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BELOW PAR PERFORMANCE ALLOWS ACCIES TO PICK UP MAXIMUM POINTS

Henry Bithray crosses for Selkirk’s second try on Saturday – his seventh of the season.

Centre Josh Welsh tries to escape the clutches of an Edinburgh Accies defender.

Scrum-half Luca Merolle stands and delivers.

Ewan MacDougall and Luca Berte get airborne.

[Photos by GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

Selkirk 24, Edinburgh Accies 26

LACK of consistency cost Selkirk dear on Saturday, when a patchy performance allowed Edinburgh Accies to leave Philiphaugh with five Tennent’s Premiership points under their belt.
Having deservedly taken a 12-0 lead through tries by skipper Ewan MacDougall and a cracking score from wing Henry Bithray, who burst through three tackles on his way to the line, the home players appeared to take their foot off the accelerator.
Instead it was the visitors who finished the first half in AN upbeat fashion - Selkirk’s former allocated pro. player, Sean Crombie, getting the Accies bandwagon rolling with a try following a prolonged spell of pressure on the home try line.
Things quickly went downhill for the home team after the break, with tries by Cole Imrie, Matt Campbell and Sole putting Accies back in the driving seat at 24-12.
With the match in danger of slipping away, Selkirk’s players raised their game in the final quarter and managed to cut the deficit to just two points with tries by Luca Berte and Andrew Renwick, one of which was converted by Aaron McColm.
A penalty awarded by the Spanish exchange referee in the final minute of play afforded Selkirk the chance to snatch victory at the death, but unfortunately for home supporters McColm’s 35-metre attempt dipped agonisingly under the crossbar.
“Today’s result was hugely disappointing,” Selkirk forwards coach Neil Darling said after the match. “We started off positively but then gave them a soft try just before the break to cut Selkirk’s lead to 12-7.
“At halftime everyone was clear about what we needed to do, but then we came out and missed tackles and didn’t turn up for the next 15 minutes. The boys finished strongly in the final quarter, but by then it was unfortunately too late.
“We could have snatched it at the end with Aaron’s kick, but in all honesty we shouldn’t have been in that position if we’d taken our chances in the first half.
“Fair play to Accies, who came back strongly and took their opportunities when they came along, but we switched off and consequently had our backs against the wall.”
Two home players sustained injuries during the contest – hooker James Bett having to leave the field with a head knock, while Henry Bithray also had to head to the sidelines after aggravating a back strain.
The Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ award went to Luca Berte, who had a solid game in his first outing for the club at centre.
SELKIRK – A. McColm, H. Bithray, J. Welsh, L. Berte, R. Cottrell, C. Anderson, L. Merolle, L. Pettie, J. Bett, S. Rankin, P. Forrest, D. Nichol, J. Mackay, S. McClymont, E. MacDougall. Replacements: F. Anderson, L. Martin, B. Riddell, A. Renwick, A. Mackay.
EDIN. ACCIES – J. Loomes, J. Pecquer, R. Wilson, N. Armstrong, M. Campbell, R. Bonner, M. Love, C. Imrie, S. Crombie, C. Lacour, A. Inwood, D. Dinnan, C. Thomson, J. Sole, R. Campbell. Replacements: K. Jenkins, C. Lamberton, P. O’Sullivan, J. Bruce, B. Grainger.
Referee – Inigo Attorasgasti (Spain).

ACCIES EDGE HOME AFTER SELKIRK ‘A’ UNABLE TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

Derry Alexander on the charge, with Kieran Thomson and David Cassidy close at hand.

‘Scrappy’ McNeill takes the game to Accies.

Robert Cook secures clean lineout ball.


Selkirk ‘A’ 21, Edinburgh Accies 2nds 23

A SLOW start saw Selkirk ‘A’ forced to chase the game in Saturday’s hard-fought Tennent’s Reserve League East 1 fixture against Edinburgh Accies 2nds at Philiphaugh.
Although the home side did manage to take the lead through a try by Nathaniel Armstrong with just 12 minutes left on the clock, Accies snatched victory deep into injury time when prop Charlie Stuart was driven over from a line-out to score the all-important try.
After the game Selkirk ‘A’ coach Darren Hoggan reflected on what might have been. “I thought we stuck in very well in the second half, upping our tempo and playing with more energy and more aggression. However, we just didn’t turn up in the first half, and that’s pretty much where the game was won and lost.”
The potency of the visitors’ counter-attacking paved the way for the afternoon’s first try. Selkirk lost their own line-out ball just inside Accies’ 22, and slick handling by the city side’s threequarters resulted in Hamish McLean touching down in the corner. Ciaran Armstrong added the conversion.
Despite being reduced to 14 men soon afterwards when Armstrong was yellow-carded, Accies stretched their lead through a try by Fraser Lindsay, making the interval score 12-0 to the visitors.
Having lost lock Derry Alexander with a dislocated finger, Selkirk brought on all six of their replacements at the start of the second half. After Harry Borthwick was stopped just short of the Accies line, the next drive by Selkirk’s forwards saw No. 8 Robert Cook dive over for a try, converted by Scott Clark.
Two penalties from the boot of Armstrong put Accies 18-7 in front, but Cook’s second try and one by Nathaniel Armstrong, both converted by Clark, saw Selkirk get their noses ahead for the first time in the match at 21-18.
In the dying seconds Cook received a yellow card for coming in from the side, and despite desperate defending by the home pack, Accies clinched victory with Stuart’s last-gasp touchdown following a textbook line-out drive.
A big plus-point for Selkirk was the return to action after injury of the team’s buzz-bomb threequarter, Scrappy McNeill, whose energy and strong running kept the visitors’ defence at full stretch. Replacement prop James Perry also made an impact on his first appearance of the season.
The Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ award went to David Cassidy
SELKIRK – C. McNeil, N. Armstrong, H. Aynsley, M. Rutter, H. Macdonell, M. Haldane, M. Francis, K. Thomson, D. Alexander, L. Cassidy, J. Houston, J. Turnbull, R. Cook. Replacements: A. Davidson, M. Mackay, R. Purves, H. Borthwick, P. Smail, J. Perry.
ACCIES – R. Cameron, H. McLean, J. Gordon, T. Pilkington-Tait, F. Lindsay, C. Armstrong, B. Blyth, C. Stuart, R. Gregor, F. MacKenzie, C. Bain, R. McConnell, T. Jones, R. Dinnes, J. Compagri. Replacements: R. Scott, P. Burns, F. Greig, J. DiDomenico, T. Zulu, H. McMillan, T. Bowman.
Referee – Aonghus Ryan (Kelso).

A REAL TEAM EFFORT, AS CASSIDY CLAN JOIN FORCES TO KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY!

Liam Cassidy, David Cassidy and James Perry all played for Selkirk ‘A’ on Saturday. [Photo – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]


TWO of the first names to be pencilled in on the Selkirk ‘A’ team sheet each week are those of player-coach David Cassidy and his brother Liam, who captains the side. On Saturday, the family connection was further strengthened when the pair were joined in the Selkirk squad by their future brother-in-law, James Perry.
James, who plays at prop, is engaged to Michelle Cassidy, the sister of David and Liam and the daughter of Selkirk’s groundsman and former player Brian Cassidy. “I always enjoy turning out for the club whenever I can,” James told the selkirkrfc.com website after the match, “and it’s obviously a bit special being able to turn out in the same team as David and Liam.”
By coincidence it was in a game against Edinburgh Accies that James, who lives with Michelle in Haddington, made his last appearance for the Selkirk side. The 31-year-old made a big impact when coming off the replacements bench in the second half of Saturday’s match.
It’s certainly good having you back in a Selkirk jersey, James!

SOMBRE MOMENT AS CLUB HONOURS THE FALLEN OF TWO WORLD WARS

Wreath-layers John Rutherford, Gus Boag, David Deacon and Donald Macleod stand in silent tribute as Pipe Major Kevin Turnbull plays the lament. [Photo – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]


THE plaque bearing the names of Selkirk Rugby Club players and officials who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars, was the focus for a special act of commemoration at Philiphaugh on Saturday.
The ceremony was again organised by the club’s vice-president, Jim Harold, whose hard work and perseverance had resulted in the plaque’s commissioning in 2018. “It was a simple ceremony,” Jim told the selkirkrfc.com website, “and I hope this commemoration will now become an annual event at Philiphaugh. The day went very well, and I’m grateful to everyone who gave their support.”
A total of four wreaths were laid beneath the plaque – by life member John Rutherford (on behalf of players past and present), by president Gus Boag (on behalf of the club), by David Deacon (Royal British Legion Scotland) and by past-president Donald Macleod (on behalf of the club’s supporters). During the minute’s silence, a lament was played by Pipe Major Kevin Turnbull of Selkirk Pipe Band.
Prior to the wreath-laying, a lunch attended by 70 members and guests was held in the Philiphaugh Suite to help raise funds for Poppyscotland. The lunch was attended the organisation’s chief executive officer, Mark Bibby, who thanked the club and its members for their warm welcome and for helping to support the aims of the Poppyscotland charity.

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Upcoming Fixtures / Events

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP
G.H.A. v. SELKIRK
at Braidholm (2pm kick-off)

TENNENT’S RESERVE LEAGUE EAST 1
HERIOT’S BLUES 2nds v. SELKIRK ‘A’
at Goldenacre (2pm kick-off)

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

Recent Results

01/11 Selkirk ‘A’ 7, Hawick Force 24 Report
26/10 Selkirk 21, Currie Chieftains 44 Report
19/10 Selkirk 60, Musselburgh 26 Report
19/10 Selkirk ‘A’ 35, Musselburgh 2nds 19 Report
12/10 Marr 38, Selkirk 13 Report
12/10 Stew/Mel 2nds 7, Selkirk ‘A’ 22 Report
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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SUSAN’S RUGBY-THEMED PINK HAMPER RAISES OVER £400 FOR TWO SPECIAL CAUSES

Selkirk vice-captain Luke Pettie hands over the pink hamper to winner John Rutherford.


John Rutherford presents Lee Jones’ signed rugby boots to a delighted Elliot Hastie.

SUSAN Welsh is one of Selkirk Rugby Club’s most passionate supporters, so it’s perhaps no surprise she’s equally enthusiastic when it comes to raising money for good causes.
Last month Susan, a project support worker in the BGH’s Margaret Kerr Unit (MKU), organised a special raffle to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care and the MKU.
The prize was a ‘pink’ hamper, containing, amongst other things, a signed pair of pink rugby boots belonging to Selkirk internationalist Lee Jones.
“I got the idea when Lee mentioned that all the Glasgow Warriors players each received two pairs of pink boots to mark last year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Susan told the selkirkrfc.com website.
“Lee was more than happy to sign and donate a pair for the hamper, which also contained a number of other pink-themed items.
“I’ve been blown away by the amazing support shown by people at the rugby club and in the town. A particularly good response came from Selkirk’s past players at their annual lunch earlier in the season. In total the sum of £436.40 was raised, which was a fantastic result.”
The raffle was drawn by Selkirk vice-captain Luke Pettie, and it was the ticket of club legend John Rutherford that Luke drew out of the hat first.”
True to form, John spotted young Elliot Hastie standing across on the other side of the Philiphaugh Suite during the draw, and after picking up the hamper John promptly walked over to the excited 12-year-old and presented him with Lee’s boots.
Susan says she would like to thank everyone for their kind support, with a special thank-you going to Lee Jones for donating his rugby boots.

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SELKIRK MASCOT ENJOYS AFTERNOON AT PHILIPHAUGH

WILLIAM Green (pictured), a pupil at St Mary’s School, Melrose, was the official mascot for Saturday’s game between Selkirk and Edinburgh Academical FC. The club hopes William enjoyed his day, and looks forward to welcoming him back to Philiphaugh in the near future.

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LINK FOR VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF CURRIE MATCH

Here is the link to Saturday’s extended Selkirk v. Currie match highlights, compiled by Liam Skeldon, that are now on the club’s YouTube channel.

Selkirk RFC Youtube Page

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1st XV


(up to & including Nov. 11, 2019)

P 11 W 5 L 5 D 1

LEADING TRY SCORERS (after 11 matches): 7 – Henry Bithray; 6 – Ryan Cottrell; 4 - Scott McClymont, James Bett; 3 - Ewan MacDougall, Josh Welsh, Jacob Henry; 2 – Luca Berte, Callum Anderson, Frazer Anderson, Aaron McColm, Luke Pettie; 1 – Andrew Renwick, Sean Rankin, Luca Merolle, Bruce Riddell, Jack Houston, Donald Nichol, Robert Cook, Michael Waldron, Andrew McColm, Ross Purves, Nathaniel Armstrong. Tries scored: 52. Tries conceded: 45.

LEADING POINTS SCORERS (after 11 matches): 51 – Aaron McColm (2 tries, 3 penalties, 16 conversions); 45 - Henry Bithray (7 tries, 5 conversions); 25 – Ryan Cottrell (6 tries); 20 – James Bett, Scott McClymont (4 tries). Total points scored: 331. Total points conceded: 300.

MOST APPEARANCES (after 11 matches): 10 – Luca Berte, Callum Anderson, Luke Pettie; 10 – Ewan MacDougall, Peter Forrest, Aaron McColm, Frazer Anderson Luca Merolle, Josh Welsh, Scott McClymont; 9 – Ryan Cottrell, James Bett, Bruce Riddell; 7 – Henry Bithray, Donald Nichol; 6 – Andy Mackay, Jack Houston, Ross Nixon; 5 – Sean Rankin, Andrew McColm, Derry Alexander, Robert Cook; 4 – Michael Waldron, Grant Forrest; 3 – Ross Purves, Harry Borthwick.

‘A’ XV

(up to & including Nov. 11, 2019)

P 11 W 7 L 3 D 1

LEADING TRY SCORERS (after 11 matches): 7 – Nathaniel Armstrong; 6 – David Cassidy; 4 – Kieran Monks, Jy Griffin; 3 – Lewis Martin, Andrew Renwick; 2 – Robert Cook, Mark Rutter, Liam Blair, Donald Nichol; 1 – Michael Waldron, 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: 47. Total conceded: 36.

LEADING POINTS SCORERS (after 11 matches): 78 – Scott Clark (8 penalties, 27 conversions); 37 – David Cassidy (6 tries, 1 penalty, 2 conversions); 35 – Nathaniel Armstrong (7 tries) 20 – Jy Griffin, Kieran Monks (4 tries). Total points scored: 324. Total points conceded: 243.

MOST APPEARANCES (after 11 matches): 10 – Liam Cassidy, Mark Rutter, Nathaniel Armstrong; 9 – David Cassidy, Matty Francis, Kieran Thomson, Matthew Mackay; 8 – Scott Clark, Liam Blair, 7 – Jamie Turnbull, Jy Griffin; 6 – Andrew Davidson, Harris McDonnell, Matty Brass; 5 –Robert Cook, Kieran Monks; 4 – Moray Haldane, Derry Alexander, Robbie Reilly, Josh Mackay, Paul Smail, Ross Purves, Harry Borthwick, Michael Waldron.


Tennent’s Premiership (NOVEMBER 9)
JED-FOREST 13-23 CURRIE CHIEFTAINS
SELKIRK 24-26 EDINBURGH ACCIES
MUSSELBURGH 39-35 GHa
GLASGOW HAWKS 17-18 MARR
ABERDEEN GRAMMAR 14-31 HAWICK


TENNENT’S EAST RES. LEAGUE DIV. 1 (november 9)
SELKIRK ‘A’ 21-23 EDINBURGH accies 2nds
MUSSELBURGH 2nds 51-39 HERIOT'S BLUES 2NDs
BIGGAR 23-35 STEWART'S/MELVILLE FP 2nds
JED-FOREST ‘A’ 22-31 CURRIE CHIEFTAINS ‘A’
BOROUGHMUIR 2A 0-28 HAWICK FORCE

TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP (NOVEMBER 16)
MARR v. ABERDEEN GRAMMAR
GLASGOW HAWKS v. EDINBURGH ACCIES
GHA V. SELKIRK
CURRIE CHIEFTAINs v. MUSSELBURGH
HAWICK v. JED-FOREST

TENNENT’S EAST RES. LEAGUE DIV. 1 (november 16)
CURRIE CHIEFTAINS ‘A’ v. MUSSELBURGH 2nds
STEWART'S/MELVILLE fp 2nds v. BOROUGHMUIR 2A
HAWICK FORCe v. JED-FOREST ‘A’
EDINBURGH accies 2nds v. BIGGAR 2nds
HERIOT'S BLUES 2NDs v. SELKIRK ‘A’

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TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP

 

P

W

L

D

Pts

Marr

8

7

0

1

36

Currie Chieftains

8

7

1

0

35

Aberdeen Grammar

8

5

3

0

24

SELKIRK

8

3

4

1

20

GHA

8

3

5

0

19

Hawick

7

3

3

1

18

Edinburgh Accies

7

3

3

1

17

Jed-Forest

8

2

6

0

16

Glasgow Hawks

8

2

6

0

14

Musselburgh

8

2

6

0

13

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TENNENT’S RESERVE LEAGUE EAST 1

 

P

W

L

D

Pts

Musselburgh 2nds

8

6

2

0

32

Hawick Force

7

6

1

0

32

Heriot's Blues 2nds

8

6

2

0

32

Edin. Accies 2nds

7

5

2

0

29

SELKIRK ‘A’

8

5

2

1

29

Stew/Mel. 2nds

8

4

4

0

26

Biggar 2nds

8

3

5

0

22

Currie Chieftains ‘A’

7

1

6

0

15

Boroughmuir 2A

7

1

5

1

12

Jed-Forest ‘A’

8

0

8

0

9

 

 
 
 

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