SELKIRK TEAMS FOR SATURDAY
Selkirk 1st XV to play Howe of Fife in BT Scottish Cup 1st round tie at Philiphaugh on Saturday, August 27 (3pm kick-off,
players meet 1.30pm) - D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, A. McColm,
L. Mabenge, R. Wilson, C. Graur, J. McGowan, M. Gordon, E. MacDougall, M. Robertson, A. Renwick. Replacements:
P. Forrest, K. Cooney, S. Nixon, C. Whyte, C. McEwan.
Selkirk 'A' XV to play Hawick Harlequins at Philiphaugh on Saturday, August 27 (3pm kick-off, players
meet 1.45pm) - D. Knox, A. Rutter, G. Ross, D. Swinbanks, L. Martin, C. McColm, F. Anderson, M. Waldron, R. Purves,
K. Thomson, A. Lambie, J. Turnbull, R. Cook, D. Allan, H. Borthwick. Replacements: F. Amos, S. McKenzie, G. Baird,
P. Anderson, J. Stephen.
PROMISING SIGNS AS YOUNG SELKIRK ‘A’ SIDE JUST
PIPPED BY JED-FOREST 2NDS
Callum McColm on the attack
in last week’s friendly against Jed 2nds. Team-mates Michael Waldron and Robbie Reilly look on.
Teenage prop Robbie Reilly manages to escape the clutches of Jed-Forest full-back Chris Young.
Brothers Aaron (left) and Callum McColm had plenty to smile about following confident displays. [Photos: GRANT
SELKIRK ‘A’ 19, JED-FOREST 2NDS
A YOUTHFUL Selkirk ‘A’ team kicked off their season
with a narrow loss to a well-drilled Jed-Forest 2nds side in a friendly at Philiphaugh on Wednesday night, writes
Selkirk were dealt an early blow when flanker Scott McDonald was forced off the pitch with a cheek injury which
required a visit to the BGH. Jed opened the scoring with a try by number eight Jack Sudlow, converted by Robbie
Yourston, before doubling their lead with a score from one of the game’s stand-out players, centre Monty Mitchell,
again converted by Yourston.
The Souters hit back through a well-worked try by hooker Ross Purves, with teenage scrum-half Aaron McColm adding
a fine touchline conversion. The introduction of back-row forward Phil Anderson sparked the home side into life,
with some outstanding work by the university student both in defence and at the breakdown.
Selkirk levelled the scores with a try from Aaron McColm, who burst through the Jed defence to touch down, and
then converted to make the score 14-14.
A real plus-mark for the home side was the return to action of Aaron’s brother, fly-half Callum McColm, sidelined
by a serious knee injury since the 1st XV’s game at Marr on February 14, 2015. During his first half run-out he
attacked and tackled with his usual commitment, coming through the 40 minutes unscathed. Here’s hoping he can stay
injury-free and play a big part for the club in the season to come.
Jed-Forest were always on top, however, scoring two quick tries through scrum-half Andrew Thomson and prop-forward
Nicky Bates, the latter converted by Yourston.
Selkirk’s replacement stand-off Rory Banks impressed after the break with some great kicking from hand, creating
space for the Selkirk backs to follow up and put pressure on Jed full-back Chris Young.
Selkirk showed typical fighting spirit when prop Michael Waldron crossed the try line in the closing stages of
the match, following a clever break by Strath McKenzie, making the final score 26-19 to the visitors.
SELKIRK - C. McEwan, L. Martin, K. Monks, D. Swinbanks, F. Anderson, C. McColm, A. McColm, M. Waldron, R. Purves,
R. Reilly, A. Lambie, R. Cook, S. McDonald, S. McKenzie, H. Borthwick. Replacements: K. Thomson, F. Amos, J. Stephen,
C. Ward, D. Allan, P. Anderson, G. Baird, A. Rutter, R. Banks, G. Ross, A. Beveridge.
JED-FOREST - C. Young, J. Amos, E. Stewart, M. Mitchell, R. Douglas, R. Yourston, R. Gibson, C. Lothian, N .Bates,
S. Hynd, D. Wardrop, R. Redpath, C. Cowan, J. Sudlow.
Referee – I. Douglas (Hawick).
GRACE TO THE RESCUE - CLUB’S
NEW CATERING MANAGER IS USED TO SUCCESS ON A PLATE!
New catering manager Grace
Sanders serves up post-match teas to players Phil Anderson (left) and Kieran Thomson. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]
PLAYERS’ teas are an integral part of any sporting organisation, and Selkirk Rugby Club is fortunate the vacant
post of catering manager at the club has been filled by someone who could hardly be better qualified to take over
Grace Sanders stepped into the role last week, much to the relief of club officials, who were worried the catering
manager’s position might not be filled in time for the start of the new season. Amongst other things Grace will
be responsible for organising the after-match teas rota at Philiphaugh, and says she is looking forward to her
“I’m more than happy to help out,” Grace told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week, “and I’m hoping all those
volunteers who undertook tea duties last season will again be willing to offer their services for the current campaign.
I have a list of names and telephone numbers, so I’m aiming to contact everyone over the next week or so in order
to compile a proper rota.”
Grace has been cook in charge at Knowepark Primary School for the past 10 years, and is a long-serving member of
club steward Les Mallin’s Philiphaugh Suite bar staff. She has been involved in the catering industry for a total
of 22 years, having previously worked at the Queen’s Head up until its closure.
Here’s wishing Grace and her team of volunteers at Philiphaugh every success in the weeks and months ahead.
SELKIRK PLAYERS HAPPY TO SIGN UP
FOR AUDREY & MICK’S POST-TRAINING MEALS!
Grub’s up for Ross Nixon
following last Thursday’s training, watched by Mick and Audrey Craig… not to mention players Peter Forrest (in
background, left) and Rory Smith. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]
IT’S ‘barbecue time’ at Philiphaugh once again, with Audrey and Mick Craig re-launching meals for players after
Thursday night training. The first meal was served up at Philiphaugh last week and, given the sunny conditions,
Audrey’s husband Mick fired up the ‘barbie’ and soon had the chicken wings sizzling.
Players are charged £3 a head for the meal, and 1st XV captain Ross Nixon says the arrangement works really
well. “It’s definitely handy for those boys who’ve come straight to training from work, and everyone certainly
appreciates Audrey and Mick’s efforts. I would encourage as many players as possible to support the venture, as
the food’s always top quality and the banter at the tables isn’t bad either!”
IT’S GREEN FOR GO AS YOUTH CLUB
PLAYERS ARE WELCOMED TO PHILIPHAUGH
Selkirk Rugby Club’s director
of rugby, John Rutherford, puts the finishing touches to the club’s new, Youth Club-themed tea room. [Photo: JOHN
AFTER home matches at The Haugh this season, Selkirk Youth Club players are to head over to Philiphaugh for their
post-match teas. The arrangement has the backing of Selkirk Youth Club officials, and Selkirk RFC chairman John
Rutherford is delighted to be hosting the youngsters.
“This is something I’ve been trying to put in place for quite a while,” the former Scotland and British Lions player
told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week, “and I’m delighted it’s finally going to happen.”
To celebrate the move, John has redecorated the players’ tea room at Philiphaugh in shades of green and yellow
- the colours of Selkirk Youth Club’s playing strip. “It’s definitely brightened the place up,” added John, “and
once all the painting has been completed I think it’s going to look great.”
Selkirk Youth Club’s first home game is against Tynedale Colts later this month.