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SELKIRK ANNOUNCE PLANS TO STAGE 15-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT AT PHILIPHAUGH IN AUGUST

David Nichol pictured at Philiphaugh after the tournament announcement. [Photo – JOHN SMAIL]


PLANS for a special 15s tournament at Philiphaugh on August 28 have been announced by Selkirk Rugby Club - dependent upon Covid restrictions having been eased enough to allow the event go ahead.

The idea was hatched by Selkirk’s sevens convener David Nichol and director of rugby Ewen Robbie. “We actually talked about holding a 15s tournament last year,” said David, “but for obvious reasons that never went ahead.

“A total of eight teams have been invited this year - Hawick, Gala, Peebles, Musselburgh, Kelso, Jed-Forest, Melrose and ourselves - and so far five clubs have accepted. There’d be two pools of four, with the top side in each pool playing each other in the final.

“The idea behind 15s as opposed to sevens is that most teams will be preparing for the new 15-a-side season by then, so this will allow clubs to play themselves back in with some shorter games and a chance to rotate players.”

Because clubs still don’t know the exact structure of the new rugby season, making definite decisions about the 15s tournament won’t be possible until the Scottish Government decides the rate we can return to some kind of normality.

“Once we know how things stand we’ll be good to go,” said David. “We’ve got an enthusiastic general committee and board who hold regular meetings on Zoom, so when the green light is given we’ve got a willing bunch of experienced people ready to set things in motion.”

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MEDICAL TEAM’S ZOOM SESSIONS AIMING TO HELP PLAYERS’ SAFE RETURN TO MATCH FITNESS…

Katy Lowthian took fitness sessions for players at Selkirk High School in 2019. [Photo – JOHN SMAIL]

 
IT is now almost a year since Selkirk rugby players took part in a competitive rugby match - and it looks odds-on this situation isn’t going to change until August at the very earliest.
 
Which is why last Thursday night the club’s sports therapist, Katy Lowthian, hosted the first of four special ‘Zoom’ sessions designed to help players safely navigate their way back to fitness.
 
“Around Christmas time club physio Ryan Crockatt and myself carried out individual profiling tests on most of Selkirk’s playing squad,” Katy told the selkirkrfc.com website this week, “so we could assess and measure a range of core traits.
 
“These included such things as trunk strength and lower hip stability, as well as hamstring and calf capacities. We discovered a number of trends, allowing us to tailor an exercise programme that would help improve players’ strength and mobility.
 
“It’s vital that players give themselves the best chance of returning to competitive rugby in the best possible shape,” added Katy, “and the exercises we’re asking them to do in these Zoom sessions are all aimed at helping to prevent injuries and improve each individual’s own performance.”
 
Katy acknowledges that players need a level of self-motivation to take part in the programme, and says she was pleased a total of 18 Selkirk players logged on for last Thursday’s opening session – including two Selkirk Youth Club players scheduled to step up to Philiphaugh next season.
 
“Basically we’re giving the players a roadmap back to fitness,” concluded Katy, “so that when training sessions and touch rugby games are allowed to resume, they’ll be in the best possible position to minimise the risk of injury after such a long lay-off”.
 
The four sessions have the full backing of Selkirk head coach Scott Wight, who has kindly made all the necessary Zoom arrangements. Any player wishing to take part should get in touch with any of the Selkirk coaches.
 
The next Zoom sessions will take place at 7.30pm on the first three Thursday evenings in March.

…WHILE SELKIRK RHINOS’ COACHES HAPPY TO KEEP THE BALL ROLLING DURING LOCKDOWN

Selkirk Rhinos player Zidane Camus and his mum Farrah pick up his free practice foam ball.


Graham Marshall, Colin Gilmour (centre) and Ewen Robbie prepare to hand out skills balls to Selkirk Rhinos players at Philiphaugh on Sunday. [Photos – JOHN SMAIL]


IT seemed like a normal Sunday morning down at Philiphaugh, with a steady stream of Selkirk Rhinos mini-rugby players arriving at the ground. What made it different, was the fact all the boys and girls arrived individually at pre-arranged time slots, and didn’t stay longer than five minutes.

To help the youngsters practise and polish their rugby catching and handling skills during lockdown, each Rhino has been presented with his or her own solo skills ball (foam versions for younger players). These rugby balls were handed out on Sunday.

In addition, several specially made videos have been posted on YouTube to show Rhinos players the best ways to make use of their new solo skills ball, and to demonstrate a number of practice methods.

“The idea is to let the players practise on their own at home until we can get back to proper training sessions,” Rhinos head coach Colin Gilmour told the selkirkrfc.com website. “It’s something Graham Marshall, Ewen Robbie and myself have been discussing for a while, and the initiative has been jointly funded by the Rhinos and Selkirk Rugby Club.”

The videos* have been put together by former Selkirk coach and Rhinos helper Graham Marshall, who as well as demonstrating some practice techniques himself, also enlisted the help of Glasgow Warriors & Scotland internationalist Lee Jones as well as Scotland sevens coach Ciaran Beattie.

“Lee and Ciaran were only pleased to support the project,” Graham told the selkirkrfc.com website. “Lee has done a skills circuit while Ciaran is demonstrating some solo ball routines and I’ve put together some introductory
Normal Rhinos training sessions aren’t likely to resume until all the schools have gone back, which is expected to be in mid-March. videos looking at different skills for different age groups.”

“The club’s senior and youth players are currently taking part in fitness and injury prevention sessions on Zoom with sports therapist Katy Lowthian,” said director of rugby Ewen Robbie, “so it made sense to cater for the younger players as well, helping keep them involved and staying fit.”



“Hopefully we’ll be ready to resume as soon as possible after then,” added Colin. “Everything is in place having introduced a range of safeguards after the first lockdown, so hopefully it will be quite straightforward to get back up and running once the restrictions start to lift.”

*These videos can be accessed by following the links below -

P5/6 skills - https://youtu.be/InIOT3Zchls            
P7/S1 skills - https://youtu.be/bk6qeKMWj7w       
Lee Jones skills challenge - https://youtu.be/w3OfsLVTfVo         
Ciaran Beattie 'solo' ball skill challenge - https://youtu.be/shhkLez6bkg         

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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.

 

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GENEROUS SPONSORSHIP OF SEVENS MEDALS MAINTAINS CRUICKSHANK FAMILY’S SPECIALLINKS WITH SELKIRK RUGBY CLUB

The Selkirk side who won their own sevens in 2018.




WITH Covid restrictions preventing the 2020 Selkirk Sevens tournament taking place, and with this season’s tournament unlikely to go ahead, a silver lining has appeared on the horizon.

The club’s sevens convener, David Nichol, has confirmed that the tradition of the Cruickshank family’s sponsorship of the winners and runners-up medals at Selkirk Sevens is now guaranteed to continue through to 2046.

This incredibly kind gesture has been made by Jonathan Cruickshank, son of the late Caroline Cruickshank, who from the year 2001 onwards sponsored the club’s sevens medals in memory of her husband Jack, who served as Selkirk RFC’s secretary from 1993-1999.

“I’m more than happy to take this on board and carry on the family tradition,” Jonathan told the selkirkrfc.com website this week from his home in Edinburgh.

“You could say that rugby is in the blood on all sides of our family, and it’s particularly pleasing to be keeping up the close connection with Selkirk Rugby Club.”

The sponsorship agreement will run for the next 25 years, and Selkirk president Jim Harold said the club would like to express its grateful thanks to Jonathan for making such a kind and generous offer.


“Over the past few years Jonathan has been extremely supportive of Selkirk Rugby Club in a variety of ways,” said Jim, “and this latest gesture is very much appreciated.

“The Cruickshank family’s link with the club is a long-standing one, and everyone at Philiphaugh will be happy to see this continue.”

 
 

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EX-SKIPPER SCOOPS DEVELOPMENT CLUB PRIZE DRAW FOR FEBRUARY

THE latest winner of the Selkirk RFC Development Club’s February draw is Scott Tomlinson (pictured). Scott has received a cheque for £100 from development club secretary George Thomson.

Scott’s family has always had strong ties with Philiphaugh. Scott’s father Paul was president of Selkirk Rugby Club from 1997-1999, having captained the club in season 1982-83. Scott himself skippered the club’s 1st XV in season 2003-2004.

Anyone wishing to join Selkirk RFC’s Development Club as one of its members is asked to contact development club secretary George Thomson by e-mailing him at auldlachie@hotmail.com

 

SELKIRK RFC’S BOARD MEMBERS GIVE BACKING TO AMATEUR STATUS PROPOSAL FOR PREMIERSHIP CLUBS

MEMBERS of Selkirk’s Board have agreed that the club would like all Premiership clubs to move to amateur status, in line with all National League clubs, in season 2021/2022.

The Board feels that this is a sustainable position take as it will not put an excessive financial burden on the club in the coming years. The SRU has set up a working party to provide recommendations for the SRU Council and Board. This working party is currently consulting all Premiership and National 1 Clubs.

Meanwhile in order to keep its members and supporters up-to-date with day-to-day activity at the club, the Board has released the following detailed update:

 
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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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