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HIGH-FLYING MARR OUTMUSCLE SELKIRK IN FINAL STAGES OF A TIGHT GAME

No way through for skipper Ewan MacDougall, as Selkirk team-mate Michael Waldron arrives to lend support.

That’s a wrap! Scrum-half Luca Merolle battles hard.

Centre Callum Anderson finds space to break clear.


[Photos by GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

Marr 38, Selkirk 13

SELKIRK made a valiant bid to end Marr’s unbeaten Tennent’s Premiership record at Fullarton Park on Saturday, but a three-try burst in the final quarter of the game saw the home team consolidate their position at the top of the league.
The Souters remained in contention right up until the hour-mark, when home prop Calvin Henderson was shown a yellow card, allowing Aaron McColm to step up and kick his second penalty of the match.
However, being reduced to 14 men appeared to spur Marr’s players to even greater heights, with home skipper Conor Bickerstaff leading the charge by sprinting over for a score, followed in quick succession by tries from Ollie Rossi and Jamie Drummond.
In an evenly contested first half, Selkirk’s points came from a try by Josh Welsh, converted by McColm, who also landed a penalty. Tries by Richard Dalgleish and Fraser Grant (the latter converted by Colin Sturgeon), put Marr 12-10 ahead at the break.
The visitors’ cause wasn’t helped when lock forward Andy Mackay was forced to retire after sustaining a nasty head knock, with wing Luca Berte limping to the sidelines soon afterwards nursing an ankle injury.
Not for the first time this season, Selkirk’s stand-out player at Fullarton Park on Saturday was openside flanker Scott McClymont. The 24-year-old Yarrow farmer’s rock-solid defensive work and tireless support play helped lift his team at crucial points in the contest.
After the final whistle, Selkirk head coach Scott Wight said his players could take a lot of positives from the game, while acknowledging the strength of Marr’s game. “They’ve got pace and physicality, and it’s going to take someone to play really well to beat them.
“That said, there’s still a long way to go, and with the league’s top four clubs playing off against each other at the end of the campaign, there’s always the chance of an upset.
“Our boys stuck in really well today, and for the majority of the match were in the frame. Ultimately the difference between the two sides was Marr’s ability to turn pressure into points – something we didn’t do often enough when we worked our way into promising positions.
“This Saturday’s home game against Musselburgh is huge for us. The players know they’re going to have to work extra hard at training this week to make sure we’re as well prepared for the match as we possibly can be.”
MARR – G. Montgomery, R. Dalgleish, G. Paxton, C. Bickerstaff, I. Turaga, C. Sturgeon, J. Preston, B. Sweet, O. Rossi, C. Henderson, E. Hamilton-Bulger, F. Grant, M. Pearce, R. Brown, B. Grant. Replacements: J. Drummond, W. Farquhar, J. Harvey, C. Cunningham, G. Ness.
SELKIRK – H. Bithray, R. Cottrell, J. Welsh, C. Anderson, L. Berte, Aaron McColm, L. Merolle, L. Pettie, J. Bett, B. Riddell, P. Forrest, A. Mackay, S. McClymont, D. Nichol, E. MacDougall. Replacements: M. Waldron, L. Martin, Andrew McColm, S. Rankin, D. Alexander.

SELKIRK ‘A’ GO TOP AFTER OUTSTANDING WIN OVER STEWART’S/MELVILLE 2nds

The Selkirk ‘A’ side line up for a photo after Saturday’s fine victory. Back row, from left – K. Thomson, M. Haldane, L. Blair, P. Smail, M. Davies, R. Hamilton, J. Mackay, J. Turnbull, N. Armstrong, J. Griffin, H. Aynsley. Front – M. Mackay, M. Rutter, A. Davidson, M. Francis, R. Cook, D. Cassidy.

Hooker Matty Francis sets off on another run.

Scrum-half Mikey Davies fires out the ball to his backs.

Skipper Robert Cook co-ordinates Selkirk’s try line siege.

Coach Darren Hoggan gets his point across at halftime.


[PHOTOS BY JOHN SMAIL]

Stewart’s/Melville 2nds 7, Selkirk ‘A’ 22

HIT by late call-ups to the 1st XV, Selkirk ‘A’s depleted squad dug extra deep at Inverleith on Saturday to pull off a mightily impressive victory over a bigger, more experienced Stewart’s/Melville 2nds side.
The win takes Selkirk to the top of Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1 for the first time this season, setting up a crunch clash this Saturday at Philiphaugh against Musselburgh 2nds – the team they’ve knocked from the number one spot.
Colleges went ahead in the 8th minute with a try by fly-half Gavin Tainsh, which he also converted, but a blistering 65-metre break by Jy Griffin from a blindside interception saw the Selkirk centre touch down in the corner.
Two of Selkirk key men were half-backs Mikey Davies and Rory Hamilton, both of whom were making their first appearances of the season. An equally big impact was made by debutant teenage prop Moray Haldane, whose powerful scrummaging swung the set piece decisively in Selkirk’s favour.
After the break Selkirk went 8-7 ahead from a David Cassidy penalty, before Griffin sprinted over for his second try after good lead-up work by Kieran Thomson and Jamie Turnbull. Cassidy’s conversion made it 15-7 to the visitors.
With the back row of Josh Mackay, Andrew Davidson and Robert Cook putting in a power of work, Selkirk were rarely out of the Stewart’s/Melville half throughout the second period.
The result was finally put beyond doubt when wing Mark Rutter burst through the home defences on the stand side to score Selkirk’s third try, with Cassidy bringing out full points to set the seal on a famous victory.
“That has to be one of the best wins of my career as a coach,” Selkirk’s Darren Hoggan said after the match. “We fronted up, the players got stuck in, and what’s especially pleasing is seeing a 17-year-old prop come on and dominate a scrum.
“Now we’ve set our standard on the field, we should be looking to get better. A number of players are due to come back in the coming weeks, so there’s going to be a lot of competition for places, and this has to be a good thing for any team.”
STEWART’S/MELVILLE 2nds – M. Leckie, C. Lamb, N. Armstrong, M. Hanning, C. Davidson, G. Tainsh, T. Milne, O. Williamson, G. Macgregor, S. Spowart, A. Scott, A. Middleton, C. Smith, A. Wainwright, D. Devlin. Replacements: G. Henderson, J. Thomson, J. Robertson, T. Keddari, R. Wilson, D. Calder, A. Jess.
SELKIRK ‘A’ – D. Cassidy, N. Armstrong, J. Griffin, , H. Aynsley, M. Rutter, L. Blair, M. Francis, K. Thomson, J. Turnbull, M. Mackay, R. Cook, A. Davidson, J. Mackay. Replacements: M. Haldane, P. Smail.
Referee – Paul McVeigh (Edinburgh).

DOUBLE DELIGHT AS LOCHCARRON OF SCOTLAND AGREES TO SPONSOR SELKIRK PLAYERS

Lochcarron sales associate Keith Russell (left) and weaving technician Hughie MacDonald (far right) pictured with Lewis Martin and Kieran Thomson.

SELKIRK ‘A’ team-mates Kieran Thomson and Lewis Martin had every reason to smile last week after local firm Lochcarron of Scotland kindly agreed to support them with player sponsorships for the 2019-2020 season.
Joining the duo at a special promotional photo were Lochcarron of Scotland’s sales associate Keith Russell and the company’s weaving technician Hughie MacDonald – themselves both former Selkirk Rugby Club players.
Kieran and Lewis are currently undertaking modern apprenticeships in dyeing and warping at Lochcarron of Scotland’s Dunsdale Road mill. Lochcarron is proud to be the world’s leading manufacturer of tartan.
“We’re delighted to be playing a part in ensuring traditional weaving skills are passed on to the younger generation,” Keith told the selkirkrfc.com website this week, “and of course to be supporting such a prestigious local club as Selkirk RFC. We wish Lewis & Kieran all the very best for the rest of the season.”

 

Upcoming Fixtures / Events

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th

TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP
SELKIRK v. MUSSELBURGH

at Philiphaugh (3pm kick-off)

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TENNENT’S EAST RESERVE LEAGUE DIV 1

SELKIRK ‘A’ v. MUSSELBURGH 2nds
at Philiphaugh (3pm kick-off)

 
A full list of games for season 2019 / 2020 can be viewed on our 'Fixtures' page

Recent Results

05/10 Selkirk 26, Jed-Forest 20 Report
05/10 Selkirk ‘A’ 40, Jed-Forest ‘A’ 14 Report
28/09 Hawick 12, Selkirk 12 Report
28/09 Hawick Force 38, Selkirk ‘A’ 12 Report
 

A full list of results and reports for all games played this season and the past 18 seasons can be accessed by clicking on the 'Results' link above.

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ROB’S MESSAGE FROM AUSTRALIA DELIGHTS SELKIRK’S EX-PLAYERS


Rob Young in action for Selkirk against Jed (Callum Brown is the tackler)

LAST weekend’s annual lunch of the Selkirk Past Players Club broke all records for attendance, and emphasised once again what a strong bond still exists amongst former Philiphaugh players - of all ages, ability and vintage.
One of the highlights of the lunch came when SPPC secretary/treasurer Bryan Hoggan read out an email he’d received from former Selkirk scrum-half Rob Young, who now lives with his family in Australia.
Rob was a tough, fearless and competitive player who always liked to be in the thick of the action, and his Philiphaugh career spanned five season from 1986-1991.
He made a total of 87 appearances for the 1st XV, managing to score a total of 27 tries and landing three drop-goals.
Here is the text of his email –
‘My first introduction to the club was when Norman Douglas came to the farm in Biggar to invite me to play for Selkirk - at that time Gordon Hunter was still playing for Scotland, and that impressed me.

‘My first games for the club were in the ‘A’ XV, where I learned a lot, through great coaching and perseverance.

‘I also made great pals on and off the field… but my eyes were definitely on a place in the club’s 1st XV.

‘I was privileged enough to achieve this goal, and thoroughly enjoyed it every time I pulled on the Selkirk jersey.

‘To be fair I must have been quite pushy wee s****, because I ended up with the appropriate nickname of 'Giz It' - which stuck with me!

‘I would like to end by wishing the boys all the very best for the season. Give it all you have, as it’s an honour to play for a club like Selkirk Cheers to you all!

The club’s thanks go to Rob for keeping in touch with the club, and his good wishes are most definitely reciprocated by everyone at Philiphaugh.

1st XV
(up to & including Oct. 12, 2019)

P 8 W 4 L 3 D 1


LEADING TRY SCORERS (after 8 matches): 3 – Henry Bithray, James Bett, Scott McClymont, Jacob Henry; 2 – Callum Anderson, Frazer Anderson, Aaron McColm, Ryan Cottrell, Luke Pettie, Ewan MacDougall; 1 – Josh Welsh, Luca Merolle, Luca Berte, Bruce Riddell, Jack Houston, Donald Nichol, Robert Cook, Michael Waldron, Andrew McColm, Ross Purves. Tries scored: 35. Tries conceded: 31.

LEADING POINTS SCORERS (
after 8 matches): 47 – Aaron McColm (2 tries, 3 penalties, 14 conversions); 15 - Henry Bithray, James Bett, Scott McClymont, Jacob Henry (3 tries). Total points scored: 226. Total points conceded: 204.

MOST APPEARANCES (after 8 matches): 8 – Aaron McColm, Luca Merolle, Luca Berte, Josh Welsh, Callum Anderson, Luke Pettie, Scott McClymont; 7 – Ewan MacDougall, Peter Forrest, Jacob Henry, Frazer Anderson; 6 – Ryan Cottrell, James Bett, Bruce Riddell, Ross Nixon; 5 – Jack Houston, Andrew McColm, Andy Mackay, Robert Cook; 4 – Henry Bithray, Donald Nichol, Michael Waldron, Grant Forrest, Derry Alexander; 3 – Harry Borthwick.

‘A’ XV
(up to & including Oct. 12, 2019)

P 8 W 6 L 1 D 1


LEADING TRY SCORERS (after 8 matches): 6 – David Cassidy; 4 – Jy Griffin, Nathaniel Armstrong; 3 – Kieran Monks, Lewis Martin, Andrew Renwick; 2 –Donald Nichol; 1 – Mark Rutter, Ryan Cottrell, Josh Bain, Matty Francis, Robbie Reilly, Liam Cassidy, Ross Purves, Grant Forrest, Peter Forrest, Bruce Riddell, Henry Bithray, Gary Robertson. Total tries scored: 39. Total conceded: 27.

LEADING POINTS SCORERS (after 8 matches): 57 – Scott Clark (5 penalties, 21 conversions); 37 – David Cassidy (6 tries, 1 penalty, 2 conversions); 20 – Jy Griffin, Nathaniel Armstrong (4 tries). Total points scored: 261. Total points conceded: 177.

MOST APPEARANCES (after 8 matches): 8 –Liam Blair; 7 – Liam Cassidy, Mark Rutter, Nathaniel Armstrong, Jy Griffin, David Cassidy; 6 – Scott Clark, Matty Francis, Kieran Thomson, Matthew Mackay; 4 – Josh Mackay, Jamie Turnbull, Matty Brass; 3 – Andrew Davidson, Kieran Monks, Callum Rhind, Harris McDonnell, Robbie Reilly, Matthew Stanners.



Tennent’s Premiership (October 12)

JED-FOREST 36-9 MUSSELBURGH
GLASGOW HAWKS R 14-46 CURRIE CHIEFTAINS
MARR 38-13 SELKIRK
ABERDEEN GRAMMAR 57-47 GHA RFC

TENNENT’S EAST RES. LEAGUE DIV. 1 (October 12)

BIGGAR 2nds U-U CURRIE CHIEFTAINS ‘A’
(Insufficient players away side, friendly played)
JED-FOREST ‘A’ u-u MUSSELBURGH
(Insufficient players home side, friendly played)
STEWART'S/MELVILLE 2nds 7-22 SELKIRK ‘A’
BOROUGHMUIR 2a 5-45 HERIOT'S BLUES 2nds


Tennent’s Premiership (October 19)

MARR v. EDINBURGH ACADEMICAL FC
GHA v. JED-FOREST
HAWICK v. GLASGOW HAWKS
CURRIE CHIEFTAINs v. ABERDEEN GRAMMAR
SELKIRK v. MUSSELBURGH



TENNENT’S EAST RES. LEAGUE DIV. 1 (October 19)

EDINBURGH ACADEMICAL 2nds v. STEWART'S/MELVILLE 2nds
(Venue reversed at clubs' request)
HAWICK FORCe v. BIGGAR 2nds
CURRIE CHIEFTAINS ‘a’ v. BOROUGHMUIR 2A
SELKIRK ‘A’ v. MUSSELBURGH 2nds
HERIOT'S BLUES 2NDs v. JED-FOREST ‘A’

 

RBS 6 NATIONS TICKETS FOR AWAY MATCHES – NOW IS THE TIME TO APPLY!

SELKIRK RFC’s tickets convener David Nichol has announced that ticket application forms for Scotland’s away fixtures - Ireland 1st Feb, Italy 22nd Feb and Wales 14th March - are now available from the club.
“Ticket applications through the club will only be accepted on receipt of a fully completed application form,” David told the selkirkrfc.com website this week.
“Should you want an application form, please email me at davidnichol@thinkpositive.co.uk and I will send you a form to complete.
“Applying for tickets through the club does not guarantee you a ticket, and is very much dependant on SRU allocation.  You will be contacted in due course for payment should your application be successful.
“I will be operating a waiting list should you be unsuccessful with your application, and this will be given to the SRU.
“Please note, only fully paid-up members of Selkirk RFC can apply for tickets through the club. The deadline for ordering tickets through Selkirk RFC is October 16 - at the very latest.”

LOOKING to celebrate in style? Selkirk Rugby Club’s Philiphaugh Function Suite offers free room hire… and more! Professional DJ and party planner LAYLA ANDERSON is available to hire for your party requirements. Photos can be projected on the suite’s big screen via our personalised photo projection package. If you would like to book an event don't hesitate to get in touch with Selkirk Rugby Club’s bar and events manager LAYLA ANDERSON on 07563 617 471.

… AND A GREAT VENUE FOR WEDDINGS!

The Philiphaugh Function Suite at Selkirk Rugby Football Club is available to hire for weddings and receptions. Affordable and competitive rates. Professional wedding decoration design and DJ hire also available. If you would like to book, don't hesitate to get in touch with Selkirk Rugby Club’s bar and events manager LAYLA ANDERSON on 07563 617 471. 

 

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