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Selkirk v Gala 1st And 2nd XV Games - Off

Due to the extreme weather conditions, both games Local Derby games against Gala 1st and 'A' teams are called off. Both are to be re-scheduled at a later date

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Falkirk 7 - Selkirk 43

Selkirk travelled to Sunnyside keen to do the double over the homsters after last season’s reverses. The visitors were missing a few first team regulars in the pack, giving a number of ‘ A ‘ team players a chance to show their worth in the senior side.

The game started with Falkirk putting a lot of pressure on the Selkirk goal line, however after 8 minutes Darren Clapperton ran the ball from his own 22 metre line and scored an uncovered try. The visiting backline were in fine form with further tries in the first half coming from wingers Josh Welsh, Frazer Anderson and fullback Stevie Hamilton. Arron McColm converting two of them.With the Selkirk backs running the ball at every occasion the home back line could not cope with their pace and strength.
The only score in the game from Falkirk came after 25minutes , a mistake in defence allowed their number 8 to plunder the ball a stroll in under the posts for a converted try .
Half time score Falkirk 7 Selkirk 24.
Selkirk continued the pressure in the second half and after 10 minutes Stevie Hamilton scored his second try of the day ,Clapperton making the inroads to the line and then offloading to Hamilton, Arron McColm was successful with the conversion.

Josh Welsh was next to score when he took off on a run from inside his own half and finished off by scoring an unconverted try in the corner.
Arron McColm finished off the scoring by breaking the home back line and scoring under the posts ,converted by himself.
Best for Selkirk were man of the match Darren Clapperton, Stevie Hamilton with Max Gordon and James Bett in the pack.

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Biggar 2nd 19 – Selkirk 'A' 7

The 2nds travelled to Hartree Mill on Saturday, knowing they were going to be up against it, with Biggar first team having had their game cancelled by the opposition, and a sponsored lunch already in place for the day. It was a pretty much a certainty the 2nd 15 would be peppered with experience from the higher echelons.

Standard miserable conditions for a Selkirk team playing at Biggar were in place, with constant drizzle combined with a cold Westerly wind.However Selkirk took a deep breath, pulled on the boots and just got on with the job at hand. Things were pretty scrappy to begin with, both teams taking some time to get settled into the game and not much threat of scoring either way. The only notable points of interest in the early stages were, Selkirk losing young Rory Hamilton to an ankle injury and Biggar missing a perfectly kickable penalty. The stalemate continued until the 25 minute mark when Biggar went over for the first try of the game which was converted.
Selkirk dug deep, drew some strength from going behind and upped the ante- the remainder of the half seeing Selkirk push forward, and some decent play developed, both in attack and defence. The pinnacle of this effort coming just on half time when Fraser Easson went over for a try which was finely slotted over by Scott Hendrie to bring the half to an end all square at 7 points each.

The second half got under way and both teams gave no quarter, both sides attacking with ferocity and defending with heart, even though the weather did make for a few knock ons and slipped passes. With Selkirk tiring ¾ way through he game, Biggar capitalised with a converted try. From this point Selkirk once more rallied and stepped up a gear, and with 15 mins to go Biggar had a man yellow carded for playing the scrum half off the ball.. this on another day may have been the catalyst to push on for the win, however only 2 mins later Strath Mackenzie was also sin binned for planting an opponent headfirst in the Hartree mud with what was deemed to be an illegal tackle..

Selkirk’s day was summed up in the final stages when a Hendrie clearance kick was charged down for an un converted try finishing the game 19 – 7 for the home side. However all said and done, Selkirk could draw a lot of positives from the game, having held their own against a somewhat bolstered side, with a sizable home support, in pretty bleak conditions. Strong performances of skill and character coming from Griffin, Martin, McDougall, Wilson, Hume and captain McDonald. With a special mention for coach Jordan McGowan pulling on his boots and filling in at tighthead prop admirably for the final 20 mins.

Team – Rory Hamilton, Lewis martin, Craig McDougall Jy Griffin, Kieran Monks, Callum McColm, Scott Tough, Stefan Bristar, Ruairi Wilson, Mikey Waldron, Callum Hume, Fergus McKerracher, Fraser Easson, Robert Cook, Scott McDonald, Scott Hendrie, Wullie McClymont, Strath Mackenzie, Matthew Stanners, Jordan McGowan.

Report - Donny Mackenzie (Coach & unbiased dad)



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