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Club News

Congratulations to those ex-Biggar players who played in Saturday’s Sarah Beaney Ladies Cup Final at Murrayfield.

 

The trio who were part of the winning Watsonians XV – Ellie Armstrong, Abbi Baillie and Aillie Tucker - were the happiest at the result and commiserations go to Amy Watkins who was in the Hillhead Jordanhill ranks and to their coach Aird Jardine.

 

This coming Sunday the Girls U18 squad travel to Murrayfield to play in the National Shield final against Hillhead Jordanhill. KO is 2.45pm and as always it would be fantastic to get a large travelling support to cheer the girls on.

 

Club News

Tartan Touch makes a return to Hartree Mill for season this week, Wed May 1st. Tartan Touch is a social game with the emphasis very firmly on having fun with all ages – from the youngest to the oldest and all levels of ability – from novice to gnarled veteran - all very welcome to attend.

 

More details will be posted on social media and in the coming weeks.

 

The focus is also now very firmly on Biggar RFC’s Big May weekend.

This is the club’s major fundraiser and it would be fantastic if there was a good turnout of members to any, or even all, of these events.

 

With just over 6 weeks to go GY would very much like to get numbers and tables organised for the Ball. To this end members should have been in receipt of an email which details everything you need to know about the event – including table numbers, menu and drink order. PLEASE try and respond to this offer and lets make this event a cracker!

 

There is of course masses to celebrate with the 1st XV promotion being just one part of that. Add Gold club status awarded by the SRU, Try of the Month for January and Club of the Month for January and 3 awards at the Clydesdale Sports awards plus another successful season for the Youth section with, in particular, our Boys U16’s as Scottish Cup finalists and West District Shield winners.

 

Big May weekend:

Fri 24th: Celebration Ball (£45)

Sat 25th Biggar Sevens (Gents and Ladies) (£7)

Sun 26th Music in the Marquee Tide Lines (£15)

Super Saver ticket £60 for ALL 3 events


U18 Girls lose out in Cup

U18 Girls Club Cup 31st March 2019

Premature Exit from Cup!

Following the confusion of the first round, with so many clubs unable to field teams, the structure of this quarter final round was altered to three way ties. Biggar (last year’s champions) were matched up with Stirling and Ayr which meant that at least one of last year’s finalists would be knocked out at this early stage in the competition.

 

The round robin matches were to be played at Stirling however with Ayr suffering numerous “call offs” on the day and they were only able to field 10 players and, therefore, conceded. This meant that the only meaningful match was to be Stirling v Biggar. This match was to be 20 minutes each half. Stirling had a full squad of 22 players and Biggar 18 due to injury and holiday withdrawals.

 

The game kicked off in bright sunshine and perfect conditions for running rugby. Both teams started strongly but it was Stirling who registered the first converted try after 5 minutes. Biggar got more into the game and showed nice offloading skills to level the score after 15 minutes. However following a series of errors Stirling managed a further converted try right on the stroke of half time to give them a half time lead of 14 – 7.

 

The second half started very competitively but was halted after a few minutes due to a couple of serious injuries with Biggar’s Emma Orr having to come off. Biggar had to re-shuffle certain positions with Geri Kimm taking over at No.10. Following some good line breaks, Biggar scored their second try taking the score to 14 – 12.The next phase of play had errors creeping in from both sides and with Rachel Philipps leaving the field due to injury, it meant further shuffling of the Biggar line up. Stirling took advantage at this stage and despite some strong defence scored a further converted try to open the scoring out to 21 – 12. The Biggar girls continued to give their all, but a sustained Stirling attack allowed them two further scores to capture the tie. Final score was 35 – 12.

 

The Biggar squad were naturally very disappointed and will now drop into the shield competition although the line-up for this is equally confusing.

 

Try scorers - Emma Orr and Rachel Philipps. Player of the match – Rachel Philipps

 

We wish Emma and Rachel speedy recoveries from their injuries


Ladies host Wigtonshire in thrilling match

Ladies Rugby is currently one of THE fastest growing sports in the UK. With that in mind, Biggar RFC is desperately looking to increase the Ladies playing squad numbers. Next season the Ladies will play in a proper SRU led league and there will be a real need for a larger playing pool.

 

There are several girls who will be making the transition to the senior game but a side with a balance of youth and expereince is the best answer. Coach Mark Senter will be on hand to provide excellent advice and coaching for all aspiring players.

 

If you are at all interested - regardless of experience - then please get along to Hartree Mill on either (preferably both!) Monday and/ir Wednesday evenings (sharp 7pm start).

 

Ladies v Wigtonshire

Also at home were the Ladies XV who played Wigtonshire with new coach Mark Senter at the helm. Another sizeable crowd thoroughly enjoyed the match which was one of two halves due to the very strong wind beating down the length of the pitch.

 

Biggar are still struggling a little with numbers but a series of phone calls and text messages led to a handful of players pitching up to field a full XV although rather embarassingly Biggar played the first 5 minutes or so with 16 players on the pitch! By that time the score was 7-5 to ‘Shire.

 

Among those who answered the call was Julia Miller (nee Howatson) who made a return to action after some 15 years absence and LOVED it!

 

‘Shire added 2 more tries before the break and led 19-5 at half time.

 

Playing with the wind on their backs helped Biggar a lot after half time and it seemed only a matter of time until they scored. With barrowloads of territory and possession Biggar were however beaten back and held up by some stout ‘Shire defence. They were actually over the line on at least 4 occasions but couldn’t get the ball down.

 

Biggar did eventually score however and took the lead with just minutes to go and by the narrowest of margins at 20-19!

 

‘Shire had hardly escaped from their own half of the pitch in this second period and with Biggar well up in attack as the seconds ticked away it looked as though Biggar would sneak the win.

 

Sport throws up some real cruel plays however and so it was this time round as the 'Shire scrum half, who had had a good overall game, broke through Biggar’s defence to run some 60m for what was, especially when converted, the winning score.

 

A great advert for the Ladies game however and coach Senter must have travelled home in the knowledge that he has a great nucleous of players to work with.

 

Biggar points: Megan McCarry, Bria Boyd, Rebecca Clark, Ioni McPherson.


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.


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!


A win for the 18’s against Caithness

U18 Girls -v- Caithness 4th November 2018

The Caithness club made the long journey south to Hartreemill for the penultimate fixture of the Mirage league. The northern club were able to bring 18 players and so the game commenced in sunshine with a fresh westerly breeze in the favour of the visitors.

 

The Biggar squad had a nervy, hesitant start, strewn with errors and it was Caithness who had most of the possession in the initial period and opened the scoring with a good try after 10 minutes of play. The Biggar girls started to gain some possession although there was still a lack of control in their play, however they scored two quick tries mid-way through the first half to take the lead for the first time. Caithness however, were quick to respond and scored on the 20 minute mark to re-gain the lead. The next period was very competitive but Biggar managed a further score to take the score to 17-12.

 

There was then a significant break in play due to an injury to a visiting team player (Post match news that player had muscle damage) When play did resume Biggar enjoyed a sustained period of possession which led to two further tries. The score line remained unaltered till half time (HT 27-12)

 

Biggar started the second half with the wind at their backs and exerted pressure on Caithness which resulted in three further tries and was probably their best period of the game. Caithness scored a further try of their own to keep an interest in the outcome of the match. The play then became very scrappy with both sides making errors. The northern club then raised their game and despite some good tackling by Biggar they scored a try in the dying minutes to take the final score to 48-24.

 

The Biggar player of the match from Biggar was awarded to Kaylee Fraser, with Rachel Phillips being selected by Caithness. For a few of the Biggar girls this was only their second outing so a competitive game like this will have given them valuable experience. The coaches will be looking to cut out the errors and improve on the work at the break down ahead of the final league game away to Ayr on the 18th November.

 

Try scorers: Emelia Knights (2), Rachel Phillips (2), Kaylee Fraser (2), Lucy Blackie and Emma Orr. Conversions – Emma Orr (1), Kaylee Fraser (3)

 

Many thanks to Derek Aitken for filming the game, Tammy Mitchell for preparing all the food and to Mara Orr and Wendy Finlayson for helping in the kitchen.


Ladies at Hamilton

On Sunday Biggar ladies managed to get a game of 15s against Hamilton by joining forces with Cumbernauld ladies.

 

The Ladies lost 48-13 but this was a very hard fought match, with it being the first full 15s game for many of the players! Biggar/Cumbernauld Ladies settled into a better rhythm in the later stages of the match and managed to score two tries - one by Louise from Cumbernauld and one by Alison Russell from Biggar. 3 points came from a penalty kick by Lynn Somerville from Biggar.

 

Unfortunately Biggar were outplayed in the end by a well structured Hamilton team but a great effort from all in Black and Red.


Girls come out on top against Annan

Mirage Conference results v Annan

U15's

Today the U15 Girls travelled to Annan RFC to compete in their conference game against Annan's U15 Girls. Despite Biggar being several players down due to injury and other comitments, Annan were only able to field 11 players, so we started with two subs on the bench. Biggar started strongly, scoring within the first few minutes, then continuing to score try after try, with great support play from all members of the team.

 

Half time saw the score at 5 - 46 for Biggar.

 

The second half saw our girls continue where they left off, but a few lapses of concentration crept in, and Annan managed to score another couple of tries, converting one. Annan also started to dominate many of the rucks, and started to kick from hand, collecting the ball each time further up the field of play, despite our girls having worked on loose ball recovery, at the Monday Academy session.

 

Another couple of tries from Biggar saw the game brought to a close with the score 17 - 70, although it was agreed to return the final score of 17 - 54 to the SRU.

 

Try scorers included Katie Mcpherson(4) , Alexandra Philips (2), Cerys Forrest (2), Abigail Barrett (1), Emily Wood-Kidd (c)(1), Sammy Shaw (1) Lana Bell (1) and conversions were successful from Katie (5) and Alexandra (2).

 

Girl of the Game for Biggar as decided by her team mates was Cerys.

 

Well played everyone who pulled on the red and black today.

 

 

U18 Girls –v- Annan Hornets 28th October 2018

The U18 girls travelled to Annan for this league game but unfortunately Annan were unable to field sufficient numbers and a development game was played. The opportunity to make the best of a very bright autumn day was taken and the coaches agreed to mix up the squads with backs and forwards transferring to each other’s team. This gave all the Biggar girls the chance to play against their teammates and led to lots of tries and some robust tackling from which both squads benefitted. It also enabled all the girls to enjoy the game which was played in good spirits. Biggar player of the match was awarded to Kaylee Fraser.


Girls v Lismore

The Biggar U15 Girls game ended in a 73 - 32 win for Lismore. Biggar scorers were Madelyn (2), Anna (conv Farah), Cerys, Sammy and Isla.

 

The home side started with a bit of a hiccup which knocked the girls off balance and it showed in the first half as they gave away a 40 point lead! Or the girls just like to play under pressure! However, the second half was a different game. Capt Farah Conn came on and blazed a path down the length of the pitch with support from her team and offloaded to Anna Baillie to score. This sparked the girls into action and they ALL made some great plays in both attack and defence. With injuries, (a couple of head knocks), the numbers became mismatched. Biggar played with 12 players against 13 for a while until Lismore dropped to 12 players. The Biggar girls have so much potential which they usually show, but only in the second half on Sunday.

 

Their heads were up and they enjoyed their game. They did us proud again!

 

At U18 level...

On a very blustery day at Hartreemill, the latest fixture of the Mirage Conference league saw the Biggar squad playing against Lismore.

 

Playing into a very strong breeze, Biggar started well and opened the scoring after 5 minutes and added a further try straight from the restart and a third try after 8 minutes to take the score to 17 nil. The strength of the wind was proving very difficult for Emma Orr who was improvising well with varying place and drop kick attempts.

 

Lismore gained some possession through a series of good scrums and only for the strong tackling of the Biggar girls, were they prevented from scoring. Biggar, however, were enjoying most of the possession and scored two further tries after 15 and 18 minutes respectively.

 

The Lismore girls kept their heads up and after some good link play and some defensive errors from Biggar they scored their first try in the corner. The Biggar coaches made some changes to allow players to try new positions and this resulted in a further three unanswered tries before half time. Half time score 48 – 5.

 

The first period of the second half saw some very scrappy play from both sides but it was Biggar that scored a try to take the score to 55 -5 and secure the tie for Biggar. The remainder of the time was used as Development.

 

Biggar try scorers - Emelia Knights, Emma Orr (2), Kaylee Fraser, Lucy Blackie, Feebi Robinson (3), Abi Clarke. Conversions - Emma Orr (5).

 

Player of the match for Biggar was Stephanie Smith. Also a big well done to Naomh Gibson in her debut for Biggar.

 

Many thanks to Richard Robinson for filming the game and to Janet Aitken and Jo Wilkins for their support in the kitchen.

 

There is now a break of three weeks before the next game away to Annan on the 28th October 2018


Ladies host Cumbernauld

Ladies rugby

Biggar Ladies took on Cumbernauld Ladies as part of the new Regional Development Conference. It was a first match for Biggar's Emma Ashe, and also the very first match for recently formed Cumbernauld Ladies.
Final score was an outstanding 54-5 to Biggar who were fast and supported each other well.
Try scorers for Biggar were Ruth Morton, Rebecca Clarke, Fiona Robertson and Alison Russell. Rebecca also kicked every conversion through the posts.
To finish, the ladies mixed up the teams and focused on development.
Great effort from both teams, especially for keeping up morale when the icy rain came on!


Girls v Stirling County

The Girls squads hosted Stirling County.

 

The U15 side were first up and despite playing some really good rugby conceded several tries which meant that the remainder of the match was played as a Development fixture.

 

The U18 girls gave the visitors a head start and conceded 3 tries before they began to play with their usual control and passion.

 

For the past few seasons this league fixture has proved to be a very close, exciting match and this encounter was no exception. So on a sunny autumn afternoon it was Stirling that came out of the blocks the strongest and immediately pressurised the Biggar line and despite some good defence, Stirling opened the scoring after 8 minutes with a well worked try which they converted.

 

Biggar tried to exert some pressure of their own, but too frequently allowed Stirling to turnover the ball in the ruck. Stirling kept up the pressure and scored a converted try after 18 minutes and added a further try after 22 minutes to take the score to 19-0.

 

This seemed to give the Biggar girls a wake up call and they started to be more assertive when competing for the ball. This resulted in a break through move by Sarah Denholm which resulted in a try scored by Emelia Knights. Biggar secured further points through a try scored by Rachel Philips leading up to the break to take the score to 19 – 10 at half time.

 

Whereas Stirling had dominated most of the first half, it was Biggar that took control of the second half and started to make all the right decisions to maintain retention of the ball and apply pressure to the Stirling line. The Stirling defence was very strong and on several occasions they threatened to add to their score from breakaway moves. However it was Biggar that scored a further try well through the second half from a move on the blind side rounded off by Sarah Denholm.

 

Despite wave after wave of Biggar attacks they were unable to breach the Stirling line and following repeated reset scrums time ran out for the Biggar girls and rewarded Stirling with the victory, the final score 19 – 15.

 

This was again a hugely entertaining and skillful game of rugby that was thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd that attended.

 

Well done to Emma Orr (player of the match from Biggar) and Rachel Phillips (player of the match from Stirling)

 

Many thanks to Jane Robinson for filming the game and to Fairlee Kimm and Kate Templeton in the kitchen. Next game is away to Wandies on Sunday 30th September.

Here are both teams pictured post match


Girls in Glasgow

The U15 girls played really well but found fitness lacking a little as Cartha kept up the pressure. Bags of potential however with several girls playing just their first ever match!

Final score 54-5 defeat.

 

U18 Girls –v- Cartha 2nd September 2018

Biggar girls secure an emphatic win over a very competitive Cartha team.

 

Biggar girls travelled to Cartha for the second fixture in the current league campaign and gave a very satisfying performance to claim the victory. With the weather overcast and “muggy” and both clubs able to field good squad numbers the scene was set for what turned out to be a very entertaining and exciting game of rugby.

 

The game was very competitive from the start and for the first five minutes both sides were evenly matched with neither making much progress into the opposition half. However following a very good interchange between the backs it was Biggar who opened the scoring. Cartha however built pressure in the next period and scored a try of their own to take the score to 7 -5 to Biggar. Biggar sustained an injury at the scrum which disrupted the play somewhat but managed to regain the momentum and continue to play some very good rugby with none of the rustiness showing that had been evident the week before. With good play by backs and forwards alike Biggar managed to score a further three converted tries to take the score to 28 -5 at half time.

 

The second half continued in the same vein with Biggar forwards winning some good turnover ball through Rachel Philips in her new position, which allowed the impressive backs to cut good lines and maintain the pressure on the Cartha gain line. Whilst Cartha maintained their competitiveness they were not able to resist the intensity of the Biggar play and a further 6 tries were scored in the second half. This took the score to 60 – 5 and the referee brought the proceedings to a halt some 5 minutes early.

 

On the whole the coaches will be very pleased with the good decision making, good handling and strong defense shown in this performance, with the more experienced players, playing to their potential, which lifted the game of the younger and less experienced players. The coaches will want to work on ball retention at the breakdown which was one area that could be improved.

 

Biggar scorers: Tries - Emma Orr, Emelia Knights (2), Gerri Kimm (2), Feebi Robinson, Mariana Finlayson, Rachel Hill (3). Conversions – Kaylee Fraser (4), Sarah Denholm.

 

The score line in this match probably does not reflect the way the Cartha girls maintained their focus and competitiveness right to the end.

 

There is now a two week break in the schedule with the next game against Stirling at home on the 23rd September.

 

The U18's are pictured post match with their opponents - the spirit of rugby!


Mirage Conference action against Hill Jills

U15 40-32 defeat

 

U18 Biggar win through default as Hill Jills were unable to field a full team;

Biggar U18 Girls –v-Hillhead Jordanhill

With Hills only able to field 11 players, the first league game of the season was played as a development game. With Biggar having lost some of their more experienced players to the senior ranks, it was an opportunity for the girls coming up from last seasons U15 squad to get some early experience. The match was played as three 20 minute sessions with Biggar providing several players to Hills. The conditions were cold, wet and windy which was not conducive to running rugby. Most of the game was fairly even with lots of handling errors on both sides however it was an opportunity for the Biggar girls to trial in different positions and it was Biggar that won over the three sessions Final score 34 – 22.

 

Biggar try scorers Emma Orr (2), Rachel Philips, Abi Bandtock, Sarah Denholm + Emelia Knights Conversions Sarah Denholm (2).

 

Joint Captains for this season are Sarah Denholm and Emelia Knights.

 

Many thanks to Richard Robinson for filming the game. Also thanks to Sarah, Brian and Janet for their help in the kitchen. The next game is away to Cartha on the 2nd September


Biggar Ladies

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. 


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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