Photos Grant Kinghorn pics.
The 2nds travelled to Dundee Saturday, with a somewhat
depleted squad due to a mixture of injury, holiday and call up’s to the senior side. But the can do attitude of
the second string prevailed and a reasonable side was mustered to travel with a few lads playing out of position
such as young Lewis McLennan playing at stand-off. Player coach Jason Hendrie initially made himself available
for the bench, however 10 mins before kick-off, with a recurring ankle injury to Jy Griffin, it was clear he would
have to step into the breach and start the game at scrum half.
Within 5 minutes it was abundantly clear that Selkirk were up against bigger and more physical opponents, and the
Selkirk team had to dig deep to keep the scores down, with the half time whistle coming in at 5 tries to the home
side 4 of which were converted, with the score disguising some of the sterling effort put in by the Selkirk side,
which on a couple of occasions found Selkirk close to scoring.
However the second half was a different story altogether, with some words of inspiration from head coach Cassiday
and forwards coach McGowan combined with the on field leadership from Hendrie the Selkirk side dug deep and held
their own only conceding 2 unconverted tries and a penalty kick in the second half. Where on several occasions
the Selkirk side were unlucky not to break their duck and get over the line. Notable players throughout the game
were Prop Keiran Thompson who even though up against a much bigger pack battled through significant back pain to
remain on the field for the full 80 mins. Also jack Huston and Scott McDonald putting in tremendous shifts in both
attack and defence with the aforementioned Mclennan taking to his stand off duties relatively comfortably. Selkirk
also took comfort after the game when the magnanimous Dundee coach admitted that they themselves had been short
on numbers and had drafted in some assistance from Dundee University, making the result not quite as one sided
as it may initially have seemed.
Selkirk: Gavin Ross, Kerr Gerrad, Keiran Monks, Fraser Easson, Ryan Sheil, Lewis McLennan, Jason
Hendrie, Keiran Thomson, Ruairi Wilson, Jimmy Stephens, Callum Hume, Jack Houston, Matthew Stanners, Robert Cook,
Scott McDonald, Jy Griffin.