Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

U-15’s at Dunfermline

The trip to Fife was a big ask for the U-15's who continue to struggle with numbers. Once again however they competed manfully throughout and never let their heads drop. Added to their troubles was a nasty injury to Jamie Shannon who had to go to hospital with what looked like a broken collar bone. Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.

Dunfermline ended up with a convincing win by 85-10. The pics below show some of the contest. Hopes are high that numbers can be increased to bolster a side short on numbers but big in spirit.

        

Thanks to Adrian Hunt for the pics

 


U-16’s win at Hamilton and take part in thriller at Dunfermline

Dunfermline 7  Biggar 10
Today was definitely the real thing as Biggar U16 kick-started their league campaign with a bruising encounter at Dunfermline. The Biggar side showed an immense display of courage and maturity in light of what was a very physical game.
Biggar received the kick-off and for the following 15 minutes they had to defend, however Dunfermline failed to breach the Biggar 22 and the visitors held the line well.
Biggar eventually got a break but couldn't capitalise. White line fever, one suspects..........
When Biggar did get the ball they moved it well and broke the line on a number of occasions, but so did Dunfermline. It was back and forward for most of the first half.
The hosts were more effective at the breakdown which led to needless penalties being conceded by Biggar. But the Hartreemill boys held fast and weathered the storm.
Dunfermline may have had the lions share of the ball but Biggar were noticeably more efficient when they ran with it. Robbie Orr, Rowan Stewart and Matthew Stewart linked very well and were unfortunate not to reap more benefit from good hands. On another day perhaps things could be different. But Dunfermline didn't shirk their defensive responsibilities either.
So with stalemate in the first half it was important that Biggar remained focussed in the second.
Scrums were evenly contested but Biggar probably dominated in the Line-out stakes. All the forwards were working hard to secure the ball for scrum-half Luhann Kotze who was as dependable as ever.
After both teams battered each other up and down the pitch for the first ten minutes of the second half, eventually the breakthrough came with Rowan Stewart breaking the line and delivering a neat pass to Craig Meikle who ran it into the corner. The conversion was narrowly missed.
The intensity didn't let up though and Dunfermline came right back at Biggar. After a long spell of re-set scrums you could see Biggar backs lose some concentration. Dunfermline exploited a gap that allowed their big prop to crash over the line with four or five boys hanging off him.
The successful conversion brought the score to 7-5 to the hosts.
It's true in times gone by that this Biggar side would have let their heads go down at this point. Not a chance this time round.
Biggar settled into what has marked them out in this new era: accurate kicks, chases, ball from the top of the lineout that was quickly shipped to the centres to hit the line at pace and quickly recycle the ball. Biggar turned the screw and began to dominate.
10 minutes to go and Biggar managed to work their way to the opposition 5m line. Kotze took a quick penalty, popped it to Guy Kelly who hit, turned and passed to Craig Meikle who slid over for his second. Rowan Stewart just pulling the conversion attempt wide.
Wouldn't you know it...Dunfermline charged back at Biggar but this time their indiscipline at the breakdown and the odd mis-directed pass proved their undoing after all the good work in the first half.
Biggar managed to win a penalty in the dying seconds and the kick to touch saw the referee blow for full time and a passionate roar from the U16's was a mark of how hard fought this game actually was. Some sore bodies after this one.
Performances of note included that of Lewis Stewart. The flanker's tackle and work rate was outstanding.
Sam Grieve at wing shows real promise and a new sense of belief.
Rowan Stewart can be seen as the benchmark of consistent performance.
That said, this was a real team effort and all players put their bodies on the line, and for that they should be commended.
Tries: Craig Meikle (2)

 

Hamilton 7  Biggar 38

A pre-season win in the continental heat at a sun-drenched Hamilton RFC was just what Biggar needed to cement the positive finish from last season.
It was Hamilton's second outing at this point and their victory against Ayr the week before must have given them real hope for the forthcoming season. Then Biggar arrived..!
Make no mistake, the hosts were a big outfit and intimidating but Biggar were well and truly up for the challenge showing commitment, structure and quality.
A couple of resounding thuds from Rowan Stewart and Matthew Stewart within the first minute left Hamilton in no uncertain terms that Biggar were not out for a Sunday run about.
Ali Steele and Cameron Forrest displayed a maturity that is refreshing to see and bodes well for the new season.
Rowan Stewart (2), Luhann Kotze(2), Daniel McConkey and Guy Kelly got their names on the score sheet with Matthew Stewart converting 4 from 6 attempts.
Stuart Forrest made a real impact at No.8 and played a prominent role in one of the well worked tries.
This game was not for the faint hearted though and much claret was shed in a first half ruck where three players were carted off to hospital for some patching up. Declan Boulton's ear will have a nasty scar after a 'stray' boot made contact.
There is much to think about for next week’s game at Dunfermline but this win will help maintain the positive attitude towards the new season.
Well done.


Help still required

Programme Editor/Match reporter/match report collator.

The season is just around the corner and the club would very much appreciate the help of someone (or a small team) to take on the above roles.

 

A programme is produced for each 1st XV and a couple of 2nd or Colts XV matches. We've always managed to produce a 'good' programme and want to maintain that tradition. Can you help? 

 

We also need to submit match reports to the local papers and, perhaps more importantly, for the website. Can you help?

 

Finally, the match reports from the all the sections need someone to collate them together for the Press and again for the website. Can you help?

 

You could be a player or keen supporter but we do need your help.

 

Lots more details available from Al Stewart (07796 175 381)


Athletics Club Fundraiser

Our Pitch development will provide ample space for the Biggar branch of Law and District Athletics club. They are looking for a track and an area for throwing and jumping, all of which can be accommodated  ithin our pitches.

As a result, and in support of the development,  the Athletics club are running a fundraiser on Friday 4th September. Details below. Your support would be vey much appreciated at this event.

Thanks in anticipation!

 

Family Fun Evening

CORMISTON FARM
(By kind permission of the Philipps Family. www.cormistonfarm.com)


Friday 4th September 


6.30pm for 7pm start


Adults £5, kids £2.50 (includes one raffle draw)

Obstacle course

Team task: £4 per team

 

Hot Food    Drinks     Raffle


All funds towards improved athletics facilities at Biggar rugby club
Enquiries to Joyce: 07918 191127


Membership Forms and Rates

Membership renewals are now due and the current rates and form are on the membership page. Your club depends on the membership Fees to develop what we have at Hartree Mill and what we are able to offer our playesra nd spectators. Clubhouse maintenance, training equipment, heating, lighting......ALL are paid for by your fees. BE PART OF THE CLUB!

Please think about and take advantage of the discount offered. If you pay this month (August) you get a significant saving on your membership for the 2015/16 season. If you wait until Spetember however, you will pay more!

 

Check the details below - it's worth paying!

 

Please also note that as always Club cash flow in the summer is never great and prompt payment will help the club

Membership Form


Membership

Biggar RFC operates and Open to All policy and welcomes new members from all sectors of the community

 

We accept members from 5 years upwards who can join our Mini section to those that have retired and want to assist and retain their links with our active club.

 

Our membership year runs from May to April and if you would like to find out more about the playing arrangements at the club or become a member please contact either Gordon Young on 07774678617  or via email at gy1680@aol.com or Nigel Pacey on 07714 713504.

 

If you would like to know a little more about our rugby programmes for Primary or Secondary school children please refer to our Mini and Midi pages under the "Teams" section or contact either Laura Watson for information about Primary School age children and Paula Yardley on 07830022447 or Aird Jardine on 07917731494 for Secondary School aged children

Membership rates and packages are as follows:

Download the form by clicking here (pdf format)

 

 

 


NEWS

U-15’s at Dunfermline

A tough day for the U-15's at Dunfermline.

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U-16’s win at Hamilton and take part in thriller at Dunfermline

A cracker to kick off the league season.

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Help still required

Help is still required for the following tasks: Programme editor and Match reporter/report collator.

more

Athletics Club Fundraiser

Pitch development help from Law Athletics

more

Membership Forms and Rates

Membership renewals are now due

more

Membership

Memberships 2015/16

more

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