Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 27th May at 7.30 pm in the Clubhouse.
It's that time of year again folks and you are urged to put the 27th May in your diary to attend the AGM.
This isn't just a review of the year past, it's an important point in the year's calendar when the plans for next season are discussed. So, if you have any kind of involvement with BRFC and who wouldn't want to be involved with the success of our junior teams, make sure you are there on the night.
Story date: 27/04/2015
40 x 40 x 40 fundraiser on Sun 17th May
40 x 40 x 40 fundraiser on Sun 17th May.
Sunday dawned not as bright and sunny as had been hoped but dull and wet as predicted by the weather forecasters. It takes more than a dismal day weather-wise to dull the spirits of Biggar RFC however and there was a quite fantastic turnout for the 40th anniversary fund-raiser which took place.
With a wide selection of baking provided by members, an equally wide range of surplus-to-requirement playing kit, a very full tombola stall, 3 steaming bar-b-q’s, a XV-a-side select rugby match which pitted a GY XV against a JB XV and high quality entertainment provided by volunteer DJ and club friend Chris Cruise, this looked as though it would be a great club day.
And so it proved with a steady stream of club members in attendance to take part in the activities with the main focus the 40 x 40 x 40 fundraiser.
This event featured 40 teams each of which had to run one lap of the 1st XV pitch. The task for sponsors was to estimate the cumulative time it would take the 40 teams to complete the 40 laps.
Teams were made up of various different category of member/player. There were teams from each of the mini and Youth sections, award winners, ex-Presidents (there were 9 present to make the ‘walk’), referees, bar teams, committee, players representing various past eras, Mums, Dads……and so the list goes on!
Each team appeared at their appointed time slot which made sure the event ran smoothly. It’s not yet known just how long it took to complete the 40 laps but as sponsor sheets are due to be handed in by the end of this week the result should be known very shortly.
Suffice to say that the teams were made up of as wide a cross-section of the club membership as was possible with of course several representing a number of different categories. The Athletics Club, Young Farmers and the Hartree Harriers were all in attendance and so this was truly a community event which of course the proposed development is designed to support.
A final total has yet to be confirmed but with monies added together from each different area it is anticipated that this may well exceed the much hoped for £5K total.
A massive thank you is due to Tammy Mitchell and Paula Yardley who were responsible for organising the day. It is only with the concerted efforts of volunteers such as Tammy and Paula - and of course all those who responded to their call - that the club will progress.
The challenge match saw a total of over 50 players pitch themselves against each other in ‘friendly’ rivalry. All ages were represented with proceedings overseen by guest ref Graham Eastland who ensured a ‘fair’ contest ensued. Among many others it was great to see ex-members Scott Watson, Andrew Dunlop and Iain Renwick make the effort to take part, emphasising the very positive club aspect of the day.
For the record the JB Select edged their more talented opponents by something to something…the score doesn’t matter. Bob Aitken soon to depart for NZ marked his departure with an excellent hat-trick of tries while the Father and Son combo that is Denis and Conor Lavery scored the lions’ share of points for GY’s XV. Excellent entertainment!
Of course the funds raised are for the Development of the Hartree Mill pitches with the proposed extension of the available pitch area to include a total of four pitches, three of which will be floodlit, a designated Mini/Youth training area and increased and much improved space for training and parking.
This has been a long desired aim for the club and everyone was over the moon when the club received the following fantastic news…..(please refer to official Press release sent by Nigel Pacey).
Finally, one group of youngsters unable to take part in Sundays event had a very good reason – namely that they had been selected to play for the Lanarkshire Lions U-16 side.
They played the other two Glasgow region pathway teams, the Giants and the Hurricanes. Chiefs won both games. Players involved were Lewis and Matthew Stewart, Stuart Forrest, Luhann Kotze and Charles Connely. Commiserations to Robbie Orr and Daniel McConkey who missed out on selection this time round but who will surely feature later. Well done to all.
Friday: Girls Presentation Evening. In previous years the girls have been pitched in with the U-15 and U-16 Boys groups but such is the size of the Girls group with teams at U-15 and U-18 that this is no longer possible. (7 for 7.30pm)
At Stirling County tournament KO 11am (players to arrive by 10.15)
U-15's v Cambuslang KO tbc
Story date: 19/05/2015