SELKIRK TEAM LINE-UPS FOR THE
1st VII squad for Hawick Sevens
at Mansfield Park on Saturday, April 19 (cars leave Market Place 2pm) – R. Fluhler, E. MacDougall, M. Robertson,
M. Davies, R. Banks, D. Clapperton, C. McColm, C. McEwan, C. MacDougall, L. MacLennan.
1st VII squad for Berwick Sevens at Scremerston on Sunday, April 20 (cars leave Market Place
11.30am) – C. Marshall, F. Harkness, E. MacDougall, M. Davies, D. Clapperton, R. Nixon, S. Hendrie, R. Fluhler,
C. McColm, C. McEwan.
WINNING FEELING AT MELROSE SEVENS TOURNAMENT
TRY TIME. Callum Marshall
manages to hold off the attentions of Melrose’s Callum Anderson to score Selkirk’s first half try against the host
SAFE OFF-LOAD. Ewan MacDougall gets his pass away to team-mate Darren Clapperton in the tie against Melrose.
TRUE GRIT. Fraser Harkness battles to escape two Melrose defenders, with Ross Nixon ready to lend support. [Photos:
BRYAN JOHNSTONE, www.btjphotography.co.uk]
HAVING promised that his players would “hit the ground running” at The Greenyards following their confident showing
at Gala Sevens the previous week, Selkirk sevens coach Graham Marshall was understandably delighted when the team
got off to a flying start with a hard-fought 20-12 first round victory over Aberdeen Grammar at Saturday’s Aberdeen
Asset Management Melrose Sevens.
The win tasted all the sweeter because in the corresponding tie last year, Aberdeen had given Selkirk a 38-5 thumping
before going on to reach the semi-finals of the competition. There was to be no such repeat performance this time,
however, with Ross Nixon’s men taking the game to their Rubislaw opponents right from the whistle.
Scrum-half Mikey Davies opened the scoring with a try in the third minute, and although Aberdeen hit back to level
the scores, Selkirk regained the lead thanks to a runaway touchdown from Darren Clapperton. Halftime score – Aberdeen
Grammar 5, Selkirk 10.
With the irrepressible Fraser Harkness again in top form for the Souters, and with Ewan MacDougall and Callum Marshall
tackling everything that moved, the next try was scored by Selkirk wing Scott Hendrie to put the Philiphaugh side
two scores ahead.
Three minutes from the end Clapperton scored his team’s fourth try to make the tie safe after Davies had managed
to force a turnover, with Aberdeen’s flying wing Erlend Oag snatching a consolation try for the northern outfit.
Final score – Aberdeen Grammar 12, Selkirk 20.
Up against hosts Melrose in the next round – with the whole tie being broadcast live on BBC1 - Selkirk’s players
dominated possession for long stretches but couldn’t find a chink a way through Melrose’s well organised defence.
Just before the interval Austin Lockington put Melrose into a 7-0 lead with a try converted by Andrew Skeen.
With the halftime whistle approaching, Selkirk hit back with a well worked try by Callum Marshall following a superb
break up the left-hand touchline by Fraser Harkness, who powered past three defenders before sending Marshall crashing
over the whitewash. Halftime score – Melrose 7, Selkirk 5.
In the second half Selkirk again enjoyed long spells of possession, but couldn’t turn pressure into points. Tries
by Richard Mill, Damian Hoyland and Andrew Skeen eventually saw Melrose run out 26-5 winners, but The Greenyards
men had been pushed all the way by a Selkirk side who worked hard for each other throughout the contest.
In the latter stages of the tie, talented teenager Callum McEwan took the field to make his senior sevens debut
for Selkirk, while Ricky Fluhler and Callum McColm also saw action from the replacements bench.
+ Selkirk supporters still had something to cheer about in the final of Saturday’s tournament at The Greenyards,
with no fewer than three ex-Philiphaugh players involved – Lee Jones for Glasgow Warriors, and twin brothers Nyle
& Ryan Godsmark for Edinburgh Accies. Jones emerged as the tournament’s top try scorer with five touchdowns,
with the pro. side running out 47-14 winners.
RORY FINDS HIMSELF
ON A GOOD WICKET AFTER COMMUNITY COACH APPOINTMENT
LEFT – Rory Banks switches
to coaching mode beside Selkirk Cricket Club’s scoreboard. RIGHT – Rory in action on the rugby field for Selkirk’s
1st XV in a recent match against Biggar. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN, www.grantkinghornpics.co.uk]
WHEN it comes to sport, Rory Banks is without a doubt one of Selkirk’s best all-rounders. This versatility has
seen him win plaudits on the rugby field as well as the cricket pitch, and now the 22-year-old’s sporting talents
have seen him appointed the Borders’ first community cricket coach.
“It’s a part-time post,” Rory told the selkirkrfc.com web site at the weekend, “and I’m obviously delighted to
have been given the chance to help get local schoolchildren interested in taking up the game of cricket. Everyone
has been very supportive, and I’ve been heartened by the positive attitude shown by parents since I took up my
The community coaching post has been made possible thanks to funding provided by the Gala, Hawick & Wilton,
Kelso, Melrose, St Boswells and Selkirk Cricket Clubs, and the job dovetails neatly with Rory’s final year studies
in Sports Science at Napier. “I don’t have any trouble switching between rugby and cricket,” added Rory, “and get
a lot of enjoyment out of playing both sports.
The chairman of the Scottish Borders Junior Cricket Development Group, Steven Halls, told us: “Rory has made a
good impression in the schools he has visited, and we’re hoping he can help more Border youngsters take their first
steps towards a lifelong association with our local clubs.”
Here’s wishing Rory – who will again be Selkirk Cricket Club’s vice-captain in the 2014 season – all the very best
in his new job. Bowl ’em all over, Banksy!
SATURDAY, April 19
RBC CAPITAL MARKETS HAWICK
at Mansfield Park
(first tie 2pm)
SUNDAY, April 20
at Scremerston (first
‘A’ TEAM REACH SEMI-FINAL OF JOHN LAING MEMORIAL SEVENS
– scored try In second half against Gala
LAST Tuesday night under
the Poynder Park floodlights, the Selkirk A sevens squad made their second appearance on the spring circuit at
the eight-team John Laing Memorial Sevens.
Their first round opponents were Hawick Linden, and the Philiphaugh men emerged 19-17 victors after a hard-fought
tie. Try scorers for Selkirk were Stuart Forrest (2) and Rory Banks, with the latter adding two conversions.
Selkirk found semi-final opponents Gala too hot to handle, with the Maroons racing to a 26-0 halftime lead. However,
the Souters had the better of the second half, scoring a try through Matt Robertson to make the final score Gala
26, Selkirk 5.
Because two of the Maroons players suffered injuries in the tie following a clash of heads, Matt Robertson and
Callum McEwan agreed to sit on the bench for them in the final, which Gala duly won.
SELKIRK – C. Grieve, S. Forrest, M. Robertson, C. McColm, C. MacDougall, R. Banks, B. Purves, R. Wilson, I. Douglas,
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.”
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.
Hawick 7s - Saturday,
Berwick 7s - Sunday, 20 April
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.
Bar Steward Les Mallin can be contacted on : 07772044465
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