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

Triangularr matches for Biggar Minis


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!




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.



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!


Triangularr matches for Biggar Minis

Biggar Minis welcomed Musselburgh and Lasswade to Hartree Mill


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