SELKIRK ‘A’ PLAYERS STAY THE COURSE TO TOPPLE
LEAGUE LEADERS HAMILTON 2NDS
Selkirk centre Alistair
Lyall makes another telling incursion across the gain line in Saturday’s match against Hamilton 2nds
Full-back Callum McEwan
on his way to scoring one of Selkirk’s four tries in Saturday’s 25-14 victory at Philiphaugh.
‘Man of the match’
Chaney Willemse manages to keep possession despite the best efforts of a Hamilton opponent.
Lock Robert Cook takes
over scrum-half duties to feed the ball out to Selkirk’s threequarter line.
Selkirk flanker Scott
McDonald gets an elbow in his face for his troubles, but still presses on regardless.
Selkirk skipper Scott
Tough leads his players from the pitch at the end of Saturday’s highly competitive contest against Hamilton.
LEFT – RIGHT – [Photos:
Selkirk ‘A’ 25, Hamilton 2nds
A BATTLING second half display by Selkirk ‘A’ at Philiphaugh on Saturday saw the young
Souters recover from a 14-0 deficit to record a richly deserved bonus point victory over BT Reserve League National
2 leaders Hamilton 2nds.
visitors had trounced Selkirk 55-17 in October up at Laigh Bent, but there was steeliness about the home team’s
approach to this return fixture that indicated the contest would be far from so one-sided this time around.
A marker was laid down as early as the second minute when Selkirk wing-forward Scott McClymont held his nerve to
halt Hamilton’s giant lock Josh White in his tracks with a courageous tackle, as the rampaging Bulls forward threatened
to burst clean through the home defence.
The visitors suffered an early setback when left wing Callum Brown had to be led from the field concussed. Even
so the Hamilton threequarters still had the edge over their opponents, and a missed first-time tackle saw centre
John Rogerson run in the visitors’ first try, converted by Liam Bell.
After 36 minutes Hamilton increased their lead through an Adam Ryan try, again converted by Bell. It looked as
though Selkirk had cut the deficit when Scott McClymont went over in the left-hand corner, but referee Michael
Todd correctly ruled the Selkirk player had made a double movement when taking the ball over the line and disallowed
A minute before the interval Selkirk did manage to cross the line – Chaney Willemse (later named Selkirk’s man
of the match) charging down Bell’s clearance kick then quickly following up to dive on the loose ball for an opportunist
try. Darren Knox’s conversion made the halftime score 14-7 in Hamilton’s favour.
After the break Selkirk ramped up the tempo and intensity of their play. The home back row of Willemse, McClymont
and Matt Robertson took the game to their opponents at every opportunity - through direct running in attack or
by dint of some five-star cover tackles. Willemse’s try-saving tackle on Danny McRoberts in the 65th minute proved
Four minutes into the second half Kieran Monks burst down the left touchline for a try following good support play
by Ally Lyall, and shortly afterwards Darren Knox successfully converted a penalty to put the home team ahead for
the first time in the match at 15-14.
With some of Hamilton’s bigger forwards beginning to tire, Selkirk kept up the pressure and were rewarded when
full-back Callum McEwan scampered over in the corner for Selkirk’s third try after the visitors had lost possession
Four minutes into injury time hooker Ross Purves added the ‘coup de grace’ when he launched a probing grubber kick
towards the left-hand corner. The ball was picked up by a Hamilton defender, who was immediately wrapped up by
Kieran Monks, and when the ball spun loose Purves pounced to touch down Selkirk’s bonus point try.
Full marks go to Selkirk ‘A’ for a fully committed performance against a well organised and confident Hamilton
team. Good shifts were put in by the whole squad, with Michael Waldron and Scott McDonald both showing up well
when the chips were down.
Afterwards Selkirk ‘A’ coach Fraser Jack praised his players for keeping their focus for the full 80 minutes. “We
changed our style of play in the second half, exerting good pressure and getting in their faces. It’s very satisfying
to be able to turn them over given how comprehensively they defeated us earlier in the season, and now the boys
must take this momentum forward to the Hillhead game this Saturday.”
SELKIRK – C. McEwan, L. Martin, A. Lyall, J. Hendrie, K. Monks, D. Knox, S. Tough, K. Thomson,
R. Purves, M. Waldron, S. McDonald, R. Cook, S. McClymont, C. Willemse, M. Robertson. Replacements: C. Bruce, S.
Mackay, W. McClymont, J. Turnbull.
HAMILTON – D. McRoberts, G. Cole, R. Jamieson, J. Rogerson, C. Brown, D. Deuchar, L. Bell, S. White,
R. McQueen, G. Richardson, J. White, A. Ferguson, P. Januszewski, S. Wright, S. Alexander. Replacements: C. Provan,
G. Payne, C. Eusebi, A. Ryan, C. Millar.
Referee – Michael Todd (Melrose).
CHEQUE HANDOVER MARKS CULMINATION
OF SUCCESSFUL ‘MOVEMBER’ CAMPAIGN
GREAT EFFORT. Pictured
at last Tuesday’s cheque presentation at Philiphaugh are, from left: Scott McColm, John Smail, Alan Dickinson,
president Mick Craig and Cameron Cochrane. [Photo: GRANT KINGHORN]
SELKIRK Rugby Club’s players, officials and supporters certainly know how to let their
hair down… if it’s for a good cause. In 2014 the club once again participated in the global ‘Movember’ campaign
to promote men's health issues and help fund research into prostate cancer.
Throughout the month of November participants grew a variety of moustaches and beards, asking friends and family
for sponsorship. Their efforts raised a total of £2,246, which has been donated to the Prostate Cancer UK
At Philiphaugh on Tuesday night, a cheque for this amount was presented by Selkirk president Mick Craig to Alan
Dickinson, one of Prostate Cancer UK’s volunteers.
Mr Dickinson, who hails from Peebles, thanked Selkirk Rugby Club for its tremendous support, saying the funds raised
would make a significant contribution in the fight against prostate cancer through research, support and raising
awareness of the condition.
Selkirk vice-president Elliot Henderson, who was unable to be present at last week’s presentation, raised just
over £1,000 of the club’s final total – an incredible achievement.
PLAYERS HAPPY TO HEAD BACK TO
SCHOOL FOR INDOOR TRAINING SESSION
UNITED FRONT. Selkirk’s
1st XV and ‘A’ XV squads gathered in the Selkirk High gym hall last Tuesday night, after icy conditions forced
the usual Philiphaugh training session to be switched to the school. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]
Played 19 Won 16 Lost 3 Drawn
Points scored: 570. Points conceded: 303.
Tries scored: 78. Tries conceded: 39.
Leading try scorers (after 19 matches): 15 - Darren Clapperton; 10 - Josh Welsh; 9 - James Bett; 5 - Callum
McColm, Craig MacDougall; 4 - Kieran Cooney; 3 - Angus Duckett, Lewis MacLennan, Ewan MacDougall, Callum Marshall,
Mikey Davies, Cata Graur; 1 – Chaney Willemse, Scott Hendrie, Gordon Patterson, Mitch Utteridge, Matt Kissick,
Callum McEwan, Rory Banks, Ross Nixon, Scott Tough, Matt Robertson, Ruairi Wilson.
Leading points scorers (after 19
matches): 178 – Josh Welsh (9 tries, 21 penalties, 35 conversions); 75 – Darren Clapperton (15 tries); 45 – James
Bett (9 tries).
Most appearances (after 19 matches):
19 - James Bett; 18 - Callum Marshall, Cata Graur, Mikey Davies, Callum McColm, Kieran Cooney; 17 - Josh Welsh,
Angus Duckett; 16 - Jordan McGowan, Lewis MacLennan, Darren Clapperton; 15 - Gordon Patterson, Ruairi Wilson, Craig
MacDougall, Ewan MacDougall; 14 - Rory Banks; 13 - Ross Nixon, Matt Kissick; 10 - Callum McEwan; 7 - John Everitt.
Played 15 Won 10 Lost 5 Drawn
Points scored: 413. Points conceded:
Tries scored: 60. Tries conceded: 40.
Leading try scorers (after 15 matches): 8 - Lewis Martin; 7 – Callum McEwan; 5 - Kieran Monks; 4 - Scott Hendrie,
Jack Elliot; 3 – Scott McClymont, Ali Lyall, Josh Welsh; 2 – Robert Cook, Scott Marshall, Rory Banks, Craig Bruce,
Ruairi Wilson, Darren Knox, Jordan McGowan, Stuart Forrest; 1 – John Everitt, Scott Tough, Scott McDonald, Ross
Purves, Chaney Willemse, Lewis MacLennan, Craig MacDougall, Ross Nixon.
Leading points scorers (after 15 matches): 63 – Jack Elliot (4 tries, 7 penalties,
11 conversions); 53 – Rory Banks (2 tries, 4 penalties, 12 conversions, 1 drop-goal); 40 - Lewis Martin (8 tries);
35 – Callum McEwan (7 tries), 27 – Josh Welsh (3 tries, six conversions).
Most appearances (after 15 matches): 15 – Lewis Martin, Scott McClymont; 14 – Robert Cook, Ross Purves;
13 - Jack Elliot; 12 - Craig Bruce, Kieran Thomson; 10 - Scott Tough, Scott McDonald, 9 - Jamie Turnbull, Matt
Robertson, Kieran Monks; 7 - Callum McEwan, Willie McClymont, Sam Mackay, Callum Turnbull, Bruce Riddell, Ruairi
Wilson; 5 - Jason Hendrie, Darren Knox, Jimmy Stephen, Jack Houston, Kyle Stillie.
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.
BT NATIONAL LEAGUE
SELKIRK v. G.H.A.
at Philiphaugh (kick-off
BT RESERVE LEAGUE
2nds v. SELKIRK ‘A’
at Hughenden (2pm kick-off)
|17/01 Selkirk 8, Stew/Mel 3 Report
|27/12 Peebles A 27 Sekirk A 28 Report
UNDER STARTER’S ORDERS FOR ANOTHER
FUN-FILLED PHILIPHAUGH RACE NIGHT!
AMONGST the most popular social events staged in
Selkirk Rugby Club’s Philiphaugh Suite are the Race Nights organised by past-president Eric Forster (pictured above).
What makes these functions so special, is the fact the races are all ‘live’ rather than on pre-recorded videotapes.
Each of Eric’s wooden horses is propelled along the Philiphaugh ‘course’ by an individual ‘jockey’, who has to
employ a combination of strength, technique and determination if he is to power his horse across the line in first
“Everybody always has a good laugh and really enjoys themselves at these nights,” Eric told the selkirkrfc.com
web site this week. “ I’m sure the Race Night we’re staging at the club on Saturday, February 21, will be no different.
“A light supper will also be available on the night, with racing scheduled to get under way at 7pm prompt. Horses
will be put up for sale on the night, with generous prize-money of up to £100 available for the winning owners.”
Even though the Race Night is over three weeks away, people can become a horse trainer and name their horse right
now. For the sum of £15 your horse can be entered for one of the races, and the winning trainer of each race
winner wins £60.
Entry forms for the event on February 21 are now available from Eric Forster, who can be contacted on 07831 510
793… sounds like a good bet for a great night out!
P7 RHINOS DANCING FOR JOY AFTERSUCCESSFUL
THE latest fund-raising event in support of the
P7 Rhinos’ forthcoming tour to Belfast was a family ceilidh in the Philiphaugh Suite on Saturday night (see photo
Around 100 people attended, with musical accompaniment in the hands of the multi-talented Ian Lowthian, his son
Robin and Harris MacDonnell (current and former P7 players respectively), as well as Cavan Rogers and Rhino mum
The dancing improved as the night wore on, as those present mastered the ‘disco’ ceilidh tunes… Jill Robertson,
one of the organisers, told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week: "As well as raising money for the tour,
everyone had fun.
“Ian was very good at getting everyone up dancing, and it was great to see all the youngsters up having a good
time alongside the adults."
Mum Diane Martin thanked the Knowepark Country Dancers for their contribution, as well as Ian Lowthian for his
HARD ROAD TO TRAVEL FOR 1ST XV
AS ABERDEEN GAME CALLED OFF
SELKIRK’S team bus had reached Dundee on Saturday
before word came through from Aberdeen Grammar that the Rubislaw pitches were unplayable, resulting in the clubs’
scheduled BT National League Division 1 fixture being cancelled.
It certainly made for an extremely frustrating day for Selkirk’s players, coaches, club officials and supporters
(many of the latter having left Selkirk shortly after the team bus at 7.30am).
However, the Selkirk club would like to put on record its appreciation of the welcome afforded the team and officials
by Stewart’s/Melville FP, who kindly allowed the players and officials in the team bus to drop in at Inverleith
on the way back to Selkirk.
As well as permitting the players to make use of the showers and changing rooms, the Colleges committee also laid
on refreshments for the party and allowed them to watch the game between Stewart’s/Melville FP and Kelso.
“We really appreciated the hospitality show to all the boys by the Inverleith club,” Selkirk’s director of rugby
Cameron Cochrane told the selkirkrfc.com web site on Monday. “It helped salvage what would otherwise have been
a pretty dispiriting day, and I hope we will be able to repay Stewart’s/Melville’s kindness at some point in the
RAFFLE PRIZEWINNERS ANNOUNCED
THE winners of the two hampers in the club’s January prize draw are Dorothy Gray, of Back Feus, and George Purves,
of Anderson Road (the father of Selkirk ‘A’s talented young hooker Ross Purves). Congratulations go to both winners,
who will receive their hampers later this week.
The club would like to thank Sainsbury’s supermarket for their generous help in making up the hampers, and also
everybody who bought tickets from Selkirk’s players, officials and supporters.
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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!
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