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Mini Tournament success

Message from Mini Convenor Laura Watson

Biggar Mini Festival - a massive thank you to everyone who helped yesterday at the mini festival from car parking, catering, helping in the kitchen, refereeing, score runners, tombola, tuck shop, pitch marking out, bar etc etc....it was a very successful day and could not have been possible without everyone's help.
A special mention to Biggar p4's who won at their age group - not sure of the last time we had a winner at our own tournament!!!

 

It was Biggar's Mini tournament on Sunday with its usual massive attendance of players and supporters coming from all parts. Teams involved were Watsonians, Dumfries, Boroughmuir, East Kilbride, Currie, Melrose, Marr and Stirling County.

 

Top marks to Laura Watson for her organisation and to ALL the volunteers who turned up to ensure things ran smoothly. Big thank you from all at the club with already many comments on social media praising the organisation and event.

 

Top of the Biggar class were the youngsters from P4 who managed a tournie win – the first from a Biggar side for many years.

Results were:

 

P4 - winners - Biggar, runners up Melrose

P5 - winners - Boroughmuir, runners up Dumfries Saints

P6 - winners - Melrose, runners up Stirling County

P7 - winners - Marr, runners up Stirling County (P7 got through to the semi-final)

 

Team of the Tournament - P5 Melrose


Shogun results

The Colts and Youth sections were all in action in Inverness at the weekend.

First up were the Colts who unfortunately lost out by 42-22.

U13’s 24-12 defeat

U14’s 30-0 defeat

U15’s No team

U16’s 50-0 winners


Biggar in 5-try win

Biggar 32 Stewarts Melville 3

A 5-try, bonus point win is always very welcome but none more so than when it is against a side relegated from the division above and clearly looking to make a quick return.

 

Stewarts Melville left Biggar without even a glimpse of a losing bonus, having met a resolute Biggar defence which gave virtually nothing away. The capital side will have to address the short-comings of their pack which, aside from being absolutely massive and making life really difficult for Biggar at scrum time, appeared a tad pedestrian at times. It will also come as a surprise to many that No 8 Duncan Wood rejoined the fray after being very clearly knocked out in the opening exchanges. In these days of player welfare and head injury assessments the big lock (and his club) was taking a risk, the visitors electing to ignore the protestations of the Biggar camp to have him stay on the touchline.

 

Selection in the coming weeks will be a much harder task then ever before for Biggar’s coaching staff as few, if indeed any, of the 19 in the squad could have given much more, with another batch in the 2nds waiting for their chance. The 2nd string were defeated by the odd point in 37 in what was a hugely entertaining contest (also against Stew-Mel) and one which was enjoyed by the two squads and spectators alike.

 

With Andrew Nimmo carrying a groin strain from last week, Donald Voas started. Alan Warnock regained his spot at lock at the expense of Franco Carossi who joined Guy Kelly, Ryan Moffat and Robbie Lavery on the bench.

 

The opening exchanges were halted by the afore-mentioned and accidental head knock to Morrison and while Biggar enjoyed the greater percentage of both possession and territory they were unable to open their account as passes failed to stick and Stew-Mel defended strongly.

Conor Lavery did kick a penalty to put his side ahead at 3-0, this lead extended after Ross Jackson made the most of a series of forward-orientated drives at the line to pick up, pop round the side and dot down in the top corner and too far out for Lavery’s conversion attempt.

 

Matthew Stewart showed some excellent pace to gain several yards on a number of occasions but try though they did Biggar were unable to add to their tally.

 

Turning round behind, Stew-Mel began the second half well, stringing passes together much more accurately than had been the case prior to the break and making inroads into the Biggar half. The Biggar first up tackling was first rate however and this, combined with some great pressure, forced the visitors into making some uncharacteristic errors.

 

The city side did open their account however, scrum half Cameron Leask kicking a penalty to bring them back into the contest at 8-3. They then enjoyed their best phase of the match, when, with their tails up, they raised the pace of the game, passing, running and driving with much greater conviction.

 

Electing to run penalties awarded their way, they had Biggar on the back foot on a couple of occasions though Biggar’s cover defence managed to snuff out the threat, Davy Reive or Lavery kicking well to clear the immediate danger.

 

Eventually working their way down the pitch with a variety of kicks from Lavery, Gregor Stewart had a tilt at the line but was held up. Having created the position deep in the Stew-Mel 22, Biggar were not to be denied and it was no real surprise when after a series of good forward drives, Ewan Stewart crashed over for Biggar’s second try to increase the lead to 13-3.

 

Several minutes later and a typically barn-storming run by Voas advanced play back into the Stew-Mel half. Having again created the position another break by Matthew Stewart took play deeper into the Stew-Mel 22. With ball recycled quickly from the ruck an inside pass from Lavery saw Rowan Stewart carve through the visitor’s spread-eagled defence for a try which Lavery converted for 20-3.

 

Biggar were now within one try of claiming a bonus point but before they scored this they had to withstand another Stew-Mel salvo at the line where once again Biggar’s defence was tested and found up to the mark.

 

Having eventually cleared their lines Biggar gained excellent yardage as Lavery continued to turn and probe the Stew-Mel line with a variety of chips, grubbers and punts. A penalty allowed them to turn the screw once more, Guy Kelly peeling round from the front of the lineout to take his skipper, Euan Sanderson’s pass, before crashing over for the all-important 4th try from 5 metres and a 25-3 scoreline.

 

To give the visitors credit they never lacked ambition and tried to play rugby until the end, running ball whenever the opportunity arose and making some decent yardage to boot.

 

Some top-notch defence from the squad and mazy runs by among others Reive and Matthew Stewart kept the city side at bay. Their final attempt to score came as they again elected to run the ball out of their 22. A loose pass and the ever alert Ross Bradford spotted and collected the ball in this final move, the winger sprinting over from some 20 metres for a try converted by Lavery to round off Biggar’s afternoon at 32-3.

 

Biggar

I Renwick, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Maggiolo, A. Peacock, A. Warnock, C. Milligan, E. Sanderson (c), R. Jackson.

Reps: G. Kelly, F. Carossi, R. Moffat, R. Lavery.

 

Unfortunately the Biggar Eagles Development XV found themselves without a match on Saturday when their oppoenents Duns failed to raise a side. The eagles were also stretched however and another appeal goes out to all players from both Lanarka dn Biggar to make known their availability for this weekend when Watsonians are sure to have a side ready and waiting.


Gold Club Results Sept 2018


September Winners

£250   -   76   Robert Paterson
 
£100   -   234   Robert Allen
 
£100   -   132   Doug Ward
 
£100   -   311   Simeon McKeand
 
£100   -   124   George Kay
 
£100   -   277   Jennifer Tweedie



6th October
£250   -   269   Robert Cormack

£100   -   28    Colin Robison

£100   -   27   Lorraine Murray Lawrie

£100   -   322  Helen Thornborrow

£100   -   319   Andy Manock

£100   -   157   Robin McCalpine




27th October
£250   -   222   Davina Howatson

£100   -   136   David Murray

£100   -   75    Frazer Andrews

£100   -   281   Tom Sanderson

£100   -   212   Gareth Cathcart

£100   -   257   Derek Anderson



 


NEWS

Mini Tournament success

Another massive day at Hartree Mill. See Nigel's photographic record of the day in The Gallery

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Shogun results

It was a long trip back from Highland on Saturday and Sunday with a mixed set of results from the Youth sides

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Biggar in 5-try win

A win for the 1sts and a narrow 1-point defeat for the 2nds

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Gold Club Results Sept 2018

Are you a Gold Club winner?

Remember....you've got to be in it, to win it!

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