SELKIRK TEAMS FOR SATURDAY
Selkirk 1st XV to play Marr
at Fullerton Estate in BT National 1 at Philiphaugh on Saturday, Oct. 22, kick-off 3pm (bus leaves 10..45am) –
D. Clapperton, J. Wallace, S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, J. Welsh, C. Whyte, M. Davies, K. Cooney, R. Wilson, L. Mabenge,
P. Forrest, M. Gordon, E. MacDougall, M. Robertson, S. Nixon. Replacements: J. McGowan, M. Waldron, A. Renwick,
S. McDonald, R. Banks.
Selkirk ‘A’ XV to play Boroughmuir 3rds in BT Reserve League National 2 at Meggetland on Saturday,
Oct. 22, kick-off 3pm (minibus leaves 12.45pm) – G. Ross, L. Martin, D. Allan, R. Hamilton, F. Anderson, G. Craig,
R. Legge, J. Stephen, C. MacAulay, K. Thomson, D. Nichol, J. Houston, R. Cook, F. Amos, H. Borthwick. Replacements:
R. Purves, L. McGowan, S. Mackenzie R. Shiel, K. Gerrard, K. Monks.
SELKIRK SUPPORTERS PUT THROUGH THE
MILL AS PLAYERS JUST SQUEEZE HOME
[Photos: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]
Selkirk lock Peter
Forrest finds a way past Stewart’s/Melville FP players James Ferguson and Sami Paulsson in Saturday’s BT National
League 1 fixture at Philiphaugh.
Clapperton manages to avoid a collision with team-mate Scott Hendrie as Stewart’s/Melville FP hooker Craig Willis
Skipper Ross Nixon
pictured with Selkirk mascots Rory Tomlinson (left) and Harry Davison before Saturday’s fixture. Both youngsters
attend Knowepark Primary School and both play for Selkirk Rhinos’ P3 team.
SELKIRK 19, STEWART’S/MELVILLE
BOTTOM club Stewart’s/Melville FP proved anything
but a pushover in a tense, error-strewn encounter at Philiphaugh on Saturday. In the end Selkirk did just enough
to get over the line, but it was a close-run thing.
“Although we found ourselves behind early on, for the remainder of the half we dominated possession and territory,
scoring two good tries,” Selkirk head coach Graham Marshall told the selkirkrfc.com web site after the match.
“It looked at this stage as though the momentum was very much in our favour, and that we would kick on in the second
half. However, this wasn’t to be the case and in the final quarter we began to lose our shape. As a result the
error count started to go up and they took full advantage to come right back into the game.
“That said, I thought the Selkirk boys managed to hold their composure in the final minutes of the contest, just
as they had done up at Aberdeen, and we were able to secure the win.”
The last time home fly-half Ciaran Whyte played in this fixture he was wearing a Stewart’s/Melville jersey, but
the new Philiphaugh recruit is clearly relishing his time at Selkirk, showing bags of commitment and panache as
he orchestrated a series of penetrating attacks.
Equally influential on the day was openside flanker Matt Robertson (later named Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk
Man of the Match’), whose speed to the breakdown and instinctive support play kept Colleges’ big pack at full stretch.
Another home forward to shine was lock Peter Forrest, now coming into his best form of the season, having clearly
benefited from his rugby-playing stint in New Zealand.
Wing Josh Welsh was also in impressive form, full of running and energy, and sprinting over for a try to take his
season’s points tally to 86, having successfully added two conversion kicks.
The potency of Selkirk’s back division was underlined by the fact this was the fourth fixture in a row in which
all of the Souters’ tries were scored by threequarters – scrum-half Mikey Davies and wing Scott Hendrie following
Welsh over the whitewash.
The visitors’ points came from tries by Samuel Ross and Jamie Hodgson, with half-backs Jack Calder and Mark Sinclair
adding the conversions.
Late in the game Lwando Mabenge picked up a yellow card for an illegal tackle, a rare blot on the South African’s
copybook in what is proving a solid campaign for the prop.
SELKIRK - D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, C. MacDougall, R. Nixon, J.
Welsh, C. Whyte, M. Davies, K. Cooney, R. Wilson, L. Mabenge, P. Forrest, M. Gordon, E. MacDougall,
M. Robertson, S. Nixon. Replacements: C. MacAulay, M. Waldron, J. Houston, J. Wallace, F. Anderson.
STEWART’S/MELVILLE FP – S. Ross, S. Murchie, J. Hannay, S. Trotter, J. Ferguson,
J. Calder, M. Sinclair, F. Hobbis, C. Willis, A. Wallace, A. Rappestad, J. Hodgson, D. Wood, S. Paulsson, J. Goldring.
Replacements: P. Dixon, J. Grant, J. Sword, L. Scott, N. Bowie.
Referee – Dunx McClemont (SRU).
NEVER-SAY-DIE SELKIRK ‘A’ TEAM
FINALLY GET THAT WINNING FEELING!
Selkirk ‘A’ number
eight Harry Borthwick leads from the front in Saturday’s game against Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds at Philiphaugh,
with Rory Hamilton ready to lend support.
Centre Ali Lyall cuts
through the Stewart’s/Melville FP defence to set up yet another attack in Saturday’s hard-fought BT Reserve League
National 2 encounter.
Hooker Finlay Amos
was always in the thick of the action during Saturday’s match against Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds at Philiphaugh.
[Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]
SELKIRK ‘A’ 36, STEWART’S/MELVILLE
FP 2nds 31
SELKIRK ‘A’s nail-biting win over a big, battling
Stewart’s/Melville FP side at Philiphaugh on Saturday was as dramatic as it was welcome. The victory – the Souters’
first of the season, following seven straight losses – might not have lifted Selkirk off the foot of BT Reserve
League National 2, but it has given the team’s confidence a massive boost.
“The boys put in huge efforts every Saturday against much bigger opposition, and I’m so chuffed they finally managed
to nail that elusive win today,” said forwards coach Neil Darling after the match.
“The extra training session we held on Monday certainly paid off, and I thought the side’s focus and attitude today
was outstanding. It’s now up to everyone in the squad to carry this momentum forward into the rest of our league
Apart from the home players’ determination never to throw in the towel – Selkirk didn’t take the lead until the
75th minute – one of the key reasons for the team’s triumph was the outstanding contributions of fly-half Gavin
Craig (later named ‘Man of the Match’) and full-back Rory Banks, both of whom kept Selkirk on the front foot through
a combination of clever line-breaks and astute positional kicking.
Despite losing centre Douglas Swinbanks with a broken arm on the half-hour mark, Selkirk had a ready-made replacement
in Ali Lyall, who brought all his experience to bear in shoring up the midfield and protecting his side’s hard-won
The power of the Colleges’ pack paved the way for the city side’s first two scores – a pushover try in the fifth
minute for Ben Docherty and a score by Cammy Taylor from a rolling maul. Two penalties and a try from Banks – following
Craig’s break and Swinbanks’ off-load – kept Selkirk in the hunt, but a runaway try from Andy Smith gave the city
men a 19-11 interval lead.
Selkirk kept in touch thanks to an Ali Lyall touchdown, before a penalty try allowed Colleges back in the driving
seat. Fine tries by Lewis Martin and Dave Allan were countered by a touchdown from visiting centre Dan Witko, making
the score 31-30 in the visitors’ favour with five minutes left on the clock.
Two well-struck penalties by Rory Banks ultimately proved enough to see the Souters home and dry, bringing the
curtain down on a highly competitive and entertaining contest.
Special mentions go to replacements Kerr Gerard, Ryan Shiell and Kieran Blair, all making their debuts for Selkirk
‘A’ on Saturday.
SELKIRK – R. Banks, L. Martin, D. Swinbanks, D. Allan, R. Hamilton, G. Craig, R. Legge, J. Stephen, F. Amos, R.
Reilly, G. Baird, D. Nichol, R. Cook, J. Griffin, H. Borthwick. Replacements: S. McKenzie, K. Blair, A. Lyall,
R. Shiel, K. Gerrard, K. Thomson.
STEWART’S/MELVILLE – A. Smith, C. Davidson, D. Witko, R. Stewart, J. Somerville, E. Bowen, R. Gilroy, C. Taylor,
O. Williamson, C. McKay, W. McKay, G. Henderson, D. Devlin, D. Russell, B. Docherty. Replacements: S. Cubitt, D.
Lean, J. Kulgolowski, A. Jess, E. Miller.
Referee – Paul Lindsay (Walkerburn).
‘NOCH EIN BIER, BITTE!’ – OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATIONS
GO WITH PLENTY OF ‘OOMPAH’!
‘Prost!’ Selkirk players
Frazer Anderson, Rory Banks, Kieran Thomson and Sean Nixon are joined by supporter Scott Easson in the Philiphaugh
Grace Sanders and
Joyce Oliver did a great job keeping the ‘bier’ flowing.
Enjoying the pre-match
lunch are, from left: Conal McEwan, Bert Robertson, John Dickson, George Welsh and Billy Gentleman.
Head coach Graham
Marshall and physio John Watt take time out for a post-match refreshment. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN PICS & AUDREY
In charge of serving
up the hog roast were former Selkirk president Mick Craig (left) and ex-player Roderick Ballantyne.
SELKIRK Rugby Club’s development officer Kieran
Cooney was the toast of Philiphaugh on Saturday night, following a hugely successful ‘Oktoberfest’ fund-raiser.
Players entered into the spirit of the occasion by donning ‘lederhosen’ and Tyrolean hats, while authentic German
beers, lagers and foodstuffs were served in a specially created ‘Bierkeller’.
The whole event was the brainchild of Selkirk’s enterprising DO Kieran Cooney, who used the occasion to raise funds
for youth development and to support the growth of Selkirk Rugby Club’s mini-rugby and youth rugby sections.
The award-winning Tempest Brewing Company of Tweedbank supplied the beers and lagers, with the Juicy Meat Company
of Kelso providing the hog roast.
Special thanks go to all the local sponsors, who were kind enough to sponsor individual kegs of craft beer, lager
and other items related to the ‘Oktoberfest’ celebrations.
“It turned out to be a fantastic night,” Selkirk club steward Les Mallin told the selkirkrfc.com web site, as the
final strains of the ‘oompah band’ music faded into the background, “and full marks to Kieran for making it such
an outstanding success.
“I’ve had lots of positive comments about how enjoyable the day proved, from people who attended the pre-match
lunch to those individuals who stayed on until much later in the evening. Selkirk’s players always throw themselves
heart and soul into functions like this, and just about everyone was kitted out in traditional German costumes.
“For me personally the highlight was seeing how well the Stewart’s/Melville players all joined in, with the boat
race between the two clubs up on the benches getting the evening off to a flying start. All the helpers and volunteers
did a great job, and a special thank-you goes to the handful of players who came down on Sunday morning to help
tidy up the hall.”
As 1st XV skipper Ross Nixon so aptly summed up the day: “Nicht Sklave deiner Worte, sondern Herr deiner Taten
sollst du sein.” [trans: ‘Don’t be the slave of your words, but the master of your actions’]. Nice one, Rosko!
WHY BREMERTON WINES OF AUSTRALIA
REMAIN THE TOAST OF PHILIPHAUGH!
Standing next to Bremerton’s
pitch-side advertising board, Selkirk 1st XV player Josh Welsh (centre) is flanked by club chairman John Rutherford
(left) and club president Rob Forrest, both of whom hold bottles of Bremerton Wines’ award-winning Selkirk Shiraz.
[Photo: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]
THIS week Selkirk Rugby Club’s officials and players are drinking a special toast to Bremerton Wines of Australia,
who have renewed their sponsorship deal with the club for the 2016/2017 season. Bremerton has been one of Selkirk’s
jersey sponsors since 2005, underlining the close bond which has built up between the two organisations over the
Craig and Mignonne Willson purchased the Bremerton Lodge property in 1985, planting vines seven years later. Craig’s
forebears originally came from Selkirk, so it is not surprising one of Bremerton’s most popular wines is its delicious
‘Selkirk Shiraz’ wine, produced at the firm’s Langhorne Creek estate, near Adelaide, and named in honour of the
family’s Souter connections.
In recent years the couple’s daughters, Rebecca and Lucy, have focussed the family’s wine range on high quality
and individualistic wines, not only giving Bremerton a strong foothold in the highly competitive wine market, but
ensuring Bremerton is one of the best-known brands from South Australia’s Langhorne Creek wine region.
For the past 11 years Bremerton Wines has been awarded the James Halliday five-star rated winery, ranking the company
in the top five per cent of all Australian wineries.
“We are very lucky to have loyal sponsors like Bremerton,” said Selkirk Rugby Club president Rob Forrest, “and
the club owes the Willson family a huge debt of gratitude. Bremerton Wines have played a key role in the club’s
recent successes, and long may our special partnership continue.”
1st XV (as at 17/10/2016)
‘A’ XV (as at 17/10/2016)
Played 9 Won 5 Lost 4 Drawn 0
Pts scored: 278. Pts conceded: 260.
Tries scored: 42. Tries conceded: 35.
Leading try scorers (after 9 matches): 12 - Darren Clapperton; 7 - Josh Welsh; 4 - Scott Hendrie; 3 - Lewis
MacLennan, Ross Nixon, Ciaran Whyte; 2 – Matt Robertson, Callum McEwan; 1- Mikey Davies, Craig MacDougall, Max
Gordon, Scott Tough, Peter Forrest, Sean Nixon.
Leading points scorers (after 9 matches): 86 – Josh Welsh (7 tries, 4 penalties,
22 conversions); 60 – Darren Clapperton (9 tries).
Most appearances (after 9 matches): 9 - Josh Welsh, Ross Nixon, Lwando Mabenge,
Max Gordon, Ewan MacDougall, Matt Robertson, Peter Forrest, Kieran Cooney; 8 - Lewis MacLennan, Scott Hendrie,
Craig MacDougall, Darren Clapperton, Ruairi Wilson; 7 – Ciaran Whyte, Sean Nixon; 5 - Michael Waldron, Scott McDonald,
Jordan McGowan, Connor MacAulay, Cata Graur, Callum McEwan; 4 – Scott Tough, Aaron McColm; 3 –Andrew Renwick.
Played 8 Won 1 Lost 7 Drawn 0
Pts scored: 95. Pts conceded: 268.
Tries scored: 12. Tries conceded: 40.
Leading try scorers (after 8 matches): 3 – Rory
Banks; 1 – Ali Lyall, Lewis Martin, Dave Allan, Frazer Anderson, Aaron McColm, Ross Purves, Michael Waldron, Strath
Mackenzie, Harry Borthwick.
Leading points scorers (after 8 matches): 46 - Rory Banks (3 tries, 7 penalties,
Most appearances (after 8 matches): 8 – Lewis Martin, Robert Cook, Strath
Mackenzie, Harry Borthwick, Finlay Amos, Jimmy Stephen; 7 - Frazer Anderson, Gavin Ross, Greg Baird; 6 - Kieran
Thomson, Dave Allan, Douglas Swinbanks, Robbie Reilly; 5 - Michael Waldron, Alan Lambie, Ross Purves, Jy Griffin,
Rory Hamilton; 3 - Ryan Legge, Scott McDonald, Callum McColm, Jamie Turnbull; 2 – Jack Houston, Phil Anderson.