Diary of events for March
Biggar Rugby Club : Diary of events for March 2014
8th March – THIS weekend!
Biggar v Selkirk KO 1.30pm
Members Lunch ; Last chance for Platinum members to use their lunch tickets
Members £10 Non Members £15 Lunch is 12 for 12.15
Stay on after the match to watch Scotland v France on the big screen (pies at half time)
15th March; Super Saturday
Clubhouse open to watch Super Saturday The final day of the 6 Nations
Potential senior friendly against a touring team from Wetherby RFC.
22nd March: Last senior home game of the season
Biggar 2nds v Currie 2nds : KO 3PM
Pre-match luncheon to which all are welcome
22nd March Back to the 80's Disco
BRFC Club Disco with the legendary Bobby Coates - All welcome
29th March Annual Club Dinner and Presentation Evening
Story date: 04/03/2014
Fixture news for this weekend 8th/9th March
Games this weekend
1sts v Selkirk : RBS National League (H) KO 1.30pm (now CONFIRMED as of 4th March)
Please note that there are roadworks currently underway on the A702 and as result the junction at Station Road will be closed on Saturday and access will be via Hartree Entries, the closure is also in place on Sunday and due to be lifted on both days at 3.30pm. please do not park on the road outside the club as the road will be busier than normal due to the Station Road junction closure
2nds v Hamilton : Nationakl Reserve League Div 2 ; (H) KO tbc
Colts v Haddington: Edin and Lothians U-18 Shield (A) KO tbc
Training for Biggar Micros Biggar Sports Centre 11-12 noon
Minis v Dalziel (H) KO 11am
S1/2 mix v Portobello (A) KO tbc
U-15's v Currie (H) 11am
U-16's v Dalziel (H) KO 1pm
Story date: 01/03/2014
Gold Club winners for February draw
Results for the Gold Club
£250 - 311 Simone McKeand
£100 - 40 Andrew McAllister
£100 - 116 Alison Millar
£100 - 51 Jim Warnock
£100 - 91 Stuart McGregor
£100 - 137 Jan Currie
Sports Relief : Sunday 23rd March. ALL runners wanted!!! Any age, any pace - various distances to complete. Please see website for details and come along and join the fun!
Annual dinner : Advanced warning.....Annual Dinner; Sat 29th March. 7-7.30pm
Story date: 04/03/2014
Biggar 8 Boroughmuir 24
Biggar 8 Boroughmuir 24
In a top versus bottom match Biggar hosted Boroughmuir on Saturday, the Edinburgh side confirmed before the game as National League Champions and presented at the end with their League Cup by SRU Council representative and ex-Biggar President Doug Ward.
Many congratulations to Boroughmuir and good luck in Premiership next season.
After their stirring performance last week against Peebles, Biggar coach Derek Armstrong named virtually the same squad which meant that Craig McDonald and Mark Bertram retained their places in the side, the main changes being Calvin Hendersons selection for the injured Andrew Muir and the replacement of youngsters Reiss Cullen and Stevie Campbell (who returned to the Colts XV for their match against Musselburgh) by Davy Reive, with Conor Lavery and Craig Parker on the bench.
Kicking off into a slight breeze Biggar had the worst possible start as they conceded a try within the first minute of the game after their three-quarters used their pace to good effect to round the Biggar defence and to put centre Stevie Wilson over at the corner. Although stand off David Reekie missed the conversion there could have been no better way for the champions to give note of their intent.
Biggar were not to be fazed however and after a massive line drive from the visitors which took play some 3o metres up the ptich and towards the Biggar line. A try seemed inevitable but the Biggar pack somehow managed to spoil this effort and engineeered a turnover courtesy of Bertram to break the stranglehold. A series of penalty and free kick awards to Biggar gave them a good field position from which Kayle Conner struck a good kick for 5-3. David Paterson foiled the next 'Muir attack but their next lineout drive saw them cross for a second try, this credited to prop Robbie Wilson, whose contribution throught the game earned his Boroughmuir Man-of-the-Match award. Reekie added the conversion for 12-3. The third 'Muir try came from a charged down kick by McDonald who, this aside ran, distributed and tackled well throughout the half. Reekie again converted to put his side clear at 19-3.
In the first meeting of the sides Biggar lost out by 50-3 and given this early lead there was some concern that Saturday might see a repeat performance, but instead, cue an excellent defensive display by Biggar which prevented Boroughmuir from running riot and which ensured that the match was a competitive affair to the end. 'Muir chose to kick from defence but with Douglas Notman dropping back to cover touch and with the back three of Bertram, Jonno Sullivan and David Paterson all doing their bit there was little ground gained. A great blindside break from Colin Arthur should perhaps have resulted in a score but the prop elected to go inside when the pass to Bertram looked on – easy to see and easier to criticise from behind the barrier!
Boroughmuir were a tight unit up front and their scrummaging was a powerful aspect of their play. A free kick some 10 metres out saw them confidently call for a re-scrum but the lighter Biggar pack managed to disrupt the heel and drive and with Bertam down quick to secure possession, Sullivan led the charge out of defence. The next two 'Muir attacks were also foiled, the first by McDonald and the second by Zane Carlyon so the half ended with 'Muir ahead by 10-3.
Lavery replaced McDonald for the second half and Biggar almost began this period as Boroughmuir had the first, a try at first seemingly thwarted by an attempted charge down but then scored from the next movement, Notman threading the ball through the tiniest of gaps for Sullivan to touch down in the corner. Conner was just off target with the touchline conversion. Worse was to follow for the visitors as they lost Craig Marshall to the bin for interference prior to the try but this heralded a better passage of play for the vistors who at the same time benefitted from several penalty awards given by lady referee Alex Pratt. Scarcely had 'Muir regained the services of Marshall when Lavery fell foul of Pratt who adjudged his attempted interception as a deliberate knock on and sent him to the bin.
Pressed back and forced to defend, Biggar did really well to hold 'Muir out for some 5 minutes of what was unremitting pressure. The break was finally made however and winger Ross Bradford broke through for his sides bonus point winning try.
Undaunted Biggar came right back into things and threw themselves into attack. A great passage of play saw Paterson intercept and make for the line. A great chip by Lavery to Bertram saw the winger almost get the try but the 'Muir defence was up to the mark and held firm. In the next move however the same player fed Sullivan, the fullback seemingly over for a try, the score clear cut to everyone, including referee Pratt, but crucially, not touch judge Darling who signalled for a forward pass......frustration!
With some 10 minutes left Lavery returned to the field but with both sides making changes neither side managed to add to their tally. And so to the victors, the spoils, and the League trophy presentation to the 'Muir squad, completed in front of their vocal support. Biggar can hold their heads high nevertheless as they stood up well to the 'Muir attack, whose backs Paterson felt were the biggest he had ever played against. The wee winger looked hugry for the ball aside from a couple of errors in contact looked likely to break the 'Muir line.
Other who deserve credit are Biggar Man-of-the-match Ewan Sanderson and fellow breakaway Charles Cochrane with Bertram, Sullivan and Conner all making valuable contributions. The side are at home this Saturday with Border side Selkirk the visitors and they can approach this game with increased confidence. This game will of course mark caoch Armstrongs last home game in charge so it would be great to go out with a win! The Biggar supoport can play it's part of course so please get down to Hatree Mill if you can. Kick off is expected to be 1.30pm but please check the website for confirmation.
Both Charles Cochrane and David Patterson find their attacking moves blocked by Boroughmuir
Jonathon Sullivan was stopped on this occasion but later went on to score Biggar's only try
Colin Arthur is taken to ground and Euan Sanderson thought he had scored but the final pass was deemed forward by the touch judge !!
Story date: 02/03/2014
Biggar v Peebles Feb 22nd
Peebles 14 Biggar 14
Biggar travelled the short journey to Border rivals Peebles for their postponed National League match on Friday. Bereft of some 4 top team choices because of a stag weekend to Italy – well done Davy Reive and Andy Dunlop; your presence obviously inspired the Scots to their win(!) - Biggar fielded one of their youngest ever squads with two current Colts players amongst their number. Congratulations to both Reiss Cullen and Stevie Campbell for their performance!
Peebles were clear favourites going into the game but on a sticky surface it was Biggar who claimed the plaudits in what was a dogged performance with a solid defensive display helped in no small manner by a Peebles XV who contributed to the game via some uncharacteristically careless play. The opening exchanges were punctuated by referee Clark's whistle as players erred on the ground and in the tackle. Biggar had their fair share and lost the services of lock Calum Taylor with just a quarter of the match gone as he was penalised for illegally ripping the ball after the tackle. His absence gave the hosts numerical superiority which they used to score a try under the Biggar posts, but only after some excellent defensive work by Euan Sanderson and the pack who repelled the initial onslaught. Stand off Anderson added the conversion for 7-0 but Biggar hit back almost immediately as centre Kayle Conner struck home with a penalty for 7-3 and then again just minutes later for 7-6.
A neat lineout move from Andrew Peacock and Andrew Muir relieved the pressure on the Biggar 22 and Peebles made things a little more difficult for themselves when their penalty award was reversed on the instigation of the tough judge. Biggar generally kicked well throughout with Jonno Sullivan, Craig McDonald and Douglas Notman all key, the latter's versatility useful as he was able to drop back from flanker to add cover and then reply via some excellent deep clearances and grubber kicks.
Conner was just off target with a thrid penalty attempt just prior to half time but at 7-6 there was plenty to be pleased about.
At the start of the second half it took some further feisty defence to keep the Peebles side out with Cullen's great pace always providing the Biggar support with some choice angles into Peebles territory. A brief respite this proved to be however as Peebles exploited the blindside to send fullback Raeburn to the line. Sullivan and Sanderson provided the last ditch defence to thwart the initial threat but the Peebles pack was on hand to drive over from close range. The conversion put the home side ahead at 14-6.
Biggar were forced into changes with Andrew Howatson making his top team debut at prop to replace Andrew Muir (Kev Anderson moving to hooker) and James Simpson coming on for the injured McDonald (this switch involving a move for Notman to centre and Conner – who had just added his third penalty – moving to stand off). Cullen and Conner found things a little more difficult at this stage but this it transpired was as much down to a head knock sustained by the new stand off rather than to any fault in the youngsters service.
The game was now moving to its fourth quarter and being just a score adrift certainly gave Biggar a boost whilst at the same time adding a bit of pressure to the Peebles efforts.
Jamie Orr and Campbell replaced Peacock and Charles Cochrane, this coinciding with a terrific run from Cullen ably supported by the newcomer Campbell who did not look in the least bit phased by the pace of the game. Sullivan also featured in the Biggar attack, the Kiwi always good to gain precious yards and equally assured and solid in defence.
A Biggar penalty which fell short gave Biggar some easy ground as Peebles' communication failed and ball was knocked on. The position was lost in the face of a great Peebles scrum drive which shunted Biggar back not once but twice although Biggar retained their territorial position to gain a lineout some 10 metres out. A training ground move saw the the ball dropped to Cullen who ripped through the space and over for a cracking try. Unfortunately the conversion to win the game was missed and with minutes remaining the game ended with the teams sharing the league points.
As suggested, plaudits to the Biggar youngsters who belied their years and who will doubtless feature in the side again this season as the league programme has now just three games remaining. These games will take place over the next month with Boroughnuir (Sat 1st March) and then Selkirk (Sat 8th March) coming to Hartree Mill before Biggar travel to take on Hillhead Jordanhill (22nd March).
The first of these games will see Edinburgh side Boroughmuir presented with the National League trophy, their position as top dogs unassailable regardless of the result against Biggar. Council rep and ex-Biggar President Doug Ward will make the presentation after the match. Runner-up spot is still up for grabs with Watsonians and Stewarts Melville – if both remain unbeaten in their final two games - likely to meet in a winner-takes-all end of season match on the last weekend of the League season (22nd March)
Coach Derek Armstrong announced his decision midweek to stand down at the end of the season. With a young family to attend to, time is ever precious and the long, 3 times a week trips from his Hawick home have made the days that bit longer. His involvement at Biggar has seen him as player and coach over the past decade and no-one can doubt his commitment over that period. While he will remain 'in harness' to the end of the season the club wish him all the very best in his future with sincere thanks for his efforts. Deke's immediate intention is to take a break from rugby but it remains to be seen whether or not he will be able to resist the temptation to make a return in some capacity in the future. Quite obviously, Deke's retirement leaves a vacancy for head coach and one that the club, via the new playing Convenor team (announced last week) will be making their best efforts to fill in the coming weeks. The task of replacing Deke and that of attracting old and new players back to the club is of the 'chicken-and-egg' variety and will prove challenging.
Story date: 23/02/2014
Senior Player Facebook Group
Story date: 29/10/2013
Biggar RFC First XV
Herte is apage for the first XV to use.
Story date: 16/09/2011
First XV FixturesMarch 8, 2014, Biggar RFC v Hamilton RFC (H) National Reserve League,
March 15, 2014, Biggar RFC v Kilmarnock RFC (A) National Reserve League,
March 22, 2014, Currie RFC v Biggar RFC (A) (L),