DRAMATIC COMEBACK ALMOST TAKES
SELKIRK INTO BERWICK SEVENS FINAL
LEFT – Fraser Harkness scores a try
against Melrose in Selkirk’s 29-7 quarter-final victory. RIGHT – Harky escapes the clutches of Callum Anderson,
watched by Selkirk touch-judge Ronnie Dumma.
LEFT – Scott Hendrie on
the charge against Gala in the semi-final. RIGHT – Another try for Fraser Harkness, but Gala held on for a 20-19
victory. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN, www.grantkinghornpics.co.uk]
SELKIRK came agonisingly close
to a place in the final of Berwick Sevens on Sunday, just being pipped by old rivals Gala in the most exciting
tie of the day. Having convincingly disposed of Hawick Sevens winners Melrose 29-7 in the quarter-finals, it looked
all over for Ross Nixon’s men in the semi-final against Gala when the Maroons kicked a penalty in the final minute
of the tie to take an eight-point lead.
However, Selkirk immediately hit back with a try by Scott Hendrie, converted by Mikey Davies, to reduce the deficit
to a single point. Straight after the restart Selkirk managed to win back possession just outside their opponents’
22, but the Gala defence held firm and the final whistle blew soon afterwards to put the Maroons through to the
final, where they defeated Jed-Forest 36-14.
“The boys are continuing to improve with each tournament they play,” Selkirk sevens coach Graham Marshall told
the selkirkrfc.com web site on Sunday night, “and the young players we brought into the squad at Mansfield Park
on Saturday all did a good job for us.
“I’m pleased with the progress being made by the players, and with the commitment they’re showing both at training
and out on the pitch. It was frustrating not to get past Gala in the semi-final, but we didn’t get off to a good
start in that tie and paid the penalty.
“Still, the victory over Melrose showed there’s plenty of character and self-belief in this team, and I’m confident
the boys will build on that performance in the weeks ahead. We’re going to Langholm this Saturday as defending
champions, so motivation won’t be a problem.”
Selkirk’s squad at Berwick showed just one change from the line-up who appeared at Melrose Sevens the previous
week – Callum Marshall dropping out because of injury, with his place going to Craig MacDougall. First round opponents
Earlston had dropped out of the tournament earlier in the week because of team-raising difficulties, so their place
was taken by Hawick Harlequins.
The tie turned out to be a one-sided affair, with Selkirk triumphing 50-0 thanks to tries from Darren Clapperton
(2), Callum McEwan (2), Lewis MacLennan, Ross Nixon, Scott Hendrie and Mikey Davies, who added five conversions.
In the next tie Selkirk accounted for Melrose 29-7, their tries coming from Fraser Harkness (2), Callum McColm,
Ricky Fluhler and Darren Clapperton, with Davies adding two conversions. Selkirk’s try scorers in the 20-19 semi-final
loss to Gala were Harkness, Fluhler and Hendrie, with Davies kicking two conversions.
SELKIRK - C. MacDougall, F. Harkness, E. MacDougall, M. Davies, D. Clapperton, R. Nixon, S. Hendrie, R. Fluhler,
C. McColm, C. McEwan.
QUARTER-FINAL EXIT FOR NEW-LOOK SELKIRK
SIDE AT SUN-SOAKED HAWICK SEVENS
The Selkirk players line
up for a team photo at Mansfield Park on Saturday. Back row, from left: Craig MacDougall, Ricky Fluhler, Rory Banks,
Matt Robertson, Mikey Davies. Front: Callum McEwan, Callum McColm, Darren Clapperton (capt.), Ewan MacDougall,
Skipper Darren Clapperton
makes a break for the line during Selkirk’s 21-7 defeat by Watsonians.
Centre Callum McColm tries to slip a tackle during Selkirk’s 38-0 win over Langholm. [Photos: JOHN SMAIL]
WITH four Selkirk players unavailable
for Saturday’s Hawick Sevens tournament, Graham Marshall called up Rory Banks, Craig MacDougall, Matt Robertson
and Lewis MacLennan to fill the gaps. Each player quickly slotted into his new role, while the captaincy of the
team passed to Darren Clapperton in the absence of Ross Nixon.
First round opponents Langholm found the going extremely tough against a Selkirk team full of running and physicality,
with Darren Clapperton crossing for no fewer than four tries, as the Philiphaugh men ran out 38-0 winners. Other
scores came from Callum McEwan and Mikey Davies, with Clapperton adding one conversion and Davies three.
Ricky Fluhler proved one of Selkirk’s most influential players, the Kiwi lock having taken a real shine to the
abbreviated game since sevens training began six weeks ago. His powerful running laid the foundation for a number
of Selkirk’s tries at Hawick, with his high work rate setting the benchmark for his team-mates.
In a hard-fought quarter-final tie against Watsonians, it was the city men who drew first blood with a try by Tommy
Hart from turnover ball. Ally Ledingham added the conversion. Shortly afterwards Callum McEwan made a searing break
down the left-hand touchline, but the Myreside defenders managed to keep their line intact.
Just before halftime Selkirk drew level. A powerful 45-metre run by Fluhler took play close to the city side’s
try line, and after a couple of phases Darren Clapperton was able to touch down close to the posts. Davies’ conversion
made the halftime score 7-7.
Three minutes into the second period, with Selkirk forced deep into their 22, a wayward clearance kick following
a scrum fell straight onto the hands of Rory Steele, and Ally Ledingham took his scoring pass to regain the lead
for Watsonians. This setback seemed to knock the Selkirk players’ confidence, and turnover ball allowed Neil Irvine-Hess
to run in for a third try to put the result beyond doubt. Final score: Selkirk 7, Watsonians 21.
Despite this defeat a lot of positives could be taken from the two Selkirk performances, not least the continuing
five-star form of scrum-half Mikey Davies, the growing confidence of teenager Callum McEwan, and the return to
sevens action of Rory Banks following his unavailability for the opening two tournaments on the Border circuit.
SELKIRK – R. Fluhler, C. MacDougall, E. MacDougall, M. Davies, D. Clapperton, C. McColm, C. McEwan, R. Banks, M.
Robertson, L. MacLennan.
+ Melrose emerged as winners of
the Hawick Sevens, defeating Edinburgh Accies 24-17 in the final.
FRASER DELIGHTED BY BAA-BAAS’ CALL-UP FOR
CELEBRATION MATCH IN IRELAND
HISTORY MAKER. Fraser
Harkness pictured at Philiphaugh last week, appropriately enough holding a Barbarians plaque. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]
SELKIRK full-back Fraser Harkness will join an elite group of rugby players this Wednesday (April 23rd) when he
turns out for the world-famous Barbarians team in a game against Clontarf at the club’s Castle Avenue ground just
outside Dublin. No fewer than five international players feature in the Barbarians team, which will be captained
by Welsh prop Ben Evans.
“I’m really excited about the match,” Fraser told the selkirkrfc.com web site before flying out to Dublin, “and
the call-up came as a real surprise. It’s a huge honour, and will obviously be a highlight of my rugby career.
“It was ‘JJ’ [ex-Scotland internationalist John Jeffrey] who rang me up to check on my availability,” continued
Fraser, “and in true ‘JJ’ style he told me he wanted to see what I looked like wearing Black & White… before
asking me if I’d like to join Kelso next season!”
In fact Fraser says he hasn’t made his mind up about any rugby commitments in the 2014/2015 campaign, and in any
case he has plenty of other things on his mind right now, the most important being the arrival in June of he and
his wife Rhona’s first child. Rhona is flying out to see her husband in action at Clontarf, as are Fraser’s parents,
Kenny and Anne.
Fraser will become the ninth Selkirk player to turn out for the Barbarians. The club’s other Baa-Baa players are
as follows – Jack Waters 1933-43 (22 appearances), John Rutherford 1979-85 (8), Ronnie Cowan 1960-61 (5), Iain
Paxton 1983-88 (4), Iwan Tukalo 1987-92 (4), Gordon Hunter 1983 (2), Graham Marshall 1990 (1), Lee Jones 2010 (1).
All 4,000 tickets for Wednesday’s match against Clontarf (kick-off 5.30pm) have been sold. The game is being staged
as part of week-long celebrations to mark the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, which saw Brian Boru
and his forces take on Viking mercenaries. Brian and his men won the battle, but Brian himself was killed in his
tent by a fleeing Viking.
The Barbarians have appointed Wales’ Grand Slam-winning coach, Mike Ruddock, to take charge of the invitational
side. Ruddock is the current coach of Ireland Under-20s and Lansdowne RFC, as well as the father to Leinster and
Ireland flanker Rhys Ruddock. The game will be officiated by international referee Nigel Owens.
The Barbarians squad features Welsh international Ceri Sweeney alongside three new Barbarian internationals: England
flanker Dean Schofield, Namibia's scrum-half Ryan De La Harpe and German international prop Rob Ellaway.
BARBARIANS - Danny Riordan and Philip O'Dwyer (both Old Belvedere), Jason Shoemark (Exeter), Tom Cheesman
(Esher), Fraser Harkness (Selkirk), Ceri Sweeney (Exeter & Wales), James Grindal (Bristol), Lorne
Ward (Rosslyn Park), Ger Slattery (Young Munster), Ben Evans (Moseley and Wales, capt.), Mike Powell
(Moseley), Haydn Pugh (Carmarthen Quins), Dean Schofield (Worcester & England), Charlie Butterworth
(Lansdowne), William Ryan (Cork Constitution), Rob Ellaway (Cornish Pirates & Germany), Colm McMahon (St
Mary's College), Andrew Jones (Llandovery), Mark McCraith (Bedford Blues), Peter Synnott (Esher), Ryan De La Harpe
(Fylde & Namibia), Richie McMaster (Queens University), Bryan Rennie (Bristol).
Everyone at Selkirk Rugby Club is incredibly proud of Fraser’s selection, and we wish him the very best of luck
for his big night in Dublin.
SUNSHINE ALL THE WAY ON GORDON & RACHEL’S
On Saturday at Yarrow Kirk, Selkirk
Rugby Club player Gordon Patterson married Miss Rachel Hermiston. The happy couple are pictured with their bridal
party following the ceremony. From left – Yvonne Brown, Craig Patterson (best man), Kirsten Rafferty, Grant Jeffrey,
Mr & Mrs Gordon Patterson, Neil Darling, Lynsey Stewart, Jayne Patterson and David Gray. [Photo: Brian Sutherland,
SATURDAY, April 26
at Milntown (first
SUNDAY, April 27
at The Gytes (first
NEW DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
FOLLOWING the retiral of its current
Development Officer Iain Paxton (pictured) at the end of June, Selkirk Rugby Club is looking to appoint a successor
in time for the 2014/2015 season. Below is the text of the club’s official advertisement –
Club Club Development Officer’
Full-Time Salary: £16,000 - £23,000
3-year term (subject to funding and a review after 12 months)
IN partnership with Scottish Rugby, Selkirk Rugby Club are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual
to work within the club and local schools to recruit and retain players for lifelong participation of the game
of rugby within the Selkirk cluster, and in turn contribute to Scottish Rugby’s national and regional strategies.
The post requires experience of both sports development and coaching within a club and school environment as well
as a full, valid driving licence.
Increase playing participation in the Selkirk area
Drive the implementation of Selkirk club development plan
Work with Selkirk Rugby Board to raise the profile of rugby in the local community
Manage and support MA students where applicable
Deliver high quality coaching sessions to Selkirk RFC and associated cluster schools and community groups
Assist and develop the School of Rugby Programme at Selkirk High School
Organise and facilitate opportunities for developing Selkirk club coaches
Recruitment, retain, reward and develop all Selkirk club volunteers
Closing Date: 9th May 2014
Applicants should apply in writing enclosing a copy of your CV to J. Rutherford, 1 Bleachfield Road, Selkirk, TD7
4ED or email - email@example.com
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR NEXT MONTH’S BARN
DANCE FUND-RAISER AT BROOMHILL
SELKIRK’S players and supporters are being asked to lend their support to a special Barn Dance & Barbecue fund-raiser,
which is taking place at Broomhill on Saturday, May 3 (7.30pm – late).
“It looks like being a very enjoyable night,” Selkirk Rugby Club senior vice-president Mick Craig told the selkirkrfc.com
web site this week, “and the ticket price has been held at £5, which is incredible value.
“All the players are now taking orders for tickets, and these can also be purchased from myself, from Elliot Henderson
and from Rob Forrest. Broomhill is an ideal venue for this type of event, and I’m confident we’re going to get
a big turn-out.”
PLAYER DISCOUNT AGREED FOR 2014 CLUB DINNER
THE annual dinner of Selkirk Rugby Club is always well supported by its players. To show their appreciation of
this grassroots support, organisers of the 2014 dinner - which takes place in the Philiphaugh Suite on Friday,
May 23 – are reducing the price of tickets for its crop of current players.
“Tickets for the 2014 dinner are priced at £25,” Selkirk president and dinner co-organiser John Rutherford
told the selkirkrfc.com web site, “but we’ve decided to reduce this to £15 for players.
“The reason for this is twofold - to show we’ve appreciated all their efforts on behalf of the club this season,
and also in recognition that a number of players are going on the club’s tour to Spain at the end of May, for which
they have already had to make a sizeable financial commitment.
“A great night looks on the cards, and I’m hoping as many players as possible will come along.”
Tickets for the dinner are now on sale priced £25 for members and £15 for players, and places can be
booked by contacting either club president John Rutherford or 1st XV team manager John Smail.
DANES FIRST UP FOR SELKIRK AT MILNTOWN TOURNAMENT
THERE is an international dimension
to the 96th staging of the Langholm Sevens at Milntown this Saturday, April 26, and Selkirk finds itself at the
centre of the global stage. Ross Nixon’s men have been drawn against guest side Denmark in the first round, with
the winners playing Hawick or Berwick.
Rugby has been played in Denmark since 1931, and the Danes joined the International Rugby Board in 1988. The country’s
amateur rugby structure is apparently flourishing, with 3,000 registered players and over 30 clubs.
The full draw at Langholm is as follows (first tie 2pm) -
KELSO V RHC
MELROSE V PEEBLES
ORKNEY V JED-FOREST
NORTHUMBERLAND V WATSONIANS
SELKIRK V DENMARK
HAWICK V BERWICK
LANGHOLM V DUMFRIES
EDINBURGH ACCIES V GALA
BORDERS SEVENS DATES
Langholm 7s - Saturday, 26 April
Peebles 7s - Sunday, 27 April
Kelso 7s - Saturday, 3 May
Earlston 7s - Sunday, 4 May
Selkirk 7s - Saturday, 10 May
Jed-Forest 7s - Saturday, 17 May
22/03 Dundee 20, Selkirk 17 Report
|22/03 Selkirk A 0, Edin Acc 66 Report
|22/03 Stormers 5, Heriots 3rds 39 Report
08/03 Biggar 12, Selkirk 43 Report
|01/03 Selkirk 34, Hillhead 12 Report
|01/03 Hawks A 40, Selkirk 7 Report
|15/02 Selkirk 10, Peebles 27 Report
Subscriptions for 2013-2014
Junior Member............ £10
For information regarding International Tickets contact George Thomson, Or buy exclusively from Selkirk RFC portal
to the SRU. Here
|The club shop is open for every home First XV fixture
and most training nights [7.00 to 8.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays].
The shop holds a great selection of kit including replica jerseys and training tops, T shirts, rugby balls, club
ties, new blazer badges and souvenirs. Just in are “Three in a Row” polo shirts celebrating
our third successive victory, winning the Border League. The club is indebted to Turnbull’s Shoe Repair
Shop in the High Street for displaying and taking orders for items available in the Club Shop. Please support Gus
and the Club Shop as they contribute, on average, £3000 each year to club funds.
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