Annual General Meeting – 18th June

On Monday the 18th of June 2018 at 19:30 –  Bishopton Rugby Club will hold our Annual General Meeting. All Club members are encouraged to come down and have their say in the running of our club for the next year.

At the meeting several important call to actions will be brought to the floor, so be sure to come a long and make your voice heard.




Match Report- Isle of Mull RFC v Bishopton RFC 28/04/18

   Isle of Mull – 15


Bishopton – 45



Tries; Harry Seymour, Ruari Taylor, Alex Neil (2), Boab Moore, Stephen Hogan (2)

Conversion; Max Catto (5)



As the bus pulled out of Bishopton to take the team to Mull for the last away day of the season there was an air of tension amongst the squad.  With several players having picked up injuries in recent weeks and other not being available for selection the squad was in many ways depleted from the regular 30 active bodies down to the legal 21 that are allowed to be named. This was on top of the knowledge that gaining a single point would seal promotion for the club and see them playing in West 2.



On Arrival on Mull and getting through the warm up the team were looking up for the challenge that lay before them.  However, the game didn’t get of to the desired start as Catto’s kick-off didn’t get through the 10-meter line and it gave Mull the advantage of the scrum to get the game under way. This was quickly quashed as Bish soon got the ball back and moved fast and quickly up the pitch, quickly getting within 10-meters off the line. The constant pressure being put on the Mull defence soon built up as a penalty was awarder to Bish, the quick tap and crash was taken and Mull still stood strong. But then Bish started the spread the ball through their back line quickly moving across the pitch allowing for Seymour to burst onto the ball at pace and hit the perfect gap in the Mull line for the Clubs Player of the Year to slide in to open the scoring – Catto stepped up to slot the conversion and push Bish into a 0-7 lead.


Seymour slides in to open the scoring.


Mull however hit back straight from the restart with their Flyhalf being able to slip through the Bish defence and taking advantage of the last man in the line slipping on some loose ground. Allowing the Mull man to run in the try, the conversion was pushed wide leaving Bish with the advantage. 5-7.

But Bish were quick to take notes on Mulls restart and were able to turn the ball back over on Mulls first attack. With Scrum- Half Taylor picking the ball and going from inside his own half, shaking off several defenders before he was able to break away and get in for his 19th try of the season moving him to 99 points the real question being would the Young Player of the Year get into the 100 club for the season. Catto again slotted the conversion to take Bish to a 5-14 lead.

Taylor dots down.

There was soon a change in the dynamic of the game as a switch to uncontested scrums due to an injury to one of Mulls front row. But it soon played dividends to Bishopton as they were able to take advantage of the solid base to build off. With the forwards able to make a quick release from the scrum they were able to reach the next break down in huge numbers, this lead to Most Improved Player of the Year Alex Neil was able to get over the line with several of the other forwards behind him. Again, Catto added the extras. The score sitting at 5-21 to Bishopton one more score was needed to gain the bonus point.


Things soon took another bad turn for the hosts as after a series of penalties they received a yellow card for a very high tackle inches before the try line.  This lead to a tap penalty 5 meters out from the line.  Taylor took the tap and shovelled it to Neil who looked to be in for his second of the day but the Mull defence stood strong. They could not through for the second attempt however, as Bob Moore picked the ball up from the back of the ruck and bullied his way through 3 defenders to get himself and the ball over the goal line. This gave Bishopton the Bonus point and more importantly the single point that was needed to see them secure 2nd place in the league an promotion for next season. Catto lined up his conversion attempt and was unlucky to find the crossbar, 5-26 to Bishopton.


Moore scores the promotion sealing try with the bonus point.


Mull were quick to take advantage of Bishopton celebrations as they recovered the ball from the kick-off and they were able to stride through several large gaps in the bishopton defence. With no one being near the attacking player the Bish would need to sharpen up if they were to see out the game as the winners of the match. The conversion was pushed wide cutting the deficit to 10-26.  This soon lead to half time with bishopton looking to regather their composure and come out in the second half to secure the victory.

The second half started with a bustling run from Seymour gaining a huge amount of territory before Catto was able to add even more with the penalty coming. Off the back of the line out returning substitute Stephen Hogan was able to take advantage by blowing through the gap in the line to touch down for a try on his return. Catto again added the conversion, 10-33. Straight from the kickoff though there was a sense of Deja-vu as Bish won the ball back it was again passed to Hogan who was able to glide through the Mull defence for his 2nd of the game Catto again made the kick, 10-40 Bishopton.


Hogan takes his 2nd try in as many minutes.


Neil flies over the line to double his tally for the game and season.

Bishopton were again on the attack from the off with several phases of moves being put into play. But it was the dominant second row Neil that got the decisive bit of the ball as he collected 10 meters out and was able to cut another line that he has become well know for this season. With this he sealed his 4th try of the year and 2nd of the game, by launching himself over the line. Catto’s conversion was caught in the wind and pulled wide leaving the score at 10-45. From here it was Mull that would see out the end of the game however as they took advantage of a jubilant Bishopton side and they were able to play some nice rugby in the closing minutes. As they worked their way closer to the line their patience and persistence paid off as they were able to work round the side of a ruck and pounce over to pull five points back 15-45. They were not done there as they straight from the restart were able to go on the hunt once more as the clock went red and Bishopton were given some fortune in that the ball went loose and into the dead ball area allowing fullback Peter Rainey to touch the ball down and the referee blowing for full time.



This gave Bishopton the bonus point victory and caped off a fine display with Captain and Team Player of the Year Bruce Abernethy picking up his 4th Man of the Match of the season and pushing him to the top of that table with one game left to play against the University Medics on the 12th of May.


Club President Greame Adam congratulates Captain Abernethy on Man of the Match and Promotion


As a final note we would like to give a huge thanks to Mull for hosing us on for the game and the after-match hospitality on a very long day out. Also a huge thanks for transporting our entire team and traveling support back to the ferry terminal after the game allowing us to make the boat off the island.

There may also have been a little bit of a party on the ferry home….



Ladies Play First Game

On Wednesday 18th March Bishopton took another huge step forward in the progression of our club, when we had our first ladies team take to the pitch after several months of intense training and an education of the game. The series of games came in the form of a touch rugby tournament with the latest Cohort from Project Pit Stop and West Ladies.

With the games completed and lots of smiles all round it leads on fro Bishopton to make more leaps and bounds and work towards the step into contact rugby and another step towards putting out a XV.


Bishopton Launch Ladies Rugby

As you may have seen in our Presidents Christmas Speech, in 2018 Bishopton Rugby are looking to launch a Ladies Rugby Team. This start TODAY! Bishopton will be starting a Ladies Rugby Fitness Bootcamp.

Our aim for this going forward is to start introducing the game in the Renfrewshire area to ladies that have never played rugby before, have had time away and wanting to lace up their boots once more and to those that play currently and want to help build a new chapter in a Aspiring Rugby Club.

The training will be lead from a combination of First XV Coach Robbie Stewart and Limitless Training Personal Trainer Danika Quinn. The training will be Non Contact to begin with, focusing on fitness & skills through non contact games and activities.  With this we hope to progress  to having our very first ladies match hosted at Holmpark in the near future.

Training starts Monday the 29th January at 8pm until 9pm at Renfrew Sports Centre, for ladies aged 16 and over and be sure to wrap up warm.

So sign up today and secure your place by contacting us on face book of through the Contact Us tab in our Menu.

So Check the Details in our poster below and contact us if you have any further Questions.



Match Report-Bishopton RFC v Lanark RFC 13/01/18

  Bishopton – 50


 Lanark – 7


Tries; Ruari Taylor (3), Scott Baird, Ross McGowan, Kyle Haldane, Ruaridh Catto, Max Catto

Conversion; Max Catto (5)


After kicking off 2018 with a commanding win away to a strong Moffat team, this week saw a return to action at Holmpark where the Bish were hosting Lanark in the return fixture from September where Bishopton were looking to repeat the feat of a 0-45 victory.

This week some Changes to the team either forced by injury, the bench filling out again with the return of players from the physio room and those being available for their first run out of the year.

With the rain making its presence known before the game it was clear that the conditions facing the players were going to be tough and that the wide spread running game might have been difficult to procced with. And the first half was a reflection of this, where in there was a lot of ball lost in possession by both teams and scrapping on the ground to gain it back in the opening minutes. The game then settled into a rhythm as the players acclimatised to the conditions.

Bishopton soon started the march towards the Lanark try line gaining meters through close contact carrying. They soon gained the penalty 10 meters out in front of the post. Scrum Half Ruari

Taylor dives in for his first of the day

Taylor was quick to the referee’s mark before the Lanark defence were able to regroup and was able to sprint under the post for his 15th try of the season. Catto fired the conversion over the posts taking him to 125 points for the season. 7-0 Bishopton.

Bishopton were soon back up in the danger zone after working their way up the pitch with several strong scrums and being able to dominate the lineout. With both Alex Neil and Kyle Haldane becoming pests for the opposition through out the match with the number of steals that they were able to make come time for Lanark to put the ball back into play. Bishopton’s 2nd try of the day came from just such a scenario.

Taylor touches down for number 2

When Haldane was able to clear up the Lanark overthrow and ship the ball out to be taken into contact. And once again Taylor was at the back of the ruck shouting commands to his backline and made the move to go out wide only for the Lanark defence to come up quickly allowing him to dart in on their mistake, and once again getting between the sticks. Catto once again fired the 2 points in. 14-0 Bishopton.

Lanark came back into the game at this point and seemed to have a wake-up call. As they went on to put the pressure right back in on Bishopton for the remainder of the first half going close to gaining a try back. But the Bishopton defence stood strong and made the half time whistle but they were given some work to think about. At half time there were changes made to bring back into the fold some of the returning players were brought back into the fold.

The seconds half started off with Lanark loosing two players to injury, and reducing their playing numbers on the pitch allowing Bishopton the space to become a bit more creative with their loose play. This first score of the half came in the form of a scrum on the halfway line and a chance for the returning Scott Baird to get his first taste of rugby in 2018.

Baird was on the rampage

He opted to pick and go. The No.8 went straight into rampage mode that he had been in on his last outing at the start of December against Hyndland. He was able to shake off three men on his way to the try line but he looked to be caught, as the Lanark man was able to wrap his legs but his momentum carried him over. Catto crisply sent the ball over the posts to secure the 3rd conversion of the day. 21-0 Bishopton.

With in moments of the restart. Centre Stephen Hogan had got his hands on the ball in the 22 and sent the ball into the open Lanark back field with the ball taking a favourable bounce and leaving the defender wrong footed. But Ross McGowan the other returning player on at half time had judged coming off Hogan’s shoulder to perfection and was able to take advantage. Even had the ball not fooled the defender McGowan was the favourite to get his foot on it as he had made the ground up in an impressive sprint and was able to kick the ball towards the try line and outstrip his opposite man before launching himself onto the loose ball for the try. The wide conversion didn’t quite make it this time. 26-0 and the bonus point secured.

Smiles all round as McGowan (Centre Right) secures the Bonus Point

At this point the flood gates started to open as Lanark started to feel the effect of loosing two men and Bishopton were able to return the restart and took to camping in the opposition 22. Here

Haldane’s solid shift in the back row rewarded with a try

Bish were able to gain a scrum on the 5m line. Baird took from the back but slipped a quick reversal back into Haldane who was able to take a man over the line with him. This brought him back into the try scorers having started the season prolifically. Catto added the  extras to take the game to 33-0.

Again, from the restart Bish looked into the creative part of their game and started to throw the ball about in the backs and give the forward some well earned time off. As the ball was worked around the midfield that was now Catto

Ruaridh Catto slides in for the try

, Seymour, Catto. With the ball moving between the three and Seymour adding some flair with a ball caught behind his back before popping it back into the older of the two Catto brothers, as Ruaridh was able to slide into the corner for the try. Max’s conversion fell short of the posts. 38-0.

Bish soon after won the penalty inside their own half and Taylor took the tap and shipped it to Max Catto, who not looking to be out done by his older brother threw the dummy pass and pinned his ears back at the halfway line and made the break. Though it looked tight for Catto the younger as the Lanark players started to close in on him and he was forced wide of the posts before sliding into record the score. The conversion short, score now 43-0.

Max Catto rounds out a fine display

Lanark though seemed to find a second wind after seeing Catto taken close to the bone and they were able to recover the restart and force Bishopton back towards their try line and looked to be on the verge of pulling a consolation try out, the fight back was on. Though it was not to be as the ball was knocked forward in a tackle and spilled into the dead ball zone and quick thinking as ever, Taylor tapped for the 22 drop out and was off. With only the referee seeming to know exactly what had happened as he reached the 22 and took to the grubber and collecting it before being able to go the length of the pitch to round out his hat-trick for the day. Catto added the 2 to close out Bishopton’s account for the day. 50-0.

Taylor celebrates running in for his Hat-trick

Though Lanark were adamant not to go home empty handed. As they once again retook procession of the ball and marched back up the field and were able to force Bishopton into putting the ball out for a line out. From here they were able to secure and send to very strong phases after the ball the later resulting in them crashing though the Bishopton defensive barrier. A strong desire from the visitors not to leave Holmpark paid off and they were able to add the extras seconds from the final whistle. Bringing the final score in at 50-7. Another strong Bishopton result.

Allma Constructions Man of the Match could have gone to a number of men on the field, but ultimately it went to Taylor who once again drove the team around the pitch and lead the charge.

Taylor was Allma Construction Man of the Match

With some fortune, the results elsewhere and a deduction of points for the Medics showing on the SRU Website had The Bish leap back to the top of the table by two points. Meaning that the team have to keep destiny firmly in their own grasp with the Medics due to visit the fortress that is Holmpark in two weeks’ time. However, before that there is the challenging matter of a trip to the Isle of Mull to come next Saturday 20th January and we are looking to take a full squad up to the Isle and as many supports as possible for the 2pm kick-off.

Match Report – Moffat RFC v Bishopton RFC 06/01/2018

            Moffat   – 10


Bishopton – 32


Tries; Sandy Glassford, Ryan Moore, Harry Seymour, Boab Moore, Ruari Taylor

Conversion; Max Catto (2)

Penalty;  Max Catto

After a well-earned Christmas break the First XV were looking to get back on the road and start the new year off with a victory the only obstacle standing in their way was an away trip down to a formidable Moffat team.
The early morning meet was a frosty occasion but the temperature was due to drop further as the location of the match was reached. But a quick bus trip supplied by our main sponsor Pride of the Clyde down the M74 soon had the team at the home of the Rams.

Seymour breaking the line

The team got off to a strong start retaining possession and gaining some early yards this was soon rewarded with a penalty and the option to kick for goal was take, but with a strong win coming into play the kick dropped sort of the posts and the tone of the kicking day was soon set from this moment. But with Moffat recovering the penalty quickly they wasted no time in returning it from to the Bish backline after the quick reactions of the missed penalty were followed up by the defensive Bishopton line. From this the Bish were able to reshape and kick on back up the field carefully building phases in order to find the weaknesses in the Rams defence. This was soon found by centre Harry Seymour who burst onto the ball at blistering pace and looked like he was going to be able to run the ball in himself, with just the fullback to contend with he spun the ball out to the returning Sandy Glassford who was able to dive into the corner at top speed to secure a first try of the season. The wide conversion attempt was no match for the wind that was sensing with kicks were due to be take all afternoon. The Bish moved in to a 0-5 lead.


Moffat looked to bounce back from loosing the opening score of the match and came out at the restart and were able to reclaim the ball straight from the off and then let their forwards start to take the hard yards. Building territory and moving there way forward. But it was to be sort lived as the knock on going into contact soon came and the scrum went to Bishopton. The chip over the top soon came and Bishopton were able to collect the ball with the blistering pace of newly converted Flanker Euan Keltie recovering the ball and presenting it back for scrum half Ruari Taylor. Who’s quick thinking came into play and he looked to spin the ball out to the back only for the Moffat defence to all follow the ball allowing him to nip found the side of the ruck and make a break for the try line. But Bishopton top try scorer would have to wait for his 14th try of the season would have to wait as he was tackled by the opposition Fullback but thank full the teams second top try scorer Hooker Ryan Moore was the first man on the scene and was able to gather the pop and make the final 5 meters to the line dotting down his 10th of the season. Catto’s Kick was once again gathered by the wind. 0-10 Bishopton.

Moore crossing to hit double figures for the season

Moffat once again came back out of the gates looking to restore some of the deficit and their efforts were not in vain as they were able to claim the penalty and slot it over bringing them back with a converted score. 3-10 Bishopton. But it was now the Bish’s turn to return fire and they did it in fine form with Seymour finding several more gaps in the Moffat defence with his solid running, after two hard runs his third off the back of a scrum proved fruitful as his line left no one near him and he was able to walk across the line and place it down under the posts allowing for Catto to have the easy kick – extending the teams lead to 3-17.

Moffat once again came out the blocks looking to pull something back and went to work once more gaining hard thought territory bullying towards the try line before getting to within 8 meters and winning a penalty. Taking the quick tap and go catching the Bish defence off guard with there forwards and crashing over to the side of the posts allowing the easy kick to pull the score back to 10-17. We then reached half time with the Bish nosing ahead by one score.

The bench were kept in suspense in some rather nippy weather

Bish came out to a blistering start in the second half managing to camp on the Moffat 5-meter line for much of the opening 10 minutes after Taylor was able to take advantage of a tap penalty and get the team up there before his being tackled. A series of scrums followed before a barrage of forwards blows onto the line with Keltie going close several times himself as well as setting up the platform in his rucking over to secure the ball. But it was Boab Moore who was finally the one to break the Moffat wall down as he piled over to score his 2nd try of the season. This try secured the bonus point for Bishopton and Catto once again fired home the extras at close range. 10-24 to the Bish.

Bish were soon back up to within 5 of the line and there were more several close calls to have the ball go down one of the more closely called being when Keltie received the ball and powered his way forward with the ball handing off at least two players before he was brought down shy of the line.

Keltie brushing players aside on his way to man of the Match

The ball looked to be turned over when Seymour came from deep in the midfield to clear out the Moffat props from the ruck and save the ball for Captain Bruce Abernethy to quick pick and go only to be stopped mere inches from the line. The backs then took advantage and whipped it wide to win the penalty that Catto was able to knock over extending the lead to 10-27.

The Day ended on a high note as Glassford made a trade mark burst off receiving the high kick in the back field and made post haste up the wing allowing winger Iain Kerr to cut inside and burst up the line into the 5 meters. The scrum was awarded to the Bish and the pack decided that 5 meters was not close enough and decided to walk over to less than a meter to the line, when Taylor keenly spotted a gap and threw himself towards it getting his own try for the day and extending his points total. Once again Catto was unfortunate to have a kick from the touch line into the wind and it drifted wide to finish the game 10-32 to the Bish securing them another Bonus Point win and keeping them in the hunt for the league title!

Catto had a personal battle with the wind

The Leaps and Bounds man of the match for the day was Euan Keltie who seems to have found his position with a very impressive performance at number 6 having switched from the wing.

Club President Greame Adam congratulates Keltie on his MotM performance

Next week sees a return to action at Holmpark when we host Lanark in the return leg of the fixture from earlier in the season where Bishopton kept a clean sheet in a 45-0 victory and will be looking for more of the same this time round.

Bishopton v Pitstop/School of Hard Knocks

Yesterday several players from our first team travelled to Ashfeild Speedway stadium in Possil to take on a Pitstops/School of Hard Knocks employability project side also coached by First XV Coach Robbie Stewart.  The players that were able to attend, teamed up with players from Glasgow Alphas in order to compete in a 7’s competition.

Players from Bishopton RFC, Pitstops. School of Hard Knocks and Glasgow Alphas

The competition came at the end of an 8-week course for the hosts many of whom had never touched a rugby ball before. The Hosts made the most of the games bring the competition to the sides that they were playing. With the final match of the day being contested between the Bishopton 7 and the Pitstops team with the Bish team edging ahead 5-3 for the win in a hard thought game showing the progress that they have made in the time they have been together.

We wish everyone involved in yesterday game the best for the rest of there season and hope that we will be able to support Pitstops/School of Hard Knocks in any of their future matches.

For Further information please follow the links here.

Match Report – Shawlands RFC v Bishopton RFC 04/11/2017

           Shawlands RFC  – 12


Bishopton – 21


Tries; Ruari Taylor, Ryan Moore

Conversion; Max Catto

Penalty;  Max Catto (3)

For the second time this season bishopton made the short trip to Cartha to play Shawlands, and the team were out looking for revenge after the disappointing defeat in the bowl that was suffered at the end of September.  Before the game started there were some last-minute changes to the line-up as long time absentee Sandy Glassford moved from the bench into Fullback, and Euan Hay came into mark his first start for the club in the Back Row. Also making their first starts for the club were Winger Iain Kerr and Prop Jack Burns. So, it would be a hard match for these players making their first starts.

Catto got the game under way with a well-placed kick and Shawlands were the first to make a mistake as they had a penalty given against them as they were not releasing the ball. Bish took full advantage of being near the posts and took the 3 points to nudge them ahead. 0-3 to Bish.

From the restart Bishopton again looked the stronger of the two teams gaining a lot of territory and going from touch line to touch line with the ball showing the wide range of passing that they have. However, after a large tackle was put in and losing the ball to Shawlands the ball was then knocked on as a huge hit was put in on the player resulting in a Bish scrum. The Bish scrum that was broken up all too frequently a month before hand was resolute in keeping its footing today however as they were able to push the opposition back several meters setting up a good platform for scrum half Ruari Taylor. Who was able to dart from the back of the scrum running in 15 meters to get his first score of the month as he continues an outstanding try scoring run.  Catto added the extras to make it 0-10 to the Bish.

It was from this strong position that things started to unravel for the Bish as Shawlands were able to win a penalty and kick their way up to the 5 and secure a line out, from the resulting line out they were able to maul over the whitewash and dot the ball down. 7-10


From here Bish would lose Scrum Half Taylor to an ankle injury that ended his afternoon after a strong start, due to this injury a reshuffle was on the cards as Glassford stepped in to take his place and the back three was reshuffled with Peterson going to Fullback and Maybury onto the wing.

With the team unsettled after an unexpected injury Shawlands were able to take advantage. Finding a gap on the wing allowing them to run in for the 5 points. The conversion was not to be however as the place kicker stopped midway through his approach allowing Glassford to charge the kick down.  Thus, limiting the lad that they now had to 2 points, 12-10 Shawlands.


The charge down was what bishopton needed to settle the nerves and put them back on the right path again as they when into a momentum of phase building and keeping the ball in possession. And it started to pay off as Ryan Moore was able to get his hands on the ball and went on to bore his way through the Shawlands defence, before he was able to bump and twist his way into the corner for the try! The Conversion attempt from the wing drifted across the posts and was not to be. 12-15 to Bish as the clock went red and half time was reached.


The second half was a hard though event with both teams refusing to let the other cross the line for the try – though on two occasions the Bish were held up by the Shawlands defence. With the advantage on one of these occasions and the dominance that they were showing Bish opted to take the points being in front of goal, knowing that they would be back down in this area later in the match and it was the smart move to keep the scoreboard ticking over. 12-18 to Bish.

Shawlands were able to gain their own penalty up the pitch but the kick into the wind that had picked up did not make the posts and was pushed back towards where it came from.  Soon after they were able to gain another penalty but the decision was reversed by the referee and the penalty was awarded to the Bish. Max stepped up at the halfway line and was able to launch the ball into the 5 to give Bishopton the line out. Bish win the knock on from the line out and gain the scrum and again are able to bully forward gaining the advantage in the process of crashing over the line but the Referee ruled that the ball was held up. Again, Bish took the penalty in front of the posts taking the score to 12-21 to Bish.


Before the match came to an end Shawlands would see a man sent to the bin after Stephen Hogan was able to make the intercept and charge up the pitch before he was tackled and brought down but his pop up was in vain when the Shawlands man took out Iain Kerr before he was able to take the pop pass. Bish were not able to take advantage of the extra man for the remainder of the match, but were after a period able to win a final penalty as the clock went red and knock the ball out to end the match.

Max Catto was awarded Man of the Match for a commanding performance at Stand-Off kicking for good territory and his goals.

Next week sees us take on the Isle of Mull before the international break comes into full swing for the rest of the months so we will be looking for a big victory to take us into December!

BT Club of the Month Presentation

On Wednesday evening our committee welcomed Adam Gary from the SRU to formally present Bishopton with the Septembers BT Club of the Month.  After the presentation was completed, discussions on the work that we have been carrying out and where we plan to go in the near and distant future. With the direction that the SRU is wanting to take, Bishopton are in place to keep expanding the way that we are currently are we will definitely be going places in the future and with the family that we have at the club this will be something that we will achieve together!



But in the meantime we are going to have to work out where to put our award…..

Unbeaten Bishopton named BT Club of the Month

We here at Bishopton are pleased to finally announce that we have been named Septembers BT club of the Month in winning the BT Club of the Month Bishopton are automatically placed into the running for BT Club of the Season at the end of the year.  To qualify for the award three categories are taken into account.

  • Performance: 1st XV playing record and other teams’ performances.
  • Discipline: Club discipline record in that month.
  • Development: Club activity in growing and developing the game.


To win, a club does not have to be the best in all three areas, but should show a successful balance, with potential for long-term growth. Bishopton has excelled in all of these areas in the month of September. As a club we have made strides in coaching, youth section and officiating as well as establishing a development XV.

Through September we enjoyed an unbeaten month in BT West League Division 3, recording a bonus point in every match, with results against some tough opposition having results against Hyndland, Lochaber, Moffat and Lanark.

A lot of this success has come down to the pool of players that the club has been able to pull the match day squad from, this pool has greatly increased due to two key reasons. The first being the increased presence on social media and recruiting new players this has over the last year broadened the area that we have started to attract players to our village and in turn these players have helped bring in others that have in some cases never played rugby before but due to determination and dedicated coaches have developed into 1stXV players.

The major factor that will keep our club developing in the long run is our youth section, as in the last year we have had 7 players that have played at our various youth levels make the step up to senior rugby in various positions and we are edging closer to our target of being able to field a starting XV of players that are purely graduates of our youth sections. To date this has seen Centre Ross McGowan, Scrum Half’s Rob Wallace and Ruari Taylor, Back Row Euan Hay, Lock Alex Neil and Props Tom Dalling and Jack Burns all starting or making a push for starting berths in the team.

Ross McGowan
Ruari Taylor
Euan Hay
Alex Neil
Tom Dalling
Jack Burns
Rob Wallace
















With so many players under the age of 21 breaking into the first team they are setting the marker for our very first U18 team that we have been able to field with many of these players taking part in the weekly summer touch rugby that we run with the seniors with many showing promise. And within that group of U18s we have had 2 players go on to represent West U16s last year and making the step up to U18s in Rory Jackson and Callum Brown. As well as current Bishopton U18 Captain Andrew Carey under taking his Referee training over the last year and in the month of September officiating his first game while also balancing training and playing on a Saturday.

Rory and Callum representing West U16s
The core of our U18 Te am
Andrew Carey






Due to the increased playing numbers many of whom have never played rugby before and the number of players that are making the jump to senior rugby this has meant that we have been able to field a development team for the first time.  With a view to having a regular 2ndXV next season to ensure that these players and a few older ones that still like to lace up their boots are playing on a regular basis rather than around the 1stXV fixtures and limiting them to limited time from the bench.None of this would be possible is it was not for the coaching system that we have in place at the club and the passion that they have to set aside on many cases 3 days a week to ensure that we are moving forward on the pitch as well as off it. From the minis right through to the senior team where every set of coaches are inspirational to the teams that they are coaching and can get the very best out of them come rain or shine.

The committee at this time would like to thank all those people that not just presently volunteer their time and efforts but those that have over the last 23 years of our club’s history have dedicated their time, effort, talents and most importantly the smiles that you have given to everyone else at the club while being involved with us in our goals. Also to all of the players… to the people that go out and put their bodies on the line to stop other teams crossing our try line. Over the years a lot of blood, sweat, tears and the odd broken bone have been put into Holmpark and we simply would not be where we are today without those past and present that pull the Bishopton jersey on.

Having secured the BT Club of the Month for September we now turn our attentions to the rest of the season and to continue on in the same fashion that we have started the season, as we are now in the hunt for Club of the Season. But most importantly…


We are Bishopton Rugby Club and we ARE going places!!