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SELKIRK TEAMS FOR SATURDAY

Selkirk 1st XV to play Musselburgh in BT National 1 at Stoneyhill on Saturday, Dec. 10, kick-off 2pm (bus leaves 11.30am) – D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, C. MacDougall, J. Welsh, G. Craig, J. Wallace, B. Siyothula, J. Bett, M. Waldron, A. Renwick, P. Forrest, E. MacDougall, I. Oosthuizen, S. Nixon. Replacements: M. Robertson, C. Graur, J. McGowan, T. Adams, F. Anderson.
Selkirk ‘A’ XV to play Musselburgh 2nds in BT Reserve League National 2 at Pinkie on Saturday, Dec. 10, kick-off 2pm (bus leaves 11.30am) – G. Ross, L. Martin, L. MacLennan, D. Allan, K. Gerrard, C. McColm, C. McEwan, R. Reilly, R. Wilson, L. Mabenge, J. Houston, K. Cooney, R. Cook, R. Purves D. Nichol. Replacements: A. Lyall, R. Legge, R. Hamilton, J. Griffin, J. Stephen, W. McClymont.
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SELKIRK PIPPED AT POST AS HAMILTON SNATCH VICTORY WITH LAST-GASP INTERCEPTION TRY

Selkirk hooker James Bett made a welcome return to the team at Hamilton on Saturday, having spent eight weeks out injured. [Photo – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

HAMILTON 16, SELKIRK 15

A DRAMATIC injury-time try snatched victory from Selkirk’s grasp at Laigh Bent on Saturday - Hamilton securing only their third league win of the season thanks to the successful conversion kick, which turned out to be the final act of the match.
The try came about after a Selkirk pass didn’t go to hand, allowing the home side’s full-back to intercept the ball and race into the visitors’ 22, where he off-loaded to a grateful team-mate who dived over the line for Hamilton’s first try of the afternoon.
This was Selkirk’s third defeat in a row, and allows GHA to leapfrog them to sixth place in the BT National League Division 1 table.
Selkirk suffered a blow midway through the first half when full-back Ciaran Whyte took a nasty head-knock and had to retire to the touchline. This allowed one of the Souters’ new South African recruits, Tythan Adams, to take over the No. 15 jersey.
The speedy threequarter didn’t take long to make his impact on the game, going over the whitewash for Selkirk’s first try following good lead-up work by his skipper Ross Nixon.
Tythan’s fellow South Africans – prop Bonakele Siyothula and utility forward Ian Oosthuizen – also made their debuts in the match. All three showed plenty of promise, and will undoubtedly have benefitted from getting their first club appearance safely under their belts.
Another plus-point for Selkirk was the return from injury of James Bett. The talented hooker, who fractured his cheekbone in three places in the match against Aberdeen Grammar eight weeks ago, came off the replacements bench five minutes into the second half, and showed no ill-effects from his time on the sidelines.
“To be honest I was a bit nervous about making my first tackle,” he told the selkirkrfc.com web site after the final whistle, “but once that was out of the way I quickly found my feet. It was great to be back in action again, and my lack of game time wasn’t nearly as big an issue as I thought it might be.”
Selkirk led 10-6 at halftime thanks to Adams’ try and a penalty and conversion from the boot of Josh Welsh.
After the break Selkirk’s indiscipline began to cost them dear, with the home team cashing in on a string of penalties by grabbing large chunks of territory and keeping the visitors pinned in their own half.
Solid defence by, amongst others, Ross Nixon, Sean Nixon, Scott Hendrie and Matt Robertson, kept the visitors’ try line intact, and when replacement prop Cata Graur barrelled his way over for Selkirk’s second try following a rolling maul it looked as though the Souters had done enough to edge the contest.
Hamilton had other ideas, however, and the home supporters let out a roar of delight when the Laigh Bent men turned the tables with that late match-winning try.
SELKIRK - C. Whyte, F. Anderson, S. Hendrie, R Nixon, J Welsh, G Craig, J Wallace, B. Siyothula, R. Wilson, M. Waldron, J. McGowan, P. Forrest, S. Nixon, M. Robertson, A. Renwick. Replacements: J. Bett, C. Graur, I. Oosthuizen, T. Adams, D. Allan.

DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR CALLUM AFTER BEING NAMED IN CLUB XV TRAINING SQUAD

When the going gets tough . . . Callum Marshall in action for Heriot’s FP in their recent BT Premiership match against Ayr at Millbrae. [Photo: Heriot’s Rugby Club web site]


FORMER Selkirk player Callum Marshall has received a double boost with news of his inclusion in Scotland Club XV’s training squad being quickly followed by the announcement he’d passed his final chartered quantity surveyor exams with flying colours.
“These past few weeks have been pretty satisfying,” Callum told the selkirkrfc.com web site on Monday. “To be honest I was a bit surprised by my selection for the Scotland Club XV training squad, but there again one of the reasons I decided to step up to the BT Premiership was to get the chance to compete for a place at this level.”
Although normally starting at number eight for Selkirk, the 26-year-old son of Selkirk head coach Graham Marshall has been selected in the second row for almost all of Heriot’s FP’s games this season. “I don’t really mind this switch,” added Callum, “and can always provide back row cover if and when needed. I’m really enjoying my rugby at Goldenacre, and hopefully we’ll be in the play-off mix come the end of the season.”
The 30-man Scotland Club XV training squad is as follows - Ayr: Steven Longwell, Robert McAlpine, Blair Macpherson, Will Bordill, Pete McCallum (pictured), David Armstrong, Ross Curle, Archie Russell, Craig Gossman. Melrose: Russell Anderson, Jamie Bhatti, Neil Irvine-Hess, Grant Runciman, Iain Moody, Murdo McAndrew, George Taylor, Fraser Thomson.
Heriot’s: Michael Liness, Struan Cessford, Murray McCallum, Russell Nimmo, Callum Marshall. Currie: Fergus Scott, Robbie Nelson, Harvey Elms. Glasgow Hawks: Tommy Spinks, Kerr Gossman. Boroughmuir: Chris Laidlaw, Jordan Edmunds. Gala: Gregor Hunter.
Meanwhile Callum, who is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and now works for professional engineering, consulting and project management company AECOM in Edinburgh, has just been declared a fully qualified chartered quantity surveyor with the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).
Congratulations go to Callum on his twin achievements . . . clearly the only way is up!

SOUTER’S TALENT ON TAP AS EWAN REACHES DUBAI SEVENS FINAL WITH WATERBOYS

Selkirk vice-captain Ewan MacDougall (front row, second from left) lines up for a group photo with his PROJECX Waterboys team-mates in Dubai.


PROJECX Waterboys topped Pool A in last week’s International Social sevens tournament in Dubai, qualifying them for the knock-out matches on Saturday, with Selkirk player Ewan MacDougall playing a full part in the team’s success.
Hard matches against the Royal Highland Fusilers in the Cup quarter-final (won 26-14) and an equally tough semi-final match against Confrerie Occian Sevens (won 22-14) put the Waterboys through to the final against the ‘J9’ team. Sadly Ewan’s side lost 15-14 in the very last play of the tie, coming up just short of defending their title.
trophy but with a young team the experience was all we hoped for and just short of our ambition.
The standard of this tournament stepped up from 2015 and we will be back again in 2017 looking for the win.
A big thanks to all our sponsors for their support without which this would not be possible: JA Hotels & Resorts, Ethigen, SarCogent Solutions, PROJECX, International Power and Water Investments, ACE Property Management and Innis & Gunn

FESTIVE FUN GUARANTEED AT SELKIRK RUGBY CLUB’S SPECIAL LUNCHES

‘Tales of Christmas Past’ - Eric Brown, Cameron Cochrane and Jim Patterson enjoying themselves at Selkirk Rugby Club’s ‘Mad Friday’ Christmas lunch in 2012. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]

WITH Christmas fast approaching, Selkirk Rugby Club has lined up a couple of festive treats for their members, supporters and friends.
The first is a Supporters Lunch in the Philiphaugh Suite on Saturday, December 17 – the date of the 1st XV’s BT National League Division 1 home match against Dundee HSFP. Tickets are now sale priced £25, and anyone wishing to book a place, or a table, is asked to get in touch with lunch organiser Mick Craig (mob. 07810435846).
“With Selkirk only having one game at Philiphaugh in December, this lunch will give everyone the opportunity to have a great day out in the build-up to Christmas, and at the same time cheer on the boys against Dundee,” said Mick.
The second Christmas-related function in the Philiphaugh Suite is the club’s ever-popular ‘Mad Friday’ Lunch on Friday, December 23. This has been attended by numerous local firms and organisations in the past, and this year’s event is shaping up to be another cracker.
Top north-east entertainer Terry Joyce will be on hand to entertain guests. He is a well-know comedian and impressionist whose range includes well known sportsman to Chubby Brown and Billy Connolly. A cabaret show not to be missed!
Tickets for the Mad Friday Lunch are priced at £30, and can once again be booked by contacting organiser Mick Craig (mob. 07810435846).

FIXTURES/EVENTS

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1
MUSSELBURGH v. SELKIRK
at Stoneyhill (2pm kick-off)

BT RESERVE LEAGUE NATIONAL 2
MUSSELBURGH 2nds v. SELKIRK ‘A’
at Stoneyhill (2pm kick-off)

Recent Results

26/11 Watsonians 36 Selkirk 14 Report
12/11 Gala 2nds 62, Selkirk A 0 Report
05/11 Selkirk 34, Jedforest 40 Report
05/11 Stirling Co 2nds 27, Selkirk 2nds 12 Report
29/10 Selkirk 36, Howe of Fife 31 Report
29/10 Selkirk A 57, Aberdeenshire 10 Report

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SELKIRK SKIPPER CHALKS UP ANOTHER CAREER MILESTONE

IT might not have been the result he was hoping for, but Saturday’s fixture against Hamilton at Laigh Bent was nevertheless a memorable one for Selkirk 1st XV captain Ross Nixon (pictured above).
The game was in fact the 28-year-old centre’s 200th senior appearance for the club – a tremendous achievement for one of Selkirk’s most durable and unselfish players.
Ross made his first team debut for Selkirk on August 18th, 2006, in the opening match of the club’s centenary season against a very strong Cardiff side. Also making his senior debut for the club that night was future Scotland internationalist Lee Jones.
The Welsh visitors won the game – played in monsoon conditions – by 36 points to five, with Ross showing enough flair to earn him a further 10 senior appearances that season.
A playmaker who’s never afraid to take big hits when carrying the ball over the gain line, Ross’ 15-a-side try tally to date stands at 12 (three of these touchdowns having been scored this season).
His sevens career is equally impressive. Ross was a key member of the Selkirk squad on both occasions the club won the Radio Borders ‘Kings of the Sevens’ title in 2007 and 2008, and was in the side that won Gala Sevens in 2014 - the first time this feat had been achieved in Selkirk RFC’s history.
Everyone at Philiphaugh would like to congratulate Ross on reaching his 200-match milestone, and wish him and his team-mates every success for the rest of the season and beyond.


OLYMPIC SQUADS NAMED FOR PLAYERS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY

THERE are going to be some interesting match-ups at the Selkirk players’ Christmas bash in the Philiphaugh Suite on Saturday, December 17.
The organisers of the Olympics-themed event, 1st XV players Lewis MacLennan, Ross Nixon and Matt Robertson, have divided their team-mates into separate countries, with these groups going head-to-head in a variety of sporting (and not-so-sporting) games.
“We’re hoping players will match their fancy dress outfits to the country they find themselves representing,” Lewis told the selkirkrfc.com web site from his Leeds workplace on Monday, “so with a bit of luck Selkirk supporters might get the chance to see Ruairi Wilson [Japan] in a kimono, Neil Darling [Mexico] in poncho & sombrero, or Robbie Reilly [Jamaica] doing his best Usain Bolt ‘lightning bolt’ celebration!”
Matt Robertson added: “At the start of this season the Selkirk players swung by the Heriot’s FP clubhouse at Goldenacre after the club’s Redford Barracks training day had been cancelled, so I’m going to be introducing a few of the games we saw the Heriot’s boys playing that day. But really the main thing is for everyone to have a fun time and a good laugh.”
The team line-ups (so far) are as follows -
SCOTLAND: Jordan McGowan, Michael Waldron, Tythan Adams, Donald Nichol, Chris Sanders.
FRANCE: Lewis MacLennan, Douglas Swinbanks, Jamie Turnbull, Fraser Easson, Kieran Thomson.
GERMANY: Ross Nixon, Darren Clapperton, Kieran Cooney, Alan Rutter, Robert Cook.
USA: Josh Welsh, Frazer Anderson, Ian Oosthuizen, Matthew Stanners, Scott McDonald.
JAPAN: Ruairi Wilson, Rory Banks, David Allan, Josh Mackay, Ally Lyall.
JAMAICA: Sean Nixon, Scott Tough, Willie McClymont, Robbie Reilly, Jy Griffin, Scott Hendrie.
IRELAND: Matt Robertson, Mikey Davies, Jackson Wallace, Ryan Shiel, James Bett.
MEXICO: Peter Forrest, Alan Lambie, Neil Darling, Aaron McColm, Ross Purves.

DEVELOPMENT CLUB WINNERS

The two latest winners of Selkirk RFC’s development club draws were Ian Clapperton ((October) and Scott Tomlinson (November). Meanwhile the much-anticipated draw for the development club’s annual £1,000 jackpot prize will be made during the supporter’s lunch at Philiphaugh on Saturday, December 17.

PLAYERS’ MEMBERSHIP SUBS NOW DUE FOR SETTLEMENT

SELKIRK’S membership secretary Gibby Findlater has asked team managers Tom Ramage and John Smail to make sure all players have paid their club memberships.
Subs for playing memberships at Selkirk this year are £77, or £45 for apprentices, and any player who has yet to pay his sub is asked to do so by this weekend. Many thanks!

1st XV
(as at 5/12/2016)

Played 14 Won 6 Lost 8 Drawn 0

Pts scored: 396. Pts conceded: 415.
Tries scored: 59. Tries conceded: 54.


Leading try scorers
(after 14 matches): 14 - Darren Clapperton; 7 - Scott Hendrie, Josh Welsh; 4 - Craig MacDougall;3 - Matt Robertson, Lewis MacLennan, Ross Nixon, Ciaran Whyte; 2 – Cata Graur, Frazer Anderson, Callum McEwan; 1- Tythan Adams, Dave Allan, Scott McDonald, Jordan McGowan, Rory Banks, Peter Forrest, Sean Nixon, Max Gordon, Scott Tough, Mikey Davies.

Leading points scorers
(after 14 matches): 104 – Josh Welsh (7 tries, 6 penalties, 28 conversions); 70 – Darren Clapperton (14 tries).

Most appearances (after 14 matches): 14 - Ross Nixon, Matt Robertson, Peter Forrest; 13 - Ewan MacDougall, Josh Welsh, Scott Hendrie, Kieran Cooney; 12- Darren Clapperton, Ruairi Wilson, Ciaran Whyte, Sean Nixon; 10 - Michael Waldron, Jordan McGowan, Craig MacDougall, Lwando Mabenge, Max Gordon; 9 – Cata Graur, Lewis MacLennan; 8 - Jackson Wallace, Scott McDonald; 7 - Andrew Renwick; 5- Connor MacAulay, Callum McEwan; 4 – Frazer Anderson, Scott Tough, Aaron McColm; 3 – Gavin Craig.

‘A’ XV
(as at 5/12/2016)

Played 12 Won 2 Lost 10 Drawn 0

Pts scored: 171. Pts conceded: 396.
Tries scored: 24. Tries conceded: 60.


Leading try scorers
(after 12 matches): 5 – Kerr Gerrard; 3 – Lewis Martin, Rory Banks; 2 - Dave Allan, Ross Purves, Harry Borthwick;1 – Rory Hamilton, Ali Lyall, Frazer Anderson, Aaron McColm, Michael Waldron, Strath Mackenzie, Neil Darling.

Leading points scorers (after 12 matches): 46 - Rory Banks (3 tries, 7 penalties, 5 conversions); 25 – Kerr Gerrard (5 tries); 21 – Rory Hamilton (1 try, eight conversions).
Most appearances (after 12 matches): 12 - Finlay Amos; 11 - Harry Borthwick, Robert Cook, Lewis Martin, Jimmy Stephen; 10 –Strath Mackenzie, Gavin Ross; 9 – Dave Allan, Robbie Reilly, Ross Purves, Rory Hamilton, Frazer Anderson; 8 - Alan Lambie, Jy Griffin, Kieran Thomson; 7 - Greg Baird; 6 - Ryan Legge, Douglas Swinbanks; 5 – Kerr Gerrard, Jack Houston, Ali Lyall, Michael Waldron; 4 - Ryan Shiel, Donald Nichol, Kieran Monks, Jamie Turnbull, Gavin Craig; 3 - Scott McDonald, Callum McColm, Connor Ward, Phil Anderson.