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FEATHERS FLY AS SELKIRK DOWN HAWKS IN HIGH-SCORING PREMIERSHIP OPENER



Selkirk’s Italian wing, Luca Berte, dives over in the corner on Saturday to score his first try for the club.

‘Man of the Match’ Ross Nixon cuts between two Hawks defenders….

…and gets away his off-load, watched by team-mate Josh Welsh.

Selkirk vice-captain Luke Pettie barrels over for the first of his two tries.

No stopping replacement Ryan Cottrell as he sprints home for a great solo try.



[All photos taken by Selkirk RFC’s club photographer GRANT KINGHORN]

Selkirk 50, Glasgow Hawks 15

EIGHT tries and a 50-point scoreline gave Selkirk’s supporters plenty to smile about at sun-soaked Philiphaugh on Saturday, as the Souters made an impressive start to their Tennent’s Premiership campaign.
It must also have been particularly pleasing for head coach Scott Wight to see his new half-back combination function so smoothly.
Having started Selkirk’s past two games at full-back, Luca Merolle cleared relished pulling on the No. 9 jersey and showed he possessed all the skills to direct operations from behind the home pack.
His young half-back partner Callum Anderson also gave an assured performance - his perfectly weighted cross-field kick for hooker James Bett’s try proving one of the game’s stand-out moments.
Another high point came in the second half when replacement centre Ryan Cottrell, with his very first touch of the ball, raced 65 metres down the pitch for an outstanding solo try.
On the debit side, Selkirk conceded a bucket-load of penalties throughout the match, with no fewer than three home players being shown yellow cards – Jack Houston, Grant Forrest and Scott McClymont.
However, nothing should detract from the focus and energy displayed by Ewan MacDougall’s men in a convincing victory that gets the Souters’ Premiership campaign off to the best possible start.
“I can’t fault the boys’ attitude today,” said head coach Scott Wight after the final whistle. “I thought defensively we were really good, and we also performed well with ball in hand. However, our first-up tackles were poor and we gave away far too many penalties.
“No-one really knew what to expect until these first Premiership games had been played. Now all the videos will come out so you’ll be able to do a bit of analysis on the other teams, because you’re seeing footage from the Premiership for the first time.
“Hawks have obviously had a lot of changes, with youngsters coming in to replace players who’ve joined Super6 franchises. I’m pleased to have got off to winning start, but there’s still plenty to work on.”
Try scorers for Selkirk were Luke Pettie (2), James Bett, Frazer Anderson, Luca Berte, Aaron McColm, Jacob Henry and Ryan Cottrell. McColm added five conversions. Hawks’ tries came from Craig Shields and Paul Cairncross, with Liam Brims adding a penalty and conversion.
Centre Ross Nixon was named Selkirk’s Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’.

SELKIRK – Aaron McColm, L. Berte, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, F. Anderson, C. Anderson, L. Merolle, L. Pettie, J. Bett, B. Riddell, J. Houston, P. Forrest, R. Cook, S. McClymont, E. MacDougall. Replacements – J. Henry, R. Cottrell, Andrew McColm, H. Borthwick, G. Forrest.

GLASGOW HAWKS – N. Moffat, M. Priestly, M. Stewart, C. Harrison, C. McCarron, L. Brims, K. Kay, G. Strain, P. Cairncross, E. Rintoul, L. Archer, S. Halafihi, J. Gemmell, C. Shields, R. Sweeney. Replacements: T, McTeir, G. Armstrong, D. Milne, C. Holborn, E. Aitken.
Referee – Mike Todd (SRU).

SELKIRK ’A’ HOLD NERVE TO EDGE OUT BIGGAR 2nds IN PULSATING ENCOUNTER


Selkirk ‘A’ outside centre Jy Griffin takes on the Biggar defence, while team-mate Matty Brass looks on.

‘A’ XV lock Andy Mackay on the charge, with Liam Cassidy in support.

Selkirk’s replacement scrum-half Scott Tomlinson gets the ball away.


[Photos by GRANT KINGHORN PICS]
Selkirk ‘A’ 33, Biggar 2nds 26

A BATTLING fightback in the game’s final quarter saw Selkirk ‘A’ overcome a strong Biggar 2nds side to register an opening day win in the new-look Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1.
In sunny conditions both teams were eager to run the ball, with the home team drawing first blood when Matty Brass landed a penalty (it was to prove the Souters’ only goal-kicking success of the afternoon).
Biggar hit back with tries from Finlay Barr and Euan Bogle, with the latter’s conversion putting the visitors 12-3 ahead.
Powerful drives by Andrew Renwick and Andy Mackay, plus strong runs from Jy Griffin and Lewis Martin, eventually led to tries by Liam Blair, Kieran Monks and Martin, giving Selkirk an 18-12 interval lead.
On the restart indifferent tackling led to a try for Biggar by Marcus Dobie, converted by Bogle, before a penalty try put the visitors 26-18 ahead.
The introduction of 42-year-old ex-Selkirk skipper Scott Tomlinson, first at scrum-half and then at stand-off, put fresh heart into the home team, with tries by Monks, Nathaniel Armstrong and Matty Francis eventually sealing a hard-fought victory.
“It was a great team effort,” Selkirk ‘A’ coach Darren Hoggan said after the game, “and following a slow start the boys showed a lot of commitment, both in attack and defence. A bonus point and a home win – you can’t ask for more than that.”
The Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ was Lewis Martin.

SELKIRK ‘A’ – C. Rhind, K. Monks, J. Griffin, L. Martin, N. Armstrong, M. Brass, H. McDonnell, L. Blair, M. Francis, K. Thomson, D. Alexander, A. Renwick, L. Cassidy, M. Mackay, A. Mackay. Replacements: S. Tomlinson, S. Brister, C. Fairbairn, M. Stanners, M. Rutter.

BIGGAR 2nds – S. Hornell, J. Bell, D. Brewster, C. McDonald, J. Baulkwill, E. Bogle, F. Barr, A. Muir, L. Smith, R. Thomson, Z. Lyon, H. Archibald, C. Dunlop, D. McCartney, C. Frame. Replacements: A. Howitson, M. Dobie, J. Muir, C. Taylor.
Referee – Alastair Kirk (Melrose).

OH BOY! PLAYERS DISCOVER HAVING A BABY AROUND IS WHOLE NEW BALL GAME

Emma, Peter, Gavin and Rachel pictured at the weekend with their new offspring, George and Finlay. [Photo – JOHN SMAIL]


BORN within three days of each other, babies George and Finlay already have the month of their birth in common. And with both fathers being Selkirk players, the pair could well have even more in common by the time they’re old enough to lace up their own rugby boots.
Weighing in at 7lbs 6½ozs, George Bert came into the world on August 20 at Borders General Hospital, and is the son of current 1st XV regular Peter Forrest and his fiancée Emma Pearce. “He’s a really good baby,” Emma told the selkirkrfc.com website this week, “and I’m feeling pretty chilled and relaxed. This is certainly helping to make our lives a lot easier.”
Finlay George, who is the son of Gavin and Rachel Craig, was born at the BGH on August 23 weighing 8lbs 9ozs. “Being a children’s nurse I’m obviously used to babies,” said Rachel, “so I was more nervous about the labour to be honest. However, everything has turned out fine, and Gav’s been great at helping me with him.”
Emma confirms that Peter has also been a fantastic support since George’s arrival, and had no hesitation about getting stuck into nappy-changing duties. Perhaps not surprisingly, both couples say that all of the babies’ grandparents are ‘besotted’ by the boys.
In recent months there has been something of a baby boom amongst current and former Selkirk players and their partners. Among those who have recently become new parents are Callum & Katie Johnston (Struan), Neil & Yvonne Brown (Sophie), Gordon & Rachel Patterson (Joshua), David & Clare Gray (Gregor) and Darren Clapperton and Jenny Roden (Lachlan).
All of which probably means that in 18 years’ time, Selkirk’s rugby team is going to be one formidable outfit!

SCOTLAND COACH MAKES FLYING VISIT TO SELKIRK ON CHARITY GOLF CHALLENGE

Well above par – John Rutherford greets Gregor Townsend on Selkirk’s 9th green. [Photo – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]


ANYONE discovering that Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend was in Selkirk, would expect to find him at Philiphaugh. However, on Sunday the 46-year-old was up on Selkirk Hill in his bid to complete a hole on each of the Borders’ 21 courses to raise money for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
At Selkirk, Gregor played the 9th hole on the course, where he was joined by golf club captain Jackson Cockburn and vice-captain John Coyle.
Selkirk Rugby Club’s ex-internationalist John Rutherford had gone along just to watch, but at the invitation of Gregor joined the three other players. “I immediately thought, ‘Oh no, I’m going to make a right fool of myself!’” John told the selkirkrfc.com website.
Gregor played first off the tee, leaving his ball short in the rough. Jackson and the two Johns all gave themselves birdie chances. The Scotland coach played an excellent chip to one foot from the hole, before Jackson Cockburn and John Coyle left their putts short.
John Rutherford then stepped up and sank his birdie putt. “It was a bit surreal,” laughed John, “but great to be part of Gregor’s challenge. I was so impressed that Gregor was doing this the day before he and Scotland’s world cup squad left for Japan. It was a typically generous gesture, and it was great that Doddie was able to accompany him around all 21 courses.”
Gregor’s Border Golf Challenge has raised over £6,000 to date, and anyone wishing to make an on-line donation should follow this link - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/doddiegolf

 

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP
CURRIE CHIEFTAINS v. SELKIRK
at Malleny Park (3pm kick-off)

 
   

TENNENT’S EAST RESERVE LEAGUE
DIVISION 1
CURRIE CHIEFTAINS 2nds v. SELKIRK ‘A’
at Malleny Park (3pm kick-off)

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

Recent Results

31/08 Kelso 19, Selkirk 32 Report
31/08 Kelso 2nds 24, Selkirk ‘A’ 54 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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‘SCRAPPY’ TARGETING MID-OCTOBER COMEBACK FROM SHOULDER INJURY

HAVING suffered a painful shoulder dislocation at Hawick Sevens on August 10, Selkirk scrum-half Scrappy McNeill (pictured) has just been given the all-clear to return to work.
And the 22-year-old says that with a bit of luck he could be back on the rugby pitch by the middle of October. “I met up with my orthopaedic surgeon last week, who told me he was really pleased with my progress.
“I certainly feel as though I’m now well on the way to recovery,” Scrappy told the selkirkrfc.com website. “I can now feel the difference on a daily basis, although I’ve still got limited movement in my elbow.”
During his time off work, Scrappy has been taking walks in the countryside around his Newtown St Boswells home, as well as honing his PlayStation skills and starting to work on his fitness.
“Players at the club have been giving me lots of encouragement,” he said, “and with a bit of luck I’ll be pulling my boots back on towards the end of October.”
Here’s wishing Scrappy continued progress on his road to recovery.

 
   

 FORREST FAMILY TO THE FOUR AFTER GRANT MAKES SENIOR DEBUT AT KELSO

Grant and Rob Forrest

LIKE father… like sons! When prop Grant Forrest ran out on the Poynder Park pitch to make his first-ever 1st XV appearance for Selkirk on Saturday, August 31, he was setting the seal a remarkable family record.
It means that all four men of the Forrest family have now pulled on the famous navy blue jersey – father Rob (pictured with Grant) making his senior Selkirk debut back in season 1978, followed by sons Stuart and Peter (both 2008) and now Grant in 2019.
“As boys they were always down at the rugby club, kicking or passing a ball around,” ex-president Rob told the selkirkrfc.com website this week.
“It was particularly pleasing to see both Peter and Grant playing in the same team together at Kelso – the first time this has happened.”
Now back living in the Borders - along with his wife Tasha and their daughters India (8) and Dahlia (1) - Grant is clearly delighted to have hooked up again with his home town club.
“I never thought I’d get the opportunity to play for Selkirk, having been away from the area for so long,” said Grant, “so I’m really enjoying being back at Philiphaugh after all these years.”
To date, 31-year-old Grant - who is national account manager for the Budweiser Brewing Group - has turned out for a number of rugby clubs on both sides of the border.
A member of the Old Albanians RFC while living down south, he spent a number of season there playing in English League National 1 which is the third tier over the border. When living in Scotland he had a season with Dundee HSFP and a spell with Morgan Academy.
“I’ve been impressed with the set-up at Philiphaugh, and think Selkirk can achieve something special in this season’s campaign. There’s a good feeling in the dressing room, so hopefully the team can go from strength in the months ahead.”

 
   

BRYAN’S SPONSORSHIP GREATLY APPRECIATED BY MATTY


ETTRICK Valley Giftware proprietor Bryan Hoggan is the latest local businessman to support Selkirk Rugby Club’s player sponsorship scheme.
Selkirk ‘A’ forward Matty Francis (pictured with Bryan) is the player concerned, and the new sponsorship package seems to have had an immediate effect on the livewire hooker, as Matty romped over for the winning try in Selkirk A’s thrilling 33-26 victory over Biggar 2nds at Philiphaugh on Saturday.
Some Selkirk players are still looking for sponsors, and anyone wishing to take part in the scheme is kindly asked to get in touch with 1st XV team manager Tom Ramage or sponsorship convener Jim Harold.

 
   

HOME TIE FOR SELKIRK IN SCOTTISH CUP FIRST ROUND


SELKIRK have a landed a home tie against Currie Chieftains in the first round of this season’s Scottish Cup – something of a rare occurrence compared to past cup draws, with the Philiphaugh team generally having to travel away from home in the opening stages of the competition.

The full cup draw reads as follows (ties to be played on Saturday, October 26, 2019):


Ayr v Marr
Boroughmuir v Jed-Forest
Edinburgh Accies v Musselburgh
Gala v Kelso
Hawick v Cartha Queen’s Park
Heriot’s Blues v GHA
Highland v Stirling Wolves
SELKIRK v Currie Chieftains

 
   

LEAGUE RESULTS FROM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 –

TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP

MUSSELBURGH RFC 21 – 50 HAWICK
SELKIRK RFC 50 – 15 GLASGOW HAWKS
JED-FOREST 28 – 57 MARR
GHA 14 – 38 CURRIE CHIEFTAINS
ABERDEEN GRAMMAR 30 – 17 EDINBURGH ACCIES

TENNENT’S RESERVE LEAGUE EAST DIVISION 1

MUSSELBURGH 2nds38 – 32 HAWICK FORCE
SELKIRK ‘A’ 33 – 26 BIGGAR 2nds
JED-FOREST ‘A’ 14 – 46 STEWART'S MELVILLE RFC
BOROUGHMUIR 2A 17 – 53 EDINBURGH AcciES 2nds

 

RBS 6 NATIONS TICKETS FOR AWAY MATCHES – NOW IS THE TIME TO APPLY!

SELKIRK RFC’s tickets convener David Nichol has announced that ticket application forms for Scotland’s away fixtures - Ireland 1st Feb, Italy 22nd Feb and Wales 14th March - are now available from the club.
“Ticket applications through the club will only be accepted on receipt of a fully completed application form,” David told the selkirkrfc.com website this week.
“Should you want an application form, please email me at davidnichol@thinkpositive.co.uk and I will send you a form to complete.
“Applying for tickets through the club does not guarantee you a ticket, and is very much dependant on SRU allocation.  You will be contacted in due course for payment should your application be successful.
“I will be operating a waiting list should you be unsuccessful with your application, and this will be given to the SRU.
“Please note, only fully paid-up members of Selkirk RFC can apply for tickets through the club. The deadline for ordering tickets through Selkirk RFC is October 16 - at the very latest.”

 
   

 DATE FOR ‘FRIENDS OF SELKIRK’ PRE-MATCH LUNCH CONFIRMED

THE new secretary of the Friends of Selkirk group, ex-president Rob Forrest, told the selkirkrfc.com website this week that this season’s Friends of Selkirk lunch will take place in the Philiphaugh Suite on Saturday, September 21.

This is the day Selkirk’s 1st XV take on Aberdeen Grammar, while the club’s ‘A’ XV will also be in action at Philiphaugh on that day (against Boroughmuir 2A in the Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1).

Aberdeen Grammar’s club chairman and director of rugby, Gordon Thomson, has agreed to deliver a short address in his capacity as the Tennent’s Premiership SRU representative. Accompanying him at the lunch will be Aberdeen Grammar’s president, Jim Rae.

 
   

 

LOOKING to celebrate in style? Selkirk Rugby Club’s Philiphaugh Function Suite offers free room hire… and more! Professional DJ and party planner LAYLA ANDERSON is available to hire for your party requirements. Photos can be projected on the suite’s big screen via our personalised photo projection package. If you would like to book an event don't hesitate to get in touch with Selkirk Rugby Club’s bar and events manager LAYLA ANDERSON on 07563 617 471.

… AND A GREAT VENUE FOR WEDDINGS!

The Philiphaugh Function Suite at Selkirk Rugby Football Club is available to hire for weddings and receptions. Affordable and competitive rates. Professional wedding decoration design and DJ hire also available. If you would like to book, don't hesitate to get in touch with Selkirk Rugby Club’s bar and events manager LAYLA ANDERSON on 07563 617 471. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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