Biggar High School Win Lanarkshire Plate
Biggar High School ended a nearly 2 year wait for 15 a side rugby silverware with an U16’s win in the Lanarkshire Plate competition.
Biggar are regular finalists of the 1st tier Lanarkshire Cup competition having finished as runners-up to Calderglen last year, however following an extremely poor display against Duncanrig in the early rounds of this year’s competition they had to settle for competing for the Plate.
The competition culminated in a finals night on Monday 31st March where the finals of the 1st tier Cup, 2nd tier Plate and 3rd tier Bowl competitions were all due to be decided. However following the late withdrawal of 2 teams in the North Lanarkshire side of the draw, the competition was rejigged and Biggar were pitted against regular foe, Cup finalists Calderglen High School in a rematch of last year’s final.
While Biggar were guaranteed the plate and Calderglen were guaranteed the Cup notwithstanding the result of this game, the Biggar team had the opportunity to right some wrongs from last year where they had lost despite enjoying a healthy lead at half time.
Biggar started the game at a fantastic pace with the forwards stamping their authority on the game. Some hard running by Mark Ewart and Ross Jackson set a precedent giving the back line good opportunity to run. Being the faster team out of the blocks paid dividends for Biggar who raced into a 12-0 lead. Like in the two Schools previous meetings, Calderglen came right back into the game. A brace of penalties, a couple of loose kicks and handling error helped Calderglen exert considerable pressure on the Biggar line. While the defence held well 15 minutes Calderglen finally got reward for their pressure going over for a converted try. The remainder of the half passed in an even contest with only an excellent Andrew Jardine penalty adding to the score. Half time Biggar 15 – 7 Calderglen.
Given a roasting at half time Calderglen came right back into the game. With another brace of penalties going against them Biggar were kept pinned in their own 22. Scrum half Douglas Hill, who had come on for Angus Kerr at half time, gave his opposite number a torrid time exerting significant pressure at scrum time. The territorial advantage eventually paid with Calderglen going over for another converted try.
This acted as a wake-up call for Biggar who immediately upped the anti in defence. Credit must go to the Biggar back-row who starved the opposition 10 of time and space creating significant pressure and forcing mistakes. Biggar made the most of this pressure when a flowing back move saw Rory McGinn stopped just short. The forwards were there in number to drive over and finish the move from short range., simon Deholm getting the try.
Biggar added to their lead when William Grieve slid through a gap and sprinted in from 40 metres for a converted try. Calderglen once again came back and saw a flowing backs move finished off in the corner. After this scare the Biggar forwards exerted their dominance once again. From a fantastic kick through by Rowan Stewart, the forwards poured through the resultant lineout to force a dropped ball. William Grieve pounced on the ball to ground it to mark his 2nd try in what was a superb personal performance. Biggar saw out the last 5 minutes to claim their well-deserved 32-19 victory.
Many congratulations to the whole squad who showed a great deal of commitment and effort to shut down what is a strong and well organised Calderglen team. Congratulations also to Ross Jackson who earned the Man of the Match award for his hard running and defence and to William Grieve who earned the Coaches Player of the Match for his hard rucking and work ethic throughout.
Interesting to note that next year only 6 of the squad of 22 players will no longer be eligible for U16 rugby!
Biggar team: Rowan Stewart, Martin Hunter, Henry Adams, Andrew Jardine (c), Mark Harrison, Simon Denholm, Angus Kerr, Mark Ewart, Jordon Gray, Alistair Cameron, Andrew Reid, Guy Kelly, William Grieve, Stuart Affleck, Ross Jackson; Reps: Andrew Hodge, Craig Shearer, Craig Meikle, Lewis Currell, Douglas Hill, Marcus Dobie, Rory McGinn
The team after full time
Collecting their well deserved medals
Ross Jackson collects his 'Man of the Match' Award
Biggar High show of the Lanarkshire Plate.
Story date: 03/04/2014
South Lanarkshire School 7’s Competion
Tuesday 18th March saw teams from Biggar, Lanark, Duncanrig and Cathkin compete for the first South Lanarkshire U18's 7s competition.
In the wet and cold conditions at Lanark Racecourse, Biggar High School romped to victory, defeating all other Schools in the round robin competition without conceeding a point. Credit must also be given to Lanark Grammar school who, fielding a team with only 3 members of any rugby experience, defeated Cathkin 20-10 and drew Duncanrig extremely close losing 17-14.
Well done to the winning Biggar team: Aird Jardine (c), Reiss Cullen, Danny McAlister, Ryan Anderson, Gregor Stewart, William Grieve, Simon Denholm, Callum Wesencraft and Andrew Orr
The victorious Biggar HS Team
A good day was had by all playing in the first South Lanarkshire School 7s tournament
Story date: 19/03/2014
Lanark Grammar Field U18’s Team
On Friday 7th March Biggar High School traveled across to Lanark Racecourse to take on the newly formed Lanark Grammar U18's team. This the first time in a number of years Lanark Grammar School have managed to field an U18's team so thus is a huge step forward for rugby in the Lanark area.
The two teams locked horns on a cracking day with a hint of spring in the air! Many of the youngsters playing on both sides are teammates at the Biggar Colts level so both teams naturally there was a sense of needing to "get one over" on the oposition! The game was played in a fantastic spirit with lots of free flowing rugby an big hits on display.
The greater experience of the Biggar team eventually began to show but not before Lanark had grabbed a couple of scores of their own! Final score 43-10.
Story date: 08/03/2014
Biggar RFC - Development Overview
Biggar RFC is a thriving club which caters for players from Primary 1 through to senior. We currently boast teams at P1/2, P3, P4, P5, P6, P7, S1, S2, U15, U16 and U18 as well as a girls U15’s team, 2 senior teams and a social / over 35’s team.
I am Calum Taylor, Club and Community Development Officer for Biggar Rugby Football Club. Since the 2008/09 season the club has employed a full time development officer to help maintain the status of the Clydesdale region’s premier sports club.
The development programme can be loosely split into two key areas: club programme and community programme.
The club aspect of development officer role essentially revolves around the following question:
In the time between a youngster joining the club to when they graduate through to senior rugby - how can we help them achieve their own absolute potential as rugby players, as teammates and as club members?
Biggar Rugby Club boasts 14 competitive teams from Primary 3 through to 1st XV as well as non-competitive weekly sessions for P1’s and 2’s. With teams at every age group from P3 through to U18, we currently have approximately 45 volunteer coaches across all youth age groups. I work very closely with these coaches, trying to ensure every child gets the best rugby experience possible through educating coaches in the latest coaching techniques and tactical and technical knowledge.
The safety of participants is always at the absolute forefront of our minds. Therefore, every coach is required to go through an annual ‘Are You Ready to Play Rugby?’ course. This is a yearly update which leads our volunteers through the latest safe coaching ideas and techniques.
The community programme primarily revolves around the schools programme. I run rugby taster sessions in both Biggar and Lanark cluster primary schools as well as curricular and extra-curricular activities in Biggar High School and Lanark Grammar School. If you have a child who goes to a Biggar or Lanark cluster primary school it’s highly likely I will have delivered rugby sessions to them and their classmates.
Biggar RFC are also proud members of the Biggar Community Sports Hub, and work with other sporting teams in the area to give youngsters the maximum sporting opportunities possible.
For questions regarding rugby development in your area or any other enquiries regarding the club in general please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact details below.
Yours in Rugby,
Calum Taylor | Club and Community Development Officer | Biggar Rugby Football Club | Hartree Mill | Biggar | ML12 6JJ
Story date: 26/03/2013
Club News and what’s on this weekend - April 26/27th
Biggar Minis in the sun at Peebles
Strong performances at all age groups prove Biggar Minis can compete with the best the Borders can produce.more
Youth results from the weekend
Biggar High School Win Lanarkshire Plate
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South Lanarkshire School 7’s Competion
Biggar High School vicotorious in the South Lanarkshire U18 7'smore