of Recent Games (midi)
Specific forwards and backs sessions (P5 - U18)
For these to be a success we would like to encourage as many youngsters to attend as possible. Sessions cost £10 per day though should cost be an issue please contact Calum directly.
To ensure we can plan and organise specific sessions please book on to the camp ASAP by emailing Calum on email@example.com
We look forward to welcoming as many along as possible. For dates and times please see the poster below.
Story date: 18/03/2015
U-15’s in encouraging performance against Edinburgh League leaders
Edinburgh U-15 League
Story date: 31/03/2015
Biggar 10 Watsonians 24
Biggar deserved a bit more reward from this game because they had played full part in an absorbing match but paid the price for losing the ball in contact too many times.
They dominated the opening period and took full advantage of the tail wind.
The confidence in Biggar was there for all to see and that should be commended off the back of a heavy defeat the week before.
The Biggar scrum held solid all day and they built on that to give them a platform to break wide. Simple hands, good support and strong running led to Biggars first try with Rowan Stewart powering over after breaking two tackles. Conversion just wide from a tight angle.
Watsonians came back and showed real determination but failed to breach the Biggar defence which was disciplined and gutsy to say the least.
The Biggar penalty count started to rise though, offside being the common infringement.
The Hartreemill boys never gave the visitors an inch early on in the half but they were pegged back for a while later on. With big tackles flying in the Watsonians side must have known they were in a hard match and one tackle in particular led to Rowan Stewart leaving the field clutching what was a suspected broken shoulder. It wasn't what he received, it's what he delivered! Anyone on Biggar Main Street would have heard the collision but unfortunately Rowan came off second best. Although the Watsons boy probably got a bit of a fright too.
5 nil up at half time and Biggar were positive and still up for the fight.
Watsonians came out strong in the second but yet again the stonewall Biggar defence held it together.
Robbie Orr was solid playing flanker and never faltered for 60 minutes and his sheer determination inspired his side to believe that they could actually take the strong Edinburgh outfit all the way.
Biggar tried to move the ball but poor weather and underfoot conditions were making it difficult.
Biggar's costly concession of penalties continued giving Watsonians a chance which they accepted and scrambled over with a converted try to go ahead.
The hosts came right back at their opponents and applied good pressure. Daniel McConkey broke free and worked his way up to the Watsons 5m line but the off-load didn't quite come off and the ball was knocked on.
The Biggar pack had the Watsons scrum on the ropes and they needed to clear their lines.
Robbie Orr superbly charged the clearing kick which rebounded enough for Craig Meikle to touch down before the defender. Biggar now 10-7 up.
However, as Watsonians threw everything they had, and the kitchen sink, at Biggar it was evident that the fierce defence could not last all of the match and they broke back again.
Jordan Gray took a knock and was replaced. Tempers started to fray a little.
Watsonians struck again to launch their best spell of the match and brought on the 'flyer' who exploited the gaps in the home defence. Another score by the same player in the last minute sealed the deal for the Edinburgh side.
After the pain of last week, this was a much improved performance from Biggar U15.
Losing the ball in contact was Biggar's main problem, that and losing two influential players to injury. Watsonians dropped nothing. If Biggar could have secured better ball in the ruck and moved through the phases more often then this scoreline may have been so much different. But it has to be said that this is a brave and physical U15 side that want to do well and can do well.
Tries: Rowan Stewart, Craig Meilke.
(Rowan Stewart sustained muscle damage and thankfully no break)
U-15’s and S2’s have tough matches against Heriots and Gala
U-15’s Edinburgh League
Biggar 7 Heriots 53
Biggar U15 suffered a set back in their cup campaign on Sunday going down heavily to a hard working Heriots outfit that resembled nothing of the team that took to the Goldenacre turf the week previous.
Heriots failed to submit a team sheet which was rather unsporting as these are the rules. Their officials didn't seem too fussed about it! Perhaps these rules need not apply to our neighbours in the east.
However, the 'Honest' Biggar side did submit their team sheet and faced the larger and more physical Heriots team.
Both teams started strongly but possession was soon dominated by Heriots however handling errors were evident under pressure.
Biggar had opportunities in attack but were either halted by a strong defence or moves were to break down with the ball lost in contact.
Heriots must have arguably the most dangerous outside backs in the league. Biggar errors gifted them the broken field play that they thrived on in the first half and even Biggars usual stonewall defence wasn't enough to stop going in to half time with a daunting disadvantage.
Understandably Biggars heads went down but they did manage the odd flash of good play.
Lewis Stewart's excellent work rate ever present and Stuart Forrest's consistent desire to carry the ball at pace softened many blows. Craig Meikle saw reasonable action but no matter what he did he just couldn't break the Heriots line.
Biggar did eventually break through to score after being awarded a penalty on the Heriots 5m line. A quick tap and Luhann Kotze was through. Robbie Orr converted well.
It's games like this that bring you crashing back to earth after back-to-back wins but it is a measure of the team that bounces back and puts the sore defeats behind them. Biggar can do that very thing.
Time to regroup and put a shift in at training on Wednesday.
The boys are indeed tuned in to the areas they need to develop and this game merely highlights these issues.
Nonetheless, the defeat at Hartreemill was not an easy one to stomach. Heriots squeezed the life out of Biggar until a late second half rally but the hosts were second best for the most part.
Tries: Luhann Kotze
Conv: Robbie Orr
So Near Yet So Far - Biggar S1/S2 come so close to victory over Gala
Biggar S1/2 took to the pitch on Sunday at Hartree Mill looking to continue a good run of recent form. They were up against a Gala team that were much smaller but who were to prove very tough opponents.
Biggar knew that this would be a tough task having lost the earlier fixture by 10 tries to 3 so the initial aim might have been to try and close the gap but these lads have improved significantly since then and came away gutted to have lost by a last gasp winning try from the visitors.
As it was, this was an excellent game. Biggar had strength and power in the pack and held the upper hand there while Gala were excellent with the ball in hand and had some real flyers out on both wings.
Biggar were first to strike. Great rucking from the forwards and penetrating runs from Connor and Harry Low allowed the ball to get spun out to Drew to run in well for the first score which was converted well by Connor.
The game then began to flow back and forth. Excellent power from the Biggar forwards pushing Gala back but they tackled well throughout. Biggar were pinned back towards the end of the half with Galas wing pace showing. They got the ball out onto the left wing and crossed despite excellent efforts from Dylan and Sam to hold him up.
Half Time Biggar 4 – Gala 4
Into the second half and again excellent play from both sides was in evidence. Hard rucking from Biggar, in particular from Cameron Snell who seemed to be at every breakdown allowed Biggar to build a strong platform. Pressure was mounting with Gala struggling to contain the continued strong running from Connor and Harry Low in the forwards and Drew and Adam in the backs. As it was, it was a simple pass inside to Connor who looked to have been held up but managed to ground the ball despite the attentions of 3 or 4 Gala players that gave Biggar their second try.
Gala came roaring back to score an almost copy book version of their first score. Excellent hands and pace got the ball out to their left wing and they managed to get over the line with 3 or 4 Biggar players desperately trying to stop him.
By now it was an established pattern in the game. Biggar were hitting their forwards and forcing Gala to commit numbers to the breakdown and Gala were passing the ball well through the hands and using their greater pace. Biggar were next to score. Adam Carrick with some great running down the right well supported from Drew and Finlay managed to get over then line to put Biggar back in the lead.
Gala were unlucky then not to bring the game back level with great work down their right. They seemed to have an unstoppable overlap but an excellent intervention tackle from Finlay Stewart stopped them in their tracks and the moment was lost. It was only a matter of time however and Gala went back to their left wing to pull Biggar back again.
Tries were then exchanged with Adam creating some space through the middle and passing to Drew who had to work hard to get the ball over the line but the try was scored. Gala got back level on tries with another well worked score with the ball again being moved well through the hands. The kick was converted which took the score to Biggar 15 – Gala 14 with 3 minutes left to play. Biggar were hanging on a little and in the end were unable to keep up with the flying machine on the left wing. This was to prove costly as the all was worked well to him and he “pinned his ears back” to score and win the match.
No-one should be down-hearted about this result. This was an excellent performance from all the boys in a Biggar shirt and progress is there for all to see. Keep up the hard work. Results will come!!
Story date: 25/03/2015
Full Time Biggar 15 Gala 18