MAGNIFICENT ALL-ROUND DISPLAY
SEES SELKIRK WIN 2017 LANGHOLM SEVENS
HAIL THE CHAMPS! Selkirk’s
victorious squad celebrate their success at Milntown. Back row, from left: Josh Welsh, Mikey Davies, Ciaran Whyte,
Darren Clapperton, Gavin Craig, Callum McEwan. Front: Frazer Anderson, Ross Nixon (capt.), Tythan Adams, Ewan MacDougall.
Selkirk skipper Ross
Nixon off-loads to team-mate Mikey Davies, with Darren Clapperton up in support if needed.
There’s no stopping
Mikey Davies as he bursts between two Watsonians players in the teams’ nerve-racking final.
LEFT – Ross Nixon picked
up the ‘Player of the Tournament’ trophy at Milntown, as well as the Langholm Cup. RIGHT – Tythan Adams converts
another Selkirk try, watched by the club’s fixtures secretary Mary Inglis. [Photos: ROB GRAY]
SELKIRK’S players turned on the style at Milntown on Saturday to lift the Langholm Sevens cup after a thrilling
24-21 victory in the final over Kings of the Sevens frontrunners Watsonians.
Just as they did when winning the Langholm title in 2013, Selkirk only used nine players throughout the tournament.
This was because Callum McEwan sustained a painful ankle injury in the warm-up prior to the Souters’ opening tie
against Earlston, and was unable to take any part in the competition.
Selkirk were able to add former Philiphaugh player Callum Marshall to their squad following their second round
win over the Powerbombs, but in the event did not use the Scotland Club XV player in either of their next two ties.
No-one was happier with Selkirk’s performance on the day than sevens coach Graham Marshall, who told the selkirkrfc.com
web site afterwards that the Philiphaugh team’s excellent display was ‘a performance waiting to happen’.
“The boys played really well today and worked hard for each other in every tie. The team showed what they were
capable of at Melrose, and with the squad back to full strength it was pleasing to see how quickly the players
rediscovered their momentum.
“In fact I thought there was a real buzz about our play today. There was plenty of pace in attack, and solid defence
whenever the occasion demanded.
“With four tournaments left on the circuit, today’s win will have helped boost the players’ confidence. What we
need to do now is build on this success and maintain the intensity over the next three weekends.”
Selkirk skipper Ross Nixon won the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award, but said after the final whistle it could
have easily gone to any of Selkirk’s players, so hard had they battled.
Darren Clapperton and Tythan Adams were both in blistering form, each scoring a total of seven tries, while hooker
Ciaran Whyte also showed outstanding skills both in attack and defence.
First round opponents Earlston were dispatched by a score of 44-0, Selkirk’s points coming from tries by Darren
Clapperton (2), Ciaran Whyte (2), Tythan Adams (2), Ross Nixon and Mikey Davies. Adams kicked two conversions.
Next up were the Powerbombs, with Selkirk romping home 36-5 thanks to tries by Josh Welsh (2), Adams (3) and Clapperton.
Adams added two conversions.
Semi-final opponents Jed-Forest provided a stiffer test, but eventually succumbed 32-12. Selkirk’s try scorers
were Adams (2), Clapperton (2) Welsh and Ewan MacDougall. Adams kicked one conversion.
As expected, Watsonians came out with all guns blazing in the final, but it was the Souters who raced to a 10-0
lead thanks to a brilliant try by Darren Clapperton following a sizzling 60-metre burst, and a well-worked score
from Ewan MacDougall wide on the left.
Although the Myreside men cut the deficit thanks to a Rory Drummond try converted by Ali Harrison, two tries before
halftime by Ciaran Whyte and Darren Clapperton saw Selkirk turn round at the interval 24-7 ahead.
A try by Reiss Cullen – moments before he was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on, as Craig Whyte attempted
to pass the ball inside to Tythan Adams for a certain try – and another try by Jack Ferguson took Watsonians to
within three points of the Souters’ total.
Ross Nixon’s men refused to panic, however, and saw out the remaining two minutes of what was a pulsating final
to secure a famous victory.
Three members of Selkirk’s squad – Gavin Craig, Ewan MacDougall and Darren Clapperton – were also in the Selkirk
team that lifted the Langholm cup back in 2013, as indeed was Watsonians player Angus Duckett, who came off the
Myreside club’s bench for the final three minutes of Saturday’s final.
SELKIRK – J. Welsh, C. Whyte, E. MacDougall, M. Davies, R. Nixon, D. Clapperton, T. Adams, G. Craig, F. Anderson,
C. McEwan (rep. C. Marshall).
WATSONIANS – R. Drummond, T. Hart, M. Fedo, R. Cullen, A. Harris, A. Davidson, S. McKean, S. McLeod, A. Duckett,
Referee – Ross Mabon (Langholm).
First round – Berwick 0, Powerbombs 55; Earlston
0. Selkirk 44; Pigbarians 12. Jed-Forest 33; Hawick 19, Gala 20; Watsonians 37, Hawick Linden 0; Austin Friars
FP 14, Dumfries 24; Langholm 21, Kelso 17; Edin. Accies 0, Melrose 29.
Quarter-finals – Powerbombs 5, Selkirk 36; Jed-Forest 31, Gala 26; Watsonians 33, Dumfries 14; Langholm 7, Melrose
Semi-finals – Selkirk 32, Jed-Forest 12; Watsonians 35, Melrose 7.
Final – Selkirk 24, Watsonians 21.
FOND MEMORIES OF BOBBY JOHNSTONE RECALLED BY MANCHESTER CITY PRESIDENT
Bernard Halford and Selkirk
president Rob Forrest pictured at Philiphaugh alongside the cabinet containing Bobby Johnstone’s Scotland jersey.
[Photo: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]
A SPECIAL visitor was welcomed to Selkirk Rugby Club’s Philiphaugh clubrooms this month.
Bernard Halford is a life president of Manchester City Football Club, and was a great friend of legendary Selkirk
footballer Bobby Johnstone. He recently purchased Bobby’s first Scotland cap, and was keen to see the Souter
soccer ace’s international top that proudly hangs in Selkirk Rugby Club’s Philiphaugh Suite.
The photo above shows Bernard wearing a Manchester City tartan bonnet, which was produced in Selkirk, and he is holding
Bobby’s international cap.
Selkirk president Rob Forrest welcomed Bernard to Philiphaugh, and was happy to give him a tour of the clubrooms.
The Scotland football jersey housed at Philiphaugh is the one worn by Bobby in his first international match against
England at Wembley on April 14, 1951. Bobby scored a goal on his debut, and Scotland went on to win the game 3-2.
He was awarded a further 16 international caps.
Bobby began his playing career with Selkirk Football Club, before being signed by Hibernian as a 17-year-old in
1946. He went on to become one of the best known members of "The Famous Five" - the Hibernian forward
line of the early 1950s, regarded as the finest ever seen in Scottish football.
He left Hibs to join Manchester City in 1955, scoring in back-to-back FA Cup finals, and picking up a winner’s
medal in 1956 following the Maine Road side’s victory over Birmingham City. He returned briefly to Hibs in 1959,
before ending his playing career with Oldham Athletic.
SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL SEASON
Club members can order Scottish Home International
Season tickets for all five matches due to be played at Murrayfield in season 2017/2018.
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Contact DONALD MACLEOD to order a season pass no
later than THURSDAY 16TH MAY with the relevant cheque made out to SELKIRK RFC.
Address – Newhope, Ettrick, Selkirk. TD7 5JD.
e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
‘phone- 01750 62201.
Application for tickets to individual home and away internationals will be issued in the next few weeks.
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2017 KELSO SEVENS
at Poynder Park (first tie 1pm)
Berwick v. Powerbombs
Earlston v. St Boswells
Hawick Linden v. Boroughmuir
Langholm v. Lasswade
Melrose v. Powerbombs/Berwick
Peebles v. SELKIRK
Stirling Co. v. Earlston/St Boswells
Jed-Forest v. Hawick Linden/Boroughmuir
Biggar v. Kelso
Edinburgh Accies v. Howe of Fife
Gala v. Hamilton
Watsonians v. Langholm/Lasswade
2017 EARLSTON SEVENS
at The Haugh (first tie 1pm)
Powerbombs v. SELKIRK
Watsonians v. St Boswells
Duns v. Gala
Hawick v. Liberton
Kelso v. Hawick Harlequins
Jed-Forest v. Peebles
Edinburgh Accies v. Earlston
Melrose v. Berwick
|01/04 Selkirk 35, Hamilton 27 Report
|23/03 Jed 29, Selkirk 25 Report
|23/03 Selkirk A 18, Stirling Co 2nds 38 Report
|16/03 Hawick 17, Selkirk 28 Report
|11/03 Howe of Fife 19 Selkirk 45 Report
|11/03 Aberdeenshire 2nds 26 Selkirk A 3 Report
SELKIRK RHINOS MAKE THEIR MARK AT GALA MINI-RUGBY TOURNAMENT
P5 winners! Back row:
Felix &Oscar Baxter, Rowan Tuft, Oisin Beard, Innes Little. Front: Lewis Oliver, Ethan Deane, Elliot Hastie.
Not pictured: Finlay Kellet & Logan Anderson .
A TOTAL of five Selkirk Rhinos teams were in action
at the Gala Mini-Maroons’ annual tournament at Netherdale on Sunday.
With this being the P7s’ last outing as Selkirk Rhinos at the Border tournaments, they were looking to finish
on a high. Up against Hawick, Langholm and hosts Gala in their pool, they drew against Hawick and beat Langholm
in their second game, so it was all to play for in their final match with Gala.
Unfortunately it was the hosts who won the day, but the P7s came away with plenty of positives - good team spirit
and play allowing Calum Findlater and James Glendenning to score great tries. The players are now looking forward
to their forthcoming tour tournament which will be at Lochaber, Fort William, on Saturday, April 29.
The P7s set off on Friday morning leaving SRFC at 10 am, and we wish them the best of luck and, more importantly,
to enjoy their tour.
A total of 13 players from P6 went to Gala. Best performers on the day were Evan Beattie for tackling and Sam Findlater
for running with ball in hand. The P6 team played Peebles Penguins, Melrose and Linlithgow in their pool. All three
teams were tough opposition, with Selkirk getting wins against Peebles and Melrose. They put up a great defensive
performance against Linlithgow, but lost out. The boys, as group runners-up, went on to play in the semi-final
against Gala. Despite their best efforts, Gala won by one try. The P6s’ only girl player, Aela Thomson, was invited
to play for Gala Vixens in the U12 girls competition, an experience she thoroughly enjoyed.
Selkirk P5s played three pool matches, beating Berwick and Melrose, and losing by one try to Hawick. As runners-up
in the group they then beat a very strong Peebles side in the semi-final. They went on to play Hawick in a tense,
keenly-fought final which they won by 4 tries to 3. Captain for the day was Ethan Deane and vice-captain Felix
Congratulations go to Selkirk Rhinos’ P4 team on their performance at Netherdale. Although not winners, the players
all did their best and enjoyed taking part in the tournament. Up and coming rugby stars of the future!
Selkirk Rhinos’ P3 boys played very well considering they had no subs and four very tough games - winning two,
drawing one and losing one, which saw them finish second overall in their group, losing out to Melrose by three
tries. A great day was had by all, and the kids were all superstars considering they played in every game.
? The final outing for the Selkirk Rhinos will be their annual ‘Lads v Dads’ game, or perhaps more politically
correct ‘Parents v Rhinos’ game, which will be on Sunday, April 30, kick-off time 1am.
Finally the Selkirk Rhinos committee, parents and players would like to thank all coaches and parent helpers who
give up their time each Sunday morning to coach the boys and girls.
TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR
CLUB’S ANNUAL DINNER AT PHILIPHAUGH
SELKIRK Rugby Club’s annual dinner will again be
a mixed affair this year, at which players, officials, supporters and their partners will all be made very welcome.
The dinner takes place in the Philiphaugh Suite on the evening of Saturday, May 13, with tickets now on sale priced
During the night the 2017 player awards will be presented by the 1st XV & ‘A’ XV coaches.
Anyone wishing to reserve places for the dinner is asked to e-mail club president Rob Forrest at email@example.com
or else ring him on his mobile - 07766 101 384.
A fun evening looks on the cards!
WALKERBURN SEVENS INVITATION
SELKIRK has been invited to send a team to this
season’s Walkerburn Sevens tournament, which takes place at Caberston Haugh on Saturday, May 20 (the week after
Last year a young Souters squad finished runners-up at the ‘Burn event, losing out in the final to a strong Gala
Playing for Selkirk that day were: Jason Hendrie, Kieran Thomson, Josh Welsh, Lewis Martin, Mikey Davies, Ross
Purves, Scott McClymont, Frazer Anderson, Robert Cook and Neil Darling.
ST BOSWELLS SEVENS DATE
THIS year’s St Boswells Sevens tournament will take
place at Jenny Moore’s Road on the evening of Wednesday, May 3rd. Selkirk ‘A’ has once again been included in the
eight-team line-up (2017 draw still to be made).
Selkirk last lifted the St Boswells title in 2004, when the team who triumphed that day comprised David Gray, Matt
de Franck, Ryan Crockatt, Fraser Harkness, Michael Rutherford, David Cassidy, Craig Hunter, Tom Walling, Martin
Murray and Steven Renwick.
Season 2016 /2017
Played 27. Won 14. Lost 13. Drawn 0
Pts scored: 731. Pts conceded: 569.
Tries scored: 110. Tries conceded: 88.
Leading try scorers (after 27 matches): 19 - Darren Clapperton; 12 - Scott Hendrie;
10- Tythan Adams; 9 - Josh Welsh, Ross Nixon; 7 - Craig MacDougall; 6 - Ciaran Whyte; 4 – Callum McEwan, Frazer
Anderson, Cata Graur; 3 - Andrew Renwick, Matt Robertson, Lewis MacLennan; 2 – Ewan MacDougall, Mikey Davies, Peter
Forrest, Jordan McGowan; 1- Bonekele Siyothula, James Bett, Michael Waldron, Ian Oosthuizen, Dave Allan, Scott
McDonald, Rory Banks, Sean Nixon, Max Gordon, Scott Tough.
Leading points scorers (after 27 matches): 135 – Josh Welsh (9 tries, 7 penalties,
37 conversions); 95 – Darren Clapperton (19 tries), 91 – Ciaran Whyte (6 tries, 15 penalties, 18 conversions).
Most appearances (after 27 matches): 27 - Ross Nixon, Matt Robertson, Peter Forrest; 25 - Ewan MacDougall;
23 - Darren Clapperton, Josh Welsh; 22 - Kieran Cooney, Ciaran Whyte; 19 - Cata Graur; 17 - Andrew Renwick, Michael
Waldron; 16 - Scott Hendrie, Callum McEwan; 15 - Frazer Anderson, Craig MacDougall; 14 - Mikey Davies, Lewis MacLennan,
Ruairi Wilson, Jordan McGowan, Sean Nixon; 13 - Bonekele Siyothula, Tythan Adams, Max Gordon; 12 - Jackson Wallace;10
- Gavin Craig; 9 - Ian Oosthuizen; 8 – Scott McDonald.
Played 21. Won 7. Lost 14. Drawn 0
Pts scored: 364. Pts conceded: 610.
Tries scored: 57. Tries conceded: 92.
Leading try scorers (after 21 matches): 8 – Kerr Gerrard; 5 - Frazer Anderson, Ross Purves; 4 - Rory Banks,
Rory Hamilton, Dave Allan, Lewis Martin; 2 – Alan Rutter, Strath Mackenzie, Ali Lyall, Callum McColm, Ruairi Wilson,
Harry Borthwick; 1 –Bruce Riddell, Josh Welsh, Robert Cook, Jackson Wallace, Bonekele Siyothula, Callum McEwan,
Donald Nichol, Aaron McColm, Michael Waldron, Scott Tomlinson, Matthew Stanners, Neil Darling.
Leading points scorers (after 21 matches): 82 - Rory Banks (4 tries, 11 penalties,
13 conversions, 1 drop-goal); 49 – Rory Hamilton (4 tries, 1 penalty, 13 conversions); 40 – Kerr Gerrard (8 tries).
Most appearances (after 21 matches): 18 - Robbie Reilly, Rory Hamilton, Jimmy Stephen; 17 - Ross Purves,
Robert Cook; 16 - Strath Mackenzie; 15 - Jy Griffin; 14 - Kerr Gerrard, Lewis Martin; 13 - Gavin Ross, Dave Allan;
12 - Ryan Shiel;11- Douglas Swinbanks, Frazer Anderson, Finlay Amos, Harry Borthwick; 10 – Willie McClymont, Ryan
Legge, Kieran Thomson; 9 – Rory Banks, Alan Lambie; 8 - Jamie Turnbull, Ali Lyall, Callum McColm; 7- Ruairi Wilson,
Jack Houston, Donald Nichol; 6 - Jackson Wallace, Bruce Riddell, Michael Waldron; 5 - Alan Rutter, Connor Ward,
Lewis MacLennan; 4 –Kieran Monks, Gavin Craig; 3 –Cata Graur, Scott McDonald, Phil Anderson.