Biggar RFC AGM and the future
This has been another incredibly busy year/season for Biggar RFC at every age and stage.
The playing side is always full-on with as many as 16 sides representing the club on some weekends. There have been some fantastic successes along the way although getting those in their youth and those not quite still in their youth to play the game is a success in itself.
Rugby has SO much to offer.
Biggar RFC has so much to offer.
Off the pitch, the big excitement came in November with the opening by MSP Aileen Campbell (Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport) of the new floodlit pitches - a magical night with rugby, football and athletics involved. The culmination of this 2-year project has been a huge boost to the club, allowing almost all training to take place at Hartree Mill and ensuring all players have much improved facilities to train and play on. Biggar's athletes and footballers have also benefited as they have their own local facilities to train and play on. As a result there is scarcely a midweek night when the pitches are not been used at some point.
There was also the small matter of midway through the season of changing the way the club is governed with, following an EGM, an application (still being considered) to become a charity. This has ramifications as to how the club is run and managed.
All of the above has made huge demands on the committee and, as a result, there is a pressing need for new faces to step forward to help in running the club. There are proposals to include the post of an additional vice president and to also look for others to come on board to 'shadow' those convenors who are currently in post with a view to sharing the work load.
In the coming weeks lists will be posted of all the current committee and the roles they fulfill. Anyone wishing to take up the baton and join the committee should then assess where they are perhaps best suited to serve, look for a proposer and a seconder and put themselves forward. There will of course also be the opportunity at the AGM to propose individuals for posts on the committee.
Committee work is rarely glamorous and carries a deal of responsibility with it but if you have been a player at the club and have the club's future at heart then this is your opportunity 'to give something back'. Of course rugby experience is not a prerequisite and several of the current committee have not played - their involvement comes from having seen what the club can do for people of all ages and following on from this seeing what can be done to improve the facilities and opportunities for players and the general membership and to help put Biggar RFC at the forefront of rugby development.
Rugby has SO much to offer. Biggar RFC has so much to offer.
Story date: 11/04/2017
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
Story date: 11/04/2017
Girls succeses in Club Cup Quarter-finals
Girls Club Cup Quarter final. Many thanks to Bill Denholm for this report.
Biggar 65 Annan 5
First up on the pitch were the U18’s who hosted Annan under the lights on Friday evening.
This quarter final tie was the first match in this competition for the Biggar U18’s as they had received a bye in the first round.
Annan were unable to play on Sunday, so the tie was brought forward to Friday evening, being played under floodlight at Hartree Mill.
Biggar had a squad of 19 with several players returning from injury although Annan were only able to field 14, which meant Biggar had a full bench.
The conditions favoured an open flowing game and it was Biggar that dominated for most of the first half, with good work from the forwards allowing quick ball to the backs resulting in Biggar opening up a commanding lead after 20 minutes.
The Annan girls competed well in the forwards but a serious of unforced errors in the back play through good pressure allowed the Biggar girls to dominate with power through the centre and speed out wide.
A good example was the constant harassment caused by Biggar scrum half Rebecca Clarke resulting in turnovers that were capitalised upon by Biggar. The Annan restart kicking was being varied to great effect and caused Biggar difficulty throughout the game, this is an area, no doubt, that the coaches will be working upon in training.
Biggar introduced players from the bench leading up to half time and this disrupted the pattern of play allowing Annan to have some continued possession. This almost resulted in a breakaway try which after regaining possession was scored to give a half time score of 48 -5.
The second half started with the Biggar girls showing, perhaps, too much enthusiasm resulting in several penalties for offside. However, composure was regained and following several more scores the competitive game was completed with some 20 minutes remaining.
Final score 65 – 5.
Tries by Abbie Baillie (2), Feebi Robinson(2), Rachael Hill (3), Ailie Tucker, Emily Armstrong, Kim Laird, and Rhiannon Yardley, with 5 conversions from Sarah Denholm.
The remainder of the time was used as a development period mixing the players from both sides but with the temperature dropping rapidly referee David Raftery brought it to a conclusion after 20 minutes. Player of the match, as awarded by Annan, was Ailie Tucker.
This was a sound all round performance from the girls taking them through to the semi-final stages, their opponents at this stage are yet to be confirmed.
Many thanks as always to the officials and catering staff with special mention to Richard Robinson for filming the match which will allow the coaches to analyse the play. Thanks also to Jennifer Baillie and Douglas Bell for manning the kitchen all night, and to Megan and Erica Macleod for bringing tray loads of rugby cookies and cakes, which were much appreciated and commented upon.
U-15's v Ayr
The U15’s had a tough trip to Ayr on Mothers day. Kicking off at 10.30am and on the day when the clocks went forward was no-ones idea of fun but alternative dates/times had proved too difficult to schedule. Biggar returned victors and now await the semifinal draw.
Story date: 28/03/2017
All ‘GO’ at Hartree Mill on Sunday
On Sunday, teams arrived from Oban at boys S1/2 level, and from Falkirk, Waysiders, Cartha, East Kilbride, Linlithgow and Livingston at girls U15 level. Games ensued on what was a much more pleasant afternoon than had been the case the previous day.
All had a great afternoons’ rugby.
Biggar also had an U18 girls side at Murrayfield Wanderers (31-15 defeat) and U12 and U10 girls at Stewarts Melville! It just gets bigger and better!
U18 girls v Murrayfield Wanderers. (Report by Jane Denholm)
The U18 girls had their first match of 2017 on a cold and bright day on the back pitch at Murrayfield.
They started off well with some early pressure leading to a penalty which was taken quickly and a try was scored in the corner by Amy Watkins.
Wandies came back at Biggar although handling errors on both sides meant that the sides were evenly matched for the bulk of the first half. Injuries to Biggar full back Kim Laird and No 10 Amy Watkins on the half hour mark disrupted play and Wandies took advantage from a lineout to score an unconverted try to level the score at 5 all at half time.
Wandies started the second half better and took advantage of a mix up in the Biggar ranks to score a converted try to take the score to 12-5. Biggar responded with some pressure that led to a further try scored by Ailie Tucker to take the score to 12-10.
Wandies N0 10 ,who was a constant threat to Biggar all day, scored a breakaway try and with a successful conversion took the score to 19-10. Wandies continued to press and despite some valiant defending by Biggar they scored a further try mid-way through the second half to increase the score to 24-10.
Some direct running from the Biggar girls and good driving gave Biggar a try with 5 minutes to go taking the score to 24-15 (try scored by Biggar Captain Emily Armstrong). However it was Wandies that showed the greater hunger and after an error at the re-start it allowed the Wandies Nr 10 to score a further converted try right on full time. Final score 31-15.
The girls looked rusty for long periods of the match although there was some very good work at the lineout and scrum but they will need to work on certain areas ahead of the upcoming league and cup matches. As always many thanks go to the coaches and we hope that Amy and Kim recover quickly and are back playing soon.
Story date: 01/02/2017
Biggar High Girls win Scottish Cup
Biggar High School success
Biggar High 20 Community School of Auchterarder 14
Biggar High School U18 girls travelled on Friday evening to play in the U18 Scottish Schools cup final at Scotstoun. Their opponents were from the Community School of Auchterarder a team which has previously posed Biggar real problems in the past.
Both sides showed real grit and determination, in what were very challenging, wet conditions, to play running rugby. The match was a real spectacle and all credit to all the players from both sides for their efforts.
There was nothing really between the sides at half time although Biggar did lead by 15-7. With just 16 players available however Biggar's resources were stretched as Erica Steele and Amy Watkins were injured before the break. This meant that Biggar had to play with 14 for the whole of the second half.
A tremendous effort through the last 35 minutes then as Auchterarder came right back into things at 14-15. Biggar then extended their lead to 20-14 but with 10 minutes to go there was only a score separating the sides. Happily Biggar clung on to record their Cup success.
There is a huge selection of photos on the club website which record the whole evenings events as they unfolded (thanks as always to Nigel Pacey).
Many congratulations to all the girls involved, many of whom play for the club and who were part of the Presidents Conference success last month when they shared the title with Stirling County.
Congratulations as well to Mr Scott from PE and BRFC DO Iain Chisholm and MA Rhiannon Yardley for their coaching and support.
Story date: 12/12/2016
Biggar RFC have a thriving Ladies section with a development Ladies team who train on a Monday evening, as well as teams at U18 and U15 age groups who train on a Wednesday night.
All of our squads are welcoming to new players, regardless of their experience, and are looking to expand their player numbers so come along and give it a go!
If you are interested in training with and playing for any of these teams, please contact Tammy Mitchell via the website contact page.
Story date: 05/02/2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Story date: 25/08/2011