Howe of Fife 2nds 10, Selkirk ‘A’ 72

Selkirk ‘A’ send out a warning

HAVING just missed out on promotion last season, Selkirk ‘A’ began their National 2nd XV League campaign in the best possible style with a stunning 12-try victory over Howe of Fife 2nds at Duffus Park on Saturday.
Hero of the day was Selkirk’s utility threequarter Allen Jamieson, for whom fatherhood has clearly brought a new lease of life. The 30-year-old vehicle technician was certainly firing on all cylinders, running in five glorious tries — the pick of which saw him ghost past a clutch of defenders after the high-stepping Duncan Lawson had been stopped just short of the line.
Meanwhile Craig Hunter made an equally big impression on the other wing, his pace and elusiveness being rewarded with four tries. Other scores came from player-coach Derek McFadzen (a 60-metre breenge which left fellow coach Brian Cassidy for once speechless on the sidelines), and from Lawson and skipper Mark Easson, who added six conversions for good measure.
A highlight of the afternoon was the reappearance of Billy Gentleman at number eight, who brought all his experience to bear on proceedings, and clearly enjoyed being back in harness. Other players making welcome returns to Selkirk colours were scrum-half Dave Reive and centre Gary Lyall, the latter showing some typically deft touches.

SAFE HANDS. Lock John Pretswell secures possession for Selkirk ‘A’ at this line-out during Saturday’s convincing win at Duffus Park.

PEOPLE CHASE. Selkirk ‘A’ captain Mark Easson follows up his own grubberkick, while team-mate Duncan Lawson and several Howe of Fife players also join the race.

SELKIRK — D. Hulme, A. Jamieson, G. Lyall, D. Lawson, C. Hunter, M. Easson, D. Reive, A. Johnston, G. Rees, G. Ruthven, J. Pretswell (rep. R. Conway), D. Lithgow (rep. C. Patterson), D. McFadzen, C. Kemp, W. Gentleman.