Hartree Mill Sports Grounds, Biggar ML12 6JJCharity Number: SC 047700

Triangularr matches for Biggar Minis

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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!

 

 

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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..


Mini v Ayr and Peebles

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Well if I learned anything today, it's the fact that our boys relish their games.


Last Sunday's training hadn't exactly gone to plan with a lot of "maybe we should have ...." thoughts afterwards but as today showed, there's no cause for concern.


We started off extremely well against a vertically superior Ayr side. (I did wonder at one stage if a couple shouldn't have been with the P6's) This didn't put our boys off though and we proved, even if we need three players, we can still tackle the biggest!


There were some big hits going in but we found our legs driving up the middle and this paid off time and time again as we ran in trys. In the end, it was a high scorer but we won by two.


The second game against Ayr B team was a bit more open but again, the boys put to good use some excellent footwork and on each of these occasions were backed up by their team mates. We were slightly slower getting back on side and with Ayr being that bit quicker, we let a few passed that wouldn't normally have got to the try line. - I thought we just missed out in this match but i was pleasantly corrected in the clubhouse.


The last match saw us up against Peebles and as most squads experience, you have to have your wits about you! - We were tired clearly by then and it showed, mostly in some missed tackles where weary arms just couldn't pull the opposition in enough to bring then to ground but we still ran out victors by one try!


There were huge positives from today. The boys are a great squad together and this shows in play which far exceeds their years. There's some fantastic support work, an ability to read the opposition and adapt to their playing style and a willingness not only to involve their team mates but actively pull them into the action.


Each and everyone of them have their own strengths and what is so great to see is the recognition of that in the team ... who needs to get the ball to drive through the middle, who needs quick leg on the wing, who needs to hang back to make that crucial tackle...... and very little of that is coming from the coaches! It really is great to watch!


They should all be very proud of their efforts today! What a team!


Thanks as always to Gordon and Stuart for all their efforts. Laura and everyone on kitchen duties and to all the Parents, Taxi drivers and support at the sidelines although if Riki White isn't careful - he's going to be watching via videolink! ??

 

P5

On a glorious Sunday morning at Hartree our P5s welcomed a visit from one team from Peebles and two from Ayr. As in previous weeks we were able to field two teams to form a mini round robin of games.


It was a day of mixed emotions, positive and negative.


Positives; the soup and burgers were excellent!!!


Seriously though, there were some individual performances today that were inspiring. It is our job as coaches to make this continue and to continue to nurture the talent in the rest.


Negatives; it seems that overall focus, commitment, the want to improve is lacking in some of our players.....
It is our job as coaches to improve this.


To use the words of a very good colleague we also had "good play but we weren't together, not alert and at times quite unaware that we were competing in games"


Our defence still causes us problems. We will continue to up the physicality in training as it is becoming apparent that we lack this part in a game scenario.


Please can we ask that all parents continue to involve their players in rugby talk and exposure, especially during these autumn internationals, as they will gain knowledge of the game that can only enhance their learning.


Huge thank you to the usual helpers as always, including all those who helped with the catering/serving today in the kitchen. Feedback from visiting teams was very appreciative!


Mini Tournament success

Message from Mini Convenor Laura Watson

Biggar Mini Festival - a massive thank you to everyone who helped yesterday at the mini festival from car parking, catering, helping in the kitchen, refereeing, score runners, tombola, tuck shop, pitch marking out, bar etc etc....it was a very successful day and could not have been possible without everyone's help.
A special mention to Biggar p4's who won at their age group - not sure of the last time we had a winner at our own tournament!!!

 

It was Biggar's Mini tournament on Sunday with its usual massive attendance of players and supporters coming from all parts. Teams involved were Watsonians, Dumfries, Boroughmuir, East Kilbride, Currie, Melrose, Marr and Stirling County.

 

Top marks to Laura Watson for her organisation and to ALL the volunteers who turned up to ensure things ran smoothly. Big thank you from all at the club with already many comments on social media praising the organisation and event.

 

Top of the Biggar class were the youngsters from P4 who managed a tournie win – the first from a Biggar side for many years.

Results were:

 

P4 - winners - Biggar, runners up Melrose

P5 - winners - Boroughmuir, runners up Dumfries Saints

P6 - winners - Melrose, runners up Stirling County

P7 - winners - Marr, runners up Stirling County (P7 got through to the semi-final)

 

Team of the Tournament - P5 Melrose


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

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Minis Fixtures

March 24, 2019, Mini Winter Training P1-P3 Biggar Sports Centre,
March 24, 2019, P4-P7 at Currie Tournament (A),
March 31, 2019, Mini Training,
April 7, 2019, Mini Training,
April 14, 2019, Mini Tournament at Stirling County,
April 21, 2019, Mini Training + Easter Egg Hunt,
April 28, 2019, Mini at Boroughmuir Tournament (A),
May 5, 2019, Mini Training,
May 12, 2019, P4-P7 at Moffat (A),
May 12, 2019, Mini Training P1-P3,
May 19, 2019, P4-P7 v Linlithgow (A),
May 19, 2019, Mini Training P1-P3,
May 26, 2019, Mini Training and End of season awards + Bar-b-q,
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