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Biggar v Selkirk Members Lunch

Biggar RFC

Saturday 6th September

Biggar v Selkirk

 


Pre-Match Members LUNCHEON

 

Platinum Members PLEASE use your Tickets

 

Members £12                       Non Members £15

 

Includes entry to match plus a 2 course lunch and a drink

 

Book your place - by WEDNESDAY night -by phoning

 

GY on 07774 678617

 


Glasgow recognition for Biggar Youth players

Many congratulations to Colt Ross Jackson who was called up to the Glasgow U-17 squad for their game against Ulster last Friday. Coming off the bench in the second half Ross played well although he couldn’t prevent his side from going down by 19-0.

Others to be rewarded with selection to the District side are centres Andrew Jardine and Peter Steele. Both have been selected to be part of the Glasgow Chiefs squad for forthcoming training.


Sincere congratulations to these players and to all others involved in the earlier stages of the District programme.


All the news from the weekend past (23/24th) and What’s On this Weekend?

Club News
The club is dependent on the support from and contributions made by its club membership who regularly volunteer and step up to help out with all manner of tasks.

Assistance on the committee is always very welcome – please speak to any committee member for more details - but not everyone can commit to that.

There are, however, a wide variety of roles which require filling and the following provides a brief idea of those roles for which we are currently seeking support.


Video analysis
The club is about to embark on an extensive and valuable programme of video analysis with Senior and Youth games all being recorded for evaluation and player development. The completed videos will be loaded onto the Coach Logic site and individual coaches and players will then be able to log in to view their matches and their own performance.

Needless to say there is a need for people to record the action and this item is a request for volunteers who would be willing to carry out the recording of the game footage.

No experience is necessary as there will be an opportunity for training. Availability at weekends is essential but if you are already a regular touchline supporter then this might be right up your street!

Anyone who, on reading this, think that they might be interested should contact Al Stewart or Nigel Pacey asap.

 

Programme editor
A volunteer(s) is being sought to handle the editing of the Match programme. There are a number of contributors to what is an excellent production but the club is looking for someone – or perhaps two people – who could work to pull the various elements together on the week of the match.

Some IT skills are required but an interest in the club and what goes on in the club is the most important quality! That way matters of note and interest to both Biggar and opposing sides supporters can be included so all are kept well informed and entertained.
Please speak to Al Stewart for further details.

 

This weekend

Saturday

1sts v Watsonians BT Cup, away KO 3pm

2nds tbc


Colts v Dalziel friendly, home KO tbc

 

Sunday

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE Minis v Lasswade/Portobello/Musselburgh (H) KO tbc


U-16’s v Preston Lodge (Edinburgh and District U-16 League) (Away) KO tbc


Girls Team Vintage Rally

Thank you to the girls that gave up some time on Sunday 17th to go around with collection buckets at Biggar Vintage Rally they raised the sum of £265 to go towards the pitch improvements. Well Done!


Girls U15 Stornoway triumph

Friday morning 15th August bright and early saw the girls U15 trip to Stornoway to play The Nicolson Institute finally set off. 16 very excited girls where driven up Biggar main street cheering and waving to anyone they saw, assisted by Billy our bus driver for the trip to Ullapool tooting the horn. Sorry if we disturbed any quiet morning coffee's. The happy party mood stayed with us throughout the entire tour. A sunny trip to Ullapool with a pit stop in Pitlochry (que more waving and cheering returned by the tourists enjoying the sunshine). A small incident of travel sickness which was well timed as we where just about to stop on the north side of the Kessock Bridge at Inverness. Back onto the bus 16 girls counted (most certainly not for the last time over the weekend) feeling better after some fresh air and a stretch of the legs. Ready to tell Billy we could go only to find we where missing 2 adults however they appeared back a couple of minutes later and we where not forced to leave them behind and pick them up on the return journey (from then on I started counting adults to). We arrived in Ullapool with plenty of time which meant the girls were able to have a look around and enjoy a very good fish and chips before going on the ferry.

 

The ferry journey started very well apart from Charlie who to all our amusement required assistance to walk down from the deck to a seat inside the ferry, not sick just very unsteady (most definitely a land lover no sea legs at all). Unfortunately some of the girls did get a little green about half way through the sailing so outside on the deck face in the wind was the treatment that worked! The Coast guard rescue helicopter appearing about an hour from Stornoway worked even better. As the girls watched them work through a training exercise on the stern of the ferry sickness was very much forgotten however Sarah Denholm who had been suffering the most wondered out loud if they might like a volunteer to winch to safety and take to Stornoway! The one or two girls that could not be persuaded to come out and watch the Coast guard spotted dolphins out the observation windows of the ferry. So our ferry crossing ended as it began very happily.

We arrived in Stornoway with many wishes of good luck from the crew and fellow passengers and arrived at our hostel for the night a short walk from the ferry. We received a very warm welcome at Heb Hostel and short work was made by Charlie of getting the girls into bedrooms. Within 15mins pj's where on and after some toast started to get settled in for the night. No they didn't go to sleep straight away they are a rugby team after all! After a while we did issue the usual teeth, bed, sleep followed by if you don't go to sleep we are sending Charlie up - never heard them again till breakfast!

 

Kit on breakfast devoured the girls where packed up and waiting for our guide from The Nicolson Institute by 9am. We then received a text that he would be delayed by 30mins. This did not delay our warm up Charlie lead the girls out the front door of the hostel and took them for a warm up run around the streets of Stornoway. All the girls proudly wearing the t-shirt supplied by Halls for the girl's tour, right by the prize winning Stornoway black pudding butcher shop. Following the run a short walk brought us to the rugby pitch.

 

The game was made up of 3x20mins, 13 aside 2 subs for Biggar and 5 for The Nicolson Institute an excellent size of squad considering their unique circumstances. Both sides played exceptionally well with some fierce tackling however it was Abbie Baillie who put the first points on the board with a try just after 10mins. Although Biggar went on to score 7 more tries and a conversion The Nicolson Institute worked hard to try and stop us and had the upper hand in the scrum for the 1st 20mins. A quick scrum tactic talk from Charlie in the 1st break meant that the girls where not only able to hold their own but take a couple from The Nicolson Institute. A great deal of strength and determination was shown on both sides throughout the game. Biggar worked as a team seamlessly switching in substitutes, driving forward and defending tremendously well. Try scorers Abbie Baillie x2, Amy Watkins, Ailie Tucker, Sharee Marshall, Ailie Sinclair, Emily Armstrong, Kim Laird and a conversion by Rhiannon Yardley made the final score 42-0. Rebecca Clarke was awarded man of the match. Well done to the whole team you all played your parts and "you played your socks off" direct quote from Charlie. As often happens in rugby the score does not reflect the true character of the game and we would like to thank The Nicolson Institute team for the game they played, for the real test of strength and skill.

After the lovely sunshine that had shone in the grounds of Lews Castle as the girls had played, the rain started on the walk back to the school to change. It was of little matter as we had only time to have a quick bite to eat before the return ferry. Thankfully the girls did not have a recurrence of sea sickness and instead dozed, talked and as the ferry had free wifi spread the word of their fantastic 42-0 victory!

We where greeted in Ullapool by Billy and his bus and as the girls had won he agreed to bring us back home. We arrived in Biggar at midnight on the 16th tired but very happy indeed!

The girl's behavior throughout this short tour has been exceptional both on and off the field they have been tremendous ambassadors for their club. A pleasure to chaperone and a joy to watch play rugby.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents, family and friends who have come along and supported and given generously at all the fund-raisers we have held over the last year. This tour would not have taken place without it. A special mention to The Crown for hosting the quiz night and The Cross Keys for hosting the legendary domino night which was such a success Charlie hopes to hold it again! Also a big thank you to Anne Barr who  arranged and rearranged the tour - it was worth the headaches in the end!

Good News - we have £381.67 left over from the tour funds. This sum of money will now go to the pitch improvement fund benefiting all of Biggar Rugby Club!


NEWS

Biggar v Selkirk Members Lunch

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Glasgow recognition for Biggar Youth players

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All the news from the weekend past (23/24th) and What’s On this Weekend?

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Girls Team Vintage Rally

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Girls U15 Stornoway triumph

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