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SELKIRK HEAD COACH HAPPY TO PUT IN THE MILES FOR GRUELLING 24-HOUR CHARITY CHALLENGE

Scott Wight is proud to wear the ‘Coast to Coast’ team’s official kit. [Photo – JOHN SMAIL]

AS a rugby player, Selkirk head coach Scott Wight was used to going the extra mile – be it for home club Melrose, as a Glasgow Warriors player, or when captaining Scotland’s sevens team in the World Series and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

However, the 35-year-old admits he’s never faced anything quite so daunting as next month’s ‘Coast to Coast in 24 Hours Challenge’, which will see him join seven friends to cycle, run, kayak and walk from Scotland’s west to east coast - a total of 175 miles – all within a 24-hour period.

Sponsored by NFU Mutual, as well as supported by over 30 other local organisations, the eight participants are raising money and awareness for the “My Name’5 Doddie Foundation” in the continuing fight against Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

The challenge takes place on Saturday, June 5, beginning on the stroke of midnight at Portpatrick, with the eight friends aiming to finish 24 hours later at Cockburnspath/Cove on or before one minute to midnight.

The route incorporates the start and finish points of the Southern Upland Way as well as sections of the walking trail, and Scott Wight is under no illusions about the scale of the task ahead.

“It’s hard graft, but basically it’s the same principle you’d follow with any sporting challenge: the more you do, the more you get comfortable with it. We try and put in a couple of 30 or 40-milers through the week, then go for a tougher shift on the Saturday.

“We’ve been training as a group since we’ve been allowed to, and Saturday mornings are when we do our biggest work-outs.

“A couple of Saturdays ago we left at 5am and went for a ‘leisurely’ 101-mile cycle – up to Peebles, out by Stobo Castle, into Tweedsmuir, down into Moffat, then back along by the Grey Mare’s Tail, on to St Mary’s Loch before heading home to Selkirk.”

Joining Scott on the Coast to Coast in 24 Hours Challenge are former Melrose team-mates Jamie Murray (the brains behind the venture), Jamie’s younger brother Rory, Allan Dodds, Wayne Mitchell and Matthew Wilkie, as well as Steven and Barbara Shiel.

“We’ll have three vehicles supporting us on the day, one of which will be carrying a couple of replacement bikes, so if there’s a puncture or a mechanical issue it won’t cost us too much time. They’ll also set up food stations along the way to keep our energy levels topped up.”

The event is being widely publicised on social media, with all eight participants posting regular updates as well as links to the challenge’s JustGiving site.

“Doddie obviously appreciates the work Jamie and Rory have done setting things up, and has sent a really supportive video to us,” added Scott.

“MND is a terrible disease, and the courage Doddie has shown since his diagnosis in 2016, and the massive amount of money he has helped raise for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, has been a real inspiration.

“As Jamie puts it, it’s only something small we’re doing in the grand scheme of things, but we’re all looking forward to it and are very grateful to everyone who’s supporting the challenge.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation in support of the Coast to Coast in 24 Hours Challenge can do so by following this link –

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/coast-2-coast-in-24-hours/

Everyone at Philiphaugh wishes Scott and the rest of the team the very best of luck.

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C’EST LA VIE! SCOTT JEFFREY LOOKING FORWARD TO NEW COACHING ROLE IN FRANCE

Scott in action for Compiegne, a club he captained for 10 seasons. [Photo – RICHARD DUGOVIC]


LEFT – Scott Jeffrey wins line-out ball for Selkirk against Jed in a 2002 Scottish Cup tie. RIGHT – Pictured with French international flanker Serge Betsen after refereeing the Centenary War Match.


THE expression ‘Yince a Souter, Aye a Souter’ could almost have been written with Scott Jeffrey in mind.

For although the former Selkirk player has lived and worked in France for the past 15 years, the affection in which he holds his home town, and his old rugby club, is as strong as ever.

“Selkirk will always be a huge part of my life,” the 40-year-old told the selkirkrfc.com website in a telephone call this week. “During the rugby season, the first result I always look for is Selkirk’s.”

Scott’s mother Pat and his brother Grant both still live in the town, and he keeps in touch with former team-mates and school friends through Face Book and on other social media.

In his playing days at Philiphaugh, Scott (known to one and all as ‘Jenno’) was a key member of the Selkirk pack. A strong-running, powerfully built forward, he could slot into the second or back row as occasion demanded, and between 1998 and 2006 made 137 appearances for the 1st XV, scoring a total of 33 tries.

Scott’s first taste of French rugby came in 2001 when, as a 21-year-old, he played two seasons for Federation 3 club Compiegne, where he was also club development officer.

He then returned to Scotland to play for Selkirk and take up the position of DO at Philiphaugh. However, it wasn’t long before he was heading back across the Channel, this time to play for the Federation 1 club Poitiers.

It proved a perfect match-up in more ways than one, for by this time Scott had married his French fiancée Vanessa Penet.

After one season with Poitiers, Scott returned to play for Compiegne – captaining the club for 10 of the next 12 seasons. He and Vanessa now live in the town of Chiry-Ourscamp, and have two sons, Ryan (12) and Aiden (8).

A shoulder injury put paid to Scott’s playing career in 2018, so he turned to refereeing, recently taking charge of a star-studded invitation match commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

After a spell coaching at Compiegne, Scott has just accepted a coaching position with another Federation 3 club, Amiens.

“It’s a new challenge, and something I’m really looking forward to,” said Scott. “I’ve been made very welcome by the club’s officials, and expect to start in July or August.”

As well as his rugby commitments, since 2008 Scott has been teaching English to primary school-age children at the École Jean-Paul II in Compiegne.

He hopes to return to Selkirk later this year for a visit, but much will depend on how things stand on the Covid-19 front, both in France and here in the UK.

Here’s wishing the former Selkirk player every success in his new role at Amiens. The club looks forward to welcoming Scott back to Philiphaugh when he finally does manage to make it back to the Borders.

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Season 2019/2020

1st XV

(up to & including March 7th, 2020)

P 23 W 13 L 8 D 2

LEADING TRY SCORERS (after 23 matches): 9 – Henry Bithray; 6 – Ewan MacDougall, Scott McClymont, Josh Welsh, Ryan Cottrell; 5 – Luke Pettie, James Bett; 4 – Callum McNeill; 3 - Frazer Anderson, Peter Forrest, Aaron McColm, Jacob Henry; 2 – Bruce Riddell, Sean Rankin, Luca Berte, Donald Nichol, Andrew McColm, Callum Anderson; 1 – Josh Mackay, Andrew Renwick, Luca Merolle, Jack Houston, Robert Cook, Michael Waldron, Ross Purves, Nathaniel Armstrong. Tries scored: 80. Tries conceded: 70.

LEADING POINTS SCORERS (after 23 matches): 99 – Aaron McColm (3 tries, 10 penalties, 27 conversions); 55 - Henry Bithray (9 tries, 5 conversions). Total points scored: 540. Total points conceded: 495.

MOST APPEARANCES (after 23 matches): 23 – Luca Berte; 22 – Peter Forrest; 21 – Luke Pettie, Ewan MacDougall, Luca Merolle, Josh Welsh, Scott McClymont, Callum Anderson, Ryan Cottrell, Bruce Riddell; 20 – James Bett; 19 – Aaron McColm; 18 – Frazer Anderson, Henry Bithray, Andy Mackay; 17 – Ross Nixon, Sean Rankin; 12 – Josh Mackay, Donald Nichol; 9 – Callum McNeill.

‘A’ XV

(up to & including March 7th, 2020)
P 20 W 13 L 6 D 1

LEADING TRY SCORERS (after 20 matches): 9 – David Cassidy; 8 – Nathaniel Armstrong; 5 – Jy Griffin, Kieran Monks; 4 – Lewis Martin, Robert Cook; 3 – Michael Waldron, Ross Purves, Matthew Francis, Andrew Renwick; 2 – Robbie Reilly, Clark Young, Mark Rutter, Liam Blair, Gary Robertson, Donald Nichol; 1 – Rory Hamilton, Matthew Brass, Andrew McColm, Matthew Mackay, Callum McNeill, Ryan Cottrell, Josh Bain, Liam Cassidy, Grant Forrest, Peter Forrest, Bruce Riddell, Henry Bithray. Total tries scored: 72. Total conceded: 58.

LEADING POINTS SCORERS (after 20 matches): 126 – Scott Clark (14 penalties, 42 conversions); 37 – David Cassidy (6 tries, 1 penalty, 2 conversions); 35 – Nathaniel Armstrong (7 tries); Total points scored: 460. Total points conceded: 365.

MOST APPEARANCES (after 20 matches): 18 – Liam Cassidy, Nathaniel Armstrong; 17 – Matthew Mackay, Mark Rutter, Matthew Francis; 16 – Kieran Thomson, David Cassidy; 15 – Scott Clark; 14 – Harris Macdonell; 13 – Lewis Martin; 11 – Jy Griffin, Robbie Reilly, Jamie Turnbull, Paul Smail; 10 – Harry Aynsley, Ross Purves; 9 - Derry Alexander, Matty Brass, Michael Waldron; 8 – Moray Haldane, Andrew Davidson, Liam Blair; 7 – Rory Hamilton, Kieran Monks, Robert Cook, Andrew McColm; 6 – Grant Forrest, Harry Borthwick.

 

Upcomng Fixtures

 SATURDAY, MAY 15
OUTDOOR GET-TOGETHER AT PHILIPHAUGH
(Booking required, see story below)

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News

NEW DATE ANNOUNCED FOR PHILIPHAUGH
OUTDOOR BEER GARDEN EVENT

THE dreadful weather forecast for this Saturday (May 8) has resulted in the postponement of the outdoor beer garden get-together at Philiphaugh planned to coincide with what would have been the date of the 2021 Selkirk Sevens tournament.
Vice-president David Anderson, one of the organisers of the function, says the event will now take place at Philiphaugh on the following weekend (Saturday, May 15).
“It seemed the most sensible thing to do,” David told the selkirkrfc.com website this week, “for as well as heavy rain there’s also the possiblility of high winds, which are not the kind of conditions you want when staging an outdoor event.
“Everyone who had booked places has been informed, so we’re hoping the majority of the people who booked for May 8 will still be able to come along.
“However, I suspect there will be some folk who won’t now be able to make the new date, so any club members who would like to book a table, but who weren’t on the original list, are welcome to call me to see if there are any spare places.”
David’s contact number is 07830 204166.

 

TWO EX-PLAYERS LUCKY WINNERS OF MONTHLY DEVELOPMENT CLUB DRAWS

FORMER Selkirk players Drew Richardson and John Smail are the winners of Selkirk RFC’s Development Club draws for March and April. Each have received £100 cheques from Development Club secretary George Thomson.
Anyone wishing to become a member of the Development Club, and so help boost the rugby club’s finances, is asked to contact George by e-mail at auldlachie@hotmail.com

 

CHAIRMAN’S LATEST UPDATE TO MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS

IT’S great to see the club’s car park full once again with players’ cars, and a big thank-you goes to everyone involved with organising the latest training sessions.

As advertised on social media, the club is opening up again on what would have been Selkirk Sevens Day - Saturday, May 8th. If you are interested in booking a place at our outdoor beer garden, then please contact organiser David Anderson (for details, see separate story). All Covid-19 rules will be in place.

At this point in time, competitive rugby is planned to restart in August, with the following events scheduled to take place –

PEEBLES SEVENS (Aug. 7)
HAWICK SEVENS (Aug. 14)
GALA SEVENS (Aug. 21)
SELKIRK 15s TOURNAMENT (Aug. 28)

The 15-a-side season will hopefully begin on September 4, and everyone at Philiphaugh is anticipating that this will be the case.

The pitch grass is cut, the bar is stocked, great numbers at training – we’re nearly there!

Stay safe everyone, and I hope to see you soon.

DENNIS HENDERSON
(Selkirk RFC chairman)

MUCH-NEEDED CASH BOOST FOR CLUBS ANNOUNCED BY SCOTTISH RUGBY

John Jeffrey – ‘union delighted to fund club recovery programmes’.


LAST week Scottish Rugby confirmed a funding package of £6.5M to support community clubs in Scotland as the sport emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.
A total of £1.5M has been earmarked for immediate club recovery needs and a safe, sustainable ‘Return to Rugby’ programme. A further £5M will go towards stimulating ‘growth and participation’ over the coming five years.
Meanwhile the existing club support payments of £2.9M allocated by Scottish Rugby in the last financial year, will rise to £3M per annum and will be index-linked for the next five years.
Essentially, the three “extra” funding streams over and above the Annual £3M are as follows:-
1. CLUB RECOVERY FUND - £500K (release May, 2021)
This fund is immediately available to grassroots clubs to enable them to avoid immediate hardship and prepare their premises and facilities for the coming season.
2. RETURN TO RUGBY FUND - £1M (release May, 2021.
This fund supports club and referee society plans to recruit and retain players, coaches, volunteers, match officials and support staff. Clubs will be invited to apply for ‘kick start’ grants of up to £7,500.
3. GROWTH AND PARTICIPATION FUND - £1M (release January, 2022, then £1M per annum thereafter for 4 years)
This fund will support a comprehensive growth and participation strategy that will look to support plans and programmes from the Union and clubs, individually and collectively, to create ‘sustainable improvements’ in player numbers.
It will focus on schools and youth rugby with an emphasis on state schools. It will also drive a comprehensive girls and women’s strategy from primary schools through to the international team.
More details of the application process and key areas of award will be published shortly and communicated directly to member clubs.
Scottish Rugby chairman, John Jeffrey, told the selkirkrfc.com website: “This is a massive boost to clubs across the country, and we are delighted to be in a position to fund programmes and activities designed to stimulate the game in Scotland following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on club activity and finances.
“We welcome the generous support of the Scottish Government and are committed to distribute any funding in accordance with their guidelines.”

 
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2019/2020

TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP

 

P

W

L

D

Pts

Marr RFC

16

14

1

1

69

Currie Chieftains

17

13

4

0

67

Hawick

16

12

3

1

60

SELKIRK

18

9

7

2

49

Aberdeen Grammar

18

8

10

0

39

Jed-Forest

18

6

12

0

36

GHA

18

6

12

0

34

Musselburgh

18

5

11

2

34

Glasgow Hawks

17

5

12

0

32

Edinburgh Accies

16

4

10

2

27

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BOOKERS BORDER LEAGUE (Pool ‘B’)

 

P

W

L

D

Pts

SELKIRK

3

2

1

0

11

Hawick

1

1

0

0

4

Peebles

1

0

1

0

1

Kelso

1

0

1

0

0

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TENNENT’S RESERVE LEAGUE EAST 1

 

P

W

L

D

Pts

Hawick Force

16

15

1

0

77

Musselburgh 2nds

16

12

4

0

63

Stew/Mel. 2nds

18

10

8

0

60

SELKIRK ‘A’

17

11

5

1

60

Edin. Accies 2nds

16

7

8

1

53

Heriot's Blues 2nds

15

7

7

1

45

Biggar 2nds

16

7

9

0

44

Currie Chieftains ‘A’

16

5

11

0

38

Boroughmuir 2A

16

3

10

3

33

Jed-Forest ‘A’

16

1

15

0

15

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PHILIPHAUGH SUITE IDEAL FOR ANY SOCIAL EVENT . . .

LOOKING to celebrate in style? Selkirk Rugby Club’s Philiphaugh Function Suite offers free room hire… and more!  Photos can be projected on the suite’s big screen via our personalised photo projection package. If you would like to book an event don't hesitate to get in touch by e-mail SRFC at bookings@selkirkrfc.com

.… AND A GREAT VENUE FOR WEDDINGS!
The Philiphaugh Function Suite at Selkirk Rugby Football Club is available to hire for weddings and receptions. Affordable and competitive rates. . If you would like to book an event don't hesitate to get in touch by e-mail SRFC at bookings@selkirkrfc.com
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