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Minis at Dalziel and Boroughmuir

On Saturday the P5’s took part in the Dalziel festival and then on Sunday the Mini Section was in action at Boroughmuir. The very good news is that the P3, P4 and P5 sides were all winners of the Boroughmuir Spirit of Rugby awards!

 

P5’s Dalziel festival, Sat 27th April 2019
Travelling with a squad of 9, Biggar had 6 teams to play, providing a tough challenge for the players.

 

From the offset, Biggar’s playwas exceptional and a credit and testament to the hard graft these players have been putting in at training.

 

The first game was a draw with Dalziel. It was an open running match which warmed Biggar up nicely. Next up was a win against Strathaven where Biggar continued to pass the ball well and support the ball carrier just as they do in training.

 

The third game against a touring Northern Ireland team resulted in a frustrating loss, with the NI opponents playing rather different rules to those in Scotland and the young ref unable to manage this very well. Enough said.

 

Lanark was up next and normal service was resumed with a comfortable victory.

 

East Kilbride always provide a hard game and so it was to be again today. It was a brilliantly competitive match, with both teams giving it their all. But for a couple of missed tackles, Biggar might just have won this one as well.

 

The last game was against another Dalziel team and all credit to the fitness, attitiude and ambition of our players today, Biggar finished with an easy win.

 

Biggar’s running and passing amongst all the players today was phenomenal and noted and commented on by many of the other coaches. Our defence today, stepped up a gear too and there will be some sore bodies tonight.

 

It was a very impressive display by all involved and made for a very happy Biggar camp, with players, parents and coaches almost forgetting how wet it was by the end!

 

 

Boroughmuir Tournament P5’s

The second tournament of the weekend beckoned, with a few sore bodies turning up for round 2! However, the team did not disappoint. All teams that were playing were more than capable and very experienced, but Biggar P5s looked to be in confident mood.

 

First up was Heriots whom Biggar beat 7-5. Normally Biggar start slow and lose, so this was very rewarding to see and get off to a good start. Next was the first of two Boroughmuir teams and a narrow defeat of 8-7 was recorded. This did not dampen enthusiasm and spirits, and the second Boroughmuir team - Boro Blue were beaten 8-6. The final game was against a very strong Stewarts Melville team which Biggar narrowly lost 6-5.

 

However, as is the case with most tournaments these days, whilst the results are important, what is more important is that all who turn up get a chance to play for the team and do their best. Same goes for the 'travelling support' who applauded other teams when quality rugby was on show.

 

In short, it was hugely pleasing that Biggar P5s were awarded the 'Spirit of Boroughmuir' for their approach and respect for each other, the opposition and not forgetting the ref (who was first class).

 

Sincere thanks to the team for contributing - we really are now showing the fruits of our labour and again it is very much appreciated by the other teams' coaches to commend your playing where we do not just depend on one very strong player to get us through...we all count!

 

Boroughmuir Festival Report P4’s

The sun was shining for an afternoon of rugby at Meggetland. Today saw the P4’s take on some tough opponents but the boys stepped up and played some good quality rugby. Throughout all the games Biggar showed confidence in their attacking rugby using all the pitch and going up the wing but also having the ability to go up the middle and take contact.

 

When defending Biggar still let the defensive line slip a bit but the boys are getting better at controlling their own line. Biggar were pretty strong when defending making a lot of tough tackles, and they also took advantage of loose balls and turned over quite a few balls to regain control of the game.


Scores as follows:
Boroughmuir Blue 6- 7 Biggar
Herriots Blue 4 - 4 Biggar
Boroughmuir green 7 - 12 Biggar
Melrose 5 - 4 Biggar


One of the many highlights of the day was winning the “Boroughmuir Rugby Club Spirit Of Rugby P4 Award” this was awarded to us for good sportsmanship on and off the pitch. After we won the award a representative from Boroughmuir told us he had noticed how hard our team has worked and how well they conducted themselves.


Mini and Youth rugby update Mar 24th 2019

Youth rugby

Sunday kicked off with a festival type game between U12 girls from Gala, Moffat and Biggar and their opponents Ayr. Despite the chilly conditions the girls stood up well and all learned a lot in what was their first really competitive outing. Well done girls!

 

Biggar’s U13 and U14 sides were in action at Dalziel where the honours were shared with one win a-piece. The U13’s have suffered badly from injury and unavailability of late and so they were loaned players by the hosts to ensure a match was played. Dalziel were comfortable winners.

 

At U14 level it was the complete opposite with Biggar proving to be too strong for the short-handed hosts.

 

The U16’s meanwhile were hosts to Boroughmuir. The city side was short of numbers and the game started with a series of Biggar players turning out in ‘Muir colours. Biggar ran out convincing winners in what was their final preparations for the Youth Cup final next Sunday.

 

 

At Mini level Currie was the venue, this always a well run tournament. Biggar had sides at every level and so it was a busy day. Results have yet to be confirmed but indications are that Biggar competed admirably at every level/age group.

 

 

P4

Today saw us at the Currie festival where we faced some varied and tough opponents. Our game results were:
Currie black 5 Biggar 9
B/muir 10 Biggar 9
Currie Amber 8 Biggar 6
Dunbar 10 Biggar 11


In an overall veiw we played well in attack with enty of support and pace but sometimes lacking in width with the size of the pitch set out(that is the full regulation pitch size). Our slight down fall today was defence tackle height was an issue but more than that was we just cuddled the opposition rather than taking them to ground allowing fast offloads against us. I for one was a bit shocked by this as in previous we have had some great tackling play but for some reason today it just wasn't there.


I feel I have to mention it because its a elephant in the room but reffing could have been better and I'll leave it at that ����. I personally feel our players don't like a 3G pitch and that might have bared somthing towards the tackling issue aswell.


I would like to apologise for keeping everyone for such along time but the club wouldn't tell us anything (not for the lack of asking) about who won and awho didn't so we were in the dark also.


Newt week training has been cancelled to allow as many as possible to travel to support the U16's at BT Murrayfield, plz see previous posts if you or your player would like to help support.

 


P5 Currie Chieftains Tournament Report
Biggar took 11 players to this well organised and attended event. Whilst I don't have a note of all the scores we did come up against very disciplined (and big) opposition. A shaky start in the first game saw Biggar rise to the challenge in the second half and a narrow defeat was 'earned'! Our second game followed the same pattern but out last two matches showed real commitment, perseverance and results to match.

 

It was great to see all players developing, particularly keeping formation and your width on the park. Some of the passing / phases that was evidenced today were the best we have seen, so credit to all in keeping the ball and 'phase after phase' of play.

 

One area of play which continues to require focus is tackling. It is now very apparent that at this level, if tackles are not made, the opposition will and does score with ease. As coaches we will continue to assist in every way that we can but at the end of the day, every player will need to tackle...it is intrinsic to the game.

 

With the cold, wet and windy weather, it was decided to shorten the tournament to 4 games which I think all who attended would agree was enough!


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!


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..


Membership

Biggar RFC operates and Open to All policy and welcomes new members from all sectors of the community

 

We accept members from 5 years upwards who can join our Mini section to those that have retired and want to assist and retain their links with our active club.

 

Our membership year runs from May to April and if you would like to find out more about the playing arrangements at the club or become a member please contact either Gordon Young on 07774678617  or via email at gy1680@aol.com or Nigel Pacey on 07714 713504.

 

If you would like to know a little more about our rugby programmes for Primary or Secondary school children please refer to our Mini and Midi pages under the "Teams" section or contact either Laura Watson for information about Primary School age children and Paula Yardley on 07830022447 for Secondary School aged children

Membership rates and packages are as follows:

 


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Minis at Dalziel and Boroughmuir

A successful weekend rugby

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Mini and Youth rugby update Mar 24th 2019

Reports as received

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Triangularr matches for Biggar Minis

Biggar Minis welcomed Musselburgh and Lasswade to Hartree Mill

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Minis at Dumfries

Biggar visit Dumfries at Mini level

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