SELKIRK TEAM LINE-UPS FOR SATURDAY
|Selkirk 1st XV to play Jed-Forest in BT National League Division 1 at Riverside Park on Saturday,
November 1 (bus leaves 1.15pm, kick-off 3pm) - J. Welsh, C. McEwan, R. Nixon, C. MacDougall, D. Clapperton, C.
McColm, M. Davies, K. Cooney, J. Bett, C. Graur, M. Kissick, J. McGowan, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, C. Marshall.
Replacements: R. Banks, R. Wilson, G. Patterson, S. McDonald.
Selkirk ‘A’ XV to play Musselburgh
2nds in BT Reserve League National
2 at Pinkie Playing Fields on Saturday, November 1 (bus leaves 11.40am, kick-off 2pm) – J. Elliot, K. Monks, A.
Scott, A. Given, L. Martin, A. Lyall, S. Tough, B. Riddell, R. Purves, K. Thomson, J. Turnbull, R. Cook, S. McClymont,
M. Robertson, W. McClymont. Replacements: C. Bruce, K. Stillie, S. Mackay.
NOTHING CAN MARR SELKIRK’S DAY AS EIGHTH WIN
KEEPS SOUTERS AHEAD OF THE PACK
Lock Jordan McGowan
keeps Selkirk on the front foot in Saturday’s 31-10 victory over Marr at Philiphaugh.
beats Marr’s last defender to score his second try of the match.
James Bett somehow
manages to touch the ball down for his second try, supported by Ewan MacDougall.
Selkirk number eight
Callum Marshall launches another attack from deep in his own half.
Selkirk captain Ross
Nixon tries to shake off an opponent, with team-mate Lewis MacLennan up in support.
Scrum-half Mikey Davies
is caught just short of the Marr try line as Selkirk turn the screw.
Props Gordon Patterson
and Cata Graur are all smiles at the end of the game.
Twin brothers Felix
& Oscar Baxter were the Selkirk mascots on Saturday, seen here with skipper Ross Nixon. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]
Selkirk 31, Marr 10
NEWLY promoted Marr put up a battling display in
their first-ever visit to Philiphaugh on Saturday, but found BT National League Division 1 leaders Selkirk in no
mood to surrender their unbeaten league record.
The Souters ultimately proved to have too much firepower both forward and aft for the Troon visitors, although
Selkirk’s eighth victory on the trot was anything but plain sailing. Marr fought tooth and nail for every scrap
of possession and every yard of territory, a fact acknowledged after the game by Selkirk head coach Peter Wright.
“Full marks to Marr for pushing us hard, particularly at the contact area, where we experienced probably the toughest
contest of any match we’ve been in this season. That said, I thought we kept our shape and composure throughout
the game, and took our chances when they came our way.”
No-one epitomised Selkirk’s drive and commitment more than hooker James Bett, later named the Four Seasons Forestry
‘Selkirk Man of the Match’. As well as scoring two of the home team’s five tries, the 21-year-old forestry worker
was singled out for a special mention by his coach.
“James is a bit of a ‘buzz-bomb’,” said Wright, “and his work rate around the field is fantastic. He’s very strong
defensively and is keen to improve his game. He’s also a team player, and that’s exactly the kind of attitude every
side needs its players to have - teamwork is at the heart of everything we do.”
In the first half home skipper Ross Nixon elected to play with the gusting wind in his side’s favour, but it soon
became apparent the Selkirk players preferred to keep ball in hand rather than boot it downfield - fly-half Callum
McColm launching a series of handling attacks from inside Selkirk’s 22.
The breakthrough came in the 10th minute, following sustained Selkirk pressure created by strong runs from Ross
Nixon, Jordan McGowan, James Bett and Matt Kissick. At one point it looked as if Kieran Coney would score in the
left-hand corner, but a timely tackle by Marr flanker Fraser Grant saved the day.
From the resulting line-out the visitors failed to clear their lines, and Angus Duckett’s first-up tackle forced
Danny Clark to spill the ball. Thrusts up the right flank by Nixon and Mikey Davies led to a penalty for Selkirk,
and Cata Graur’s quickly taken tap was carried forward by Cooney.
The ball was then switched left, with McColm and Callum Marshall providing the link for Darren Clapperton to scamper
over for a try in the corner. Josh Welsh’s conversion kick soared over from the touchline to put Selkirk 7-0 up.
Marr took the fight straight back to Selkirk, and only a timely tackle by McGowan prevented the visitors from setting
up a scoring position. Drives upfield by Marshall and Clapperton then forced Marr back on the defensive, and Bett
almost managed to squeeze over the line but was held up.
Selkirk’s dominance at the set piece saw Ross Nixon opt for two scrums rather than kick for goal, but Marr demonstrated
their resilience by forcing a turnover and lifting the siege. Two more penalty goal chances were turned down by
Selkirk in favour of scrums, but again the visitors’ defence held firm.
In the 31st minute Selkirk did manage to increase their lead. After Davies had been tackled into touch at the corner
flag, Ross Nixon punished another Marr knock-on by collecting the loose ball and bursting clean through. The home
skipper off-loaded to James Bett, who in turn found Darren Clapperton in space on the left touchline, and the wing
sprinted in for another try. Again Welsh’s conversion split the posts.
Four minutes before halftime Selkirk struck a decisive blow when strong carries by Marshall, McGowan and Craig
MacDougall led to a line-out close to Marr’s try line. Matt Kissick’s clean take set up a rolling maul, and it
was James Bett who touched the ball down for Selkirk’s third try, once again converted by Welsh.
Three minutes into injury time Marr had the chance to put their first points on the board, but Rory McGee’s penalty
attempt drifted wide, making the halftime score 21-0 in Selkirk’s favour.
With the strengthening wind at their backs in the second half, the visitors soon had Selkirk under the cosh. A
series of pick-and-go drives by the Marr pack stretched the home defence to bursting point, and number eight Ben
Johnston broke down the blind-side to score Marr’s opening try.
Selkirk hit back almost immediately. Another fine run by Clapperton looked to have been in vain when his off-load
was knocked on, but moments later Duckett’s electrifying speed to the breakdown forced a turnover. McGowan’s line-out
take was carried forward by Cooney, and Bett somehow managed to stretch over the line for his second (and Selkirk’s
In the 54th minute Callum McColm put the result beyond doubt with a fine individual try - the stand-off selling
a neat dummy before ghosting through the Marr midfield on a diagonal 35-metre run, scoring wide out on the right
without a hand being laid on him.
In the final quarter Marr’s determination and persistence were rewarded when right wing Scott Bickerstaff scored
a well taken try, and the visitors finished the game camped deep in Selkirk territory.
This was another morale-boosting win for Selkirk, who continue to set the pace at the top of the division. However,
Ross Nixon’s men can expect a hot reception at Riverside Park this Saturday, for what will be the Souters’ first
league outing against Border opposition.
SELKIRK – J. Welsh, R. Nixon, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, D. Clapperton, C. McColm, M. Davies, K. Cooney, J. Bett,
C. Graur, J. McGowan, M. Kissick, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, C Marshall. Replacements: R. Wilson, G. Patterson,
S. McDonald, R. Wilson.
MARR – R. McGee, S. Bickerstaff, C. Sturgess, J. McClung, A. Gault, G. Ness, G. Baird, P. Siave, S. Adair, F. Ferguson,
D. Rowe, K. Kirk, F. Grant, D. Clark, B. Johnston. Replacements: W. Farquhar, O. Rossie, C. Craig, A. Mill, A.
Referee – Cammy Rudkin (Hawick).
STRONG FINISH BY DUNDEE TITANS ENOUGH TO DENY
BATTLING SELKIRK ‘A’ TEAM
Fly-half Callum McEwan
eyes up a gap in the Dundee defence.
Selkirk’s Scott McClymont
was never far away from the action on Saturday. [Photos: LESLEY BRUCE]
Dundee Titans 32, Selkirk ‘A’ 19
DESPITE going down to Dundee Titans in Saturday’s
BT Reserve League National 2 fixture at Mayfield, Selkirk A’s players were able to take a lot of positives from
a contest that whose result hung in the balance right until the final minutes of the match.
In particular the Selkirk pack showed great character against bigger and more powerful opposition. Despite enduring
a tough time in the set piece, the visiting eight more than made up for this in open play with secure handling
and resolute defence.
After the match Selkirk ‘A’ coach Fraser Jack had nothing but praise for his young charges: “We were always in
this game, and could have pinched it if the boys had been able to turn some strong pressure into points around
the 70-minute mark.
“In fact but for a couple of lapses in concentration in the final minutes of the match, Selkirk could have had
taken all five points if we had managed to score a fourth try.”
Fraser added that while he and forwards coach Graham Marshall were naturally disappointed the side ultimately hadn’t
managed to come away with even a losing bonus point, they both felt the commitment of the whole Selkirk squad over
the 80 minutes had been second to none.
Trailing 10-7 at halftime, Selkirk’s first half points came from a try by Callum McEwan converted by Jack Elliot.
After the break the visitors scored another try through Callum McEwan, converted by Jack Elliot, while Ali Lyall
celebrated his return after injury by scoring the Souters’ third try.
Selkirk made several substitutions during the match Ali Lyall replacing Willie McClymont (30 mins), Craig Bruce
replacing Lewis Martin (halftime), McClymont replacing Kieran Thomson (52 mins) and Andrew Scott coming on for
Jason Hendrie (57 mins). Selkirk’s ‘man of the match’ was Robert Cook.
SELKIRK - J. Elliot, K. Monks, J. Hendrie, A. Given, L. Martin, C. McEwan, S. Tough, C. Turnbull, R. Purves, K.
Thomson, J. Turnbull, R. Cook, S. McClymont, W. McClymont, M. Robertson. Replacements: C. Bruce, K. Stillie, A.
Lyall, A. Scott.
SELKIRK RHINOS MAKE THEIR MARK
AT HAWICK MINI-RUGBY TOURNAMENT
CHAMPIONS! The winning
Selkirk Rhinos P6 team shows off its medals after winning their section at Mansfield Park on Sunday. Back row,
from left - Alexander Macdonald, Cameron Easson, Monroe Job, Sam Clark, Ryan Scott & Jamie Francis. Front -
Blake Cullen, Sam McClymont, Finlay Wheelans, Patrick Macdonnel & Andrew McCulloch. [Photo: Paul McCulloch]
A BUSY weekend for Selkirk Rhinos kicked off with the AGM on Sunday morning. The meeting heard that the Rhinos
were on track to increase playing numbers, and the benefits of introducing a P1/2 level in 2012 were now being
seen at P4 and P3 level, with these age groups being able to field two teams on a regular basis.
Rhinos convener Richard Sweetnam thanked former SRFC development officer Iain Paxton for his work with the coaches
last year, and commended Kieran Cooney for the positive start he has made as the new DO, working closely with the
Rhinos and also local schools.
The links to the senior club are stronger than ever, with senior players turning out on Sunday mornings, and the
Rhinos a regular fixture at home games. Outgoing secretaries Fiona Mallin and Jill Robertson were thanked for their
work over the years, and a warm welcome to the Rhinos committee was extended to Debbie Hastie and Claire Scott.
Following the meeting, the P3, P4, P5, P6 and P7 Rhinos teams rushed to the rearranged Hawick tournament, and again
the Selkirk boys did tremendously well in tough conditions. The P7s beat Duns and performed exceptionally well
in defeat to strong Lasswade and Melrose sides. The P3s and P5s also played really well, while the P4s marched
to another final, losing in the last minute to Peebles.
Congratulations go to the P6s and to coaches Mark Easson and Alan Wheelans. The P6 Rhinos won their section and
played some fantastic rugby, capping a satisfying afternoon for the Philiphaugh club.
The Hallowe’en Party takes place at 7pm this Friday in the Philiphaugh Suite and the committee, coaches and helpers
look forward to seeing everybody there!
November will be another busy month, with the P6s and P7s watching Scotland take on the All Blacks and the P7s
heading to Murrayfield on 23rd for a mini-rugby tournament before the Rabodirect Pro12 fixture between Edinburgh
and Cardiff Blues.
SELKIRK INDEBTED TO FORMER IRB
CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR PRESENTATION OF RUGBY TIES
THE TIES THAT BIND. Selkirk
president Mick Craig pictured beside the cabinets kindly presented to the club by former Selkirk Vets player Tom
Wacker (inset). [Main photo: GRANT KINGHORN]
THE game of rugby is famous for its friendships and camaraderie, and a good example of this comradeship can now
be seen hanging on the Philiphaugh Suite’s wall.
Tom Wacker is best known by many of the club’s older members as a guest player for Selkirk Veterans on their trips
to Bordeaux in 1989 and to Amsterdam in 1991. However, Tom is in fact a major figure on the world rugby stage,
having served as the IRB’s chief executive officer between 1996 and 1997 – the first American ever to hold the
Now resident in Florida, Tom has always had a soft spot for Selkirk, and this month presented two cabinets of rugby
ties to the club, which he had collected on his travels around the world during his term of office as the IRB’s
Former Selkirk president John Rutherford, a close personal friend of Tom’s, told the selkirkrfc.com web site this
week: “Tom has always been a good friend of Selkirk Rugby Club, and presenting these ties is typical of his generosity.
He is a fully paid-up member of the Selkirk Past Players Club, so I’m very hopeful he’ll be able to drop by at
Philiphaugh one of these days to see the ties and maybe enjoy one of the Past Players Club’s reunions!”
Selkirk RFC would like to express its immense gratitude to Tom for his very kind gesture.
LADIES SAY ‘THANK YOU FOR THE
MUSIC’ AFTER ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL LUNCH!
ALL FRIENDS TOGETHER.
Pictured at Saturday’s Ladies Lunch in the Philiphaugh Suite are Maureen Johnstone, Sonya Linton, Joy Millar and
Mirelle Young. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]
SATURDAY’S annual Ladies Lunch in the Philiphaugh Suite was attended by 50 lady supporters, and once again the
day turned out to be highly enjoyable.
Before the meal, the gathering was addressed by Selkirk president Mick Craig, who thanked the ladies for their
fantastic support over the years, and said how grateful the club was to be able to host its annual lunch.
A delicious meal was supplied by Barnett’s Catering, and entertainment after the match included a disco as well
as a performance by ABBA tribute band ‘Abba-Kiss’. Thanks go to club steward Les Mallin and his hard-working bar
staff for their fantastic service throughout the day.
BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1
JED-FOREST v. SELKIRK
at Riverside (3pm kick-off)
BT RESERVE LEAGUE NATIONAL 2
MUSSELBURGH 2nds v. SELKIRK ‘A’
at Stoneyhill (2pm kick-off)
BT RESERVE LEAGUE EAST 2
DALKEITH 2nds v. SELKIRK STORMERS
at Eskbank Road (2pm kick-off)
|18/10 GHA 15 Selkirk 26 Report
|18/10 Selkirk ‘A’ 32, Hillhead 2nds 5 Report
|11/10 Selkirk 32, Aberdeen 12 Report
|11/10 Hmlton 2nds 55, Selkirk ‘A’ 17 Report
FIRST VISIT BY MARR TO PHILIPHAUGH
MARKED BY PLAQUE HANDOVER
TO commemorate Marr’s first game against Selkirk
at Philiphaugh, at the end of the match Selkirk president Mick Craig presented Marr president Kevin Quinn with
one of the club’s plaques (pictured above).
“It was a pleasure having Marr at Philiphaugh,” Mick told the selkirkrfc.com web site on Monday, “and everybody
is looking forward to making the return trip to Troon on February 14th. It was great that they were able to bring
so many followers over with them, and the ‘craic’ between the Selkirk and Marr supporters after the game was tremendous.”
One interesting fact to emerge on Saturday was that Selkirk member Tom Cotter used to play for Marr in the 1970s.
Tom was on marshalling duty up in the grandstand during the match, but was able to catch up with some of his former
team-mates after the final whistle.
FULL STORY NEXT WEEK!
…WHILE ANOTHER PLAQUE PRESENTED TO
DALKEITH RFC VISITORS
THIS season the Selkirk 1st XV bus has made two
social stopovers at the Eskbank Road clubrooms of Dalkeith Rugby Club, following away games against Stewart’s/Melville
FP and GHA.
One of the connections Selkirk RFC has with the Dalkeith club is the fact Selkirk’s 1st XV forwards coach Neill
Wood lives close by the Dalkeith clubrooms, and is well known by the Dalkeith committee and supporters.
On Saturday the Dalkeith 1st XV were in the Borders to take on Hawick Harlequins in a BT East 1 fixture (which
they won 41-22). The team was keen to renew acquaintances with the Selkirk players and officials on the way back
up the A7, so called in at Philiphaugh in time to enjoy the post-Ladies Lunch entertainment.
On Selkirk’s last visit to Dalkeith it had been pointed out that the club had almost a full set of Border club
plaques, but did not have one from Selkirk. This omission was duly rectified on Saturday evening when Selkirk president
Mick Craig presented Dalkeith president Steven Halliday with a Selkirk RFC plaque. Job done!
DOUBLE DELIGHT AS NEW ARRIVALS
MAKE THEIR ENTRANCE AT BGH
THE club would like to offer its warmest congratulations to Selkirk physio Ryan Crockatt and his wife Tasha, and
to former Selkirk player Ciaran Beattie and his wife Margaret, following their birth of the couples’ first children
at the Borders General Hospital last week.
Tasha gave birth to a son, Brodie Max, on the evening of Friday, October 24th, with the new arrival tipping the
scales at 9lbs 9½ozs.
Margaret gave birth to a daughter, Erin Nancy-Anne, on the evening of Tuesday, October 21, with Erin weighing 7lbs
Mothers and babies are now home and all are doing well, so congratulations again go to all concerned.
PAST PLAYERS CLUB NAMES DATE FOR
SPECIAL PRE-GAME LUNCH
SELKIRK Past Players Club secretary John Rutherford
has called on all SPPC members to pencil the date Saturday, November 29th, into their diaries, as this is when
the Past Players Club will be holding its annual reunion lunch in the Philiphaugh Suite.
The luncheon is free to Selkirk Past Players Club members as the cost of the meal is covered by members’ subscriptions.
“This will be the third time we’ve held a Past Players Club lunch,” John Rutherford told the selkirkrfc.com web
site this week, “and on both of the previous occasions everybody has had a great afternoon.
“I’m confident that this time Selkirk Past Players Club president Iwan Tukalo will be with us, and I’ve also arranged
a guest speaker to address members after the meal. The game that Saturday is against Kelso, so I’m sure the stage
is set for a memorable day.”
Can any SPPC members who have not already booked their place at the lunch please contact John Rutherford as soon
as possible, by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
RHINOS HALLOWE’EN PARTY
SELKIRK Rhinos’ Halloween Party takes place in the
Philiphaugh Suite on Friday, October 31, from 7pm - 9pm. Tickets are £2.50 with hotdogs supplied, and the
event is open to all primary school children, boys and girls, whether you play rugby or not! This is a great night
of fun and scary frolics for children, and the Selkirk club looks forward to seeing as many youngsters as possible
there. Tickets will be available at the door on the night.
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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
NO JOY FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS
ALL three Selkirk High School teams were defeated
in Friday’s matches against Kelso High School. The Selkirk 1st year side went down 15 – 6, the S2s lost 32-0, while
the Selkirk HS under-15 team were beaten 38-15. There are no school fixtures this weekend.
SUSAN HITS HALFTIME JACKPOT
IT was fitting that the winner of the £50
halftime draw at Philiphaugh on Saturday was Susan Welsh, the mother of Selkirk full-back Josh. Susan was a guest
at the Ladies Lunch, which she helped launch back in 2003. Well done, Susan!
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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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