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MATCHES MAY BE OFF RADAR, BUT PLAYERS HAPPY TO STAY ON SCOTT’S FITNESS WAVELENGTH

Head coach Scott Wight briefs players ahead of Tuesday’s new-look training session. From left: Sam Cockburn, Scott Wight, Bruce Riddell and Ryan Cottrell.

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Lewis Martin (foreground) makes a break, while Josh Mackay and Nathaniel Armstrong follow suit.

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Ryan Cottrell clearly enjoying his Philiphaugh work-out, as is team-mate Josh Welsh (far left).

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‘They shall not pass’ . . . Callum ‘Scrappy’ McNeill is never far from the centre of the action.

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Newcomer Ben Pickles doubles up on ball-carrying skills at Tuesday night’s fitness work-out.

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Josh Welsh keeps his eye on the ball, watched by Bruce Riddell, Ryan Cottrell and Josh Mackay.

[Photos – JOHN SMAIL]


TO no-one’s great surprise, Scottish Rugby announced on October 8 that no club or youth fixtures will be permitted to go ahead until January at the earliest.

The decision cancels each of the Tennent’s Light-sponsored regional-based competitions that had been scheduled to begin on Saturday, October 31, when Selkirk had been due to take on Hawick at Philiphaugh.

Rather than pull down the shutters, however, Selkirk Rugby Club’s coaches have decided to continue to take training sessions for players down at Philiphaugh, albeit on a reduced scale.

“We’ve split the boys into four position-specific groups,” Selkirk head coach Scott Wight told the selkirkrfc.com website. “We’ve gone with a front five group, a back row group, one for half-backs and some centres, plus one for the other centres and back three players.

“The work will be skill-based, with a forwards group and a backs group meeting on the same night, with Neil Darling and Darren Hoggan taking the forwards, and myself and David Cassidy taking the backs.

“These groups will train on alternate Tuesdays, so if you’re training in week one then you’ll only be coming down on odd week-number nights, while the following week’s groups will be training on even number nights.”

Scott admits it’s going to be tough for players to keep their focus when there’s still no definite end-goal in sight. “Scottish Rugby has set January as a minimum,” added Scott, “but nobody really knows whether things will be any better by then.

“We’ve told the players we won’t be returning to any rugby until the end of Stage 5, which will give us a clear path into the road map the SRU has produced.

“The principal idea is just to keep boys down at the club. They’ve put in a huge amount of hard work over the past eight weeks, and we don’t want them to just disappear.

“The players are fit and obviously ready for games at the end of October, but that’s now been taken away from us. To be fair you can see why this has happened and, given the current set of circumstances, it was probably inevitable.

“On the plus-side these next couple of months will allow us to look at each player as an individual, since they’ll be in smaller groups 10 to 11-strong, so we can give them position-specific feedback. Hopefully at the end of December they’ll be a better rugby player individually.”

As ever, Selkirk’s head coach was keen to stress the positive in all of this. “Since August we’ve been getting around 40 boys down to training most nights,” concluded Scott, “which has been really encouraging. I’m confident the players will still be keen to stay involved, albeit on a reduced basis.”

Judging by the cheerful expressions on the players’ faces at week one’s get-together, the Selkirk boys’ spirits remain characteristically high!

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Season 2019/2020

1st XV

(up to & including March 7th, 2020)

P 23 W 13 L 8 D 2

LEADING TRY SCORERS (after 23 matches): 9 – Henry Bithray; 6 – Ewan MacDougall, Scott McClymont, Josh Welsh, Ryan Cottrell; 5 – Luke Pettie, James Bett; 4 – Callum McNeill; 3 - Frazer Anderson, Peter Forrest, Aaron McColm, Jacob Henry; 2 – Bruce Riddell, Sean Rankin, Luca Berte, Donald Nichol, Andrew McColm, Callum Anderson; 1 – Josh Mackay, Andrew Renwick, Luca Merolle, Jack Houston, Robert Cook, Michael Waldron, Ross Purves, Nathaniel Armstrong. Tries scored: 80. Tries conceded: 70.

LEADING POINTS SCORERS (after 23 matches): 99 – Aaron McColm (3 tries, 10 penalties, 27 conversions); 55 - Henry Bithray (9 tries, 5 conversions). Total points scored: 540. Total points conceded: 495.

MOST APPEARANCES (after 23 matches): 23 – Luca Berte; 22 – Peter Forrest; 21 – Luke Pettie, Ewan MacDougall, Luca Merolle, Josh Welsh, Scott McClymont, Callum Anderson, Ryan Cottrell, Bruce Riddell; 20 – James Bett; 19 – Aaron McColm; 18 – Frazer Anderson, Henry Bithray, Andy Mackay; 17 – Ross Nixon, Sean Rankin; 12 – Josh Mackay, Donald Nichol; 9 – Callum McNeill.

‘A’ XV

(up to & including March 7th, 2020)
P 20 W 13 L 6 D 1

LEADING TRY SCORERS (after 20 matches): 9 – David Cassidy; 8 – Nathaniel Armstrong; 5 – Jy Griffin, Kieran Monks; 4 – Lewis Martin, Robert Cook; 3 – Michael Waldron, Ross Purves, Matthew Francis, Andrew Renwick; 2 – Robbie Reilly, Clark Young, Mark Rutter, Liam Blair, Gary Robertson, Donald Nichol; 1 – Rory Hamilton, Matthew Brass, Andrew McColm, Matthew Mackay, Callum McNeill, Ryan Cottrell, Josh Bain, Liam Cassidy, Grant Forrest, Peter Forrest, Bruce Riddell, Henry Bithray. Total tries scored: 72. Total conceded: 58.

LEADING POINTS SCORERS (after 20 matches): 126 – Scott Clark (14 penalties, 42 conversions); 37 – David Cassidy (6 tries, 1 penalty, 2 conversions); 35 – Nathaniel Armstrong (7 tries); Total points scored: 460. Total points conceded: 365.

MOST APPEARANCES (after 20 matches): 18 – Liam Cassidy, Nathaniel Armstrong; 17 – Matthew Mackay, Mark Rutter, Matthew Francis; 16 – Kieran Thomson, David Cassidy; 15 – Scott Clark; 14 – Harris Macdonell; 13 – Lewis Martin; 11 – Jy Griffin, Robbie Reilly, Jamie Turnbull, Paul Smail; 10 – Harry Aynsley, Ross Purves; 9 - Derry Alexander, Matty Brass, Michael Waldron; 8 – Moray Haldane, Andrew Davidson, Liam Blair; 7 – Rory Hamilton, Kieran Monks, Robert Cook, Andrew McColm; 6 – Grant Forrest, Harry Borthwick.

 

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AN UPDATE FROM SELKIRK RUGBY CLUB’S CHAIRMAN

WITH news that club rugby will not re-start as originally anticipated on October 31, instead being delayed until January, 2021, at the earliest, our membership secretary John Rutherford has been authorised by the board to offer a refund for paid memberships (see below).

The postponement of rugby is being keenly felt by Selkirk’s players, who have turned up in large numbers for training over the past seven weeks and worked extremely hard to build up their fitness levels.

Rather than cancel all training sessions, however, our coaches have devised a new, pared-back schedule for players to follow over the next three months.

Meanwhile the club’s bar & events manager, Layla Anderson, has now moved on and we wish her all the very best for the future.

Finally, I would like to pass on the club’s best wishes to all our members and supporters: please take care, and I’m sure we’ll get there eventually!

DENNIS HENDERSON
(Chairman, Selkirk Rugby Club)

 

 REFUND AVAILABLE TO SELKIRK MEMBERS IN WAKE OF SCOTTISH RUGBY’S POSTPONEMENT DECISION

SELKIRK Rugby Club’s membership secretary, John Rutherford (pictured above), has issued the following statement regarding refunds of paid membership subscriptions.

“The club’s board members are very conscious that over the past few weeks the club has received subscriptions from many of our members, on the basis they would have a season of club games to watch from October until April.

“As this will not now be the case, we would like to offer all members who have paid their memberships a 50 per cent rebate. This can be done by emailing me at johnrutherford55@gmail.com.

“For those members who do not wish to request a rebate, we will offer a membership next season with additional benefits. We would like to thank all our members again for their fantastic support and loyalty.

“In the meantime we are very much hoping that rescheduled games can go ahead in January, with the various competitions’ winners playing in a National Finals Day at Murrayfield. More information on this will follow in due course.

“Thanks again for your understanding, at what is a particularly difficult time.”

JOHN RUUTHERFORD
(Membership Secretary, Selkirk Rugby Club)

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DEVELOPMENT CLUB’S LATEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED


THE winners of the £100 prize in the most recent Selkirk RFC Development Club draws are -

September winner: No. 362 - Gordon Edgar.

October winner: No. 351 - Graham Marshall.

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2019/2020

TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP

 

P

W

L

D

Pts

Marr RFC

16

14

1

1

69

Currie Chieftains

17

13

4

0

67

Hawick

16

12

3

1

60

SELKIRK

18

9

7

2

49

Aberdeen Grammar

18

8

10

0

39

Jed-Forest

18

6

12

0

36

GHA

18

6

12

0

34

Musselburgh

18

5

11

2

34

Glasgow Hawks

17

5

12

0

32

Edinburgh Accies

16

4

10

2

27

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BOOKERS BORDER LEAGUE (Pool ‘B’)

 

P

W

L

D

Pts

SELKIRK

3

2

1

0

11

Hawick

1

1

0

0

4

Peebles

1

0

1

0

1

Kelso

1

0

1

0

0

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TENNENT’S RESERVE LEAGUE EAST 1

 

P

W

L

D

Pts

Hawick Force

16

15

1

0

77

Musselburgh 2nds

16

12

4

0

63

Stew/Mel. 2nds

18

10

8

0

60

SELKIRK ‘A’

17

11

5

1

60

Edin. Accies 2nds

16

7

8

1

53

Heriot's Blues 2nds

15

7

7

1

45

Biggar 2nds

16

7

9

0

44

Currie Chieftains ‘A’

16

5

11

0

38

Boroughmuir 2A

16

3

10

3

33

Jed-Forest ‘A’

16

1

15

0

15

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