What’s on this weekend (25th/26th April)
The Mini Section head for Dalziel's Annual Youth Festival on Saturday KO 10am
The Colts VII are at Selkirk Youth Club Sevens. This is the Colts last Sevens competition and will therefore mark the end of Colts rugby for a number of the squad who will move up to senior rugby next season.
The Senior VII is in action at Peebles. 1st tie v Orkney KO 1.30pm
Edinburgh District Plate Final
U-15's v Gala Red Triangle in the Edinburgh District Plate Final: Dunbar KO 13.45pm. There is a bus going to this match with room for players and supporters, but first come, first served! The bus will leave Hartree Mill at 11am and will depart from Dunbar at approx 4pm. Cost for supporters £5
Story date: 21/04/2015
Colts and Under 16 travel to Gala
On Saturday , Biggar Colts travelled to Gala Sevens where they were defeated in the Quarter Finals by Selkirk in an absorbing game which went right down to the wire. They went throug after having beat Berwick Colts convincingly. Thre boys played some excellent rughby on the day against teams who are currently in 2 tournaments per week and train regularly for it. This group of boys are showing some great skill and play at sevens
Squad was Mark Ewart, Andrew Orr, Stuart Affleck, Simon Denholm, Gregor Stewart , William Grieve , Peter Steele, Ross Jackson , James Barr, Thomas Steele and Ryan Ferguson.
Next week the boys are playing at Selkirk Sevens and play Edinburgh Bats in the 1st round starting at 1.30pm.
Biggar Under 16
On Sunday it was the turn of the Under 16 boys to travel to Gala where they lost out in a physical and competitive semi final agaisnt Gala. In their pool games they beat Livingston, scoring 9 tries unanswered , then lost out to Melrose in a game where both teams agreed it was a draw but the ref had Melrose down for an extra conversion so awarding them the tie. The boys knew they had to then beat JedForest which they did with an impressive dispaly. However it was to end in the semi final but it was a great all round display playing in their one and only tournament.
Squad was Peter Steele, Gavin Rafferty, Andrew Nimmo, Rory McGinn, Euan Bogle , Andrew Jardine , Marcus Dobie, Angus Kerr, Craig Shearer and Neil Jones.
However it dopes not take away the success these boys have had with them being then only Under 16 side in Scotland to win all their 15 a side games. 17 wins from 17 games. Edinburgh League Winners and Scottish Bowl Winners
Story date: 20/04/2015
MODERN APPRENTICE PROGRAM - VACANCY
MODERN APPRENTICE RUGBY COMMUNITY COACH - VACANCY COMMENCING AUGUST 2015
After a busy and productive year with the club and with the lure of traveling beckoning William has decided not to go forward to the 2nd year of the Modern Apprenticeship. Whilst he still has 3 months left Biggar RFC want to thank William for all his hard work over the last 9 months.
This means that Biggar RFC are now looking to fill this vacancy! The post is for an initial one year term with the option of the candidate progressing to a second year. Expressions of interest are now being invited.
The successful applicant will be part of the Scottish Rugby Education programme managed through Murrayfield and overseen by Alex Edmonstone (Regional Development Manager for Scottish Rugby) and Paul Kesterton (Education Manager for Scottish Rugby). In addition to the training and academic aspects of the course the successful applicant will spend the bulk of their time working alongside the Biggar Rugby Club Development Officer, Calum Taylor in supporting Rugby Development within the Lanark / Biggar area’s including its schools and at the Rugby Club .
Year two, offers with a higher level of qualification to that of year one with the opportunity to gain practical experience fully managing and running rugby development programmes.
This exciting role will appeal to those who see a future for themselves within the sports or leisure Industry, possibly as a Sports Development Officer or as a fore-runner to further Higher Education in one of these or related fields.
Interested applicants should in the first instance make contact with Calum Taylor on
07720 677 977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like more information on the role please click here
Story date: 21/04/2015
Due to the high demand of Modern Apprentice places nationally expressions of interest must be in by Friday 1st May 2015. Interested candidates should be aged 16-19 years old and not in full-time education or employment.
Biggar field youthful side in final league match
Biggar 19 Dundee 26
This was the last National League 1 match of the season and with Biggar relegated and Dundee safe in 5th place there was little to play for aside from pride which of course should be a prime motivator.
Biggar fielded a very young XV with no fewer than 10 under 20 and the majority coming from Biggar’s Youth set up. As such these youngsters were being given the opportunity to gain experience at 1st XV level and to prove to those watching that they have a deal of as yet untapped potential. That they did this is not in doubt, their enthusiasm an undoubted feature of the afternoon. As has been the failing this season while chances were created several went a-begging, Dundee in contrast able to score more points from fewer chances.
Stevie Campbell came close for Biggar within 5 minutes of the match starting but the Dundee defence did enough to drive him into touch just short of the line. Dundee opened the scoring with a try from back row man Donald Sangster, this coming after Biggar were penalised – a fairly regular occurrence throughout the match. Stand-off Harry Millar added the conversion but was unable to repeat the feat after winger David Smith rounded off a threequarter movement.
Mark Bertram scored for Biggar the big man running well onto a cross field punt from Douglas Notman after Dundee lost control of their scrum ball – an area in which they largely dominated for best part of the day. Jack Warnock was short with the conversion.
With the 40 minutes up Dundee added a third score this going to No8 Gary Hughan who exploited a poor Biggar scrum. Millar converted for 19-5 at half time.
Biggar had a great start to the second half and did lots bar score. The team took ball into contact and retained possession well without ever breaking through. Lewis McLachlan replaced Andrew Peacock who had his usual lively performance and it was McLachlan’s quick tap which caught Dundee napping and this ended with their second row Ian Robertson being shown a yellow after a deliberate knock on. Biggar’s one man advantage lasted all of about a minute when Notman was also sent to the bin after he was found guilty of a shoulder charge in at a ruck.
Craig Simmons, Donald Vass, Euan Stewart, Stevie Campbell, and Scott Swankie were all there to advance play at times, the latter making a mazy run to within metres of the line and what seemed to be an almost certain try before he flung a loose inside pass which evade the support and allowed Dundee to clear.
Ewan Sanderson and Ewan Stewart were replaced by Charles Cochrane and Michael Dunlop, this coinciding with an incident spotted by the assistant referees and which culminated in Dundee’s No8 being shown a red card for a punch to the head. A man up Biggar might have expected to do better and they did up to a point enjoying territorial advantage abut without scoring.
With three quarters of the match gone it was Dundee who scored, Biggar for once falling off a number of tackles to give stand-off Millar room to touch down. He converted for 26-5.
Biggar did manage to finish the match on top, Cochrane rounding off a persistent passage of play which involved many of the Biggar side to create the initial position. Warnock was unable to add the conversion but he did fare better and kicked well to round off the match after McLachlan was justly rewarded for his endeavour with score.
Mark Bertram, Alistair Sinclair, Scott Swankie, Douglas Notman, Andrew Fleming, Jack Warnock, David Reive, Donald Voas, Euan Stewart, Calvin Henderson, Andrew Peacock, Jamie Orr, Ewan Sanderson, Steven Campbell, Craig Simmons
Reps:, Alan Warnock, Charles Cochrane, Lewis McLachlan, Michael Dunlop, Craig Stewart
The post-match chat was aimed at Sevens and then after that the need to ensure fitness for the season ahead.
One member of the 1st XV entourage who will be absent next season is Physio Cliff Thomson who, after some 8 years in charge at Hartree Mill, has decided to retire. He has been ever present in those 8 years attending twice weekly training sessions to administer physio to all those who needed help. His manner has always been patient while his advice has been bang on. He quickly gained the respect of the players and coaches alike and his service has always been very much appreciated.
Story date: 20/04/2015
The players via Douglas Notman made a presentation of a bottle of brandy (for medicinal purposes of course!) and vouchers. Cliff will be seen a little more regularly on the golf links at West Linton!
U15’s triumph at Boroughmuir to reach Shield final
U-15 Coach Alistair Stewart was delighted to learn on Monday that 6 of his squad have been called up to train with the Glasgow Chiefs. Their selection comes after the KNT Easter Camps which were held at Cambuslang last week. All bar one are members of Biggar's Hypers Acdeamy and there is little doubt that their involvement in additional training and strength and conditioning has been instrumental in their development and selection.
The boys thoroughly deserve their selection and this can only bode well for them and their side as they get exposure to the district system. Well done lads!
Matthew Stewart, Lewis Stewart, Lohan Kutze, Robbie Orr, Stuart Forrest, Daniel McConkey
U15’s v Boroughmuir: Edinburgh U15 League Semi-Final
Boroughmuir 0 Biggar 43
Place in the shield final at Murrayfield....Check.
Biggar U15 produced a dominant display to beat Boroughmuir into the Plate final of the Edinburgh league.
This was quite simply their best performance of the season. They've had a lot of tough challenges against very strong opposition and improved each time and this massive win is testament to their hard work and commitment that they truly deserve.
Biggar dominated from the outset and never gave the hosts an inch. Biggar were relentless in their approach. Positional changes displayed a breath of fresh air that allowed the ball to breach the gain line constantly that Bouroughmuir couldn't handle.
The off-loading game worked to great effect but Biggar seemed to have the full package to back it up.
Boroughmuir did manage to throw up a few pockets of resistance and their work at the breakdown was effective but not consistent enough. Biggar realised this and protected the ball so much better as the game went on.
Lewis Stewart at centre drew first blood after some neat hands and link-up play with his brother, Matthew. Matthew Stewart followed the first score with one of his own five minutes later. This combination shows promise for the future.
Biggar's dominant line-out and scrum provided a solid platform for the back division to build from. They capitalised again in the first half through a break from Stuart Forrest after a set piece who delivered a superbly well timed pass to Rowan Stewart and some neat footwork by the big full-back saw him over the white wash. At this point it was one way traffic.
17-0 at the re-start and historically, these leads have often been short-lived for Biggar but this time they never took their foot off the gas.
The turnover rate from Biggar was impressive with Ali Steele showing real tenacity at the breakdown which put the hosts under considerable pressure. Guy Kelly led the forward charge well and displayed real leadership.
The visitors were on the score sheet again when Luhann Kotze made an electric burst up the left and scored between the posts.
Alex Dawe fancied a piece of the action and the No.8 was rewarded after some strong play inside the opposition 22 and crashed over with three Boroughmuir forwards hanging off him.
Kotze nicked in again to score his second following his own charge-down followed shortly by another from short range by Jordan Gray.
Yet again Robbie Orr showed his versatility at Flanker and was a safe pair of hands all day and linked well with Daniel McConkey who put in an equally solid performance.
The U15's can reflect on an impressive display of rugby and carry that positive thought to the final.
Everyone at the club should be proud of the U15 achievements in the face of many challenges this season. We should not forget that this is their second final (Scotstoun 7's) and they deserve their final place yet again at the home of Scottish rugby after that sparkling display. Well done!
Tries: Lewis Stewart, Matthew Stewart, Rowan Stewart, Luhann Kotze (2), Alex Dawe, Jordan Gray.
Story date: 20/04/2015
Conv: Matthew Stewart (3), Robbie Orr.
P3 success at Peebles while P7 go close
Biggar P3 – Peebles Mini Rugby Tournament Sunday 19th April.
Biggar P3s were drawn in group B of the tournament along with Peebles Piranhas (white),Langholm & Gala.
In the first game against Langholm Biggar had to adapt to a set of rules which they had never played under. The key changes were unlimited tackles (rather than the normal 6 tackles) and immediate turnover if ball touches the ground. The team adapted well to the new rules and Won the first game of the tournament 6-4 with some great tries from Fergus and Poppy.
The second game was against Gala who proved to be a stronger team, good defensive discipline by Biggar kept them in the game and as they learned to play to the new rules and passing out of the tackle the ties started to come. The P3 team has a strong core of players all of whom can make terrific runs, in the game against Gala the passing game started to come together with David and Ruairidh in particular linking well.
The last pool game against Peebles was another close match Gregor and Alastair showing huge determination in defence and hunting down the opposition who often found themselves forced backwards. Biggar won the last game by 2 tried and were through to the final – a play off between the winners of each pool.
The final was against Peebles Piranhas (Blue) who won a closely contested play off with Kelso, Peebles managing to score the golden try in a very exciting 5 minutes.
The final of the P3 tournament was nail biting stuff with neither team able to take control of the game. Biggar played incredibly well showing courage in defence and attack, as the other games finished quite a crowd gathered with lots of great support. The team definitely felt the pressure as Peebles answered every Biggar try but everyone kept playing their own game and a final try from Poppy sealed a Biggar victory. Special mention for Alex Lang as a P2 was an important member of the team in the final. A brilliant win for Biggar and lots of thanks to all the supporters who cheered the team on.
P7s 100 try's up
Biggar P7s passed the total of 100 competitive try's over the season in their first game at the Peebles tournament playing against Kelso. I hope all the parents can remember all those trys because I cant!. On the day the P7s were down to 11 players and with games of 10 minute half's they would need to be full of running to compete, which as a squad the certainly were. Biggar started well with direct runs from Jonathan and Rurhari and a nice mix of offloading rugby, Biggar scored first through Fraser but the game was 2 all at half time. In the second half Rurhari took a heavy knock to his nose and was out for the rest of the game. The team played on mixing direct runs and passing wide well and generally were on top for most of the game and Biggar ended up winning 5 v 3 with trys from Greig (2), Fraser 1, Andrew, Archie
The second game was against the hosts who had also narrowly beaten Kelso. Biggar got off to a good start scoring early through Andrew. Peebles moved the ball wide well and countered with a try run down the wing. Biggar then exerted huge pressure on the Peebles line with player after player being held up over the line, unfortunately all this pressure turned into white line fever with nothing to show for it with the score at half time still 1 - 1. Peebles came out after half time slightly faster putting pressure on the Biggar try line, a line out on Biggars 1 m line !! led to a good clearance kick from Callum which brought another period of Peebles pressure eventually the defensive line broke and Peebles got their heads in front. Biggar then threw wave after wave of attack against a strong Peebles defense with first Fraser then the recuperated Rurhari being kept out. Andrew broke for the corner but was pushed out just as the ball was going down for a try (call for a TMO!). Peebles broke from the resulting lineout and knock on ! eventually running down the far wing to score. Biggars frustration with a few of the decisions was growing but the team threw that into positive energy driving direct for the line, eventually the ball was wrestled from a tackle by Murray then going in for a try, bringing a hard fought game to an end 3 - 2 to the hosts.
Well down to Andrew, Archie, Callum, Christopher, Fraser, Grieg, Jack, Jonathan, Katie, Murray, Rurhari for a really well played two games mixing direct and passing rugby up well, full commitment from everyone roll on the next few fixtures.
Story date: 20/04/2015
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 evenings at 7pm.
Why should the men have all the fun!!!
Story date: 20/03/2015
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