LOCAL YOUNGSTERS SHINE AT FIRST
OF SELKIRK RUGBY CLUB’S EASTER CAMPS
THE SUNSHINE BOYS.
A good turn-out and some enjoyable fitness and skill sessions added up to a worthwhi8le day at last Tuesday’s first
Easter Camp at Philiphaugh
SELKIRK Rugby Club development officer Kieran Cooney had high praise for all the S1 and S2 boys who took part in
the club’s first Easter 'School of Rugby' Camp at Philiphaugh last Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Everything went very much according to plan,” said Kieran, “and the enthusiasm and commitment of the young players
who attended was first class. I’d also like to say a special thank you to Scotland sevens players Mark Robertson
and Scott Wight, who kindly came down to Philiphaugh to work with the players.
“They will be holding their own camp at Selkirk from July 14-16 for S1s to S4s, for which limited spaces will be
available. Further details will be given out soon, so watch this space!”
EXCITING PLANS UNVEILED FOR NEW
CHANGING FACILITIES AT PHILIPHAUGH
This architect’s blueprint
shows the elevation and lay-out of the proposed new facilities at Philiphaugh.
PLANS have been submitted to Scottish Borders Council by Selkirk Rugby Club for a new changing room extension at
Philiphaugh. The new facility will be attached to the main stand at the Bannerfield end of the ground, utilising
a design which blends in with the stand’s current fascia.
“The project is still at an early stage,” Selkirk management committee member John Rutherford told the selkirkrfc.com
web site this week, “and is dependent on the club receiving funding from the Scottish Rugby Union. We should know
by the end of the month if our grant application has been successful.”
Selkirk’s immediate past- president added that the club always tries to improve its facilities in some way each
year, and said the proposed extension would be of enormous benefit to the club and the local community.
“Our current changing and showering arrangements are in need of updating, and this project clearly addresses this
particular requirement. It would mean we would have six dressing rooms in total, allowing us to accommodate youth
and school teams much more efficiently.
“It would also allow us to attract and host age group internationals and professional games, so it’s certainly
an exciting development, and one which I hope will help keep the club at the forefront of Borders rugby.”
In 2001 Selkirk Rugby Club played host to the international fixture between Argentina and Scotland ‘A’, while in
2002 the Border Reivers took on Connacht in a Celtic League match at Philiphaugh.
Here’s hoping the Selkirk club will be able to secure funding from the Scottish Rugby Union for its exciting new
plans, and that Philiphaugh can continue to enhance its reputation as a first-class venue for rugby at all levels.
MELROSE SEVENS WILL ALWAYS HOLD SPECIAL MEMORIES
FOR GUY AND ALISTER
THE WAY WE WERE. Selkirk
schoolboys Guy Blair (left) and Alister Heatlie pictured with Scotland internationalist Bruce Hay at the pre-Melrose
Sevens coaching clinic back in 1992.
AS Saturday’s hugely successful tournament once
again proved, Melrose Sevens is today recognised as one of rugby’s great social and sporting occasions.
Over the years the tournament has produced sevens rugby of the highest quality, played out in front of packed crowds.
However, perhaps less well known is the Melrose club’s commitment to nurturing sevens talent of the future.
For over 30 years the club has held special junior sports clinics before the main sevens action begins, inviting
boys from across Scotland to come to Melrose and have their rugby skills honed at special coaching sessions by
top coaches and an assortment of international players.
Back in 1992, Selkirk’s representatives at the junior coaching clinic were Guy Blair and Alister Heatlie. The pair
would eventually develop into two highly regarded Selkirk Rugby Club players, with Guy going on to captain the
1st XV in season 2004/2005.
It was fitting that their mentor at the Greenyards back in 1992 was the late Bruce Hay, a former Scotland and British
Lions threequarter, who joined Selkirk’s tour party as a guest player on its successful 1979 trip to Toronto, Canada.
Played 26 Won 23 Lost 3 Drawn
Points scored: 791. Points conceded: 404.
Tries scored: 105. Tries conceded: 52.
Leading try scorers (after 26 matches):
16 - Darren Clapperton, Josh Welsh; 9 - James Bett; 7 - Craig MacDougall; 6 - Cata Graur, Angus Duckett; 5 - Callum
McColm; 4 - Scott Hendrie, Lewis MacLennan, Ewan MacDougall, Callum Marshall, Kieran Cooney; 3 - Mikey Davies;
2 - Matt Kissick, Rory Banks, Gordon Patterson, John Everitt; 1 – Jordan McGowan, Chaney Willemse, Mitch Utteridge,
Callum McEwan, Ross Nixon, Scott Tough, Matt Robertson, Ruairi Wilson.
Leading points scorers (after 26 matches): 214 – Josh Welsh (16 tries, 21 penalties,
35 cons); 131 – Rory Banks (2 tries, 24 pens, 23 convs).
Most appearances (after 26 matches): 26 - James Bett; 25 - Callum Marshall,
Cata Graur, Mikey Davies, Kieran Cooney; 24 - Angus Duckett; 23 - Lewis MacLennan; 22 - Josh Welsh, Ewan MacDougall,
Gordon Patterson; 21 - Rory Banks, Craig MacDougall; 20 - Jordan McGowan, Matt Kissick, Callum McColm; 19 - Ross
Nixon, Ruairi Wilson, Darren Clapperton.
Played 20 Won 13 Lost 7 Drawn
Points scored: 560. Points conceded: 386.
Tries scored: 80. Tries conceded: 60.
Leading try scorers (after 20 matches):
13 - Callum McEwan; 9 - Lewis Martin; 8 - Kieran Monks; 4 - Scott Marshall, Ali Lyall, Scott Hendrie, Jack Elliot;
3 – Robert Cook, Scott McClymont, Josh Welsh; 2 – Darren Knox, Sean Nixon, Ross Purves, Rory Banks, Craig Bruce,
Ruairi Wilson, Jordan McGowan, Stuart Forrest; 1 – Bruce Riddell, Bob Wilkinson, Matt Robertson, Willie McClymont,
John Everitt, Scott Tough, Scott McDonald, Lewis MacLennan, Craig MacDougall, Ross Nixon.
Leading points scorers (after 20 matches): 65 - Callum McEwan (10 tries); 63 – Jack
Elliot (4 tries, 7 penalties, 11 conversions); 48 – Rory Banks (2 tries, 3 penalties, 12 conversions).
Most appearances (after 20 matches): 20 – Lewis Martin; 19 – Robert Cook,
Ross Purves; 17 - Scott McClymont, Kieran Thomson, Craig Bruce; 14 - Jamie Turnbull; 13 - Kieran Monks, Matt Robertson,
Jack Elliot; 12 - Scott McDonald, W. McClymont, S. Mackay; 11 - Scott Tough, Bruce Riddell; 10 - Callum McEwan;
9 - Jimmy Stephen; 7 – Callum Turnbull.
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.
SUNDAY, April 19
at Scremerston (first
Pool A - Berwick, Edinburgh Uni, Hawick.
Pool B: Selkirk, Duns, Edinburgh Accies.
Pool C: Gala, Peebles, Watsonians.
Pool D: Melrose, Kelso, Jed-Forest.
|28/03 Kelso 29, Selkirk 32 Report
|24/03 Wtsoians 26 ,Selkirk 35 Report
COME & PLAY FOR SELKIRK
SELKIRK Rugby Club is currently recruiting players
for the 2015/2016 campaign.
After winning this season’s BT National League Division 1 title, thereby securing Selkirk’s promotion to the BT
Premiership, the club would like to strengthen its playing resources.
If you’re a player who feels up for the challenge, then please call Selkirk Rugby Club’s director of Rugby,
Cammy Cochrane, on 07780 563 256.
EARLY EXIT FOR INJURY-HIT SELKIRK
SIDE AT 2015 MELROSE SEVENS
Lewis MacLennan –
tries for Selkirk after the break.
DESPITE a late fightback, Selkirk found Currie just
too tough a nut to crack in their preliminary round tie at Saturday’s Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens,
and duly exited the tournament at the first hurdle following a 31-15 defeat.
Missing several regulars because of injury – Scott Hendrie, Darren Clapperton and Callum Marshall to name but three
– Selkirk’s players nevertheless stuck to their task throughout the tie, but paid a heavy price for some missed
first-time tackles and lack of possession.
It was the Souters who struck the first blow, however, fly-half Rory Banks ghosting through a gap to register the
first try of the match. From this point on it was the Malleny Park team who called the shots, with the Philiphaugh
men finding themselves trailing by three scores at halftime.
The second period saw Selkirk’s utility threequarter Lewis MacLennan come off the replacements’ bench to vary the
Souters’ attacking options, and the university student showed his ability to exploit half-chances by sprinting
over for two late tries.
All of the squad got game time, with this being the first appearance at the famous Greenyards tournament for the
majority of the Selkirk team.
SELKIRK - C. McEwan, R. Nixon, R. Banks, M. Davies, E. MacDougall, C. MacDougall, M. Robertson, L. MacLennan, K.
Monks, S. McClymont.
SELKIRK’S RECORD-BREAKING SEASON
TO FEATURE IN COMMEMORATIVE DVD
A NEW DVD is currently being produced to celebrate
Selkirk’s unbeaten campaign in BT National League Division 1. Entitled “The Invincibles”, it will contain highlights
from all 22 victories recorded by Selkirk in the league campaign, as well interviews with players, coaches and
The men putting the DVD together are club stalwarts George Macdonald and John Smail (pictured above). “It’s been
a real pleasure videoing Selkirk’s games this season,” George told the selkirkrfc.com web site on Monday.
“It’s not often you get the chance to watch history being made, which is why this record of Selkirk’s remarkable
achievement is so special.”
George was behind the camera at 19 of the team’s 22 league games, with John filming the final two fixtures against
Watsonians and Kelso (Dundee HSFP kindly supplied highlights of the match at Mayfield).
It is hoped “The Invincibles” DVD will be finished in time to go on sale at Selkirk Sevens on May 9.
EX-HAWICK PRESIDENT TO SPEAK AT
SOLICITOR Rory Bannerman, former president of Hawick Rugby Club, will propose the toast to “Selkirk Rugby Club”
at Selkirk’s annual dinner. This year’s event is being held in the Philiphaugh Suite on Friday, May 22.
The dinner will be chaired by Selkirk president Mick Craig, while 1st XV skipper Andrew Renwick will reply to the
toast made by Rory Bannerman.
Tickets (priced £25) are now on sale, and anyone wishing to book a place at the dinner is asked to contact
either president Mick Craig (07810435846) or vice-president Elliot Henderson (07836537587).
NO LUCK FOR SELKIRK ‘A’ SIDE AT
KELSO’S JOHN LAING SEVENS
THE Selkirk ‘A’ team suffered a first round exit at the hands of old rivals Gala 2nds at last Tuesday’s John Laing
Sevens held at Poynder Park, Kelso. A strong Maroons side defeated Selkirk ‘A’ 34-7, with the Souters’ only points
coming from a Lewis Martin try converted by skipper Scott Tough.
Gala 2nds went on to lift the John Laing title, overcoming Melrose 2nds in the semi-finals before defeating Jed-Forest
2nds in the final.
The Selkirk ‘A’ side now only has one sevens tournament left in which to compete – the Walkerburn Sports at Caberston
Haugh on Saturday, May 16.
LEE IN ACTION FOR WARRIORS AS
PRO-12 LEADERS MARCH ON
FORMER Selkirk player Lee Jones was back in action for Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun last Friday night, following
his appearance for Scotland the previous weekend at the 2015 Hong Kong Sevens.
Lee came off the replacements bench in the 22nd minute of Glasgow’s match against Cardiff Blues, which the Warriors
won 36-17 to stay top of the Guinness PRO-12 League. He took the place of wing Daniel van der Merwe, and made several
strong breaks during the contest.
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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!
Bar Steward Les Mallin can be contacted on : 07772044465
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