Saturday

1st XV v Melrose Tennents National 1 (A) KO 3pm

2nd XV v Selkirk (A) KO 2pm

Colts v Hawick National Youth Cup quarter final (H) KO 2pm

Sunday

Micro training 10am

Mini v West Linton and Lanark (H) KO 10am

Boys Youth

U13 and U14 training

U15 and U16 v Dunfermline (H) KO 2pm

Girls Youth training

 

This weekend:

Saturday:

Biggar v Ayr Tennents National Division 1 (H) KO 2pm  Match now postponed due to Covid in the Ayr camp.

1st XV now face Currie in a friendly at Malleny Park KO 2pm

Sunday

Ladies v Oban (A) KO 2pm. This match has also been postponed due to Covid.

Oban have since conceded the match and Biggar are now confirmed as unbeaten West Region Champions

 

Biggar RFC: One Club, One Family

******Happy New Year******

Biggar Colts 34 Peebles Colts 5

Despite the miserable conditions there was a decent crowd at Hartree Mill for the first match of 2022 which saw Biggar Colts host their Peebles opponents.

Both sides have been playing well this season, Peebles ending up mid-table in the Borders Conference while Biggar ended up as winners of the Conference D of the National programme.

There was a cold wind for the duration of the match and on a slippery surface running rugby was always going to be tricky so plaudits to all involved as this was an excellent contest between two sides full of ability and potential.

The early exchanges were pretty even, Biggar enjoying superiority in the tight scrum but with the two back divisions strong in both attack and defence. A breakthrough came when Biggar’s stand off Fergus Watson glided through a gap to record an opening score, converted by Finlay Crozier.

The Biggar joy was short-lived however as within 5 minutes of this score Peebles opened their own account, a neat chip to the wing seeing the Peebles support beat the Biggar cover for the try. This wasn’t converted so Biggar held a narrow lead.

A second Biggar try from Gregor Forrest made the score 14-5 and with Peebles in defence the ball was scrambled into touch for half time.

Now playing with the breeze on their backs Biggar were able to add 4 more tries whilst restricting Peebles to none. Pretty much all were scored on the touchline and so conversions were nigh impossible.

Of those scored the last, coming direct from a restart, was the pick of the bunch featuring a sweeping handling movement and involving some really dynamic work from the Biggar pack.

Scorers were: Robbie Davenhill (2), Charlie Girdler and Finlay Crozier.

Biggar RFC: December 31st – a final flurry for 2021.

Those of you on social media will have seen a couple of posts about Biggar RFC.

The first concerned a get well soon card sent by our U16 girls to an opponent from Stirling County who sustained a broken leg in their recent match. The girl’s mother was touched by this gesture and it only goes to remind us of the spirit of respect which endures in rugby.

Scarlett’s Mum wrote:

Scarlett sported a broken leg for Christmas this year playing rugby for Stirling County U16s – however she got a lovely card from Biggar U16 Girls rugby team signed by them all!! Her big brother couldn’t believe it, he’s never had a get well soon card from the opposition through any of his rugby injuries 🤣! How nice are the girlies 🥰, thank you Audrey Coubrough, Emily & the lovely Biggar ladies.

This is not always as apparent as it might be but it still exists and long may that continue!

The second was from Captain Euan Sanderson

who announced his retirement from the game following a series of concussions sustained over the years. These have not cleared up and having sought advice from a specialist he has reluctantly come to the decision to retire.

Euan has made a huge contribution to the game and in particular to Biggar RFC. He has so much to be proud of and has made many memories, not only himself but for us as supporters and club members. His two years as skipper saw him lead the side to two Championshsips

Best wishes to Euan in the years ahead and in his continuing association with Biggar RFC.

Finally, if you are looking for some rugby action look no further that Monday at 1.30pm when our Colts host local rivals Peebles at Hartree Mill.

And with that, we say Cheerio to 2021 and look forward to 2022 and all that we hope the New Year will bring.

Biggar RFC: One Club, One Family

Our Charity Shop is OPEN this week on Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 noon to 2pm.

We have NEW replica strips, Beanie and Bobble Hats, Boot Bags, Kit bags

and lots more gear for training and playing.

A Charity “End of Training Supper” was organised last Thursday by Jock and Susan Gray for the senior teams (Gents, Ladies and Colts) and their coaches.

Jock requested the donation be made to Macmillan which Secretary Mike Booth was happy to organise.

A big thank-you on behalf of Club President James Orr and the whole committee to Jock and Susan for their continued support, in several roles, throughout the club and for organising last Thursdays Supper (most importantly the food) which was obviously well attended by some generous donators – the food must have been good guys!!

The following is an example of the support Macmillan provide.

Carol, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 then secondary breast cancer in 2015, and her daughter, Edie.

Donation reference: 40480070

Physical, financial and emotional support.

That’s what your gift of £250 provides to people living with cancer.

When Carol didn’t know how to tell her kids, we talked her through it. When Richard wanted to work flexibly, our Work Support team ensured he got the right equipment to do so. When Saima called our Support Line, she found a listening ear on the other end of the phone.

It’s people like you that make all this possible – thank you, Biggar RFC.

Remember that we’re here to help. Our team of experts can answer your questions, offer support, or simply listen if you need a chat. Call us free on 0808 808 00 00. We’re open seven days a week, including bank holidays, from 8am-8pm (thanks to supporters like you).

With very best wishes,

All of us at Macmillan.

 

This weekend 11th/12th December

Saturday
1sts v
Watsons (A) Tennents National Div 1 40-17 win
2nds
v Heriots 2nds (A) Tennents East Reserve 1 41-17 defeat
win

Sun

Micros training KO 10am

Mini v Dalziel, Lanark, West Linton, Penicuik (H) Cancelled due to Covid

Boys Youth v Dumfries

U13 KO 2 pm

U15 v Currie

U16 no game

Girls Youth v Stirling County

U14

Biggar U16 Girls v Stirling County U16 Girls

This weekend 4th/5th December

Saturday
1sts v
Stirling Wolves (H) Tennents National Div 1 33-0 win
2nds
v Currie (H) Tennents East Reserve 1 28-26 defeat

Colts v Mackie (A) U18 Youth league Play off 5-3 win win

Sunday

Micros training KO 10am

Mini v Dumfries (H) KO 10.30am

Boys Youth v North Berwick

U13 and U14 (A) KO 2 pm

U15 win. This was the first win of the season for the U15’s!! Great effort!

U16 win

Girls Youth tbc

Ladies v Glasgow Uni West Region (H) 74-0 win. The Ladies are now West Region Champions! And they still have one game to play!

Biggar

G. Kimm, B. Boyd, E. Knights, E. Inglis, V. Haddow, E. Orr, E. Court,  R. Struthers,  A. Henderson, M. McCarry, L. Watson, R. Yardley, A. Baillie, A. Orr, J. Bell

Reps: C. Ertze, V. Kennet, R. Clarke, B. Menzies, A. Russell.

Team

P

W

L

D

F:A

Diff

TB

LB

Pts

Biggar RFC

6

6

0

0

409 : 26

383

6

0

30

Glasgow University

7

5

2

0

264 : 214

50

4

0

24

Wigtownshire RFC

5

3

2

0

191 : 138

53

4

1

17

Greenock Wanderers

6

3

3

0

211 : 151

60

3

1

16

Cartha Queens Park

6

3

3

0

184 : 136

48

3

1

16

Hamilton Rugby Club

6

1

5

0

77 : 356

-279

2

0

6

Oban Lorne RFC

4

1

3

0

38 : 112

-74

1

0

3

Bishopton RFC

4

0

4

0

29 : 270

-241

0

1

1

Latest News: 22nd November

There was frustration at the weekend when a Biggar 1st XV squad member returned a positive Covid case on Friday morning. Applying the latest SRU/Covid protocols the SRU were informed and the Biggar squad asked to complete lateral flow/PCR tests. The outcome was that the game against Gala was postponed, much to both clubs frustration, both having already had one previous game postponed for the same reason and because this past month has been a stop/start affair which ultimately destroys any match continuity. Biggar 2nds were unaffected because they were already without a fixture.

Hopefully things will return to normal for the coming weekend when both senior sides are in action in important away matches, the 1sts to Dundee and the 2nds to Hawick.

Other results from the weekend.

Colts

Biggar 57 Currie 0

Boys Youth

U13: Currie 12 Biggar 15

U14: Currie 30 Biggar 0

U15: to be played on 12th December

U16: Biggar 43 Currie 19

Girls Youth

Lots of games!

Ladies

Biggar 83 Bishopton 0

 

Penalty Point appeal.

Much as had been expected, our Appeal against the 3 point penalty sanctioned in September was not accepted by the Competitions panel and the 3 point penalty incurred still stands.

You will recall that because of injury, and principally a lack of front row cover, which we believed was a player safety issue, we felt it impossible to field a XV against Ayr in September. While we believed that being honest was the right option (and we still believe that to be the correct option) we have suffered the consequences. We had only 1 fit prop available from the 9 we have in the senior playing squad. We believed this met the criteria for a postponement as it

was caused by exceptional and unforeseen circumstances wholly outwith its (our) control‘,

and which would have seen the postponement granted without penalty. We didn’t expect 8 front row qualified players to be injured at the same time (exceptional) and we certainly couldn’t have predicted that eventuality happening (unforeseen).

It seems however that our understanding of ‘exceptional and unforeseen’ does not equate to the Panel’s understanding of ‘exceptional and unforeseen‘ and therefore, while they deemed our presentation (provided by Jim Yuille and Ian Notman) to be ‘very good’, it was not good enough for the panel to overturn the original decision.

It was pointed out that there was potential conflict in the following ruling which appears to give the Competitions Committee carte blanche to make up/change criteria almost at will.

‘No Club may, without just cause, fail to fulfil its fixture obligations. The relevant Competitions Committee shall be the sole judge as to whether just cause exists.’

This was ‘agreed’ upon, as was the suggestion that if it was made clear in the Competition Rules that ‘player unavailability for any reason’ would never be considered as a just cause for match postponement then we would perhaps not have been in this situation.

Rules are rules and as players we have to accept that rules are open to interpretation by referees. It seems that this is also the case with Competition rules.

Of course, perhaps it is really our fault and that we could have avoided all issues by fielding any 3 from the over 50/60’s –  GY, Nottie, John Bogle, Doug Fleming, Ian Conn, Tom Cockburn, Colin Stewart, Ross Fleming and any other prop who have played for us in the past 45 years and who I may have omitted from that list (apologies, and I am sure you will let me know)!

 

Coming up this weekend 13th/14th November

Saturday

1st XV v Ayr Tennents National 1 (A) KO 11am

2nd XV v Jedforest Cancelled Jed unable to field a team

Colts v Perthshire (H) KO 11am

Sunday

Micro training 10am

Mini at Annan (A) KO 10.30am

Ladies v Cartha Queens Park (H) KO 12.30pm

Boys Youth v Perthshire

U13 and U14 (H) KO 2pm

U15 and U16 (A) KO 2pm

Girls Youth v Penrith (A) KO tbc

Coming up this weekend 6th/7th November

Saturday

1st XV v Boroughmuir 54-12 win

2nd XV v Musselburgh 24-6 defeat

Colts v West 25-5 win

Sunday

Micro and Mini training 10am

Boys Youth v West

U13 23-11 defeat

U14 cancelled, insufficient players

U15: cancelled, insufficient players

U16 60-12 win

Girls Youth v East Kilbride and West

U18 80-20 win

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 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID IN THE HIGHLAND CAMP

2nd XV v Jedforest Tennents Reserve East 1 POSTPONED DUE TO COVID IN THE JEDFOREST CAMP

Sunday

Ladies v Wigtonshire Tennents West Region 32-26 win

Micro training 10am

Mini v East Kilbride (A)

Boys Youth training

BUT U16 v Boroughmuir in National Youth Play-off 19-17 defeat

Girls Youth v West and Hill Jills (H)

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

 

 

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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

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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

 

 

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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 s