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MATCH OFF

Selkirk 1st XV’s Tennent’s Premiership match against Currie Chieftains, and Selkirk ’A’ XV’s Tennent’s Reserve East League Div. 1 game against Currie Chieftains ‘A’, both scheduled to have been played at Philiphaugh tomorrow (Sat. Sept. 25) have been called off after a Selkirk player who trained at the club this week tested positive for Covid today (Friday).

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SELKIRK SKIPPER’S PERFECT MATCH AS HE TIES THE KNOT WITH CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART KAYLEIGH

Ewan MacDougall and his bride Kayleigh Glendinning are all smiles after their wedding ceremony at Lewinshope, in the Yarrow Valley, last Friday afternoon. [Photo – JOHN SMAIL]


HAVING twice had to abandon their wedding plans because of Covid restrictions, it was third time lucky for Selkirk Rugby Club captain Ewan MacDougall and his bride Kayleigh Glendinning, who were married last Friday at an outdoor ceremony in the beautiful grounds of Lewinshope.
The couple have been going out since second year at Selkirk High School, so if ever a couple’s future together was written in the stars, then this has to be it.
On her big day Kayleigh was given away by her father Norman, with Ewan’s best man being his former Philiphaugh team-mate Ruairi Wilson. The bridesmaids were Natasha Lothian and Lizzie Bunyan, the ushers were Ewan’s brother Craig and Brady Glendinning, while Kayleigh’s bridesman was Michael McClorey.
Everyone involved with Selkirk Rugby Club would like to wish the happy couple a long and joyful life together.

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HAWICK HAVE THE UPPER HAND AS INJURIES TAKE A HEAVY TOLL ON BELOW-PAR SELKIRK TEAM

Scrum-half Scott Clark dives over for Selkirk’s first try, much to the delight of team-mate Thomas Brown.


No way through – Selkirk threequarter Clark Young feels the full force of Hawick No. 8 Jae Linton’s tackle.


Wing Frazer Anderson dives for the corner, but the assistant referee ruled a foot had been in touch.


Selkirk No. 8 Andrew Grant-Suttie bids to beat the Hawick cover. [Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

HAWICK 23, SELKIRK 22

TWO interception tries late in the game looked as though Selkirk might come away from Mansfield Park on Saturday with an improbable win, but a penalty from the boot of Hawick full-back Kirk Ford ultimately settled the contest and the Greens’ retention of the Bill McLaren Shield.
Of more immediate concern for the visitors were the serious injuries picked up by three Selkirk players during the match – Josh Welsh, Josh Mackay and Ryan Cottrell, who all had to be assisted from the pitch.
“The bottom line is that we didn’t play well today,” Selkirk head coach Scott Wight said after the game, “although I thought the players showed character to fight to the end and come up with those two interception tries.
“Hawick were the better team on the day, and unfortunately we didn’t front up, which is something we’re going to have to address.
“Probably the most disappointing thing of all is the crop of injuries we suffered, a couple of which look likely to keep those players out for months rather than weeks.
“Hopefully coping with such adversity will knit us closer together as a squad, and it’s important the boys stick together and don’t splinter off.
“Currie, one of the stronger teams in the league, come to Philiphaugh on Saturday, so we’re going to have to dust ourselves off and get on with it.”
Hawick also didn’t have their injury problems to seek, with both Callum Renwick and his back row team-mate Stuart Graham departing early from the fray after picking up knocks.
It took the home team just three minutes to put the first points on the board. Selkirk scrum-half Scott Clark lost the ball after being caught in possession on the try line, allowing home skipper Matt Carryer to barrel over under the posts. Ford converted.
With first Callum Renwick and then Josh Welsh retiring hurt, Selkirk came close to cutting the deficit when Frazer Anderson almost squeezed over in the corner. However, the score was chalked off for a foot in touch.
A high tackle on Clark Young by Gareth Welsh resulted in the Hawick scrum-half being yellow-carded, before visiting hooker Josh Mackay left the field in the 28th minute with a painful knee injury.
A Scott Clark penalty managed to keep Selkirk in the hunt, before Hawick punished a defensive lapse in the visiting threequarter line that allowed wing Ronan McKean space on the right to score an unconverted score.
Just before the break Scott Clark peeled off a line-out drive to dive over for a try, which he then converted, making the halftime score 12-10 in Hawick’s favour.
In the second half Selkirk continued to concede penalties in promising positions, surrendering significant chunks of territory to opponents who looked hungrier and more incisive in attack.
A third home try by wing Morgan Tait and a penalty by Ford – awarded when Selkirk replacement Jack Hamilton was yellow-carded moments after coming on to the field - put Hawick 20-10 ahead, at which stage a home win looked on the cards. The visitors had other ideas.
With the Greens again camped on Selkirk’s 22, Selkirk’s Ryan Cottrell pounced on an off-load in front of his own try line to sprint 85 metres up the stand touchline and score in the corner – in the process suffering a dislocated shoulder and damaging his AC joint.
Incredibly, an almost identical try swiftly followed when Callum Anderson intercepted Kyle Brunton’s floated pass inside Selkirk’s ‘22’ to race clear and touch down close to the posts. Clark converted to put the visitors ahead for the first time in the match at 22-20.
Any brief hopes Selkirk’s travelling support might have harboured of a shock win were then extinguished by Ford’s match-winning penalty kick.
HAWICK - K Ford; R McKean, A Redpath, K Brunton, M Tait; B Donaldson, G Welsh; T Hope, M Carryer, R Macleod, R Smith, S Fairbairn, S Graham, C Renwick, J Linton. Replacements: N Little, C Tait, S Frizzel, D Lightfoot, J Delaney.
SELKIRK - J Welsh; F Anderson, R Cottrell, R Nixon, B Pickles; C Anderson, S Clark; L Pettie, J Mackay, B Riddell, T Brown, A McColm, A Cochrane, S McClymont, A Grant-Suttie. Replacements: R Cook, K Thomson, J Anderson, J Hamilton, C Young.
Referee: Ross Mabon (SRU).

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MAKESHIFT SELKIRK ‘A’ SIDE BATTLE HARD, BUT THE FORCE IS WITH HAWICK AT MANSFIELD HAUGH

Selkirk ‘A’ skipper Liam Cassidy on the charge, with team-mate Ruairidh MacKessack-Leitch ready to support.

Front row forward Matthew Francis keeps a tight grip on the ball as he sets up another Selkirk ‘A’ attack.

Player-coach David Cassidy is caught between two Hawick defenders. [Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]


HAWICK FORCE 20, SELKIRK ‘A’ 16

WITH five changes in the Selkirk ‘A’ back division from last week’s game, Saturday’s Tennent’s East Reserve League 1 match against Hawick Force at Mansfield Haugh was always going to be a tough day at the office for the young visitors.
Straight from the kick-off a fumbled ball saw Hawick’s Adamo Antonacci score an unconverted try, but spirited runs by Callum Turnbull and Matthew Francis allowed visiting player-coach David Cassidy to cut the deficit from a penalty.
Another unconverted try by Hawick’s Steven Mabon increased the Greens’ lead, before good work by Jamie Turnbull gave Cassidy another penalty shot which he duly took.
The game ebbed and flowed with chances on both sides, but it was home centre Elliot Stanger who danced his way over the line to put Force 15-6 up.
Before halftime Cassidy kicked his third penalty to make the interval score 15-9.
Hawick struck again when lock Murray Renwick bulldozed over the whitewash to put his side 20-9 ahead, but soon afterwards David and Liam Cassidy combined to send Selkirk’s Adam Nichol over between the posts. There was no more scoring after Cassidy’s conversion.
Visiting coach Martin Murray was happy with the way the team had played, with a special mention going to forwards Andrew Davidson, Matthew Mackay and Aaron Cairney, all of whom turned out in the backs.
Prop Moray Haldane also showed up well, while man of the match Declan Broatch was prominent throughout.
HAWICK – A. Antonacci, C. Jeffrey, E. Stanger, G. Welsh, D. Robson, C. Riddell, M. King, A. Ford, I. Elliot, L. Graham, M. Renwick, T. Huggan, N. Murray, R. Linton, S. Mabon. Replacements: D. Young, B. Swailes, B. Storrie, B. Murdoch, B. Graham, H. Brogan.
SELKIRK – A. Davidson, A. Cairney, L. Martin, M. Mackay, K. McGregor, D. Cassidy, A. Beveridge, M. Francis, R. McFadzen, M. Haldane, D. Broatch, J. Turnbull, L. Cassidy, R. MacKessack-Leitch, C. Turnbull. Replacements: R. Murray, A. Hewat, F. Robertson, H. Robertson, M. Stanners, A. Nichol.

Referee – Mark Welsh (Gala).
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SELKIRK UNDER-15/16s TEAM ‘PLAY FOR THE JERSEY’ AFTER PRESENTATION OF A NEW SET OF STRIPS

The Selkirk U-15/16s players line up for a photo call prior to the Gala match. [Photo – JOHN SMAIL]


Selkirk fly-half Brodie Allan on the attack in Friday night’s match against Gala U-15/16s at Philiphaugh.


Selkirk players Fraser Kelly (left) and Kyle Pearson in action. [Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

A HASTILY arranged friendly against Gala Under-15/16s at Philiphaugh on Friday night saw the young Souters come out on top with a hard-fought 34-17 win. Of equal significance was the fact Selkirk’s squad was wearing brand-new playing strips.
“It was great to see our players wearing exactly the same strips as the club’s 1st XV,” said director of rugby Ewen Robbie, who coaches the U-15/16s, after the game.
“The purchase of the new strip was made possible thanks to part-funding by Selkirk RFC, by Selkirk High School’s ‘School of Rugby’ and by Cameron Cochrane of Brown & Muir Ltd. The boys are all very appreciative.
“Another big plus-point was that we had no fewer than 27 players in our squad tonight, which bodes really well for the future of rugby in Selkirk.”
Try scorers for Selkirk were Cameron Forster (2), Robbie Macdonell (2), Brodie Allan and skipper Oliver McClymont (who added two conversions).
Gala’s points came from tries by Aaron Little (2) and Nairn Moncrieff, plus a Rory Wilson conversion.
SELKIRK – K. Pearson, E. Hastie, H. McEwan, R. Macdonell, S. Findlater, B. Allan, O. McClymont, S. McFarlane, C. Cochrane, D. Oliver, F. Smith, O. Tomlinson, C. Forster, C. Lyall, R. Singhtoor. Replacements: F. Kelly, A. McFarlane, H. Simpson, T. Fleming, C. McHugh, F. Baxter, S. Boyle, K. Singhtoor, L. Anderson, F. Smith, D. Farrell, J. Walker.
GALA – G. Brydon, F. Hume, N. Moncrieff, C. Corry, C. Brydon, R. Wilson, G. Balmer, L. Oliver, L. Scott, I. Little, M. Bradley, C. Purves, L. Campbell, H. McDonald, A. Little. Replacement: A. Graham.

Referee – Matthew Wilkie (Kelso).

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UPCOMING FIXTURES

Saturday, September 25

Tennent’s Premiership
SELKIRK v. CURRIE CHIEFTAINS
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Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1
SELKIRK ‘A’ v. CURRIE CHIEFTAINS ‘A’
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RESULTS

18/09 Hawick 23, Selkirk 22. Report
18/09 Hawick Force 20, Selkirk 'A' 16. Report
11/09 Selkirk 32, Musselburgh 21. Report
11/09 Selkirk 'A' 15, Musselburgh 2nds 26. Report
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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM HAWICK v. SELKIRK PREMIERSHIP MATCH AT MANSFIELD PARK ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM SELKIRK U-15/16s v. GALA U-15/16s FRIENDLY AT PHILIPHAUGH ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

(Video highlights courtesy of Borders Rugby TV)

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NEWS

‘X’ MARKS THE SPOT! FRANCE CHOSEN AS DESTINATION FOR SELKIRK’S NEXT OVERSEAS TOUR

HAVING undertaken three tours to Toronto, in Canada, and two to Spain’s Lloret de Mar in the past 40 years, Selkirk Rugby Club’s players are planning to pack their kitbags and head to France for a tour at the end of the current season.
One of the trip’s prime movers is current 1st XV player, and former captain, Ross Nixon (pictured).
“It’s been four years or so since we last went on tour,” Ross told the selkirkrfc.com website last week, “and it’s something for the boys to look forward to after working hard all year.
“The plan is to go over there once the local sevens tournaments have finished, so we’re probably looking at going around the beginning of June.
”Scott Wight has a good contact in Clermont-Ferrand, which is the home of top pro side ASM Clermont Auvergne, so we’re hoping he can help us with arrangements.
“The boys have put their heads together to set a fund-raising target, and we’ll be holding an ‘Oktoberfest’ beer festival on Saturday, October 16, to help get things started. After that we’ll possibly aim to do something at Christmas and then hold another event later on.”
Players’ fines will now be put towards the tour, while after-game raffles are also in the pipeline. The tour will be open to 1st XV and to ‘A’ XV players.
Here’s wishing the players ‘bon chance’ with their efforts.

 

 

 

GORDON IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT FRIENDS OF SELKIRK’S ANNUAL PHILIPHAUGH LUNCH

THE customary Friends of Selkirk (FoS) lunch will be held in the Philiphaugh Suite on Saturday, October 9 (the date of the 1st XV's game against Marr).
The after-lunch speaker will be ex-Selkirk player and Scotland internationalist Gordon Hunter (pictured).
Non-FoS members are welcome to attend as guests, the cost being £17.50.
Can all FoS members who plan to go to the lunch confirm this with Rob Forrest by calling him on 07766 101 384, or emailing him on forrestselkirk@aol.comattending
All other individuals wishing to attend should also contact Rob.

 

 THEY NEVER MISS A TRAINING NIGHT – SELKIRK CLUB IS LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH DEDICATED FOLLOWERS!

COME rain, hail or shine, these four Selkirk Rugby Club stalwarts can always be found at Philiphaugh each Tuesday and Thursday night watching the club’s players train.
It’s a gesture the coaches and players definitely appreciate, while at the same time it allows the four friends and former team-mates to reminisce about their own playing days at Selkirk.
Pictured from left to right are Bert Duffy, Dennis Henderson, Alan Seal and Dave Rodgerson – keep up the good work, gents! [Photo – JOHN SMAIL]

 

FIONA DELIGHTED TO BE TAKING BALLET & LINE DANCING CLASSES IN PHILIPHAUGH SUITE

LAST month the Fiona Henderson School of Dance began offering classes at Philiphaugh for the first time, and the facilities available at the club have impressed the dance instructor.
“The Philiphaugh Suite is proving an ideal space in which to hold the classes,” Fiona Henderson told the selkirkrfc.com last week, “and I’m really enjoying holding the classes here.”
Each Monday Fiona takes adult line dancing from 10-11am, followed by adult beginners ballet from 11.15-12.15.
The classes have been running each Monday since August 15, and will continue until Monday, October 4. Adult classes are £6 per class.

 

STUART Cameron, of Borders Rugby TV, has published a list of the commentary games his channel will show on the Sunday following each of these Borders rugby matches (subject to change depending on weather or other unforeseen circumstances) –
Sept. 25 – SELKIRK v. CURRIE CHIEFTAINS
Oct. 2 – HAWICK v. GLASGOW HAWKS
Oct. 9 – BERWICK v. HOWE OF FIFE
Oct. 16 – HAWICK v. JED-FOREST
Oct. 23 - MELROSE v. GALA
Oct. 30 – SELKIRK v. ABERDEEN GRAMMAR
Nov. 6 – MELROSE v. AYR
Nov 12 (TBC) – JED-FOREST v. SELKIRK
Nov. 20 – KELSO v. MELROSE
Nov. 27 – JED-FOREST v. EDINBURGH ACCIES
Dec. 4 – SELKIRK v. HAWICK
Dec. 11 – KELSO v. GALA
DEC. 26 – GALA v. MELROSE (Waverley Cup)
 

MISSING SELKIRK ‘A’ FIXTURES ADDED TO TEAM’S TENNENT’S RESERVE LEAGUE SCHEDULE

SELKIRK ‘A’ XV’s Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1 matches (home and away) against Heriot’s Blues 2nds have been erroneously omitted from this season’s Selkirk RFC fixtures card.
The dates of these two fixtures are as follows – Saturday, October 9 (at Philiphaugh), and Saturday, January 22 (at Goldenacre).
Apologies for any confusion caused by these two omissions.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP

MUSSELBURGH 31-28 EDINBURGH ACADEMICALS
HAWICK 23-22 SELKIRK
JED-FOREST 18-21 GLASGOW HAWKS
CURRIE CHIEFTAINS 45-0 GHA
MARR 48-12 ABERDEEN GRAMMAR


TENNENT’S EAST RESERVE LEAGUE DIVISION 1

MUSSELBURGH 2nds 19-17 EDINBURGH ACADEMICAL 2nds
HAWICK FORCe 20-16 SELKIRK ‘A’
JED-FOREST ‘a’ 33-24 STEWART'S MELVILLE 2nds
CURRIE CHIEFTAINS ‘a’ 21-15 BIGGAR 2nds
HERIOT'S BLUES 2NDs 44-14 BOROUGHMUIR 2A


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (all kick-offs 3pm)
TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP

GLASGOW HAWKS v. MUSSELBURGH
SELKIRK v. CURRIE CHIEFTAINS
GHA v. MARR
ABERDEEN GRAMMAR v. JED-FOREST
EDINBURGH ACADEMICALS v. HAWICK

TENNENT’S EAST RESERVE LEAGUE DIVISION 1

SELKIRK ‘A’ v. CURRIE CHIEFTAINS ‘A’
STEWART'S MELVILLE 2nds v. MUSSELBURGH 2nds
BIGGAR 2nds v. HERIOT'S BLUES 2NDs
EDINBURGH ACADEMICAL 2nds v. HAWICK FORCE
JED-FOREST ‘A’ v. BOROUGHMUIR 2A

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