SELKIRK’S TEAMS FOR THE WEEKEND
SATURDAY, May 18th
Selkirk squad for Jed-Forest Sevens at Riverside Park (minibus leaves 12.45pm) –M. Kissick, E. MacDougall, A. Renwick, M. Davies, R. Banks,
G. Craig (capt.), D. Clapperton, C. McColm, A. Given, C. McEwan.
Selkirk ‘A’ squad for Walkerburn
Sevens at Caberston Haugh (minibus
leaves 1.25pm) – S. Nixon, J. Bett, S. McDonald, J. Hendrie (capt.), S. Bell, L. MacLennan, K. Monks, C. MacDougall,
R. Wilson, B. Purves.
SUPERCHARGED SELKIRK SAVE BEST ‘TIL LAST TO WIN
OWN SEVENS ON GLORY DAY FOR CLUB
LEFT – Selkirk’s players show their elation as the whistle sounds to confirm their 27-7 victory over Melrose in
the final of Saturday’s 2013 Selkirk Sevens tournament, sponsored by Lawrie’s Garage. RIGHT – The victorious Selkirk
squad. Back row, from left: Scott Hendrie, Rory Banks, Ewan MacDougall, Angus Duckett, Darren Clapperton. Front:
Matt Kissick, Fraser Harkness, Gavin Craig (capt.) & Callum McColm.
LEFT – Darren Clapperton receives the Denzil Lloyd ‘Player of the Tournament’ Trophy from Mrs Eileen Forster, wife
of Selkirk president Eric Forster. RIGHT - Sevens coach Graham Marshall and club president Eric Forster celebrate
the team’s victory.
LEFT – Wing Scott Hendrie makes a break for Selkirk in the final against Melrose. RIGHT – Callum McColm bursts
for the corner to score Selkirk’s third in the final.
LEFT – Angus Duckett makes the all-important off-load to Callum McColm in Selkirk’s semi-final against Gala. RIGHT
- James Parker cannot prevent McColm’s vital try.
LEFT – Fraser Harkness slips his marker to head for the try line in Selkirk’s quarter-final against Glasgow Hawks.
RIGHT – Angus Duckett scores in the dying seconds against Hawks to seal a narrow 19-15 victory.
LEFT – Prior to Saturday’s final, players from Selkirk Rhinos’ P6 & P7 teams took part in an exhibition match.
RIGHT – The youngsters also provided a guard of honour for finalists Melrose and Selkirk.
LEFT – Halbro’s Scottish
representative, Bill Davison (centre), receives a framed photograph from Selkirk vice-president John Rutherford
in gratitude for all his support of the club. On the left is Selkirk’s director of rugby Dennis Henderson. RIGHT
- To mark Spire Healthcare’s continuing sponsorship of Selkirk RFC, Mrs Miriam Watts, head of clinical services,
was presented with a framed photograph at Saturday’s lunch by Selkirk vice-president John Rutherford. [All Selkirk
Sevens photos by GRANT KINGHORN]
SELKIRK lifted its own sevens cup for the fifth time in six years at Philiphaugh on Saturday, in one of the most
exciting tournaments of the spring circuit. The home side’s victory means the 2013 Kings of the Sevens title will
now not be decided until this weekend’s Jed-Forest Sports.
Sponsored for the first time by Lawrie’s Garage, this year’s Selkirk Sevens tournament lived up to all expectations,
with two ties requiring extra time and half-a-dozen more being decided in the very last move of the match. This
certainly applied to hosts Selkirk, who left things very late against both Glasgow Hawks and Gala before snatching
the lead (and victory) to keep the Souters’ show on the road.
Selkirk sevens coach Graham Marshall, for one, realised his players were sailing close to the wind early on. “We
didn’t hit the ground running, and against both Falkirk and Glasgow Hawks the games could have gone either way,”
he told the selkirkrfc.com web site on Monday. “We put a lot of pressure on ourselves, but as the boys got more
ties under their belts they began to find their best form.
“I couldn’t be happier for this group of players, who have all worked hard over the past 10 weeks and who have
all bought into what we’re trying to achieve. I’ve enjoyed working with them, and training has been fun. Of course
things do tend to be more enjoyable when you’re winning!”
With Fraser Harkness and Darren Clapperton restored to the home line-up, and Angus Duckett making light of a hand
injury picked up at Earlston, Selkirk’s starting line-up was identical to the one which lifted the Langholm title.
Just as he had done at Milntown, Clapperton picked up the Player of the Tournament Award [the Denzil Lloyd Trophy],
although as the scrum-half would be the first to acknowledge, Saturday’s triumph at Philiphaugh was very much a
team effort, with all 10 players making vital contributions.
It took a late try by Duckett for Selkirk to come from behind and edge out Glasgow Hawks 19-15 in a pulsating quarter-final
tie, while the Kiwi back row player also provided the scoring pass which saw Callum McColm’s try keep the Souters
in the hunt against semi-final opponents Gala.
However, things proved more decisive for Selkirk in the final against Melrose, who had been made to fight long
and hard by a slick Watsonians side in a cracking semi-final which had gone to extra time ( the Greenyards men
just winning through 19-14).
Tries by Angus Duckett and Darren Clapperton got Selkirk off to a flying start in the final – the cue for members
of Selkirk Silver Band sitting up in the grandstand to strike up yet another Common Riding refrain to bolster the
spirits of the home players and their energised supporters.
With skipper Gavin Craig giving his men an inspired lead, Selkirk made certain of the trophy with further scores
from Craig himself, Callum McColm and Rory Banks. Melrose’s consolation try was scored by skipper Graeme Dodds.
The tie was refereed by Andy Ireland, making his final appearance at Philiphaugh, and to mark the occasion he received
a special gift from the home club prior to the winners’ medals being presented.
FIRST ROUND - Gala 24-19 Heriot's FP (aet), Edin Accies 24-19 Hawick, Selkirk 24-10 Falkirk, Glasgow
Hawks 31-26 Kelso, Watsonians 33-5 Hillhead/Jordanhill, Ayr 55-0 Berwick, Melrose 35-12 Peebles, Jed-Forest 36-7
QUARTER-FINALS - Gala 24-5 Edin Accies, Selkirk 19-15 Glasgow Hawks, Watsonians
35-0 Ayr, Melrose 21-17 Jed-Forest.
SEMI-FINALS - Gala 10-12 Selkirk, Watsonians 14-19 Melrose (aet).
FINAL - Selkirk 27-7 Melrose.
SELKIRK – M. Kissick, A. Duckett, F. Harkness, D. Clapperton, C. McColm, G. Craig, S. Hendrie, R. Banks, M. Davies,
• This win means that Selkirk, Melrose and Watsonians
have each won two tournaments on the 2013 circuit, while three clubs – Gala, Hawick and Selkirk – have won their
own competitions. Jed-Forest will no doubt be hoping to emulate this latter feat at Riverside Park on Saturday,
when the curtain will finally come down on Scotland’s 2012/2013 rugby season.
CHARITY CYCLISTS ‘OVERWHELMED’ BY SELKIRK SEVENS
CROWD’S GENEROUS SUPPORT
LEFT – ‘Band of Bikers’
team member Robert Reid addresses guests at the sevens lunch, watched by John Rutherford. RIGHT – The Band of Bikers
team pictured with Selkirk past-president Bert Duffy and head coach Brian Cassidy, after their arrival at Philiphaugh
on Saturday. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]
ONE of the biggest welcomes at Philiphaugh on Saturday was reserved for the team of four Jedburgh cyclists – alias
the ‘Band of Bikers’ - who are visiting each of the 10 tournaments on the 2013 Kings of the Sevens circuit on their
quad tandem bike.
The intrepid quartet comprises ex-serviceman Robert Reid plus Greg Nagle, Connor Hogg and Paul Hill. They are undertaking
the charity cycle in order to raise money for three good causes: Hearts & Balls, Scottish War Blinded and The
Royal Regiment of Scotland Welfare Support Service.
The bikers, who have all played rugby for Jed, are aiming to raise £10,000. The lads’ efforts certainly got
a massive boost at Selkirk Sevens, where they received almost £1,500 in donations. This was the message they
posted on their Band of Bikers Face Book site after Saturday’s tournament at Philiphaugh –
“We arrived at Selkirk at 1pm and were introduced to the legend that is John Rutherford and his sponsors lunch
guests. It was nothing short of incredible, with a speech from John and a tear-to-the-eye speech from our own legend
Robert Reid. We raised just short of £1500, which is incredible. Thank you so much the people of Selkirk
- no words can describe what you have given us.”
In February, 2008, Robert Reid was serving in Iraq as a Corporal with the 1st battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland,
the Royal Scots Borderers, when he was badly hurt by a roadside bomb just south of Basra. The explosion inflicted
several serious injuries, but Robert has bravely battled his way back to health. Despite being left blind in one
eye and deaf in one ear, Robert enlisted the help of his three best friends to accompany him on a special fund-raising
“It’s been a great experience,” said Greg Nagle, “and we’ve met so many kind people along the way. We’ve visited
all nine tournaments to date, riding from Jedburgh to the event and home in the same day. After the Selkirk Sevens
we will not return back to Jedburgh for a full week until a lap of Scotland has been completed. We will be camping
every night and must cover 100 miles each day to make it back in time for May 18. It’s going to take a bit of doing,
but we’re definitely all up for the challenge!”
Anyone wanting to donate money on-line can visit the charity websites at –
Here’s wishing all four cyclists every success in the final week of their marathon fund-raising effort, and let’s
help them reach that £10,000 target!
at Riverside Park
at Caberston Haugh
Friday, May 24th
SELKIRK RFC ANNUAL DINNER
in the Philiphaugh
(contact John Smail for tickets)
BORDERS RUGBY ROUND-UP
THE latest edition of Border Rugby Television’s weekly roundup of rugby events in the Borders, featuring the 2013
Selkirk Sevens and an interview with Selkirk player Callum McColm can be heard at -
KINGS OF THE 7s POINTS TABLE
(WITH ONE EVENT TO GO)
1 Melrose 45
2 Watsonians 41
3 Gala 39
4 SELKIRK 35
5 Edinburgh Accies 34
6 Jed-Forest 29
FIRST ROUND DRAW FOR
(1st tie 1.30pm)
Jed-Forest v Berwick
Heriot's FP v Hawick
Hamilton v Langholm
Watsonians v Peebles
Falkirk v Selkirk
Melrose v Hillhead/Jordanhill
Kelso v Edin. University
Gala v Edin. Accies
|30/03 Biggar 17 Selkirk 20 Report
|09/03 Selkirk 7 Biggar 41 Report
|01/03 Selkirk 12 Merose 27 Report
|01/03 Stirling 2nds 51, Selkirk ‘A’ 5 Report
|01/03 Stormers 24, Jed 2nds 40 Report
|16/02 Jedforest 23 Selkirk 17 Report
|16/02 Selkirk A 66 StewMel A 3 Report
|09/02 Hamilton 22 Selkirk 21 Report
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