NO LUCK AT KELSO, BUT A SEMI-FINAL
FINISH FOR THE SOUTERS AT EARLSTON
THE Sevens Squad were back in action once again at both Kelso Sevens and Earlston Sevens over the weekend. The
lads didn’t get far at Kelso unfortunately, being put out in their first tie. Earlston offered some promise for
the team as they reached the semi-finals, but that was as far as they got, as Jed-Forest put them out of the running.
Selkirk’s first match at Kelso was against Edinburgh Accies, who they had managed to overthrow the previous week
to be crowned champions at Peebles Sevens. However, Accies proved to be no pushovers this week as the game kicked
off. Both sides had put a try past the other by the time the two minute mark had came, setting the benchmark for
the rest of the match. Accies pulled ahead just before half time thanks to a converted try courtesy of Alex Glashan,
leaving the score at 12-5.
Selkirk fought back fiercely in the second half, utilising the likes of Josh Welsh and Mikey Davies to push further
up the pitch. A break by Davies in the Accies ’22 allowed him to offload at the last minute to an oncoming Dashton
Wellman, who pushed through the last man and touched down, before converting to make it 12-12. Accies retaliated
though, with a great burst of speed from the restart allowing Jamie Winks to score and put the Edinburgh side a
further five points ahead.
A second Alex Glashan try just a minute later further increased the difference and the conversion was added to
make it 24-12. Selkirk attacked bravely, knowing that they were running out of time, and a second Dashton Wellman
try and conversion brought them seven points closer to their opponents. However, Ronan Seydak soon put the Souters’
hopes down, scoring a try in the dying seconds of the game after an impressive attack from the restart to leave
the final score at 29-12, thus putting Selkirk out of the competition.
Melrose would end up being crowned the winners of Kelso Sevens, after a resounding 57-19 win over Gala in the final.
The lads travelled to Earlston Sevens on Sunday, and came up against Edinburgh Accies again in their first fixture,
where this time it would be the Souters who came up triumphant.
The boys started the match superbly, with Josh Welsh providing the opening try with a great run after an impressive
passing move, which Wellman was happy to convert. Callum Marshall followed soon after; touching down after a fantastic
break forward from Ross Nixon allowed him to offload after drawing his man, which just left Wellman to convert
again. Ewan MacDougall added Selkirk’s third try of the match just before half time, which left Selkirk in the
lead with a convincing score line of 19-0.
Accies scored quickly after the second half started, but Selkirk retaliated straight away, touching down just a
minute later. Alex Glashan popped up again, scoring an unconverted try to add five points to the Accies side of
the scoreboard. However, by this point it was too late for any comeback, and Selkirk came away as victors- the
score line being 24-10.
This win meant that Selkirk would take on old rivals Hawick in the quarter-finals, who had defeated Kelso with
relative ease in the previous round by 38 points to 14. Selkirk opened the scoring through Josh Welsh once again,
who touched down after good attacking play, with Wellman converting for the extra points. Ewan MacDougall scored
again after this for another five points, before Hawick were awarded a penalty try and Darren Clapperton was shown
a yellow card after a high tackle.
Despite being a man down, Selkirk carried on their assault towards the Hawick try line as Welsh scored his second
of the match, with Wellman adding the conversion, and Davies following straight after, thanks to more great passing
manoeuvres from Nixon. After Wellman added the conversion, Hawick did indeed add a further seven points to the
scoreboard, but it was too late by this point as the referee blew for full time on a 26-14 win for Selkirk.
The boys were now into the semi-finals, where they were to face Jed-Forest, who beat Duns 45-0 in the previous
round, so they meant business. Callum Marshall opened the scoring for Selkirk and Wellman added a trademark conversion,
but Jed-Forest fought back to add their own converted try through Gregor Young after a good break into Selkirk’s
half. Lewis Young added another converted try for Jed just before half time, leaving the score at 14-7 at the break.
Dashton Wellman provided the opening try of the second half after good attacking play into the Jed 22, which brought
the Souters five points closer to Jed, but Gregor Young popped up again for his second of the match and made it
21-12. Selkirk were fighting desperately to stay in the competition and did this well through Davies, who scored
soon after. However, it wasn’t to be for the Philiphaugh natives, as Gregor Young completed his hat-trick just
before the final whistle to put an end to a tug-of-war match between the two sides- the final score being 26-17.
It was an unfortunate end to the Earlston Sevens for the lads who had displayed great rugby throughout the whole
tournament, and were just unlucky to lose in the end.
Jed-Forest would in fact come away as champions of the Earlston Sevens, defeating a tricky Watsonians side 35-21
in an exciting final.
An unfortunate weekend for the Souters, but the boys will be hoping that they can win their own tournament next
Saturday, May 7th as Philiphaugh plays host to the annual Selkirk Sevens (first tie: 2pm).
SELKIRK AT KELSO SEVENS- J. Welsh, C. MacDougall, E. MacDougall, D. Wellman, M.
Davies, R. Nixon, C. McEwan, J. Bett, D. Allan, L. MacLennan.
SELKIRK AT EARLSTON SEVENS- C. Marshall, C. MacDougall, E. MacDougall, D. Wellman,
M. Davies, R. Nixon, C. McEwan, D. Clapperton, L. MacLennan, J. Welsh.
VICTORY FOR THE YOUTH CLUB AT JED THISTLE SEVENS
AFTER coming so close to winning their own tournament the previous weekend, Selkirk Youth Club were desperate for
victory at their final Sevens competition of the year at Jed Thistle. The boys were successful in their fight for
the win and came away as the champions on Saturday after some hard-fought games.
The boys faced Berwick in their first match of the competition, but overcame them with relative ease, although
they faced Hawick Wanderers in the quarter-finals, which proved to be a bit tougher, but still the club pushed
Old rivals Melrose Wasps would be the Club’s semi-final opponents. The Wasps put the Club to the sword, with the
score being 17-17 right up to extra time, where a last gasp try secured the win for the boys- 22-17 was the final
score. The Club was into the final!
The lads would face Peebles in the final, and they started the match well, putting a converted try past a startled
Peebles side. The Club scored again but Peebles weren’t giving up, pulling an unconverted try back to bring the
scores closer at 12-5. However, another two Selkirk tries gradually pulled the Souters out of reach. Peebles did
gain an extra seven points through another try, but Selkirk put the match to bed with a concluding converted try
to leave the final score at 31-12, and the Youth Club as champions of Jed Thistle!
SELKIRK YOUTH CLUB- D. Nichol, F. Easson, H. Borthwick, A. McColm, R. Hamilton,
J. Mackay, G. Ross, S. Clark, M. Rutter, A. McColm.
A BUSY WEEKEND ALL ROUND FOR
TOP- The Primary 6/7 Rhinos
squad pose prior to their match against Kelso, which was played before the Kelso Sevens final. BOTTOM- Presentation
Day down at Philiphaugh, as the Rhinos players are handed out their respective age group’s awards. [Photos: ALAN
AS a long hard season draws to a close, several of the last few remaining events for the Rhinos came together last
weekend, one of which was the annual ‘Dads v Lads’ match which was played down at Philiphaugh in glorious sunshine
on Saturday morning!
With mums and daughters now a firm fixture in both starting line-ups respectively, the match has taken on a new
title, with that of ‘Parents v Players’ in keeping with modern political correctness and social etiquette. A large
number of participants turned out in force to enjoy what is always a competitive and (on occasion!) enjoyable activity.
With a combined parents and P3 team competing against the P4’s, 5’s, 6’s & 7’s, the match was played in great
spirit with some of the more ‘senior’ players of age rolling back the years to show that they still can mix it
with the young guns. Not even the fact these ‘skills’, which were on show, were being demonstrated against a group
of pre-high-school children could take away the joy for some at going the distance.
The game flowed from end to end and when the final whistle was eventually blown, the youngsters came out on top,
winning narrowing by a score line of five tries to four. The only notable incident of a sad nature was the sickening,
if not highly dangerous challenge from out-going Rhinos Secretary Claire Scott, who playing on the wing in her
first match for the Parents, decided that the best form of defence against a far speedier eight year old opponent
was to launch herself into a tackle by means of a flying clothesline smash, as previously demonstrated by a number
of WWE wrestling legends such as Jake ‘the Snake’ Roberts and the Macho Man Randy Savage. We are pleased to announce
that the child involved suffered no long-term injury and he should manage to begin swallowing his food again in
time for this year’s Common Riding!
Following the game, player presentations were handed out to various age groups with trophies being given to both
this season’s best player (as chosen by their age group coach) for their continuing hard work and effort and those
of most improved player as reward for their own efforts in improving since the season started back in August last
The P7’s will hold their presentation of prizes in the coming weeks which will be held this year in the Philiphaugh
Suite on Friday the 13th of May of which all Rhinos players, parents, family and friends are welcome to attend.
Guest speakers (including current Selkirk RFC head coach and ex Scotland Internationalist Graham Marshall) will
be on hand to offer stories and words of wisdom to the children before heading up to Selkirk High.
The weekend also saw the Primary 3 age group section make a trip over to Melrose where they competed in an end-of-season
Round Robin competition in which they performed exceptionally well and who now can look forward to a well-earned
rest over the summer.
Finally, Saturday evening saw a last minute, hastily arranged fixture for a group of Selkirk Rhinos to make the
journey down to Poynder Park at Kelso to play their counterparts in a match prior to the 7’s final. Primarily a
P7 side, support was required due to injuries to several players in the previous weeks and several players from
the both the Selkirk and Kelso age group below were called upon to assist.
Given the opportunity to aid their development, the P6 players for both teams thrived playing with the older, more
experienced and street wise players P7’s of Selkirk, who they themselves demonstrated great skills and character
in encouraging and supporting the younger players throughout. Sadly however the skills set divide were all too
evident and as expected, playing in front of a hugely excitable and vocal home crowd, Kelso finished the game stronger
and won by a score line of three tries to one, scoring some well worked tries in the process and who were able
to compete far stronger at the break downs due to the streetwise of their P7 squad. The scorer of Selkirk’s points
was Finlay Wheelans.
Upon completion of the game the players shook hands and all climbed the stairs to the stand to each receive a medal
for competing, while they also were rewarded with a huge and warm ovation from all those spectating as well as
the Melrose and Gala Sevens players standing on the side lines awaiting to take to the pitch to compete in the
Rhinos training is now finished but will resume in in August in time for the new season starting. Rhinos parents
will be on duty assisting with the Burger Stall at this weekend’s annual Selkirk Sevens tournament for the senior
LAWRIE’S CONTINUE SELKIRK SEVENS
Lawrie’s Garage sales
manager David Henderson (third from right) presents Selkirk RFC sevens convener John Rutherford with the 2016 Selkirk
Sevens sponsorship cheque. Looking on are Lawrie’s sales executives (from left) - Neill Brotherstone, David
Whitecross, Chris Barton and Keith Brocklehurst. Kneeling at the front is Selkirk player Dashton Wellman.
[Photo: ALWYN JOHNSTON]
LAWRIE’S Garage, part of the Border Motor Group
based in St Boswells, is once again sponsoring Selkirk Sevens, which takes place at Philiphaugh on Saturday, May
7. This is the fourth year in succession the company has supported the event, and Lawrie’s sales manager David
Henderson says the firm is delighted to be involved once again.
“We are very happy to continue our sponsorship,” said Mr Henderson, “and got a lot of positive feedback from last
year’s event. The Selkirk tournament is one of the most popular on the Kings of the Sevens circuit, and Lawrie’s
is pleased to be able to play a part in helping to enhance this reputation.”
Selkirk Rugby Club’s sevens convener is former Scotland internationalist John Rutherford, who said everyone at
Philiphaugh was delighted to welcome Lawrie’s Garage back as the 2016 tournament’s sponsor.
“Having Lawrie’s Garage on board for the fourth year in a row has given the 2016 sevens a massive boost, and we’re
delighted to be strengthening our ties with such a prestigious organisation as Lawrie’s Garage.
“We’ve again managed to attract an extremely strong line-up of teams, and are delighted to welcome guests Loughborough,
who are coached by former Selkirk player Ciaran Beattie.” Other guest sides include the Borders’ top clubs plus
Edinburgh Accies, Watsonians, Stewart’s/Melville FP, Hamilton and Biggar.
Lawrie’s Garage is the only Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT service and approved used car centre in the Scottish Borders
offering the full range of cars for sale with the added support of the award-winning sales team. Lawrie's Garage
intends to have several of its cars on display at the Selkirk tournament.
The 2016 Selkirk Sevens, sponsored by Lawrie’s Garage, takes place at Philiphaugh on Saturday, May 7, with the
first tie kicking off at 2pm.
RUGBY DEVELOPMENT DRAW WINNERS
The Rugby Development Club draw winner of the £100
for March is number 309, Elliot Henderson!
The winner of the £100 for April is number 281, Alex Millar!
Congratulations to both Elliot and Alex!
ALL REMAINING BORDERS SEVENS DATES FOR THE COMING WEEKS
BELOW are all the remaining dates for the upcoming
sevens tournaments across the Borders, which Selkirk will of course be taking part in. Come on the Souters!
Kelso 7s: Saturday, April 30th
Earlston 7s: Sunday, May 1st
Selkirk 7s: Saturday, May 7th
Jedforest 7s: Saturday, May 14th
INTERNATIONAL SEASON PASS TICKETS
Club members can apply for a SEASON PASS for the
five major home international at Murrayfield this coming season.
Please contact Donald Macleod at email@example.com or by phoning 01750 62201 before 3rd JUNE for further
All passes ordered will have to be paid for by 30th JUNE.
The cost of a pass for adults is £330 [£175] between the try lines; £225 [£115] for the
North / South stands and the East /West corners; £140 [£70] for the North / South rear and West upper
and lower. [Cost for Under 18s.] All our matches will be played on Saturdays.
Details for applying for individual Autumn internationals
will be issued in August.
Scotland v Australia – 12th November; 2.30pm:
Scotland v Argentina – 19th November; 5.00pm:
Scotland v Ireland – 4th February; 2.25pm:
Scotland v Wales – 25th February; 2.25pm:
Scotland v Italy – 18th March; 12.30pm.
JOIN THE PAST PLAYER’S CLUB
IF you have played for Selkirk at any level at any time, from the 1st XV to the ‘A’ XV, the 3rds, 4ths, 5ths and
Vets, you can join the Past Player’s Club. For an annual cost of just £30, which entitles you to a free lunch,
it’s great value for money! The excess funds are exclusively invested in our player development programme which
is so important to a community like ours.
We have several overseas members including Brian Spaton (Spas) and Larry Taylor (Bones) from Balmy Beach who both
played for Selkirk when on tour in Ontario! We are looking for new members and it’s a great way to keep in touch
with the players of your era. If you are interested in joining, please contact John Rutherford on the following
details:- Mob: 07887952292 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our current member list: John Smail, John Rutherford, Dennis Henderson, Cameron Cochrane, Eric Patterson, George
Thomson, Rob Forrest, Keith Hendrie, Jim Newlands, Ron Cowan, Dave Rogerson, Gordon Hunter, Tom Heatlie, Alan Pearce,
Mike Johnstone, Gordon Newlands, Gerald Beggs, Alan Linton, Douglas Syme, David Anderson, Bert Duffy, Neill Wood,
Darren Hogan, Watt Currie, Bruce Armstrong, Graeme Henderson, James Rutherford, Billy Rutherford, Chalmers Stillie,
Paul Tomlinson, Andrew Hulme, Allan Hogg, Bert Robertson, Mick McColm, Lyall Houghton, Martin Murray, John Grieve,
Duncan Lawson, Jeremy Brett, Alan Edgar, Drew Hislop, Roderick Ballantyne, Graham Scott, Iain Paxton, Jim Hulme,
Ian Hope, Norman Douglas, Malcolm MacDougall, Alan Scott, Shaun McGauchie, Iwan Tukalo, Alan Hulme, Mick Craig,
Kevin Rodgerson, Craig Forster, Michael Jaffray, Ian Galloway, Mick Craig, Keith Amos, Ian Ballantyne, Malcolm
Douglas, Rob Brotherston, Derek Parratt, Graham Marshall, Billy Galbraith, Eric Hislop, Jack Heatlie, Gavin Kellett,
Keith McConnell, Ewan Robbie, Ian Jeffrey, Donny MacKenzie, Andy White, Drew Richardson, David Bell, John Donnelly,
Ian Johnston, Keith Johnston, Bert Turnbull, Nick Bihel, Stuart McCall, Scott Davies, Larry Taylor, Rodney Pow,
Lindsay Shouesmith, Walter Douglas, Oliver Douglas, Mike Potrykus, Michael Ramage, Austin Lindores, Arnold Henderson,
Billy Renwick, Brian Spanton, John Turnbull, Alan Seal, Paul Minto, Colin Bruce, Donald Phaup, Scott McColm, Alan
Douglas, Cammy Guntley, Brian Cassidy, Alan Wheelans, Tom Brown, Roddy Denholm, David Hunter, Benny Rafferty, David
Nichol, Jim Marshall, James Hall, Jock Lockie, David Olson, Mark Langhammer, Bill Jackson.