CURRIE CHIEFTAINS TOO STRONG
FOR SELKIRK AT WIND-SWEPT MALLENY PARK
Hooker James Bett eludes
the clutches of two Currie defenders to score Selkirk‘s first try on Saturday.
on the charge, watched by Bett, Riddell and MacDougall.
Jack Houston secures
line-out ball, with a little help from Luke Pettie.
Callum Anderson manages to shake off his marker.
Josh Welsh in the
thick of it, along with Ross Nixon and Luca Morello.
[Photos by DAVID NICHOL]
Currie Chieftains 34, Selkirk
SELKIRK’S three-match unbeaten run was ended by
a powerful Currie Chieftains side at Malleny Park on Saturday, with the home team’s tighter game control and clinical
finishing ultimately proving decisive.
Early in the match things had looked promising for Selkirk when fly-half Callum Anderson and hooker James Bett
again combined cleverly, resulting in the latter scoring his second try of the campaign with less than five minutes
on the clock. Aaron McColm’s conversion put the visitors 7-0 ahead.
However, with the penalty count against the Philiphaugh men beginning to rise at an alarming rate, Currie took
advantage to gain large chunks of territory - taking the lead through an opportunist try from scrum-half Gregor
Christie, converted by Gregor Hunter, who’d earlier kicked a penalty.
The visitors’ cause wasn’t helped when flanker Rob Cook was yellow-carded for deliberately slowing down play, and
a try from Fergus Scott gave Currie a 17-7 interval lead.
Injuries to Luca Berte (cut lip) and Scott McClymont (hamstring strain) didn’t hampered the visitors’ cause, and
any hopes of a Selkirk revival were dashed when Currie crossed for three tries in the space of seven minutes –
Wallace Nelson, Hunter and Steven Hamilton getting the touchdowns.
To their credit Ewan MacDougall’s men batted to the end, with tries from Frazer Anderson and Bruce Riddell putting
a better complexion on the scoreline.
Once again ex-skipper Ross Nixon proved a tower of strength for Selkirk in midfield, while James Bett, Peter Forrest
and Jack Houston all put in hard shifts in defence and attack.
After the game, Selkirk head coach Scott Wight was typically forthright in his assessment of the contest: “Currie
played at a good tempo, they took their chances and at the end of the day they deserved the win.
“The important thing for us is how we regroup through the week. We’ve had a great pre-season, and the positivity
doesn’t stop now just because we’ve suffered our first defeat.
“This game is past, so we’ll start working hard again and concentrate on putting together a game plan for the Aberdeen
Grammar match on Saturday.”
SELKIRK – Aaron McColm, L. Berte, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, F. Anderson, C. Anderson, L. Merolle, L. Pettie, J. Bett,
B. Riddell, J. Houston, P. Forrest, R. Cook, S. McClymont, E. MacDougall. Replacements – J. Henry, R. Cottrell,
Andrew McColm, A. Mackay, G. Forrest.
CURRIE – C. Brett, S. Hamilton, A. Hall, A. Harley, A. MacLean, G. Hunter, G. Christie, G. Carson, F. Scott, M.
Argiro, M. Poole, M. Vernel, J. O’Brien, W. Nelson, D. Dee. Replacements: E. Blair, C. Ramsay, H. Ferguson, C.
Meager, C. Lessels.
Referee – John Shaw (SRU).
SELKIRK ‘A’ PLAYERS DIG DEEP
TO CLINCH SECOND SUCCESSIVE RESERVE LEAGUE WIN
Number eight Donald Nichol scores
the first of his two tries for Selkirk ‘A’ at Malleny Park.
Prop Kieran Thomson
tests the strength of Currie A’s defence.
Jy Griffin crosses
for a great try on the stroke of halftime.
[Photos by DAVID NICHOL]
Currie Chieftains ‘A’ 26, Selkirk
IN a game that had more twists and turns than an
Ian Rankin novel, Selkirk ‘A’ continued to confound expectations by recording their second straight bonus point
win in Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1.
Underlining just how far this young Selkirk team has come, in last season’s corresponding league fixture at Malleny
Park, Currie ‘A’ romped to a massive 78-5 victory.
Even allowing for the fact Currie couldn’t field a front row on Saturday, which meant scrums were uncontested and
Currie had to play with 14 men, the streetwise home team still proved dangerous opponents.
Playing with the strong wind at their backs, Selkirk went 13-0 up through a brace of sweetly struck penalties by
Scott Clark and a try from the tireless Donald Nichol. Although the home team replied with a score from Fraser
Sayers, Nichol’s second try plus one from Jy Griffin put Selkirk 25-5 ahead at the interval.
The presence of experienced Kiwi fly-half Henry Bithray - back for his second season with Selkirk - proved crucial
for the visitors, with his siege-gun kicks always able to relieve pressure on the home try line.
With the wind now at their backs, tries by Haggart, Kororua and Jones gave Currie fresh heart. However, a barnstorming
touchdown by Robbie Reilly maintained the visitors’ narrow 30-26 lead.
It was left to the unfaltering boot of Scott Clark (who finished with a personal haul of 13 points) to put the
issue beyond doubt, sending over another superb penalty kick in injury time. This set the seal on a well-deserved
victory that will do much to bolster the confidence of this young Philiphaugh team for the challenges ahead.
SELKIRK ‘A’ - M. Rutter, H. McDonnell, J. Griffin, L. Martin, N. Armstrong, H. Bithray, S. Clark, M. Waldron, M.
Francis, K. Thomson, L. Cassidy, J. Turnbull, R. Purves, M. Mackay, D. Nichol. Replacements: – C. Rhind, B. Purves,
D. Cassidy, L. Blair, S. Brister, M. Stanners, R. Reilly.
CURRIE ‘A’ – T. Hall, G. Russell, F. Sayers, A. Cleland, T. Clark, S. Leto, C. Jones, C. Harrison, R. Clark, C.
Haggart, S. Edwards, B. Murdock, G. Halliday, A. Kororua. Replacements: S. Rae, F. Scotti.
Referee – Andy Bolden (Edinburgh RRS).
THE WAY WE WERE - SELKIRK RFC
OPENS FIRST-EVER GRANDSTAND AT CRICKET FIELD
Players and spectators
at the official opening of the wooden grandstand on October 14, 1911.
AS today’s Selkirk players enjoy the comfort and delights of spanking new dressing rooms (complete with piping-hot
showers and brand-new toilet facilities), it’s worth remembering the spartan conditions players at the club had
to endure over 100 years ago.
Until Selkirk purchased and relocated to its current Philiphaugh ground in September, 1926, Selkirk played all
of its matches as ‘guests’ of Selkirk Cricket Club on its adjoining field. Spectators had to stand around the pitch,
which was cordoned off by ropes, and woe betide anyone who put a shoe (or boot!) on the sacred turf of ‘the square’.
To improve viewing conditions for their supporters, the rugby club organised a fund-raising drive to finance a
new wooden grandstand beside the pitch. This was used for the first time when a special rugby match was staged
to commemorate its opening at the start of the 1911 season.
There was only one changing room at the cricket field in those days, which was always allocated to the visiting
team on match days. Selkirk’s players therefore had to strip behind the pavilion and have their ‘bath’ at the pump!
At any rate it was made clear by Selkirk Cricket Club that should the rugby club move to another location, the
wooden stand must remain. And so it was that when the rugby club did ‘jump the fence’ to set up their new ground
on adjoining ground 15 years later, the wooden stand stayed behind.
This old stand was in use as recently as the 1980s, but wear and tear eventually took its toll and the structure
was deemed a safety hazard, being demolished to make way for a storage shed for grass-cutting equipment and the
RHINOS PLAYERS ARE WELL TO THE
FORE AT JED JAGUARS ‘FESTIVAL OF RUGBY’
Rhinos’ victorious P6
team celebrate at Riverside Park. Back row, from left - Emily Dickson, Isaac Beard, Cameron Cowan, Rory Tomlinson,
Gregor Borthwick. Front - Josh Caroll, Sophie Hendrie, Noah Gilmour. (Missing: Charlie Francis, George Fuller).
SELKIRK Rhinos mini-rugby teams attended the Jed
Jaguars ‘Festival of Rugby’ event held at Riverside Park last Sunday, with all age groups were represented from
P3–P7. For the P3s this was their first taste of a rugby festival, and they showed no fear by rising to the challenge.
They managed three wins, a draw and a loss, scoring 17 tries in the process.
The P4 Rhinos are currently lacking numbers, and this was their first festival where contact tackling is allowed.
They worked hard together and showed some real promise, not quite managing a win but only losing out by the odd
try. They could do with finding some additional players for future events, but thanks go to both Berwick and Duns
for providing some of their players to help out.
The Rhinos’ P5 team had to dig deep against some very physical opposition, showing some brilliant attack and defence.
Their teamwork was better than it has ever been, and they were very unlucky to come away without a win.
The P6 Rhinos were obviously champing at the bit to begin playing rugby again, winning all six of their matches
and scoring almost 30 tries. Their tackling and work at the breakdown matched their handling and running skills,
but most pleasing of all was their team spirit.
The P7 players also began the season really well against tough opposition, winning two, drawing two and only losing
once. Playing five games with no subs took its toll, and the players were on their last legs by the end!
Well done to all of the Rhinos’ players, coaches and parents who took part. Everyone looked like they were having
a great time, making memories and (most importantly) having fun. There was the chance to see (and hold) the Calcutta
Cup, and many of the Rhinos took the opportunity to get a photo with the famous trophy. Who knows, one day they
might be lifting the trophy again at Murrayfield or Twickenham!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
“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.”