Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

Biggar Colts crush Dunbar

Dunbar Colts 0pts v Biggar Colts 95pts

Edinburgh District under 18 League

For the 2nd time in five weeks , Biggar Colts travelled to Dunbar to play in the Edinburgh League. Biggar previously won the encounter 79 points to nil but after a league restructure , the boys were asked to play again and this time on Saturday convincingly beat Dunbar by 95 points to nil.
The colts have had some big wins this year and often very little is taken from these games apart from the fact that the boys have a great spirit in the team.
But those teams who are suffering these defeats may well learn more from losing in that they learn to keep going . Dunbar never put their heads down and showed that the greatest test of courage was that they beared defeat without losing heart and credit has to be given to them. If all teams showed the spirit that Dunbar showed then it might just be a different league we are in.
Biggar scored 15 tries – Mark Ewart (2), Ross Jackson (2), Richard  Morgan(2), Stuart Affleck (2), Peter Steele (2), Andrew Orr (3), Craig Stewart (1) and Scott Thomson (1) .
James Barr had a very impressive kicking display in strong wind conditions to put 9 conversions over with Mark Ewart putting 1 over.  
Strong features of the game was the forwards power and strength, backs giving good clean ball through the line and some notable players actually passing and offloading the ball effectively rather than taking too much on
Next week is a home league game against Portobello with 1pm kick off.            

 


Biggar Colts comfortably beat Haddington

Biggar Colts 46pts v Haddington/Preston Lodge Colts 0pts

Friendly

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        

 


Representative success for 16’s and 18’s

Glasgow U-16's v Caledonia

Both Andrew Jardine and Peter Steele are in the starting line up for Glasgow U-16's when they take on Caledonia on Wednesday at Murrayfield (KO 6pm). The boys have played an important role in Glasgow's two outings to date. The first saw them get the better of Edinburgh at Netherdale a fortnight ago while last week they drew with the Borders in a game also played at Murrayfield.

 

Tomorrow the U-18 Glasgow squad also take on Caledonia, with Murrayfield again hosting the matches. The Biggar lads were not initially invited to the trials held back in September but last week 5 of the squad travelled through to Cartha to let the coaches see what it was they were missing. As a result, two of their number (Ross jackson and Andrew Orr) now take their places on the bench for the match which kicks off at 6pm. In addition to these two, who both thoroughly deserve their selection for squad duty, another 5 of Biggar's Colts took their place at the last two squad runs. Congratulations, and good luck to all involved!

 


What’s on this weekend (1st/2nd November)

This weekend
Saturday

1st XV v GHA BT National League 1 (A) KO 2pm (tbc)
2nd XV v RHC BT Reserve League East (A) KO 2pm
Colts v Portobello Edinburgh U-18 League (A) KO tbc
Mini v Dalziel (A) KO tbc

 

Sunday
Micro training 11am
Mini v Linlithgow and Moffat (H) KO tbc
S1/2 v Strathaven (H) KO tbc
U-15 v Heriots (A) KO tbc
U-16 v Watsons (A) KO tbc


Mini P7 at Stirling County

Mini Rugby P7
On a day when the weather was only good for rugby or staying wrapped up inside Biggar Minis headed to a windswept and wet Stirling. The minis new jackets were a real winner today so thanks to Paula for organising and the sponsors (CK Contracts Ltd) for providing them.

Sometimes when a team loses three games, each of them by 2 – 1, it’s a frustrating or disappointing day, but not today. Today was all about determination, great individual performances and team work; today was about putting into practice the hard work on tackling and rucking that has been done over the last 3 weeks. Today we saw the squad play proper linked up rugby with good support

going into tackles and rucks and nice offloading and passing in tricky conditions. Each of the matches went down to the wire and any game could have been won. Playing without any subs gave the team lots of playing time and experience which is all good for the future.  A special thanks must go to Archie, Katie, Jack and Myles who all helped out playing with the P6s for a game or two. Feedback from the P6 coaches was that all did very well and helped out greatly - thanks.

The first game against Stirling County 1 was an even affair with Stirling doing most of the pressing but not finding any gaps until eventually they found space out wide. Biggar replied but Stirling got one more in the last minute.

The second game started with a well worked restart going straight to Ross who skipped through the Stirling County 2 defence. They came back eventually getting a try just after half time and then another at the final whistle.

In the final game GHK started brighter with some impressive passing wide especially given the conditions. With the score 1 - 0 to GHK, Biggar came out in the second half ever more determined and through hard team work and pressing got Archie a little space to go over for a deserved try. GHK came back with fresh subs and moved the ball well to get a winning try near the end.


Youth section has mixed fortunes

U-15’s Biggar  5  Boroughmuir  22
A wet and windy Showfield was the venue for this long-awaited contest and after a 3-week break from competitive rugby the boys were up for the task. Biggar started exceptionally well and quite possibly played the best rugby so far this season.

The larger Boroughmuir side must have got quite a surprise at the rate at which Biggar pressed forward. There was no let-up in the intensity which was refreshing to watch for the brave support in what was challenging weather conditions to say the least.

Ali Steele deputised at Fly-half for the injured Matthew Stewart and Sam Wallis stepped into the scrum-half position as a result of Luhann Kotze still being in South Africa and Finlay Barr also injured.
It was passionate stuff and the Biggar side were happy to trade blows with the Edinburgh outfit. The rucking drills at training starting to pay off it would seem!

It was the kind of rugby that suggested that only an error could settle things.

Deadlock was broken in the 25th minute with that fateful error. The same costly mistake would haunt Biggar another three times!

After going so well Biggar left themselves a bit short on cover on the left which opened the door for Boroughmuir. The visitors claimed two tries and one conversion in the space of 2 minutes. 12-0 down at half time.
U15's rallied well in the second half and were winning the territory battle but couldn't find that 'Killer' pass.

Biggar were not to be denied points however, and some smart thinking from Robbie Orr saw him kick in behind the Boroughmuir defence with the ensuing chase resulting in him touching down before the opposition Full-back.

Both sides became a bit wasteful of the opportunities open to them due to limited vision and a slight loss of focus. Deteriorating conditions a contributory factor no doubt.
Boroughmuir turned the screw late on in the second half and yet again exploited the gaps in Biggars left field. Another two in quick succession killed the game off.

Biggar deserved so much more from the game and the scoreline was definately no reflection on the assured performance shown by the Hartreemill side. As performances go, this was up there with the best of them. Some luck and improved vision could have made all the difference.

A stand-out performance from Declan Boulton at 2nd Row was delightful to watch and deserves special mention.


Time to re-group and patch-up for the difficult trip to Heriots next week!

Tries: Robbie Orr

 

Livingston U16 0; Biggar U16 91
Another Convincing Win

It was much of the same on Sunday as Biggar travelled to Livingston and crushed their less experienced opposition by 14 tries to nil. The only change was with the weather conditions – unusually for the season so far, the team had to contend with both rain and wind.  The rain at least eased off during the game and didn’t spoil the running rugby that characterises this strong and talented squad.

Biggar spent pretty much all of the first half of the game in the Livingston half.  Early pressure and a series of three scrums saw the forwards work well and Alex Dawe running in from the scrum but falling short of the line.  However the backs were on hand and Rory McGinn took the ball over the tryline for a converted try.  Good work by the forwards including Neil Jones also saw the ball back in the Livingston 22 after the restart.  This gave the platform for Andrew Jardine to make it over the tryline in the left corner for an unconverted try.  Euan Bogle was next on the scoresheet after a great series of play and particularly good movement of ball through the hands.  Rory McGinn then pounced on a loose ball from Livingston and fed Craig Meikle for an unconverted try on the right of the pitch.  Livingston then conceded a penalty in their own 22 for a ruck infringement and this allowed the backs to make a move to the right wing for Marcus Dobie to cross for an unconverted try.  After the restart Biggar lost the ball in a maul but soon after it reappeared and Andrew Jardine picked it up to score the sixth try of the half between the posts - and this time converted.

The second half was played out, pretty much the same way as the first with eight tries scored from; Bogle (running through tackles), Dobie (down the wing), McGinn (jinking run), Dobie (after good run from Denholm), Dobie (cutting nicely inside), Bogle (made by fellow backs), McGinn (supported by Jardine and Bogle) and lastly Jardine (running through tackles).  Six of the eight tries were converted.

Whilst this was a crushing win, it is noted that Livingston put out a mixed squad with some younger age lads getting a run out.  This showed and Biggar were able to dominate in most phases of the game.  However, areas still requiring improvements are in rucks and mauls.  Despite having more power and aggression in the scrums, the forwards were at times out rucked and this will no doubt get some attention at this week’s training. 

Overall, the squad continues to play very well and they need a game against better matched opposition to see just how good they really are.  This should come next week against Watsonians who are third in the table behind Biggar and Dunbar, with Dunbar narrowly edging the game against Watsonians when the two teams met earlier in the month.  So how good are the Biggar squad?  Come along to Myreside next weekend and see for yourself.  The lads say ‘bring it on’ and see you there!

   



 


Biggar back to their best against Aberdeen Grammar

Biggar 27 Aberdeen Grammar 19

It’s a repeat of last week’s opening – what a difference a week makes!

Having performed strongly against Watsons a fortnight ago Biggar largely failed to turn up at Stewarts Melville before roaring back to defeat Aberdeen Grammar on Saturday.
Is home advantage a crucial factor? Well undoubtedly ‘yes’. Watsons were tested by the narrow Hartree Mill pitch and on Saturday Biggar handled the blustery conditions much better than Aberdeen, using the wind to good effect in the first half to clear their lines and then only kicking sparingly when faced with the elements after the break. In contrast Aberdeen’s attempts to kick out of their 22 in the first half ended with the ball ballooning backwards while in the second period they tried to run and kicked downfield poorly.

 
But that would be too simplistic an explanation. Biggar always relish visits by city sides and against Stew-Mel they were without several key players and the return of these, coupled with the home advantage, and the fact that this latest match was a ‘must win’, spurred the squad to a much better performance.

Injury prevented David Paterson and Graeme Hunter from playing, Michael McKeand shifting out to play in a third different position in as many weeks with the stand-off berth going to the fit-again Andrew Watt. Craig Bachurzewski and Giles Boland returned at prop and centre while three quarter John Smart made a return to the squad on the bench.
The initial exchanges saw a very young Grammar XV take the game to Biggar and they had the better of this part of the game, their centres, and Fijian Peceli Nacamavuto in particular, giving plenty indication that they would be a handful unless quickly shut down. The wind played havoc with the early lineouts, the first three being stolen by the opposition jump but with neither side really able to make the final yards to the line.
For Biggar, Charles Cochrane made an early impact with some really industrious play to steel ball at the breakdown and to make things difficult for Aberdeen at the back of the lineout. Boland too made some good ground with some deft footwork but it was the visitors who scored first, a quickly taken tap penalty seeing play taken up the middle by Nacamavuto who got in behind the Biggar defence before off-loading to the supporting fullback Alex Ratcliffe who crossed the line. Alex Hagart added the conversion for 7-0 but worse for Biggar was the sight of McKeand limping from the pitch following a hamstring pull as he chased the try scorer to the line. Smart took his place.

Fortunately Biggar managed to hit back almost immediately with Andy King breaking before he prodded the ball through the Aberdeen line. While the race to the ball was lost the position wasn’t and following another surge by Biggar, referee Matt Duncan penalised the visitors, King slotting the penalty for 7-3.

 

The restart was well taken by Boland whose mazy run created the position for Davy Reive to kick the ball downfield to keep the pressure firmly on the Grammar side. A blindside move then saw Smart glide between two Grammar defenders to create a 2 on 1 which Boland was able to exploit for a try which King converted well for 10-7.

In another attack, again almost directly from the restart, King set Mark Bertram free for a run on the touchline, the big winger being really unfortunate as the ball he set back after being tackled was knocked forward to him meaning that he was then in an offside position - even though he was out of the game on the ground!

Some excellent offensive defensive play by the robust McKenzie Pearce kept Grammar in their own 22 and from this a good angle from Scott Swankie engineered a gap for Smart whose progress was halted by a dump tackle from winger Lemarre el Bouchehati which earned him 10 minutes in the sin bin. Another great passing movement saw King and Bertram combine well again but while this surge came to nought Craig Simmons took advantage of a penalty to take ball forward. Prop Donald Voas was on hand to continue the move, his drive ending in a deserved try. King converted for 17-7.

Grammar could not escape from their 22 with some kicks to touch gaining precious little ground while others drifted back to give Biggar another tilt at the line. With the break approaching Biggar ended the half in the best of ways with their third score. A Watt penalty gave Biggar field position and after an attempt at a driving line, Calum Taylor broke blind and through the initial defence. Another 2v1 was created with Watt only halted by some good cover defence. A scrum 5 was the result and after what can only be described as a bit of a melee at the scrum base, Simmons eventually picked up to drive over for the try which was again converted by King for a great 24-7 half time lead.

Few of the Biggar support were confident that this would be enough however although all believed that one more score would surely be enough to secure the match points and withstand a Grammar riposte. That Biggar could add only a penalty in the second period and failed to record the vital fourth and bonus point try was disappointing. Had they managed this they would now be in 8th rather than joint 10th spot. That said, of course, the main aim was to gain the match win and the fact that Grammar got nothing for their efforts was indeed a bonus of its own.

Grammar won the second period by 12-3 as the wind worked its ‘magic’ although Biggar created several chances but could not make the final pass stick. Interceptions were the order of the day. A good run by the deceptively quick Smart saw ball popped inside to be gratefully taken by the covering Grammar defence while this was exactly the same result after a terrific run by Bertram saw the big man take play some 40 metres upfield and right into the heart of the Grammar 22. His pass to Boland who had the line at his mercy was also taken by the Grammar defence with a decisive breakout halted by some equally decisive defence. This defence was typified throughout by the telling contributions of (among others) Taylor, Euan Stewart and Jamie Orr who consistently took their man.

A blindside move by Simmons advanced by Reive created a chance and Bachurzewski was another who looked almost certain to score but his hands for once failed him allowing Grammar another let off.

With three quarters of the match gone Biggar managed to add 3 points to their tally, this after a ‘free’ ball saw Bertram take a speculative pot at goal. King added the penalty for 27-7. The restart gave Grammar their best field position of the match and with Pearce somewhat harshly sin-binned (there had been no warning issued and the offence seemed a tad innocuous) Grammar had a numerical advantage.

This they exploited almost immediately as another tap penalty saw some determined running from the pack culminating in a try for flanker Chris Jollands. Hagart was off target with the conversion. Some great work from Reive, Bachurzewski and Voas saw Biggar advance again to the Grammar 22 but this ended with the slightest of knock ons which allowed Grammar to escape once again.

In a final assault on the line Biggar were again pressed into defence as Grammar made a series of concerted drives at the Biggar line. These were largely met by some sterling and stout defence but almost inevitably in such situations something had to give and it was Jollands who again broke the line to score Grammar’s third score. Hagart’s conversion brought the match to an end.

This was an encouraging performance for Biggar. Grammar are a young side and have not had a great start to their season but they are nonetheless a competent outfit and one which will only get better. It was important to get the match points and to deny the visitors a losing bonus so those objectives were both achieved.

For coach Gavin Blackburn, consistency, which is always so difficult to achieve, is his immediate aim. The side is getting better, of that there is no doubt, while their style of play with ball being run at pace will ensure support from the Biggar membership. This Saturdays match sees the squad travel to second top GHA, where nothing less than a massive effort will be required to take the honours. Almost as importantly however, Biggar must ensure they give another determined performance with no repeat of the Stew-Mel game. 

A large travelling support would be very much appreciated but supporters are asked to please check the website for the confirmed kick off time. GHA have floodlights and may request a 3pm kick off although the scheduled kick off is 2pm.

Man of the match. Aberdeen; Chris Jollands. Biggar; Calum Taylor and Jamie Orr (Coach Blackburn could not split the pair of second rows so both deservedly shared the award)

Biggar
Scot Swankie, Mark Bertram, Andy King, Giles Boland, Michael McKeand, Andrew Watt, David Reive, Donald Voas, Ewan Stewart, Craig Bachurzewski, Callum Taylor, Jamie Orr, Charles Cochrane, McKenzie Pearce, Craig Simmons(Captain)
Reps: Andrew Muir, Andrew Peacock, Calvin Henderson, John Smart


U15 Quiz Night - Friday 31st October

 

email rogerball6464@gmail.com to book a place!


Cheese and Wine Tasting

Biggar R.F.C.
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
 

Raffle


Price £20 per Adult

U18’s go free


Families Welcome

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.


Gold Club winners

 


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
£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!


NEWS

Biggar Colts crush Dunbar

Biggar Colts

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Biggar Colts comfortably beat Haddington

Biggar Colts

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Representative success for 16’s and 18’s

Biggar provide District players for this week

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What’s on this weekend (1st/2nd November)

Fixtures for this weekend

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Mini P7 at Stirling County

The P7 squad play some excellent rugby but still succumb to Stirling.

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Youth section has mixed fortunes

Biggar's Youth section have mixed fortunes with a win for the 16's but defeat for the 15's

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Biggar back to their best against Aberdeen Grammar

In what was a much improved performance Biggar defeat Aberdeen Grammar at Hartree Mill.

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U15 Quiz Night - Friday 31st October

The U15 teams are hosting a quiz night! Click for details.

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Cheese and Wine Tasting

Following on from a hugely successful Gin Tasting comes a Cheese and Wine Tasting evening. This is all for Development Funds so please book your spot asap.

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P7’s at Linlithgow find it tough going

The P7 squad had a tough time at Linlithgow

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Gold Club winners

Gold Club results for this season.

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Girls Team Vintage Rally

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