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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.

Scott McClymont on the charge, watched by Bett, Riddell and MacDougall.

Jack Houston secures line-out ball, with a little help from Luke Pettie.

Selkirk fly-half 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 17

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 ‘A’ 33

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 like

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 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.”

 

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP
Selkirk v. Aberdeen Grammar
at Philiphaugh (3pm kick-off)

 

 TENNENT’S EAST RESERVE LEAGUE
DIVISION 1
SELKIRK ‘A’ v. BOROUGHMUIR 2A
at Philiphaugh (3pm kick-off)

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

Recent Results

07/09 Selkirk 50, Glasgow Hawks 15 Report
07/09 Selkirk ‘A’ 33, Biggar 2nds 26 Report
31/08 Kelso 19, Selkirk 32 Report
31/08 Kelso 2nds 24, Selkirk ‘A’ 54 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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EX-PRESIDENTS ‘WALK THE WALK’ FOR PROSTATE CANCER CHARITY


RUGBY is a game that forges life-long friendships. It wasn’t too surprising therefore, that when a former team-mate asked Rob Forrest to accompany him on a walking fund-raiser in Glasgow (Jeff Stelling’s ‘March for Men’), his answer was an immediate ‘count me in!’
In his playing days in the late 1980s, Rob turned out for Dunbar RFC. The club’s scrum-half at that time was Lawrence Brunton, and the pair struck a friendship that has remained strong ever since.
Lawrence, who owns the Castle Hotel in Dunbar, is in fact well known to many Selkirk supporters, having sponsored one of Selkirk’s home matches for a number of seasons.
“A year ago Lawrence was diagnosed with prostate cancer,” Rob told the selkirkrfc.com website, “but thanks to a treatment programme involving radiation therapy he is now in complete remission, which is tremendous news.”
Earlier this month Rob and fellow ex-Selkirk president Mick Craig (also one of Lawrence’s friends), joined him on a ‘walking marathon’ in Glasgow to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. Lawrence is pictured (left) on the walk in Glasgow alongside Rob and Mick.
“Mick and I had a few training walks beforehand,” continued Rob, “and on the day we all managed to complete the course. The route stated at Hampden Park and finished at Fir Park, with stops along the way at Celtic Park and Hamilton’s Douglas Park Stadium.
“Among the 120 walkers were football celebrities Charlie Nicholas, David Moyes and Mark Hately – so we were in good company!”

To date the trio and another friend have raised almost £6,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, and contributions are still being accepted at justgiving.com/fundraising/rob-forrest

 
   

HENRY FLIES IN FOR SECOND STINT AT PHILIPHAUGH

HEAD coach Scott Wight gave a warm welcome to player Henry Bithray (pictured) when he turned up for last Tuesday’s training session at Philiphaugh, having just arrived from his native New Zealand.
Henry, who turned out for Selkirk in season 2018/2019, says he’s happy to be ‘back in the Borders’. He came through his comeback appearance at Currie with flying colours, helping Selkirk ‘A’ clinch their fourth straight win of the season.
“It’s certainly good to be here,” Henry (a utility threequarter) told the selkirkrfc.com website this week, “and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”

 
   

JAMES IS A SAFE ‘BETT’ FOR PLAYER SPONSORSHIP!

ANOTHER player sponsorship deal was finalised this week when Ballantynes Tree Services agreed to sponsor 1st XV hooker James Bett for the 2019/2020 campaign.
Proprietor Alex Ballantyne (pictured) was on hand at the club last week to wish his employee, tree surgeon James, all the best for the season ahead. Having scored two tries in his past two appearances, James is already proving good value!

UNDER-16 PLAYERS SHOWING PLENTY OF POTENTIAL

Selkirk u-16s 34, Kelso u-16s 43

LAST week’s under-16 match at Philiphaugh saw Selkirk play host to their Kelso counterparts. The first half saw the home side’s younger players get game time against a Kelso team largely comprising u-15 players. The second half featured mainly u-16 players.
Selkirk were ahead at halftime but conceded three late tries to just miss out. This was a big improvement from the previous two matches, with the younger players showing up especially well.
Selkirk try scorers: Blake Cullen (3), Patrick MacDonnell, Monroe Job and Finlay Wheelans. Finn Mallin kicked two conversions.
TEAM – B. Cullen, L. Inglis, C. Easson, S. Clark, A. Lambert, C. Findlater, F. Mallin, C. Hendrie, P. MacDonnell, M. Bury, D. Torrance, K. Oliver, J. Allan, D. Bradshaw, M. Job. Replacements: F. Wheelans, L. Tennant.

 
   
THE league in which Selkirk 'A' competes - Tennent's Reserve League East Division 1 - now has a full complement of 10 teams, thanks to the late addition of the Heriot's Blues 2XV side. Selkirk 'A' will play the Goldenacre team on Saturday, November 16 (away), and on Saturday, March 7 (home).  
   

 DATE CONFIRMED FOR BORDER CUP FIXTURE

THE Border Cup game between Selkirk ‘A’ and Kelso 2nds will take place at Philiphaugh on Friday, February 7 (7.30pm kick-off). The date of Selkirk A’s Border Cup fixture against Hawick Harlequins (away) has yet to be confirmed.

 

HOME TIE FOR SELKIRK IN SCOTTISH CUP FIRST ROUND


SELKIRK have a landed a home tie against Currie Chieftains in the first round of this season’s Scottish Cup – something of a rare occurrence compared to past cup draws, with the Philiphaugh team generally having to travel away from home in the opening stages of the competition.

The full cup draw reads as follows (ties to be played on Saturday, October 26, 2019):


Ayr v Marr
Boroughmuir v Jed-Forest
Edinburgh Accies v Musselburgh
Gala v Kelso
Hawick v Cartha Queen’s Park
Heriot’s Blues v GHA
Highland v Stirling Wolves
SELKIRK v Currie Chieftains

 
   



Tennent’s Premiership (SEPTEMBER 14)

MARR43 - 16MUSSELBURGH
HAWICK45 - 7GHA
GLASGOW HAWKS35 - 19ABERDEEN GRAMMAR RUGBY
CURRIE CHIEFTAINS34 - 17SELKIRk
JED-FOREST33 - 38EDINBURGH ACcies


TENNENT’S EAST RES. LEAGUE DIV. 1 (SEPTEMBER 14)

STEWART'S MELVILLE 2nds22 - 5MUSSELBURGH 2nds
JED-FOREST A10 - 71EDINBURGH accies 2nds
CURRIE CHIEFTAINS A26 - 33SELKIRK A
BIGGAR RFC34 - 12BOROUGHMUIR 2A


Tennent’s Premiership (SEPTEMBER 21)

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



TENNENT’S EAST RES. LEAGUE DIV. 1 (SEPTEMBER 21)

MUSSELBURGH 2nds v. EDINBURGH ACCIES 2nds
CURRIE CHIEFTAINS A v. HAWICK FORCE
SELKIRK A v. BOROUGHMUIR 2A
HERIOT'S BLUES 2XV v. STEWART'S/MELVILLE 2nds
JED-FOREST A v. BIGGAR 2nds

 

 

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