SELKIRK TEAM LINE-UPS FOR SATURDAY
Selkirk 1st XV to play Cartha Queens Park in BT National Cup at Drumbeck Road on Saturday, August 30 (bus leaves 11.30am, kick-off
3pm) - J. Welsh, C. McEwan, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, D. Clapperton, C. McColm, M. Davies, K. Cooney, S. Forrest,
C. Graur, A. Renwick, J. McGowan, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, C. Marshall. Replacements: S. Tough, M. Robertson,
J. Bett, B. Riddell.
Selkirk ‘A’ XV to play Peebles 2nds in a friendly at The Gytes on Saturday, August 30
(cars leave 11.30am, kick-off 1pm) – BACKS FROM: T. Walling, A. Scott, K. Monks, L. Kibble, J. Elliot, A. Lyall,
L. Martin, R. Banks, D. Knox. FORWARDS: C. Turnbull, R. Wilson, K. Thomson, J. Everitt, R. Cook, S. McClymont,
P. Anderson, S. McDonald. Replacements: R. Purves, S. Mackay, J. Houston, W. McClymont.
STORMERS PICK UP WHERE THEY LEFT
OFF WITH BIG VICTORY OVER WALKERBURN
RIDERS ON THE STORM...
The doors open on another season for Selkirk Stormers, pictured before Saturday’s friendly against Walkerburn at
Philiphaugh. Back row, from left: Kyle Ramage, Lewis Beaton, Kieran Monks, Chris Fairbairn, Bob Wilkinson, Jack
Houston, Adam Nichol, Dave Amos, Duncan Lawson, Michael McVie, Willie McClymont James Bett, Brian Cassidy, Benny
Rafferty. Front: Kieran Cooney, Donny Mackenzie, Tom Walling, Blair Amos, Craig Bruce, Ewan MacDougall.
LEFT – Adam Nichol
rises high to take line-out ball on Saturday. RIGHT – Bob Wilkinson weaves his way through the Walkerburn defence.
[Photos: LESLEY BRUCE]
Selkirk Stormers 72, Walkerburn 0
THE Caberston Haugh team travelled to Philiphaugh
for a pre-season warm-up fixture against Selkirk Stormers on Saturday, bringing a squad of 25 with them with the
intention of giving everyone a game.
Selkirk, whose own first string side had no game, had agreed to give some game time in the Stormers line-up to
a few players from the higher ranks to improve their match fitness. Meanwhile it was good to see Michael McVie
back having a run in Selkirk colours once again.
Selkirk took the initiative early on and it was more-or-less one-way traffic from there on: the game finishing
slightly early with a score of 72-0 in the Souters’ favour. That said, Walkerburn certainly did not throw in the
towel and played some excellent rugby, digging deep in defence.
Special mention goes to Selkirk debutants Craig Bruce, Jack Houston and Kyle Ramage for putting in decent shifts
at scrum-half, lock and prop respectively. The only disappointment of the day came when home full-back Kieran Monks
took a head knock which necessitated a hospital visit.
The fixture also achieved its aims off the field, with both teams socialising in the Philiphaugh clubrooms long
after the final whistle. A good example of social rugby at its best. Stormers’ try scorers - McVie (3), Beaton
(3), Bruce, Monks, MacDougall, Amos, Bett and Cooney. McVie added six conversions.
STORMERS - K. Monks, D. Lawson, L. Beaton, B. Wilkinson, T. Walling, M. McVie, C. Bruce,
C. Fairbairn, J. Bett, K. Ramage, A. Nichol, J. Houston, B. Amos, W. McClymont, E. MacDougall. Replacements: K.
Cooney, D. Mackenzie.
Referee – Stuart Little.
LEE HAPPY TO SIGN FOR GLASGOW…
AND TO GET 80 MINUTES AGAINST HARLEQUINS
MIGHTY QUIN. Ugo Monye,
who has won 14 caps for England and made two appearances for the 2009 British & Irish Lions in South Africa,
was Lee Jones’ opposite number on Saturday.
FOLLOWING his fine showing for Scotland’s sevens team at the Commonwealth Games, Lee Jones was back in the media
spotlight last week after signing a one-year contract with Glasgow Warriors. The former Selkirk player might also
be called up for sevens duty with Scotland for October’s opening IRB tournament on Australia’s Gold Coast, depending
“I’m really pleased to have signed a new contract with Glasgow,” Lee told the selkirkrfc.com web site on Monday.
“Ever since I arrived at Scotstoun halfway through last season everyone at the club, as well as all the Warriors
supporters, have made me feel very welcome.”
The Scotland wing was in Glasgow’s starting line-up for Saturday’s pre-season friendly against top English side
Harlequins, and for the first half of the match was up against England internationalist Ugo Monye. “They replaced
him at halftime,” said Lee, “whether as part of a pre-planned rotation I’m not sure. For the second half I was
up against Ollie Lindsay-Hague, who I’ve come across before when he’s been in England’s sevens side.”
Lee said everyone in the Glasgow camp was gutted to be edged out 24-23 by Harlequins. “We were disappointed to
lose two late tries, but there plenty of plus-points to take away from the match. This weekend we’re heading south
for another friendly against London Scottish, then we’ve a tough opening Guinness PRO12 fixture against champions
Leinster here at Scotstoun.”
Meanwhile Lee has been allocated to Stirling County for the 2014/2015 BT Premiership campaign, having been allocated
in past seasons to Melrose and Edinburgh Accies. However, Lee admits his biggest challenge of the past seven days
was the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ issued to him by Selkirk’s Skip Houston. “That took a bit of building up to,” admitted
Lee, “and if I had the choice of marking Ugo Monye or doing the ice bucket challenge, I’d take my chances with
Ugo Monye any day!”
Lee’s four nominations for the ice bucket challenge are former Selkirk players Jamie Lyall & Callum Johnston
(the latter is currently in New Zealand), as well as Glasgow team-mate Gregor Hunter and Jason Joiner (brother
of Lee’s girlfriend Charline). “I haven’t heard from Jamie or Callum yet, so they’d better get a move on!” Here’s
wishing Lee all the very best with Glasgow Warriors in the season ahead.
AUDREY LOOKING FORWARD TO NEW
ROLE AS SELKIRK RFC CATERING MANAGER
EVERYTHING OFF TO A TEA!
New catering manager Audrey Craig pictured in the players’ tea room at Philiphaugh. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]
SELKIRK Rugby Club is pleased to announce that Mrs Audrey Craig, the wife of club president Mick, has taken over
the post of catering manager for the 2014/2015 season. Audrey is a long-standing member of Selkirk Rugby Club’s
players tea rota, having been involved since the days when Joyce Tomlinson and Irene Douglas were at the helm.
“Everyone I’ve spoken to has been very supportive about helping,” Audrey told the selkirkrfc.com web site at the
weekend, “including some of the mothers of the Selkirk Youth Club boys who are stepping up to Philiphaugh this
season, which is great.”
Audrey, mother of Selkirk rugby player Gavin (who is assistant 1st XV backs coach this year), says she now has
a list to work from, but in case anybody has been missed or overlooked, could they please get in touch with her
on 01750 22548 or on 07981891551. “The more the merrier!” she says. Best of luck to Audrey and the rest of the
players tea helpers.
COACHING WORKSHOP AT MELROSE
BT NATIONAL CUP 1st round
CARTHA QUEENS PARK v. SELKIRK
at Dumbreck Road (3pm kick-off)
PEEBLES 2nds v. SELKIRK ‘A’
at The Gytes (1pm kick-off)
‘A’ XV HIT GROUND RUNNING IN FRIENDLY
FIXTURE AT HAWICK
Josh Welsh – scored
three tries and kicked six conversions
Hawick Linden 5, Selkirk ‘A’ 62
A NEW-LOOK Selkirk ‘A’ team proved too strong for
Hawick Linden in Saturday’s friendly match at the Volunteer Park, running in a total of 10 tries and conceding
just one. Star performer was full-back Josh Welsh, who showed no ill-effects from his recent bout of food poisoning
to cross for a hat-trick of tries as well as adding six conversions.
Coaches Fraser Jack and Graham Marshall must also have been pleased with the form of Alistair Lyall, who missed
almost the whole of last season through injury but came through the game unscathed and opened the scoring for the
visitors with a well-taken try.
Newcomer Jordan McGowan, once again playing in the second row, also got on the score sheet with a brace of tries,
while other touchdowns came from Lewis Martin, skipper Craig MacDougall, Callum McEwan and Lewis MacLennan.
Two players made promising debuts for Selkirk in the match – wing forward Andrew Toole and prop Sam Mackay. The
halftime score was 31-0 to the visitors, with Linden’s try coming early in the second half.
SELKIRK – J. Welsh, C. McEwan, L. MacLennan, A. Lyall, L. Martin, C. MacDougall, S. Tough, C. Turnbull, R. Wilson,
B. Riddell, J. McGowan, R. Cook, S. McClymont, M. Robertson, S. McDonald. Replacements: A. Toole, R. Purves, K.
Thomson, S. Mackay.
SRU AGREE TO CHANGE OF LEAGUE
FOR SELKIRK RUGBY CLUB’S ‘A’ XV
FOLLOWING a request from Selkirk RFC to allow its ‘A’ XV to move down from the first to the second division of
the BT National Reserve Leagues, the Scottish Rugby Union’s Reserve League Committee has agreed to accept this
request, and to replace Selkirk ‘A’ with Watsonian 2nd XV, who won National Reserve League 2 last season, and were
unable to be promoted only as a result of league reconstruction.
As a result, Watsonian 2nd XV will play in BT Reserve National 1 and Selkirk ‘A’ will play in BT Reserve National
2. A press release was issued to this effect last week by Hamish Munro, the Competitions Department Administrator
of Scottish Rugby.
As a result of this switch, the Selkirk ‘A’ fixtures which appear in the club’s membership card are no longer applicable
to the team. The new league fixtures schedule for Selkirk ‘A’ is as follows –
SELKIRK ‘A’ XV
(All home games in capitals)
Sat. Aug. 30 – v. Peebles 2nds (F)
Sat. Sept. 6 – v. GHA 2nds [home] (RLN2)
Sat. Sept. 13 – v. Dumfries Saints 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Oct. 4 – v. CARTHA QP 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Oct. 11 – v. Hamilton 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Oct. 18 – v. HILLHEAD/JORDANHILL 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Oct. 25 – v. Dundee Titans 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Nov. 1 – v. Musselburgh 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Nov. 8 – v. STEWART’S/MELVILLE FP 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Nov. 29 – v. CURRIE 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Dec. 6 – v. GHA 2nds [away] (RLN2)
Sat. Dec. 13 – v. DUMFRIES SAINTS 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Jan. 17 – v. Cartha QP 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Jan. 24 – v. HAMILTON 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Feb. 14 – v. DUNDEE TITANS 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Feb. 21 – v. MUSSELBURGH 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. March 7 – v. Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds (RLN2)
Sat. Mar. 28 – v. Currie 2nds (RLN2)
ALISTER ENJOYING COACHING ROLE WITH
FORMER Selkirk player Alister Heatlie (pictured),
now in his second season as coach of Belfast Harlequins, paid a flying visit to his homeland on Saturday. “Glasgow
Hawks have twice been over to Belfast to play us,” Alister told the selkirkrfc.com web site on Monday, “so we thought
it was time to take a trip over to Glasgow for a return fixture.”
Saturday’s friendly at Old Anniesland resulted in a narrow 34-30 victory for the home side, but Alister was far
from disappointed by the team’s showing. “We’ve got a lot of young players coming through into the senior ranks,
and overall I thought the boys stuck in well.”
Alister joined Harlequins in 2007, spending five seasons as a player and one as player-coach. “I took the SRU’s
Level 1 and 2 coaching courses before leaving Selkirk,” said Alister, “and this helped me when I came into the
IRFU system. I’ve just gained my Level 3 qualification over here, and I’m really enjoying my time as coach.”
Alister and his wife Keri have an 18-month-old son Ben, and although they weren’t able to join him in Glasgow at
the weekend, several members of his Selkirk family were up at Old Anniesland to cheer him on – his mum Sandra and
aunt Muriel, as well as his grandparents Jim and Mary Inglis (Selkirk RFC’s referees secretary and fixtures secretary
Alister’s playing career at Philiphaugh lasted from 2002-2007, during which time he made 106 appearances for the
1st XV and scored a total of 13 tries. He was Selkirk Colonial Society’s Standard Bearer in 2009, and still makes
frequent visits back to the Royal & Ancient Burgh.
His final duty on Belfast Harlequins’ visit to Glasgow at the weekend was to act as the judge at the end-of-tour
‘court’. “It was a very enjoyable trip,” added Alister, “and did a lot for camaraderie in the squad as we head
into the new season.” Here’s wishing Al and Harlequins all the very best in the months ahead.
LUCKY 200 CLUB WINNERS
SELKIRK Rugby Club’s Development Club secretary,
Alison Cullen, has just announced the winners of the £100 draws for July and August. These were club treasurer
Bruce Armstrong and Ronnie Darling, father of former Selkirk 1st XV skipper Neil. Congratulations guys!
TRAINING NIGHT FOOD BACK ON MENU
The club is pleased to announce it will again be
serving food after training each Thursday night. The cost is £3 with the food being served in the Philiphaugh
Suite. The club is hoping a minimum of 12-15 players will take up this offer, in order for the venture to be sustainable.
FOR AUTUMN TESTS
SELKIRK Rugby Club’s new international
ticket secretary is committee member Billy Renwick (pictured), who has taken over the reins from George Thomson.
Ticket application forms for the 2014 autumn tests against Argentina, New Zealand & Tonga are now available,
and anyone wishing to order tickets can e-mail Billy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or else ring him on: 01750 82207
Sat., Nov. 8 v. Argentina (5.30pm at Murrayfield)
Sat., Nov. 15 v. New Zealand (5.30pm at Murrayfield)
Sat., Nov. 22 v. Tonga (2.30pm at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock)
Alternatively, buy exclusively from
Selkirk RFC portal to the SRU. Here
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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