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Selkirk RFC president Rob Forrest welcomes his Scottish Rugby Union counterpart Rob Flockhart to Sunday’s opening ceremony.

SRU president Rob Flockhart cuts the ribbon to officially open Selkirk’s new changing rooms extension, watched by Scotland internationalist Lee Jones and Scotland Club XV cap-winner Callum Marshall, both former Selkirk players. [Photos: JOHN SMAIL]

THE president of the Scottish Rugby Union, Rob Flockhart, officially opened Selkirk Rugby Club’s impressive new changing rooms extension at Philiphaugh on Sunday.
The ceremony was watched by a large crowd of parents and young rugby players, who had all been involved in Selkirk Rhinos’ annual mini-rugby tournament which ended just prior to the opening.
Before inviting Mr Flockhart to cut the ribbon and declare the new facilities open, Selkirk Rugby Club president Rob Forrest paid tribute to the sports organisations, businesses and individuals who had worked so hard to bring the ambitious project to fruition.
“I would like to extend special thanks to Scottish Rugby, sportscotland and to the Hearts & Balls Charitable Trust for their generous financial assistance, as well as to Selkirk Rugby Club ex-president Elliot Henderson for his incredible support and commitment, without which none of this could have happened.”
Mr Forrest also highlighted the contributions made by Allied Surveyors Scotland director Jim Harold, who designed the new building, and project manager Dennis Henderson, as well as praising the skills and drive shown by the local tradesmen responsible for building and fitting out the new extension.
Before cutting the ribbon, SRU president Rob Flockhart congratulated Selkirk Rugby Club on “a fantastic achievement”, praising the enthusiasm and dedication of everyone involved in the venture.
“This is a huge move forward for the club, and the Scottish Rugby Union is thrilled it is in a position to help such an exciting development through its Club Sustainability Fund.
“Enthusiasm is what community rugby is all about, and I can see by the numbers of youngsters and parents here today that such enthusiasm and energy remain at the heart of the game’s grassroots.
“I wish Selkirk Rugby Club every success in the future, and I take great pleasure in now declaring this new extension officially open.”
The new building is situated at the east and of the Philiphaugh grandstand, and comprises three new changing rooms, three sets of showers and a special physiotherapy/rehabilitation area for injured players.
The funding Selkirk received from Scottish Rugby is part of a £400,000 tranche shared by 14 rugby clubs across the country in the first round of support from the SRU’s Club Sustainability Fund.


The Selkirk Blues P6 players celebrate winning their section at Sunday’s Rhinos tournament, after receiving their medals from Lee Jones, Callum Marshall and SRU president Rob Flockhart. From left - Oliver McClymont, Brodie Allan, Tom Brodie, Oliver Tomlinson, Cameron Forster, Harris McEwan, Evan Beattie, Shaun MacFarlane and Lewis McCullough.

The Selkirk Rhinos P5 players pictured after receiving their runners-up medals. From left - Elliot Hastie, Lewis Oliver, Findlay Smith, Ethan Deane, Rowan Tuft, Osian Beard, Hamish Scott, Innes Little and Findlay Kelley. (Missing from photo - Felix Baxter).

Gala’s P4 players in action at Philiphaugh on Sunday in their final against Peebles Sharks. 

[Photos: JOHN SMAIL]

HEAVY overnight rain failed to put a damper on Selkirk Rhinos’ annual mini-rugby tournament at Philiphaugh on Sunday, when over 400 youngsters made light of the mudbath conditions to guarantee a highly successful event.
Visiting teams came from Hawick, Gala, Melrose, Jed Forest, Duns, Langholm and Peebles, with Selkirk Rhinos fielding sides in all five age-group categories. Results in each of the finals were as follows:
P3 - winners Duns Grizzlies, runners-up Hawick. P4 - winners Peebles Sharks, runners-up Gala. P5 - winners Kelso, runners-up Selkirk Rhinos. P6 - winners Selkirk Blues, runners-up Kelso. P7 - winners Kelso, runners-up Jed-Forest.
Two Selkirk Rhinos teams managed to pick up medals at the tournament. The P6 Selkirk Blues team won a thrilling final against Kelso, after the match had to go to extra time. Oliver Tomlinson scored Selkirk’s winning try, having also touched down both of his team’s tries in the final.
The P6 Rhinos are coached by Scott Tomlinson, Darren Hulme, Phil Morris, Kenny Scott and Conal McEwan. “It was a great effort by the players,” Scott Tomlinson told the selkirkrfc.com web site after the final, “with the boys putting in a really tough shift in the mud.
“All the mums and dads have been really positive throughout the season, and are always ready to lend a helping hand whenever the situation arises. Because we had so many P6 players available today we divided them into the Blues and Reds teams, and both squads competed really well.”
Meanwhile Selkirk Rhinos’ P5 team lost in the final to Kelso, having previously scored 12 tries in their group games against Hawick, Jed and Peebles. The P5 Rhinos are coached by Douglas Smith and Alasdair Scott, who were delighted by the team’s achievement in finishing runners-up to a strong Kelso side.
“The boys all played extremely well in difficult playing conditions,” said Alasdair Scott. “In the final they played a very physical Kelso team, who outscored us by five tries to one to deservedly win the trophy.” 
The tournament’s organisers would like to thank Selkirk Rugby Club, Selkirk Football Club and Selkirk Cricket Club for kindly allowing players the use of their facilities, as well as Border Safeguard and Bankend Services for sponsoring the tournament medals and trophies.
“Without the support of volunteer referees, pitch co-ordinators, committee, local sponsors and parents the event would not have proved so successful,” said Selkirk Rhinos secretary Vicki MacFarlane. “The day raised approximately £1,300 for funds, which is extremely gratifying.”
The cups and medals were presented by Lee Jones and Callum Marshall, both former Selkirk players.


Fly-half Callum McColm launches another attack in Selkirk’s 28-17 Booker Border League victory over Hawick at Mansfield Park on Thursday night.

Selkirk centre Darren Clapperton breaks through the Hawick defence to score Selkirk’s the first of Selkirk’s four tries at Mansfield Park.

Second row forward Jack Houston tackles a Hawick opponent in Thursday night’s game, while number eight Andrew Renwick awaits developments.

Selkirk skipper Ross Nixon leads his team from the field at the conclusion of Thursday night’s hard-fought game.



SELKIRK ended Hawick’s hopes of a place in the Booker Border League play-off final with a well-deserved victory at Mansfield Park on Thursday night. It means holders Gala will now take on Melrose for the trophy at Poynder Park on a date yet to be confirmed.
The Philiphaugh team had to reshuffle their pack just before kick-off in the unavoidable absence of vice-skipper Ewan MacDougall, with Andrew Renwick switching to number eight and replacement Jack Houston being drafted into the second row, where he turned in a confident display in his first senior start for the club.
Selkirk took the lead with a try by outside centre Darren Clapperton, who was in impressive form throughout. A planned backs move saw the ball switched back inside to Clapperton, who took the ball at full tilt to score unchallenged under the posts. Josh Welsh added the conversion.
Unfazed by this setback, Hawick stormed back into the lead thanks to two tries by Neil Douglas, putting the home team 10-7 in front at the break.
Within two minutes of the restart Selkirk had regained the lead. A line-out on the stand side saw Matt Robertson win clean possession straight off the top, with the ball being spun along the line to Selkirk’s flying winger Tythan Adams, who outpaced the defence for a cracking try. Welsh’s conversion put the Souters 14-10 ahead.
Selkirk continued to keep up the pressure on the Greens both at the set piece and in broken play, scoring two further tries through Bonekele Siyothula and Ciaran Whyte, both converted by Welsh.
Before the final whistle Hawick managed to cut the deficit thanks to a try by Neil Renwick, converted by Ali Weir, but there was no denying the hard-working Selkirk side, who finish their Booker Border League campaign just a point adrift of Pool ‘A’ winners Gala.
The Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ award went to Josh Mackay.
SELKIRK – J. Welsh, T. Adams, D. Clapperton, R. Nixon, F. Anderson, C. McColm, C. McEwan, B. Siyothula, J. Bett, C. Graur, J. Houston, P. Forrest, M. Gordon, J. Mackay, A. Renwick. Replacements: L. MacLennan, R. Banks, C. Whyte, J. Wallace, M. Robertson, M. Waldron.


Smiles all round as the Selkirk u-15/u-16s pose for the cameraman before the start of last Wednesday’s game against their Jed-Forest u-15/u-16s counterparts. [Photo: SCOTT EASSON]


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BOTH sides contributed to an exciting, close-fought contest at Philiphaugh last Wednesday afternoon, with the Selkirk youngsters just squeezing home to record a well-deserved victory.
The home side quickly went 10-0 ahead thanks to some great lines being run by the backs, after the forwards had won good, quick ball.
Towards the end of the first half Jed-Forest’s bigger runners broke through the home defences, giving the visitors a 12-10 interval lead.
After some reshuffling of the home team’s line-up at halftime, because of injuries, Selkirk were soon back in front as they made an explosive start to the second half – just as they had done in the first.
For the remainder of the match the appreciative Philiphaugh crowd were treated to a display of end-to-end attacking rugby from both sides, making for an exciting climax to the game.
Selkirk’s sixth try of the afternoon eventually sealed a win for the home side in the dying seconds of the contest.
The home team’s try scorers were Clark Young (2), Aidas Mack, Josh Bayne, Ross McFadzen and Joe Borthwick.
SELKIRK - Shane Millar, Ben Dickson, Ross McFadzen, Moray Haldane, Callum Anderson, Blair Shiel, Lewis Sanders, Joe Borthwick, Matthew Mackay, Aidas Mack, Andy Brown, Sam Cockburn, Fraser Cullen, Thomas Martin, Callum Anderson, Archie Penman, James Flockhart, Clarke Young, Kieran MacGregor.


ONE of the most eagerly awaited dates on the Selkirk rugby calendar each year is the Ladies Lunch. The 2017 event is taking place in the Philiphaugh Suite on Saturday, April 1 - the same day the 1st XV plays its final league match of the season against Hamilton at home.
Organiser Susan Welsh told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week that tickets for the lunch are still available.
“Right now the number of ladies attending is around the 80-mark, so there are still plenty of tickets available for anyone who fancies coming along for a fun day out.
“This year’s theme is ‘The Eighties’, but of course dressing up in eighties-style clothes is entirely optional, so there’s no pressure one way or another.”
As well as a guest speaker, another surprise guest has been lined up to make an appearance later in the evening, and once again there will be top disco entertainment at night.
All ticket inquiries to Susan Welsh on 07810 560 298.


AFTER writing and editing copy for the selkirkrfc.com web site for the past 15 years or so, John Smail has signalled he intends stepping down from the post at the end of the current season.
“I’ve really enjoyed being involved with the web site,” said John, who is a life member of Selkirk Rugby Club as well as a former player and president.
“A lot of the web site’s success is down to Mike Craig, who faithfully sorts out, and slots into place, all the stories and match reports I send over to him.
“Club photographer Grant Kinghorn is another tremendous asset, as the pictures he takes at all Selkirk’s games and other related events help give the web site a truly professional feel.
“I hope both Mike and Grant will continue to work alongside my successor, and I’d like to wish them all the very best for the future.”
Anyone who might be in interested in helping compile the selkirkrfc.com web site next season is asked to contact John by e-mailing him at smail959@btinternet.com


THIS year’s Selkirk Sevens tournament will take place at Philiphaugh on Saturday, May 6.



1st XV

(as at 20/3/2017)

Played 25 Won 13 Lost 12 Drawn 0
Pts scored: 671. Pts conceded: 513.
Tries scored: 101. Tries conceded: 79.

Leading try scorers (after 25 matches): 18 - Darren Clapperton; 12 - Scott Hendrie; 9- Tythan Adams; 8 - Josh Welsh; 7 - Craig MacDougall; 6 - Ross Nixon, Ciaran Whyte; 4 – Frazer Anderson; 3 - Andrew Renwick, Callum McEwan, Matt Robertson, Lewis MacLennan; 2 – Ewan MacDougall, Mikey Davies, Peter Forrest, Jordan McGowan, Cata Graur; 1- Bonekele Siyothula, James Bett, Michael Waldron, Ian Oosthuizen, Dave Allan, Scott McDonald, Rory Banks, Sean Nixon, Max Gordon, Scott Tough.
Leading points scorers (after 25 matches): 128 – Josh Welsh (8 tries, 7 penalties, 36 conversions); 90 – Darren Clapperton (18 tries), 79 – Ciaran Whyte (6 tries, 5 penalties, 17 conversions).
Most appearances (after 25 matches): 25 - Ross Nixon, Matt Robertson, Peter Forrest; 23 - Ewan MacDougall; 21 - Kieran Cooney, Darren Clapperton, Josh Welsh; 20 - Ciaran Whyte; 17 - Cata Graur, Michael Waldron; 16 - Scott Hendrie; 15 - Andrew Renwick; 14 - Callum McEwan, Craig MacDougall, Ruairi Wilson, Jordan McGowan, Sean Nixon; 13 - Frazer Anderson; 12 - Lewis MacLennan, Tythan Adams, Max Gordon, Jackson Wallace, Mikey Davies; 11 - Bonekele Siyothula; 9 - Ian Oosthuizen, Gavin Craig; 8 – Scott McDonald.

‘A’ XV
(as at 20/3/2017)

Played 20 Won 7 Lost 13 Drawn 0
Pts scored: 346. Pts conceded: 572.
Tries scored: 55. Tries conceded: 86.

Leading try scorers (after 20 matches): 7 – Kerr Gerrard; 5 - Frazer Anderson, Ross Purves; 4 - Rory Banks, Rory Hamilton, Dave Allan, Lewis Martin; 2 – Strath Mackenzie, Ali Lyall, Callum McColm, Ruairi Wilson, Harry Borthwick; 1 – Alan Rutter, Bruce Riddell, Josh Welsh, Robert Cook, Jackson Wallace, Bonekele Siyothula, Callum McEwan, Donald Nichol, Aaron McColm, Michael Waldron, Scott Tomlinson, Matthew Stanners, Neil Darling.
Leading points scorers (after 20 matches): 74 - Rory Banks (4 tries, 10 penalties, 12 conversions); 49 – Rory Hamilton (4 tries, 1 penalty, 13 conversions); 35 – Kerr Gerrard (7 tries).
Most appearances (after 20 matches): 17 - Robbie Reilly, Rory Hamilton, Jimmy Stephen; 16 - Ross Purves, Robert Cook; 15 - Strath Mackenzie; 14 - Jy Griffin, Lewis Martin; 13 - Kerr Gerrard, Gavin Ross, Dave Allan; 11- Ryan Shiel, Frazer Anderson, Finlay Amos, Harry Borthwick; 10 – Douglas Swinbanks, Willie McClymont, Ryan Legge, Kieran Thomson; 9 –Alan Lambie; 8 - Rory Banks, Jamie Turnbull, Ali Lyall, Callum McColm; 7- Jack Houston, Donald Nichol; 6 - Ruairi Wilson, Michael Waldron; 5 - Jackson Wallace, Bruce Riddell, Connor Ward, Lewis MacLennan; 4 – Alan Rutter, Kieran Monks, Gavin Craig; 3 –Cata Graur, Scott McDonald, Phil Anderson.