Sandy Carmichael (1944-2021)

In a sad week for Scottish rugby, with the death being announced of Scotland and British Lion Sandy Carmichael, it’s worth looking back to happier times when the big man was guest of honour at our first ever dinner in the Elphinstone Hotel, 28th January 1976

He is pictured here with our own legend, the late Davie Robertson Biggar RFC’s first club captain.

Others in the picture – and a few more legends in BRFC’s history

Back Row: John Burnett, Tom Barrie (President), Jimmy Tawse, Archie Stott, Jimmy Ritchie, John Lawrie, Davy Forster.

Front Row: Mike Bewsher, Rob Brown SRU rep and Les Clerihew.

And I knew this would come in handy some day! Were you there? Cracking night!

Biggar Rugby Football Club logo

Coming up this weekend 30th/31st October:

Saturday

1st XV v Highland Tennents National Div 1 (H) KO 3pm

2nd XV v Jedforest Tennents Reserve East 1 (H) KO 12.30pm

Colts v

Sunday

Ladies v Wigtonshire Tennents West Region (A) KO 2pm

Micro training 10am

Mini v East Kilbride (A)

Boys Youth v

Girls Youth v West and Hill Jills

Coming up this weekend: 23rd/24th October

Saturday

1st XV v Heriots Tennents National Div 1 29-28 defeat

2nd XV v Boroughmuir Tennents Reserve East 1 55-14 win

Colts v Hamilton win

Sunday

Ladies v Glasgow Uni Tennents West Region Postponed due to Covid

Micro training 10am

Mini v Boroughmuir (A)

Boys Youth v

U13 v Dunbar (A) KO 1pm

U14 (cancelled)

U15 v Dunbar

U16 v Hamilton

Girls Youth v Stirling (A)

U14: 10-7, 12-8 (2 wins)

U16: 11-4 (tries) win

Coming up this weekend: 16th/17th October

Another quiet one as the October week holidays continue.

Saturday

1st XV v Cartha QP Tennents National Div 1 54-22 win

2nd XV v Stewarts Melville Tennents Reserve East 1 30-21 win

Sunday

Ladies v Greenock Wanderers Tennents West Region 78-0 win

Micro and Mini training 10am

Weekend of 9th/10th October

A much less busy weekend as the schools enjoy their tattie-picking October weeks holiday!

Saturday 3rd

1st XV v Kelso Tennents National Division 1 32-20 win

2nd XV v Edin Accies Tennents East Reserve Division 1 38-15 defeat

Colts tbc

Sunday 4th

Micro and Mini training 10am

Girls and Boys Youth rugby training

 

New shirt presentation at Hartree Mill with St Andrews Timber and Building Supplies

Pictured are BRFC President James Orr, Vice Captain Andy Jardine, Linn Barr, Captain Chris Mulligan, Andy Barr,

Vice Captain Ross Jackson and Ronnie Robinson

     

Michael Gridler scores Biggar’s first try.

A buzzing 1st XV squad pose post-match with Ronnie Robinson and Andy Barr of St. Andrews.

St Andrews Timber & Building Supplies | All Your Building Material Needs

In addition to a full programme of rugby there is another exciting piece of news this week and that is that the 1st XV will play in our new strips, liveried with the names of our new club sponsor, St Andrews Timber and Building Supplies.

The 5-year deal was struck several weeks ago but only now have we been able to get our hands on the new strip. All other sections will soon also be decked in the the new colours. In addition to the new strip you will spot the new sponsors signs around our ground while the post protectors and touchline flags all carry the St Andrews logos.

We offer all from St Andrews a very warm welcome to the Biggar RFC family and trust that they will enjoy the association and share in the pride we have in our club.

This weekend coming 2nd/3rd October

Saturday

1sts v Melrose Tennents National 1 20-5 win

2nd XV v Selkirk Tennents East Reserve 1 38-3 win

Colts XV v Currie Boys National Club Conference 21-14 win

Sunday

Ladies v Corstorphine Cougars (Original opponents Cartha had Covid issues) 31-5 defeat

Biggar Bairns 10-10.30am

Mini at Ayr

Girls Youth at Coatbridge v Waysiders and East Kilbride

Glasgow North Reg Fixtures U14/U16/U18 (A) KO 12 noon

Boys Youth v Currie

U13 29-8 defeat

U14 37-4 defeat

U15 tbc

U16 46-26 win

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Results for 25th/26th September

Saturday 25th

1sts v Ayr Tennents National 1  NB This game has regretfully now been postponed due to the fact that because of injury we cannot field a front row. The game will be rescheduled.

2nd XV v Heriots Blues Tennents East Reserve 1 NB This game will now be a development game

Colts XV v Ayr Boys National Club Conference 18-7 defeat

Sunday 26th

Ladies v Greenock Wanderers NB This game has regretfully now been postponed due to a positive Covid test in the Greenock squad. The match will be rescheduled but no date confirmed as yet.

Biggar Bairns 10-10.30am

Mini at Penicuik Festival

Girls Youth at Hillhead v Cartha, West, Waysiders and East Kilbride

U14/U16/U18 (H) KO 12 noon

Boys Youth v Ayr

U13 v Ayr  30-12 defeat

U18 (Wed pm) 21-0 defeat

Charity Haircut

And its job done!

   

Courtesy of Lanark Barber Davy Flynn, who gave freely of his time for the charity, our GY is reborn cos he’s had his locks shorn!

It was all over in a matter of minutes – about 20 truth be told, as there was a lot to cut – and thoroughly enjoyed by the players present to witness the event.

But what do you think? SO worthwhile, especially as his Justgiving page in now at £2780 (Wed evening). Could he reach £3,000

Well, if you haven’t already donated, there is still time, the page will remain open until Monday.

GY – pictured above and currently our very own Bill Bailey lookalike – is about to get his haircut!

What started as a Pandemic-induced moratorium has now run its course and after 18 months GY is to get a haircut.

He could easily have gone for a run of the mill ‘snip’ but he has elected to go public instead and get his locks off for Charity.

GY says

‘I have eventually decided to get a haircut and thought I could raise a few pounds for Charity.

My partner Lin has suffered from MS for over 18 years and I thought to use my haircut to help MS Scotland who like all charities have seen donations fall due to covid.

Please be generous – this is not for me, it is all going to MS Scotland.

My just giving page is

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Gordon-Young1680

This momentous event will take place on Tuesday evening after training.

He has of course got a Justgiving page and I am sure there are many of you who would wish to donate to this worthy cause.

Just follow this link

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Gordon-Young1680

Sat 11th September

1sts v Stirling Wolves – Tennents National 1 (A) 31-19 win

2nds v Hawick Force Tennents East Reserve 1 (H) 17-14 win

Colts v GHA Boys National Club Conference (H) 20-14 win

Sunday 12th

Annual BRFC Mini Festival

P4 Top Try Scorers  = Dumfries

P5 Spirit of Rugby = Dumfries

P5 Top Try Scorers = Watsonians

P6 Spirit of Rugby = East Kilbride 2

P6 Top Try Scorers = Dumfries

P7 Spirit of Rugby = Boroughmuir

P7 Top Try Scorers = Dumfries

Mini Festival: This is a real TEAM effort so in terms of thanks a massive THANK YOU to

Rory Conn and Scottish Sea Farms for sponsoring today’s tournament for the second year.

Colin Cuthberston for the use of his field for car-parking and the Clarkson family for the use of their grounds for buses.

Secondly, GY, Carolyn Cairns, Jan Harper and Susan Gray for organising the food for team goody bags, catering for the officials and also for the throngs of hungry supporters.  The food lived up to its excellent reputation!

Thanks to David Adams and the all the referees and runners who did a fantastic job.

James, Peter, Rab, Al, Mike and Kev and any other helpers – thanks for managing the car parking and doing a great job fitting over 300 cars onto the grounds. No mean feat. 

Helen Barrington– Thanks for the photography.

1st Aiders for their support throughout the afternoon

Hugh Barr/Graeme McDonald – thanks for your help with marking out pitches.

GY – thanks for being on the bar, picking up the certificates and programmes, helping with the food, sorting out the tuck shop and floats etc.

A big thanks needs to go out to the coaches and team coordinators who helped the afternoon run so smoothly and such great fun and a massive success. 

And to all the parents and other volunteers who helped with goody bags, roll making, baking donations, tombola prizes and manning kitchen, tuck and tombola throughout the day. 

It really was a massive team effort and would not have been possible without everyone doing their bit to pull it all together. 

Girls Youth: Glasgow North Regional Fixtures at Cartha

U14’s, 16’s and 18’s v Cartha, Hillhead and East Kilbride, Waysiders, West. Results tbc

Boys Youth

U13 30-0 defeat

U14 tbc

U15 cancelled due to lack of numbers,.

U16 45-15 win

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Weekend 4th/5th September

Sat 4th September

1sts v Dundee Rugby: 47-3 win

2nds v Lasswade 2nd: 17-14 defeat

Colts v Marr: match played but reduced numbers because of Covid and injury(both Biggar)

Sunday 5th

Girls Youth: Glasgow North Regional Fixtures

U14’s, 16’s and 18’s v Cartha, Hillhead and East Kilbride: tbc

Boys Youth

U13: Cancelled because of Covid (Marr)

U14, U15 v Marr: 2 defeats, results tbc

U16 v Marr : Cancelled because of Covid (Biggar)

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Results from weekend 28th/29th August

Saturday 28th August

1sts v GHA 31-26 defeat

2nds v GHA  33-12 win

Sunday 29th

U13 v East Kilbride 11-10 (tries) win

v Dumfries

U14 tbc

U15 tbc

U16 17-14 win

Girls at Whitecraigs tbc

 

 

_____________________________________________________________

Weekend 19th/20th/21st August

Results

Friday 20th

2nds v Moffat 87-3 win

Saturday 21st

1sts v Glasgow Hawks 14-5 defeat

Colts v Livingston 31-0 win

Girls

U14  ‘Maroon’d at Gala’ Festival winners

U16  ‘Maroon’d at Gala’ tied 1st place

U18  ‘Maroon’d at Gala’ Festival winners

Sunday 22nd

Ladies v Annan 66-17 win

U13 v Cambuslang 19-16 defeat

U14 v Cambuslang 56-35 defeat

U15 Cancelled

 

U16 v Peebles31-24 defeat

 

Weekend 14th/15th August

Saturday 14th August

Colts v Currie 27-8 win

1sts v Currie 38-22 defeat

2nds v Currie 28-14 defeat

 

Sunday 15th

U13 v Currie 57-29 defeat

U14 Training

U15 v Currie 43-16 defeat

U16 v Currie 24-22 defeat

 

 BRFC AGM

The AGM was held on Wednesday 4th August.

All the relevant business was discussed (Presidents report, Financial statement etc) but there was little in the way of playing reports as there was so little rugby played. The meeting therefore was completed in record time!

The following Office Bearers were elected to serve for season 2021/22.

Position Name
President James Orr
Senior Vice-President Robert Ramsay
Vice-President Gordon Young
Treasurer Nigel Pacey
Secretary Mike Booth
Sponsorship Convenor Gordon Young
Social Convenor Position Open
Past President J Bogle
House and Fabric Convenor Nigel Pacey
Field Convenor Hugh Barr
Merchandising Convenors Gordon Young

Ian Notman

Membership Convenor Colin Plenderleith
Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Officer Alistair Stewart
Fixture and Match Secretary John Jackson
Director of Rugby Ian Notman
Director of Youth Rugby Nic Humphries
1st Team manager Ian Warnock
2nd and 3rd Team Manager Andrew Howatson
Colts Convenor Graeme Watson
Midi Convenor Laura Watson
Mini Convenor Trina Malone
Ladies Convenor J Bogle
Girls Convenor Susan Wyllie
Club Captain Euan Sanderson

Items of note for the coming week:

BRFC Rugby Force
Tomorrow is Rugby Force day and there is an opportunity for all willing volunteers to help the club prepare for the season ahead. A number of tasks – mostly out of doors – have been identified as needing completed. So if you have a spare hour or so then please send an email to GY (GY1680@aol.com) or Nigel (treasurer@biggarrfc.org.uk) to let them know you are attending, and pitch up anytime from 10.30am.  Many thanks in anticipation.

Biggar RFC AGM
It’s worth noting that the Club was the venue for the 2021 AGM on Wednesday past. There was far less business to discuss than usual, simply because there were no section rugby reports and essentially no rugby.

Indeed the meeting was surely the quickest on record, convening at 7.30 and closing at 8.15! All the main business was included and the results will appear on the website within the coming week.

Back to the game and matters on the field
1. U20’s
After last Friday’s home match against Glasgow Uni at Hartree Mill (26-17 defeat) our U20’s travel to Glasgow for the return fixture. There was plenty to suggest that many of these youngsters will feature in BRFC colours this season, while the crowd resembled in number that of a 1st XV fixture! Brilliant.
The address is Garscube Sports Complex, West of Scotland Science Park, Maryhill Road, G20 OSP.

2. Touch Rugby
Saturday is Touch Rugby Finals day. KO 1.30pm Who will come out on top?
A Bar-b-q will follow while the TV will be set up for the Lions Test.

3. Peebles Sevens
Our Senior Ladies and Gents teams will be in action at Peebles Sevens. The Ladies start their campaign at 10am while the Gents get a lie in until their 2pm start.

4.Lions 3rd Test: K0 5pm
The 3rd and deciding Test between the Springboks and the Lions. This is a vital match for both teams. My fervent hope is that the match will be a cracker and one worth remembering in order that the social media bickering and nonsense which has been spouted (by many of whom should know much better) becomes ‘old news’!
It’s disappointing that Rory Sutherland has been dropped from the squad but he can be very proud of his contributions over the past weeks.
NB. There will be  Bar-b-q while the clubhouse will be open so that all present can take in the Lions Test on the big screen.

5. Next Saturday
Biggar v Currie: pre-season opener. We hope to have both a 1st and a 2nd XV in action against Premiership side Currie. KO 3pm

3rd June: Lions

Congratulations to all involved in Saturday’s demolition of the Emirates Lions in the first tour match in South Africa.

It was a ‘test’, perhaps not as tough as the Japan match but all involved came through it well.

‘Our’ Rory Sutherland – we can claim a legitimate connection as he played with us for 2 seasons – did exceptionally well against Japan the previous week at Murrayfield, with new skipper Conor Murray naming Rory as the strongest man on the tour party. No mean accolade.

Incidentally, the man responsible for bringing Rory to Biggar was Derek Armstrong who is making a return to Hartree Mill this coming season to look after the 2nd XV.

Also on the representative front, congratulations again to Emma Orr who was to the fore when the Scotland Ladies VII played in Moscow last weekend. Temperatures were much higher than had been the case in Portugal at the start of June but the girls performed very well despite this finishing in 3rd spot overall. A great achievement for the whole squad.


Scotland Ladies receiving their 3rd place awards with Emma centre stage.

It seems the journey home was quite stressful with flights delayed due to bad weather and a thunderstorm.  With little support from the Russian authorities, Scotland nearly all got out just in time while the Belgian squad had to request new visas after their flight was cancelled and they were stranded in Russia for an extra day.

Back home.

While our Mini and Youth sections take a short break, our senior players returned to training this week. A healthy turnout of some 30+ saw the boys put through their paces by coaches Davy Wilson and Doug Fleming.

There was an obvious emphasis on fitness with conditioned, non-contact games ensuring the work was game-related, this a crucial aspect to aid match fitness.

Training is open to all senior players regardless of experience and/or ability. Every Tuesday and Thursday 7-8.30pm.

The lifting of Covid restrictions is still some way off but warm up games have been organised for August. Details of these will follow in the next couple of weeks.

Andrew Jardine adds a lot of content on Instagram and Facebook. Here is a quick link to recent activity at the club.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CQyAzXAFEOA/?utm_medium=copy_link

Finally, another respectful reminder that ALL requests for 6 Nations matches in 2022 MUST be made to GY before the end of July.

Monday touch League after 7 weeks

Charity Haircut

   

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This weekend – Sat 11th September

1sts v Stirling Wolves – Tennents National 1 (A) KO 3pm

2nds v Hawick Force Tennents East Reserve 1 (H) KO 3pm

Colts v GHA Boys National Club Conference (H) KO tbc

Sunday 12th

Annual BRFC Mini Festival KO 1pm

Girls Youth: Glasgow North Regional Fixtures at Cartha

U14’s, 16’s and 18’s v Cartha, Hillhead and East Kilbride, Waysiders, West.  KO tbc

Boys Youth

U13, U14, U15, U16 v GHA All AWAY

13/14’s KO 12.30pm

15/16’s KO 2pm

_______________________________________________________________________________

Weekend 4th/5th September

Sat 4th September

1sts v Dundee Rugby: 47-3 win

2nds v Lasswade 2nd: 17-14 defeat

Colts v Marr: match played but reduced numbers because of Covid and injury(both Biggar)

Sunday 5th

Girls Youth: Glasgow North Regional Fixtures

U14’s, 16’s and 18’s v Cartha, Hillhead and East Kilbride: tbc

Boys Youth

U13: Cancelled because of Covid (Marr)

U14, U15 v Marr: 2 defeats, results tbc

U16 v Marr : Cancelled because of Covid (Biggar)

_______________________________________________________________________________________

Results from weekend 28th/29th August

Saturday 28th August

1sts v GHA 31-26 defeat

2nds v GHA  33-12 win

Sunday 29th

U13 v East Kilbride 11-10 (tries) win

v Dumfries

U14 tbc

U15 tbc

U16 17-14 win

Girls at Whitecraigs tbc

 

 

_____________________________________________________________

Weekend 19th/20th/21st August

Results

Friday 20th

2nds v Moffat 87-3 win

Saturday 21st

1sts v Glasgow Hawks 14-5 defeat

Colts v Livingston 31-0 win

Girls

U14  ‘Maroon’d at Gala’ Festival winners

U16  ‘Maroon’d at Gala’ tied 1st place

U18  ‘Maroon’d at Gala’ Festival winners

Sunday 22nd

Ladies v Annan 66-17 win

U13 v Cambuslang 19-16 defeat

U14 v Cambuslang 56-35 defeat

U15 Cancelled

 

U16 v Peebles31-24 defeat

 

Weekend 14th/15th August

Saturday 14th August

Colts v Currie 27-8 win

1sts v Currie 38-22 defeat

2nds v Currie 28-14 defeat

 

Sunday 15th

U13 v Currie 57-29 defeat

U14 Training

U15 v Currie 43-16 defeat

U16 v Currie 24-22 defeat

 

 BRFC AGM

The AGM was held on Wednesday 4th August.

All the relevant business was discussed (Presidents report, Financial statement etc) but there was little in the way of playing reports as there was so little rugby played. The meeting therefore was completed in record time!

The following Office Bearers were elected to serve for season 2021/22.

Position Name
President James Orr
Senior Vice-President Robert Ramsay
Vice-President Gordon Young
Treasurer Nigel Pacey
Secretary Mike Booth
Sponsorship Convenor Gordon Young
Social Convenor Position Open
Past President J Bogle
House and Fabric Convenor Nigel Pacey
Field Convenor Hugh Barr
Merchandising Convenors Gordon Young

Ian Notman

Membership Convenor Colin Plenderleith
Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Officer Alistair Stewart
Fixture and Match Secretary John Jackson
Director of Rugby Ian Notman
Director of Youth Rugby Nic Humphries
1st Team manager Ian Warnock
2nd and 3rd Team Manager Andrew Howatson
Colts Convenor Graeme Watson
Midi Convenor Laura Watson
Mini Convenor Trina Malone
Ladies Convenor J Bogle
Girls Convenor Susan Wyllie
Club Captain Euan Sanderson

Items of note for the coming week:

BRFC Rugby Force
Tomorrow is Rugby Force day and there is an opportunity for all willing volunteers to help the club prepare for the season ahead. A number of tasks – mostly out of doors – have been identified as needing completed. So if you have a spare hour or so then please send an email to GY (GY1680@aol.com) or Nigel (treasurer@biggarrfc.org.uk) to let them know you are attending, and pitch up anytime from 10.30am.  Many thanks in anticipation.

Biggar RFC AGM
It’s worth noting that the Club was the venue for the 2021 AGM on Wednesday past. There was far less business to discuss than usual, simply because there were no section rugby reports and essentially no rugby.

Indeed the meeting was surely the quickest on record, convening at 7.30 and closing at 8.15! All the main business was included and the results will appear on the website within the coming week.

Back to the game and matters on the field
1. U20’s
After last Friday’s home match against Glasgow Uni at Hartree Mill (26-17 defeat) our U20’s travel to Glasgow for the return fixture. There was plenty to suggest that many of these youngsters will feature in BRFC colours this season, while the crowd resembled in number that of a 1st XV fixture! Brilliant.
The address is Garscube Sports Complex, West of Scotland Science Park, Maryhill Road, G20 OSP.

2. Touch Rugby
Saturday is Touch Rugby Finals day. KO 1.30pm Who will come out on top?
A Bar-b-q will follow while the TV will be set up for the Lions Test.

3. Peebles Sevens
Our Senior Ladies and Gents teams will be in action at Peebles Sevens. The Ladies start their campaign at 10am while the Gents get a lie in until their 2pm start.

4.Lions 3rd Test: K0 5pm
The 3rd and deciding Test between the Springboks and the Lions. This is a vital match for both teams. My fervent hope is that the match will be a cracker and one worth remembering in order that the social media bickering and nonsense which has been spouted (by many of whom should know much better) becomes ‘old news’!
It’s disappointing that Rory Sutherland has been dropped from the squad but he can be very proud of his contributions over the past weeks.
NB. There will be  Bar-b-q while the clubhouse will be open so that all present can take in the Lions Test on the big screen.

5. Next Saturday
Biggar v Currie: pre-season opener. We hope to have both a 1st and a 2nd XV in action against Premiership side Currie. KO 3pm

3rd June: Lions

Congratulations to all involved in Saturday’s demolition of the Emirates Lions in the first tour match in South Africa.

It was a ‘test’, perhaps not as tough as the Japan match but all involved came through it well.

‘Our’ Rory Sutherland – we can claim a legitimate connection as he played with us for 2 seasons – did exceptionally well against Japan the previous week at Murrayfield, with new skipper Conor Murray naming Rory as the strongest man on the tour party. No mean accolade.

Incidentally, the man responsible for bringing Rory to Biggar was Derek Armstrong who is making a return to Hartree Mill this coming season to look after the 2nd XV.

Also on the representative front, congratulations again to Emma Orr who was to the fore when the Scotland Ladies VII played in Moscow last weekend. Temperatures were much higher than had been the case in Portugal at the start of June but the girls performed very well despite this finishing in 3rd spot overall. A great achievement for the whole squad.


Scotland Ladies receiving their 3rd place awards with Emma centre stage.

It seems the journey home was quite stressful with flights delayed due to bad weather and a thunderstorm.  With little support from the Russian authorities, Scotland nearly all got out just in time while the Belgian squad had to request new visas after their flight was cancelled and they were stranded in Russia for an extra day.

Back home.

While our Mini and Youth sections take a short break, our senior players returned to training this week. A healthy turnout of some 30+ saw the boys put through their paces by coaches Davy Wilson and Doug Fleming.

There was an obvious emphasis on fitness with conditioned, non-contact games ensuring the work was game-related, this a crucial aspect to aid match fitness.

Training is open to all senior players regardless of experience and/or ability. Every Tuesday and Thursday 7-8.30pm.

The lifting of Covid restrictions is still some way off but warm up games have been organised for August. Details of these will follow in the next couple of weeks.

Andrew Jardine adds a lot of content on Instagram and Facebook. Here is a quick link to recent activity at the club.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CQyAzXAFEOA/?utm_medium=copy_link

Finally, another respectful reminder that ALL requests for 6 Nations matches in 2022 MUST be made to GY before the end of July.

Monday touch League after 7 weeks

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It’s Test match Saturday as the Springboks host the Lions for the first of three test matches.

And the latest, brilliant news is that Rory ‘Suzzy’ Sutherland has been elevated from the bench to the starting XV for today’s match.

This is an incredible opportunity for the former Biggar prop and we share in the delight and pride of Scotland and home town Hawick!

C’mon the Lions!!

There is a great wee documentary on Doddie Weir , released recently by the Telegraph. It has particular relevance at the moment because Doddie was ruled out by injury on the 1997 South African tour. His and his family’s approach to his illness, his fortitude and his spirit is humbling and the short programme is well worth a watch. Follow this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B5lBZTKubI

Biggar Seniors

Our first live rugby action is now just a fortnight away when our Seniors – Gents and Ladies are at Peebles Sevens (Sat 7th August).

The Gents are in a pool with hosts Peebles and Hawick while the Ladies take on Corstorphine and Kelso. A fortnight can make a big difference but the ground is SO hard at the moment that it could be a major factor for what is going to be the first senior club rugby for almost 18 months.

Pitch concerns might also be a factor with next weeks U20 match though some rain is forecast for next week.

Dates and matches are as follows:
U20’s
Friday 30th July: home KO 7.30pm
Friday 6th August: away KO 7.30pm

Senior XV
14/8 Currie venue tbc
21/8 Hawks 1sts and 2nds (H)
28/8 GHA 1sts and 2nds (A)

Help
Carolyn Cairns is still on the lookout for waiters/waitresses for the coming season. Any youngster looking for some regular part time work should give her a call. Please contact Carolyn on 07875 652 594.

Golf Day
Biggar Golf Club: Friday 6th August.
Price is £160 for a team of 4. This covers tea/coffee, morning rolls at the Golf Club, followed by the golf and rounded off with a meal at Hartree Mill. This is a ‘Texas Scramble’ event with a 9am shotgun start.
Names please to Bob Drife. If you don’t have a team but would still like to play, please get in touch as teams can be easily made up.

6 Nations Home matches
It’s now decision time and so a final reminder that ALL requests for 6 Nations matches in 2022 MUST be made to GY before the end of July.


And finally, and arguably of greatest importance to all members of Biggar RFC….

Please note that our AGM is to be held ‘live’ at Hartree Mill on Wednesday 4th August at 7.30pm. All the relevant details are on the website. Please make sure you have read these and that you make a date in your diary.

Remember, this is YOUR club! This is your chance to have your say.

3rd June: Lions

Congratulations to all involved in Saturday’s demolition of the Emirates Lions in the first tour match in South Africa.

It was a ‘test’, perhaps not as tough as the Japan match but all involved came through it well.

‘Our’ Rory Sutherland – we can claim a legitimate connection as he played with us for 2 seasons – did exceptionally well against Japan the previous week at Murrayfield, with new skipper Conor Murray naming Rory as the strongest man on the tour party. No mean accolade.

Incidentally, the man responsible for bringing Rory to Biggar was Derek Armstrong who is making a return to Hartree Mill this coming season to look after the 2nd XV.

Also on the representative front, congratulations again to Emma Orr who was to the fore when the Scotland Ladies VII played in Moscow last weekend. Temperatures were much higher than had been the case in Portugal at the start of June but the girls performed very well despite this finishing in 3rd spot overall. A great achievement for the whole squad.


Scotland Ladies receiving their 3rd place awards with Emma centre stage.

It seems the journey home was quite stressful with flights delayed due to bad weather and a thunderstorm.  With little support from the Russian authorities, Scotland nearly all got out just in time while the Belgian squad had to request new visas after their flight was cancelled and they were stranded in Russia for an extra day.

Back home.

While our Mini and Youth sections take a short break, our senior players returned to training this week. A healthy turnout of some 30+ saw the boys put through their paces by coaches Davy Wilson and Doug Fleming.

There was an obvious emphasis on fitness with conditioned, non-contact games ensuring the work was game-related, this a crucial aspect to aid match fitness.

Training is open to all senior players regardless of experience and/or ability. Every Tuesday and Thursday 7-8.30pm.

The lifting of Covid restrictions is still some way off but warm up games have been organised for August. Details of these will follow in the next couple of weeks.

Andrew Jardine adds a lot of content on Instagram and Facebook. Here is a quick link to recent activity at the club.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CQyAzXAFEOA/?utm_medium=copy_link

Finally, another respectful reminder that ALL requests for 6 Nations matches in 2022 MUST be made to GY before the end of July.

Monday touch League after 7 weeks

CONGRATULATIONS EMMA ORR

The club is over the moon with the news that Emma Orr has been selected to be part of the Scotland Ladies Sevens Squad in Portugal.

Having been part of the Futures group Emma withdrew to concentrate on her 6th year studies but she was always ‘in the frame’ and has been training with the Scotland squad – alongside fellow Biggar members Sarah Denholm and Gerry Kimm.

Named initially as 13th player, Emma was brought into the competition squad after injury to Heriots Megan Gaffney. This meant a whirlwind couple of days when some school assessments had to be re-arranged before Emma flew out on Wednesday.

There is no doubting that Emma is deserving of selection. Her talent has been to the fore ever since she began playing with pace, strength, skills and thundering defence a real feature of her play. She has worked really hard to develop all of the above and has worked closely and conscientiously throughout with Academy manager Nic Humphries.

Her family are understandably extremely proud! Dad James is Club President, Mum Mara was a regular in the Ladies XV, sister Alison plays at Watsons and is a Biggar 1st XV physio, while brothers Jamie and Robbie star in the current 1st XV.

Emma’s selection comes after Sarah Denholm gained a cap last year and of course Donna Kennedy who was a real force in Scottish rugby.

There is little doubt that Emma’s success will be a huge boost to the Girls game at Biggar, and as she also volunteers as a coach at mini level there will be a big cheer for her when she gets back coaching.

The games can be watched by registering with Rugby Europe TV.

Good luck Emma!

The first Biggar side to get back into action was the girls U14 squad who hosted Dumfries on Thursday evening at Hartree Mill. Such was the enthusiasm and skills on display that the neutral spectator could have been forgiven for thinking there had been no year long Covid interruption to the girls learning and development. In the end Biggar gained the honours with a 14-11 try win but rugby was the winner!

At the weekend the Colts, Youth and Minis are all in axction.

Sat:

Colts v Cumnock (away KO 10am)
U16 v Cumnock, (away KO 10am)
U13 v Cumnock, (home KO 11am)
U14 v Cumnock, (home KO 11am)
U15 v Helensburgh (away KO 1pm)
Minis v Eats Kilbride (away)

May 11th 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week (10th-16th May)

Go to the Player Welfare page https://www.biggarrfc.org.uk/information/player-welfare/ to see how you can help if you believe someone (yourself perhaps) is struggling with their mental health.

Mental Health is something we will all come across at some point or suffer from.

It is too important to ignore – our Club strapline is

Biggar RFC: One Club, One Family.

Please make sure you match up to that and look to help those who may be in need.

 April 26th 2021

Huge thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time on Sunday to help plant Hedge plants at the club. In just over 6 hours of work the team of around 20 volunteers planted around 1100 hedge plants to create over 250m of new hedges at the club which will hopefully mature to make the place look better and provide an enhanced habitat for the local wildlife.

Thanks must also go to Glenkerie Wind Farm who funded the plants through a grant and will also shortly fund a new boundary fence alongside the road.

 

 

 

April 2nd 2021

Rugby Action

At Hartree Mill, action has now resumed for almost all sections with the Ladies making a return this week. Most groups are restricted to non-contact activity but getting together again is a big bonus for all our members. Sunday’s are absolutely jam-packed from 10 am onwards as the micros, minis and several Youth sections are all busy.

Monday 17th May is an important date as that is the date when – all going well of course – all ages are able to resume ‘touch rugby’. Academy guru Nic Humphries has been busy organising a touch tournament which will run on Monday evenings for some 12 weeks through summer. It is for squads of 10 comprising senior players (men and ladies), U18 leavers, Over 35’s and non players. There will be 10 teams and if you are interested please follow this link to register (on Eventbrite).

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/biggar-rfc-summer-touch-league-tickets-148798246561

March 2021

Health and Well-being – something for everyone to ponder

There would seem to be a little light at the end of the tunnel with regard to the vaccination roll out and the Governments schedule to return to ‘normality’ which includes progressions for a return to rugby. Our Minis made a very quick return to action, some of our Youth squads were in action last week while our Colts and Senior players, who will be restricted to fitness and handling skills, are looking to return this week.

Getting back into action will be a massive boost for us all: members, supporters, coaches, staff and principally our players, young and old, who have really lost out this past year.

Missing games is the tip of the ice-berg.

The social aspect of meeting up, the dressing room camaraderie which comes from being with your pals, training together, learning about each other, developing social skills, practical skills, developing fitness and game time are all part and parcel of club life and their value cannot be underestimated. Particularly for those who have a myriad other challenges in this fast-paced, media driven world.

Health and well-being is a massive talking point at the moment and rightly so. Last weeks documentary by Roman Kemp

(https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p098hsv6 )

highlighted the very difficult position many face, not only during this current pandemic but more generally in growing up and living. Sadly, two of our former players, internationalists Fraser Brown and Rory Sutherland have both had to face up to the mental challenges posed by spending lengthy periods on the sidelines recovering from injuries. While both have struggled with their mental health they are now in a better place and are also involved in helping everyone to be more aware of the potential difficulties players face – and not just those who have made a career out of rugby. Fraser, through RSABI and Rory through the e-learning course launched this week by the SRU and described below are supporting these programmes.

It is our intention to look at health and well-being over the next few weeks with a focus on mental health.

We all have a role to play in helping each other, especially as we all have mental health in some shape or form.

The SRU e-learning course seeks to raise awareness about mental health, how to recognise it and how to break the negative stigmas which abound. Having completed the course, (it takes around 30 minutes) I would recommend it to you as a very good starting point for anyone interested in being of assistance to their children, friends and family. Follow this link to access the course or simply go to the SRU website and search for Mental Health.

The link is here https://rise.articulate.com/share/My4JjUzr4VfzBqpoZVCfIcu0PdIg__uS#/t

Look out for social media posts relating to this topic.

Biggar RFC: One Club, One Family

Now, some other important stuff!

Would you be willing to help the club by taking up a committee post? There are 2 vacancies up for grabs – Membership Secretary and Girls Convenor. Please see the adverts below.

Membership Secretary:

You would be responsible for collecting annual memberships, collating membership information, sending out reminders, reporting to the committee at monthly committee meetings.

Girls Convenor:

You would be responsible for representing the Girls Youth section at monthly committee meetings, overseeing fixtures, liasing between coaches and players.

The fact that we are not meeting up at Hartree Mill makes filling vacancies all the more challenging because no one has the opportunity to chat over ideas and roles or to make casual inquiries about the organisation and management of the club.

Biggar RFC is a leading club within Scottish Club rugby. We have fantastic facilities for both playing and socialising. We have a wonderful and very supportive membership, and massive backing from our local community. We are also very ambitious and look to make improvements to develop what we have to offer. Taking on any voluntary role (as so many do) can be demanding but equally, hugely rewarding.

If you are interested and would like more information about either post or about the committee and other roles please speak to President James Orr, Secretary Mike Booth, or indeed, to any committee member. Alternatively, if you think someone you know would be suited for the role, please let us/them know about these vacancies and encourage them to become involved.

To paraphrase John F Kennedy:

Ask not what your club can do for you – ask what can you do for your club?

February 2021

And NOW, showing on Biggar RFC TV……

Yes, it’s true! As from Friday 19th February we have our own YOU Tube TV!

Available to watch now are ALL last season’s 1st XV fixtures with the hope that in the coming weeks/months we can add other features including matches from 2018/19, 2020 Lockdown features such as My5 and Player Profiles.

If it’s possible we also hope to feature live feeds for whenever we are given the green light to return to live rugby.

Included are our sponsors and advertisers adverts which gives them a little more return especially after their very generous support for this season (despite there being no actual macth programmes or spectators at Hartree Mill).

Well done GY and especially Nigel who undertook to upload all the footage gleaned from the SRU files.

To watch, you can either go to You Tube and Search for Biggar RFC TV or if you’d prefer, simply follow this link

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyqhEhXB2PJMt92cgEjdZcg

Please remember to then hit the SUBSCRIBE BUTTON as the proof of the channel’s worth will be in the number of folks who actually subscribe.

ENJOY!

Sarah success

There is no activity at Hartree Mill at the moment and so good news is in short supply but there was one really good piece of news this week which features one of our own, namely Sarah Denholm.

There was much joy in the Denholm household this week – and of course within the club – when it was announced that Sarah was the recipient of the prestigious Captain S.T Garner Award for most outstanding First Year Athlete from Edinburgh University. Short listed with 3 other girls, Sarah came out top!
Many congratulations on this wonderful achievement which is a tribute to Sarah’s hard work and commitment. Sarah is a great ambassador for Biggar RFC and her award received many very positive comments about her as a role model for the younger girls at the club and indeed anyone who is looking to play rugby.

The first link below will take you to the actual announcement of the award while the second is a link to a full length interview with Sarah where she talks about how she got involved in rugby and how her career has progressed alongside her Uni commitments. Well worth a listen!

Award

Interview

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  • These are the Gold Club results for 2021. Congratulations to all winners!

    March

    £250 John Hamilton

    £100 Ian Barr

    £100 Maggie Thomson

    £100 John Wood

    £100 Gareth Cathcart

    £100 Gordon Hamilton

    February

    £250 Jan Warnock

    £100 Carolyn Cairns

    £100 Linda Bell

    £100 John Bogle

    £100 Robert Paterson

    £100 Kevin Anderson

    January

    £250 Colin Hynds

    £100 Jim Wallace

    £100 Jean Taylor

    £100 Linda Bell

    £100 Janice Bogle

    £100 Blair Hill

    December 2

    £250 Ian Warnock
    £100 Colin Robison
    £100 Kevin Dempster
    £100 Tam & Sheila Tweedie
    £100 Colin Scott
    £100 Mrs T Donnelly

    December
    £250 Mrs J Drife
    £100 Alex Young
    £100 Rab Ramsay
    £100 Alf Tucker
    £100 Neil Harrison
    £100 Peter McDonald

    November
    £250  George Watson
    £100  Robert Paul
    £100  Grant Sutherland
    £100   Tommy Taylor
    £100   John Wood
    £100   John Hamilton

    October

    £250 Andrew Cairns
    £100 Phyllis Tweedie
    £100 Andrew Warnock
    £100 Andrew Goldie
    £100 Jeanette Allan
    £100 Ted Gordon
    September
    £250 – Ian Conn
    £100 – Carolyn Cairns
    £100 – Thomas Forrest
    £100 – Donald Elliot
    £100 – Rikki White
    £100 – Maggie Thomson
    March
    £250 – Wayne Godfrey
    £100 – James Wilson
    £100 – Elspeth May
    £100 – James Wallace
    £100 – Andrew and Joyce Clark
    £100 – John Bogle
    February
    £250   –   Una Stewart
    £100    –  Sheila  Conn
    £100    –  Gary Watkins
    £100     – Joanna Robertson
    £100    –  Caroline Cairns
    £100    –    286   Trina Watson

This weekend – Sat 11th September

1sts v Stirling Wolves – Tennents National 1 (A) KO 3pm

2nds v Hawick Force Tennents East Reserve 1 (H) KO 3pm

Colts v GHA Boys National Club Conference (H) KO tbc

Sunday 12th

Annual BRFC Mini Festival KO 1pm

Girls Youth: Glasgow North Regional Fixtures at Cartha

U14’s, 16’s and 18’s v Cartha, Hillhead and East Kilbride, Waysiders, West.  KO tbc

Boys Youth

U13, U14, U15, U16 v GHA All AWAY

13/14’s KO 12.30pm

15/16’s KO 2pm

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Weekend 4th/5th September

Sat 4th September

1sts v Dundee Rugby: 47-3 win

2nds v Lasswade 2nd: 17-14 defeat

Colts v Marr: match played but reduced numbers because of Covid and injury(both Biggar)

Sunday 5th

Girls Youth: Glasgow North Regional Fixtures