Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 27th May at 7.30 pm in the Clubhouse.
It's that time of year again folks and you are urged to put the 27th May in your diary to attend the AGM.
This isn't just a review of the year past, it's an important point in the year's calendar when the plans for next season are discussed. So, if you have any kind of involvement with BRFC and who wouldn't want to be involved with the success of our junior teams, make sure you are there on the night.
Story date: 27/04/2015
School of Rugby Programme
When youngsters go up into their first year of Biggar High School they have the opportunity to participate in the 'School of Rugby Programme'. This involves youngsters getting the opportunity to build on their social, physical and mental capibilities through the highly enjoyable environment that is of rugby union.
To download the programme information booklet click DOWNLOAD INFORMATION BOOKLET
To download our year 1 overview, which looks at the success of the first year of the programme, click DOWNLOAD YEAR 1 REVIEW
Story date: 25/05/2015
40 x 40 x 40 Competitions
Thank you to everyone who bought tickets or spent £2 to guess the cumulative time of the 40 groups running a lap each on Sunday 17th May. The total time of the 40 laps was 86 minutes 47 seconds and the owners of the winning guess were Linda and Simon Wallis with a guess of 86 minutes 50 seconds. Well done!
We also had prizes available for youth fundraisers who managed to raise over £50 with their "Guess the Time" sheets. The winners are as follows:
Biggar RFC Tracksuit - Kaylee Fraser
Train Like a Warrior Experience, kindly donated the Glasgow Warriors - Craig Meikle
Glasgow Warrior Rugby Camp place, kindly donated the Glasgow Warriors - Fraser Simpson
Mascot at Edinburgh Rugby match, kindly donated by Edinburgh Rugby - Kathryn Scott
Mascot at Edinburgh Rugby match, kindly donated by Edinburgh Rugby - Ross McIntyre
4 tickets for an Edinburgh Rugby match, kindly donated by Edinburgh Rugby - Andrew Jardine
Biggar RFC Jacket - Gregor McCuaig
VIP Package for a team to visit Edinburgh Rugby - P4s for raising the most!
The results of the raffle that took place on Sunday are as follows:
1. Free 1 Year Club Membership – Winner Joanna Dale
2. Interior Design Consultancy Voucher worth £45 donated by Luxe Casa – Winner Alan White
3. Bottle of Whisky donated by Finlay McPherson – Winner Candice Cunningham
4. £25 Restaurant Voucher donated by Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant, Biggar – Winner Helen Crozier
5. 6 Bottle of Wine donated by Mavor & Company – David Adams
6. £25 Voucher donated by Hugh Black & Sons Butchers – Graeme Eastland
7. £25 Voucher donated by Hugh Black & Sons Butchers – Mary Armstrong
8. Bottle of Wine, donated by The Crown, Biggar – Winner Karen White
9. Boxed Cake donated by the Gray Family – Winner May Johnston
10. 1 Month Online Nutrition & Training Plan donated by Personal Training by Alison Taylor – Winner Gillian Davidson
11. Bottle of Espresso Flavoured Vodka donated by the Gray Family – Winning Ticket Numbers 146 to 150 Pink
Thanks again to all those who generously donated the prizes!
Story date: 20/05/2015
If you have not yet claimed your prize, please contact Paula Yardley (details on Contact Page) to arrange collection. Prizes, with the exception of perishables, will be held for 3 months and if remain unclaimed at the end of this period, will be returned to the original owner. Perishable prizes will be held for 2 weeks.
40 x 40 x 40 UPDATE - THANK YOU
WE ASKED FOR YOUR HELP - AND WE GOT IT IN ABUNDANCE!!!
On Sunday 17th May we held the long awaited 40x40x40 event to raise funds for our planned pitch redevelopment works. The total time for the 40 laps was 86 minutes 47 seconds and all winners can be found on the social page. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped in making our Fun Day on Sunday a success, despite the weather trying it's best to disrupt things! We are so proud to be part of a club that has such a community spirit within it. The total amount raised has still to be confirmed but the initial count has us breaking the £6000 mark!!
Our thank you list is long, and apologies if we have missed someone out, but we are very grateful to:
All those who helped in organising the event (especially Pat Mavor, Susan & Jock Gray, the Meikle family, Marion Forrest, the Tucker family, Jane Stevens to name but a few!)
Everyone who helped man a stall on the day
All who donated home baking, kit, tombola, bottle stall or raffle prizes
Eric & Kathryn and Charlie Court's dad for their invaluable help
Chris Cruise for donating his time & sound equipment and for being co-compere on the day
Gavin Hill for stepping in and performing co-compere duties
The Tucker Family for their generous donations of burgers and crisps
Al & Una Stewart and family for providing the Biggar RFC History display and for all their help
Everyone who kindly donated raffle prizes as well as prizes for our youth fundraisers - Lux Casa Interior Design Consultancy, Personal Training by Alison Taylor, Hugh Black and Sons, The Elphinstone Hotel, The Crown, Biggar, The Taj Mahal Restaurant, Mavor & Company, Susan & Jock Gray, Glasgow Warriors & Edinburgh Rugby
Jazcakesandbakes.com for their generous donation of Biggar RFC's birthday cake
Jim Yuille for his kind donation of rugby kit for us to sell at the kit stall
Gordon Young and Johnny Bogle for organising the much anticipated Select Match and for putting their bodies on the line.....
Nigel Pacey for photography
All those who take part in a lap (or 2 or 3 or 4!)
The Players who worked hard in getting people to guess the time of the 40 laps
Everyone who paid £2 (or sometimes more!) to guess the time
And finally, thank you to everyone who came along to support us on what was an extremely dreich day. We hope you enjoyed the entire club getting together as much as we did!
Story date: 20/05/2015
40 x 40 x 40 fundraiser on Sun 17th May
40 x 40 x 40 fundraiser on Sun 17th May.
Sunday dawned not as bright and sunny as had been hoped but dull and wet as predicted by the weather forecasters. It takes more than a dismal day weather-wise to dull the spirits of Biggar RFC however and there was a quite fantastic turnout for the 40th anniversary fund-raiser which took place.
With a wide selection of baking provided by members, an equally wide range of surplus-to-requirement playing kit, a very full tombola stall, 3 steaming bar-b-q’s, a XV-a-side select rugby match which pitted a GY XV against a JB XV and high quality entertainment provided by volunteer DJ and club friend Chris Cruise, this looked as though it would be a great club day.
And so it proved with a steady stream of club members in attendance to take part in the activities with the main focus the 40 x 40 x 40 fundraiser.
This event featured 40 teams each of which had to run one lap of the 1st XV pitch. The task for sponsors was to estimate the cumulative time it would take the 40 teams to complete the 40 laps.
Teams were made up of various different category of member/player. There were teams from each of the mini and Youth sections, award winners, ex-Presidents (there were 9 present to make the ‘walk’), referees, bar teams, committee, players representing various past eras, Mums, Dads……and so the list goes on!
Each team appeared at their appointed time slot which made sure the event ran smoothly. It’s not yet known just how long it took to complete the 40 laps but as sponsor sheets are due to be handed in by the end of this week the result should be known very shortly.
Suffice to say that the teams were made up of as wide a cross-section of the club membership as was possible with of course several representing a number of different categories. The Athletics Club, Young Farmers and the Hartree Harriers were all in attendance and so this was truly a community event which of course the proposed development is designed to support.
A final total has yet to be confirmed but with monies added together from each different area it is anticipated that this may well exceed the much hoped for £5K total.
A massive thank you is due to Tammy Mitchell and Paula Yardley who were responsible for organising the day. It is only with the concerted efforts of volunteers such as Tammy and Paula - and of course all those who responded to their call - that the club will progress.
The challenge match saw a total of over 50 players pitch themselves against each other in ‘friendly’ rivalry. All ages were represented with proceedings overseen by guest ref Graham Eastland who ensured a ‘fair’ contest ensued. Among many others it was great to see ex-members Scott Watson, Andrew Dunlop and Iain Renwick make the effort to take part, emphasising the very positive club aspect of the day.
For the record the JB Select edged their more talented opponents by something to something…the score doesn’t matter. Bob Aitken soon to depart for NZ marked his departure with an excellent hat-trick of tries while the Father and Son combo that is Denis and Conor Lavery scored the lions’ share of points for GY’s XV. Excellent entertainment!
Of course the funds raised are for the Development of the Hartree Mill pitches with the proposed extension of the available pitch area to include a total of four pitches, three of which will be floodlit, a designated Mini/Youth training area and increased and much improved space for training and parking.
This has been a long desired aim for the club and everyone was over the moon when the club received the following fantastic news…..(please refer to official Press release sent by Nigel Pacey).
Finally, one group of youngsters unable to take part in Sundays event had a very good reason – namely that they had been selected to play for the Lanarkshire Lions U-16 side.
They played the other two Glasgow region pathway teams, the Giants and the Hurricanes. Chiefs won both games. Players involved were Lewis and Matthew Stewart, Stuart Forrest, Luhann Kotze and Charles Connely. Commiserations to Robbie Orr and Daniel McConkey who missed out on selection this time round but who will surely feature later. Well done to all.
Friday: Girls Presentation Evening. In previous years the girls have been pitched in with the U-15 and U-16 Boys groups but such is the size of the Girls group with teams at U-15 and U-18 that this is no longer possible. (7 for 7.30pm)
At Stirling County tournament KO 11am (players to arrive by 10.15)
U-15's v Cambuslang KO tbc
Story date: 19/05/2015
P7, S1/2 Presentation Evening
Presentation Evening No 2 - P7, S1 and S2 15th May 2015 (for all photos please go to Gallery page)
Hartree Mill was its usual busy self again this weekend with the S1/2 Presentation Evening on Friday and the 40x40x40 Fundraiser on Sunday.
In addition the club had a VII at the Cartha tournament while several of the clubs members who are also Young Farmers were at Strathendrick participating at their National Competition.
Friday evening’s S1/2 event which also included the P7 group who make the step up to Youth Rugby was another excellent affair with a packed clubhouse and a host of entertainment courtesy of the coaches and the captains who covered the various sides exploits over the season just past.
The P7’s were first up as they make the step up from Mini to Youth rugby. This is their first intro to the next stage in their rugby career and it is clear they have had a good season with many positives along the way. To mark their step up each player was presented with a club tie for games next season.
The coaches also presented the boys with a rugby ball each in order to further hone their skills over the summer recess!
Next up were the S1’s with new coach Steve Court as host. A tiny number last August start meant that this side found themselves combined with the S2’s for much of the season but a welcome increase in numbers after Christmas meant that the side is now on track to compete properly when they move up to S2.
An unusual presentation came in the shape of coach Steve’s – never-been-washed-this-season - woolly hat with Ewan Barr the lucky recipient!
Other awards as follows:
Coaches Player of the Year: Gregor Harley
Most Committed: Cameron Gray
Players Player: Jamie Tucker
Best newcomer: Calum Smith
Most Improved Player: Ewan Barr
Best Attitude: Calum McCallum
Alistair Tucker Award: Jamie Tucker
The S2’s rounded off the evening with their awards. It has been another challenging season for this age group but they have consistently stood up for their mates and this loyalty will be rewarded as they mature.
Story date: 19/05/2015
1st award for endeavour on field of play - Drew Brewster
2nd endeavour on field of play - Finlay Stewart
Players’ player award - Jamie Shannon
Best newcomer - Cameron Snell
Most improved player - Connor Sheridan
Coaches player of year- Guy Hunt.
Minis BIG weekend
BIGGAR P7s BIG RUGBY WEEKEND
The end of April saw one of the P7s busiest weekends of rugby of the season. Seven games, nearly 2 hrs of rugby, 28 trys scored from 11 different players, 15 trys conceded, one tournament won and another semi-final reached - generally big smiles and tired bodies from everyone involved, (players, parents and coaches) Thanks to the kids for all the effort and the parents for their support .
The games started at Dalziel on Saturday afternoon. A straight league competition saw Biggar drawn to play Hamilton, Strathaven and Dalziel.
The P7s started slowly in their first game against Hamilton, losing a try and being under pressure for most of the first half before they realised they were in a really tough match. Eventually the trys came from good close support play. Archie, Fraser, Murray and Ross all scored to 2 Hamilton scores final Score 4 - 2 to Biggar.
Biggar started their second game by linking up better and sharing the ball around with two trys coming quickly from Daryl and Ross Then Strathaven found some gaps and ran in a try and were back looking for a second. After that fright and a half time wake up speech Archie, Callum and then Jack scored in the second half, final score 5 - 1 to Biggar.
In the last game against Dalziel Biggar were at full throttle running in different types of trys from both close and wide play starting with Jonathan then Andrew, Murray, Ruadhri (2), Connor, Fraser and Andrew all before half time. Dalziel came out with a stronger defence in the second half and let only one more try through in the second half, this a score for Archie. Final score 9 - 0 to Biggar .
The next day saw a mid-morning start in the sun at Currie. Biggars first game was against unknown quantities Dunbar. Biggar quickly got on the front foot with good, well planned restarts and players running through gaps. Initial tries came from Geraldine, Ruadhri, Greig, Archie and Ruadhri again. Dunbar scored twice - final score 5 -2 to Biggar.
Next up were Ayr, a team the Biggar squad have never managed to beat over 3 encounters spanning 4 years of mini rugby. Biggar started well but Ayr scored first followed by a quick equaliser from Fraser. Biggar then went over the line again but Ayr held it up and Biggar couldn't get the ball grounded. Half time was 1 - 1.
The second half was fairly even but eventually through some good runs Biggar got the ball over the line but again couldn't get it grounded. This time a Penalty Try was awarded and with a tense finish to the game seeing Biggar go close with a forceful run from Connor. Final score, 2 -1 to Biggar.
Next up Currie Ambers. Fielding a depleted squad and with the knowledge that they were already in a semi-final Biggar seemed to let their intensity and tackling drop a notch during the first half,. Restarts were suddenly slow and static and very quickly Currie were 4 - 0 up. A short reminder of some basics at half time to the Biggar squad saw a much more direct and positive game in the second half with Biggar scoring 2 initially through a quick pick and go from Murray and another from a determined drive for Fraser. Currie also scored 2 in the second half so the final score was 6 - 2 to Currie.
Biggars semi-final was against Stewart's Melville. The game started fairly evenly with Biggar putting some early pressure on SM but then SM got some good passes away and quickly scored twice. Biggar countered before half time with a try from Geraldine. The second half was evenly contested but SM got another try and Biggar never quite got the ball wide when there was space and opportunities. Final score SM 3 - Biggar 1, Biggar losing to the eventual tournament winners
Great effort and skill shown by all the players over the 2 days with great support from the parents as always. This group has a nice mix of powerful forwards and fast backs to make a potentially strong balance for S1 rugby.
This weekend saw Biggar P3 travel to the annual Stirling County Mini festival which again proved to be a well-run and welcoming event.
Drawn in pool 3 Biggar started against Madras who played quick rugby passing out of the tackle well and pressurising the Biggar defence. The team did well to keep in front and to use the width of the pitch to keep ahead of Madras on the scoreboard. Final score 5-4 to Biggar.
In the second game against Hamilton, Biggar played well to win 3-0. Biggar had 3 P2's playing in the side. Alex and Gregor were fantastic and Harris deserves special mention for playing so well with so little game time in the past.
In the third game against a young and fairly inexperienced Stirling County team, Biggars defence was well organised and stout. In attack Biggar enjoyed the space they created and ran home 9 tries. The highlight had to be Alex Lang with an outstanding solo run for the right corner only to be closed out and side step his way past a defender. He then made a bee line for the left had corner with cheers of all Biggar (and probably a few Stirling supporters) carrying him over the line.
The final group game was against Hillfoots which, despite strong determination and creative running, Biggar sadly lost by 3 tries to 1. The team had to learn difficult lessons in the face of some controversial decisions and it is a credit to these 6 and 7 year old kids that they kept playing and showed excellent sportsmanship to their opposition despite the obvious and understandable disappointment.
Story date: 27/04/2015
Well done all and bring on contact rugby!!!
U-15’s win Edinburgh Plate
The U-15’s travelled to Dunbar for the Edinburgh District Plate final.
Biggar 45 Gala Red Triangle 12
Buoyed by the now customary culinary delights of a Jock Gray inspired pre-match breakfast (thanks again to all others who helped with this feast), the boys turned out in determined form at Dunbar where they met Gala Red Triangle.
If you can believe it, then you can achieve it!
That was the rousing call before the Edinburgh U15 League Plate Final at Dunbar on Sunday.
They believed......they achieved.
There have been many memorable moments this season and this one takes centre stage.
It may not have been the prettiest game but games against border clubs rarely are. But quite frankly it doesn't really matter. Biggar rose to the top in their own impressive style.
Biggar laid down their credentials from the outset with pressing play and took the game straight to Gala from the first whistle. They also made a thorough nuisance of themselves in the ensuing scrums. As a result, Biggar bathed in the relative luxury of a 14 point lead after 15 minutes with converted tries from Jordan Gray and Stuart Forrest.
Gala's Scottish sprint champion was a real threat on the wing and scored with impressive ease to close the gap. This was a wake-up call for Biggar as they realised they could pay for complacency. However, more was coming from the Hartreemill boys.
Jordan Gray and Guy Kelly continued to barge through the Gala defence to great effect and kept Biggar on the front foot.
The pressure was showing from the borderers and they were camped in their own half for the best part of 25 minutes. Stuart Forrest picked up another score with Daniel McConkey adding to the tally. 24-7 to Biggar at half time and they were accelerating towards a historic victory but for some reason it felt so much closer.
At the start of the second half Biggar were over the whitewash again when Lewis Stewart hit the line hard and burst through to claim a well worked try.
Gala were being outplayed in every facet really and Stuart Forrest rubbed even more salt into their wounds by picking up from just over half way and powering past a flailing defence to claim his hat-trick. The big centre wasn't going to be stopped.
Rowan Stewart took his turn to put the game well and truly beyond Gala's reach with a dominant display of running up the right, and again, there was no way he was going to be stopped.
Biggar showed more willingness to swing it wide during the game and used the forwards to give them that all important platform to work from and it worked well for the most part. Their game plan simply ground Gala down. Gala did manage to score late on but it was all too late.
Biggar is growing a clutch of fine players and they're going to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Massive congratulations to Biggar U15 for a well-deserved victory that was watched by an impressive and vocal travelling Biggar support.
Coaches and parents are extremely proud of the U15 achievements.
Tries: Jordan Gray, Stuart Forrest (3), Daniel McConkey, Lewis Stewart, Rowan Stewart.
Conv: Matthew Stewart (5)
This was an excellent effort from all involved; players, coaches and of course supporters. If volume of support counted for league position or points Biggar would be vying for promotion. At Dunbar the Biggar support stretched the length of the pitch. This has been a factor throughout the season and the club and players are very proud and very grateful of the support the various teams receive.
Story date: 27/04/2015
Gold Club winners
Drawn on 28th March
£250 - 325 Linda Jardine
£100 - 47 Andrew Ironside
£100 - 198 Douglas Davies
£100 - 3 Brenda Lawrie
£100 - 286 Trina Watson
£100 - 36 Kid Currie
Drawn on 14th March
£250 - 75 Frazer Andrews
£100 - 122 Tom Cockburn
£100 - 62 Neil Harrison
£100 - 186 Mike Rutherford
£100 - 327 Angie Falconer
£100 - 338 Annette Parker
Drawn on 21st February
£250 - 107 Robert Paterson
£100 - 266 APL
£100 - 204 Gillian McDonald
£100 - 100 Walter Fleming
£100 - 262 Eric Brown
£100 - 222 Davina Howatson
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