TROPHY TIME, AS SELKIRK NOTCH
WIN NUMBER 20 TO CONTINUE RECORD-BREAKING RUN
SILVER LINING. The Selkirk players get the party started at Philiphaugh today, after defeating Peebles 21-9 and
being presented with the BT National League Division 1 Quaich. Many congratulations to players, coaches, officials
and supporters on a fantastic team effort. PHOTO: GRANT KINGHORN.
JUST CHAMPION! UNBEATEN SELKIRK SECURE TITLE WITH THREE GAMES LEFT TO PLAY
SELKIRK clinched the BT National League Division
1 title at Rubislaw on Saturday with a stunning victory over Aberdeen Grammar, taking the team’s unbeaten run in
the league to 19 matches.
The win means Selkirk will join fellow Border sides Gala, Melrose and Hawick in the BT Premiership next season,
and heralded a night of joyous celebration for the Philiphaugh club’s players, coaches, officials and supporters
Selkirk head coach Peter Wright swapped his international media duties at BT Murrayfield for a dry, if chilly Rubislaw
on Saturday afternoon, as his troops responded with a spirited performance emblematic of their consistency this
“At the start of the campaign we had a lot of guys who had left the club,” Wright told the selkirkrfc.com web site,
“and it wasn’t until halfway through the season when we felt we had a realistic chance. The belief as to what we
could do came after that.
“We were by far the most consistent team. We had a little bit of luck and had few injuries and I think we got what
we thoroughly deserved. We have been out of the top division for a while, and it is good to get them back up. It
will be hard work to stay up there, but our next immediate challenge is to stay unbeaten in this league. We will
savour the moment and savour those times.”
On his media duties, he added: “It was an interesting choice and Selkirk said I could go [and cover games for radio],
and it is really good for me to be here. The guys did really well to weather the early storm, and it was great
to watch as the boys were outstanding.”
At one stage of Saturday’s game Aberdeen were reduced to 13 men with Ed Nimmons and Mike Cox both in the sin-bin,
but with wind advantage Selkirk showed why they are unbeaten in the league with four tries in an exemplary display
of forward power and running rugby.
Fly-half Rory Banks made it a day to remember with six penalties and two conversions, when everything in the Souters’
performance ticked all the right boxes.
Aberdeen played with the wind in the first half and were rewarded with a penalty by Alex Hagart after nine minutes.
The home forwards put Selkirk under pressure before the first of Banks’ penalties levelled the scores. The game
ebbed and flowed, with Grant Ryan touching down and Hagart converting to give the home side a 10-3 lead.
Four minutes later Scott Hendrie went over for a try in the left-hand corner while Ed Nimmons was in the sin-bin
for a late challenge on Mikey Davies. Aberdeen were soon reduced to 13 men when Mike Cox was also yellow-carded
for persistent fouling after Hagart had kicked a penalty.
Selkirk were soon back in the driving seat as Lewis MacLennan touched down and Banks put Selkirk 19-13 up at half-time
with a penalty.
The second half was one-way traffic, with Banks banging over three more penalties and Ewan MacDougall adding a
third try which Banks converted. With seven minutes remaining Jordan McGowan scored the visitors’ bonus point try,
Banks adding the conversion to put the icing on the cake.
The BT National 1 trophy will be presented to Selkirk at this Saturday’s game against Peebles at Philiphaugh.
SELKIRK - J. Welsh; S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, C. MacDougall, L. MacLennan; R. Banks, M. Davies; K. Cooney, J. Bett,
C. Graur, J. Everitt, M. Kissick, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, C. Marshall. Replacements: D. Swinbanks, J. McGowan,
R. Wilson, G. Patterson, M. Utteridge.
Referee – Neil Paterson (Dundee HSFP).
LEFT – Ewan MacDougall
bursts clear to score Selkirk’s third try in Saturday’s 42-13 victory over Aberdeen Grammar at Rubislaw. RIGHT
– Wing Scott Hendrie dives over in the corner for Selkirk’s first try.