NEVER-SAY-DIE SELKIRK REACH FINAL AT WALKERBURN
The Selkirk squad
line up for a photo call at Caberston. Back row, from left: J. Hendrie, K. Thomson, J. Welsh, L. Martin, M. Davies,
R. Purves. Front: S. McClymont, F. Anderson, R. Cook, N. Darling.
Selkirk skipper Robert
Cook manages to open up a gap in the Peebles defensive line. [Photos: JOHN SMAIL]
SELKIRK ‘A’ ended the rugby season on a positive
note by reaching the final of Saturday’s Walkerburn Sevens tournament at Caberston Haugh. Although being defeated
45-19 by defending champions Gala YM, the Selkirk players showed bags of character throughout the afternoon and
thoroughly deserved their runners-up medals.
With ‘A’ XV coaches Neil Darling and Jason Hendrie both pulling on their boots to ensure Selkirk had a 10-man squad,
the Philiphaugh men played some scintillating sevens to see off Royal Dick Vet College 45-0 in the opening round,
before accounting for Peebles 22-10 in their quarter-final tie.
However, it was Selkirk’s epic semi-final encounter against Lasswade which really got the Walkerburn crowd buzzing.
Having taken an early lead through a Lewis Martin try, disaster struck when Josh Welsh was yellow-carded for backchat
to the referee.
During his absence Lasswade raced into a 19-7 lead, and things looked decidedly bleak for the Souters with just
under six minutes left on the clock. Late tries by Cook and Martin levelled the scores at 19-19, with Mikey Davies’
successful conversion seemingly sealing victory deep into injury time.
The referee declared enough time was left for the restart kick to be taken, with Lasswade managing to secure possession.
Three phases later the Edinburgh team’s powerful centre found space wide on the left and sprinted for the corner.
It seemed odds-on the city player would score, but somehow Selkirk’s Scott McClymont (alias the ‘Tinnis Thunderbolt’)
managed to fly across the field and clatter the Lasswade player into touch just inches short of the corner flag,
so securing Selkirk’s place in the final.
A painful rib injury picked up by Robert Cook earlier in the tie prevented Selkirk’s skipper from playing in the
final, with the captaincy switching to McClymont.
Despite the Souters’ best efforts, Gala YM’s experience and sevens know-how put paid to any hopes Selkirk
might have entertained of winning their first-ever Walkerburn title, with the Maroons running out convincing 45-19
Selkirk scored a total of 17 tries during the afternoon through Josh Welsh (5), Scott McClymont (3), Mikey Davies
(3), Lewis Martin (3), and one apiece for Frazer Anderson, Robert Cook and Neil Darling (the latter making his
first appearance at Walkerburn, thereby completing a ‘full house’ of Borders sevens tournaments – a feat few players
ever manage to achieve).
GALA YM - K. Mein, M. Carryer, L. Johnston, J. Irvine, C. Borthwick, I. Scott, K. Young, A. Turner, S. Chapman,
SELKIRK – S. McClymont, R. Purves, R. Cook, F. Anderson, M. Davies, J. Welsh, L. Martin, N. Darling, J. Hendrie,
A SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND FOR SELKIRK UP IN MULL
CHAMPIONS AND HOSTS: The
Selkirk squad who partook in the Isle of Mull Sevens pose for a photo with their hosts and opponents in the final,
Isle of Mull RFC. [Photo: ISLE OF MULL RFC]
LAST weekend proved profitable for Selkirk Rugby Club as six of their players, as well as Club President Elliot
Henderson, Mick Craig, Gavin Henderson, Chris Lightfoot and Paul Ford made the journey up to Mull with the intention
of partaking in the island’s annual Sevens tournament, the self-proclaimed “Most Sociable Sevens in the World”!
Callum Johnston, Dave Allan, Sean Nixon, Scott Tough, Kieran Monks and Matt Robertson were all passengers on board
Paul’s tour bus, and left Selkirk on Friday afternoon, staying overnight in Oban before arriving in Mull on Saturday.
When the Sevens came on Saturday, the boys gained the services of a capable Hamilton player named Charlie, who
was brought in to complete the numbers so the team was allowed to take part.
The boys came up against Crieff Rugby Club in the first round, but easily displaced them, which brought them up
against ‘The Stags’, a touring team which included Selkirk’s very own David Gray. However there were no pleasantries
as Selkirk beat the visiting squad, which took them into the semi-finals, where they faced Oban, a noticeably stronger
team than the previous two.
Despite this, they were no match for the Philiphaugh natives, who came away with a third victory to make it all
the way to the final!
In the final the boys faced hosts Mull, who had played extraordinarily well in previous games. This would prove
to be a tough match, with a push-pull score line throughout. However, Selkirk were the more determined team, narrowly
triumphing over their opponents in the end by just four points. A win is a win though, and Selkirk were crowned
as champions of the Isle of Mull Sevens!
Well done lads on doing the club proud, and there’s no doubt that they certainly celebrated in style afterwards.
CONGRATULATIONS TO FORMER SELKIRK PLAYER
|CONGRATULATIONS are in order for former Selkirk Rugby
Club player Neil Brown, and his wife Yvonne on the recent birth of their daughter!
Rosie Anna Brown was born at 5:32am on Thursday, May 12th to Neil, now a P.E. teacher, who previously played for
Selkirk Rugby Club in both the 1st XV and ‘A’ XV, and his wife Yvonne, a therapeutic radiographer.
However, Yvonne’s father, and Rosie’s grandfather of course is Benny Rafferty, the ‘A’ XV team manager, so her
side of the family are no strangers to Selkirk Rugby Club either!
Mother and daughter are doing great, and both parents are evidently thrilled! Congratulations to both of you from
all at Selkirk Rugby Club!
MORE HAPPY NEWS FOR YET ANOTHER SELKIRK RFC REGULAR
|IT was happy days for another Selkirk 1st XV player,
as Jordan McGowan and his wife Lisa are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Evie Ann on Monday, May
16th, the same birthday as Lisa’s!
Evie weighed in at a healthy 8lb 2oz, and Jordan has commented that both mum and baby are doing very well, with
both Lisa and himself overjoyed with their new arrival.
Jordan has played for Selkirk for two seasons now, and Lisa is the sister of former Selkirk RFC player David Gray,
so again the family are no strangers to Philiphaugh and rugby in general.
Massive congratulations go to Jordan and Lisa again from everyone here at the Club!
2016 ANNUAL DINNER
INTERNATIONAL SEASON PASS TICKETS
Club members can apply for a SEASON PASS for the
five major home international at Murrayfield this coming season.
Please contact Donald Macleod at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 01750 62201 before 3rd JUNE for further
All passes ordered will have to be paid for by 30th JUNE.
The cost of a pass for adults is £330 [£175] between the try lines; £225 [£115] for the
North / South stands and the East /West corners; £140 [£70] for the North / South rear and West upper
and lower. [Cost for Under 18s.] All our matches will be played on Saturdays.
Details for applying for individual Autumn internationals
will be issued in August.
Scotland v Australia – 12th November; 2.30pm:
Scotland v Argentina – 19th November; 5.00pm:
Scotland v Ireland – 4th February; 2.25pm:
Scotland v Wales – 25th February; 2.25pm:
Scotland v Italy – 18th March; 12.30pm.
JOIN THE PAST PLAYER’S CLUB
IF you have played for Selkirk at any level at any time, from the 1st XV to the ‘A’ XV, the 3rds, 4ths, 5ths and
Vets, you can join the Past Player’s Club. For an annual cost of just £30, which entitles you to a free lunch,
it’s great value for money! The excess funds are exclusively invested in our player development programme which
is so important to a community like ours.
We have several overseas members including Brian Spaton (Spas) and Larry Taylor (Bones) from Balmy Beach who both
played for Selkirk when on tour in Ontario! We are looking for new members and it’s a great way to keep in touch
with the players of your era. If you are interested in joining, please contact John Rutherford on the following
details:- Mob: 07887952292 E-mail: email@example.com
Our current member list: John Smail, John Rutherford, Dennis Henderson, Cameron Cochrane, Eric Patterson, George
Thomson, Rob Forrest, Keith Hendrie, Jim Newlands, Ron Cowan, Dave Rogerson, Gordon Hunter, Tom Heatlie, Alan Pearce,
Mike Johnstone, Gordon Newlands, Gerald Beggs, Alan Linton, Douglas Syme, David Anderson, Bert Duffy, Neill Wood,
Darren Hogan, Watt Currie, Bruce Armstrong, Graeme Henderson, James Rutherford, Billy Rutherford, Chalmers Stillie,
Paul Tomlinson, Andrew Hulme, Allan Hogg, Bert Robertson, Mick McColm, Lyall Houghton, Martin Murray, John Grieve,
Duncan Lawson, Jeremy Brett, Alan Edgar, Drew Hislop, Roderick Ballantyne, Graham Scott, Iain Paxton, Jim Hulme,
Ian Hope, Norman Douglas, Malcolm MacDougall, Alan Scott, Shaun McGauchie, Iwan Tukalo, Alan Hulme, Mick Craig,
Kevin Rodgerson, Craig Forster, Michael Jaffray, Ian Galloway, Mick Craig, Keith Amos, Ian Ballantyne, Malcolm
Douglas, Rob Brotherston, Derek Parratt, Graham Marshall, Billy Galbraith, Eric Hislop, Jack Heatlie, Gavin Kellett,
Keith McConnell, Ewan Robbie, Ian Jeffrey, Donny MacKenzie, Andy White, Drew Richardson, David Bell, John Donnelly,
Ian Johnston, Keith Johnston, Bert Turnbull, Nick Bihel, Stuart McCall, Scott Davies, Larry Taylor, Rodney Pow,
Lindsay Shouesmith, Walter Douglas, Oliver Douglas, Mike Potrykus, Michael Ramage, Austin Lindores, Arnold Henderson,
Billy Renwick, Brian Spanton, John Turnbull, Alan Seal, Paul Minto, Colin Bruce, Donald Phaup, Scott McColm, Alan
Douglas, Cammy Guntley, Brian Cassidy, Alan Wheelans, Tom Brown, Roddy Denholm, David Hunter, Benny Rafferty, David
Nichol, Jim Marshall, James Hall, Jock Lockie, David Olson, Mark Langhammer, Bill Jackson.