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Gala 17. Selkirk 26.

Gala started the game strongly and with their forwards dominating the breakdown ,and took the lead at 14 minutes when Keddie kicked a penalty after the Selkirk pack were caught offside at the breakdown. With Selkirk getting more share of the ball A McColm kicked a similar award to tie the scores. With the clock at 41minutes Selkirk were dealt a blow when Irvine charged down a clearance kick to score under the posts ,Keddie kicked the extra points.

Half time score Gala 10 Selkirk 3.


With the second half only 3 minutes old gala scored another converted try through Jeffrey after a break by Keddie. With 17 points down Selkirk began to start dominating the set piece and breakdown ,and the forwards giving the back line more quality ball it was not long before they were on the attack .and after 2 minutes Anderson was the first to go over the line after some excellent handling by the whole back line.
A line out on the Gala goal line the Selkirk pack caught and drove to and over the line ,Pettie getting the credit.
Selkirk kept the scoreboard ticking over ,McColm kicking another penalty kick to take them to within one points of their hosts. Clapperton was next to score and put Selkirk in the lead for the first time in the game ,the Selkirk backs were spinning the ball wide it was only a matter time before the gaps in the gala defence began to appear ,and some great inter play between the McColm ,Welsh Bithray ,Clapperton to allow the later to touch down for another unconverted try .
Selkirk got their bonus try of the game when new comer Bithray ran in at the corner again after some good handling from the back line


Final score Gala 17. Selkirk 26.


Selkirks MOM was Ross Nixon

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Boroughmuir Bears 25 Selkirk 'A' 20

Selkirk 2nds travelled to the city at the weekend, just a stone's throw from the big game at Murrayfield, in Boroughmuir's fine Meggetland complex. The squad were all a little reticent to think of winning due to their recent track record of results, however we all knew a change of fortune was sure to be due soon.

The game commenced, and any thoughts of victory were put to the test when the home side ran in a very easy try within 3 minutes of kick off, quickly followed by another (both unconverted). Although some spectators may have feared the worst, Selkirk dug deep and started to take the game under their own control, then captain Scott Clark opting to take a shot at the posts from a penalty some distance out, converted to take 3 points.

The game was then fairly balanced right through the half, with Selkirk picking up another 3 points from Clarky but Boroughmuir picking up another unconverted try, being the only disappointing aspect of the rest of the half.

With the game still all to play for at 15 – 6 a few tactical changes were made and the second half proceeded very evenly balanced for the first 20 minutes of the half until Boroughmuir punched through for an unconverted try. At this point it would have been very easy to let the heads go down and let the game slip away, but no, the determined young guns pulled their socks up and got on with it, resulting in a fine bit of play sending Kerr Gerrard over the line in the corner which Clark converted with ease.

Knowing another converted try would bring the game back to level Selkirk upped the ante, forwards taking example from Robbie Reilly's dogged determination and Jack Huston exemplifying how to take the ball forward and present it back for recycling. The backs well marshalled by Clarky, with Rory Banks and Nico Povlovski carrying good ball, it was not long before a good forwards platform allowed Clark weave through and go over under the posts which he easily slotted over. 20 – 20 15 minutes to go, GAME ON!

With Selkirk very much on the ascendency it surely was only a matter of time before Selkirk nudged ahead and took their first win in a long time..... but no ....CATASTROPHE! Jack Huston was yellow carded for coming in from the side, then almost immediately Banks was shown the same card for what was an alleged deliberate knock on! Down to 13 men and trying to hang on to the draw by the skin of their teeth was the best Selkirk could hope for. With 3 minutes to go, the dreaded happened and the home side went over for an unconverted try. Game over... but still a bonus point for the effort, and a huge improvement on previous weeks performances.

With the taste of an almost victory still hanging in the air, the brave Selkirk young guns retired to the bar to watch the international, and think about what nearly was.


Team: S. Bristar, R. Rielly, M. Stanners, A. McColm, D. Alexander, L. Cassidy, J Huston H Borthwick, L Davidson, S Clark (capt) D Cassidy, N Povlovski, L Martin, K Gerrard, C Stansfield, R Legge, W McClymont, J McGowan, F Easson.
DM.

'Lest We Forget'

Members, players and supporters of Selkirk Rugby Club gathered at Philiphaugh on Saturday to pay their respects to the 40 past players from the club who lost their lives in two world wars and to attend a ceremony which saw the unveiling of a permanent memorial in their memory. Gusting winds and driving rain did not deter the Souters, who braved the elements and turned up in numbers.
Over 100 club members and guests also attended a special memorial lunch before the home game against Musselburgh RFC.
The memorial plaque, which was paid for through individual donations made by committee members, past players and supporters, was unveiled by club president Bennie Rafferty. The names of the players were then read out by Mrs Ali Cullen and Mrs Karen Findlater who represented the wives and mothers who were left behind. Commemorative wreaths were then laid by Mr David Deacon on behalf of The Royal British Legion Scotland, Mr Jim Newlands on behalf of Selkirk RFC Past Players Club, Vice President Gus Boag on behalf of the general committee, Mrs Mary Inglis on behalf of the supporters, Club Captain Ewan MacDougall on behalf of the players, Mr Andrew Cochrane on behalf of the Selkirk High School rugby team, Mr Ian Pretswell on behalf of Selkirk Youth Club and jointly by Hamish Cleghorn and Cameron Cowens on behalf of the Selkirk Rhinos. A minute's silence was followed by a lament played by piper Kevin Turnbull.
President Rafferty welcomed guests to the lunch which, was sponsored by Poppy Scotland and The Royal British Legion Scotland. The Selkirk grace was recited by Mr John Purvis and the Loyal toast was proposed by Mr David Deacon of the Selkirk and Ettrick Forrest Branch of the RBLS. Vice President Gus Boag gave his reflections on the players and the war and Mr Jim Harold told some of the stories from the research on the players who did not return.
Selkirk's players then capped off a remarkable day with a hard-fought win over Musselburgh RFC, a truly fitting tribute to the young men who's shirts they now wear.

Selkirk 21, Musselburgh 16.

3/11/18

Mussselburgh got off to a perfect start ,kicking a penalty in only 4 minutes after a ruck infringement on the Selkirk goal line. Aaron McColm replied within a minute with three points. With the game being evenly contested both sets of forwards giving their all.
Musselburgh were next on the score sheet scoring a penalty kick and a huge drop goal to take their score to nine, in between Selkirk scored an unconverted try by Craig MacDougall after some great inter play between backs and forwards.

Half time score Selkirk 8 Musselburgh 9.
Selkirk started the second half with a bang and were soon in front with another penalty by A McColm .
Musselburgh forwards began to dominant and from a line out near the Selkirk line they drove over for a converted try. From then on the Selkirk side upped their game and with the forwards taking back the advantage, a scrum on the ten metre line saw number eight Ewan MacDougall pick up and drive at the defence before slipping the ball to A McColm to take the over the 22 metre line and then all the way for a try ,which he duly converted. The remainder of the game the young Selkirk side had their tails up and contained Musselburgh to their own half of the field.


Full time score Selkirk 21 Musselburgh 16.


MOM for Selkirk was a hard decision for the Selkirk coaching staff and Callum McColm making a great return to first team rugby and always keeping the defence honest.

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Selkirk 'A' 3, Musselburgh 2nds 31

Selkirk 2nds hosted Musselburgh 2nds with probably the most miserable weather conditions of the year so far. There really is not a great deal to report on the game, partly due to my notepad being drookit! And partly due to the difference in the 2 sides. The game followed a similar theme throughout, Selkirk not quite strong enough in the scrums, not quite getting to the breakdown quick enough, not quite making the last tackle, not quite winning the set-piece. Choosing to play with the wind and rain in the first half saw the half conclude at 3 – 17, with Selkirk's points coming from a David Cassidy penalty kick.
The second half playing into the wind and rain was always going to be a tough challenge, however Selkirk did manage to keep it scoreless until the later stages of the half. With Musselburgh running in 2 converted tries, taking the tally to 3 -31. With 10 minutes to go and the rain and wind the referee could see no real advantage of carrying on as the rain and wind continued to pour and blow. The whistle was blown and the players sent to the showers to warm up and drown their sorrows.
Never mind... there's always next week... my pad might be dry by then..

Team: Lewis Martin, Chris Stansfield, David Cassidy, Jy Griffin, Kerr Gerrad, Scott Clark, Liam Davidson, Stephan Bristar, Guy Mallin, Robbie Reilly, Callum Hume, Derry Alexander, Liam Cassidy Sam Murdoch, Harry Borthwick, Wullie McClymont, Ryan Legge, Jordan McGowan, Matty Stanners, Liam Ramsey, Robert Cook, Jack Houston.

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