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Selkirk’s trio of new players pictured with team-mates at their first Philiphaugh training session. Back row, from left: Darren Clapperton, Ian Oosthuizen, Tythan Adams, Bonakele Siyothula, Ross Nixon, Cata Graur. Front: Callum McEwan, James Bett, Frazer Anderson. [Photo – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

THE arrival of the club’s three South African recruits has coincided with Selkirk’s coldest spell of weather so far this winter. Having left their home country with average temperatures around 27?C, the boys were greeted by sub-zero temperatures when they stepped off the plane at Edinburgh airport.
“In fact we’re all enjoying the change in climate,” Ian Oosthuizen told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week. “And what has made the freezing conditions easier to bear is the warmth of welcome we’ve received from everybody involved with Selkirk Rugby Club.”
Prop Ian Oosthuizen and winger Tythan Adams have arrived at Philiphaugh after being named the 2016 SARU Gold Cup’s ‘forward’ and ‘backline player’ of the tournament. This is the third year of the international exchange programme established between Selkirk RFC and the South African Rugby Union, and supported by UK Sport and the British High Commission.
“We’re very happy to have come to Selkirk,” added Tythan Adams, “and are grateful for all the good wishes and kindness shown to us over the past week or so. We’re keen to expand our rugby experience, as well as what it’s like living in such a small rural community.”
The third member of the group, front row forward Bonakele Siyothula, is also looking forward to a totally new experience. “Things are so different over here. Yesterday we travelled up to Edinburgh and were shown around Scotland’s Murrayfield stadium, and we’re very much looking forward to seeing a Six Nations match there next year.”
Selkirk skipper Ross Nixon told the selkirkrfc.com web site: “All the South African players who have been at the club over the past two seasons were really good guys, and these three boys look to be the same. I’m sure they’re going to fit in well, and will no doubt bring a lot of different rugby ideas to the club, which has got to be a good thing.”
Here’s wishing Ian, Tythan and Bonakele the very best of luck in the coming months – we’re sure you’re going to enjoy your time with us.


Callum Marshall and Ewan MacDougall (fifth and sixth from left in back row) celebrate winning the Budapest Sevens with the Waterboys in July.

SELKIRK vice-captain Ewan MacDougall will miss Saturday’s game at Hamilton, as he will be on duty for the PROJECX Waterboys invitational team at this weekend’s Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens.
Selkirk supporters may remember that Ewan and former Philiphaugh team-mate Callum Marshall were both members of the PROJECX Waterboys squad who defeated French side Gascgoine Rugby in July to lift the Elite Division title at Hungary’s prestigious Budapest Sevens tournament.
“I really enjoyed the experience of playing for the Waterboys in Hungary earlier this year,” the 24-year-old flanker told the selkirkrfc.com web site on Monday, before flying out to Dubai. “So when I got the offer of a place in their squad to compete in the Dubai Sevens, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss.”
In fact the Waterboys organisation is sending two playing squads to compete in separate competitions in Dubai - the International Open tournament and the International Social tournament. It is the latter competition in which Ewan will be participating.
The Waterboys are defending champions at the International Social event, and both squads will be coached by Craig Sorbie, of Hutchesons’ Grammar School, as well as fellow Scot Jamie Niven.
Here’s wishing Ewan the very best of luck this weekend… and don’t forget to bring back some duty-free for the boys!
INTERNATIONAL OPEN SQUAD: Greig Ryan (Aberdeenshire), Jack Turley (Fylde), Ruaridh Leishman (Stirling Co.), Alex Cox, (Boroughmuir), Richard Mill, Gavin Wood (both Melrose), Kerr Gossman, Brendan McGroarty (both Glasgow Hawks), Willie Thomson (Orkney), Peter Jericevich, Nigel Kelly (both GHA), James Moffat (Cinderford).
INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SQUAD: Dom Kelly (GHA), Iain Munro (Jebel Ali Dragons) Andrew Goudie (GHA), Andrew Wilson (Westcombe Park), Ewan MacDougall (Selkirk), Max Nimmo (Cranleigh), Robbie Chalmers, Sam Chalmers (both Edinburgh Accies), Struan Robertson (Stirling Co.), Alex Pickersgill (Blackheath), CJ Osazuwa (Chinnor), Scott Bickerstaff (Marr).
The teams participating in Ewan’s section are as follows: Confrerie Occitan Seven, My Protein Lemurs,Teddy Hall Barbarians, Snowden Chiefs RFC, Islamabad Jinns, OSC Rugby, Belfast Exiles, Royal Highland Fusiliers , Abu Dhabi Saracens Social, The Conquistadors, 7 Wonders, Belgium Barbarians, Multiplex Barbarian, Pontacq Seven, DC Old Boys, EC Old Boys, Ekhwan, Kurdistan Irregulars, JC Old Boys, Moscow Dragons, Stirling Ackroyd Griffons, Part Rugby Football Clu, Pie and Pint Pilgrims, PROJECX Waterboys, PwC Rugby, RC MEPhI, Speedbird 7's, Tehran RFC, Wyvern Harlequins, J9, Snow Cats, Aktau- Birlik RC, Scotty's Tiger, The Old Vigornians, Barrelhouse RFC, The Overoptimists.


‘Tales of Christmas Past’ - Eric Brown, Cameron Cochrane and Jim Patterson enjoying themselves at Selkirk Rugby Club’s ‘Mad Friday’ Christmas lunch in 2012. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]

WITH Christmas fast approaching, Selkirk Rugby Club has lined up a couple of festive treats for their members, supporters and friends.
The first is a Supporters Lunch in the Philiphaugh Suite on Saturday, December 17 – the date of the 1st XV’s BT National League Division 1 home match against Dundee HSFP. Tickets are now sale priced £25, and anyone wishing to book a place, or a table, is asked to get in touch with lunch organiser Mick Craig (mob. 07810435846).
“With Selkirk only having one game at Philiphaugh in December, this lunch will give everyone the opportunity to have a great day out in the build-up to Christmas, and at the same time cheer on the boys against Dundee,” said Mick.
The second Christmas-related function in the Philiphaugh Suite is the club’s ever-popular ‘Mad Friday’ Lunch on Friday, December 23. This has been attended by numerous local firms and organisations in the past, and this year’s event is shaping up to be another cracker.
Top north-east entertainer Terry Joyce will be on hand to entertain guests. He is a well-know comedian and impressionist whose range includes well known sportsman to Chubby Brown and Billy Connolly. A cabaret show not to be missed!
Tickets for the Mad Friday Lunch are priced at £30, and can once again be booked by contacting organiser Mick Craig (mob. 07810435846).


The dance floor was never empty at Friday night’s successful Family Ceilidh in the Philiphaugh Suite. [Photo: KAREN FINDLATER]

OVER £400 was raised for the Selkirk Rhinos P7 team’s 2017 tour at a Family Ceilidh in the club’s Philiphaugh Suite on Friday night, attended by over 70 adults and children.

Musical accompaniment and entertainment was kindly provided by Lynne and Colin Kemp, with the stovie supper going down a treat. With dates to be confirmed with coaches, organisers of the tour hope to announce the destination and dates of the tour early in the New Year.

Rhinos’ outdoor training finished on Sunday, but in order to keep the boys and girls fit over the winter break, indoor training has been organised with potted sports for P1-7. This will be in the High School games hall on December 11, January 15 & 29, with outdoor training resuming in early February. The Rhinos’ Christmas party takes place on Sunday, December 18, from 10am -12noon in the Philiphaugh Suite.



SELKIRK’S international tickets convener Donald Macleod (pictured above) has announced that club members can now order their tickets for Scotland’s away matches in the 2017 RBS 6 Nations Championship. These are against France in Paris (Sunday, February 12) and against England at Twickenham (Saturday, March 11).
Meanwhile Scotland play three Six Nations home games this season - against Ireland (Sat., Feb. 4, 2.25pm kick-off), against Wales (Sat., Feb. 25, 2.25pm kick-off), and against Italy (Sat., March 18, 12.30pm kick-off).
Completed application forms for any (or for all) of the above fixtures should be sent - along with payment and a stamped addressed envelope - to Donald Macleod, Newhope, Ettrick, Selkirk TD7 5JD, or by e-mailing the completed form to him at dlmacleod@btinternet.com
The application forms can be accessed by following the links at the bottom of this article.

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THE outpouring of love following the sudden death of Selkirk schoolteacher Evelyn Rafferty  during a charity fun run at Bowhill on Saturday, bears testimony to the high regard in which the 59-year-old mother and grandmother was held in the Borders community.
As a mark of respect, Selkirk Rugby Club - of which Evelyn’s husband Bennie is senior vice-president – cancelled its 2016 Sports Dinner on Saturday night.
Born in Hawick, the daughter of Bill and Mamie Murdie, Evelyn began her education in her home village at Ashkirk Primary School, before moving up to Selkirk High School.
She then studied at Moray House in Edinburgh, graduating in 1978 with a primary teaching certificate. It was here that she met her husband Bennie, who graduated that same year with a certificate in technical teaching.
After a two-year probationary spell at Jedburgh’s Parkside Primary School, Evelyn returned to Selkirk in 1980 to take up a teaching post at Knowepark Primary - the same year she and Bennie were married in Ashkirk Parish Church.
The couple’s two daughters, Yvonne and Kirsten, were born in 1985 and 1987. Yvonne works as a radiographer at the Western General, while Kirsten is a manager at the David Lloyd Health Club in Edinburgh.
Evelyn’s passion for teaching remained undimmed throughout her life. It was a vocation she cherished, and she would go out of her way to help, support and encourage her pupils at every stage of their development.
Perhaps unsurprisingly Evelyn’s retirement from the profession only lasted a fortnight, before she happily agreed to take up part-time supply teacher duties at three local schools - Yarrow Primary, St Margaret’s Primary in Galashiels, and Kirkhope Primary in Ettrickbridge.
Sport was another passion, in particular hockey. A regular in Selkirk’s hockey team from an early age, she won district honours for the South at both schoolgirl and senior levels. One of her proudest moments was playing for Selkirk alongside daughters Yvonne and Kirsten during the three seasons leading up to her retiral.
 In recent years she took up golf, captaining Selkirk Golf Club’s ladies section in 2004 and 2005. Selkirk’s current ladies captain, Alison Rutherford, remembers how Evelyn would be ready to meet any challenge that came her way.
“Ev always gave 100 per cent, whether on the hockey pitch or golf course. Her commitment was an inspiration to others, and she was someone you could always rely on. Earlier this month she agreed to rejoin the ladies golf committee, which was typical of her ‘can do’ attitude. She is going to be a big miss.”
The birth earlier this year of Evelyn and Bennie’s first grandchild, Rosie, to Yvonne and her husband Neil, was a particularly proud moment, and she loved her new title of ‘Granny Ev’.
A keen traveller, Evelyn enjoyed trips to such far-flung places as Vietnam and Sri Lanka, and on a recent holiday in America fulfilled long-held ambitions by running over New York’s Brooklyn Bridge and up Philadelphia’s ‘Rocky’ steps. In July she and Bennie combined family business with pleasure by attending daughter Kirsten’s wedding to Iain in Cyprus, another red-letter day.
Gardening and walking were other prized pursuits. In 2012 she completed the Edinburgh MoonWalk, raising money and awareness for breast cancer causes in Scotland, and had recently signed up for next year’s MoonWalk in London.
The Rafferty family would like to put on record their gratitude to the three runners taking part in Saturday’s fun run, who did everything in their power to resuscitate Evelyn. They would also like to thank the doctor, paramedics and local police officer Conal McEwan for their assistance and support.
Selkirk has lost a much-loved and much-respected member of the community, whose legacy will live on in the generations of local schoolchildren lucky enough to have come under Evelyn Rafferty’s tutelage.  J.D.R.S.


ONE thing Selkirk players are invariably up for is the chance to ‘dress to impress’ at fancy dress events. Which is why 1st XV skipper Ross Nixon is keen to see as many of the club’s players and coaches go the extra mile for the players’ Christmas bash in the Philiphaugh Suite on Saturday, December 17.
“Both Selkirk teams are at home to Dundee HSFP that day,” Ross told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week, “so there’s no reason why we can’t have a good turn-out at the traditional festive get-together after the matches.
“As this is an Olympics year, we thought it’d be a good idea to introduce an Olympics fancy dress theme, which should provide plenty of scope for some wacky get-ups.
“It’s been decided not to have a disco this year, but there’ll be plenty of party games with all the usual prizes and forfeits, so a fun night looks on the cards.”


SELKIRK’S membership secretary Gibby Findlater has asked team managers Tom Ramage and John Smail to make sure all players have paid their club memberships by the end of October.
Subs for playing memberships at Selkirk this year are £77, and any player who has yet to pay his sub is asked to do so by this weekend. Many thanks!

1st XV
(as at 21/11/2016)

Played 13 Won 6 Lost 7 Drawn 0

Pts scored: 381. Pts conceded: 399.
Tries scored: 57. Tries conceded: 53.

Leading try scorers (after 13 matches):
14 - Darren Clapperton; 7 - Scott Hendrie, Josh Welsh; 4 - Craig MacDougall;3 - Matt Robertson, Lewis MacLennan, Ross Nixon, Ciaran Whyte; 2 – Frazer Anderson, Callum McEwan; 1- Cata Graur, Dave Allan, Scott McDonald, Jordan McGowan, Rory Banks, Peter Forrest, Sean Nixon, Max Gordon, Scott Tough, Mikey Davies.

Leading points scorers (after 13 matches): 99 – Josh Welsh (7 tries, 5 penalties, 27 conversions); 70 – Darren Clapperton (14 tries).

Most appearances (after 13 matches): 13 - Ross Nixon, Ewan MacDougall, Matt Robertson, Peter Forrest, Kieran Cooney; 12 - Josh Welsh, Scott Hendrie, Darren Clapperton; 11- Ruairi Wilson, Ciaran Whyte, Sean Nixon; 10 - Craig MacDougall, Lwando Mabenge, Max Gordon; 9 –Lewis MacLennan, Michael Waldron, Jordan McGowan; 8 -Scott McDonald, Cata Graur; 7 - Jackson Wallace; 6 - Andrew Renwick; 5- Connor MacAulay, Callum McEwan; 4 – Scott Tough, Aaron McColm.

‘A’ XV
(as at 21/11/2016)

Played 12 Won 2 Lost 10 Drawn 0

Pts scored: 171. Pts conceded: 396.
Tries scored: 24. Tries conceded: 60.

Leading try scorers (after 12 matches):
5 – Kerr Gerrard; 3 – Lewis Martin, Rory Banks; 2 - Dave Allan, Ross Purves, Harry Borthwick;1 – Rory Hamilton, Ali Lyall, Frazer Anderson, Aaron McColm, Michael Waldron, Strath Mackenzie, Neil Darling.

Leading points scorers (after 12 matches): 46 - Rory Banks (3 tries, 7 penalties, 5 conversions); 25 – Kerr Gerrard (5 tries); 21 – Rory Hamilton (1 try, eight conversions).
Most appearances (after 12 matches): 12 - Finlay Amos; 11 - Harry Borthwick, Robert Cook, Lewis Martin, Jimmy Stephen; 10 –Strath Mackenzie, Gavin Ross; 9 – Dave Allan, Robbie Reilly, Ross Purves, Rory Hamilton, Frazer Anderson; 8 - Alan Lambie, Jy Griffin, Kieran Thomson; 7 - Greg Baird; 6 - Ryan Legge, Douglas Swinbanks; 5 – Kerr Gerrard, Jack Houston, Ali Lyall, Michael Waldron; 4 - Ryan Shiel, Donald Nichol, Kieran Monks, Jamie Turnbull, Gavin Craig; 3 - Scott McDonald, Callum McColm, Connor Ward, Phil Anderson.