Biggar Colts comfortably beat Haddington
Biggar Colts 46pts v Haddington/Preston Lodge Colts 0pts
Quitters never win, Winners never quit"
No matter how many friendly games Biggar Colts play the enthusiasm never dwindles and this was shown again when they hosted newly merged Haddington/Preston Lodge Colts at Hartreemill resulting in a comfortable 46 points to 0 points win.
For the 1st time this season the game started in very wet conditions but this did not hold Biggar back in launching early attacks towards Haddington who were simply going to find it hard to contain the Biggar forwards.
Within the 1st few minutes the ball had been passed to the rampaging Craig Stewart who took the ball close to the line to bundle over for a try which was converted by Gregor Stewart.
The Biggar forwards especially Ross Jackson, Mark Ewart and Andrew Orr were making ground and keeping it tight due to the conditions.
At times when in position the ball was being moved out to the backs to make ground and this resulted in a try by Calum Wesencraft again converted by Gregor.
Martin Hunter followed up with a try where the ball was moved out right along the back line. Biggar could have gone further ahead but too often last passes were not being given or poor timing of the pass was too late.
This problem arose too often but when it was corrected then there was always opportunities which were being taken. William Grieve who is proving to be a very athletic all round player continually showed great agility and speed which culminated in two tries for him which both was a result of his ever presence and ability.
Stuart Affleck who was enjoying his afternoon at centre!!!! rounded off another good move to power over outwide.
A notable feature of the 2nd half was the skills showed by Liam McCarry in receiving high ball and then his quick turn of pace to make good yards and he was unlucky not to score.
However althoguh not a game that suited the backs they did at times show some good attacking skills but often were not running at speed to be fully effective. More work on this I fear.
The next try was a bit of brilliance. My match notes were too wet to read due to the weather but according to Jack Foster he took the ball at speed in his own 22 and ran through a solid defence to go right up to the Haddington line to where he gave a reverse pass to Stevie Campbell who had managed to keep up with him.?????
The last score of the day was left to Craig Stewart who took the ball at pace from a ball popped up to him at the back of the ruck and ran through the defence to score a well taken try which was well converted by Simon Denholm.
Full time – Biggar Colts 46 point to Haddington 0 points.
The rugby shown was far better than could have been imagined at kick off but both teams stuck to their task to give a good game of rugby.
Next week is a league game against Dunbar away. Details to follow
Story date: 20/10/2014
S1/2 run out winners against Penicuik
Biggar s1/2 18 – Penicuik 9
Buoyed by last weeks win against Ayr the s1/2 squad arrived keen to get play underway in the second home match in a row. Due to holidays and injury it was a mixed ability squad that took to the pitch with one player, Aaron Thomson taking to the pitch for the first time and another, Connor, on only his third competitive outing. First points went to Penicuik after some lack luster defending by the Biggar boys. A motivational speech from Brian Dudds saw the boys get straight back into the match with a try from Sam Wallis, the first of 2. Further tries came from Callum McCallum , Adam Carrick and Harry Low. Callum also converted 3 times.
Story date: 21/10/2014
Penicuik were lite on players and suffered some short term injuries so play varied between 11 and 12 a side. Biggar had 15 boys keen to make their mark on the game and the challenge was giving all the game time they all desperately wanted. Every player gave 100% and especially in the second half created some imaginative and flowing phases of play which brought deserved rewards to the team. Tackling was much improved and with some further work this week at training (sorry boys) this weak part of their game will be hopefully be dispelled.
Man of the Match Guy Hunt. Also big well done to all scorers, Jamie Tucker for performing scrum half duties admirably for first time and the other players who played out of normal position.
Well done boys.
Biggar U-16’s head the table
Biggar U16s 90 Forrester U16s 12
Biggar with a Glut of Tries at Hartreemill
The U16s again demonstrated what a good team they are, this time to an appreciative home crowd at Hartreemill. With 7 tries for Biggar in each half there was certainly plenty of action to keep the crowd entertained in cold and blustery conditions.
Whilst Forrester had the first opportunity to put points on the board with a kick for goal from a Biggar infringement, the ball drifted wide of the posts. Biggar took the ball back into the Forrester half with breaks from the Biggar centre pairing and this led to a converted try for Keir Hamilton after some good work by his fellow forwards. Keir broke his nose in the process and unfortunately played no further part in the game. Andrew Nimmo then scored an unconverted try, breaking through the Forrester defence. Weak tackling also allowed Andrew Jardine to get the next unconverted try. However, Biggar had to work for the next try and the team combined several phases of play between the forwards and the backs with Euan Bogle getting over the line for an unconverted try. Andrew Jardine then ran in a converted try from within his own half but a knock of heads after the restart paused the game whilst a Forrester blood injury was treated. The match was restarted with a Biggar scrum on the Biggar 10m line and Andrew Jardine again ran in at the corner for another unconverted try. Alex Denholm then repeated the feat with a converted try, running in from his own half but having to work hard just before the tryline to evade the covering Forrester defence. Forrester closed the half with a converted try following a clever kick through the Biggar line.
Biggar used the wind cleverly in the second half, with firstly Alex Denholm taking advantage of a clearing kick from Forrester that was caught by the wind and blown backwards to get a converted try. Alex then made a perfectly timed pass to Rory McGinn for Rory to score a converted try in the corner. Forrester to their credit were still dangerous when in possession and a rare missed tackle from Biggar gave them an unconverted try in the corner. The Biggar tries kept coming though, with Euan Bogle scoring after a backs move from the lineout, Andrew Jardine capitalising on a turnover ball and then Craig Shearer and Daniel McConkey making ground and sweetly timing a pass for a converted try by Andrew Jardine. Euan Bogle then used the wind to kick and chase, just getting the better of a Forrester defender on the line for a converted try. Alex Denholm then got the last score of the match and successfully kicking the conversion. The kicking of Euan Bogle is worthy of special mention with three good kicks out of seven in the first half against the wind and then six out of six in the second half, one of which was a drop goal after the wind blew the ball off the tee.
Story date: 21/10/2014
So another convincing win from the squad that again allowed Biggar to demonstrate their skills in open play and the bursting runs of both the backs and the forwards to secure territory and points. The wind conditions were testing but passes were secure, as was the defence in the main with the Forrester tries resulting from a rare missed tackle and a clever kick that caught the defence off guard. Players, should be pleased with their performance, coaches should be pleased by the continued commitment from the team and spectators were definitely pleased by the rugby display on show. Thanks also to the U15s that again supported the squad, all of who played really well.
Biggar struggle against Stewarts Melville
Stewarts Melville 44 Biggar 5
What a difference a week makes! Against Watsonians Biggar had exuded commitment and passion and, cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd, they had largely managed to stifle opponents Watsonians. On Saturday however that same passion and pride was sadly lacking, Stewarts Melville, competent though they were, being given both space and time to do much as they pleased. The absence of Craig Bachurzewski, Giles Boland and Lewis McLachlan undoubtedly made a difference, while injuries to David Paterson (with just 10 minutes gone), to Graeme Hunter (after a quarter of the match) and in the second half to Jamie Orr meant that there were enforced changes but this does not really excuse the performance which was well below that which is required at this level.
Edinburgh sides are always fast onto the ball and usually possess good handling skills and so it was but on Saturday Stewarts Melville, in the face of some weak defence, were allowed to develop their game and grew quickly in confidence as a result.
The Stew-Mel 44 point tally came via four first half tries and another three after the break. The opening exchanges saw Biggar in defence as the hosts opened strongly to put Biggar under pressure. This the visitors coped with although they were unable to fully escape as kicks to touch fell short allowing Stew-Mel to immediately hit back. An early penalty by Stew-Mel 10 Nick McCashin caused panic amongst the Biggar defence after it rebounded off the upright. The Edinburgh side should probably have scored from this but Biggar’s scrambled defence held them out although Biggar flyhalf Graeme Hunter appeared to aggravate a leg knock in the process.
The try was merely stalled however, centre Neil Bowie exploited not one but two turnovers and this after Biggar had cleverly driven the Stew-Mel pack back from a lineout take. McCashin kicked the conversion to this and to his own try, scored just 5 minutes later after he galloped through a stretched Biggar defence.
It was clear Hunter could not continue and so he was replaced by flank forward Jim Simpson, Biggar’s other replacement back, Danny McAllister having come into the fray after Paterson picked up a leg injury. This led to a change in the three quarters with Scott Swankie moving to stand off and Mark Bertram coming in to centre. Neither player has appeared in these positions this season so this definitely had an impact on Biggar’s ability to defend, the third try coming just after the half hour mark seeing McCashin exploit another gap to slice through midfield. 19-0.
With the Stew-Mel pack now in the ascendancy and giving the visitors a difficult time a fourth try was scored by winger Matt Morrell (another who played for a time at Hartree Mill) after a Biggar failed to take clean lineout ball.
Simpson had a tilt at the line and took play to within metres of the hosts line and just as Biggar looked about to open their account – and what better time to do so than just before half time – an attack which saw Jamie Orr gather clean line out ball before McKenzie Pearce, Edlyn Serge and Andrew King advanced play forward, eventually floundered as Swankie had the ball stripped from him when in sight of the line.
At the break Callum Taylor replaced Serge and Michael Dunlop came on for Calvin Henderson.
Ste-Mel continued from where they had left off, a well-controlled and dynamic line drive seeing Biggar marched back before the maul collapsed over the line with prop Rhys Morgan claiming the touch down. McCashin failed with the conversion.
To add insult to injury the restart was kicked directly into touch – the scrum on half way just what Stew-Mel were looking for and the last thing Biggar needed. Ironically this heralded Biggar’s best passage of play as Davy Reive took a quick tap free kick to turn the Stew-Mel defence. His yards were added to by an injection of pace by Simpson from a penalty and with some much more positive work from the pack with Donald Voas in the frame. Ball was passed out but frustratingly and unusually King knocked on to allow Stew-Mel another reprieve.
Bertram made his presence felt as he took over the kicking duties, two exceptional efforts turning Biggar defence into attack as he found both distance and accuracy to take play into the Stew-Mel half. Andrew Muir took over from Ewan Stewart at hooker.
To give the Biggar support something to cheer about, King had a good chase down after Reive had managed to disrupt the Stew-Mel scrum, this eventually seeing Bertram produce another long kick to take play to the Stew-Mel 5 metre line. Ball was moved infield to Swankie who set up the ruck before play was then moved back to the blindside where prop Voas took over the youngster driving over from about 5 metres. An excellent debut try. Bertram was just wide with the conversion.
Unfortunately the restart saw Biggar panic and concede a soft penalty which McCashin kicked for 34-5.
This coincided with Orr’s back injury and his replacement by Serge. Another uncharacteristic error by King was followed by another great piece of defensive work by Simpson to halt another Stew-Mel foray. With 10 minutes remaining and the game won/lost depending on which team you supported, the game was pretty much over as a contest, Biggar trying their best in what had become a damage limitation exercise and Stew-Mel lacking the composure that they had enjoyed earlier on. Very unusually Biggar were now on the right side of some tight calls by referee Dunx McClement – the penalty count in this half virtually 2-1 in Biggar’s favour – unheard of!
They were unable to take any real advantage from these awards however and as Stew-Mel ran again and again onto the Biggar 22 it was almost inevitable that they would score again, lock Callum Hunter-Hill the try scorer as he rounded off a good piece of handling. Despite some great work by Simpson on the wing Biggar were unable to capitalise as a series of lineouts went awry, their only joy coming from another quickly tapped penalty by Reive although on this occasion the support play was not in place.
The hosts rounded the game off with their seventh score, this going to McCashin who benefited from his team mates good accurate passing.
A real disappointment then and a result which, with Marr picking up yet another valuable losing bonus point, means Biggar drop into second bottom spot, level on league points with the west coast side but behind on points differential. There are however 5 pints separating 5 sides so a couple of wins would make whole world of difference. Biggar need to rediscover their form and face a ‘must win’ match this Saturday when Aberdeen Grammar make the trip to Hartree Mill. They are not having a great start to their season and are currently on 14 points and two places ahead of Biggar. A big support – which was a huge factor against Watsons - would help lift the players, so please, if you can make it, get down to the club for the 3pm kick off!
Michael McKeand, Mark Bertram, Scot Swankie, Andy King, David Paterson, Graham Hunter, David Reive, Donald Voas, Ewan Stewart, Calvin Henderson, Edlyn Serge, Jamie Orr, Alan Warnock, McKenzie Pearce, Craig Simmons(Captain)
Reps: Michael Dunlop, Andrew Muir, Danny McAllister, James Simpson, Calum Taylor.
Very disappointingly Biggar 2nds were left without a game after Kelso were unable to field a full XV.
Story date: 21/10/2014
Cheese and Wine Tasting
Development Funds Fundraising Event
Cheese & Wine Tasting Night
Saturday 1st November
7pm-Midnight @ The Club
Includes 8 different Wines hosted by Pieroth Wines
and a Variety of Cheese and Nibbles
Followed by Music and half time Pies and Sausage Rolls
Price £20 per Adult
U18’s go free
Story date: 19/10/2014
To secure tickets call :
Jock or Susan on 01555 841445 or 07795 100 970
P7’s at Linlithgow find it tough going
P7 Minis at Linlithgow
The Biggar P7s visited an autumnal Linlithgow for their annual festival which is always a competitive and enjoyable day.
First up were Watsonians, Biggar looked fresh and confident from the off consistently winning the ruck and quick ball with drives led by
Ruadhri and Fraser. Biggar played on the front foot and the first try came quickly from a break down the left with Ruadhri passing to Murray to score. More tries came from Callum, Ruadhri, Jonathan and Fraser with a final score of Biggar 5 - Watsonians 1
In the second game it was clear very early on that Linlithgow had some big powerful players and they knew how to ruck well. Unfortunately by this time Biggar had lost Ruadhri to a shoulder knock and although others tried hard Biggar couldn't control the breakdown and were pushed off the ball too often which gave Linlithgow attacking options which they used to get three trys, Biggars only try coming from Ross. Final score Linlithgow 3 - Biggar 1
In the 3rd game Biggar came up against last weeks’ rivals Gala, The game panned through very similar to last week, it was a close game but Gala were a bit quicker at the ruck and were confident to pass the ball wide quickly running in 2 trys to no reply from Biggar.
Last up were Falkirk who Biggar had beaten 6 - 1 at the start of the season, this time it was different. Falkirk used their big player to consistently make breaks which Biggar only just managed to contain, eventually though Falkirk scored, for most of the last 5 minutes Biggar were camped on the Falkirk try line but just couldn't break the line. Final Score Falkirk 1 - Biggar 0
The P7s showed lots of commitment and effort with many phases of good play but couldn't quite link all the parts together on the day. There is however a real team spirit and something special developing in the squad.
Story date: 06/10/2014
Girls U15 Win & U18 Just Miss Out
A fantastic two games of rugby where played at Hillhead Jordanhill today (5/10/14). First to kick off where our U18 team, with both sides evenly matched it was a hard fought match with an even back and forth of tries that saw Hills just ahead when the final whistle sounded. The final score 10 - 9. Biggar try scorers lead by captain Kim Laird (2), Jennifer Hewitt, Lauren Wallis, Ioni McPherson (2), Megan Warnock (2), Ailie Sinclair. Man of the match choosen by Charlie was Kari Barr who made some fantastic tackles and seemed to be in the middle of all the action. The girls showed a good improvement in the few weeks since they last played Hills, a few scrapes, bruises and one broken finger (Jennifer) but a very good game.
The U15 team kept up their unbeaten record today with a very convincing 15 - 6 win over Hills, strong team work saw them defend and attack with equal success, although still room for improvement. A couple of times they where caught napping! Amy Watkins scored the first try within a couple of minutes although had to come off for the rest of the first half after taking a hard knock to her ribs (she was able to rejoin in the second half after a whole raft of stretches to convince Charlie she was ok). Feebi Robinson flew the length of the pitch twice to add to her two other tries giving her 4 tries in total, matched by the U15 captain Abbie Baillie who also scored 4 tries, Sharee Marshall, Rebecca Clarke (2), Sarah Denholm, Emily Armstrong and Ailie Tucker also added to the scoreboard. Charlie awarded Amy Watkins the man of the match for all her hard work and determination.
Well done to all the girls who played today a brilliant day of rugby!!!!
Story date: 05/10/2014
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
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