October Squad Camps
This year we’re trying something a bit different with regards to the holiday camps! In an attempt to make them more specific, beneficial and enjoyable for the youngsters we are looking to run ‘squad based camps’ where each youngster will attend a holiday camp with those of his/her own age. Please see below the dates/time of the October squad camps:
Session 1 will run from 10am until 12pm and session 2 will run from 1pm until 3pm. See the post below for details of times etc.
Please spread the word to any interested parties!!!
To book on email Caum on email@example.com or call/text 077 206 77977
Story date: 01/10/2014
Biggar Minis at Melrose
The P7s headed down to the Melrose tournament a little depleted in numbers with 11 regulars and 2 newbees.
Due to Langholm not providing a full team the draw was reshaped with Biggar meeting Stewart's Melville in their first pool game rather than their last. The game in the first half was closely fought with S/M quicker to any loose ball and a little more street smart at the scrum and breakdown but with Biggar tackling and holding back most of the attacks at half time the score was 2 - 0 to S/M with Biggar just missing an opportunity to score before the break. In the second half S/M used their four subs and with fresher players and some slick passing ran in 5 tries to a tiring Biggar team. The 7 - 0 score line overstates the difference between the two teams and with a full squad the result would have been much closer. This result also needs put in the perspective that S/M are and have been for several years the best team at our age If not in Scotland in the teams that Biggar ever meet but that comes from having a large pool of players and many of the players if at the school training/playing 4 - 5 times a week. Their support work and free passing style is something we can still work towards.
Our second game came straight after the S/M match and it was a pretty even game against Gala which they ended winning 2 – 0 in the end. Andrew being unlucky to have his try chalked off for being in touch yards from the line after a 50 m sprint. The only difference between the teams was that they were slightly fresher and faster and again stole our ball at the ruck too often. It was good to get Myles involved in the action in this game and he fitted in well and gave some nice darting runs. We will likely play Gala at Linlithgow and I am confident we can overturn this result although I am sure it will be a close game.
In our last game we came up against Dunfermline and our team played some good rugby we were 2 – 1 up with trys from Ross and Raudhri going into the last minute losing a try from a maul with 30 seconds remaining. The team kept playing tackling and competing all the time although it was clear they were tired and not able to get properly on the front foot. It was good to see Mason get a first chance to play with the team and when she got the ball go forward with it.
Training is on as usual on Thursday night and as it is the end of the month we will go into the changing rooms after the session (about 7.40) for 5 minutes to have the player of the month award and quick chat Q and A, all parents are welcome.
Story date: 01/10/2014
Gold Club winners
Drawn on 27th Sept
£250 - Malcolm Coubrough (Jnr)
£100 - John Lawrie
£100 - Bob Irvine
£100 - Shirley Aitken
£100 - Tom Donnelly
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
Biggar Colts beat Dunfermline
Biggar Colts 73pts v Dunfermline Colts 0pts
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.
And again on Saturday in a friendly Biggar Colts showed their ability and togetherness by convincingly beating Dunfermline Colts who are in the National League.
On a great day for running rugby, Biggar were ready from kick off to play a competitive game up front as the Dunfermline pack were big and looked as though they would be a match up.
Indeed they were for the first 15 minutes as the Biggar pack tried to impose the advantage up front which took time but when they did the backs were ready to launch their speed and skill.
This they did to good effect going in for the first score in the corner after Gregor Stewart went blind, passing to William Grieve who in turn put Martin Hunter in for a try.
Straight from the kick off, Biggar went further ahead with a strong break by Peter Steele who gained considerable yards, offloading to Craig Stewart who bullied his way up the wing before passing to William Grieve who went in for a try converted by Gregor Stewart.
Dunfermline were showing cracks in their defence and Simon Denholm exploited a gap to then pop a pass to Mark Ewart who in his normal manner scorched through the defence to score which was gain converted by Gregor Stewart.
Dunfermline were simply unable to deal with the forwards relentless pressure and power which in turn gave the Biggar backs plenty time and ball with it.
In the backs Simon Denholm was getting excellent ball provided to him and so allowing Gregor Stewart at stand off to gain control the game and this he did to huge effect all afternoon. A strong feature of his game was his tactical kicking into space and often to the corners which constantly forced Dunfermline to turn.
It was a kick by Stewart from the back of a ruck that allowed Danny McAllister to time the bounce and power through for another converted try.
The game was split into thirds
After first third it was 26-0 to Biggar
In the second period Dunfermline at the start struggled to find their game as the Biggar forwards especially Mark Ewart, William Grieve and Kyle Anderson were starting to rumble up the park . These players may take the limelight but it is everyone in the team who makes this happen.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
Mark Ewart, who was on the wing due to injuries, was given the ball to then go off again on a typical rumbling run to score in the corner.
However Dunfermline started to gain some confidence and did not make it all one way as their forwards put in a considerable effort to keep hitting up for a period of time.
Biggar did eventually manage to contain them and then go on the attack. It was great to see Liam McCarry on the other wing show confidence and speed on the wing to go over for his debut try converted by Simon Denholm.
End of third period Biggar 52 pts, Dunfermline 0pts
In the last period Biggar did not rest and with quick hands, Liam McCarry totally outpaced the defence to go in for his second try again converted by Simon Denholm.
Following this Gregor Stewart released Stevie (young boy) Campbell at pace who in turn timed a pass to Peter Steele to power over for a converted try.
Players were now being switched about due to injuries, fitness levels and some not feeling so well due to the night before illness which often holds our athletic players back.
However Biggar did not let this hold them back and with Jack Foster taking full control at full back there was no way Dunfermline were going to break through.
From a kick off Ross Jackson stormed up the park to go over for a converted try and the last score of the day was left to ever present Ryan Anderson who along with his brother Kyle showed great strength with some hard tacking and ribbing the ball at times from attackers. Try converted by Mark Ewart – yes Mark.
Full time Biggar Colts 73pts v Dunfermline 0pts.
Another good performance by the squad and who continue to want to improve and work on any weaknesses.
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success”.
Next Week it is definitely an away League Game against Musselburgh/Dalkeith who have pulled together strong squad and so it should prove to be a cracking encounter. Support would be welcome.
Story date: 30/09/2014
Details to follow
Biggar 2nd XV at Peebles
Peebles 20 Biggar 14
The 2nd XV enjoyed a hugely entertaining floodlit match on Friday night in a game which followed the official opening of Peebles newly transformed Haylodge Park.
Cashback from the Community funds, the same ‘pot’ from which Biggar drew to fund the changing room project, has allowed Peebles to create two excellent pitches both of which benefit from a fantastic floodlight system.
The Peebles pack dominated the first half and largely won the game as they disrupted any possession Biggar managed to win. They scorched into what was a deserved 17-0 lead.
The second half was a very different affair however as Biggar managed to gain much cleaner possession and attacked with much greater confidence. The youngsters within the squad- ten of whom have graduated from Colts rugby within the past three seasons – performed admirably and will without doubt develop into a very competitive unit. Biggar managed two tries in this period and with Peebles losing no fewer than 3 players to the sin-bin went incredibly close to pulling of the win.
Story date: 29/09/2014
Despite the presence of so many young players it was left to the veterans of the side, Ewan McAlpine and Michael McKeand to score the tries although ex-Colt Jack Warnock kicked two conversions. Tackle of the evening went to Malcom Bruce with Ali Sinclair’s a very close second!
U-15’s run Gala close
Gala RT 22 Biggar 17
Biggar really should have secured 4 points in this match, however indiscipline, loss of focus and variable commitment contributed to this disappointing defeat. Couple this up with the fact that some marginal judgement calls from the local official didn't go Biggars way, and what we have is a group of frustrated lads and equally disgruntled travelling support.
With no real breakthrough for 15 minutes it was looking like it could be a long day.
Gala were strong at the breakdown which at times Biggar struggled to deal with and more frustrating by virtue of the fact that this was regularly happening when Biggar carried the ball into contact.
The Hartreemill boys recovered well and drew first blood with a simple move that saw the ball passed through the backs out to Niall Ball, who touched down in the corner. Matthew Stewart's conversion attempt from a wide angle just short.
Some good defence thwarted the Gala attack but the hosts pulled one back with a similar move.
There was no real flow to the game and things were somewhat scrappy but 5-5 at half time probably did Gala more justice because Biggar certainly had the lions’ share of the possession.
Biggar started the second half very well and took the game to Gala. Quick hands, vision and support led to Guy Kelly touching down from close range with three bodies hanging off the strong prop. The referee was on the wrong side and adjudged the ball 'Held-up', no try. No way! The TMO would have given it....if there was one!
Momentum was on Biggar's side and they rallied to make sure of 7 points two minutes later with another strong run by Guy Kelly scoring between the posts and a successful conversion.
Gala slipped a couple of tackles and evened out the try count but Biggar remained in front. Another try for Biggar through Stuart Forrest opened the gap, much to the delight of the vocal support.
At this point things went downhill and with the official taking exception to Biggars approach to the game, claiming poor discipline at the breakdown, and following lengthy discussion about the consequences, the afore mentioned focus dwindled.
Gala then linked well to break through with Biggar unable to put their bodies between ball and ground to preserve their lead. 17-17, two minutes left to play and the draw looked likely.
Biggar pressed into the Gala half and were awarded a penalty and, for whatever reason, this decision was over-turned, giving the home side an advantage.
Gala pushed forward and slipped through only to be halted on the line by a fine tackle by Lewis Stewart. Stress levels were high and perhaps this is what led to a loose pass that Gala pounced on right on the Biggar try line.
To say the boys were 'Gutted' was an understatement. It was Gala's alertness in broken play and Biggar's failure to see clear opportunities that contributed to this defeat.
However, Sam Wallis should take encouragement from a solid performance at Scrum-half with Robbie Orr and Jamie Bell following suit at Centre and Wing.
This U15 side are not far off the mark and deserved so much more from the game. They must also understand that high levels of commitment should be maintained throughout the 60 minutes. Crucially, decisions went against Biggar and disruptions didn't help at all, but such are the challenges that are set out before us.
Tries (3): Niall Ball, Guy Kelly, Stuart Forrest
Story date: 29/09/2014
Conv (1): Matthew Stewart
Biggar beat Hillhead Jordanhill
Biggar 19 Hillhead Jordanhill 7
Biggar won their second game this season (and in doing so doubled the number of wins recorded last season) though the reaction of the coaching staff, players and supporters would have suggested otherwise such was the despondency at the overall performance.
The reason for this negative reaction was that Biggar had chances to win the game several times over, with poor decision-making and handling letting them down time after time, and while the side gained 4 valuable league points they definitely missed out on adding a 4-try winning Bonus point and also in adding positively to their Points differential column.
Biggar fielded an unchanged XV for this match, Ewan Stewart having recovered from the cut cheek sustained at Peebles. On the bench Calum Taylor took over from Lewis McLachlan who is still recovering from an injured ankle.
Hillhead Jordanhill claim to have lost almost 90% of last years’ playing squad and while they have recruited, and are continuing to do so, they have had a difficult start to the season, shedding points to Jedforest, Selkirk and Kelso. Indeed their fixtures follow those of Biggar so they host Peebles next week. Their results suggested that this would be a game Biggar should target as a possible 5-pointer and this was clearly the case, the Glasgow side struggling big time in the first quarter of the game as Biggar attacked with both pace and power.
A series of early penalties saw Biggar tap and go to put the Hill Jills defence under real pressure. David Paterson, Giles Boland, Craig Simmons and McKenzie Pearce all had try scoring runs halted but with 9 minutes gone a run and pass to Andy King gave the centre a chance to cross the line which he took well. Graeme Hunter was just wide with the conversion.
Biggar maintained their stranglehold on possession and territory with Pearce, Scott Swankie and Paterson combining well to take play deep into the Hill Jills half where only some luck and a penalty miss from Hunter prevented Biggar from adding to their total. Alan Warnock had a tilt at the line and an excellent touchline dash from Paterson set the crowd cheering, his inside pass eluding his support and allowing the visitors to escape.
It was only a matter of time before Biggar added to their total however with another series of drives seeing Pearce and Craig Bachurzewski held up but a pop pass from Hunter to King saw him burst clear and over under the posts for a try converted by Hunter for 12-0. Another touchline dash from Paterson promised much and ended with the wee winger crossing the line for a try but this was disappointingly chalked off as he had put a foot in touch.
With half time approaching, another penalty award to Biggar, which resulted in Hill Jills flanker Angus Lean being shown a yellow card, gave Biggar another opportunity to score, a tap and go seeing Simmons released for the line. The big man appeared to have acres of space to score in but caused the supporters hearts to miss a beat when instead of going for the outside gap he stepped inwards to force his way through two men and under the posts – Hunter adding the conversion for 19-0.
Had the Biggar support known that near things, near misses and frustration were going to be the order of the day they might not have stayed the course, but as the side was in sight of a 4 try bonus there was much optimism that things would get better after the break as Hill Jills would surely crumble.
The Glasgow side had played better in the second half against Kelso the previous week, and this was largely the case at Hartree Mill, their pack raising their game and thwarting Biggar’s best efforts although the home side did plenty of that of their own!
A sustained passage of play from the visitors saw Biggar under the cosh for the first time and pressed into defensive chores as Hill Jills attacked. Biggar did breakout however and an excellent run out of defence from Mark Bertram, continued by King and Pearce ended when the No 8 was bundled into touch in the visitors half.
A couple of penalties later – awarded incidentally by referee Graeme Ormiston who also took charge of the 2nd XV game against Peebles on Friday night - and Hill Jills were back in Biggar territory. The next such award ended with a sin-binning for No 8 Pearce as he illegally prevented release in the face of the Hill Jills pack.
A man to the good the visitors made the best of the opportunity presented to them to eventually score a try from flanker and Captain Douglas Grove after he latched onto stand-off Nic Jurisic’s pass. The stand-off added the conversion to put his side right back into the mix.
The last half hour of the game saw Biggar introduce their bench, Jamie Orr, Andrew Muir, Davy Reive and Calum Taylor all getting into the action as they replaced Warnock, Stewart, Paterson and Pearce (after his sin-binning). This period also coincided with Biggar’s handful of scorned chances as they broke out of defence, attacked hard into the Hill Jills territory and to the line – in fact in Boland’s case OVER the line – but failed to get the ball down to widen the gap.
Frustrating was the only word to describe this series of plays as, on each occasion, it seemed Biggar would score, with the very real possibility that if they were able to do so the visitors would ultimately collapse and result in a comfortable Biggar win. Hill Jills rode their luck however, and the spurned chances by Biggar, and even survived a series of 5 metre scrums with each side in turn slewing the scrum around on their opponents put in…..
As a result and instead of capitulating, and especially as the half wore on, Hill Jills looked increasingly more at ease as they gained in confidence. This was epitomised in one audacious step and breakout by Jurisic which saw him take play from virtually his own line deep into the Biggar half where his kick ahead had the covering Reive scrambling back to pick up and tidy.
Unfortunately for Reive however, his method of saving the day did not meet with Mr Ormiston’s approval and the winger found himself sin-binned for his efforts and Biggar were left to play out the game with 14 men (Reive did in fact return for the last couple of plays).
Undeterred Biggar continued to attack although once again they also continued to knock-on and drop passes all of which meant that they were unable to score again, and missed out on that - potentially vital - bonus point.
Despite the post-match despondency the win takes Biggar into 8th spot, their best position for over a season and there is, therefore, much to be positive about. Chances are being created, if not finished, and the defence has for the most part been sound. There is much to work on as coach Gavin Blackburn prepares his charges for this Saturday when they make the first of two trips north, this first to Dundee High. The Tayside club have not had the best of starts either having won two, lost one and drawn one and so Biggar will travel intent to grab another win.
Scot Swankie, Mark Bertram, Giles Boland, Andrew King, David Paterson, Graham Hunter, Andrew Watt, Craig Bachurzewski, Ewan Stewart, Calvin Henderson, Edlyn Serge, Craig Simmons(Captain), Douglas Notman, Alan Warnock, McKenzie Pearce.
Reps: David Reive, Andrew Muir, Jamie Orr, Calum Taylor, Paul Davidson.
Man-of-the-match awards went to Andy King (Biggar) and Tonci Buzov (Hill Jills).
Story date: 29/09/2014
What’s on this weekend (26th/27th/28th Sept.)
2nd XV v Peebles BT Reserve League East (A) Peebles 20 Biggar 14
Peebles edged out as winners in a great match at the newly floodlit Hay Lodge Park, whilst Biggar couldnt quite overcome the 17-0 deficit they started the second half facing, they won the second half and discipline stakes as Peebles ended the match with only 12 players on the pitch. Experience won over youth on this occasion but the 2nd XV team looked impressive and will hopefully have a great season
To view Video of Friday nights match click on the following link https://www.flickr.com/photos/93981743@N08/sets/72157647788629440/
1st XV v Hillhead Jordanhill BT National League 1 (H) KO 3pm Biggar 19 Hillhead Jordanhill 7
Despite a dominant performance a number of errors left everyone feeling a little frustrated that Biggar hadn't secured a bigger winning marging, but a second win was a good result
Colts v Dunfermline ; Not the most competitive of matches but great if you wanted to see Biggar Colts demonstrate their try scoring ability by winning 73-0
Micro training 11am
Mini P4-7 v Melrose (A) Please be there for 10.15.
S1/2 v Livingston (A) KO tbc
U-15’s v Gala Red Triangle EDU U-15 League Gala 24 Biggar 17
Story date: 22/09/2014
U-16’s v Murrayfield Wanderers EDU U-16 League (H) (Cancelled)
Success @ Brewin Dolphin Entry Tournament
Meadowmill Sports Centre at Tranent was the the very sunny venue for the U18 & U15 Girls Brewin Dolphin entry tournament on Sunday 21st September.
The first competitive game of the day and season for our U18's was against a Ross HS/Ayr composite team. With tries from Jennifer Hewitt, Kim Laird (3), Megan Warnock, Ioni McPherson and several convertions from Kim Laird this newly formed Biggar U18 team had a very good start to the tournament. Final score Biggar 36 - 0 Ross HS/Ayr. The second draw was against Hillhead after a very competitive game the final score was Biggar 0 - 15 Hillhead. The third draw finished Biggar 59 - 0 Cumnoch, tries from Rhiannon Yardley, Kim Laird (5), Jennifer Hewitt (2), Lauren Wallace and seven conversions kicked by Kim Laird. The last game came at the end of a very long day and fatigue showed on both sides at times but it was M'field Wanders that got the upper hand final score Biggar 5 - 31 M'field Wanderers, Biggar's try scorer Kim Laird. The girls displayed a fantastic enthusiasm and put their all into each game tackling hard and showing great supporting play, each game cementing a great foundation for the team to build on!
The U15 team played three games and won all three! Most of the U15 team have been playing together for the last year, with a few new additions they are working really well as a team. As there was no kicking the results where Biggar 6 - 0 RHC, Biggar 7 - 1 Knox, Biggar 5 - 2 Hillhead. Tries scored by Abbie Baillie, Amy Watkins (2), Ailie Tucker, Feebi Robinson (9), Geraldine Kimm (2), Rachel Hill, Erica Steele, Emily Armstrong. The U15's played extremely well defending, attacking and supporting play was great!
Well done Girls!
Thank you to all the parents for getting all the girls to the venue on time!
Story date: 22/09/2014
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!
Story date: 22/08/2014