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The Selkirk sevens squad at Caberston Haugh on Saturday. Back row, from left – Jason Hendrie, Cata Graur, Jack Houston, Rory Hamilton, Jackson Wallace, James Bett. Front – Willie McClymont, Scott Hendrie, Fraser Easson, Callum McColm.

Jack Houston (left) and James Bett (right) flank Selkirk referee Bruce Riddell, who took charge of the Melrose v. St Boswells semi-final. [Photos: John Smail]

SELKIRK supporters who travelled to Walkerburn Sports on Saturday to cheer on the Philiphaugh club found themselves taking an interest in no fewer than three of the competing teams.

After defeating Selkirk 24-17 in the first round, Melrose only had six fit players for their second round match against Trinity Accies. The Greenyards side asked Selkirk’s Jack Houston if he wouldn’t mind filling in for them, and he was happy to oblige.

Meanwhile St Boswells, who also found themselves short-handed at the tournament, asked Selkirk’s James Bett if he would join their squad, with the 1st XV hooker also agreeing to help out.

Despite having only seven players in their squad (which was reduced to six because of injury at the start of the second half in their tie against Selkirk), Melrose’s young team still proved too much of a handful for the Souters.

Melrose were 12-5 up at halftime (Selkirk’s try having been scored by teenage prop Fraser Easson), and at the start of the second half lost the services of their Scotland u-18 stand-off Adam Hall, who suffered a concussion following an accidental clash of heads with opposite number Callum McColm.

When play resumed Selkirk levelled the scores with a try from Jack Houston, converted by Jackson Wallace, but Melrose regained the lead with another score.

Although Selkirk reduced the deficit to 19-17 with a try by Jason Hendrie, Melrose had the final say with their fourth try of the tie to run out 24-17 winners.

All credit to Melrose for reaching the tournament final with just seven players (Jack Houston scoring one of their tries in their quarter-final win over Trinity Accies).

Fatigue eventually took its toll on the Greenyards players in the final, with Haddington running out convincing winners (albeit Melrose had again been reduced to six men after Jack Houston retired at halftime with a hip injury).

Full marks go Walkerburn Rugby Club for once again staging an excellent sevens tournament, despite a difficult season when lack of player numbers forced the club to withdraw from the BT East Leagues.


The South of Scotland players celebrate their triumph at Braidholm, with Selkirk’s Mikey Davies pictured seventh from the left.

THE red jerseys of the South of Scotland were once again well to the fore at Saturday’s Aspen Braidholm Sevens tournament in Glasgow.

The 12-strong South squad contained one Selkirk representative – scrum-half Mikey Davies – and was coached by another popular Philiphaugh figure, former Selkirk skipper and Scotland Sevens internationalist Fraser Harkness.

Played in two pools of four teams, the South of Scotland reached the semi-final stage thanks to pool victories over Minerva, Braidholm Bandits and SAMH 7s.

A last-gasp try then saw them edge past semi-final opponents Commonwealth Crusaders, setting up a rematch with the Minerva team in the tournament final.

As so often happens in finals, the showpiece tie turned out to be a very one-sided affair, with the South of Scotland running out easy 52-0 winners.

“It was a great experience,” Mikey Davies told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week, “and a great feeling to pull on a South jersey. As you’d expect, Harky got the best out of the players, and hopefully there’ll be more sevens opportunities for the South in future.”


Selkirk players, officials and supporters get together for a photo call at Philiphaugh before setting off on the club’s first tour to Spain in May, 2014. [Photo: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]






A PARTY of 27 Selkirk players and officials fly out from Edinburgh Airport this Friday, May 26, bound for Barcelona. A match against Spanish side SEL Vilanova I la Geltrú will take place that evening at the Spanish club’s ground some 20 kilometres south of the city.
“It’s been a long, hard season,” Selkirk skipper Ross Nixon told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week, “and the trip will give our players the chance to unwind and get some reward for all the hard work they’ve put in over the last 10 months.”
Selkirk undertook a similar trip to Spain at the end of the 2013/2014 season, winning the match against La Vila RFC, in Villajoysa, by a comfortable margin.
In fact the 2014 tour proved the catalyst for Selkirk’s best ever season, with the club’s 1st XV winning all 22 of its National League Division One fixtures the following season to secure the title and win promotion to the BT Premiership.
“I’m not sure if this weekend’s tour will have the same effect!” joked Ross, “but it’s definitely going to be a useful bonding exercise.
“There’s going to be a good mix of 1st XV and ‘A’ XV players on the trip, and everyone has been working hard over the past few months to raise tour funds.”
Unfortunately utility threequarter Aaron McColm had to withdraw from the tour party last month after sustaining a leg injury.
During their stay in Spain, the group will be based in the resort of Lloret de Mar. The Selkirk tour party is scheduled to arrive back in Selkirk next Monday afternoon.
The full squad reads as follows –
Rob Forrest (club president), Ewen Robbie (director of rugby), Keith Amos, Donny Mackenzie, Gibby Findlater and Jackson Cockburn.
BACKS: Ross Nixon (captain), Rory Hamilton, Mikey Davies, Scott Hendrie, Gavin Craig, Kerr Gerrard, Jackson Wallace, Darren Clapperton, Scott Tough & Jason Hendrie.
FORWARDS: Ewan MacDougall (vice-captain), James Bett, Matt Robertson, Michael Waldron, Kieran Thomson, Ross Purves, Kieran Cooney, Sean Nixon, Ruairi Wilson, Robert Cook & Scott McDonald.


The recipients of the 2017 player awards are as follows –

George Thomson Cup (Selkirk RFC Player of the Year) – Ross Nixon.
Oliver Lawson Quaich (top 1st XV try scorer) – Darren Clapperton (19 tries).
Neil Redpath Cup (most committed ‘A’ XV player) – Ross Purves.
Wat Henderson Quaich (outstanding performer in first season at Philiphaugh) - Robbie Reilly.
Tom Henderson Trophy (special achievement by 1st XV player) – Gavin Craig & Callum McColm (joint winners).
Bell Cup (best tackler) – Frazer Anderson.
Gary Selkirk Cup (club’s best trainer) – Kerr Gerrard.
1st XV Player’s Player of the Year – Ewan MacDougall.
‘A’ XV Player’s Player of the Year – Rory Hamilton.


Season 2016 /2017 Statistics

1st XV

Played 27. Won 14. Lost 13. Drawn 0
Pts scored: 731. Pts conceded: 569.
Tries scored: 110. Tries conceded: 88.

Leading try scorers (after 27 matches): 19 - Darren Clapperton; 12 - Scott Hendrie; 10- Tythan Adams; 9 - Josh Welsh, Ross Nixon; 7 - Craig MacDougall; 6 - Ciaran Whyte; 4 – Callum McEwan, Frazer Anderson, Cata Graur; 3 - Andrew Renwick, Matt Robertson, Lewis MacLennan; 2 – Ewan MacDougall, Mikey Davies, Peter Forrest, Jordan McGowan; 1- Bonekele Siyothula, James Bett, Michael Waldron, Ian Oosthuizen, Dave Allan, Scott McDonald, Rory Banks, Sean Nixon, Max Gordon, Scott Tough.

Leading points scorers (after 27 matches): 135 – Josh Welsh (9 tries, 7 penalties, 37 conversions); 95 – Darren Clapperton (19 tries), 91 – Ciaran Whyte (6 tries, 15 penalties, 18 conversions).

Most appearances (after 27 matches): 27 - Ross Nixon, Matt Robertson, Peter Forrest; 25 - Ewan MacDougall; 23 - Darren Clapperton, Josh Welsh; 22 - Kieran Cooney, Ciaran Whyte; 19 - Cata Graur; 17 - Andrew Renwick, Michael Waldron; 16 - Scott Hendrie, Callum McEwan; 15 - Frazer Anderson, Craig MacDougall; 14 - Mikey Davies, Lewis MacLennan, Ruairi Wilson, Jordan McGowan, Sean Nixon; 13 - Bonekele Siyothula, Tythan Adams, Max Gordon; 12 - Jackson Wallace;10 - Gavin Craig; 9 - Ian Oosthuizen; 8 – Scott McDonald.

‘A’ XV

Played 21. Won 7. Lost 14. Drawn 0
Pts scored: 364. Pts conceded: 610.
Tries scored: 57. Tries conceded: 92.

Leading try scorers (after 21 matches): 8 – Kerr Gerrard; 5 - Frazer Anderson, Ross Purves; 4 - Rory Banks, Rory Hamilton, Dave Allan, Lewis Martin; 2 – Alan Rutter, Strath Mackenzie, Ali Lyall, Callum McColm, Ruairi Wilson, Harry Borthwick; 1 –Bruce Riddell, Josh Welsh, Robert Cook, Jackson Wallace, Bonekele Siyothula, Callum McEwan, Donald Nichol, Aaron McColm, Michael Waldron, Scott Tomlinson, Matthew Stanners, Neil Darling.

Leading points scorers (after 21 matches): 82 - Rory Banks (4 tries, 11 penalties, 13 conversions, 1 drop-goal); 49 – Rory Hamilton (4 tries, 1 penalty, 13 conversions); 40 – Kerr Gerrard (8 tries).

Most appearances (after 21 matches): 18 - Robbie Reilly, Rory Hamilton, Jimmy Stephen; 17 - Ross Purves, Robert Cook; 16 - Strath Mackenzie; 15 - Jy Griffin; 14 - Kerr Gerrard, Lewis Martin; 13 - Gavin Ross, Dave Allan; 12 - Ryan Shiel;11- Douglas Swinbanks, Frazer Anderson, Finlay Amos, Harry Borthwick; 10 – Willie McClymont, Ryan Legge, Kieran Thomson; 9 – Rory Banks, Alan Lambie; 8 - Jamie Turnbull, Ali Lyall, Callum McColm; 7- Ruairi Wilson, Jack Houston, Donald Nichol; 6 - Jackson Wallace, Bruce Riddell, Michael Waldron; 5 - Alan Rutter, Connor Ward, Lewis MacLennan; 4 –Kieran Monks, Gavin Craig; 3 –Cata Graur, Scott McDonald, Phil Anderson.