Selkirk 'A' v Stewart's Melville
| The A team knew they were in for a tough time
on Saturday long before a ball was kicked. It became apparent that numbers available were going to be down due
to availability issues higher up and these spaces needed backfilled accordingly. It was positive however to see
a few of the young guns get their chance of a run with the first string albeit leaving selection issues for the
spaces they vacated. Not to be out done though a team was put together, "propped" up by a couple of guest
appearances, ready to tackle the task in hand.
Prior to the match commencing Selkirk's misfortunes grew when Stew Mell's coach, none other than British and Irish
Lion Legend Finlay Calder , introduced himself to the Selkirk coaches explaining they had a come with a very strong
side, and if the match became imbalanced then he magnanimously offered to share some of his substitutes with the
understrength Selkirk side.
So with all that in mind and another stirring pre-match team talk from 'Auld' Cass, the game commenced. Stew Mel
immediately demonstrating their dominance with 2 tries within the first five minutes (one converted). However following
this Selkirk pulled together and got a foothold, playing some decent rugby and getting in amongst it. Highlighted
by a great break on the opposition 25 from young prop Matty Francis, which was laid off to Scott Clark, running
in a fine try under the posts which Clark easily converted. For the rest of the half stew Mell were not allowed
to show their dominance, and the opposition only managed one more converted try making the half time score 7- 19.
The front 5 having put in a tremendous shift to hold the scrum on many occasions, but it was easy to see the effort
had taken its toll on many of the players with Keerun
Blair putting in an excellent first
half but having to retire with a head knock, and likewise Gavin Ross with an ankle injury.
When the second have commenced the tired and bruised home team allowed some easy tries to be ran in, totalling
6 with 4 converted in the half. With only a couple of serious incursions by the home side into enemy territory.
However notable performances from Selkirk stalwart Scott Thomlinson filling both the 9 and 10 Jerseys – that is
starting at scrum half and finishing at stand off, just in case the statement is misconstrued – having a stormer
of a game, and a man of the match show from Lewis Martin, whose efforts in defence were rewarded with a fantastic
interception try. Which guest player (Stew Mel sub), ex Selkirk man Alex Beveridge struggled to convert.
Game over, and retire to nurse the bruises with a couple of Beers and contemplate next week's visit to Biggar.
Team: Keyron Blare, Ruairi Wilson, Matty Francis, Liam Cassidy, Derry Alexander, Jack McDonald,
Fraser Easson, Robert Cook, Scott Clark, Scott Thomlinson, Gregor Nichol, Lewis Martin, Jy Griffin, Gavin Ross,
Chris Stansfield, Stephan Bristar, Arron Henderson, Craig Monks (Stew Mell sub Alex Beveridge).