Biggar boys in Oz
Josh Harvey, Richard Peacock and Scott Imrie are currently in Australia and have been playing for Noosa Dolphins Rugby on the Sunshine Coast.
Their season has just ended and the Dolphins became SGQ Grand Final Cup winners on Saturday past when they defeated USC arguably their closest rivals.
Josh started all the A Grade games and also made the Sunshine Rep team playing in both their matches. Richard meanwhile began playing in the Reserve League team but also made it into the A Grade XV. In addition to scoring a try he has kicked well, ending the season as 2nd top points scorer in the Reserve League stats and 5th in the A Grade team stats.
There is less info about Scott's game time but if, on reading this, you can supply any info please let me know! Ta, Al
All 3 seem to be having a cracking time.
Some pics after their most recent successes.
Story date: 17/09/2014
P7’s lose out to the toss of a coin.
Biggar Tournament P7s
Story date: 16/09/2014
The Biggar P7 squad came to their home tournament with a strong squad and high hopes of a good day. They were drawn against Currie Blacks and Dalziel. First up a match against neighbours and rivals Currie Blacks, immediately Biggar got the ball and were moving forward with lovely offloads and pop passes keeping the ball moving and alive. Eventually this paid off with Geraldine Kimm getting over for a try. In the second half Currie pressed and probed but the Biggar tackling and rucking held off their challenge. Final Score Biggar 1 Currie Amber 0.
Biggar were back on immediately against Dalziel who had a couple of Currie and Biggar players to help their numbers. Biggar committed fully to the game pressing and tackling as a team and passing the ball well in attack. The pick of the tries was a nice Katie to Archie to Katie interchange resulting in another try for our flying winger. The match eventually ended with Biggar 7 - Dalziel 0 with tries coming from Ross Henderson, Ruadhri O'Donnell ,Katie Mavor, Callum Yardley, Geraldine, Andrew Wight and Archie Damer.
As Gala had dropped out Biggar got an extra friendly game against Dalziel which ended 6 - 1 with tries coming from Greig Callan (3), Murray Lean, Andrew Wight, Ross Henderson.
Thanks to the many Biggar players who played for Dalziel at different times during the day, all great experience.
Next up Currie Ambers in the semi final, Biggar started well with strong driving runs coming from many different players and Currie going backwards, eventually this paid off with a try from Geraldine Kimm. Biggar kept up the pressure but eventually just at the end of the second half Currie Ambers scored. The second half was a even affair which got tenser and tighter with all the play being hard fought and a couple of try saving tackles and drives from Currie keeping Biggar out. At full time the score was tied one all, Extra time of 2 minutes each way was played Biggar seemed to just have the upper hand and were pitched in the Currie half for most of extra time but Curries tackling was strong and Biggar couldn't get the ball wide quick enough to use the space. The Game ended 1-1 and the tournament rules were that ties would be decided on the toss of a coin, heartbreakingly Currie Ambers won the toss and went through to the Final. In the final Currie were too strong for Stirling County and won by a couple of tries which just proves what a big performance Biggar P7s put in.
Biggar Mini Tournament a winner
Biggar Mini Tournament
Sunday saw the Biggar Mini tournament with its usual masses of participants, supporters and action.
A dry day with a hard ground – skill levels seem to increase year-on-year – and the stage was set for some great rugby and cracking entertainment.
Referees sounded the start and the afternoon got underway with some 60 games over the piece. Too many highlights to mention but all players deserve a big pat on the back for their efforts. Winners there have to be but in reality all those who took the field were winners!
Well done to
P4 : Melrose, P5 ; Biggar, P6 ; Boroughmuir, P7 : Currie
Team of the tournament Dalziel
Spare a thought for the Biggar P7 squad whose involvement took then to the semi-final and a clash with long-time rivals Currie. Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time the game went into an extra period. Still at 1-1 at the end of extra time, the tournament rules came into play with a coin toss to decide the place in the final. Alas, Currie called correctly and they proceeded to the final and a win over Stirling County. There was much frustration from the Biggar players and coaches alike although they acknowledged their very positive contribution to the days’ event. (see seperate report on Mini page)
A massive thank you to all who contributed to make the day a resounding success; players, referees, parents, coaches, runners, scorers, tuck-shop staff, 1st Aid, parent helpers, kitchen staff, bakers, soup and sandwich makers (under the guidance of Susan Gray), tournament organiser Dawn Currell, Mini Convenor Paula Yardley et al. Thanks to Councillor Hamish Stewart and local SNP MP Aileen Campbell.
Story date: 15/09/2014
What a great day
Colts League campaign gets underway at last
Ross Jackson in determined mood bursts away from the Dunbar cover
Gregor Stewart prepares to take on the Dunbar back line - including 'on loan' Martin Hunter (Dunbar No1)
The squad pose for their first photo of the year.
Dunbar Colts 0 pts v Biggar Colts 79pts
Edinburgh and District Under 18 League
Biggar Colts finally got their league campaign started on Saturday after postponements with a fine performance at Dunbar where 13 tries were scored against a team who never gave up.
Dunbar may have lost heavily but what they did win was the respect by Biggar in how they kept going no matter how hard it was for them.
Before kick off the Dunbar pack looked big and heavy and would want to strangle Biggar in getting any ball out to their backs. However the Biggar forwards had other ideas and started the game at such a ferocity that it was the Dunbar forwards who could not handle the continual strong running of all the forwards in Ryan Ferguson, Mark Ewart , Jack Foster , William Grieve, Andrew Orr, Ross Jackson, Craig Stewart and Stuart Affleck who played at such a pace that the backs must have often felt like passengers for much of the game.
In fact the backs scored only 3 tries while the forwards claimed 10 tries and certainly took the glory. The forwards were playing a very direct running game while the backs were tending to play outwide but it was not paying as much dividend.
Tries in the 1st half came from Stuart Affleck after some good hands by the backs, Richard Morgan out wide , Simon Denholm after a fine No8 pick up by Ross Jackson who also got on the score sheet with a take a the restart and a sprint all the way to touch down. William Grieve also had an exact similar score , followed by Mark Ewart and the Stuart Affleck and final score in the half was credited to the ever present dynamic and versatile Jack Foster who bulldozed over from 4 inches out.
4 conversions were put over with 3 credited to Gregor Stewart and 1 to James Barr.
In this half the backs had held firm and launched many attacks with Gregor Stewart showing excellent attacking and defensive skills and certainly operated a steady ship in midfield. Plenty ball was being distributed by James Barr and Simon Denholm. However it was concerning to see Ewan Eccles take another bad shoulder injury that may keep him out for some time.
An area of concern for the coaches was that impressive breaks were being made but when the players were being caught or tackled , often the ball was not being well offloaded so reducing more try scoring opportunities. This was evident in a lot of the players.
So guess what will be being practised at training.
“Its always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile”.
Half time 48 points to 0 for Biggar.
Scrums went to uncontested in the 2nd half and credit must go to Dunbar who actually came at Biggar and caused some strong defensive work to be implemented.
Biggar did score straight away from the restart after a fine take by William Grieve who in turn passed to Ross Jackson who scorched over.
Bit it was some 20 minutes later before Biggar got another score from Jack Foster who actually this time did run in from 15 yards which was then followed up by tries from Peter Steele, Ross Jackson and regular scorer Craig Stewart to finish the game off. 2 more conversion from James Barr and 1 from Gregor Stewart put the final score to 79 points to 0 points.
As we say “Its all work in progress “ and there was a time in the second half where ball was going out to the backs but too often ball was being squandered due to over running and many of them drifting which caused players to be crowded out on the wing. Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.
Offloading did not improve in the second half but it still does not interfere with the excellent all round performance of Biggar and especially the forwards who are willing to attack from everywhere. The whole squad deserves credit. This bunch of boys are gelling really well on the park, wanting to play for each other and this bodes well for future games.
Next up it is Haddington next Saturday at home.
Story date: 15/09/2014
Biggar’s Youth rugby sides record good league wins.
S1/2 v Hamilton
The S1/2 squad was keen to make the trip to Hamilton after their experience at Melrose last week where they realised they had winning potential and the green shoots for success developing.
The match started with the boys fired up and all wanting to deliver.
The forwards again put in a huge effort with the scrum being especially effective. Line out drills also paid dividends with the team winning ground from these set pieces. Rucking as every game since the season started was also strong with huge commitment from all concerned. Backs intensive drilling since last week paid off with the ball getting to the wing creating space and opportunities for some magnificent breaks involving multiple players.
The effort from every individual told in the final Score of 31 - 16 to Biggar. Biggar tries came after intense team efforts and were delivered by Harry Low, Finlay Stewart, Harry Archibald, Cameron Snell, Hugo Baillie, Niall Ball and Jamie Bell. Conversions from Finlay Stewart. Biggars man of the match - THE WHOLE TEAM. A demonstration that the team is more powerful than any one individual. Well done from the coaches. !!
U-16 Edinburgh District League
Livingston 5 : Biggar 34
Biggar Come out on Top after Top of the Table Clash
Peter Steele sizes up his options
Craig McKinlay stretches away from the Linlithgow defence
With both teams having played and won two games at the start of the Edinburgh and District U15 league and Linlithgow ahead on points difference by only 6 points, this match was set to be a closely fought game with honours to the winners potentially securing a top of the table spot.
The game started with some intensity with Biggar appearing more dominant in the scrums but Linlithgow more dominant and savvy in the rucks and consequently securing some turnover ball. The first score came to Biggar though, with Andrew Jardine making a strong run through the Linlithgow defence for an unconverted try. This settled the Biggar team and Rory McGinn made a good steal but Linlithgow’s dominance in the rucks and with loose ball resulted in a turnover. Both teams were working hard but a penalty for a high tackle gave Biggar the opportunity to secure territory in the Linlithgow 22. The resulting lineout was secured and a maul set but again Biggar lost possession. Linlithgow kicked the ball back to Biggar but this only allowed Rowan Stewart to run the ball back to them and working with the rest of the backs through good hands, Andrew Jardine was able to go over for his second try, converted by Bogle. Andrew Nimmo secured the restart and made good ground through the Linlithgow defensive line and this gave the platform for Rowan Stewart, working well this time with Euan Bogle, to break through and go over for an unconverted try. The Biggar backs continued to dominate in open play and a lovely grubber kick from Andrew Jardine nearly resulted in another try, unfortunately the ball was lost forward in the tackle. The last converted try of the half was scored by a typically strong run from Peter Steele after a Linlithgow offside infringement. Halftime Linlithgow 0: Biggar 24.
The second half started with the same intensity as the first and Biggar were again soon on the scoreboard. The Biggar backs combining well with the forwards saw a well worked and hard fought try for prop Guy Kelly. However Linlithgow came right back at Biggar and a No 8 pickup at a scrum inside the Biggar 22 saw Linlithgow on the scoreboard with an unconverted try. Subsequent pressure from The Biggar forwards including Keir Hamilton and Gavin Raftery brought Biggar back into the Linlithgow half as far as their 5m line. However, Biggar infringements for offside and handling in the ruck denied the visitors. The regular infringements broke the continuity of play and the game became more scrappy. The result was a loss of tempers on both sides with two yellow cards, one on each side. Biggar were left with a penalty and a well worked set move gave Marcus Dobie the second unconverted try of the half for Biggar. Linlithgow did not let their heads go down and continued to put pressure on Biggar with infringements from the visitors gifting possession and territory to the home team. However, the clock was on Biggar’s side and the match finished without a further score.
Biggar, definitely deserved the win as they played well in the first half and narrowly came out on top in the second. Set pieces and the moves following them were well worked, with scrums dominant, if a bit loose at times. However, in rucks and at loose ball, the Biggar forwards were outplayed and outsmarted by a street savvy opposition. Perhaps Biggar relaxed as the game was already won, but at this level and in this league a quality team that wants to win cannot afford to take the foot of the gas, no matter what stage of the game or what the scoreboard says. Some focus in training during the week should leave the team well up for the next league game on Sunday, away at Penicuik.
A cracking effort from all, well done!
Story date: 15/09/2014
1sts v Kelso (BT National 2) and 2nds v Jedforest (BT Reserve League East)
Kelso 34 Biggar 27
The SRU website got it wrong first time round as they reported a 34-25 Kelso win but with Graham Hunter converting Biggar’s last try (his own!), Biggar did indeed claim a valuable losing bonus at 34-27, although once again Biggar were left thinking about what might have been as they gave their opponents a helping hand with their scores.
Kelso opened strongly with their big pack dominating the forward exchanges. It was Graham Hunter however who opened the scoring after Kelso were penalised after an early push. The lead was to last a matter of minutes as Kelso replied with a try after a good period of picks and drives from their pack, giant lock Callum Rowlandson crashing over and stand-off Andrew Skeen converting.
A penalty gave Skeen another opportunity which he took to put his side ahead at 10-3.
Hunter kicked Biggar back in to the game after another penalty awarded by referee Duncan McClement. The restart was almost taken by Biggar lock Edlyn Serge but he was unceremoniously taken out by Kelso support runners, the big man landing awkwardly but happily able to continue. The penalty was scant consolation as the law in such circumstances – that any player who takes an opponent out in the air should be sent to the sin bin – was clearly not applied.
Another big Kelso line drive saw prop Craig Bucharweski swing as he was held in the maul, referee McLement sending him to the bin for the statutory 10 mins. The resultant penalty and line drive saw Kelso forwards pick and go again and despite some stout defence weight and weight of numbers told and Rowlandson crashed over for his second score with Skeen converting for 17-6. At the next scrum Biggar brought Mikey Dunlop into the game at prop at the expense of Jamie Orr. The flanker was quickly called back into action however as Craig Simmonds was taken off to receive treatment for a cut to the head.
With just over half an hour gone the Border side increased their lead with a try from Ally Johnson after a good break by Skeen. The conversion was missed and despite a good closing passage of play which saw Biggar attack off a typically strong No8 pick up by Lewis McLachlan and some good yards gained by Giles Boland, Calvin Henderson and Scott Swankie there was no way through the Kelso defence and they went in at half time at 22-6 and with the welcome prospect of the wind on their backs for the second half.
As had been the case against Selkirk the previous week an invigorated start from the Biggar side saw them score an excellent try with just minutes on the clock. Their best passage of play and ball retention saw the pack pick and go and without gaining a huge number of yards ball was transferred right with stand-off Andrew Watt finding winger Mark Bertram on a great angle. The big man then offloaded well to the supporting Bucharweski who rounded the movement off and crashed over from some 22 metres. Hunter added the points and Biggar were back in the hunt at 22-13.
Kelso regained their grip on the game after they set up position in the Biggar 22. A nasty injury to one of the Kelso backs held the game up before a series of Kelso drives ended with Biggar hooker Andrew Muir being shown a yellow after he crept offside; Kelso’s weight advantage now considerably enhanced as they had the extra man. A number of scrums followed and despite some stout defence and a couple of contentious decisions Kelso managed a wheel and drive with No 8 Alastair Greive rounding things off with a try, Skeen’s conversion putting Kelso 29-13 ahead.
Undeterred Biggar continued to attack and despite Bucharweski taking a knock in the tight scrum they created another attacking position in the Kelso half. A couple of penalties ensured their stay was prolonged and after the pack had kept the ball well Watt found Boland in the centre, the Irishman making light of the Kelso cover to scorch through a gap for a good try.
Unfortunately the benevolence of the Biggar side was once more in evidence as at 29-20 they were in sight of a losing bonus if not a win. A kick and chase after the restart saw ball lost to the Kelso breakaway forward and one surge later ball went to Skeen who put in a well-judged kick to the corner, Johnson diving in just ahead of the covering Bertram.
At 34-20 Biggar were down against things again but a last score which was run in and then converted by Hunter – this the last movement of the game and coming after another sustained passage of play - gave Biggar the all-important bonus.
A game of two halves? Kelso won the first half 22-6, Biggar the second by 21-12. The deciding factors were Kelso’s dominance of the tight play, Biggar’s two yellow cards (the second of which caused further problems as the lineout struggled without a recognised thrower) and a couple of defensive lapses which gave Kelso sufficient space from which to operate and attack.
Clearly the Biggar outfit were again disappointed but the direct running of, among others, McLachlan, Patterson, Bertram, Hunter and McKenzie allied to the work rate of Bucharweski, Orr, Boland, Reive and Watt mean that this side will get better.
The side must now regroup prior to what will be their toughest test yet when they travel the short distance to The Gytes and the local derby match with Peebles this Saturday.
Another big support would help the boys on their way.
Scot Swankie, Mark Bertram, Giles Boland, Graham Hunter, David Paterson, Andrew Watt, David Reive, Craig Bucharweski, Andrew Muir, Calvin Henderson, Jamie Orr, Edlyn Serge, Douglas Notman, Lewis McLachlan, Craig Simmons(Captain)
Reps: Mike Dunlop, Charles Cochrane, Graham Jamieson, McKenzie Pearce,.
Man-of-the-match award went to Graham Hunter (Biggar).
Jedforest 2nds 16 Biggar 2nds 9
Biggar travelled to Jed for what was their first game of the season and their first Edinburgh Reserve league match hoping that a performance from this talented side would kick start the league campaign on a positive note.
Biggar started them the game on the back foot, Jed taking the game to the visitors, however the one thing Biggar can rely on is DEFENCE and Biggar defended for most of the first half keeping Jed to 0~0.
It was a dramatic end to the half with the ref up-ending himself and feeling unable to continue. He did however take the field for the second half - much to his credit. The message was that he would re-assess his ability to carry on at the 60 minute mark therefore allowing the score at that time to stand.
The game then became a bit edgy both sides trying to get a lead in case of an early finish. Step up Jack Warnock, who, in what was his first senior game and after just a handful of training sessions due to work commitments, was asked to kick to equalise three times and on every occasion slotted the kick.
The game was by now careering to an end and it was just one a lapse in concentration which allowed the hosts to drive over for the decisive score: a converted try to decide the game.
Story date: 15/09/2014
Biggar 2nd XV look to be an exciting prospect for the league season and with John Bogle being joined by Bob Aitken, Alistair Browning and Michael McKeand on the coaching side there is every reason to be up-beat.
U15 Girls Win at Cartha Queens Park
The U15 Biggar Girls travelled to a very sunny Cartha Queens Park on Sunday the 7th September. Within the first few minutes Sarah Denholm and Emily Armstrong shared the honour of the first try, as we did not have the benefit of T.M.O. we where unable to separate them! Our girls continued to run tries in at a steady pace with Feebi Robinson making three successful runs down the wing, a try each for Geraldine Kimm, Kim Laird and a try and convertion from Amy Watkins brought the first half to a close with the scoreline 0-37. The Cartha girls had struggled to find their stride in the first half came out with renewed determination, however our girls continued to play an excellent game and demonstrated a fantastic team spirit which saw Geraldine Kimm score her second try with another try from Abbie Baillie and a convertion from Amy Watkins before the game was brought to a premature close due to injuries on the Cartha team. The final score 0-49. We finished our afternoon at Cartha Queens Park with a joint training session lead by Charlie all the girls worked together and found this to be of great benefit. Thank you to Cartha Queens Park for the hospitality and we look forward to a return game in the near future.
Well done Girls!!!
Story date: 09/09/2014
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