Gala 2nds 25, Selkirk 2nds 7

Gala win through as Selkirk finally feel the heat

SATURDAY'S Roadhead Farm Feeds Border Championship fixture between Gala and Selkirk on a back pitch at Netherdale was overshadowed by a horrendous injury to Selkirk wing Craig Anderson.

An ambulance was called after the PE teacher and former referee dislocated his left knee late in the first half - the same injury that had curtailed his playing career eight years previously. The injury occurred when the 29-year-old made a tackle on his opposite number.

"The knee basically gave way on me," said Craig afterwards, "and it was pretty painful as you can imagine. Luckily the ambulance arrived really quickly, and I was taken good care of when I reached the BGH.

"I don't think it's as bad as I first thought, so I'm hoping that when I see the specialist this week he'll have some encouraging news for me. We'll just have to wait and see."

It was Selkirk who took the lead from a penalty try, converted by Ian McConnel. David Gray had carried the ball up the middle, before Keith Connor fed Greg Fairbairn. The wing chipped the ball past Gavin Dalgleish, and when the Gala man prevented him from passing, the referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty try.

Shortly afterwards the Maroons kicked a penalty to make the halftime score 7-3 in the visitors' favour.

After the break Gala's heavier and stronger pack began to gain the upper hand, and in the final quarter of the match the home side managed to run in three tries and kick a further penalty to seal the result.

Aussie full-back Ben Cooper emerged as Selkirk's best player on the day, while Neil Brown turned in a typically solid showing in the back row.

This Saturday's match between Selkirk 2nds and Kelso 2nds has been switched to Poynder Park, with a 3pm kick-off.

SELKIRK - B. Armstrong, S. Jack, M. Jaffray, R. Nixon, C. Hunter, G. Blair, S. Tomlinson, R. Price, J. Duncan, J. Stephens, J. Ross, D. Gray, N. Brown, A. Millar, C. Kemp. Replacements: B. Cooper, M. Rodgerson, S. Renwick, K. Connor, G. Fairbairn, C. Fairbairn, C. Anderson.

Craig Anderson - taken to
BGH by ambulance.