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SIX OF THE BEST! NEW PLAYERS LOOKING FORWARD TO MAKING THEIR SELKIRK DEBUTS AFTER LONG WAIT


This season’s Philiphaugh newcomers line up for the camera. From left – Declan Broatch, Ben Pickles, Andrew Grant-Suttie, Jack Hamilton, Thomas Brown and Michael Hewat [Photo – JOHN SMAIL]


THE past 18 months have undoubtedly been a trying time for Selkirk Rugby Club’s players, officials and supporters. But spare a thought for the frustration felt by the half-dozen outside players who made the move to Philiphaugh at the start of the 2020/21 season, but have yet to play in a competitive match for the club.
These players have had to satisfy themselves with months of training alongside their new team-mates, without actually getting the opportunity to pull on a Selkirk jersey in a proper fixture.

“It has been a bit exasperating,” ex-Boroughmuir scrum-half Jack Hamilton told the selkirkrfc.com website, “but everyone has made us feel very much at home, so it’s not really been all that bad.”
A heating engineer by profession, Jack, who is 25, said his move to Philiphaugh was to give himself a new challenge in a new environment. In fact Jack’s grandfather, Bill Hamilton, played for Selkirk for a number of years, captaining the club in season 1962-63. Jack’s father Les turned out for both Gala and Edinburgh Wanderers, so playing rugby is definitely a family tradition.

Also looking to broaden his rugby horizons is Andrew Grant-Suttie, an openside wing-forward who has represented Scotland at both under-18 and at under-19 level. “The Selkirk boys have been great,” said Andrew, “and I’ve been impressed by the quality of the facilities and how good the pitch is.”
Andrew’s previous clubs have included North Berwick, GHA, Stirling County and Glasgow University, and he was aligned with the Glasgow Warriors Academy. He also played in the Borders u-16 and u-18 sides coached by Scott Wight.

Meanwhile 19-year-old centre Ben Pickles has come up through the ranks at Preston Lodge, and is currently undertaking business studies at the Borders College.
Andrew Hewat, a 22-year-old wing, is a self-employed welder and fabricator who recently moved to this area. He has previously turned out for the Cumbrian clubs Wigton and Cockermouth.

No-one can doubt the rugby pedigree of ex-Melrose player Thomas Brown, whose father Robbie was one of the Greenyards club’s most successful captains.
Thomas, who is 22, played at lock for Melrose in Tennent’s National League Division 1, and works for Thomas Brown & Sons, Funeral Directors.

“I’ve always tried to improve as a rugby player,” Thomas told the selkirkrfc.com website, “and I’m looking forward to getting the chance to play for Selkirk. It’s a different culture at Philiphaugh, and it’s going to be good to get the chance to finally play for the club, hopefully in the next few weeks.”

The final member of Selkirk’s six newcomers is 23-year-old former Gala and Gala YM utility forward Declan Broatch, a health care support worker/driver for Borders Emergency Care Services.


The club would like to wish all six players an enjoyable and successful season at Philiphaugh.

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FORMER SELKIRK PLAYER DARREN SCOTT IN THE SPOTLIGHT AS HARLEQUINS WIN SOUTH CANTERBURY CUP

All smiles – Souter exile Darren Scott proudly shows off the Glover Cup & his Harlequins strip.


The Harlequins cup-winning squad celebrate their win (Darren Scott is seventh from the left at back).



IT’S nine years since Darren Scott left Selkirk to make a new life for himself in New Zealand. And despite living 12.000 miles away from his home town, the 31-year-old rugby player not only keeps close tabs on his old club, he continues to enjoy success playing for Timaru club Harlequins RFC.

Last month Darren, playing at fly-half, was a member of the Harlequins side that defeated rivals Pleasant Point 20-8 to lift the Glover Cup and become South Canterbury’s 2021 Senior B Club Champions.

Darren works in the Timaru area as a painter and plasterer, and is married to Shannon. The couple have two young children - daughter Summer and son Tommy.

Darren’s parents Sandy and Dorothy still live in Selkirk, but because of Covid travel restrictions have had to keep in touch with Darren over the past year via social media.

Everyone at Philiphaugh would like to congratulate Darren and his Harlequins team-mates on their recent cup success.

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T
he 1950 Selkirk Youth Club squad, with Andy Scott standing on right, and his brother Doug back row on right. The team was coached by Jack Waters & Bobby Coltherd. Back row: D. Ewart, B. Blake, D. Imray, D. Richardson, B. Kemp, D. Scott. Middle row: SYC office-bearer Frederick More, J. Cruickshank, T. Heatlie, W. Hamilton, G. Ballantine, A. Brown, A. Scott. Seated: A. Linton, G. Turnbull, B. Grieve (capt.), F. McCudden, I. McGhee.

Obituary, Mr Andy Scott


BLACKSMITHING is recognised as one of the world’s oldest and noblest crafts, and Andy Scott made it his life’s work to maintain the industry’s traditions and standards. Mr Scott died on July 8th in the BGH, after a short illness. He was 89.
Having played rugby for Selkirk Youth Club, Andy’s senior playing career at Philiphaugh was unavoidably cut short, because he was always expected to work on Saturdays.
He nevertheless took out a Selkirk Rugby club membership each year, and avidly followed the team’s fortunes. Both of his sons, Robin and Alan, played for Selkirk with distinction over several seasons.
Living as he did adjacent to the family firm’s Heatherlie smiddy, meant Andy Scott found himself on duty virtually round the clock.
Such was Mr Scott’s work ethic, no ‘out of hours’ request was ever turned down – once having to leave his family’s Christmas Day celebrations to repair one of the council’s damaged snow ploughs.
The son of Selkirk baker Frank Scott and his wife Maggie (née McKnight), who had come to the town to work as housekeeper at Bannerfield House, Adam Anderson Scott was born in Croft Terrace on September 24th, 1931. He had two siblings, Doug and Nancy.
Educated at the Burgh School and at Selkirk High School, Andy left the latter at the age of 14 to begin an engineering apprenticeship in the town’s Gardiner’s Mill.
Three years later he joined the Selkirk firm of T. & R. Keddie, blacksmiths and farriers, owned by his uncle Jim Scott.
Attending block release courses at Ramsay Technical College, in Edinburgh’s Inchview Terrace, he quickly became proficient in all aspects of the industry.
A keen horseman, Andy once picked up a mount at Cappercleuch on the Thursday before the Common Riding. He then rode it down to Selkirk, before taking it round the marches on the Friday and riding it back up to Cappercleuch on the Saturday.
Joining the Selkirk Incorporation of Hammermen in his teens, in 1953 Andy was appointed the Hammermen’s Standard Bearer, riding the marches that year then casting the Incorporation’s flag in the town’s Market Place – believed to be the only Hammermen’s Standard Bearer ever to do this.
Like many of his generation, romance bloomed for Andy on the dance floor of the Volunteer Hall (the ‘Gala Palais’), where he met his future wife Sheila Roseburgh, whose father was a barber in Galashiels.
The couple were married in St Paul’s Church, Galashiels on June 21st, 1959, and remained devoted to each other for the rest of their lives. They went on to have two sons – Robin being born in 1961 and Alan in 1963.
Following the death of his uncle Jim in 1964, Andy took over the firm of T. & R. Keddie, and in 1978 Robin followed his father into the business. Five years later, Robin himself was appointed Hammermen’s Standard Bearer.
Alan opted for another career path, albeit one which also required technical skills, qualifying and working as an engineer with telecommunications giant BT.
Under the stewardship of Andy Scott, the firm of T. & R. Keddie flourished, managing to adapt to rapidly changing times. Horseshoeing ceased at the smiddy in 1978, when a new set of shoes cost just £3 but remained back-breaking work.
Over the years local farmers came to rely on Andy’s talents for repairing machinery and fashioning all manner of replacement parts on the smiddy’s lathe – invariably urgent jobs, coming as they often did bang in the middle of silage-making, harvesting or ploughing.
One of the firm’s biggest customers was Philiphaugh Estate, and this week Sir Michael Strang-Steel paid tribute to Mr Scott.
“I met Andy when I returned to Selkirk to farm in 1980, and at our first meeting mistakenly referred to him throughout our conversation as Mr Keddie, although he didn’t let on!
“He was an utterly charming man, and was always incredibly obliging when it came to mending broken bits of machinery. He had a wonderful sense of humour, and I remember how proud he was when son Robin joined the family business.”
In retirement, Andy enjoyed spending time with grandchildren Sarah, Carly, Andrew, Callum and Caitlin, taking special delight at the arrival of great-grandson Jasper.
Mr Scott was buried in Selkirk’s Shawfield Cemetery on Thursday, July 22nd, and is survived by sons Robin and Alan, daughters-in-law Linda and Mandy, and by his grandchildren and great-grandchild.
Condolences are extended to the whole Scott family. J.D.R.S.

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

2022 GUINNESS SIX NATIONS FIXTURES

ROUND ONE

Ireland v Wales, Saturday Feb 5, KO TBC, Dublin
SCOTLAND v England, Saturday Feb 5, KO TBC, Edinburgh
France v Italy Feb 6, KO TBC, Paris

 

ROUND TWO

Wales v SCOTLAND, Saturday Feb 12, KO TBC, Cardiff
France v Ireland, Saturday Feb 12, KO TBC, Paris
Italy v England, Sunday Feb 13, KO TBC, Rome

 

ROUND THREE

SCOTLAND v France, Saturday Feb 26, KO TBC, Edinburgh
England v Wales, Saturday Feb 26, KO TBC, Twickenham
Ireland v Italy, Sunday Feb 27, KO TBC, Dublin

 

ROUND FOUR

Wales v France, Friday March 11, KO TBC, Cardiff
Italy v
SCOTLAND, Saturday March 12, KO TBC, Rome
England v Ireland, Saturday March 12, KO TBC, Twickenham

 

.ROUND FIVE

Wales v Italy, Saturday March 19, KO TBC, Cardiff
Ireland v
SCOTLAND, Saturday March 19, KO TBC, Dublin
France v England, Saturday March 19, KO TBC, Paris

 

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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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ANOTHER GOOD TURN-OUT FOR LIVE SCREENING OF BRITISH LIONS TEST MATCH AGAINST SPRINGBOKS

THE result from Cape Town might not have been the one Selkirk supporters were hoping for, but in every other respect the live screening in the Philiphaugh Suite of the second test between the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions, proved successful.

Selkirk RFC president Jim Harold told the selkirkrfc.com website after the match: “The club owes huge thanks to everyone who came down to the club to support the British & Irish Lions.

“A special thank-you goes to Anne, Grace and Vicki for putting in another sterling shift behind the bar. Obviously it was a shame about the result, but this week’s team selection and tactics will be very interesting.

“I look forward to seeing everyone back down at Philiphaugh next week for the decider!”

DOUG HITS THE BULLSEYE TO PICK UP TOP PRIZE IN SELKIRK RFC DEVELOPMENT CLUB’S MONTHLY DRAW

FORMER Selkirk and Selkirk Vets player Doug Anderson (pictured) was the July winner of the Development Club’s monthly draw.

“Doug also happens to be chairman of Ettrick Forest Archers,” Development Club secretary George Thomson told the selkirkrfc.com website this week, “so he’s definitely bang on target!” A cheque for £100 has now winged its way to the lucky winner.

 

SELKIRK 15s TOURNAMENT CANCELLED


FOR the safety of all concerned, Selkirk Rugby Club has decided to cancel the 15-a-side tournament scheduled to have been held at Philiphaugh on Saturday, August 28.

“Given the continuing Covid-related requirements of social distancing and associated protocols,” explained tournament organiser David Nichol, “the club’s board members agreed to cancel the event when they met last Thursday night.

“The restrictions under which our changing facilities would have to operate, meant we could not realistically cater for eight squads of players

“It is of course disappointing, but under the current circumstances I don’t think we had any other option. I’m sure the other clubs will appreciate our predicament.”

In the meantime, Selkirk have arranged to play a pre-season friendly against Musselburgh on that date.

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EWEN LOOKING FORWARD TO RUNNING THIS YEAR’S SELKIRK RUGBY CLUB CAMP

IF you’re wondering why the club’s director of rugby Ewen Robbie is wearing such a big smile at the moment, then wonder no more.

“We’re running our Summer Camp for P4-P7 and S1-S6 players on the 10th, 11th and 12th of August, Ewen told the selkirkrfc.com website this week.

“The uptake of places has been fantastic, and we are delighted that numbers are continuing to grow, with the total so already exceeding previous years’ figures.”

Entry to the Summer Camp is free, funded by Selkirk’s successful application to Scottish Rugby’s ‘Kick Start Fund’.
The camp will be run by the Selkirk club’s development team of Ewen Robbie (development officer/director of rugby), Rhinos head coach Graham Marshall, and senior players Matthew Mackay and Gregor Nichol (both of whom have qualified as referees and as

Level 1 coaches through the club’s coach development programme).

“We will also have Scotland under-20 coach and Southern Knights

head coach, Rob Christie, coming along as guest coach,” said Ewen,

“with possible appearances by other Southern Knights coaches and players.”

Content during the camp will feature skills relevant to rugby that are also transferable to most other sports. Fun activities such as bubble football and ‘Nerf Wars/Battle Zone’ will also take place to maximise enjoyment for all of the participants.

Everyone attending the camp will receive a free daily snack along with a free t-shirt on completion of the camp.

Booking forms can be requested by emailing Ewen Robbie on e.robbiesrfcdo@ gmail.com.

 

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Saturday, August 7
PEEBLES SEVENS
at The Gytes

Thursday, August 12
SELKIRK v MELROSE (friendly)
at Philiphaugh (kick-off 7.15pm)

Saturday, August 14
HAWICK SEVENS
at Mansfield Park

Friday, August 20
SELKIRK v HAWICK (friendly)
at Philiphaugh (7pm kick-off)

JOHN LAING SEVENS
at Poynder Park, Kelso (1st tie 6.30pm)

Saturday, August 21
GALA SEVENS
at Netherdale

Friday, August 27
SELKIRK ‘A’ V HAWICK LINDEN
at Philiphaugh (7pm kick-off)


Saturday, August 28
SELKIRK v MUSSELBURGH (friendly)
at Philiphaugh (time tbc)

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AGM DATE

Selkirk Rugby Club's Annual General Meeting will take place at 7pm on Thursday, August 5, at Philiphaugh.

At present the club hopes to conduct a normal AGM in the Philiphaugh Suite, but this will be dependent on the Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time.

Contact SRFC secretary Rob Harkness if you require copies of the constitution and/or the management structure.

 

TICKET APPLICATION FORMS FOR 2022 SIX NATIONS MATCHES ARE NOW AVAILABLE


SELKIRK Rugby Club members wishing to apply for international tickets for next year’s 2022 Guinness 6 Nations Championship matches through Selkirk RFC can now do so by requesting an application form from the club’s hard-working ticket convener, David Nichol (pictured).

“The process has changed slightly this year,” David told the selkirkrfc.com website this week. “We still need a fully completed application, but no payment should be sent.

“Once we have notified members that their application has been successful, they will need to log into their Scottish Rugby e-ticket accounts and pay for their tickets on-line.”

Any club member wishing to apply for 6 Nations tickets should contact David by e-mailing him at david.nichol5@btinternet.com and requesting an application form. These must then be completed and returned to David by September17, 2021, at the very latest.

Please remember you will need an e-ticket account with Scottish Rugby before applying for tickets, and you should write your e-ticket number on the application form.

“The demand for 6 Nations tickets is always very high,” added David, “and whilst I am confident we always get a good allocation, I cannot guarantee all applications will be successful.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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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PHILIPHAUGH SUITE IDEAL FOR ANY SOCIAL EVENT . . .

LOOKING to celebrate in style? Selkirk Rugby Club’s Philiphaugh Function Suite offers free room hire… and more!  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 by e-mail SRFC at bookings@selkirkrfc.com

.… 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. . If you would like to book an event don't hesitate to get in touch by e-mail SRFC at bookings@selkirkrfc.com
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