Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

Our big MAY Weekend is with us

  BIG MAY WEEKEND  


  Fri 26th: Spring Ball A fantastic evening, well done to all who helped organise this, and a surprise for all was a set of tunes from the local pipe band

 

  Sat 27th: Biggar RFC  

  Elphinstone Sevens

With great weather at the start, everyone enjoyed  watching  some great fun 7's the final was between Watsonians and Hamilton who won this inagural event and were presented with the trophy by Robert Allan from the Elphinstone Hotel

Biggar's Flemo's Flyers didn't make it to the main final but won the "bowl" competition and enjoyed their win despite the rain

 & Finally well done to Broughton Ladies who won the womens competition

 Sun 28th: Skippinish in Concert 

Tickets are going fast, some still for sale on Eventbrite

 

  Micro and Mini Presentation Afternoon  


Presentation Evenings 2016/17

The past weekends have featured the various Presentation Evenings.

All have been very well attended with coaches and players all providing the entertainment.

The s1/2 night was another fantastic night where there were fullsome reports from the coaches on the season past with the highs and lows given equal measure.

 

Awards were presented to

S1

Top Trainer: Tom Young

Most Improved Player: Sam Bartholomew

Player’s Player of the Year: Morris McDiarmid

Coaches’ Player of the year: Finlay Crozier

Alisdair Tucker Memorial Award: Tom Roper

 

S2

Most Improved Player of the Year: Callum Yardley

Player’s Player: Jonnie Smith

Coaches’ Player of the Year: Sam Taylor

Endeavour: Kieron Bell

 

A highlight of these evenings are the replies on behalf of the boys and Tom Roper, Finlay Crozier, Andrew Wight did not disappoint – well done boys!

Many thanks to the coaching teams of Doug Roper and Doug Low (S1) and Kenny Lean, Mick Lister, Neil Laing, Geoff Smith (S2) and the catering team of Carolyn, Jan and the girls, to GY for the bar and to Paula Yardley for her work as Youth Convenor.

 

Congratulations to S2 players Jonnie Smith, Calum Smith and Sam Taylor who have all been in attendance at Broadwood as part of the Glasgow U16 trials. The trio were in action on Sunday when they played Caledonia at Braidwood. Two games were played, Glasgow winning both with many positive comments on the contribution made by the Biggar lads.

 

Last weekend past saw the girls and Colts Presentation evenings, both well attended events.

The Girls section at the Club has had another very successful season so there was plenty for coaches Eric Shearer, Mark Foster, Charlie Court and Calum Taylor to report.

Calum’s Guess Who competition was much appreciated and had the company in fits!

Awards were made as follows:

U15’s

Top Trainer Mason Cosh (Capt)

Most Improved Rachel Phillips

Players Player’s Geraldine Kimm

Coaches Player Emma Orr

 

U18’s

Top Trainer Megan McCarry

Most Improved Rachel Hill

Players Player’s Sarah Denholm

Coaches Player Ailie Tucker

 

Captains Megan and Emily Armstrong (U18) made presentations to the coaching team and parent helpers. Big thanks also to Committe rep Tammy Mitchell for all her co-ordination and organisation.

 

Colts

This evening was significant not only for the fact that several of the Colts are moving up from Youth rugby to Senior rugby but also because it marked the final Presentation Night for the coaching trio of Ian Barr, Gavin Hill and David Murray who are retiring after many years in harness. Their’s has been a massive commitment to the club and to the hundreds of youngsters that they have coached. A very full appreciation of their contribution and by way of thanks was provided by Aird Jardine.

As usual the coaches themselves did not disappoint and there were some very funny stories for those present – check the website for pics of the less PC awards!

Colts

Top Trainer: Alex Toal

Outstanding Contribution: Angus Kerr

Best Newcomer: Lewis Stewart

Players Player’s: Aaron Dobie

Yogi Barr Award (presented by the Thomson Family) : Rory McGinn

 

Rory and Rowan Stewart were on hand to make presentations to the coaching team and parent helpers with a big shout to Chris and Jock (head Chefs).

 

Again a huge thank you to Carolyn, Jan and their team who provide the usual excellent feed for all present.

 

Club News

On Saturday the wet weather failed to dampen the spirits of the Girls sides who came from the West for the Area Sevens Qualifier, an event the club was delighted to be asked to hold.

Although exact results have yet to be confirmed Biggar’s U15’s and U18’s have both qualified for the National finals although the prospect of an S6 leavers holiday is likely to deprive the senior age group of several of their team!

 

The club is running a Tombola at the sevens and would appreciate donations for this from the membership. Donations can be left in at the Club (Members Lounge please) any night of the week.

 

 

Next Wednesday (31st May) is the date of the club AGM. Please remember that this is YOUR club and that the AGM provides you with an opportunity to have your say as to the way the club is being run. At the same time this is your chance to put your hand up to perhaps join the committee.

Starts sharp 7.30pm


S2 Update of Tour to Southport

22 Biggar RFC S2 boys returned on Monday from their tour to the land of giants! Over 2 days and 7 games of rugby they proudly represented Biggar and Scottish rugby at the Southport festival against clubs from across England and Ireland. Every one of the boys did the club proud during and after matches, making new friends on the way.

It's fair to say the festival was a stern test of the boys skill and determination when coming up against clubs with over 40 boys at this age group and truly some of the opposition was huge ( find the comparison photo!). Biggar boys out-scrummed every team, competed really well in the rucks and tackled their hearts and bodies out.


Ahead in both the first 2 games they lost narrowly to Liverpool St Helens and Wicklow before a stiff test from a large Sheffield White team. In the final game on day one the boys came through to beat hosts Southport. On Day 2 the boys started slowly against West Hartlepool, a game they could have won, The boys rallied to compete against Nuneaton and eventual Festival winners Sheffield Blue. Some good hard running rugby provided a total of 10 trys scored by Sam Taylor, Jonathan Smith, Aaron Millar and Murray Lean.

The team of parents and coaches have worked really hard to bring this off and thanks go to all of them for the work put in. The boys have had a great experience and this will put them in fantastic shape for U15 rugby next season.

There are some cracking pictures on the Biggar RFC Facebook page.


Biggar RFC AGM and the future

Season 2016718

The Club is currently run by a General Committee comprised of Office Bearers and various Convenors who take responsibility for different sections within the club - please see below a list of those who were in post in season 2016/17.

As you will probably know, we are currently seeking Charitable status for the Club which will result in a good deal of restructuring with regard to the formation of a Limited Company and a Board of Trustees. We had to appoint Directors and Trustees before we could make our application to OSCAR.

The Club committee will still exist however, although it is also open to some re-structuring, this primarily due to the ever-increasing size of the club and the amount of time required to run and manage its business as efficiently as possible.

Our AGM is the point within the year when Office Bearers and Committee are elected. The majority of those currently in post are willing to stand again in their current role or in another role or as co-opted members of the committee (as indicated). All current committee members will be subject to re-election at the AGM while any interested parties may themselves stand for election at the AGM providing they have a proposer and seconder on the night (election may be subject to a vote with the stipulation being that anyone wishing to stand for committee and their proposer and seconder must all be full Club members).

The current committee is keen to recruit new faces to join them in running the club and making things work, whether that be as a specific convenor with an identified role or as co-opted members to 'shadow' current convenors.

Anyone requiring further information should contact a member of the committee who will be able to provide an insight into what is involved.

 

President Al Stewart (standing down as President after a 2 year term; automatically co-opted for one year as ex-President)
Vice-President Peter McDonald (Proposed/Seconded as President for 2017/18)

Club Secretary David Adams
Treasurer Doug Low (standing down as Treasurer but available for Co-opted role)
Fixture Secretary John Jackson
Facilities and Development Nigel Pacey (Proposed/Seconded as Treasurer for 2017/18)
Bar, Sponsorship & Membership Secretary Gordon Young 
Merchandising Ian Notman   
Pitch Convenor Hugh Barr
Playing Convenor Ian Notman 
2nd XV Rep John Bogle (Proposed/Seconded as Vice-President for 2017/18)
Mini Convener Laura Watson  
Midi Convener Paula Yardley 
Colts Convener David Murray (standing down as he 'retires' as Colts coach)
Girls Convenor Tammy Mitchell
DO/Academy Rep Patrick McGinn  
Co-opted members Doug Ward

 

Rugby has SO much to offer.         Biggar RFC has so much to offer.


Girls in brave effort against Hill Jills

U18 GIRLS EDGED OUT IN EXCITING SEMI: U18 Girls Club Cup Semi-Final 7th April 2017

Biggar 29 Hillhead Jordanhill 33

Biggar girls had a lively start against a very professional and well drilled Hills team and following a kick and chase scored a converted try to open the scoring within the first 5 minutes.

Hills responded very quickly with a try to take the scores level at 7 all. The game was very even for the next period with both sides displaying good attack and defence. Both teams were playing the game at a good tempo and it was Biggar who achieved the next score which was converted to make the score 14 -7.

Hills responded with a converted try to level the score at 14 all. Biggar scored again to open the lead to 19 – 14. Biggar continued to apply pressure and following several phases a try was scored by very good forward play. 24-14 (HT)

An injury to Biggar full back Sarah Denholm as part of this earlier play resulted in the referee blowing for half time slightly ahead of time. With paramedics still attending to the injury the second half was resumed on an adjacent pitch.

It was Biggar that scored first to make the score 29 -14, Hills responded quickly with a try taking the scores to 29 -19. The Hills girls enjoyed a prolonged period of possession and although the Biggar defence was responding it eventually was broken allowing a score between the posts with a successful conversion which took the score to 29 – 26.

Hills continued to mount attacks and with Biggar picking up further injuries their defence was broken again to take Hills into the lead for the first time in the match 33- 29.

With only minutes remaining in the game Biggar pressurised the Hills defence but it was Hills that finished stronger and held out to take the victory in a fiercely contested match that would have been worthy of the final.

Biggar tries by Megan McCarry, Jennifer Bell, Rachel Hill, Megan MacLeod , Julia Bell with 2 conversions from Emily Armstrong. Hills now proceed to the final against Stirling at Murrayfield.

Many thanks to the fantastic local support, the officials, Joanne Robertson and the Brown family for their sterling work and Richard Robinson for filming duties which must have been difficult in the reduced light of the second half!

PS- Sarah did not incur any breaks and was released from hospital later in the evening with muscle damage and bruising. (Currently sporting a very nice black eye!)

Report by Bill Denholm


National selection honours

Congratulations to Fraser Brown who was selected to start on Saturday for Scotland against Ireland. Sadly his involvement lasted but 25 minutes after he clashed heads and although he was able to return after treatment he was replaced. Early indications are that the injury will not rule him out of selection for this weekend’s match against France.

At National U18 level Guy Kelly and Andrew Nimmo both took part in a training match on Sunday between the members of the Scotland U18 squad. Both props acquitted themselves well and will now continue to train prior to the 6Nations Championship in March. Meanwhile Andrew Jardine who has had a frustrating season due to injury will continue his latest return to action after rib injury. He will keep his fingers crossed that he will be considered for the March event.


NEWS

Our big MAY Weekend is with us

A big month for all at Biggar RFC

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Presentation Evenings 2016/17

All the news from the Presentation Evenings

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S2 Update of Tour to Southport

May weekend jaunt to sunny Southport

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Biggar RFC AGM and the future

Wednesday 31st May 2017: 7/7.30pm, Hartree Mill, Biggar

The date above is that scheduled for Biggar RFC's AGM. As always this is an important event on the club calendar as it is the members opportunity to meet together with the committee to voice their opinion of how the club is being run and the direction the membership feel it should take.

Please make an extra effort to attend - this is YOUR CLUB!

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Girls in brave effort against Hill Jills

Despite a gritty performance Biggar lose out to Hill Jills.

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National selection honours

National reps to the fore again.

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