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IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK! FIRST OUTDOOR GATHERING AT PHILIPHAUGH PROVES BIG SUCCESS

Ready to roll! Vice-president Jim Harold (left) is joined on the decking by volunteer helpers Matthew Francis, Alan Skeldon, David Anderson and Graham Easton.

Called to the bar – staff members Janice Seal (left) and Nikki Alexander won plaudits for all their hard work on Saturday afternoon. [Photos – DAVID NICHOL]


SELKIRK Rugby Club took its first tentative steps towards the ‘new normal’ on Saturday afternoon when the club welcomed its first visitors to Philiphaugh since the UK-wide lockdown came into effect on March 23.
The occasion was the opening of the club’s outdoor seating area where members were able to enjoy a drink, seated at appropriately distanced tables to comply with current Covid-19 restrictions.
All tables had to be pre-booked, with numbers limited and decided on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. “To be honest we were more than a wee bit nervous on Saturday morning,” Selkirk Rugby Club vice-president Jim Harold told the selkirkrfc.com website on Monday. “However, I’m pleased to say the day really couldn’t have gone any better.
“I’d like to thank everyone who came along for their patience and for following the official guidance to the letter. Everyone’s behaviour was exemplary, and will go a long way to allowing us to do something similar in the not-too-distant future.”
Jim added: “As you know these things don’t just happen, they involve a huge amount of work and effort behind the scenes. To get the event up and running took a few weeks of meetings, consultations with Scottish Borders Council, the Police, the Health & Safety Executive - the list is endless.
“The club is particularly grateful to ex-player Allan Linton for the HSE advice, bar and event manager Layla for setting-up, Janice and
Nikki for a sterling shift, Graham and Taff for helping during the morning, local butchers J. A. Waters & Sons for the food, and 1st XV skipper Malcolm MacDougall for checking the gas equipment.
“In addition Guthrie Group supplied all the PPE equipment we used, while ex-captain Cammy Cochrane, of Brown & Muir Ltd, checked out the water supply. If I’ve missed anyone out, then I can only apologise!
“Last but not least, four guys came together to make the day happen, with all of them putting in a huge effort and a great shift throughout Saturday – take a bow David Nichol, David Anderson, Ewen Robbie and Alan Skeldon. Some effort boys, thank you so much.”
Selkirk Rugby Club chairman Dennis Henderson added: “It’s great that Saturday’s event was so well supported, and this sets a benchmark for future Philiphaugh get-togethers. The organising group did a fantastic job, so on behalf of the club I’d like to thank every person involved.”

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FRIENDS FINALISE DATE FOR FUND-RAISING BAMBURGH CYCLE RIDE




Next stop Bamburgh! The four charity cyclists pose for a team shot wearing their Katie McKerracher Trust cycling tops. From left – Kenny Houston, Shirley Houston, Ann McKerracher and Andrew McKerracher.

By JOHN SMAIL

SELKIRK couple Kenny and Shirley Houston aren’t people who will ever duck a challenge, so when the Etape Loch Ness cycling event was cancelled back in April because of Covid-19 restrictions, the pair were determined to keep their fund-raising plans on track.

Kenny, a retired police officer who is a member of Selkirk Rugby Club’s general committee, and Shirley, a support officer at Hawick Police Station, had originally planned to participate in the Etape along with close friends Andrew and Ann McKerracher of Ettrickbridge.

By completing the 66-mile course, the four friends hoped to raise funds for the Katie McKerracher Trust – a charity established in 2009 in memory of the McKerrachers’ 11-year-old daughter Katie, who died on January 27 that year from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (a brain tumour on her brain stem).

Having already raised over £3,000 in sponsorship for the cancelled Loch Ness event, the friends felt duty-bound to plan another ride, and decided to complete a similarly distanced route on Saturday, August 1 - from the McKerrachers’ home at Ettrickbridge to the Northumberland village of Bamburgh.

“Our family have very close ties with that area,” said Kenny, better known to everyone at Philiphaugh as ‘Skip’. “My mother Rhona belonged to Belford, which is very close to Bamburgh, and all my childhood holidays were spent down there so I have special memories of that part of Northumberland.”

Diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2013, Kenny has made it his mission since then to repay the dedication and kindness of the NHS staff treating him, by raising as much money as possible in support of their work.

In 2015 he organised a black tie dinner & auction in support of the BGH’s Borders Cancer Centre and the Katie McKerracher Trust, with each organisation receiving a sum in excess of £10,000. Last April he staged a dinner-dance & auction in Selkirk’s Haining House, raising a further £11,000 for the Borders Cancer Centre.

“This will be my last fund-raiser,” added Kenny, who has undergone five major surgeries over the past five years, and is currently deferring treatment until his next medical assessment in August.

“I’m delighted the four of us are raising funds for the Katie McKerracher Trust. Shirley and I were extremely fond of Katie, and the trust has done an amazing job of supporting DIPG patients and their families over the past 11 years.”

To date, cycling events have played a major role in the Katie McKerracher Trust’s fund-raising efforts. “Our first big fund-raiser was a Hebridean Cycle Challenge in 2010,” said Ann McKerracher, a foster parent and achievement coach at Borders College. “Then the following year supporters raised funds at the Ken Laidlaw Sportive in Hawick.

“Since its formation in 2009, the trust has assisted DIPG patients and their families in a variety of ways. This can be answering questions by sending copies of our DIPG information booklet, providing assistance to deal with practical day-of-day issues, or working with health professionals to seek to improve treatment of DIPG patients.

”We’ve seen a big increase in requests recently,” added Ann, “and of course during lockdown these patients have had to be especially careful about not picking up any infections.”

Ann and her husband Andrew, who is vice-president procurement & supply chain for Galashiels-based pharmaceutical firm Kyowa Kirin International plc, have been out cycling on local roads training for the Bamburgh event.

“I’m definitely the most inexperienced rider of the group,” said Ann, “but we’re all definitely up for the ‘Brigend to Bamburgh Challenge’, which should be a really fun experience.” Kenny meanwhile has cycled over 1,500 miles since March, so is understandably raring to go!

The quartet will leave Ettrickbridge at 8am on August 1, and will make stops at feed stations in Coldstream and Fenwick, both of which will be manned by friends and family members.

“We’re hoping to complete the route in about six hours,” added Kenny, “and have booked an overnight stay in a Seahouses hotel. We’d like to say a big thank you to everbody who is supporting us, and to let people know that our JustGiving page is still open should anyone wish to make a donation.”

Further contributions can be made by following this link –
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kmt-etapelochness

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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.

 

News

SELKIRK CHAIRMAN SETS OUT OPTIONS FOR COMPETITIVE RUGBY IN 2020/2021

OVER the past couple of days, the SRU have announced there may be no competitive league games this season due to Covid 19. Both the Border League and the SRU Council have canvassed clubs’ views and suggestions, as to what type of competitive rugby could take place. 
We already know that the season will not start at the end of August, and that the next alternative dates are in October or November depending on how the Covid restrictions are lifted. Selkirk Rugby Club officials have held a number of discussions with the coaches regarding what we could do with a delayed start to the season, and our thoughts are set out below.

Note: Because we still don’t fully know what will be decided, we’ve split our options into rugby starting in October and starting after November 7 - this the last date by which a competitive league programme could be played, if permitted.

OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 7 START DATE

If there is to be no competitive league season, then the club’s thoughts are that we should form a league between the Border League clubs and the Edinburgh clubs along the following lines;

Hawick, Jed-Forest, Selkirk, Currie, Musselburgh, Edin. Accies, Heriot’s FP, Melrose, Gala, Watsonians, Kelso, Boroughmuir & Peebles. 

The 2nd XVs of these clubs could also play against each other, and this league could also include Langholm, Berwick and any junior Border clubs if they wished to join.

This would give a competitive league with travelling limited to the Edinburgh/Borders area and thus minimising the possible spread of Covid.

NOVEMBER TO END OF SEASON

If rugby cannot start until some time in November, and there cannot be a fully competitive league season because of Covid 19 restrictions, Selkirk RFC believes we should resort to a full Border League structure with home and away fixtures.  The club feels we can have an eight-team league that would be fully competitive in playing terms for the following senior teams -

Selkirk, Hawick, Peebles, Gala, Melrose, Kelso, Jed-Forest & Berwick.

This would also open up the opportunity for a 2nd XV league comprising teams from all Border clubs, including all the junior teams across the Borders.
By only playing Border League teams, this minimises the distances to be travelled between clubs and also the costs, plus there is the potential for attendances to be significantly greater for these games between Borders teams.
Moreover, by playing local sides it limits the potential spread of the virus and, if areas outside the Borders are locked down, minimises the impact on the league.

Regards,

DENNIS HENDERSON
(Chairman, Selkirk RFC)

Upcoming Fixtures / Events

 

ALL RUGBY CURRENTLY IN LOCKDOWN

A full list of games for season 2019 / 2020 can be viewed on our 'Fixtures' page
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Recent Results

07/03 Selkirk 13, GHA 12 Report
07/03 Selkirk ‘A’ 17, Heriot’s Blues 2nds 5 Report

A full list of results and reports for all games played this season and the past 18 seasons can be accessed by clicking on the 'Results' link above.
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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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