Currie too hot for Biggar Colts
Biggar Colts 13pts v Currie Colts 45pts
“Set backs are temporary as long as you don't give up”
Biggar will as always not give up and will move on to the next game after suffering a costly defeat to probable National League Champions who were at full strength for this encounter at the Showfield.
Biggar had the set back before kick off of both William Grieve and Tom Steele going down with the flu.
Biggar faced these set backs and still fielded a team who showed tremendous spirit and digging in to test Currie who felt the score line was not in any way a reflection of the game.
Indeed Currie went up early on but Biggar came back at them and caused them problems in the tight with excellent driving play which resulted with Biggar getting their 1st try by Ross Jackson. Biggar then went into the lead with a penalty from Gregor Stewart. Currie knew they were in a game and lifted their gears with very strong running from their backs and forwards number 7 and 8 in particular.
Biggar were putting in great hits but often a tackle was being missed which created openings for Currie to overlap and this was seized on for their winger twice to go over.
Currie could also power through the middle and increased pressure on the Biggar line allowed them over again.
However Currie were having to defend at times due to the excellent strong running of Mark Ewart backed up by Andrew Orr and Ross Jackson. Biggar did have their chances outside but just final passes and speed hindered results. Biggar took it again in the tight and the ever present Craig Stewart stormed over for a try before half time.
More could have come of these drives from line outs but twice kicks meant for the touchline from penalties awarded went over the dead ball line allowing Currie to take drop outs form the 22.
Half time – Biggar 13 points to Currie 26 points.
Currie came out in the 2nd half knowing they were in a contest and so lifted their game which Biggar found hard to respond to. However nothing could be taken away form the guts and determination shown with everyone playing for the team.
Gregor Stewart put in a big shift in the midfield with good running and some very strong tackles being made to slow Currie down. Biggar did have chances and should have been awarded another try when Ross Jackson was high tackled when about to score
Currie did though score another 3 tries but came off the field at the end knowing they have been severely tested and and only scored their tries due to mistakes on Biggars part.
Often the only difference between Biggar and the other top teams is that they have such large squads which they can rotate.
Story date: 02/03/2015
Biggar just do not have this luxury but this bonds this small squad better than many and they play for each other.
Many positives can be taken from this game in how they stuck to it.
Just a word of encouragement during a loss can be worth more than an hour of praise after a success.
Biggar U-16’s clinch National U-16 Bowl final at Murrayfield
To see action shots from yeyserdays match click on the above photo
There is NO doubting what the BIG game of the weekend was however as the U-16’s journeyed to Murrayfield to contest the National U-16 Bowl Final. This match was a cracker. A very stern test was posed by South Lanarkshire neighbours Hamilton and the match was a thoroughly enjoyable and competitive match. A neutral – and there weren’t that many present – would have revelled in the skill and fitness levels on display. Both sides played with commitment, skill and showed some very positive decision-making (qualities which were absent from the match played 24 hours previously!).
Thanks to parent and scribe Graham Kerr who provided the following report.
U16 National Bowl Final: Biggar 34 Hamilton 22
A match worthy of a final, a team worthy of the silverware
What a fantastic game of rugby! What fantastic support with somewhere near 150 travelling supporters! What a fantastic effort from a squad of fantastic young men! What a fantastic result!
After the freezing conditions of last week and the intervening days to thaw out, the team, coaches, mums, dads, siblings and a good few supporters took the bus to Murrayfield for this much anticipated final. After high energy grub at the clubhouse from chef Jock, the boys were fuelled up for the encounter. They needed it as this was to be a bruising match in weather conditions that were at times reminiscent of last weekend.
Biggar had the honour of the kick-off. A long kick from Euan Bogle was well taken by the Hamilton No7 who powered through the Biggar line until centre Rowan Stewart made a telling tackle to halt his progress. The ball was turned over after the scrum however and Hamilton maintained their field position to capitalise on territory and possession, making it over for the first try. The conversion was denied by the post.
Biggar put pressure on Hamilton after the restart and forced the line out on the 22. Hamilton secured the line out and kicked for territory only for the ball to bounce awkwardly and Marcus Dobie, on gathering the ball, took a hit to the ribs from the Hamilton tackler. He was replaced by his brother Aaron. Peter Steele then made a break down the right wing and Biggar won a scrum on the 5m. The ball was moved wide and Peter Steele was the man to take the ball over the line for the try converted but Bogle.
There were some big hits going in and Biggar held Hamilton in the tackle not long after the restart, forcing the scrum. Hamilton then infringed the offside line and Biggar were able to take the lead with a well taken penalty from Euan Bogle. After the restart, Gavin Raftery set up a ruck and Rory McGinn fed the ball to the centres and in turn to Steele who took the ball into the Hamilton 22. Hamilton were again penalised, this time for going off their feet and Biggar were able to set up a line out 10m from the try line. After a well worked line out McGinn was able to find space with a great dummy and break through the Hamilton defence for the try. Bogle converted.
Hamilton came straight back at Biggar with a clever restart, securing territory and possession. However after some great defence by Biggar, Hamilton were penalised again, this time for holding on, and Biggar were able to kick clear to halfway. However, the wind took the ball in the line out and Hamilton won the resulting scrum. The Hamilton scrum half made a clever break and from the ensuing ruck, Hamilton capitalised on a gap in the Biggar defence to get a converted try.
Biggar made a good restart, forcing Hamilton to clear but Bogle made a great take and passed out to Steele. He couldn’t quite hold on to the ball for what would have been a sure try. However, no matter as Biggar again won the ball and the backs moved it out to the wing where Steele was again able to break the try line on the right wing for a converted try courtesy of Bogle. The touch judge also spotted some Hamilton foul play and their No 8 was yellow carded. Half time Biggar 22, Hamilton 12.
Biggar weren't able to capitalise on the man advantage as Hamilton came out with aggression and determination after their half-time team talk. Hamilton secured possession and territory in the early part of the second half and it was only a matter of time before they scored, their backs this time breaking the try line in the corner. This was after what was a magnificent defensive display by the Biggar XV who tackled and tackled to keep Hamilton out.
The game then settled although both sides gave away possession to each other from knock ons and scrum infringements. Biggar soon capitalised though, and won a penalty on the right wing in the Hamilton 22. Electing to take the tap, they kept their heads and Rowan Stewart broke through for the try, although he hurt himself in the process and had to retire. Angus Kerr came on as winger as a replacement with Craig Shearer also coming on for Callum Dunlop.
Hamilton again used the restart cleverly to gain territory and Biggar were forced to kick to clear. This allowed Hamilton to run the ball back at Biggar and they found a gap in the defence for a try. Biggar were quick to respond though and Andrew Jardine, Rory McGinn and Peter Steele combined to allow Peter to find a big gap in the Hamilton line for a converted score between the posts.
With the clock running down, Biggar had a last chance for a trademark ‘Finding Nemo’ move at the line out but this time they couldn't quite make the move work. Much to the relief of the supporters the Ref blew for full time. Jubilant celebrations from the Biggar team!
The amount of planning and effort that have gone in to make this win happen is truly amazing.
Yes, the boys won the game on the pitch but they couldn’t have won if it were not for a lot of other people who have helped them along the way. As a Dad and on behalf of all of the Mum’s and Dad’s we must thank the coaches; Johnny, Gavin and Craig; as well as chef, bag man, physio and team manager Jock. Mum’s, Dad’s and other supporters along the way have enjoyed the good rugby the team has played but they have also ensured that there is huge encouragement from the touch line – the lads do hear it on the pitch - and at Murrayfield today the triple digit numbers ensured that whilst we were at a neutral ground, the home of Scottish Rugby, it felt like a home tie. Thanks also to the club that gives the boys the opportunity to play a game they love. Whilst the whole set up is worthy of praise, Calum Taylor, Development Officer and Aird Jardine, Midi Convener, deserve special mention.
Hamilton were worthy opponents and they and their coaches should be congratulated for a classic encounter.
What made the difference between the two teams? Each had a squad of 22; both teams were unbeaten; and to a man they were all ready for the game and desperate to win. The difference was Biggar played structured rugby, they kept their shape and importantly they varied their game plan throughout the match. They are inventive, skilled and cohesive. They have natural talent. They are coached well. They are a team. They are winners. Hoooorraay!!
Man-of-the-match Peter Steele
Biggar U16 Squad:
Euan Bogle, Marcus Dobie, Andre Jardine (C), Rowan Stewart, Peter Steele, Rory McGinn, Douglas Hill, Keir Hamilton, Jordan Gray, Guy Kelly, Andrew Reid, Callum Dunlop, Andrew Nimmo, Neil Jones, Gavin Raftery, Craig Shearer, Alex Dawe, Angus
Kerr, Aaron Dobie, Craig Meikle, Stuart Forrest, Daniel McKonkey. Also unavailable or injured Alex Denholm, Henry Adams, Alex Toal.
The trophy presentation was made by past Biggar President Doug Ward who was in attendance on Sunday in his capacity as SRU Council member. Doug quite obviously took great delight in making the presentation to his home club while, in what was fact becoming an all-Biggar afternoon, another who was equally proud was 'man-on-the-mike', SRU host and Biggar man Chris Cruise who couldn't hide his pride and made comment on the boys from his own 'home town'. Brilliant!
Story date: 02/03/2015
Biggar Colts Lose out at Hamilton
Hamilton Colts 15pts v Biggar Colts 5pts
Biggar Colts travelled to Hamilton on Saturday with a number of players missing due to injury and unavailability. At kick off only 14 Biggar players took to the pitch with Hamilton giving a player to match the teams and help provide an even hard fought contest in which Hamilton won by 15 points to 5 points.
Hamilton were at full strength and have the luxury of a very large squad. During their National league campaign they used 28 players.
With a squad of only 19 , Biggar regularly have to compete against large squads who have significant strength in depth but this band of brothers work for each other and will not let each other down .
From the start both teams showed tremendous physicality with both strong runs and tackling. Hamilton stand-off and inside centre were showing strong physicality but were being well met by Gregor Stewart and James Barr who were putting some great tackles in.
Eventually though After a period of sustained build up , the Hamilton centre broke through and went over due to missed tackles out wide.
Hamilton then lifted the gears after this and moved the ball wide out for their quick winger to coast up the wing to score. Biggar were putting good tackles in but one missed can make the difference.
Hamilton were then on the back foot as Mark Ewart continually broke out and was powering through the Hamilton defence who took numbers to bring him down but too often the support was not present and this allowed turn over ball. Hamilton were well drilled in holding players up and turning over ball
A good feature of Biggar play was the driving from the line out which was 1st class by Biggar who gained valuable ground. Ryan Ferguson was holding the ball well in these drives and he continues to gain a presence round the pitch.
Andrew Orr was ever present and was a thorn to Hamilton with his ability to turn over ball matched by strong running.
Fraser Prentice who arrived late to have 15 Biggar players put in a good performance with some hard tackles.
Half Time Hamilton 10 points to 0 points
In the 2nd period Biggar took it to Hamilton with Mark Ewart and William Grieve dominating with their running and presence round the pitch but again the final decisive play was not happening. In loose play Biggar were dominating but Hamilton were gaining the upper hand with strong counter rucking due to being lower in the rucks and mauls.
Biggar also did not help themselves with loose passes which when on the ground they were not quick enough down on the ball. From strong ruining by Mark Ewart the ball was released to William Grieve who continues to impress with his all round agility who went over for an unconverted try.
Biggar were now back in this game and could have won it but didn't take full control when it mattered and it was Hamilton who to take the final score
Full Time _ Hamilton 15 points to Biggar 5 points
Although a rare defeat much can be taken from the game especially by the coaches who know there is much work to do prior to the start of the Edinburgh Shield.
Next Saturday they are due to play Musselburgh but it is postponed due to Musselburgh being in the National Bowl Under 18 Final at Murrayfield.
Details to follow
Story date: 23/02/2015
Girls U-18 squad win one and lose one!
Sadly the weather put paid to the U-15 Girls trip to Crieff.
The U-18 Girls had better fortune on their trip to Ellon which involved two games.
The first, against the host club, saw Biggar win by 35-5. This was a Brewin Dolphin Cup competition trip and the win matched them with Caithness in the quarter final of this competition. A combination of a tough Caithness side, the journey and injury meant that Biggar narrowly lost by 15-0.
Story date: 24/02/2015
Tries were scored by Corrie Brewster, Abbie Baillie, Kim Laird (2), Lauren Willis, Aillie Sinclair and Jennifer Hewitt.
Congratulations to all the girls involved.
Gold Club winners
Drawn on 8th December
£250 - 174 Una Stewart
£100 - 262 Eric Brown
£100 - 60 John Wood
£100 - 72 Bill Watson
£100 - 229 Suzanne Lawrie
£100 - 261 Sheila Conn
Drawn on 8th November
Gold Club – latest draw results
£250 - 98 Phyllis Tweedie
£100 - 33 Jan Warnock
£100 - 22 Meikle Jackson
£100 - 294 Paula Harrison
£100 - 249 Angela Cairns
£100 - 191 Laura Watson
Drawn on 25th October
£250 - 145 Blair Hill
£100 - 277 Jennifer Tweedie
£100 - 130 Marion Wood
£100 - 38 Linda Bell
£100 - 179 Ted & Frances Gordon
£100 - 242 Molly Brown
Drawn on 27th Sept
£250 - Malcolm Coubrough (Jnr)
£100 - John Lawrie
£100 - Bob Irvine
£100 - Shirley Aitken
£100 - Tom Donnelly
£100 - Kevin Wilson
Drawn on 6th Sept
£250 - Davina Howatson
Story date: 30/09/2014
£100 - James Lawrie
£100 - Ruth Lawrie
£100 - Trina Watson
£100 - Don Barrie
£100 - George Hamilton