Established in 2017 is our senior Ladies setup. Building on the success of our girls teams Biggar Ladies provides a blend of competitive and social rugby for anyone interested in playing the sport. Our Ladies section continues to grow and now competes in the Tennent’s West League.
Our Youth Director of rugby Nic Humphries along side Stuart Moffat are the coaching team for the Ladies Squad..
Training is on a Wednesday evening 7pm – 8.30pm and fixtures take place on a Sunday.
The Ladies team is for all ages and is always seeking and welcoming new players regardless of playing experience. We would love to welcome new players to our Ladies squad in 2021 and hope our Ladies section continues to grow in the coming years.
Head Coach - Nic Humphries
Backs Coach - Stuart Moffat
Ladies v Greenock Wanderers 18th February 2024
There was better news for the Ladies who proved too strong for the visitors from Greenock.
Abi Baillie was replaced after just 3 minutes following a warm up injury and her place was taken by Abi Barrett who therefore made her debut for the Ladies XV.
Biggar scored their first try after they handled well in open play, Gerry Kimm rounding the Greenock defence to dot down.
A penalty kicked to touch by birthday girl Charlotte Harris promised well but although lineout ball was well won by Lilly Glendinning, possession was lost in transfer.
Alyson Henderson stole ball from Greenock in a rare attack and the Biggar were awarded a penalty which saw Elise Knights take ball on forcefully before crossing for the try.
Gerry Kimm added her second try, this successfully converted by Poppy Clarkson for the 17-0 half time score.
Biggar might have expected an easier second half having done some good work to force the visitors back in defence for virtually the whole of the first half. Greenock had other thoughts however and defended well to restrict Biggar’s attack through the third quarter.
Jennifer Bell broke the deadlock, Poppy Clarkson converting while the next score from Emily Armstrong on the wing was converted to a penalty try following a high tackle on the try scorer. This saw Greenock also lose a player to the sin bin.
Gerry Kimm ran in two further tries, both of which were converted by Poppy Clarkson for the 45-0 tally.
This match was the second in the National Shield competition and sees Biggar top their pool which consists of themselves, Greenock, Oban Lorne, Corstorphine 2nds and Kelso.
Greenock awarded player of the match to Gerry Kimm while Biggar selected Megan McIver as their player of the match. This cannot have been an easy choice as all the girls involved were to the fore throughout the match.
The Ladies face a trip to Oban for their next match, this on 10th March when they will most likely be accompanied by the U14 Girls squad. Their final match is on 24th March when they welcome Kelso to Hartree Mill.
Ladies vs Corstorphine Cougars 2s 28/01/24
#Biggar RFC Ladies vs Greenock 14/01/24
Biggar Ladies were back in action at the weekend to fulfil a rearranged league fixture. They travelled to Greenock on a chilly dry day, much better conditions than their previous match and a good opportunity to blow off the cobwebs after the festive break. It was great to see Fiona Laing make the move up to ladies from u18 and Lily Glendinning make her first appearance for Biggar.
The first score of the game came from Biggar as debutant Fiona made a break down the wing after the forwards worked hard to draw the defence infield, a well-placed offload to Emelia who crossed for her first. Successfully converted by Gerri. Biggar were straight back in with another as Kirsty broke through the defence, getting stopped short a meter from the line. Fiona secured the breakdown while back up arrived and Charlotte shipped the ball wide allowing Alison Orr to cross in the corner. Kick Unsuccessful.
Jennifer Bell replaced by another debutant Lily. Greenock were next to score after Biggar gave away a penalty for a high tackle. Greenock took it quick shipping ball wide taking advantaged of the disorganised Biggar defence, crossing in the corner. Kick Unsuccessful. Poppy Replaced by Megan and Vicky replaced by Eilidh.
This time it was a penalty to Biggar, the girls used quick hands and Gerri skipped her way through the defence to score between the post. Kick unsuccessful. A few phases pass with Biggar in possession, Lily made a break in the middle of the pitch beating a number of defenders, an offload wide collected by Kirsty who finished it off. Kick unsuccessful. Biggar had found their rhythm with everything clicking into place. They moved the ball well, getting it wide for Abbie to make a break down the wing eventually scoring between the posts. Kick Successful. Biggar crossed for yet another before the break, after going through the phases, Fiona made another break down the wing. Another couple of phases before Gerri crossed the line once again. Kick Successful.
A good fight between the teams as Greenock improved on their previous performance and better conditions, Biggar defended well keeping the home side out.
Half Time score: 5 – 36 Biggar.
Changes at the break: Cerys replaced by Poppy, Fiona replaced by Vicky, Kirsty Replaced by Jennifer.
Back underway in the second half Biggar working extremely hard around the breakdown winning multiple turnovers. Another steal and the ball used wide once again as Emelia broke through scoring the first of the 2nd half. Kick Successful. The hunt continued and some dominant hits going in from Alison Orr and Emelia to name a few. Another steal to Biggar and tremendous line by Abbie saw her cross the line, kick unsuccessful.
A slight shift in momentum as Biggar gave away a number of penalties allowing Greenock to make easy yards and they crossed for their 2nd of the game, kick unsuccessful. Fiona rejoined played in the number 10 shirt as Alexandra left the field. Cerys also rejoined for a stint in the second row replacing Alison Russell. Biggar’s penalty count continued to rise, with Greenock taking advantage scoring their 3rd. Kick unsuccessful.
Possession ping ponged between the teams as the mistakes began to creep in for both teams. However, Biggar moved the ball well keeping hold of possession and Gerri once again skipped through the defence crossing for another. Kick unsuccessful. Straight back in possession it was Gerri again who broke through from the halfway scoring between the posts, kick successful. It was Alyson who made the next break, after having a previous try disallowed, she was eventually rewards after a 40m run in to cross the line. Kick unsuccessful.
Alyson replaced by Alison Russell. Abbie replaced by Alexandra.
The penalties crept in once again and Poppy was shown a yellow card after a number of offsides from the whole team. Greenock took advantage of the numbers scoring their 4th. Kick unsuccessful.
Final score: Greenock 20 – 65 Biggar.
Player of the match chosen by the opposition: Gerri Kimm
Player of the match chosen by Biggar: Elise Knights
This concludes and excellent league season from Biggar Ladies securing 13/14 wins finishing in an impressive 2nd place. Next up is the National Shield, first match away vs Corstorphine 2s 28th Jan.
Biggar Ladies vs Greenock 10/12/23
The first score game from the home side as Captain Emelia Knights crossed the line after 9mins of play. Conversion unsuccessful. The 2nd score came minutes later as Biggar exposed an overlap on the wing. Straight running, drawing the defenders and safe hands allowed winger Vicky Haddow to run in for another, successfully converted by Emily Armstrong. Biggar’s 3rd of the match came at the 24min mark. A brilliant inside line from Megan Mciver saw her in open space, an offload to Abbie Baillie saw her cross the line for the 3rd of the match, successful conversion. The rain persisted making for extremely wet conditions. Biggar scored again after building through the phases, keeping the ball safe, short passes. It was No. 8 Kirsty Ritchie who crossed the line with another successful conversion from Emily.
The break for half time was kept short due to the weather. And it was Kirsty Ritchie who opened the scoring in the second half. Successful conversion. The conditions lead to some messy play with knock ons from both teams, a big shift for the forwards. Once again it was Kirsty who crossed for her 3rd, unsuccessful conversion.
The game was called at 60mins due to the weather.
Player of the match: Sammy Shaw
Player chosen by the opposition: Kirsty Ritchie
Ladies vs West of Scotland match report – away 19/11/23
The ladies were back in action this weekend after 2 weeks without games due to call offs. The travelled to Glasgow to face the infamous West of Scotland. It was a close match throughout with West capitalising on Biggar’s organisation. However, 2 late tries from Biggar meant the secured the win as well as getting the much needed bonus point. A special mention to Vicky Haddow who scored her first try for Biggar ladies. Farah Conn in the No. 10 shirt controlled the game well putting in a player of the match performance. Rachel Philipps (No.13) was chosen as the oppositions player of the match after breaking through the home sides defence on a number of occasions. Plenty of work ons to take away from the match before next week’s home game against Wigtownshire. A large home support would be greatly appreciated.
Scores came from:
Rachel Philips x2
17th September 2023
Ladies 19 West of Scotland 12
The Ladies league campaign continued this weekend with a home game against West of Scotland who were sitting top of the table coming into this fixture. The visitors got play under way but it was quickly stopped after 53 seconds as a West player came off injured and again at 1.53 when it was a Biggar player who left the field, Vicky Haddow was replaced by Emma Bell.
West started in top form going through the phases but the Biggar defence worked hard with some great work at the breakdown from Emily Armstrong and Cerys Forrest stealing ball. Biggar strung the phases together with some brilliant support running and tip options saw Biggar 5m out for a period of time however, they were unable to get the ball wide to convert possession into points.
It was the home side that were first on the board, a great team try with the forwards working to get quick ball for scrum half, the backs shipped it wide with Emelia Knights making a break and passing back inside to Alexandra Phillips who crossed for the first score. Conversion unsuccessful.
Biggar remained in control as they made some substitutions, Poppy Clarkson left the field replaced by Robyn Struthers and Rebecca Coffee replaced by Jennifer Bell at the 30minute mark. West were building the phases, an unsuccessful cross field kick from they but unfortunately knocked on by Biggar saw a scrum on the 5m line and West scored after 34mins, conversion successful. Biggar struggled against a heavy West pack but remained in possession until the break at half time.
Half time score: 5 – 7
Emma Bell was replaced by Eilidh Armstrong at half time. Another West player left the field through injury early into the 2nd half. West were in possession but a knock on led to a scrum, Biggar forwards had found their form and pushing much better against the West pack, but a knock on 1m out saw West clear their lines. Abbie Baillie was then replaced by Katie McPherson.
A loose ball from West dived on by Farah Conn saw Biggar back in possession. Gerri Kimm, who was back for her first game of the season, made a break for the line scoring the first points of the half, successful conversion from Alexandra Phillips. Sammy Shaw joined the field replacing Emily Armstrong.
Another line break, this time from Phillips who went all the way to cross for Biggar’s 3rd, successful conversion from Kimm. The home side then gave away a penalty 5m out. West took advantage to score their first points of the half. Unsuccessful conversion.
Cerys Forrest worked hard at the breakdown to once again allow Biggar to work towards the line. It was however West who stole possession this time but Biggar managed to keep them out for the last 5mins by defending well.
Final Score: 19 – 12
Player of the match: Alexandra Phillips
Player of the Match Chosen by West: Gerri Kimm
Biggar 70 Annan 5
Ladies v Annan
Biggar fielded a very young squad on Sunday when they hosted Annan. This match ended as a bit of a rout however, Biggar rarely challenged and scoring at regular intervals. Credit to the visitors however who could so easily have capitulated. The joy Annan had when they scored their solitary try in the second half was some reward for their efforts.
It was great to see the progress being made by this Biggar squad who must be one of the youngest Ladies squads in the league.
Ayr 29 Biggar 17
The Ladies continued their league campaign this weekend with a trip down to Millbrae to face Ayr. The home side came out strong scoring within the first 2mins. Biggar fought back as fullback Rachel Phillips made a break for the line, evening up the score. Successful conversion was from No. 10 Freya Legowski.
However, a lack of organisation within the Biggar side allowed Ayr to score their 2nd & 3rd in quick succession. Ayr’s penalty count began to rise allowing Biggar to gain ground up the park but the home side were quickly back in possession. Biggar defended well with some dominant hits coming in from Alison Orr, but a line break saw Ayr thundering towards the line, Rachel Phillips stopped them in their tracks but they regathered to cross the whitewash in the corner for their 4th try.
Biggar didn’t let up, Poppy Clarkson taking a great line to fight her way through the Ayr defence before offloading to Alison Orr in support but the fullback stopped Orr in her tracks. A number of high tackles meant that the home sides penalty count continued to rise but Biggar were unable to capitalise.
Half time score: 24-7
Second half underway. Alyson Henderson and Vicky Haddow were replaced by Robyn Struthers and Eilidh Armstrong. Ayr were in possession but a dominant tackle from Farah Conn saw Biggar awarded a penalty for holding on and this time they were able to convert with Alison Orr crossing the line for the visiting sides 2nd, albeit the conversion was unsuccessful.
A line break from Ayr caught by Alison Orr and a steal from Rachel Phillips saw Biggar making their way down the park. Alyson Henderson re-joined play replacing Cerys Forrest. A great defensive effort from Biggar and a couple of great steals from Abbie Baillie as possession ping-ponged between the 2 sides but it was Ayr who eventually broke the deadlock to cross for their 5th try.
Abbie Baillie left the field to be replaced by Emma Bell who joined on the wing, Eilidh moving to fullback and Rachel Phillips to 12. Charlotte Harris was then replaced by Anna Baillie. A good string of phases from Biggar as forwards and backs worked together saw Rachel Phillips cross for another; conversion again unsuccessful. Kirsty Ritchie continued to work hard gaining yards in attack and making dominant hits in defence. Poppy left the field as Cerys re-joined.
Ayr ended the contest and were in possession for the last 5mins but the defensive effort from Biggar kept them out.
Final Score 29-17
Player of the match chosen by Biggar – Rachel Phillips
Match Report: Aug 20th 2023
Cartha 2nds 0 Biggar Ladies 63
Top billing this week goes to the Senior Ladies squad who opened their West Region League account with a thumping 63-0 win over Cartha 2nds – and this in a match which was cut short just after the hour mark.
A large number of unavailable players and injuries meant that Biggar travelled with the bare 15, this including 4 who have moved up to the Senior squad from the U18’s and 2 others also making their debuts at this level. This was the ideal start for these girls then who performed well and didn’t look out of place at all in their step up.
Hosts Cartha have long held the standard at Ladies rugby and it is to their credit that they field 2 sides. This was a big shake up for them however and a great opener for Biggar. Ayr is the destination for Biggar’s next game this coming Sunday and the hosts will provide a very different challenge as their 58 – 19 win over Greenock would suggest.
Alyson Henderson (1), Ali O (2), Kirsty Ritchie (2), Freya Lejinkovski (2 trys 4 convs), Abbie Baillie (2), Alexandra (1), Eilidh Armstrong (1)
4th December 2022
Biggar 22 Howe 10
The clubhouse was packed for a pre match lunch to honour Laura Watson’s 30yr, and counting, service to Biggar and ladies’ rugby. Laura retired at the start of this season after many successful years, she now takes the role of Ladies team manager keeping memberships, player information up to date and sits on Biggar RFC committee as the ladies’ representative.
After a minute’s applause for the late George, Doddie, Weir the match got under way in rather wet and very cold conditions.
Biggar kept the crowd on their toes with a very exciting match. Howe got the first score of the match from a scrum on the 5m line. Quick ball to the blind side saw the number 8 cross the line in the corner, kick unsuccessful. After a lot of back and forth play, and some disorganisation from Biggar Howe broke the defence and crossed the line for their second, kick unsuccessful.
Vice- Caption Alison Orr showed tremendous work rate, getting multiple turnovers and contesting every ball. Howe were moving the ball well and running some great support lines but Biggar continued to put in a huge number of dominate tackles. However, a break from their own 22 saw Howe charge towards the line, Farah Conn chased back and made a crucial cover tackle stopping Howe and giving possession back to the Home side. A knock on from Biggar 5 meters from their own line saw possession once again with Howe who had numbers wide looked to score again. Fortunately for the Biggar side the damp conditions of the day caused Howe to knock on preventing their 3rd score. A touch contest in the last 5mins of the half where Howe were parked in the Biggar 22. Mistakes from both sides and some interesting interpretations of the laws from the official made for some messy play. A penalty to Biggar saw them kick to touch for an attacking line out, stolen by Howe and attempted to clear from their half through the boot possession back with Biggar but once again into touch meant the whistle sounded for half time.
Half time Biggar 0- 10 Howe
The first play of the second half saw Biggar 8 Jennifer Bell cross the line between the posts for the home sides first score of the game. Successfully converted by Katie McPherson. Biggar kept momentum up going through the phases and gaining ground up the pitch, 5m out from Howe’s line the fought hard eventually crossing the line but was deemed to be held up by the referee.
Rebecca Clarke took to the field with high work rate, putting some tremendous tackles. Having spent most of the second half in Howe’s half a loose ball from Howe was quickly pounced on by Rebecca who went over in the corner for Biggar’s second, kick missed.
Some messy play as bodies began to tire, possession alternated between the sides as both fought hard to make their way up the pitch. Some excellent tackles from the home side kept the visitors out. An outstanding, perfectly timed double hit from Captain Emelia Knights and Katie McPherson got the large crowd going. Biggar’s fight was rewarded with Alison Orr breaking through the defence crossing the line for Biggar’s 3rd, kick missed. Biggar eventually settled and the visitors who had no subs tired. The 4th try securing the bonus point came from a tremendous individual effort from fullback Geraldine Kimm who was back to her usual ways scoring from her own 22.
Quite the comeback with 22 unanswered points from the home side who showed moments of brilliance in what was overall a close match. Thanks to Ruth Snodden from Heriots who played her second game for Biggar. A special mention to front row of Robyn Struthers, Cerys Forrest and Megan McCarry who played the full 80mins.
Player of the match was awarded to Cerys Forrest after a tremendous performance in the number 2 jersey.
Howe awarded player of the match to Vice Captain Alison Orr after an enormous effort in the number 7 position.
Geraldine Kimm, Katie McPherson, Elise Knights, Emelia Knights, Emma Bell, Farah Conn, Charlote Harris, Robyn Struthers, Cerys Forrest, Megan McCarry, Alison Russell, Ruth Sneddon, Cristina Ertze, Alison Orr, Jennifer Bell, Rebecca Coffey, Rebecca Clarke, B. Menzies, R. Marshall
The ladies travelled to the capital to face Broughton this weekend and were joined by some welcomed travelling support. It was great to have Charlotte Harris back in Biggar colours, after some time away at Watsonians, Emma Bell also made her debut on the wing playing the full 80mins. Another 2 girls joined us from Heriots to help with numbers, Rebecca Healy played the full 80 in the No. 2 jersey and Ellie Wilson in the 14 jersey, both had tremendous games and are welcome back anytime!
For the first 10mins the teams were evenly matched, play was messy and a few penalties for offside made for an action packed start. The first score came from Biggar, a slick backs move off a scrum saw Ellie Wilson make a break down the wing, supported by Kirstie Ritchie. Broughton gave away a penalty for offside and Biggar kicked to the corner. From the successful lineout Ellie Wilson crossed the line, kick unsuccessful.
Alison Russell left the pitch for a blood substitute replaced by No. 16 Rebecca Coffey. Biggar went through the phases once again with the forwards working well in their pods gaining yards and then giving the ball out to the backs. A few quick passes got the ball to Katie McPherson who made the break and scored under the posts, kick unsuccessful.
Kirstie Ritchie made a break off the back of the restart but was stopped in her tracks by 2 Broughton players resulting in injury, the ref rightly or wrongly saw nothing illegal with the tackle and Kirstie left the field. Alison Russell re-joined play. Broughton regained possession but not for long as Alison Orr made a tremendous steal and shipped the ball out wide resulting in Ellie wilson going over for the 2nd of the day, kick missed. #
Broughton put boot to ball taking advantage of the space in behind, a great cover tackle by Emma Bell delayed play but the scramble defence proved too much as the home team went over for their first try, kick unsuccessful. Going through the phases once again Broughton gaied good yards but a knock on brought possession back to Biggar and a successful backs move off a scrum saw Ellie Wilson go over for her 3rd of the game, kick successful. Plenty possession from both teams and some great rugby on display.
Biggar lead 22- 5 at the break.
Rosie Marshall took to the pitch replacing Christina Ertze. Not the start Biggar had hoped for in the 2nd half as Broughton gained possession and worked it wide to go over in the corner for their 2nd try of the game, kick missed.
Broughton gained possession once again and kicked to the corner, Geraldine Kimm cleared the line kicking back up field. Broughton threw in at the lineout but Alison Orr was up and stole giving possession back to Biggar. A tackle deemed to be illegal by the referee saw a Broughton player leave the field with a yellow. However, this did not stop them as they gained possession back and drove through the middle of the field going over for their 3rd try, kick missed.
Mistakes from both sides saw possession ping pong between the two. Broughton got the ball off the back of an offside penalty at the scrum, a miss match on the wing saw the home team over for their 4th try kick missed.
An extra player took to the field as a loose dog fancied its chances in the last 20mins!
Play resumed with Biggar in possession and a brilliant link up between Geraldine and Ellie saw Ellie cross the line for her 4th try conversion kicked successful. Up and running again, Ellie was shown a yellow, Broughton using the mismatch of numbers to their advantage scoring in the corner, kick missed.
Geraldine Kimm resumed her usual ways as she made a break scoring Biggar’s 7th of the game, kick unsuccessful.
A great contest between the teams with Biggar pulling away in the last 15.
Full time score 39- 25.
Player of the Match: Ellie Simpson, an incredible 4 tries on her first outing for Biggar.
Match report Biggar 5 vs Stewartry 41
23/10/22 from Kim Laird
Biggar ladies faced Stewartry in the 7th round of Tennent’s National one. The top of the table clash took place at Hartree mill and despite the wind and rain drew in a large crowd of home supporters.
Biggar received the kick off and began to go through the phases, the ball was turned over and a line break from a speedy 13 saw the visitors go over for the first score of the match, complete with successful conversion. Biggar were once again in possession and making metres up the park, an infringement from the visitors saw Biggar awarded a penalty and kicked for touch. Unfortunately, the well drilled Stewartry pack caused disruption and regained possession from the line out. They went through the motions and once again the 13 broke the defensive line and dotted the ball down for their 2nd of the match, successful conversion. There was a great contest between the teams, Biggar’s hunt for the ball at the breakdown saw them gain a number of turnovers, they built the phases off the back of that gaining metres. This saw Kirsty Ritchie go between the sticks for Biggar’s first try of the match, unsuccessful conversion. Another steal at our lineout saw the visitors once again in possession, after a string of phases they created a mismatch on the wing scoring their 3rd try of the match in the corner, conversion unsuccessful.
Half time score 5-19
The second half got underway, the visitors made good use of the boot kicking for corner, scoring off the back of a driving maul, unsuccessful conversion. Despite the score line the sides were well matched in very wet conditions the visitors had to work hard for their points. Biggar put in a power of work in defence with some tremendous hits going in from captain Emelia Knights and Vice Alison Orr. However, a slick attacking move saw Stewartry go over for their 5th in the corner, conversion missed. A few injuries from the visitors halted play a number of times, we wish them all a speedy recovery. Up and running once again Biggar were caught offside close to their line, Stewartry took advantage going over for another try, this time compete with successful kick. Once again the visitors were in possession building the phases a mere 10m out from the line, some tremendous defence from the Biggar side held the visitors off for a while but the relentless attack eventually reaped rewards as they went over in the corner once again, kick unsuccessful. Biggar was back in possession showing great structure and attack as Kaylee Fraser made a strong carry in the No. 2 jersey. Supported by second row Alison Russell the pair made tremendous metres up the park. The visitors gave away a number of penalties allowing the Biggar side to build the phases, however a mistake saw the Referee blow the whistle for full time. Biggar showed tremendous determination and left everything on the pitch, credit to Stewartry who showed their experience in this league with some great rugby on display.
Full time score 5- 41
Player of the match- No.10 Farah Conn
Player of the match chosen by the opposition – No.15 Geraldine Kimm
Match report- 16th October
A tough one this weekend for our ladies’ team as they travelled with 17, to a very muddy Millbrae and came up against a very physical Ayr team suffering their first league defeat in 12 games.
Ayr Kicked off and started very strong, Biggar struggled to settle giving away 2 penalties in the first 5 minutes. This resulted in the home side kicking for the corner and driving over from the lineout, conversion missed. Ayr forwards continued their strong work going over for another at the 15-minute mark, successful conversion. The home side had momentum scoring from a line break, successful conversion. A blow for Biggar as Kirsty Ritchie left the field with an elbow injury replaced by Christina Ertze. A fantastic line break from hooker Alyson Henderson and tremendous support saw vice-captain Alison Orr go over the white wash for Biggar’s first try of the game successfully converted by Geraldine Kimm. The home side regained control and scored from a penalty scrum for the final points of the half, conversion missed.
Half time score 27-7.
Kirsty Ritchie returns to the field for the 2nd half. Biggar started with a bang, Geraldine Kimm did what she does best crossing the whitewash after a 15-metre line break, unsuccessful conversion. The home side responded scoring their 6th of the day, conversion successful. The condition of the pitch worsened but this did not dampen spirts as Kirsty Ritchie added another 5 to Biggar’s total, conversion missed. A huge blow for Biggar as Alyson Henderson was stopped by 2 Ayr players just short, suffering a serious ankle injury in the process.
Final score 34- 17
A fantastic effort from the Biggar ladies against a hugely physical Ayr side and some questionable decisions from the official’s, they stuck in till the very end and showed off some tremendous rugby throughout. Special mention to the 2 debutants Mhairi Duncan and Cerys Forrest playing the full 80 on their first senior outing. Robyn Struthers was awarded player of the match by the Biggar management after a fantastic shift in the Number 1 jersey. The opposition awarded player of the match to Alyson Henderson. We wish her all the best and a speedy recovery.
Next up the ladies face Stewartry at Home Sunday 23rd October 2pm KO, in a top of the table clash.
On Sunday, Biggar Ladies hosted Ayr in their opening National 1 fixture.
Ayr was the side Biggar met, and defeated, in the Plate Final back in May at Murrayfield and this latest encounter was thought to be a real toughie for the Biggar girls as they took their first steps into the National League set up.
And so it proved, Biggar having to be at their best as Ayr did their utmost to spoil the party.
Alison Orr openEd the scoring after some 5 minutes, Katie McPherson adding the conversion but there was no further scoring until midway through the first half when a very typical lung-bursting run from Gerry Kimm saw the fullback outstrip the Ayr defence from some 50 metres to score under the posts. McPherson added the conversion for 14-7.
Without the confidence to kick to touch and with some lineout issues Biggar opted for the tap and run at every penalty and that they won through says so much for their overall fitness although that they put Ayr under pressure to tackle – again and again – was doubtless a factor in Biggar’s eventual success.
On virtually the stroke of half time Megan McCarry bundled over for a great try, this a very timely score as it gave Biggar a 19-7 lead.
The second half was largely a repeat of the first, Biggar having the better of play although they struggled to add much to their tally. There were some really long passages of play as both teams made errors and as advantage was played to allow play to continue. Both teams deserve great credit for their contribution to what was a highly entertaining match. While there were errors there was some really good handling under pressure and some huge hits. More than one player bore the bumps and bruises of this encounter.
A second McCarry try put Biggar further ahead at 24-7 and this also meant Biggar gained a valuable bonus point. This score probably did as much to win the game, Ayr unable to get much other than a 2nd score which came late in the half.
Both sides lost players to yellow cards for infringements but this failed to dampen the spirits or efforts of their team mates. All-in-all a great contest and one which both will be able to build on in the next weeks.
Match Report: 15th May
National Plate final
Biggar 36 Ayr 22
The curtain fell on the Ladies season with an emphatic win in the National Plate Final, played at Murrayfield.
On a fantastic spring afternoon and in front of a huge Biggar support, Biggar Ladies were never behind in the game and in out-scoring their opponents by 6 tries to 3 served note of their intention next season when, having been promoted to National 1, they will face Ayr on league rather than Cup duty.
A Cup final is a very different animal from a league match and there is little doubt that next season will see a step up in the quality and strength of their opposition but that can wait – the celebrations lasted until the wee small hours, and deservedly so!
Fielding the strongest squad they could muster and one which included both Emma Orr and Kirsty Ritchie who returned to Biggar colours after their international duties, Biggar pressurised the Ayr squad in just about every area, save perhaps the scrum where the Ayr 8 had a slight advantage. Ayr were unable to capitalise on this however as Biggar held onto possession despite being on the retreat and, on those odd occasions when Biggar struggled to retain possession, their defence was more than up to the task and frequently knocked Ayr back, Emelia Knights first thundering hit a perfect example.
Biggar were forced into an early change when winger Emily Inglis was injured making a tackle, her replacement being Farah Conn. This was the 18 year olds first senior appearance, but not her first on the big pitch, Farah one of at least 5 of the Biggar squad who had previously played in age group Cup finals on the same pitch.
Minutes later, and following a trademark pass and loop by Emma Orr, Gerry Kimm was set free for the Ayr line. Although Emma Orr was unable to add the conversion she was on target when, after 15 minutes, Kimm notched her second. This try emanated from a probing kick by stand off Orr, Ayr’s replacement winger who had only just taken the field beaten by a wicked bounce which saw the ball drop into Kimm’s hands when she was virtually over the line.
Kimm claimed her hat-trick within the first quarter of the game. A long pass from Emma Orr set Kimm free but having received the ball just in her own half, this was a long range effort which saw the fullback out-strip the Ayr defence to score under the posts. Orr’s conversion took Biggar into a 19-0 lead.
Emma Orr’s elder sister Alison was able to take most of her own ball at the lineout while her ability to keep her momentum going even when tackled ensured her side go-forward ball.
Ayr are a National 1 side for a reason of course and in patches they did make ground, Biggar forced into defensive duties after some strong attacking play. Their handling was not as secure as Biggar’s however and promising moves ended with knock-ons and dropped passes. On the half hour mark however Ayr got reward for their efforts, a series of pick and goes paying dividends and seeing Erin McSorley cross for a try. The ever alert Emma Orr managed to get a hand to the attempted conversion and so Ayr had to be content with the 5 points.
Biggar ended the half with a 4th score, this a cracker! Biggar retained possession for a number of phases with Alyson Henderson, Alison Orr and Anna Forsyth among others making good ground. The ball was moved left and then right with neat interpassing creating space for Abi Baillie to free Emelia Knights for a run to the line. Emma Orr added the conversion for 26-5, referee Allana McLean bringing proceedings to a close.
The second half saw Biggar open strongly with Emma Orr taking advantage by taking a quick tap penalty to drive over from close range. A similar award to Ayr minutes later ended with a handling error. Some 6 minutes later Kirsty Ritchie was the on the end of a long looping pass from her stand off Emma Orr, the U18 internationalist making the line with ease. The position for this try was made by Farah Conn with a great touchline run before some dynamic drives by Emelia Knights, Megan McCarry, Laura Watson and Emma Orr pushed Ayr back, their defence standing firm initially but eventually out-numbered.
Biggar replaced Emma Orr with Vicky Haddow, Ayr replied with a good number of runs but again errors in passing were their downfall, although some of their off-loading was excellent. Their effrots were rewarded when winger Alice Wilson crossed for the second Ayr try. Biggar 36 Ayr 10.
As the game entered its last quarter injuries mounted as players began to tire, this due in no small part to the unaccustomed sunshine and the occasion itself. A penalty to Ayr following a high tackle saw Ayr make more ground this seeing centre Hannah Young score, her skipper Catherine Sheddon providing the one-handed off-load. Sheddon added the conversion.
Laura Watson was injured in this movement and was replaced, Rebecca Coffey returning to the fray. Cristina Ertze and Bria Boyd replaced Verrity Kennit and Farah Conn. Bria Boyd’s appearance was significant in that 25 years ago her father Denis Lavery played for Biggar when they met Selkirk in the Bowl final. She marked her time with an excellent touchline run into the Ayr 22.
Ayr definitely finished the game strongly as they seemed to take confidence in their ability to make ground via route one. The match ended with an Ayr try, scored in the corner by Robyn Gibson.
McLean’s whistle was greeted with huge cheers from the massed ranks of Biggar’s support.
There were plus points for everyone involved; whether through hard yards by the pack, direct running and support play by the likes of Megan Mcivor, Jennifer Bell, Robyn Struthers and Alison Russell, distribution and accuracy of pass from Rebecca Clarke, speed to the breakdown from Abi Baillie, Alison Orr or the pace and skill of Emma Orr, Gerry Kimm and Emelia Knights.
Gerry Kimm was awarded Player of the Match, a just reward but one which several others could have claimed.
Geraldine Kimm, Anna Forsyth, Emelia Knights, Abbie Baillie(c), Emily Inglis, Emma Orr, Rebecca Clarke, Verity Kennet, Alison Orr, Rebecca Coffey, Alison Russell, Laura Watson, Megan Maciver, Alyson Henderson, Robyn Struthers. Reps: Cristina Ertze, Megan McCarry, Jennifer Bell, Kirsty Ritchie, Bria Boyd, Victoria Haddow, Farah ConnMany congratulations to the coaching and management team of John Bogle, Stewart Moffat, Nathan Knights and Kim Laird aided by physio Jen Baillie. Congrats too to the ball boys and members of the guard of honour and finally to the massive turnout of Biggar supporters who cheered as is their custom from start to finish.
Match report 24th April 2022
Biggar Ladies 51 Dundee Valkryies 0
National Plate semi final
Biggar Ladies took this semi final game by the scruff of the neck and with this comprehensive win over Dundee made a date at the Dam Stadium, Murrayfield for the 14th May. They will meet Ayr in the final of the National plate competition.
Dundee were Biggar’s opponents in the National league promotion decider in March and proved tough competitors on their home ground but Biggar were the dominant force on Sunday, rarely allowing their visitors any time on the ball to develop any attacking phases. Biggar’s defence, exemplified by the whole squad meant that time and again, the Dundee runners were brought to the ground or thumped back in the tackle.
Credit to the Taysiders who never gave up despite the fact that Biggar’s early lead gave ample indication that this would be a long day for them and in similar fashion to the previous day for Highland, a long return journey home.
Gerry Kimm scored first after 6 minutes, notching a well-deserved first half hat-trick with a conversion thrown in for good measure while Megan McIver and Anna Forsyth also scored before the break.
In the second half Kimm scored her 4th try (and 2 conversions) shortly followed by a second for Forsyth and others for Alison Orr and Laura Watson.
It would be difficult to pick a ‘best’ try as each had special qualities involving outright lightening speed, dogged determination, great feet and/or skill. Great to watch.
Finals day on the 14th promises to be an exciting day with several of the Biggar squad making a return to Murrayfield (albeit perhaps not to the main pitch) having played in age group finals in recent years.
Match report 12th March 2022
Dundee Valkyries 15 Biggar 22
Of all the squads to play this weekend it is the Ladies who deserve most credit and top billing after they travelled to take on and eventually overcome a powerful Dundee Valkyries side with the winners prize being promotion to the National league.
The Valkyries have been in existence for a shorter period of time than Biggar but with huge numbers attending training – they can now field two XV’s, something very few other clubs can match – their player base is large. Given their meteoric rise through the Midlands region league and the extensive programme notes illustrating the importance attached to the Dundee Ladies section, and this game in particular, it is more than clear that promotion was as important to them (as was expected) as it was to Biggar. The Valkyries will be a force to be reckoned with in the future and it would be a brave person who would bet against their return to the same play off fixture next season.
Shetland were worthy opponents in the first play off game last week, (Dundee were accorded a ‘bye’ after their opponents Kelso withdrew from the National league) and with the Dundee side having, like Biggar, gone through the season unbeaten the scene was set for a cracking match. That is turned out to be the toughest match Biggar have had this season is in no doubt.
Deprived of several key players due to international commitments, unavailability and injury the Biggar side looked to travel with the bare XV but a concerted effort and limitless powers of persuasion meant that 20 players were involved in the end. Well done to those who answered the call!
Played on the Morgan FP pitch, in front of a large crowd (very typically Biggar enjoyed the support of another fantastic number of travelling fans), the game was a tense, exciting contest which was at times frantic, at times controlled but always committed.
The first score was claimed by Valkyries but Biggar struck back with a very typical blistering run by Gerry Kimm. Better still was that she scored under the posts which gave stand-in kicker Emily Inglis a relatively straight forward kick which she converted for 7-5.
Dundee had a powerful pack and were particularly sharp over the ball which helped them engineer frequent turnovers, but Biggar’s defence held strong with some huge hits from across the squad and exemplified by skipper Abbie Baillie, Alison Orr, Emelia Knights and Gerry Kimm. Biggar’s efforts however were thwarted on many occasions by some strange decisions which frustrated the crowd and threatened to spoil the match. Far too often Biggar found themselves penalised for something and with Dundee opting to tap and go, Biggar further incurred the wrath of the referee with advantage after advantage giving Dundee good field position. The continued pressure ensured Dundee maintained a foothold in the Biggar half and then 22 where they found space on the wing to cross for a second try to regain the lead at 10-7.
Further determined defence from Biggar then led to a turnover from a loose Dundee pass and this gave full back Anna Forsyth an opportunity to show her pace and this she did to good effect, running around the Dundee defence from just inside her own half. The kick was too far out for the conversion to be successful but at 12-10 Biggar held an important lead at half time.
Turning round to play against the breeze but with the aid of a gentle slope Biggar continued to run hard at the Dundee defence, forcing them to tackle and this undoubtedly had a major effect on the home side who began to struggle. Biggar’s offensive defensive pressure paid off and it was Kimm who once again managed to score a vital third try for 17-10. There was no way that this was going to be enough to close out the match as Dundee were not going to go down without a fight.
A series of odd decisions created an attacking position for Dundee who pushed deep into the Biggar half where the tactic of quickly taken penalty awards proved effective in turning the Biggar defence. The Biggar dam was eventually breached again and a Dundee try offered their kicker a chance for a conversion to tie the scores. What seemed worse was that no one seemed to know how the match would have been decided were the scores level at the end of the match – and no one wanted extra time! In the end this was not to be as the ball fell short but at 17-15 and with some 4 minutes remaining the supporters were set for a nervy finish as the match remained very much in the balance
In fact if anything the Dundee score seemed to galvinise and energise the Biggar squad and their response was both swift and decisive. An attacking position was created and with Kimm (who was at this point sporting a natty pair of unmatched boots following a major boot malfunction earlier in the game) in possession the centre ran with huge grit and determination, bursting through and round the Dundee defence for her hat-trick and a 22-15 score line, Inglis just short with the conversion attempt.
There was still time remaining for the restart and while the game was now a 2-score contest meaning Biggar were essentially ‘safe’, it’s never over until the final whistle. It was appropriate that having won ball from the restart and having played a couple of phases it fell to Kimm to thump the ball out of play to signal the end of the contest – and HUGE celebrations from the Biggar players and supporters.
Anna Forsyth, Vicky Haddow, Geraldine Kimm, Emily Inglis, Niamh Stewart, Emelia Knights, Abbie Baillie, Megan Mciver, Robyn Struthers, Megan McCarry, Alison Russell, Laura Watson, Rebecca Coffey, Alison Orr, Jennifer Bell. Reps: Cristina Ertze, Rebecca Clarke, Lauren McDonald, Ruth Elliot, Rachel Ferguson
A MASSIVE thank you to all those who have supported the team and who travelled north to witness the play-off final. It really does make a difference when the away support matches the home support!
All Nigel’s photos can be viewed in the gallery pull down and those and others taken by Ian Glennie are on the club Facebook page. Well worth a look!
The Ladies now have a couple of weeks off until they begin the National Plate competition with matches against Livingston (away, 27th March), Wigtonshire (away 3rd April) and Orkney (home 16th April).
Next season in the National League, Biggar will face a new set of opponents featuring Stewartry, West of Scotland, Howe of Fife, Ayr, Annan and Broughton with the bottom team from the Premiership likely to be included also as this season’s National 1 Champions Garioch should move up.Exciting times!
If you are interested in taking the game up, there is no restriction on age and/or experience – you will be made more than welcome!
Match Report 6th March
Biggar 51 Shetland 0
Pride of place goes to the Ladies who secured victory against far travelled Shetland Ladies and therefore can now take the next step on their way to promotion to the National League. They still have a match against Dundee Valkyries to play and again this will be a tough match against a side so far unbeaten in their league. This match is scheduled for next Sunday (KO 2pm).
The Shetland Ladies had a monster round trip of some 760 miles to complete for Saturday’s match at Hartree Mill but fortunately the weather was fine and had no effect on their travel arrangements.
Played in front of a great support Biggar dominated the exchanges and had virtually secured the game by half time although the visitors never gave up and proved very worthy opponents.
Biggar’s points came from tries by captain Abbie Baillie (2), Megan McCarry (2), Gerry Kimm (2), Alison Orr, and Emma Orr who also kicked 3 conversions.
Geraldine Kimm, Vicky Haddow, Emily Inglis, Emelia Knights, Anna Forsyth, Emma Orr, Abbie Baillie, Robyn Struthers, Alyson Henderson, Megan McCarry, Alison Russell, Laura Watson, Rebecca Coffey, Alison Orr, Jennifer Bell. Reps: Verity Kennet, Megan Maciver, Cristone Ertze, Jenny Leech, Rebecca Clarke.
A bonus on Saturday was the appearance of John Gillies of the SRU who presented skipper Abbie Baillie with the West Region Trophy which the Ladies won back in December. This was a great addition to the day’s success.
The focus is now on Sundays match at Dundee.
Match Report 19th Sept 2021
Biggar Ladies 92 Hamilton 0
Pride of place this weekend, and this despite a good win for the mens 1st XV (report below), must go to the Ladies XV which opened their league account with a landslide win over Hamilton.
In recent years games between these two clubs have been fairly tight, tetchy affairs but this latest contest was in the realms of being a mis-match, the Biggar squad rarely in any danger of conceding a try and whenever under pressure offering up some very good determined defence to keep their line intact. It was really encouraging to see how so many of the squad are growing in confidence.
Individual scorers have yet to be confirmed but Biggar ran out winners by 92-0 which is bound to send shockwaves through the West division.
The trick will be to steer clear of injury as the squad is not a big one. There are a few past players however who, on the back of this display and due to the positive reports coming from training, may be persuaded to return to Biggar ranks.
Emma Orr, Gerry Kimm and Jenny Bell among others led from the front with some stand out performances but this was a team performance from the squad and one which was very much enjoyed by the very enthusiastic touchline support. Such was the occasion that the club offered a pre-match meal which proved very popular.
This all made for a very busy day for Carolyn and Jan and their catering team: around 80 minis in the morning, 60 plus Youth players at lunchtime, a pre-match lunch and then post match food for the Ladies teams in the afternoon. And all this after a Saturday which featured a pre-match meal for over 50 and then post match food for the Biggar and Watsons boys! Never a dull moment!
Well done girls and to the coaching duo of John Bogle and Stewart Moffat. Training is now on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. All interested will be made very welcome regardless of experience.
Biggar ladies marked international Women’s day with a fantastic 60-5 victory over Livingston in the opening round of the National Bowl. The squad also had two debutants as Emelia Knights and Jenny Leech tasted senior rugby for the first time. Both debutants where on the scoresheet alongside Geraldine Kimm and Abbie Baillie as a squad marched to a bonus point victory. The squad will now need to wait and see the results of the pools remaining fixtures to determines if they will progress to the National Bowls semi finals.
Insufficient players away
Insufficient players away
Round 7 – Hamilton 10 Biggar Ladies 7
Round 6 – Biggar Ladies Forfeit
Round 5 – Biggar Ladies 19 West of Scotland 31
Round 4 -Biggar Ladies 54 v Greenock 31
Round 3 – Biggar Ladies 43 v Wigtownshire 19
Round 2 -Biggar Ladies 78 v Hamilton 36