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Selkirk RFC 14 Marr RFC 13

13/10/18

Scott McClymont try

James Bett looks to break the Marr defence

Late David Cassidy penalty to win the game

Selkirk No8 Donald Nichol in the thick of the action.

Selkirk skipper Darren Clapperton on the attack.

Photos Grant Kinghorn Pics.

Marr started the game with a bang number 8 Miller going to score a converted try after only 2minutes. Eventually the Selkirk forwards got into the game ,more than holding the bigger Marr forwards in the loose and scrums. Half way through the half Selkirk,s stand off Banks put a thumping tackle on their number 8 Miller on the half way line and the ever supporting number 7 McClymont scooped the ball up and ran through a couple of would be tacklers to cross in the corner, Banks missing the conversion from the touch line.
On the 30 minute mark Marr went in front when McIntrye kicked a penalty from the 22metre line when the Selkirk side were caught offside. Banks replied minutes later with three points of his own to take the score to 8.. 10 in favour of the visitors
Half time Selkirk 8. Marr 10 .
The second half was a purple patch for Selkirk who soaked up all that Marr could throw at them Selkirk full back Cassidy the hero ,kicking two long range penalties .
Marr could not get one shot at goal until 20 minutes into the half .
All players in the Selkirk squad stuck manfully to the task in hand, by the end of the game were the more dominant team on the park
Full time score Selkirk 14. Marr 13.


Selkirk MOM Sean Nixon

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Past Player's Club lunch another huge success.

Donald Macleod presents Bennie Rafferty with the mouted & signed programe from the celebration dinner for the legendary Selkirk team that took the 1953 championship.Present at the lunch on Saturday were Tom Heatlie and Tom Brown, both of whom played for the victorious side.

Some 'Weel Kent' faces from days of yore come up from their beer to pose for the camera.

Some 'Weel Skelpit' faces from days less distant, come up from their beer to pose for the camera.

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Selkirk 'A' v Stewart's Melville 2nds

 The A team knew they were in for a tough time on Saturday long before a ball was kicked. It became apparent that numbers available were going to be down due to availability issues higher up and these spaces needed backfilled accordingly. It was positive however to see a few of the young guns get their chance of a run with the first string albeit leaving selection issues for the spaces they vacated. Not to be out done though a team was put together, "propped" up by a couple of guest appearances, ready to tackle the task in hand.

Prior to the match commencing Selkirk's misfortunes grew when Stew Mell's coach, none other than British and Irish Lion Legend Finlay Calder , introduced himself to the Selkirk coaches explaining they had a come with a very strong side, and if the match became imbalanced then he magnanimously offered to share some of his substitutes with the understrength Selkirk side.

So with all that in mind and another stirring pre-match team talk from 'Auld' Cass, the game commenced. Stew Mel immediately demonstrating their dominance with 2 tries within the first five minutes (one converted). However following this Selkirk pulled together and got a foothold, playing some decent rugby and getting in amongst it. Highlighted by a great break on the opposition 25 from young prop Matty Francis, which was laid off to Scott Clark, running in a fine try under the posts which Clark easily converted. For the rest of the half stew Mell were not allowed to show their dominance, and the opposition only managed one more converted try making the half time score 7- 19. The front 5 having put in a tremendous shift to hold the scrum on many occasions, but it was easy to see the effort had taken its toll on many of the players with
Keerun Blair putting in an excellent first half but having to retire with a head knock, and likewise Gavin Ross with an ankle injury.
When the second have commenced the tired and bruised home team allowed some easy tries to be ran in, totalling 6 with 4 converted in the half. With only a couple of serious incursions by the home side into enemy territory. However notable performances from Selkirk stalwart Scott Thomlinson filling both the 9 and 10 Jerseys – that is starting at scrum half and finishing at stand off, just in case the statement is misconstrued – having a stormer of a game, and a man of the match show from Lewis Martin, whose efforts in defence were rewarded with a fantastic interception try. Which guest player (Stew Mel sub), ex Selkirk man Alex Beveridge struggled to convert.
Game over, and retire to nurse the bruises with a couple of Beers and contemplate next week's visit to Biggar.



Team: Keyron Blare, Ruairi Wilson, Matty Francis, Liam Cassidy, Derry Alexander, Jack McDonald, Fraser Easson, Robert Cook, Scott Clark, Scott Thomlinson, Gregor Nichol, Lewis Martin, Jy Griffin, Gavin Ross, Chris Stansfield, Stephan Bristar, Arron Henderson, Craig Monks (Stew Mell sub Alex Beveridge).

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