Hartree Mill Sports Grounds, Biggar ML12 6JJCharity Number: SC 047700

Girls play West Lothian

Girls v West Lothian

U18

Biggar under girls won 46-0 against West Lothian who certainly made the girls work with some excellent tackling and workmanship amongst the two teams.

 

U15

Our U15s hosted 6 girls from West Lothian on Sunday where we mixed up the teams and had 3 x 15 thirds!!! An excellent time was had and I think all girls enjoyed themselves. We had a brilliant display of rugby with some good plays and tries scored with some conversions to boot (some funny ones too!! No names being mentioned!!) All this added to our girls confidence and skill levels, roll on the next challenge, our girls are ready for it.


Biggar Boys play Currie

S1

Biggar RFC 11 Currie 30

A bruising encounter this afternoon saw Currie eventually running out comfortable winners with 9 tries to 3. But for a large period of the game, the teams were pretty evenly matched.

 

Biggar struck first with Ryan marauding forward to go over on the right wing, within the first minute. The visitors then settled into their stride and responded with 3 tries.

 

Some sustained pressure from our boys saw Jonnie, Ross and Ander all coming close to narrowing the score, before Harry did eventually touch down for our second try of the match which Liam converted. Half time score 7 - 9.

 

The first 10 minutes of the second period saw both sides slugging things out. The visitors were first to break away to score their 4th of the day, but pretty quickly our Hartree Mill boys brought the scores back to within a point when Harry scored and Liam converted. 11-12.

 

With a couple of injuries to Harry and Liam, disrupting Biggars flow, the visitors didn’t take long to take advantage of the situation and went on to score a further 5 tries to win the game 11 - 30.

 

Lots of positive aspects from today’s match with every player contributing to a very entertaining afternoon.

 

A big welcome back to Hyland returning from his shoulder injury.

 

Man of the Match Ander Harrison.

 

S2 defeat v Currie

 

Currie 25- 57 Biggar

After a long break without game time the U15 boys were finally back in action and what a fine display the boys put on.



From the off both teams played some fine rugby,both sets of boys were up for this match with some well contested rucks and hard tackling.The game was very open in the first half with both teams exchanging early try’s one try to mention was some creative play leading to Finn Laing crossing the line. Biggar demonstrated some great skills and initiative to cross the try line with some great carrying,offloads and great lines created to breakthrough.Creative stuff!!!



To a man this was a great team effort every member of the team stepped up and played their part in a great win. Rory Hill deserves a mention for the amount of times he turned over the ball his own personal count was in double digits and his tackling again was as tenacious as ever.



The second half had a similar theme with boys continuously encouraged by vice captain Thomas Young .The boys fitness started to show through and the opposition started to be pegged back this is when the boys stepped up again with several try’s coming from various positions. Tom,Jonny,Morris,Gregor,Callum and Finlay all crossing the line and Finlay adding the extras.



A great display overall and one for the boys to be proud of.Back to training to develop on the areas we know we can improve on an go again.


Triangularr matches for Biggar Minis

P4

Musselburgh/Lasswade - 24th Feb Report

I'm guessing there will be a few tired lads tonight after today's matches!It was great to get into the games again today and even better to do so in such great weather! Last week was a good run out but made all the harder with the horizontal rain in Dumfries!I'd like to thank everyone for turning out in numbers that meant we could field two teams this morning, something I think helps when it comes to continuity but also our development as a squad.We saw some tough competition in Musselburgh and Lasswade today and from my side, I was really impressed with how we responded. There were some flying tackles coming in and a confidence in some players I haven't seen to date, which is fantastic! Even when the legs were tired we still got stuck in and finishing with a Biggar V Biggar match brought smiles and laughs to players and spectators alike! I found it frustrating that it often appears we are the only team sticking to the AGLV's but it's to the boys credit that they don't let standards slip. This goes for their courteous behaviour to both opposition and the ref too.

 

We've a few weeks of matches ahead so let's hope we can maintain momentum.

 

Next week should see us host Hamilton/Penicuik but I will keep you posted once details are confirmed.

 

Thanks as always to our touchline support and to everyone who supplied catering and helped in the kitchen. A special thank you to Eliz for coordinating and to Fergus Mason (Mason) who acted as referee on our second pitch!

 

 

P5

Biggar P5's Mighty Warriors Weekend!!


Friday night saw our first visit to the home of Glasgow Warriors to play in a tournament prior to the Pro14 Connacht match. Two groups of four teams would play out to determine who would be guard of honour or who would play on the main pitch at half time. We were drawn against some very good opposition, however as we have seen in training of late, these were challenges we could meet.


18 players travelled, which in itself is a success, if not a challenging one when we are playing 6-a-side and the matches are only 7 minutes long! Maintaining continuity whilst rolling so may subs is never easy, but fortunately every player gelled very quickly when introduced to play.


Our first match against Kilmarnock was a hard one. Big strong boys who relished running straight at us posed a problem. Of late our defense has been our weak point, but right from the off, we started to stop runners going through gaps. We lost the match 6-4, but for a few handling errors on our part, we would have been closer.


Next up was Hamilton, a team we know and a team that (according to their coach), always raise their game against us. By this time however, we were in the mood and strong running combined with quick passing meant we won this game 5-4.


Our last pool game was against Hillhead Jordanhill, a massive pack of lads who really looked like they could play. However, the Biggar players maintained their composure, never panicking, with a strong defense and continued to run in tries. We won this game 6-3.


This gave us the honour of playing the other pool winners, Birkmyre, on the main pitch at half time. This was very much an exhibition match with teams playing 9-a-side and both teams wanting to run the ball at every opportunity. It was a magnificent 'Try-fest', giving lots of players the chance to score a try on the hallowed turf at Scotstoun in front of 7,000 fans.

Our team took a well deserved bow to the crowds' delight and applause, to round off a wonderful night.


Friday night was a fantastic experience and one which I suspect the players will not forget for a while.


Sunday morning came around very quickly and we were back at Scotstoun, with a squad of 15. It was always going to be a challenge maintaining the standard we had set ourselves on Friday night, however any concerns immediately disappeared with Game 1 against Cartha which we won 6-0.


Game 2 saw us up against Annan, a team we are familiar with and who we know are very physical. What we did though, was play smart rugby against them and using the whole width of the pitch we ran at them and put them on the back foot.

Winning 5-3, it was another great lift.


Game 3 against Aberdeen Wanderers saw us lose our way a bit. We lost 2-1, a game we should have won easily but for two seemingly good tries being disallowed.


At this point can I interject about the role of us as coaches being volunteer referees and doing our best. The travelling Biggar family and friends are always very supportive and loud. This is great when all positive, however today, even from the middle of the pitches, criticism of the ref and player performance could be clearly heard from you. Please can I remind everyone that the support should match the high standard we are instilling in the players; should be positive, respectful and leaves the coaching to the coaches. Thank you.


Game 4 brought Cumnock and another well organised team. Our quick handling and movement of the ball along the line was a delight to watch and was commented on by two other coaches! We won this match 5-3.


Game 5 against Lenzie was more of the same, winning 5-4, although we did, unsurprisingly, start to show signs of fatigue. We started to bunch and lose our width, which made the result tighter than it should have been.

Game 6 was against Bishopton - this another close one, with both teams really starting to tire. We dug in deep and ran out 3-2 winners.


Played 6 = W - 5; L - 1. Not a bad day at the office for players and coaches alike.


It was a great morning of rugby, played in brilliant sunshine on the main pitch at Scotstoun. All the players stepped up and performed brilliantly. They were very well behaved and represented themselves, their families, their coaches and their club beautifully.


It was a huge weekend and on behalf of Donald Stewart, Dougie Douglas Low and myself, can I say a massive 'Thank you' to all involved.

 

P6

Biggar vs Lasswade Match Report.

 

A bumper squad of 12 players turned out to play Lasswade in three friendlies on what was a glorious day today.

 

We got off to a slow start and lost the first match by a few points. The Lasswade squad were far bigger than most of our players and we took a while to get to grips with them physically.

 

After the first defeat we asked the players what they needed to improve on and they were able to identify the areas themselves.


They set out in the second game to put those improvements in place and, for 10 minutes, ran in try after try. Lasswade came back strong in the closing minutes but (in my head anyway) we managed to win the game by at least one score.

 

There was nothing in the third 15 minute game and the teams finished level at the end. A fitting result.

 

Passing and support was excellent. Offloading from in the tackle, off the ground and everywhere in between was tremendous. Our big ball carriers did a great job of tying up two or three defenders and we were able to quickly recycle the ball, passing with great confidence to players who then had spaces to run in to.

 

A fantastic effort from ALL the players today. Great attitude, determination and spirit shown by them all - well done!


Girls take on East Kilbride

The U15 Girls did the club proud today with a hard played win against East Kilbride 38-43!

 

The girls really played well putting a lot of what they have been training for into the match - winning rucks, running lines, a few good ‘steals’ and excellent support work.

 

Their spirits were high and voices loud.

 

Cerys stepped up to Capt and Eilidh supporting as VC. Special mention to Ashley Court who played her first match with us and filled her boots brilliantly!

 

Well done Anna Baillie got our Girl of the Game and Isla nominated by EK (well deserved - with 2 steals and a run the length of the pitch resulting in a try!)

 

We had some movement in the positions too Alexandra had a stint at 12 and made some excellent lines, Madelyn supported in excellent style at 15, Elise made some brilliant decisions at 10. ALL the girls played fantastically in their positions. The Biggar girls were a TEAM to be reckoned with today!


Biggar Boys Youth v Dunfermline

All bar the U15’s (opposition are proving very thin on the ground for this age group) were in action, with Dunfremline providing the opposition.

 

U13’s

Dunfermline RFC 15 Biggar RFC 13

In a hard fought match this afternoon Dunfermline managed to come back to snatch the victory by 2 points, at a windy McKane Park.

 

It was the hosts that broke the deadlock after 6 minutes with the wind at their backs, touching down to go 3-0 ahead. But the visitors were able to bounce immediately back with a great passage of play that saw Harry and Ander combining well, for Ander to get Biggars first points of the day. Despite the strong wind in his face, Liam converted to put Biggar 4-3 ahead.

 

With their confidence now installed the Biggar boys pushed on and after a surging run from Aaron B, Harry went over for his first of the game. 3-7 Biggar.

 

Just as the first 15 minute period was coming to an end, Liam intercepted a pass 10 meters inside his own half and managed to run 60 meters to make it over the line despite a last ditch tackle. End of first period, DRFC 3 BRFC 10.

 

The second period was pretty even, with both teams nullifying each other out with some great defensive displays. However after winning a penalty, Ruaridh showed some quick thinking and was able to release Harry, who went over for his second try. Dunfermline were able to keep in touch by scoring and converting a try to end the second period with the scores, 7-13 to Biggar.

 

And so the final 15 minute period saw BRFC once more playing into the wind. But for some reason, the boys just couldn’t click and unfortunately Dunfermline managed to claw their way back into the game and snatch it by scoring and converting two tries to win 15 - 13.

 

Todays squad: Neil, Ewan, Harry, Matt, Beau, Franklyn, Jake, Jonny, Thomas, Liam, Ruaridh, Ander, Alex, Ross, Aaron B, Arron S, Ryan.

 

Man of the match, Was Harry who showed “ fantastic short passing skills for Anders try, Brilliant ball poaching and was unlucky to get on the wrong side of the Referee with some dominant tackles.” said Coach Watson.

 

U14’s

This was an encouraging performance, everyone started at pace and maintained effort throughout. Dunfermline have struggled for numbers at our age for a few seasons and they needed to borrow two of their own U15s and two of our players so a 15-a-side game could be played. Thank you to all players who pulled on a Dunfermline shirt this afternoon.

 

Final score Biggar 49 Dunferline 11


Minis at Dumfries

On Sunday the Mini section headed for Dumfries.

P4’s played 4 x 10min matches and I made it 2 wins, 2 losses.

 

Dumfries are a tough side as has been proven in the past, but despite not having had a match for a while, the Biggar squad stepped up to the plate and took it too them.

 

There was some strong tackles from both sides, Biggar still need to focus on keeping low but in the main, the discipline only really slips when tiredness sets in.

 

The side had a tendency to bunch up a bit today, especially when targeting the ball carrier but this is something to work on that in training.

 

It will be good to see what the side can muster before a return in a few weeks time. Great effort by everyone in some trying conditions. ����

 

Thanks to all the parents for making the trip down and for your continued support!

 

P5’s

Goes without saying that this was always going to be a tough outing as the side has lacked game time since late November, and so it turned out to be. The side played 8 a side and 4 x 10min matches against Dumfries who had already benefitted from the last two weekends tournaments, were quite a bit bigger and were well organised.

 

Whilst the squally weather did not help with passing and catching Biggar lost all 4 matches but did see improvement each game. There is however a real need to focus on cutting out basic handling mistakes and developing tackling skills. All players can do this really well at training but unfortunately it did not happen today. Again, this is something that the coaches will work on and with a bit more game time, it will become the norm.

 

Training will be on Tuesday night at 6.15pm and we would be delighted to see as many of you there to practise..


NEWS

Girls play West Lothian

West Lothain come to Biggar

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Biggar Boys play Currie

Near neighbours Currie provide opposition

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Triangularr matches for Biggar Minis

Biggar Minis welcomed Musselburgh and Lasswade to Hartree Mill

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Girls take on East Kilbride

Biggar make new friends at EK

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Biggar Boys Youth v Dunfermline

Biggar boys journey to Dumfermline

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Minis at Dumfries

Biggar visit Dumfries at Mini level

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