New Physio Gear For Players
Director of Rugby at Selkirk RFC and Development
Officer Ewen Robbie gratefully receives some much needed equipment for the medical room at Selkirk RFC from Selkirk
Past Player member Bryan Hoggan.
The purchase of the Knee Cryo/cuff with cooler will aid the treatment of knee sprains and ligament tears as well
as act as a rehabilitation aid for post-op swelling. The purchase of this equipment was made possible by the support
and annual subscriptions made by the Selkirk Past Players Club.
Local boys chip in with clearing
the streets of snow as 'The Beast From The East' takes its toll on all rugby
On Saturday morning of Ross Nixon, Aaron McColm,
Rory Banks and Ewen Robbie out helping the big snow clear that was organised by Cllr Caroline Penman, the players
helped clear around St Josephs school, the steps up to Douglas place from the Flesh market, the High School and
[Photos: GRANT KINGHORN
SELKIRK’S INAUGURAL CALCUTTA
CUP DINNER PROVES HUGE SUCCESS
Top table guests at Friday night’s Calcutta Cup Dinner, from left: Bennie Rafferty, Bruce Aitchison, Rob Forrest
(chairman) and John Bentley. [Photo: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]
THERE could hardly have been a more fitting way to launch Scotland’s historic rugby weekend than at the Calcutta
Cup Dinner held by Selkirk Rugby Club on the eve of the big match.
Both guest speakers – ex-British Lion John Bentley and former Gala player Bruce Aitchison – received standing ovations
from the 164 guests lucky enough to have been present in the Philiphaugh Suite to hear their hilarious speeches.
“It was an incredibly successful night,” Selkirk president Rob Forrest told the selkirkrfc.com web site, “and the
speakers were definitely right up there with the best we’ve ever had at Philiphaugh.”
Yorkshireman John Bentley made his England rugby union debut at the age of 21, before switching codes to play professional
rugby league, representing England in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup.
He returned to rugby union in 1996 and played for Newcastle Falcons, before being selected for the British &
Irish Lions’ victorious 1997 tour to South Africa, where his Lions team-mates included Scotland head coach Gregor
Townsend and former Kelso threequarter Alan Tait.
Borderer Bruce Aitchison, a PE teacher at Tynecastle High School, captained Galashiels Academy to victory in the
Scottish School Cup and represented Scotland at Schools, U-19 and University levels.
He played senior rugby for Gala, Te Rapa (NZ), Watsonians, Albany Knickerbockers (USA), Kowloon RFC and Hong Kong
(non-cap, followed by coaching posts with Dundee, Watsonians & Boroughmuir. He is currently head coach of Murrayfield
Wanderers. From 2009 he has been Co-optimists’ head coach.
An auction followed the speeches, with the most sought-after item being a framed Scotland jersey worn by ex-Selkirk
player Lee Jones at the 2014 Commonwealth Games Sevens, signed by all the members of the Scotland squad, including
Stuart Hogg, Scott Wight, Mark Bennett & Sean Lamont.
In the tournament Lee scored tries in each of Scotland’s five ties - against New Zealand (2), Barbados (2), Canada,
South Africa and England. His tally of seven tries matched the seven he scored for Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth
Games in Delhi.
The auction, expertly conducted by George Purves, raised a total of £1,340. The dinner was chaired by Selkirk
president Rob, Forrest, with vice-president Bennie Rafferty giving the vote of thanks. The Selkirk Grace was said
by Shirley Houston, with Tommy Knox providing the night’s musical entertainment.
Kelso 29..Selkirk 42
Selkirk travelled to Poynder Park for the BT N1
match on Saturday with the conditions ideal for running rugby. The corresponding fixture before the turn of the
year had proved a close encounter with Selkirk snatching victory with a last minute try.
The visitor were determined to get a positive start given their last two away matches poor first half performances.
Inexplicably Selkirk started very slowly once again and after only six minutes they were 14 points down thanks
to two quick tries by firstly captain Tait after a maul near the Selkirk line and then by Irvine after a quick
break up the middle by Mein and Skeen allowing the back row player to score near the corner flag ,Dods converting
Then Selkirk came to life scoring two tries by full back Hamilton, one of which was converted by McColm . McColm
then converted a penalty kick to close the gap even further.
The match was very open with attacks well on top. Kelso were next to score with a penalty kick by Dods,. With half
time approaching Josh Welsh scored an unconverted try, however the scoring was not over , after a mistake in defence
by Selkirk, Kelso stand off Skeen ran in from the half way line for converted try.
Half time score Kelso 24. Selkirk 20.
Selkirk started the second half with a try from Capt Ross Nixon after some great open rugby from the visiting back
line, the try was successfully converted by McColm. Then Man of the Match Darren Clapperton put Selkirk in the
lead for the first time in the game ,ripping through the defence open to score under the posts, McColm having his
conversion charged down. Arron made amends by kicking another penalty for an offside infringement by the Kelso
Kelso then hit back with an unconverted try by hooker Henderson after a line out near the Selkirk line, Dods missing
the conversion. With the game coming to the end , Clapperton again broke the defensive line from far out and score
under the posts for a simple conversion by McColm
Final score Kelso 29..Selkirk 42.
The Selkirk support were delighted to see Vice Captain Ewan Macdougall in his first full game back after a two
months on the sidelines.
Prostate Cancer Awareness
Exploring new ideas for team and club culture,
Director of Rugby Ewen Robbie has supplied prostate cancer awareness ties to both the Selkirk first and second
teams from the Club.
Speaking about the new venture Ewen said :
I have been looking at ways on how we can evolve our culture at Selkirk RFC and have initiated this, which I'm
sure will help and also raise awareness about prostate cancer, something that has affected many people connected
to Selkirk Rugby, none more so than Scottish and Selkirk Rugby legend John Rutherford.
It was very fitting that John could make the first presentation of the ties as he is a great example of someone
who has put a power of work in for our rugby club as well having fought prostrate cancer.
The ties will be passed on weekly by the recipients to another teammate who they feel has done something noteworthy
for the team or the club.
For us the ties represent respect for the club, the work John and others have done for the club, the chance for
players to show appreciation for things done by their teammates and raise awareness for Prostate Cancer.
The First recipient
of the 1st team tie was young Prop Robbie Reilly. The First recipient of the 2nd team tie was Mathew Stanners.