NO LET-UP IN PRE-SEASON TRAINING
SCHEDULE, AS PLAYERS GO EXTRA MILE
A total of 20 Selkirk
players headed to Philiphaugh on Saturday morning for an additional training session, which was taken by coaches
Graham Marshall and Michael Jaffray. Pictured above are, from left – Connor McAulay, Sean Nixon, Scott Tough, Josh
Welsh, Kieran Cooney, Matt Robertson, Dave Allan, Ross Nixon, Jamie Turnbull, Jordan McGowan, Max Gordon and Kieran
Thomson. [Photo – JOHN SMAIL]
NEW PRESIDENT RALLIES THE TROOPS
AT CLUB’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Outgoing Selkirk RFC president
Elliot Henderson (left) wishes his successor Rob Forrest the best of luck in his new role. [Photo: GRANT KINGHORN
FOLLOWING the disappointment of season 2015/2016,
which saw Selkirk relegated from the BT Premiership, the club’s new president, Rob Forrest, says he’s confident
the current squad of players will return to winning ways “and put a smile back on everybody’s faces”.
Mr Forrest was speaking at last Thursday’s AGM, held in the Philiphaugh Suite, after taking over the reins from
outgoing Selkirk president Elliot Henderson. “As has been previously mentioned, last season was a hard one for
the club as a whole, and our goal for the coming season is to get more fun back into the club,” said Mr Forrest.
“John Rutherford works tirelessly on many fronts for our club, but his most important task over the past few months
has been getting our new coaching team together in his role as director of rugby. He has also had his work cut
out to retain players for the new season, and I’m sure you’ll agree John has done a first-class job in this respect.”
Before relinquishing the presidency, Mr Henderson told the meeting: “We started the season full of heart and enthusiasm,
but unfortunately the sheer physicality of Premiership rugby didn’t take long to raise its head. We had a stack
of injuries, and unfortunately many were not quick fixes.”
He paid tribute to former director of rugby Cameron Cochrane who “did a great job in difficult circumstances”,
and praised the efforts of the Selkirk players: “At no time did they throw in the towel, no matter what the score,
giving their all right to the last minute.
“One good thing that has come out of this year is our fantastic new changing rooms, which will make our club one
of the very best equipped in the UK.”
In conclusion he thanked Rob Forrest for his support as vice-president, club secretary Ian Walker and the management
team for all their efforts - especially John Rutherford for his tireless work. He also thanked all the other club
office-bearers and volunteers, sponsors and gatemen, making special mention of the tea ladies’ success in raising
£1700 for club funds.
The club’s annual accounts were presented by finance convener George Thomson. He told members the past 12 months
had proved particularly difficult, only resulting in a small surplus thanks to a significant drop in income from
the previous year.
He paid tribute to treasurer Bruce Armstrong for the huge amount of time and effort he put into the financial side
of the club, keeping the management committee bang up to date with monthly reports and maintain tight control of
Club steward Les Mallin and his staff were thanked for all their hard work throughout the year, with club shop
manager Alison Cullen praised for her commitment and conscientiousness.
The meeting agreed to keep club subscriptions at the same level, these having been increased the previous year.
The rates are: Players, £77; non-playing members, £85; family £110; senior citizens, £49;
juniors & Rhinos, £10.
Two new members were elected to the committee – Euan Hastie and David Nichol – while tribute was paid to the great
service given to the club over the years by ex-president Norman Douglas, who is stepping down from the committee
because of pressure of work.
New office-bearers were elected as follows: President, Rob Forrest; senior vice-president, Benny Rafferty; junior
vice-president, Colin Anderson; chairman, John Rutherford.
Secretary, Ian Walker; treasurer, Bruce Armstrong; fixtures/match secretary, Mary Inglis; membership secretary,
Gilbert Findlater; Development club, Alison Cullen; International tickets, Donald Macleod. Development Officer
- Kieran Cooney
1st XV captain, Ross Nixon; vice-captain, Ewan MacDougall; 1st XV head coach, Graham Marshall; assistant coaches,
Michael Jaffray & Fraser Jack; team manager, Tom Ramage. ‘A’ XV head coach, Brian Cassidy; forwards coach,
Neil Darling; backs coach, Jason Hendrie; team manager, John Smail.
Conveners – Sponsorship, Ian Walker; property, Euan Hastie; ground, Andy White; finance, George Thomson; director
of rugby, John Rutherford; sevens, John Rutherford; hospitality, Mick Craig & Elliot Henderson.
Club steward, Les Mallin; club doctor, Jeff Cullen; physiotherapists, Ryan Crockatt & John Watt; club shop
manager, Alison Cullen; Friends of Selkirk, George Thomson, development club, Alison Cullen; groundsman, Brian
Cassidy; child protection officer, Colin Anderson.
Committee – R. Forrest, B. Rafferty, E. Henderson, M. Craig, J. Rutherford, E. Forster, I. Walker, B. Armstrong
, D. Henderson, W. Bryson, G. Thomson , M. Inglis, W. Jackson, D. Rodgerson, A. Pearce, A. Boag, B. Duffy, N. Bihel,
J. Hume, E. Hastie, D. Nichol, G. Findlater, D. Macleod, A. White, C. Anderson.
SCOTLAND STARS HELP PUT YOUNGSTERS
ON THE ROAD TO SEVENS SUCCESS
TOP – The boys who took
part in last week’s ‘School of Sevens’ Rugby Camp pictured at the High School playing fields with mentors Robbie
Chalmers (front left), Scott Wight and Mark Robertson. BELOW – Mark Robertson (left picture) and Scott Wight (right
picture) keep the boys on their toes. [Photos – JOHN SMAIL]
EVEN thunderstorms and violent downpours couldn’t prevent last Wednesday’s ‘School of Sevens’ Rugby Camp from taking
place in Selkirk, although the adverse weather conditions did mean the event eventually had to be transferred from
Philiphaugh to Selkirk High School.
The camp – catering for 11-15 year old boys – is one of several being run by former Melrose players Mark Robertson
and Scott Wight, both Scotland sevens team regulars. Mark has the added honour of being selected for Great Britain’s
sevens squad for next month’s Rio Olympics. Last week the duo were assisted by another ex-Greenyards player, Robbie
Chalmers, now on the books of Edinburgh Accies.
A total of 36 youngsters attended the Selkirk camp, with participants coming from as far away as Middlesbrough
and Berwick. “We split the boys up into smaller groups and worked with them on a wide range of sevens skills,”
Scott Wight told the selkirkrfc.com web site. “Speed, agility and quick decision-making were all in the mix, as
well as game strategy, fitness and handling. The day went really well, and the boys responded positively to what
we were trying to put across.”
Selkirk Rugby Club’s development officer, Kieran Cooney, was equally happy at the way things had gone. “I was particularly
pleased Selkirk players Andy Brown and Robin Lowthian won awards for 'best players' in their age groups, and it
was great to see so many Selkirk players involved.
“The camp offered a great development opportunity right on the players’ doorstep, and already plans are in the
pipeline for next year’s event. My thanks go to Selkirk High School for accommodating the change of venue because
of the poor weather conditions, and well done to all the Selkirk players who attended