Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

Biggar colts impress against Hamilton

Biggar Colts 43pts v Hamilton Colts 7pts.

Pre Season Friendly

With a week to go before the league campaign starts , Biggar Colts were looking to build on the previous week and put in a good performance against Hamilton in a pre season friendly.
This they did although it took some time before the upper hand was gained.
The match was split into 3 sections to allow the coaches to switch players and look at different combinations.
In the 1st period Hamilton fielded a strong line up and it was indeed a close fought period with both teams cancelling each other out. Stuart Affleck was continually testing Hamilton and was gaining yardage throughout the period.
Both had chances but often last passes were not going to hand and so denying scores. As the period was near completion Biggar were rewarded with the 1st score after a good build up of forwards hitting up the ball was put out to the backs but although it was erratic play Euan Bogle was able to capitalise on some space to go over for an unconverted try.

2nd Period
The Biggar back line was totally revamped and the rest of the forwards who did not start came on. Hamilton also made changes but unfortunately could not cope with the  continual strong running of Mark Ewart. Ross Jackson and  Stuart Affleck who were excelling.
Biggar moved down the park with strong running and then were using the blind side to exploit with Douglas Hill putting the ball out to Ross Jackson who positioned himself right on the touch line to then take the pass and storm up the blind with no defence to face for a try.
Biggar were now in control and Andrew Jardine broke through to then offload to Ross Jackson outside him to go over for another try which was converted by Euan Bogle.

The last try of this period was from a stolen lineout close to the Hamilton line and William Grieve took the chance to go over from the drive. From well out Euan Bogle put an excellent conversion over.

3rd Period
Right from the start Biggar took the upper hand with Scott Thomson going over due to a loose ball. Not only was Scott ever present all day but his defence was ferocious and made a real difference.
Ross Jackson was ever present as always , Mark Ewart was making his mark with his bull runs which allowed him to gain yards while William Grieve and Kyle Anderson forming a strong duo in defence. William is certainly setting his mark as the captain and is a leader for the boys.
In the backs Andrew Jardine and Rory McGinn were causing problems but too often the last passes in moves was not going to hand or players were not putting the last  pass away at the right time.
Next try was from some good running form the backs and it was Henry Adams who made good yards before offloading to Andrew Jardine to go over for a converted try.      

Stuart Affleck was  putting in his best performance to date with his running and it was down to him with the last try for Biggar as he stormed up the field before passing to Andrew Jardine who went over for a converted try.
Hamilton did not give up and indeed produced some good play which was stopped by Scott Thomson initially but later their Number 8 found a gap and went over for a converted try.

Full time : Biggar Colts 43pts v Hamilton Colts 7pts.
Good performance from the boys but again much to work on at training next week.

Next Saturday , the Colts will play their Opening League game against Dunfermline away
       


Colts winning start at Dalziel

Dalziel Colts 5pts  v Biggar Colts 38pts.

Pre Season Friendly

Pre Season friendlies started on Saturday for Biggar Colts with a comfortable win against Dalziel Colts.
Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.
However much still needs worked on but as quoted “we are just a the beginning” of another season.
The Colts should have a good blend this season with a good number of last years colts especially in the forwards staying while a large number of last years successful under 16 boys moving up to join them.
On Saturday 20 boys made the trip and all had significant game time in a game split into three sections for the coaches to try different line-ups.
The pitch was in excellent condition and the Biggar boys took the initiative early on with some good runs and handling being shown.
With the ball moved wide Alex Denholm showed tremendous pace and change of direction to go over from 50 years out for an excellent opening score.
Some 5 minutes later the ball was again moved out to the same side where this time Jack Court was given the ball on an overlap and he showed pace to go over for another well taken try.
But Biggar did not take control and Dalziel came back into the game with their forwards hitting up and then the backs starting to show their skill with their stand off continually changing which sides he attacked and this was causing problems for Biggar who were not reacting quick enough to it.
After some pressure Dalziel went over for a try. 
Biggar needed to take more control and also decision making was needing to be worked on such as when in their own 22.

In the 2nd period Dalziel certainly took the upper hand early on and pinned Biggar down continually in their own 22.
However a tremendous break out lead by Rowan Stewart put the ball to Jack Court who then out wide chipped the ball and it was then kicked ahead by Rowan Stewart and as the ball went over the line Marcus Dobie was present to touch it down. This try was one that certainly against the run of play. Specialist goal Kicker Mark Ewart converted.
Dalziel continually wanted to run the ball at every opportunity but were being thwarted. 
Biggar were starting to show  a higher tempo and ball was going out quickly to players such as Stuart Affleck and Mark Ewart who were punching through the defence. From a sharp pass Mark Ewart stormed over and he then converted his wow try.

In the  3rd period Biggar took the game to Dalziel and wide out Biggar were targeting which was seized on with a great individual try by William Grieve who exploited wide out. Rowan Stewart converted.
Biggar were now in full control and the last try was down to some great control.
Forwards would hit up and would lay the ball back for Douglas Hill at scrum half would then put a pass to the next forward hitting up . This happened 4 times before Mark Ewart was on hand to take the final pass from scrum half to then barge over and again convert his own try.

It is early days but very promising with lots to work on by coaches Barr, Murray and Hill.
Although the whole squad played well, a few put in notable performances.
Kyle Anderson for his tacking and presence around the park
Stuart Affleck and Mark Ewart for their power in attack
Rowan Stewart who was both excellent in defence and attack along with Simon Denholm who showed maturity in stabilising the back line.

Full time : Dalziel Colts 5pts  v Biggar Colts 38pts.

Next Saturday , the Colts will play a friendly against Hamilton with a 12.30 kick off. 
       


Help still required

Programme Editor/Match reporter/match report collator.

The season is just around the corner and the club would very much appreciate the help of someone (or a small team) to take on the above roles.

 

A programme is produced for each 1st XV and a couple of 2nd or Colts XV matches. We've always managed to produce a 'good' programme and want to maintain that tradition. Can you help? 

 

We also need to submit match reports to the local papers and, perhaps more importantly, for the website. Can you help?

 

Finally, the match reports from the all the sections need someone to collate them together for the Press and again for the website. Can you help?

 

You could be a player or keen supporter but we do need your help.

 

Lots more details available from Al Stewart (07796 175 381)


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Membership renewals are now due and the current rates and form are on the membership page. Your club depends on the membership Fees to develop what we have at Hartree Mill and what we are able to offer our playesra nd spectators. Clubhouse maintenance, training equipment, heating, lighting......ALL are paid for by your fees. BE PART OF THE CLUB!

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Biggar Colts

Our Colts team is made up of our 16-18 age players and competes in the Edinburgh District U-18 League, competing at the highest level and providing stiff competition for any team in Scotland,. The team train on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is coached by Yogi, Muz and Gavin, who have been working hard with this ever changing group for a number of years and have coached many of our current 1st and 2nd XV players.

If you would like to know more about our colts team please conatact Colts Convener David (Muz) Murray on 07786158710


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