Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

Peebles Over 35’s come to Hartree Mill

There was considerable disappointment at Hartree Mill on Saturday when first of all the 2nd XV match and then shortly afterwards the 1st XV match was postponed due to water-logged pitches at Cartha QP. These matches had been eagerly anticipated by all players as both sides were playing at the same venue with the prospect of some off the field bonding as we approach the Festive season and the break in league action.


The focus shifted quickly then to the Over 35’s match against Peebles. This is the 5th match in this series with home advantage proving the deciding factor up until now and this year was in the end no different, Biggar winning by 28-10.

Fielding a strong squad Biggar were pretty much in control throughout as Peebles were unable to field a representative front row which is normally a particular strength. The visitors responded well in the second half when they used the wind to good effect to run in two tries but Biggar managed to hold on and end the match with a try for skipper Ewan McAlpine – the flanker also converting to seal the match with the last kick of the game.


The match did not enjoy the best of conditions as the wind buffeted all present on both touchline and pitch making play against the elements very difficult.

Biggar opened the scoring with try from Alistair Browning who orchestrated the Biggar backs really well as befits someone who is assisting as a backs coach at senior level. His overall performance deservedly earned him the man-of-the-match award from the Biggar squad.

Jim Wallace was the second to score, the winger bravely playing on after a thundering tackle from Peebles player Colin Campbell. The Peebles man was voted as their man-of-the-match not solely because of this tackle but for a combative all round display.

Stuart Harrison was the next to score, the centre cutting a great line to cross close to the posts. Browning added conversions to all these three first half tries to give Biggar a commanding 21-0 half time lead and one which Peebles could not match.

Their two tries were great efforts however, the first off a well-placed up and under and the second as Biggar struggled to clear from their own 22.

This is a very popular occasion and the rivalry while intense is at the same time good natured and exemplifies all that is good with the sport. The post-match craic was good as several ‘oldies’ made a return to action. Andy Hunter has clearly lost none of his ‘go forward’ while in true spirit both Jason King and Neil Wolfendene played for both sides as Peebles ran out of replacements within minutes of the kick off.


A very similar match will take place this Sunday (27th) when GY’s Snowmen take on JB’s Santas. An interclub match will see loads of club members don their boots for a festive frolic……or at least that is the intention!

Anyone not already involved and who would like to play should contact GY or JB asap. Kick-off is 1.30pm and there is no requirement to play the full match.

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Biggar would love to return to the days when a 3rd XV made regular appearances throughout the season. Recent seasons however have seen the 3rds or sometimes an Over-35's side limited to just a handful of occasions. Hopes are high however that we might manage something better this season. If you would like to play a game of social rugby then please contact Gordon Young on 07774678617


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