TEAM’S HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT
HAILED BY SPEAKERS AT ANNUAL DINNER
LEFT – Selkirk’s new
1st XV captain Ross Nixon (right) congratulates Ewan MacDougall on being appointed his vice-captain. RIGHT – Top
table guests at Friday’s club dinner. Back row, from left: Jim Inglis, Andrew Renwick, Elliot Henderson. Seated:
Terence Froud, Mick Craig (chairman) and Rory Bannerman.
LEFT – 1st XV hooker
James Bett is presented with the Boag Cup by president Mick Craig after being named Selkirk’s ‘Player of the Year’.
RIGHT – Gordon Patterson receives an award to mark his retiral from 1st XV rugby after 227 senior appearances.
LEFT – Fly-half Callum
McColm receives the Bell Club for being the club’s best tackler. RIGHT – Darren Clapperton is presented with the
Oliver Lawson Quaich after finishing the season as joint top try scorer
LEFT – Craig MacDougall
was voted the 1st XV’s ‘Player’s Player of the Year’. RIGHT – President Mick Craig presents Lewis Martin with
the Gary Selkirk Cup for best trainer.
LEFT – The Neil Redpath
Cup for most committed ‘A’ XV player was awarded to Robert Cook. RIGHT – George Welsh (right) has generously donated
to the club a framed Selkirk Youth Club jersey signed by every Youth Club captain since 1950. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]
SELKIRK Rugby Club’s momentous
season was celebrated in fine style at the club’s annual dinner on Friday night, with the 1st XV players involved
in the team’s record-breaking feat of winning all 22 of their BT National League Division 1 fixtures being presented
with specially engraved glass tankards.
“It has been an amazing season,” Selkirk president Mick Craig, who chaired the dinner, told members and guests.
“The success the club has enjoyed this year is just reward for the tremendous effort put in by the players and
coaches over the past 10 months.
“For the 1st XV to win promotion to the BT Premiership and for our ‘A’ XV to finish fourth in BT Reserve League
National 2 is a fantastic achievement, of which everyone involved at Philiphaugh both on and off the pitch can
“It wasn’t all plain sailing, and Kelso tried hard to spoil the party in our final fixture, but just as they’d
done all season the players showed their character to salvage an incredible victory with the very last play of
the game. What an achievement – well done boys!”
Glass tankards were then presented to the 17 1st XV players present at the dinner, as well as to forwards coach
Neill Wood, assistant backs coach Gavin Craig and to team manager Tom Ramage.
The toast to Selkirk Rugby Club was proposed by former Hawick RFC president Rory Bannerman. “It’s remarkable what
you have achieved this year,” he told guests. “To remain unbeaten after 1,760 minutes of rugby is a stunning achievement,
and I would suggest Selkirk must be a ‘shoe-in’ for Scottish Rugby’s Team of the Year.
“Without a doubt Selkirk has had a starring role in Scottish rugby this season, and it is with great anticipation
that we look forward to welcoming you into the BT Premiership. I hope that you’re there to stay, as it is important
to have as many Border clubs in the top tier as possible, showing what can be done with local lads.”
The reply to the toast was given by 1st XV captain Andrew Renwick, who thanked the players for giving their all
week in, week out, and the coaches for their guidance and commitment. He had a special word of thanks for the club’s
supporters. “We must have the best supporters in the country - everywhere we go, they follow us. I’m sure they’ll
be just as supportive for our Premiership games next year.”
After receiving his captain’s tankard from Mick Craig, the 1st XV skipper made a special presentation of a framed
photograph to team-mate Gordon Patterson, who made his final 1st XV appearance at Poynder Park in March. “Gordon
has been one of the club’s most consistent players, playing 227 times for the 1sts, including a run of 96 consecutive
appearances. Thanks for all your effort, Pate.”
The toast to Rugby Football was given by former Hawick president and coach Terence Froud, who congratulated the
Selkirk players on their record-breaking season: “You showed what can be done by a small club, now you have to
show what you can do in the top flight.”
In a wide-ranging address, Mr Froud took issue with the inordinate length of the rugby season: “Starting in August
and running to the middle of May puts enormous pressure on club players,” he said, adding that he believed the
10-tournament ‘Kings of the Sevens’ circuit should also be reduced.
The former Greens coach said there was a “huge problem” with clubs paying players, and he advocated directing this
money into improving the youth set-up of rugby. He also took issue with the fairness of the Premiership play-off
system, and said there should always be a place in club rugby for teams to go on tours, which was proving difficult
in today’s extended season.
At the end of the dinner It was announced that Selkirk’s new 1st XV captain for season 2015/2016 would be centre
Ross Nixon, with back row forward Ewan MacDougall taking over Ross’s previous role as vice-captain.
The player awards were then presented to the 2015 recipients:
Oliver Lawson Quaich (top 1st XV try scorer) – Darren Clapperton & Josh Welsh (16 tries each).
Neil Redpath Cup (most committed A XV player) – Robert Cook.
Wat Henderson Quaich (outstanding performer in first season at Philiphaugh) – Jordan McGowan.
1st XV Player’s Player of the Year – Craig MacDougall.
‘A’ XV Player’s Player of the Year – Matt Robertson.
Tom Henderson Trophy (special achievement by a 1st XV player) – The whole Selkirk 1st XV team.
Bell Cup (best tackler) – Callum McColm.
Gary Selkirk Cup (club’s best trainer) – Lewis Martin.
Boag Cup (Selkirk RFC Player of the Year) – James Bett.
The dinner concluded with a comprehensive vote of thanks by senior vice-president Elliot Henderson, while entertainment
during the evening was provided by Alan Wheelans and Alan Pearce.
END OF AN ERA AS SELKIRK RFC’S WEB SITE EDITOR SIGNS OFF FOR FINAL TIME
HAVE PEN, WILL TRAVEL.
A Biro is never far away from the right hand of John Smail, seen here on the team bus in his former role as Selkirk
team manager. [Photo: FRANCK SEGUIN]
AFTER writing match reports and
compiling news items for the selkirkrfc.com web site on and off for the past 20 years, John Smail has finally decided
to power off his computer keyboard. The former Selkirk president and player informed the club’s committee of his
decision three months ago, and hopes a new face will take over his web site role in time for the start of the new
“It’s been a real pleasure being involved with Selkirk Rugby Club’s web site,” said John. “During that time I’ve
been very fortunate to have been working alongside such talented individuals as club photographer Grant Kinghorn
and web master Mike Craig, who’ve made my job so much easier. They certainly deserve a special mention.
“I’d also like to thank all the players, coaches, club officials and supporters for their assistance and encouragement.
Sometimes they might have been a bit surprised when they saw how their quotes turned out on the web site home page,
but by and large I’m pleased to say there have been no major hiccups!”
In the coming months John and his wife Mary are planning to travel more, but he will continue his role as treasurer
of the Selkirk Past Players Club, as well as closely following the fortunes of the two Philiphaugh teams.
GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER AT PHILIPHAUGH…
THANKS TO EFFORTS OF THESE TWO!
A CUT ABOVE. The playing season
might now be over at Philiphaugh, but work on the pitch and surrounding areas continues to go full steam ahead.
Pictured hard at work at the Selkirk RFC ground last Friday are groundsman Brian Cassidy (seated on cutter) and
assistant groundsman Colin Malcolm (with Flymo). Keep up the good work, guys! [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]
(End of Season 2014/2015)
Played 26 Won 23 Lost 3 Drawn
Points scored: 791. Points conceded: 404.
Tries scored: 105. Tries conceded: 52.
Leading try scorers (after 26 matches):
16 - Darren Clapperton, Josh Welsh; 9 - James Bett; 7 - Craig MacDougall; 6 - Cata Graur, Angus Duckett; 5 - Callum
McColm; 4 - Scott Hendrie, Lewis MacLennan, Ewan MacDougall, Callum Marshall, Kieran Cooney; 3 - Mikey Davies;
2 - Matt Kissick, Rory Banks, Gordon Patterson, John Everitt; 1 – Jordan McGowan, Chaney Willemse, Mitch Utteridge,
Callum McEwan, Ross Nixon, Scott Tough, Matt Robertson, Ruairi Wilson.
Leading points scorers (after 26 matches): 214 – Josh Welsh (16 tries, 21 penalties,
35 cons); 131 – Rory Banks (2 tries, 24 pens, 23 convs).
Most appearances (after 26 matches): 26 - James Bett; 25 - Callum Marshall,
Cata Graur, Mikey Davies, Kieran Cooney; 24 - Angus Duckett; 23 - Lewis MacLennan; 22 - Josh Welsh, Ewan MacDougall,
Gordon Patterson; 21 - Rory Banks, Craig MacDougall; 20 - Jordan McGowan, Matt Kissick, Callum McColm; 19 - Ross
Nixon, Ruairi Wilson, Darren Clapperton.
Played 20 Won 13 Lost 7 Drawn
Points scored: 560. Points conceded: 386.
Tries scored: 80. Tries conceded: 60.
Leading try scorers (after 20 matches):
13 - Callum McEwan; 9 - Lewis Martin; 8 - Kieran Monks; 4 - Scott Marshall, Ali Lyall, Scott Hendrie, Jack Elliot;
3 – Robert Cook, Scott McClymont, Josh Welsh; 2 – Darren Knox, Sean Nixon, Ross Purves, Rory Banks, Craig Bruce,
Ruairi Wilson, Jordan McGowan, Stuart Forrest; 1 – Bruce Riddell, Bob Wilkinson, Matt Robertson, Willie McClymont,
John Everitt, Scott Tough, Scott McDonald, Lewis MacLennan, Craig MacDougall, Ross Nixon.
Leading points scorers (after 20 matches): 65 - Callum McEwan (10 tries); 63 – Jack
Elliot (4 tries, 7 penalties, 11 conversions); 48 – Rory Banks (2 tries, 3 penalties, 12 conversions).
Most appearances (after 20 matches): 20 – Lewis Martin; 19 – Robert Cook,
Ross Purves; 17 - Scott McClymont, Kieran Thomson, Craig Bruce; 14 - Jamie Turnbull; 13 - Kieran Monks, Matt Robertson,
Jack Elliot; 12 - Scott McDonald, W. McClymont, S. Mackay; 11 - Scott Tough, Bruce Riddell; 10 - Callum McEwan;
9 - Jimmy Stephen; 7 – Callum Turnbull.
Played 1 Won 1 Lost 0 Drawn 0
Points scored: 72. Points conceded: 0.
Tries scored: 12. Tries conceded: 0.
Leading try scorers (after one match): 3 – Lewis Beaton, Michael McVie; 1 – Bob Wilkinson, Tom Walling, Craig
Bruce, James Bett, Blair Amos, Ewan MacDougall, Kieran Cooney.
Leading points scorers (after one match): 27 – Michael McVie (3 tries, 6 conversions.
Most appearances (after one match): 1 - Kieran Monks, Duncan Lawson, Lewis
Beaton, Bob Wilkinson, Tom Walling, Michael McVie, Craig Bruce, Chris Fairbairn, James Bett, Kyle Ramage, Adam
Nichol, Jack Houston, Blair Amos, Willie McClymont, Ewan MacDougall, Kieran Cooney, Donny Mackenzie.
|28/03 Kelso 29, Selkirk 32 Report
|24/03 Wtsoians 26 ,Selkirk 35 Report
COME & PLAY FOR SELKIRK
SELKIRK Rugby Club is currently recruiting players
for the 2015/2016 campaign.
After winning this season’s BT National League Division 1 title, thereby securing Selkirk’s promotion to the BT
Premiership, the club would like to strengthen its playing resources.
If you’re a player who feels up for the challenge, then please call Selkirk Rugby Club’s director of Rugby,
Cammy Cochrane, on 07780 563 256.
CLUB’S BEST WISHES GO TO STANDARD
PRIOR to the start of Friday night’s annual club dinner in the Philiphaugh Suite, Selkirk
president and dinner chairman Mick Craig (right) presented an engraved tankard to ex-Selkirk player Scott Rodgerson
to mark his appointment as 2015 Selkirk Royal Burgh Standard Bearer.
“Everyone at Selkirk Rugby Club wishes Scott all the very best at this year’s Common Riding,” president Mick Craig
told the selkirkrfrc.com web site this week, “and I’m sure Scott is going to do everyone proud on his big day,
Friday, June 12th.”
RELIVE SELKIRK’S GLORIOUS PROMOTION
SEASON WITH NEW ‘INVINCIBLES’ DVD
A SPECIAL one-hour DVD celebrating Selkirk’s remarkable season in BT National League Division
1, which saw the team win all 22 of its LEAGUE fixtures, is now on sale.
Entitled “The Invincibles”, it contains highlights from all 22 victories recorded by Selkirk in the league campaign,
as well as interviews with players, coaches and club officials.
Also featured is exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of head coach Peter Wright’s dressing room team talk to the
players prior to Selkirk’s final home game against Peebles.
The DVD has been shot, compiled and edited by Selkirk RFC stalwarts George Macdonald and John Smail, and is currently
on sale at Colin Turnbull’s shoe repairs shop on Selkirk High Street, priced £10.
DEVELOPMENT CLUB’S MONTHLY WINNER
THE May winner of Selkirk RFC’s Development Club draw is number 283 - Mrs Joyce Flemming
– who receives a £100 cheque. Many congratulations, Joyce!
Anyone wishing to join Selkirk RFC’s Development Club is asked to get in touch with secretary Alison Cullen. She
can be contacted by e-mail at - firstname.lastname@example.org
SELKIRK RFC MEMBERS
SELKIRK Rugby Club supporters can now keep up to
date with all the latest club news via Twitter, as well as the latest scores and results from Selkirk matches.
Follow - @SelkirkRFCInfo
Subscriptions for 2014-2015
Junior Member............ £10
For information regarding International Tickets contact Billy Renwick. Or buy exclusively from Selkirk RFC portal
to the SRU. Here
SELKIRK RFC CLUB SHOP
THE Selkirk RFC Club Shop is open for every home
1st XV fixture, and on Tuesday training nights from 6.30-7.30pm. It is also open on Sundays at the Rhinos training
sessions - 10am - 12noon.
The shop stocks replica Selkirk Playing kit plus a wide range of SRFC hoodies, jackets, gilets, polo shirts, club
shirts and club ties.
Any Rhinos looking for playing or training kit can get it in the shop.
There are numerous small Selkirk RFC 'gift' items including mini rugby balls, pens, key fobs and mugs... and much.
much more to tempt.
Club shop manager Alison Rutherford looks forward to seeing you in the shop very soon!
Bar Steward Les Mallin can be contacted on : 07772044465
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