Biggar Under 15 Girls are Scottish Champions
Biggar Colts 55pts v Community School of Auchterarder 5 pts
Brewin Dolphin Girls Under 15 Scottish Cup
“Your destiny is in your hands. If you believe you can do it, you will do it”
AND THEY DID
Biggar Under 15 Girls lifted the Scottish Cup on Friday night after a truly awesome display against the Community School of Auchterarder on the main pitch at Murrayfield.
With a strong Biggar support on a perfect night for running rugby the scene was set for a game to remember.
From kick off the game both teams showed they were going to play at a high tempo with both strong running and excellent tackling going in.
With the tempo mistakes crept in early with both teams regularly being pulled up for knock-ons and dropped passes.
However this was not going to affect their morale and Biggar started to put strong runs together and force Auchterarder to defend for a period of time. This they did to a degree before Biggars strength told and after some good play by the forwards , Emily Armstrong powered over for the 1st try.
Biggar knew as the game progressed that if the could move the ball away from the opposition forwards and exploit outwide then they would dominate.
They did to good effect and Abbie Baillie showed tremendous turn of pace and vision to run down the wing from some 50 yards to score a great individual try.
Auchterarder did then lift their game and went on the attack out wide but when they spilt a pass, the loose ball was picked up by Feebi Robinson who took the opportunity of taking and going which she did with great speed and went over for a try and then converted by Emily Armstrong.
At this point although Biggar were ahead they were having to do a high tackle count which was needed as Auchterarder mounted attack after attack which was being well led by their powerful Number 10 ,Caitlin McClaren. Eventually their pressure told and Auchterarder went over for an unconverted try.
Now Biggar were in a game and they needed now to take the upper hand and this they did with the forwards laying a foundation for the backs to work on. Abbie Baillie again broke through but was halted by the tackle of the night just short of the line.
A few minutes later she was not going to be denied this time and with good hands out the backs Abbie Baillie went over for another try converted by Emily Armstrong.
Aucheterarder now had their backs against the wall especially as their influential number 10 had to leave the field with a leg injury.
Biggars tackling was so strong that it was turning defence into attack as Aucheterarder were trying to play an offloading game which was benefiting Biggar with spilt ball. At times the under 15 girls may not be the biggest players on the pitch but they have the biggest hearts and that counts for far more.
Half time : Biggar 24 points to Aucheterarder 5 points
Biggar started the 2nd half again at strength both in attack and defence . The strength of tackle was evident as Auchterarder were feeling the tackles going in on them and more injuries crept in. Amy Watkins was the stand out tackler who was putting hits in that nobody would want to take and this was lifting the team. Other big hits were going in from Sarah Denholm, Ailie Tucker and Rebecca Clark.
The backs were getting clean ball out wide and at pace Rachel Hill took the ball and was brought down some 3 yards short. She then laid the ball back to allow Sharee Marshall to go over for a try.
Amy Watkins then orchestrated the backs to start putting their set moves into play and this she did to great effect with her passing and looping round Abbie Baillie to then set off and cut through the defence to then offload to again back to Abbie who then in turn passed to Feebi Robinson to allow her the space to take the ball at pace and go in for a great try which was converted by Emily Armstrong.
Next try was the same set move but Amy Watkins when she received the return pass was able to find space herself to go over for another converted try by Emily Armstrong.
Yes it may look as backs took the glory but its is the forwards who laid the platform for this to happen and they did to tremendous effect.
“The strength of the team is each individual member...the strength of each member is the team”.
Ailie Tucker at number 8 has been awesome all season and this continued on Friday night with incredible runs and strength to allow her forward to lay the foundation. The other forwards were setting up rucks and securing ball that any team in Biggar would be proud to do. This then allowed Rebecca Clarke at scrum half have clean ball to put out which she did in the 2nd half to maximum effect.
As the game drew near to full time many changes were made to allow everyone game time and was evident that those going on the pitch were as skillfull as those coming off.
Abbey Baillie then went over for her 3rd try of the night converted by Emily Armstrong.
The last try of the night was put together by the whole team who all player a part in it with many hands were involved to allow Amy Watkins to go in the corner for a try. Although not converted Emily Armstrong had a successful night with 5 conversions out of 9.
Full Time – Biggar WIN by 55 points to 5.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a teams determination and this they proved. What a performance from this team to win the cup.
Yes the girls won the cup but that just gathers dust whereas their memories will last forever.
To see all photos from the match, click on the above photo
Everyone who attended could not have left the stadium without feeling so proud of this squad of girls.
Ellie Court, Rachel Hill, Sarah Denholm, Abbie Baillie, Feebi Robinson, Amy Watkins, Rebecca Clarke, Neola Mitchell, Sharee Marshall, Emily Armstrong, Erica Steele, Kaylee Fraser, Ailie Tucker, Emelia Knights, Jenny Leech, Geraldine Kimm, Meg Robinson, Abigail Clarke, Mason Cosh and Anna Boertien.
This squad to get to this point have to a coaching team who have brought so much belief into them in such a short period of time.
All the players and parents are so pleased and proud to have a coaching team of Charlie Court, Eric Shearer , Mark Foster and Steven Foster. There is a lot of time spent coaching and they have to free up their own time to do this week in week out.
For coaches the uplifting sight is seeing all the hard work on the training pitches being put into place and rewarded in the actual games. Also when things go wrong such as missed tackles and tries against them these girls simply respond by giving each other encouragement. Thats what makes a team.
Thanks also has to go to Tammy Mitchell who also puts a lot of time in behind the scenes as there is a lot to organise each week and no more so than last week prior to the final.
Story date: 29/03/2015
Biggar RFC U18 Girls Bow out of Brewin Dolphin Bowl Competition
Biggar RFC U18 Girls today missed out on a place in the Brewin Dolphin Bowl Final, after being beaten by a very experienced and settled Auchterarder side. The girls played their hearts out, with the scrum being a particular area of strength, and they should all be extremely proud of themselves for how far they have come in such a short time. If this is how you can perform after a few months together girls, we can't wait to see you next season! All the club, parents and the coaching team are extremely proud of each and every one of you.
Biggar Under 18 Girls, captained by Rhiannon Yardley, travelled to Auchterarder on 22nd March 2015 to compete in the semi-final of the Brewin Dolphin Bowl competition. It became apparent from the outset that Auchterarder were a polished, experienced and formidable opponent however Biggar made a strong start with consistent defending against a team pushing hard to get into their half. Biggar were the first to score however, achieved through a lovely pass by Megan Warnock to Meg Robinson who made a fantastic sprint to the line. The try was converted by Jennifer Bell. Auchterdarder responded to this with aggressive defending and put pressure on Biggar resulting in a try for them in the last minute of the first half, although this was to be unconverted. Half-time score 5-7 to Biggar Girls. The second half again made for a promising start for Biggar with a rapid pass from Abbie Baillie to Lauren Wallace on the wing giving her the chance to make a very impressive run, resulting in a second try for the Biggar side which again was ably converted by Jennifer Bell. However after the 2nd Biggar score, Auchterarder came back into the game showing their greater experience. Some great passing and ball handling skills gave Auchterarder opportunities that they took full advantage of and they went onto score a further 3 tries, all of which were converted. Biggar played valiantly and defended well in the match and although each and every player, along with their dedicated coaches, were bitterly disappointed with the end result, they should be very proud of their efforts. Special mention should be given to the fact that this Biggar U18's side are a very young team who are playing together for their very first season and the squad contains some girls who have only been playing for a very short time. If these girls continue to improve the way they have been, next year will see a far more experienced side which we are sure will be hard to beat. Well done to all the girls and a special acknowledgement to Jennifer Bell who was deservedly player of the match, for showing great consistency across all levels.
Story date: 22/03/2015
Match Report by Girls U18s Roving Reporter, Anne Barr
BIGGAR RFC EASTER CAMPS / MINI COME AND TRY DAY
COME AND TRY DAY
For any budding young rugby players between the ages of P1-7 we will be holding 'Come and Try Day's on Sunday 5th April and Sunday 12th April.
No need to book on.... just turn up to Hartreemill at 11am!
Any questions get in touch with Calum on 07720677977 or email email@example.com
This year we are looking to ramp up the benefits of the Easter Camps! Some of the plans, include:
Team structure training
Position specific training
Video Analysis of Recent Games (midi)
Specific forwards and backs sessions (P5 - U18)
For these to be a success we would like to encourage as many youngsters to attend as possible. Sessions cost £10 per day though should cost be an issue please contact Calum directly.
To ensure we can plan and organise specific sessions please book on to the camp ASAP by emailing Calum on firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming as many along as possible. For dates and times please see the poster below.
Story date: 18/03/2015
U-15’s and S2’s have tough matches against Heriots and Gala
U-15’s Edinburgh League
Biggar 7 Heriots 53
Biggar U15 suffered a set back in their cup campaign on Sunday going down heavily to a hard working Heriots outfit that resembled nothing of the team that took to the Goldenacre turf the week previous.
Heriots failed to submit a team sheet which was rather unsporting as these are the rules. Their officials didn't seem too fussed about it! Perhaps these rules need not apply to our neighbours in the east.
However, the 'Honest' Biggar side did submit their team sheet and faced the larger and more physical Heriots team.
Both teams started strongly but possession was soon dominated by Heriots however handling errors were evident under pressure.
Biggar had opportunities in attack but were either halted by a strong defence or moves were to break down with the ball lost in contact.
Heriots must have arguably the most dangerous outside backs in the league. Biggar errors gifted them the broken field play that they thrived on in the first half and even Biggars usual stonewall defence wasn't enough to stop going in to half time with a daunting disadvantage.
Understandably Biggars heads went down but they did manage the odd flash of good play.
Lewis Stewart's excellent work rate ever present and Stuart Forrest's consistent desire to carry the ball at pace softened many blows. Craig Meikle saw reasonable action but no matter what he did he just couldn't break the Heriots line.
Biggar did eventually break through to score after being awarded a penalty on the Heriots 5m line. A quick tap and Luhann Kotze was through. Robbie Orr converted well.
It's games like this that bring you crashing back to earth after back-to-back wins but it is a measure of the team that bounces back and puts the sore defeats behind them. Biggar can do that very thing.
Time to regroup and put a shift in at training on Wednesday.
The boys are indeed tuned in to the areas they need to develop and this game merely highlights these issues.
Nonetheless, the defeat at Hartreemill was not an easy one to stomach. Heriots squeezed the life out of Biggar until a late second half rally but the hosts were second best for the most part.
Tries: Luhann Kotze
Conv: Robbie Orr
So Near Yet So Far - Biggar S1/S2 come so close to victory over Gala
Biggar S1/2 took to the pitch on Sunday at Hartree Mill looking to continue a good run of recent form. They were up against a Gala team that were much smaller but who were to prove very tough opponents.
Biggar knew that this would be a tough task having lost the earlier fixture by 10 tries to 3 so the initial aim might have been to try and close the gap but these lads have improved significantly since then and came away gutted to have lost by a last gasp winning try from the visitors.
As it was, this was an excellent game. Biggar had strength and power in the pack and held the upper hand there while Gala were excellent with the ball in hand and had some real flyers out on both wings.
Biggar were first to strike. Great rucking from the forwards and penetrating runs from Connor and Harry Low allowed the ball to get spun out to Drew to run in well for the first score which was converted well by Connor.
The game then began to flow back and forth. Excellent power from the Biggar forwards pushing Gala back but they tackled well throughout. Biggar were pinned back towards the end of the half with Galas wing pace showing. They got the ball out onto the left wing and crossed despite excellent efforts from Dylan and Sam to hold him up.
Half Time Biggar 4 – Gala 4
Into the second half and again excellent play from both sides was in evidence. Hard rucking from Biggar, in particular from Cameron Snell who seemed to be at every breakdown allowed Biggar to build a strong platform. Pressure was mounting with Gala struggling to contain the continued strong running from Connor and Harry Low in the forwards and Drew and Adam in the backs. As it was, it was a simple pass inside to Connor who looked to have been held up but managed to ground the ball despite the attentions of 3 or 4 Gala players that gave Biggar their second try.
Gala came roaring back to score an almost copy book version of their first score. Excellent hands and pace got the ball out to their left wing and they managed to get over the line with 3 or 4 Biggar players desperately trying to stop him.
By now it was an established pattern in the game. Biggar were hitting their forwards and forcing Gala to commit numbers to the breakdown and Gala were passing the ball well through the hands and using their greater pace. Biggar were next to score. Adam Carrick with some great running down the right well supported from Drew and Finlay managed to get over then line to put Biggar back in the lead.
Gala were unlucky then not to bring the game back level with great work down their right. They seemed to have an unstoppable overlap but an excellent intervention tackle from Finlay Stewart stopped them in their tracks and the moment was lost. It was only a matter of time however and Gala went back to their left wing to pull Biggar back again.
Tries were then exchanged with Adam creating some space through the middle and passing to Drew who had to work hard to get the ball over the line but the try was scored. Gala got back level on tries with another well worked score with the ball again being moved well through the hands. The kick was converted which took the score to Biggar 15 – Gala 14 with 3 minutes left to play. Biggar were hanging on a little and in the end were unable to keep up with the flying machine on the left wing. This was to prove costly as the all was worked well to him and he “pinned his ears back” to score and win the match.
No-one should be down-hearted about this result. This was an excellent performance from all the boys in a Biggar shirt and progress is there for all to see. Keep up the hard work. Results will come!!
Story date: 25/03/2015
Full Time Biggar 15 Gala 18
Biggar face uphill task after Kelso defeat
Biggar 7 Kelso 23
There is still a very slight mathematical possibility which would allow Biggar to retain their National League 1 status but this is reliant on Biggar gaining maximum points from their two remaining matches against both Jed and Dundee and/or Glasgow side Hillhead Jordanhill defeating Marr. The chances of those three results occuring are slight to say the least, particularly when Hill-Jills have yet to record a win this season and as Biggar continue to struggle to gain any sort of consistency in their performances.
It is an aim that should keep Biggar's squad motivated however as they prepare for Jed on Saturday although pride in the performance should be the over-riding motivational factor.
The inconsistency which has plagued the squad this season was there for all to see again as the side struggled to cope with their visitors who plundered ball from Biggar players and who took full advantage of a lack of composure as the host side toiled in putting together phases of play. The overall feeling is one of great disappointment as the side has shown, albeit in patches, that it is capable of playing some decent rugby - the comparison to that of Scotland not as daft as it might seem in that both sides have undoubted potential and offered much but delivered so little.
Kelso arrived in a similar but marginally better position than their hosts but still requiring the win to confirm their NL status. A loss for Kelso who have also struggled this season would have seen them need a win from their last game against Champions Selkirk which would have been a very tall order.
Scott Swankie made a return at fullback for the unavailable Craig McDonald and this led to a switch in the backs with Mark Bertram reverting to wing. There was only one change in the pack, this enforced after Calum Taylor picked up an ankle injury on Thursday at training. His replacement was Alan Warnock.
Kicking off on what was a bright, yet chilly afternoon, Biggar were sent back to their 22 after a series of early penalties as referee Rob Dickson found fault with Biggar's work at the breakdown. Kelso opted to kick for touch and to employ their pack in rolling mauls but to a large extent, and although Kelso mounted assault after assault, Biggar's scramble defence stood firm. An accidental offisde and then a Biggar penalty led to some relief but the opening quarter was all pretty much Kelso. Eventually after several thwarted attacks, Kelso opted to kick for goal and stand off Andrew Skeen converted for 3-0.
The scrums were pretty much on a par but the Kelso effort in the loose was again more dynamic and forcing two Biggar tacklers to stop their progress; Biggar often stopped by just one. A second Skeen penalty took the score to 6-0.
Biggar were then outdone by their own cleverness as a pre-planned move which allows a player to attack the opponents lineout, legally but from the 'wrong' side, was deemed illegal by the official. It's a difficult one but the video replay -and wouldn't it be great for all to have access to that technology - showed Dickson's error. Biggar engineered their way out of danger following the Kelso penalty but ironically, after what amounted to Biggar's first real 'go-forward' play, Kelso's Greg Ponton pounced on a loose Biggar pass to intercept and run in from some 40 metres. This was a body blow as it appeared that Biggar were slowly making their way into the game after what had been a shaky start. 13-0 down.
The second quarter was largely Biggar's as they controlled play for many phases although without ever really threatening the Kelso line. The pack were quick to secure possession and when presented with the opportunity, players were on hand to take ball on, but there was little real penetration as Kelso's defence also held firm. Davy Reive, Andy King, Warnock and McKenzie Pearce were all to the fore in this passage of play, King ending the half with a tilt to the line which Kelso did well to halt.
Playing now with the wind on their backs Biggar might have expected to fare better.
Kelso vis Skeen kicked a neat drop goal after some 5 minutes of the half just to keep the scoreboard ticking over. On the attack a penalty saw Biggar opt for the scrum rather than the kick at goal but just as the lineout had shed possession at crucial times, so the heel was taken against the put in allowing Kelso to clear. An unusal knock on at the scrum base gave Kelso further respite although they were allowed to escape after a bad pass from their No 9 resulted in a kind bounce and a clearance as Biggar prepared to pounce.
Ewan Stewart, Warnock, Craig Simmons, Graham Hunter and Mark Bertram then all combined well to take play to the Kelso posts but this thrust was thwarted as Calvin Henderson's ruck clearance was deemed illegal. Biggar retained territory however and a huge leap and very athletic catch from Warnock and his lifters set up another attack. King took the ball to virtually the line where a ruck was set up, Pearce picking to dive over from close range to claim the try. Hunter just managed to convert although the Kelso backs almost charged the ball down.
The next pasages of play saw Biggar on the defensive once again as they struggled to clear their lines there seeming to be insufficient time or space to put in the required punt down field. The award for the (almost) best clearance of the day went to Warnock who, having secured ball after a long range drop goal attempt from Kelso, proceeded to kick accurately downfield from a very tight angle.
This relief was short-lived however as Kelso were soon back on the attack, Gareth Riddle nipping over from close range to add to the Kelso tally. King then had a clearance charged down as Biggar were again under the cosh, the defence tested once more as Kelso enjoyed further attacking opportunities. Indeed the visitors should probably have increased their lead but ball failed to stick to outstretched hand on a couple of occasions. As it was, and try as they undoubtedly did, Biggar found great difficulty in freeing themselves from their 22, Kelso making several priceless turnovers as Biggar's support was just too far away. Kelso had the final say with another Skeen penalty to wrap up the scoring.
One of Biggar's last attacks saw play taken deep into the visitors half but another error, this time a crossing offence, put paid to that. And so the game came to its conclusion, Kelso happy with their win which ensured their participation in National League rugby for another year while Biggar were left to dwell about what might have been. It is of absolutely no consolation whatsoever but Biggar's 30 point league tally would have been good enough to secure a very safe 8th place in either of the last two seasons.
Biggar now await Jedforest who if defeated would need to wait for the Biggar/Dundee result to confirm their NL position.
Scott Swankie, Alistair Sinclair, Andy King, Jonny Smart, Mark Bertram, Graeme Hunter, David Reive, Craig Bachurzewski, Euan Stewart, Calvin Henderson, Andrew Peacock, Alan Warnock, Jamie Orr, McKenzie Pearce, Craig Simmons
Reps: Donald Voas, Andrew Muir, Lewis McLachlan.
Biggar's 2nd XV also came adrift against their Kelso opponents. In search of promotion Biggar came up against a tidy Kelso outfit
Story date: 25/03/2015
Peter Steele starts for Scotland Under 16
Congratulations to Peter Steele who started for Scotland Under 16 at Murrayfield on Sunday against Newcastle Falcons.
Peter scored the 1st try in a 56 points to 7 points win
This is well deserved for a player who has put so much effort in to get to this stage . The Club is extremely proud of his achievements and he has played such a pivotal part for both the Colts and Under 16 teams. In fact Peter was at Murrayfield just 3 weeks ago helping the Under 16 boys triumph in the Scottish Finals against Hamilton.
Story date: 22/03/2015
Ladies Rugby @ Biggar R.F.C.
Biggar Rugby Football Club would like to invite you along to take part in a 6 week taster training block with the aim of establishing a full Ladies rugby side in the 2015/16 season.
Discover you are a rugby player or refresh skills already learned!
All Levels Welcome
If you are 18 and over come along to Biggar Rugby Club on Monday the 13th of April @7pm.
Why should the men have all the fun!!!
Story date: 20/03/2015
Gold Club winners
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