P7’s lose out to the toss of a coin.
Biggar Tournament P7s
Story date: 16/09/2014
The Biggar P7 squad came to their home tournament with a strong squad and high hopes of a good day. They were drawn against Currie Blacks and Dalziel. First up a match against neighbours and rivals Currie Blacks, immediately Biggar got the ball and were moving forward with lovely offloads and pop passes keeping the ball moving and alive. Eventually this paid off with Geraldine Kimm getting over for a try. In the second half Currie pressed and probed but the Biggar tackling and rucking held off their challenge. Final Score Biggar 1 Currie Amber 0.
Biggar were back on immediately against Dalziel who had a couple of Currie and Biggar players to help their numbers. Biggar committed fully to the game pressing and tackling as a team and passing the ball well in attack. The pick of the tries was a nice Katie to Archie to Katie interchange resulting in another try for our flying winger. The match eventually ended with Biggar 7 - Dalziel 0 with tries coming from Ross Henderson, Ruadhri O'Donnell ,Katie Mavor, Callum Yardley, Geraldine, Andrew Wight and Archie Damer.
As Gala had dropped out Biggar got an extra friendly game against Dalziel which ended 6 - 1 with tries coming from Greig Callan (3), Murray Lean, Andrew Wight, Ross Henderson.
Thanks to the many Biggar players who played for Dalziel at different times during the day, all great experience.
Next up Currie Ambers in the semi final, Biggar started well with strong driving runs coming from many different players and Currie going backwards, eventually this paid off with a try from Geraldine Kimm. Biggar kept up the pressure but eventually just at the end of the second half Currie Ambers scored. The second half was a even affair which got tenser and tighter with all the play being hard fought and a couple of try saving tackles and drives from Currie keeping Biggar out. At full time the score was tied one all, Extra time of 2 minutes each way was played Biggar seemed to just have the upper hand and were pitched in the Currie half for most of extra time but Curries tackling was strong and Biggar couldn't get the ball wide quick enough to use the space. The Game ended 1-1 and the tournament rules were that ties would be decided on the toss of a coin, heartbreakingly Currie Ambers won the toss and went through to the Final. In the final Currie were too strong for Stirling County and won by a couple of tries which just proves what a big performance Biggar P7s put in.
Biggar Mini Tournament a winner
Biggar Mini Tournament
Sunday saw the Biggar Mini tournament with its usual masses of participants, supporters and action.
A dry day with a hard ground – skill levels seem to increase year-on-year – and the stage was set for some great rugby and cracking entertainment.
Referees sounded the start and the afternoon got underway with some 60 games over the piece. Too many highlights to mention but all players deserve a big pat on the back for their efforts. Winners there have to be but in reality all those who took the field were winners!
Well done to
P4 : Melrose, P5 ; Biggar, P6 ; Boroughmuir, P7 : Currie
Team of the tournament Dalziel
Spare a thought for the Biggar P7 squad whose involvement took then to the semi-final and a clash with long-time rivals Currie. Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time the game went into an extra period. Still at 1-1 at the end of extra time, the tournament rules came into play with a coin toss to decide the place in the final. Alas, Currie called correctly and they proceeded to the final and a win over Stirling County. There was much frustration from the Biggar players and coaches alike although they acknowledged their very positive contribution to the days’ event. (see seperate report on Mini page)
A massive thank you to all who contributed to make the day a resounding success; players, referees, parents, coaches, runners, scorers, tuck-shop staff, 1st Aid, parent helpers, kitchen staff, bakers, soup and sandwich makers (under the guidance of Susan Gray), tournament organiser Dawn Currell, Mini Convenor Paula Yardley et al. Thanks to Councillor Hamish Stewart and local SNP MP Aileen Campbell.
Story date: 15/09/2014
What a great day