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McPhail Scholarship in full

The Macphail Scholarship was established in 2005, as a partnership between The Robertson Trust and Scottish Rugby.

Created in memory of John Macphail ex-Scotland Internationalist (1949-1951), the scholarship was initially developed for talented young players however, since 2011, it has been extended to support coaches with Iain Monaghan, Ben Fisher and Chris Paterson being recent recipients.

Scottish Rugby Technical Director, Stephen Gemmell, added: “Thank you to the Robertson Trust and Macphail family for their continued support of Scottish Rugby and in helping us send some of our most promising young players to other parts of the world to further their development in new environments, with different coaches, fresh challenges and at world-class facilities.

“The Scholarship has played an important role in a number of our current professional and international players’ careers and will provide a launch pad for Angus, Andrew and Guy to accelerate their development as part of the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy.”

Kenneth Ferguson, Director of the Robertson Trust, said: “Guy, Andy and Angus have exceptional potential and I’m in no doubt all three will prove to be worthy recipients of the scholarship.

“The launch of the new programme makes this year’s announcement particularly exciting, and I, along with the Macphail family and all at The Robertson Trust, look forward to hearing about the players’ progress throughout their time in South Africa and beyond.

“Through the John Macphail Scholarship, The Robertson Trust has assisted in the development of some of Scotland’s brightest young rugby talent for over 13 years. We are proud of this legacy and believe the programme’s new setup, and all the experiences it will bring, will help to accelerate the development of even more professional and international players going forward.”

John Macphail Rugby Scholarship recipients:

2017: Angus Fraser, Andrew Jardine and Guy Kelly

2016: Patrick Kelly, Ross McCann, Mike Blair (coach) and Calum Forrester (coach)

2015: Callum Hunter-Hill, Ben Robbins, Ben Cairns (coach) and Duncan Hodge (coach)

2014: Adam Ashe, Ewan McQuillin, Don Caskie (coach) and Kenny Murray (coach)

2013: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Finn Russell, Shade Munro (coach) and Alex Duncan (coach)

2012: Jonny Gray, Gregor Hunter, Chris Paterson (coach) and Ben Fisher (coach)

2011: Grant Gilchrist, Harry Leonard, George Turner and Ian Monaghan (coach)

2010: Finlay Gillies

2009: Lewis Niven

2008: Roddy Grant

2007: Kevin Bryce

2006: Graham Hogg

2005: John Barclay 


U18 Girls lose out in Conference finals

Biggar girls lose out on league decider thriller

Biggar travelled to Stirling for their final game in the current campaign and what was set up to be the league decider. Biggar were victorious in the previous encounter at the start of the season although it was a very close competitive game and this return fixture promised more of the same. A pitch inspection earlier in the day had declared the game on and “game on” was certainly what was delivered up.

 

Stirling started very strongly and attacked for the first 10 minutes but as had been the case in the previous game the Biggar defence was solid and it was Biggar that broke the deadlock with their first try after 15 minutes. Stirling struck back with a try after 20 minutes to level the score. Both teams exerted pressure with some fierce tackling by the Stirling girls and some strong direct running by the Biggar team and it was Biggar who scored on the 30 minute mark and this was to remain the score until half time. (10-5)

 

The first half had flown past due to the pace and excitement of the game.

 

The second half started with equal intensity with Biggar scoring a further converted try after only 2 minutes of the restart to take the score to 17 – 5. Stirling however continued to apply pressure to Biggar with double tackles taking the momentum out of the Biggar play. The strong Stirling centres and speedy wings were a constant threat and Stirling scored a further try and conversion to take the score to 17 -12.

 

Both teams were playing some very attractive rugby and the match was in the balance at this stage. Stirling continued to pressurise the Biggar line which for a period held intact through some very good defensive play but eventually they broke through and scored a further converted try to take the score to 17 all.

 

Stirling secured a further score (22-17). The drive of the Biggar girls was evident and they came close to scoring only to be out done by some immense tackling from Stirling and with 5 minutes remaining it was Stirling who claimed the final score and despite a great effort from the whole Biggar team they could not reduce the deficit and the final score remained at 29 – 17 to Stirling.

 

All the spectators, coaches and officials agreed that this had been the most exciting, entertaining and skilful game of the season and for the most part could have gone either way. All the Biggar girls gave their all and should be so proud of their efforts and whilst it was Stirling who clinched the decision on the day, it was Scottish U18 Girls rugby that was the Winner.

 

Biggar try scorers - Geri, Ailie, Abi and Emily (conversion)

 

Man of the match (from Stirling) - Geri

 

Many thanks to Richard Robinson for filming the game. We would also like to thank Stirling for their hospitality – the girls all mixed together after the game and both teams were quick to praise their opposition – surely this is what rugby is all about. Biggar would like to congratulate Stirling on their fantastic season of rugby and on winning the league. We look forward to the next encounter.

 

In the U15 match Stirling also triumphed, their 47-0 win ensuring that the Stirling club won the Mirage Conference title


Girls defeat Murrayfield Wanderers in Conference matches

On Sunday the Youth sections were in action.

 

The Girls headed to Murrayfield where they took on Murrayfield Wanderers. The Biggar girls maintained their winning run with two good victories although the hosts were struggling for numbers in both sides. For the record the U15’s won 36-0 while the U18’s won 64-14.

These results ensure that Biggar remain on equal points with Stirling County, which will mean that the final games of the Conference this Sunday (19th November) at Stirling, will be the decider. Exciting prospect!

 

In another guise, that of Biggar High School, the Biggar girls deserve great praise for their efforts midweek when they played Shawlands Academy in the semi-finals of the Scottish Schools Cup.

 

While the U15 girls lost out (52-10 defeat) the U18’s won (43-5) which means they will make a return trip to Scotstoun to defend the title they won last year. This match is scheduled for Nov 26th with a 1.45pm kick off. Their opponents on the day will be either Carrick Academy or the Community School of Auchterarder.

 

More details nearer the time, but an excellent performance and victory girls, well done!


Ladies get the better of Livi Bulls

The Ladies meanwhile in what was only their second match of the season ran out winners over visitors Livi Bulls, this a combine side made up of players from Hamilton and Livingston rugby clubs.

A very encouraging and healthy 20 player squad gave lots of opportunity for coach Aird Jardine to

rest and test players. Significant performances came from the Brewster sisters (Laura and Corrie) who in what was their first appearance together ripped through the Livi side in attack and were solid in defence. There were excellent débuts from among others, newcomers Laini Howard and Tina McDonald (daughter of former player Jim and who deservedly won player of the match) and Megan McCarry.


Mirage win as 15’s defeat Ayr

Biggar 62 Ayr 21

 

U15 Girls put in another fab exhibition of Rugby today with their counterparts from Ayr. Some lovely plays of skill and teamwork.

 

Very well lead by Capt Emma Orr and Vice Mariana Finlayson with some promising future candidates also contributing to the direction of the match.

 

The team all played strongly, again with some players adopting new positions and adapting well. We would benefit from being a little fitter! But that will come!

 

This was a fast moving game with a lot of effort being put in from our girls. Mariana got Girl of the Game from Ayr, With Lana Bell nominated by Ayr.

 

62 - 21 Final score to Biggar. Well done girls we’re proud of you all.


Ladies host Annan in first match


Biggar Ladies first match.

A great start for the Ladies on Friday. Annan were clearly stronger in all aspects as befits a side who have played together for some 3 seasons. Biggar worked hard throughout and their determination paid off in the final quarter when Corrie Brewster ran the length of the pitch to score
a try - which got the biggest cheer of the evening!

Congratulations to all the Ladies who wore the red and black, several of whom were making their very first match appearance. There is plenty to suggest that they will learn quickly and develop well as a team.


Girls win in Glasgow


On Sunday it was again only the Girls who were in competitive action (the Boys Youth teams were on their 2nd week of the October break while the micros and minis matches at Dalziel were postponed due to water-logged pitches). In the Girls Mirage Conference Biggar travelled to Glasgow to take on Hillhead Jordanhill. It was a disappointing time for the U18’s who were again forced to play just a Development match as the home side did not have a full complement of players.

 

U18 Girls v Hillhead

This match was played as Development as Hills were only able to field 11 players. Three periods of 20 minutes were played with Biggar providing 2 girls for the opposition in each period. The conditions were favourable for good running rugby. The bulk of the first period was evenly matched with both sides performing well in attack and defence. The first score came from a maul turnover by Biggar and quick hands and good support led to the try with the conversion added (7-0). Biggar added an early score in the second period but Hills responded quickly and added a try of their own. Biggar girls then had a period of sustained pressure with good distribution and handling and added two further converted tries (26-5).

 

Biggar scored a further three converted tries in the third period with Hills scoring a further try. With several team members on holiday and four forwards out through injury this allowed the Biggar coaches the opportunity to give game time to the less experienced players and all acquitted themselves well with good support from the more experienced players. Hills played a fast offloading game so the Biggar coaches with be pleased with the overall performance of the squad and with the overall spirit evident on the day. Final score (47-12). Tries - Feebi (2), Geri (3), Rachel and Rebecca. Conversions- Emily (6).

 

Finally, Emily Armstrong was named Man of the Match and had a strong game which was capped with two chop tackles toward the end that any Internationalist would have been proud of- Well Done Emily.

 

The U15’s did play a competitive match however and they returned with a good 36-25 win to maintain their second spot in their Conference programme.


Girls host Caithness


On Sunday it was only the Girls who were in competitive action (the Boys Youth teams were on their October break while the micros and minis were training). In the Girls Mirage Conference Biggar hosted the far-travelled Caithness teams at both U15 and U18 age groups. The U15’s ran out winners by 55-31 while the U18’s also came out on top by 64-19 although this was a development match as Caithness struggled to get a full team out. Thanks to Bill Denholm for the following report.

 

Biggar U18's

Biggar’s first game of the season was at Caithness and this time Caithness made the long journey south for the return leg. Caithness, however, were only able to travel with 11 players and the game was played as a development game.

 

With the conditions overcast and with a fairly strong breeze, three periods of twenty minutes were played. Biggar provided a player to Caithness for the first period and the game was played at 12 aside.

 

With some of the regular team away on Duke of Edinburgh Silver expedition or on holiday, Biggar were able to give new team members the opportunity to get some valuable game time.

 

The first period saw Biggar take control scoring three tries to Caithness’s one, although the Caithness girls always posed a threat. (19 – 7).

 

In the second period, all the girls started to gel as a team with the newer players learning from the more experienced players and they scored four unanswered tries (45 -7).

 

The third period saw some good kicking from hand from Geraldine Kimm and was competitive to the end with Biggar scoring three tries to two from Caithness. The game was played in very good spirits and both squads will have gained valuable experience.

 

Final score (64-19).Try scorers for Biggar, Geri (4), Feebi (2), Ailie, Abi, Emily and Lucy. Conversions, Emily (7).

 

Caithness awarded Emily Armstrong man of the match and Biggar gave the award to the Caithness Fly half. Biggar’s man of the match went to Lucy Blackie for her impressive display after just a few weeks of rugby and scoring her first try.

 

Thanks to the SRU referee and to Tammy Mitchell and Jane Stevens for preparing some hearty food to send the Caithness squad off on their long journey and to Jane Robinson for filming the game. Thanks also to Fairlee Kimm and Ally Bandtock for their sterling efforts in the kitchen alongside the under 15 parents.

 

We are awaiting news of Chloe Nelson who in her first game went off to the hospital with a suspected broken collar bone, we wish her well.

 

Next game is away next week to Hillhead.


Mirage Conference Biggar v Ayr

U18 Girls Ayr 15 Biggar 41

Biggar girls travelled to Ayr for the re-scheduled match from earlier in the season which was postponed due to waterlogged pitches. Biggar travelled with a full squad however the hosts were only able to field 11 players and the match was played as a development game.

 

It was agreed by the coaches and the referee that three periods of twenty minutes would be played with Biggar providing three players to Ayr for each period. The game was played in good spirits and both sides were able to gain some worthwhile experience and the new players to the Biggar squad (Megan Paterson, Lucy Blackie and Megan Forster) were able to take part in all the sessions. The Biggar girls came out on top with a final score of 41 – 15.

 

Many thanks go to the coaches, Charlie and Callum who was ably assisted by Rory and in particular Hamish.

 

U15's Ayr 10 Biggar 40

Our girls worked well as a team today and it showed. Excellent performances from all, with at least 3 contenders for Girl of the Game! Great leadership from our Capt Emma Orr and Vice Mariana Finlayson and team spirit from everyone. We’re proud of you. As a side we won 40 - 10.

The girls next game is against Caithness at home on Sunday 15th October, with kick off at midday for both the under 15 and under 18 squads and any support would be greatly appreciated.


Biggar Girls in Mirage Conference action

Mirage Conference

U15 Girls

Stirling County proved to be a much improved squad from previous years while Biggar’s U15’s include several who are new to the game.

 

As a result the strong running of the Stirling girls made this a very difficult day for the Biggar squad, the visitors running in a barrow load of scores. On a positive note however, the Biggar effort never once wavered and the girls deserve great credit for their efforts in very challenging circumstances.

 

U18 Girls

Biggar 22 Stirling 14

With both clubs able to field full teams and with neither side having lost so far this season, this was always destined to be a very competitive match and so it turned out.

 

Stirling started with the strong wind at their back and applied constant pressure for the first 15 minutes although a very resolute Biggar defence prevented any score. Biggar then began to find their form and after a period of sustained pressure scored their first try when Biggar No.10 Sarah Denholm spotted a gap in the Stirling defence and scored between the posts, conversion added by Emily Armstrong. Biggar continued to secure good ball and a second try was scored by Julia Bell. Both sides continued to play good rugby and Stirling scored a converted try to take the score to 12 – 7 at half time.

 

Biggar started the second half very strongly with constant pressure resulting in Stirling giving away a whole string of penalties and the Biggar squad kept their composure to secure a third try scored by Abi Bandtock taking the score to 17 – 7. Stirling challenged the Biggar defence and after a well worked move with the point of attack changing several times, scored under the posts with the extra conversion points added taking the score to 17 – 14.

 

With the match very even at this point it was Biggar who continued to press strongly and after a penalty kicked to touch secured the ball from the resulting lineout and after several phases of play touched down their fourth try and second for Julia Bell. This took the score to 22 – 14 and it was to remain at this through to the final whistle. This was a very entertaining game showing good skills from both teams and the Biggar coaches will be very satisfied by the all-round team performance particularly in defence.

 

Thanks must also go to Jane Robinson for videoing the game and to Jane and Murray Brown and Marion Hughes for their sterling work in the kitchen.


Girls host Hill-Jills

Biggar U18's 61 Hill-Jills 17


This Sunday saw Biggar U18 girls take to the Harteeemill turf for the first time this season, enjoying a 61-17 win over Hillhead Jordanhill.

 

With the visiting team only managing to muster 10 players thanks in part to the number of injuries sustained in the U19 trials the week before, the game started of as a development fixture with Biggar loaning 2 players throughout the game.

 

To the credit of all of the Biggar players who pulled on a Hills jersey on the day, they played their hearts out, with Ailie Tucker and Julia Bell having a big hand in 2 of the 3 Hills scores.

 

With a strong breeze whipping across the first team pitch handling errors from both teams kept the forwards busy scrummaging.

 

Biggar's quick ball, hard rucking and speed in the outside backs would eventually be the difference between the 2 teams - winger Feebi Robinson, making a welcome return to the team, bagging 4 try's on the day.

 

The game wasn't always beautiful, flowing rugby but there is still no doubting the Biggar teams potential when they get it right. Not quite with the clinical edge that the had last week the girls still managed to carve up the opposition defence on a number of occasions and can take a huge amount of confidence onto Ayr next week.

 

Man of the match went to Erica Hughes who, after only a few games with the club, has really found her feet with some ferocious tackling, rucking and running.

 

Try scorers - Feebi x 4, Geri x 2, Rachel, Emily, Sarah
 


Biggar Girls were Caithness bound

Caithness v Biggar in Mirage Conference

 

The Club’s Girls teams had made the long journey north to Caithness on Saturday for their Mirage Conference matches on Sunday.

Their trip was an enjoyable one with an overnight stop at Thurso on Saturday night. The rewards were in the results however with two fantastic wins by 55-24 for the 15’s and 66-7 for the 18’s. A cracking start in what was a tricky opener.

A quick depart and a knackered bunch returned home on Sunday night…..school and work on Monday!


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:

 

The Standing Order form can be downloaded here (doc format)

 

The BRFC membership form can be downloaded here (doc format)

 


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