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JUST CHAMPION! UNBEATEN SELKIRK SECURE TITLE WITH THREE GAMES LEFT TO PLAY

SMILES BETTER! The victorious Selkirk squad celebrates winning the BT National League Division 1 title after the final whistle at Rubislaw on Saturday. Back row – C. Cochrane (backs coach), D. Clapperton, R. Wilson, C. MacDougall, A. Duckett, J. McGowan, J. Bett, M. Utteridge, K. Cooney, D. Swinbanks, R. Banks, C. Marshall, J. Everitt, J. Welsh, B. Riddell, N. Wood (forwards coach), P. Wright (head coach). Kneeling – T. Ramage (team manager), M. Davies, M. Kissick (capt..), C. Graur, L. MacLennan, S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, G. Patterson, E. MacDougall.

LEFT – Ewan MacDougall bursts clear to score Selkirk’s third try in Saturday’s 42-13 victory over Aberdeen Grammar at Rubislaw. RIGHT – Wing Scott Hendrie dives over in the corner for Selkirk’s first try.


LEFT – Selkirk scrum-half Mikey Davies was at his elusive best on Saturday. RIGHT – Rory Banks kicks another penalty to put yet more distance between Selkirk and Aberdeen Grammar on Saturday.


LEFT – Determination is written all over Mitch Utteridge’s face as he carries ball upfield. RIGHT – Number eight Callum Marshall launches another Selkirk attack, with skipper Matt Kissick in support.


LEFT – Jordan McGowan is engulfed by ecstatic team-mates after scoring Selkirk’s fourth try (his first for the club’s 1st XV). RIGHT – Selkirk players and coaches celebrate a famous victory after the final whistle.


LEFT – Angus Duckett and Craig MacDougall savour the moment in the dressing room at Rubislaw. RIGHT – Selkirk’s most capped internationalist, John Rutherford, congratulates Kieran Cooney, Matt Kissick and Douglas Swinbanks.


LEFT – Selkirk’s success is toasted by head coach Peter Wright, junior vice-president Rob Forrest, team manager Tom Ramage, president Mick Craig, backs coach Cameron Cochrane and forwards coach Neill Wood. RIGHT – ‘We’ll support you evermore!’: Billy Bryson, John Rutherford, Audrey & Mick Craig, Eric Forster, Rob Forrest, Susan & George Welsh, and Bev MacLennan.


[Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]
Cick here to view a gallery of Grant's photos from Saturday's game.

Aberdeen Grammar School 13, Selkirk 42

SELKIRK clinched the BT National League Division 1 title at Rubislaw on Saturday with a stunning victory over Aberdeen Grammar, taking the team’s unbeaten run in the league to 19 matches.

The win means Selkirk will join fellow Border sides Gala, Melrose and Hawick in the BT Premiership next season, and heralded a night of joyous celebration for the Philiphaugh club’s players, coaches, officials and supporters in Aberdeen.

Selkirk head coach Peter Wright swapped his international media duties at BT Murrayfield for a dry, if chilly Rubislaw on Saturday afternoon, as his troops responded with a spirited performance emblematic of their consistency this season.

“At the start of the campaign we had a lot of guys who had left the club,” Wright told the selkirkrfc.com web site, “and it wasn’t until halfway through the season when we felt we had a realistic chance. The belief as to what we could do came after that.

“We were by far the most consistent team. We had a little bit of luck and had few injuries and I think we got what we thoroughly deserved. We have been out of the top division for a while, and it is good to get them back up. It will be hard work to stay up there, but our next immediate challenge is to stay unbeaten in this league. We will savour the moment and savour those times.”

On his media duties, he added: “It was an interesting choice and Selkirk said I could go [and cover games for radio], and it is really good for me to be here. The guys did really well to weather the early storm, and it was great to watch as the boys were outstanding.”
At one stage of Saturday’s game Aberdeen were reduced to 13 men with Ed Nimmons and Mike Cox both in the sin-bin, but with wind advantage Selkirk showed why they are unbeaten in the league with four tries in an exemplary display of forward power and running rugby.

Fly-half Rory Banks made it a day to remember with six penalties and two conversions, when everything in the Souters’ performance ticked all the right boxes.

Aberdeen played with the wind in the first half and were rewarded with a penalty by Alex Hagart after nine minutes. The home forwards put Selkirk under pressure before the first of Banks’ penalties levelled the scores. The game ebbed and flowed, with Grant Ryan touching down and Hagart converting to give the home side a 10-3 lead.

Four minutes later Scott Hendrie went over for a try in the left-hand corner while Ed Nimmons was in the sin-bin for a late challenge on Mikey Davies. Aberdeen were soon reduced to 13 men when Mike Cox was also yellow-carded for persistent fouling after Hagart had kicked a penalty.

Selkirk were soon back in the driving seat as Lewis MacLennan touched down and Banks put Selkirk 19-13 up at half-time with a penalty.

The second half was one-way traffic, with Banks banging over three more penalties and Ewan MacDougall adding a third try which Banks converted. With seven minutes remaining Jordan McGowan scored the visitors’ bonus point try, Banks adding the conversion to put the icing on the cake.

The BT National 1 trophy will be presented to Selkirk at this Saturday’s game against Peebles at Philiphaugh.

SELKIRK - J. Welsh; S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, C. MacDougall, L. MacLennan; R. Banks, M. Davies; K. Cooney, J. Bett, C. Graur, J. Everitt, M. Kissick, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, C. Marshall. Replacements: D. Swinbanks, J. McGowan, R. Wilson, G. Patterson, M. Utteridge.

Referee – Neil Paterson (Dundee HSFP).


SELKIRK ‘A’ LOSE CUP FIXTURE TO JED-FOREST 2nds AFTER EARLY INJURY SETBACK

Selkirk ‘A’ wing Kieran Monks tries to shake off a Jed tackler in last Wednesday’s cup game at Philiphaugh.

Douglas Swinbanks prepares to fire out a pass, with Bob Wilkinson and Robert Cook close up in support. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]

Selkirk ‘A’ 17, Jed-Forest 2nds 24

AFTER a run of four successive victories, Selkirk ‘A’ were narrowly defeated by Jed-Forest 2nds in last Wednesday night’s Border 2nd XV Cup fixture under the Philiphaugh floodlights.
Despite losing fly-half Callum McEwan after just five minutes with a head knock, the home team nevertheless took an early lead thanks to tries from Scott Marshall and Robert Cook, the latter being converted by Ross Purves.
However, the visitors hit back with two unconverted tries of their own to make the halftime score 12-10 in the Souters’ favour.
Jed went ahead 17-12 in the 60th minute with a converted try, but centre Bob Wilkinson scored soon afterwards to put Selkirk on level-pegging at 17-17. It looked as though the game would end in a draw, but Jed charged down a home clearance kick to score their fourth try and seal the result.
Selkirk players Kieran Monks, Sam Mackay and Craig Bruce all picked up injuries, with Matt Robertson emerging as the home side’s ‘man of the match’ after moving from the centre to the back row and putting in a typically solid shift.
SELKIRK - S.Marshall, L.Martin, B.Wilkinson, D.Swinbanks, K.Monks, C.McEwan, R.Purves, K.Thomson, B.Riddell, S.Mackay, J.Turnbull, R.Cook, S.Nixon, M.Robertson, S.Macdonald. Replacements: J.Stephen, W.Mclymont, C.Bruce.
 

Referee – Iain Heard (Gala).

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(as at 02/03/2015)

1st XV

Played 23 Won 20 Lost 3 Drawn 0

Points scored: 703. Points conceded: 340.
Tries scored: 94. Tries conceded: 44.


Leading try scorers
(after 23 matches): 16 - Darren Clapperton; 14 - Josh Welsh; 9 - James Bett; 5 - Angus Duckett, Callum McColm, Craig MacDougall; 4 - Lewis MacLennan, Ewan MacDougall, Callum Marshall, Kieran Cooney; 3 - Scott Hendrie, Mikey Davies, Cata Graur; 2 - Rory Banks, Gordon Patterson, John Everitt; 1 – Jordan McGowan, Chaney Willemse, Mitch Utteridge, Matt Kissick, Callum McEwan, Ross Nixon, Scott Tough, Matt Robertson, Ruairi Wilson.

Leading points scorers (after 23 matches): 204 – Josh Welsh (14 tries, 21 penalties, 35 cons); 98 – Rory Banks (2 tries, 18 pens, 17 convs).

Most appearances (after 23 matches): 23 - James Bett; 22 - Callum Marshall, Cata Graur, Mikey Davies, Kieran Cooney; 21 - Josh Welsh, Angus Duckett; 20 - Lewis MacLennan, Callum McColm; 19 - Darren Clapperton, Ewan MacDougall, Gordon Patterson; 18 - Craig MacDougall, Ruairi Wilson, Rory Banks; 17 - Jordan McGowan, Matt Kissick; 16 - Ross Nixon.

'A' XV

Played 18 Won 12 Lost 6 Drawn 0

Points scored: 510. Points conceded: 330.
Tries scored: 72. Tries conceded: 50.


Leading try scorers
(after 18 matches): 10 - Callum McEwan; 8 - Kieran Monks, Lewis Martin; 4 - Scott Marshall, Ali Lyall, Scott Hendrie, Jack Elliot; 3 – Robert Cook, Scott McClymont, Josh Welsh; 2 – Ross Purves, Rory Banks, Craig Bruce, Ruairi Wilson, Jordan McGowan, Stuart Forrest; 1 – Bob Wilkinson, Matt Robertson, Sean Nixon, Willie McClymont, John Everitt, Scott Tough, Scott McDonald, Darren Knox, Lewis MacLennan, Craig MacDougall, Ross Nixon.

Leading points scorers (after 18 matches): 63 – Jack Elliot (4 tries, 7 penalties, 11 conversions); 50 - Callum McEwan (10 tries), 48 – Rory Banks (2 tries, 3 penalties, 12 conversions).

Most appearances (after 18 matches): 18 – Lewis Martin; 17 – Robert Cook, Ross Purves; 16 - Scott McClymont; 15 - Kieran Thomson, Craig Bruce; 13 - Jack Elliot; 12 - Jamie Turnbull, Matt Robertson, Scott McDonald, Kieran Monks; 11 - Scott Tough; 10 - W. McClymont, S. Mackay; 9 - Callum McEwan, Bruce Riddell; 8 - Jimmy Stephen; 7 – Callum Turnbull.

Stormers

Played 1 Won 1 Lost 0 Drawn 0

Points scored: 72. Points conceded: 0.
Tries scored: 12. Tries conceded: 0.

Leading try scorers (after one match): 3 – Lewis Beaton, Michael McVie; 1 – Bob Wilkinson, Tom Walling, Craig Bruce, James Bett, Blair Amos, Ewan MacDougall, Kieran Cooney.

Leading points scorers (after one match): 27 – Michael McVie (3 tries, 6 conversions.

Most appearances (after one match): 1 - Kieran Monks, Duncan Lawson, Lewis Beaton, Bob Wilkinson, Tom Walling, Michael McVie, Craig Bruce, Chris Fairbairn, James Bett, Kyle Ramage, Adam Nichol, Jack Houston, Blair Amos, Willie McClymont, Ewan MacDougall, Kieran Cooney, Donny Mackenzie.

   

 

Forthcoming Fixtures/Events

SATURDAY, March 7

BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1
SELKIRK v. PEEBLES
at Philiphaugh (3pm kick-off)
MATCH SPONSOR: SELKIRK CONSERVATIVE CLUB.
MATCH BALL SPONSOR: R. P. ADAM Ltd, SELKIRK.

BT RESERVE LEAGUE NATIONAL 2
STEWART’S/MELVILLE FP 2nds v. SELKIRK ‘A’
at Inverleith (3pm kick-off)

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Recent Results

21/02 Sekirk 32, Jed 0 Report
21/02 Sekirk A 51, M'burgh 12 Report
14/02 Marr 19 Selkirk 42 Report
14/02 Selkirk ‘A’ 27, Dundee Ts 17 Report
31/01 Selkirk 17, G.H.A. 5 Report
17/01 Selkirk 8, Stew/Mel 3 Report
27/12 Peebles A 27 Sekirk A 28 Report

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News

DOUGLAS REALISES DREAM BY MAKING SENIOR DEBUT FOR SELKIRK AT ABERDEEN

PERHAPS not surprisingly, all the attention at Rubislaw on Saturday centred on Selkirk’s bid to sew up the BT National League 1 title, and at the same time continue this season’s incredible unbeaten run.

However, for one member of Selkirk’s squad, the match on Saturday represented something else - the realisation of a long-held ambition to make a first senior appearance for the Philiphaugh club.

Originally from Mull, Douglas Swinbanks (pictured above) came to Selkirk to complete his final school year at Selkirk High. As the godson of John and Alison Rutherford, Selkirk has long held a special place in the affections of the 24-year-old.

“I spent a couple of seasons turning out for Selkirk Youth Club,” Douglas told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week, “and then I had a couple of years playing for my home club of Mull.

“I then came back to Selkirk and turned out a few times for the Stormers, but this season decided to get down to some serious training and see how far I could go. Making my debut on Saturday, in the match that decided the championship, was really special, and is something I won’t forget.”

A graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Douglas works in Edinburgh for WSP Consulting Engineers and currently shares a flat in the capital with Selkirk 1st XV number eight Callum Marshall.

At Rubislaw on Saturday he came off the replacements bench 12 minutes from time to take over from Lewis MacLennan on the wing. “I was a bit nervous,” admitted Douglas, “but the build-up to the game had been really good and everybody went out of their way to make me feel part of the team. Not surprisingly my folks back in Mull are chuffed to bits!

“Representing the town of Selkirk is always special, and hopefully I’ll now be able to keep the ball rolling by sticking in at training and working on my game. I definitely aim to be back at Philiphaugh next season.”

Here’s hoping Douglas will make many more senior appearances for Selkirk in the years ahead.

HEARTBREAK FOR ALEX & SCOTLAND AS ITALY GRAB MURRAYFIELD WIN


FORMER Selkirk player Alex Dunbar (pictured) was again one of the stand-out Scotland players in Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations match against Italy at BT Murrayfield. However, the Glasgow Warriors centre once again ended up on the losing side, as the Italians came from behind to win the game with a penalty try in the final minute.
In the “Scotland on Sunday” player ratings, Alex and fellow centre Mark Bennett were the two highest-rated Scotland players, with scores of seven out of 10.
Alex ‘s citation read: “Drove at the Azzuri defence every chance he got. Did not deserve to end on the losing side.” Here’s wishing Alex better luck at Twickenham.

LEE SO CLOSE TO GRABBING BONUS POINT FOR GLASGOW

EX-Selkirk player Lee Jones (pictured) made his comeback appearance for Glasgow Warriors in Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 match against Munster at Musgrave Park. The Scotland sevens star came on as a replacement for scrum-half Murray McConnell five minutes into the second half, with Niko Matawalu taking over the No. 9 jersey and Lee going on to the wing.
In the final minutes of the game it looked as though Lee had salvaged a losing bonus point for Glasgow when he crossed for a try in the corner, but the score was disallowed after Lee was adjudged to have put a foot in touch.
Glasgow eventually lost the match 22-10, a result which drops them down to second place in the league.

RYAN BACK ON DUTY FOR SCOTLAND’S CLUB XV FOR INAUGURAL ENGLAND GAME

SELKIRK’S 1st XV physio Ryan Crockatt was again on duty at the weekend as physio for the Scotland Club XV, this time for the side’s match against England Counties at Fylde’s Woodlands ground in Lytham St Anne’s on Friday night.

After last month’s victory over Ireland’s Club XV at Netherdale, the Scotland players were unable to repeat their heroics of that night, eventually going down to the English team 37-3, watched by a crowd of 1,500.

Congratulations go to Ryan on his appointment as the Club Scotland XV physio for 2015 – hopefully this will be the first of many future international rugby appointments for him.

‘BOLLYWOOD’ COMES TO PHILIPHAUGH FOR THE ANNUAL LADIES LUNCH


THE 2015 Selkirk Ladies Lunch takes place in the Philiphaugh Suite this Saturday, March 7.
This year’s theme is ‘Bollywood’, so visitors to Philiphaugh that day can expect to see some exotic costumes and accessories being paraded at the lunch. Organisers have urged attendees to: “Use as much imagination (or as little) as you please - not compulsory, but great if you do want to join in the nonsense!”
The cuisine for the lunch is Indian and the caterers will be the town’s popular Taste of Spice restaurant. Any special dietary requirements will have to be flagged up well in advance, and this can be done by informing Emma Blair when booking a table.
Anyone needing any further information is asked to contact Emma Blair on 07837868993 or Susan Welsh on 07810560298.

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Club Shop

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!

 

 

Hospitality / Events

Pre-match lunches at the Philiphaugh Suite have become very popular for entertaining guests, friends, sponsors and rugby supporters. Please click this link to see what is on offer.

Alternatively we offer a wide range of flexible options for business, social functions, fund-raising and sporting events for up to 150 guests. Please visit our corporate site at www.philiphaughsuite.co.uk for details

Bar Steward Les Mallin can be contacted on : 07772044465

 

 

 


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