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MARR HAVE UPPER HAND AT TROON, BUT SELKIRK TAKE HEART FROM FINE SECOND HALF COMEBACK

Ryan Cottrell – showed class by scoring try in comeback appearance. [Photo – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

MARR 25, SELKIRK 18

WITH both sides understrength and out of action since early December, Saturday’s Tennent’s Premiership fixture at Fullarton Park was always going to be an intriguing match-up.
In the event it was the hosts who took maximum points to underline their play-off credentials, although Selkirk were well worth their bonus point - never losing their self-belief, even when trailing 20-8 midway through the second half.
The visiting coaches must have been particularly encouraged by the excellent comeback performances of full-back Ryan Cottrell and prop Moray Haldane.
Out for the past 18 weeks after dislocating his AC joint against Hawick in September, 21-year-old Cottrell quickly adapted to the pace of the game, capping a confident display by crossing for Selkirk’s opening try.
Meanwhile Moray Haldane’s introduction off the bench midway through the first half helped tighten up Selkirk’s scrummaging, and the 19-year-old prop certainly looked to be relishing being back in the fray.
Less welcome was the hand injury sustained in the second half by Selkirk centre Andrew Grant-Suttie. A post-match hospital X-ray revealed a significant fracture in the player’s right index finger, which will keep him sidelined for several weeks.
A penalty from the boot of Scott Clark saw Selkirk take an early lead, but the home team hit back with tries from Blair Jardine and Jack Scott. Cottrell’s try saw the teams head to the dressing room at halftime with Marr 10-8 ahead.
In the second half a try by home prop William Farquhar, plus a penalty and conversion from Colin Sturgeon, put Marr firmly in the driving seat.
Selkirk skipper Ewan MacDougall rallied his troops for an all-out assault on the Marr line, and in the final quarter tries by Callum Anderson and Callum McNeill – the latter following Jack Hamilton’s quickly taken tap penalty – took the Souters to within seven points of their hosts.
This coming Saturday, Selkirk travel to Edinburgh to take on third-placed Edinburgh Accies at Raeburn Place.
MARR: D Steele; G Montgomery, J Shedden, S Bickerstaff, J Scott; C Sturgeon, S Broad; C Miller, B Jardine, W Farquhar, J McLean, K Kirk, J Evans, R Brown, F Grant. Replacements: B Nichol, S Adair, B Sweet, C Inglis, N Calder.
SELKIRK: R Cottrell; C McNeill, C Anderson, A Grant-Suttie, A Penman; S Clark, J Hamilton; L Pettie, B Riddell, M Haldane, T Brown, A McColm, R Cook, S McClymont, E MacDougall. Replacements: A Cochrane, J Anderson, R McFadzen, C Young, L Davidson.
Referee: Ruairidh Campbell.

+ To view Jon Pearce’s photos from Saturday’s Marr v. Selkirk game, please follow this link - https://www.marrrugby.com/photos/1004051/26014263.html

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HARD DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR INJURY-HIT SELKIRK ‘A’, AS 10-TRY BIGGAR CALL ALL THE SHOTS

Skipper Liam Cassidy touches down in the corner for Selkirk A’s second try in Saturday’s match.

Selkirk ‘A’ number eight Declan Broatch in full flight, backed up by Liam Cassidy and Ryan Legge.

David Cassidy on the charge yet again, with Matthew Mackay ready to lend a hand if needed.

Selkirk’s Adam Nichol does his level best to escape the clutches of Biggar 2nds’ covering defenders.

[Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]


SELKIRK ‘A’ 10, BIGGAR 2nds 65

ONCE again a depleted Selkirk ‘A’ side came up against formidable opposition in Saturday’s Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1 fixture at Philiphaugh.
The visitors’ line-up included several 1st XV stalwarts, along with Polish internationalist Craig Bachurzewski. However, tries either side of halftime by Cassidy brothers David and Liam exemplified the Souters’ dogged determination to never give up.
With several ‘A’ XV players called up for the 1st XV’s Premiership match at Troon, Selkirk’s makeshift side nevertheless showed plenty of commitment, and but for some knock-ons in the closing minutes may have registered a few more tries.
Callum Smith opened the scoring for Biggar, followed by scores from Calum McCallum and centres Andrew Lamb and Alasdair Sinclair, with McCallum adding the extras.
Selkirk’s response came from a steady build-up. Callum Turnbull and Declan Broatch made the hard yards, before scrum-half Ryan Legge released player-coach David Cassidy, who punched his way through the Biggar defence to cross the line.
Tries by lock Callum Dunlop and Sinclair gave Biggar a 36-5 interval lead.
Four further tries pushed the game beyond Selkirk’s reach, but with Biggar down to 14 men after prop Louis Henderson’s yellow card, searing runs by Adam Nichol and Turnbull forced Biggar on to the back foot.
A series of pick and drives resulted in home captain Liam Cassidy touching down in the corner for a well-deserved try.
A further card was shown to Biggar winger Callum Smith, but visiting scrum-half Archie Damer completed the scoring to bring the full time score to 65-10.
SELKIRK – T. Martin, R. Murray, L. Martin, G. Nichol, M. Mackay, D. Cassidy, R. Legge, R. Reilly, M. Stanners, C. Turnbull, J. Turnbull, C. Ward, L. Cassidy, R. MacKessack-Leitch, D. Broatch. Replacements:  A. Nichol, L. Sanders, S. Cockburn. 
Referee – Darren Fisher (Hawick)

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SELKIRK RUGBY PLAYERS BRISTLE WITH PRIDE AFTER THEIR ‘MOVEMBER’ EFFORTS RAISE £3,000

Pictured at last week’s cheque presentation are, from left: Patrick Macdonell, Jane Macdonell, Andrew McColm, campaign organiser Aaron McColm, Michael Jaffray, Darren Hoggan, Liam Cassidy and Jamie Turnbull. (Photo – JOHN SMAIL)

WHEN it comes to raising funds for good causes, Selkirk rugby players show the same level of commitment they display each Saturday out on the pitch.
In 2020, the players raised £2,127 for the Selkirk Food Bank, after they ran, cycled or walked a combined total of 1907 kilometres – a distance matching the year Selkirk Rugby Club was founded.
Two months ago they joined the global ‘Movember’ campaign, asking family and friends to sponsor their moustache-growing efforts during November.
Their exertions raised £3,000, this money being divided equally between three charities – Prostate Cancer UK, the Harris Trust and the Brain Tumour Charity.
Representatives of the latter two organisations – Jane & Patrick Macdonell and Michael Jaffray – were on hand at Philiphaugh last week to receive cheques for £1,000 from Movember organiser Aaron McColm.
“All the players bought into the challenge,” said Aaron, “with 44 taking part altogether. Myself, Ross Nixon and members of the social committee chose the charities, all of which have links to the club and are close to the players’ hearts.”
The Harris Trust was set up in memory of 19-year-old Selkirk rugby player Harris Macdonell, who died in August, 2020. His mother Jane thanked the players for their efforts in raising such a fantastic sum.
She also outlined some of the trust’s current projects: “We’re hoping to complete the music recording studio at Selkirk High School very soon, and are continuing to do work with Edinburgh University.
“We’re also hopeful we can have some discussions about rugby coaching for autistic young people and set some targets for that this year. We’ll be looking to the Strathmore Community Trust for their expertise, as they have started something similar up north.”
Representing the Brain Tumour Charity was ex-Selkirk 1st XV captain Michael Jaffray, whose wife Matilda is currently receiving treatment for a brain tumour.
“Ross contacted me to ask it would be all right to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Charity, and of course I was delighted.
“It’s tremendous what the Selkirk players have achieved, and we really appreciate all the work that’s been put in. Congratulations go to everyone involved.
“The Brain Tumour Charity tends not to get as much funding as some of the higher profile cancer organisations,” added Michael. “That said, brain tumours are the biggest killer of people under the age of 40, so it’s really important that the organisation continues to be supported.”

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SELKIRK RUGBY CLUB DELIGHTED TO HOST COMPETITORS IN ANNUAL ‘FEEL THE BURNS’ HILL RACE


The runners in Sunday’s Feel the Burns Race set off from the Corbie Linn starting line.

Senior men’s winner Eoin Lennon (centre), is flanked by second-placed Thomas Callan (on left) and Alasdair McLeod, who came third.

Organiser Sheila Cochrane presents senior women’s winner Morag McClelland (centre) with A Selkirk bannock, watched by second-placed Maddy Watson (left) and third-placed Jessica Brydon.

(Photos – JOHN SMAIL)


A TOTAL of 255 runners took part in Sunday’s ‘Feel the Burns’ Hill Race, held in spring-like weather conditions over the 13-mile Selkirk hills course.
One of the most popular events in the Scottish Hill Runners Championship, this year’s senior men’s event was won by Carnethy HRC’s Eoin Lennon in a time of 1 hour 30minutes and 25 seconds, with the senior women’s title going to Morag McClelland (Hunters Bog Trotters) in 1:52.47.
It was the first time Eoin Lennon had taken part in the race, and he was full of praise for the event. ”It’s a tremendous course,” said the 34-year-old digital marketing executive.
“A steady climb, some lovely running along the top and then a nice fast descent to the feed station, before that sting in the tail before the finish.
“I’m pretty happy with my performance since this is the first race of the year, and I would definitely hope to be back here again next year.”
Senior women’s winner Morag McClelland last competed in the race nine years ago, and said she was delighted to have finished first.
“Since my previous appearance here I’ve had two children and undergone knee surgery,” said the Edinburgh solicitor, “so it’s certainly a bit of a surprise to have won!”
Organiser Sheila Cochrane hopes the 2022 race will have raised around £3,500 for the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, and expressed her gratitude to the army of volunteers who ensured the event went so smoothly.
“There are 52 people involved out on the course and back at Selkirk Rugby Club where the runners are based, and as always I’ve had tremendous support from the local landowners and sponsors.
“The weather was glorious, and everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves, which at the end of the day is what really counts.”
RESULTS
Senior men’s race: 1, Eoin Lennon (Carnethy HRC) 1:30.25; 2, Thomas Callan (Westerlands CCC) 1:31.09; 3, Alasdair McLeod (Central AC) 1:32.02.
Senior women’s race: 1, Morag McClelland (HBT) 1:52.47; 2, Maddy Watson (Law & District AAC) 1:53.44; 3, Jessica Brydon (Shettleston Harriers) 1:54.40.
Male over 40 winner: Eliot Sedman (Carnethy HRC) 1:35.49. Female over 40 winner: Claire Hopkins (Carnethy HRC) 2:0.48.
Male over 50 winner: Donald Naylor ((HBG) 1:38.20. Female over 50 winner: Michelle Hetherington (Carnethy HRC) 2:8.43,
Male over 60 winner: Ian Maxwell (Gala Harriers) 2:1.04. Female over 60 winner: Jocelyn Richmond (Gala Harriers) 2:36.58.
Male over 70: Brian Howie (Carnethy HRC) 2:30.21.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 21

Under-16 friendly
JED-FOREST U-16s v. SELKIRK U-16s
(kick-off 2.30pm, venue tbc)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22


Tennent’s Premiership
EDINBURGH ACCIES v. SELKIRK
at Raeburn Place (2pm kick-off)

Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1
HERIOT’S BLUES 2nds v. SELKIRK ‘A’
at Goldenacre (2pm kick-off)

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RECENT RESULTS

11/12 Currie Chieftains 40, Selkirk 10 Report
04/12 Selkirk 9, Hawick 14 Report
04/12 Selkirk A 9, Hawick Force 24 Report

Video highlights from Currie v Selkirk 11/12

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NEWS

SELKIRK YOUNGSTERS HAVE MIXED FORTUNES AGAINST MELROSE/EARLSTON OPPONENTS

Selkirk High School’s S2 team. Back row, from left: K. Thomson, A. Mackay, C. Smith, N. Douglas, A. McKenzie, J. Tuckwood, J. Patterson, C. Lawson. Front: K. Makutenas, R. McCulloch, K. Nichol, A. Lightfoot, A. Hastie, M. Douglas, K. Pringle & C. Munro. (Photo – EWEN ROBBIE)


SELKIRK’S under-16 registered an impressive 31-17 victory when they took on their Melrose/Earlston counterparts at Philiphaugh on Friday afternoon.
Try scorers for Selkirk were Cammy Forster, Coran Hulme, Craig Cochrane, Elliott Hastie and Sam Findlater, while Kyle Pearson kicked three conversions. Melrose scored 3 tries with one conversion.
Selkirk High School’s S2 side went down to a 39-7 defeat at the hands of Melrose/Earslton’s S2 team, with their only points coming from a Keir Thomson try and conversion.
REMAINING SELKIRK UNDER-16 FIXTURES
Friday 21st January - Jed GS, away, approx 2:30pm kick-off.
Saturday 29th January - Duns, home, approx 10:30am kick-off.
Friday 4th February - Gala, away, approx 2:30pm kick-off.
Saturday 12th February - Kelso, away, 10:30am kick-off.
18/19th February - HOLIDAY.
25th or 26th February - Joining with Kelso to play Peebles, home (TBC).
4th March - Transition fixture v Jed (TBC)

 

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SATURDAY JANUARY 22

TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP

EDINBURGH ACCIES v. SELKIRK (2pm)
JED-FOREST v. HAWICK (3pm)
GLASGOW HAWKS v. GHA (2pm)
ABERDEEN GRAMMAR v. CURRIE CHIEFTAINS (2pm)
MUSSELBURGH v. MARR (2pm)

 TENNENT’S EAST RESERVE LEAGUE DIVISION 1
(all kick-offs 2pm)

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

 
 

SATURDAY DECEMBER 15

Tennent's Premiership

MUSSELBURGH 38-31 JED-FOREST
GHA 20-28 EDINBURGH accies
HAWICK p-p ABERDEEN GRAMMAR
CURRIE CHIEFTAINs 32-0 GLASGOW HAWKS
MARR 25-18 SELKIRK

Tennent's East Reserve League Div 1

BOROUGHMUIR 2a 24-43 MUSSELBURGH 2nds
SELKIRK ‘A’ 10-65 BIGGAR 2nds
CURRIE CHIEFTAINS ‘A’ 25-20 EDINBURGH accies 2nds
STEWART'S MELVILLE 2nds 27-43 HAWICK FORCE
JED-FOREST ‘A’ 0-28 HERIOT'S BLUES 2NDs (w/0)

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 LEAGUE TABLES

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Premiership

Tennent's East Reserve League Div 1

 

1st XV (up to & including Jan. 15, 2022)
P 15 W 4 L 10 D 1

LEADING TRY SCORERS (after 15 matches): 7 – Ben Pickles; 5 – Callum Anderson; 3 – Callum McNeill, Robert Cook, Scott McClymont, James Bett; 2 – Ryan Cottrell, Bruce Riddell, Andrew Grant-Suttie; 1 – Ross Nixon, Andrew McColm, Peter Forrest, Jack Hamilton, Andrew Bulman, Josh Welsh, Joe Anderson, Thomas Brown, Ewan MacDougall.
TRIES SCORED: 41. TRIES CONCEDED: 49.

LEADING POINTS SCORER (after 15 matches): 60 – Scott Clark (1 try, 7 penalties, 17 conversions).
TOTAL POINTS SCORED: 286. TOTAL POINTS CONCEDED: 345.

MOST APPEARANCES (after 15 matches): 15 – Bruce Riddell, Luke Pettie, Thomas Brown; 14 –Jack Hamilton; 13 – Ewan MacDougall; 12 – Ben Pickles, Andrew McColm, Scott McClymont, Callum Anderson; 11 – Andrew Grant-Suttie, James Bett, Scott Clark; 10 – Callum McNeill, Rob Cook, Joe Anderson, Frazer Anderson; 9 - Ross Nixon, Clark Young; 8 - Andrew Renwick, Josh Welsh; 7 - , Andrew Cochrane, Keiran Clark; 6 - Andrew Bulman, Peter Forrest; 5 - Donald Nichol; 4 - Callum Marshall; 3 – Ryan Cottrell, Moray Haldane, Ethan McVicker, Robbie Chalmers, Kieran Thomson, Josh Mackay; 2 – Ross McFadzen, Archie Penman, Callum Turnbull, Lewis Martin; 1 – Gary Holburn, Aaron McColm, Ross Purves, Sam Cockburn, Liam Davidson, Jamie Turnbull, Martin Murray, Zen Szwagrzak.

‘A’ XV (up to & including Jan. 15, 2022)
P 13 W 3 L 10 D 0

LEADING TRY SCORERS (after 13 matches): 3 – Matthew Francis; 2 – David Cassidy, Liam Cassidy, Clark Young; 1 – Ross McFadzen, Ethan McVicker, Nathaniel Armstrong, Andrew Cochrane, Andrew McColm, Scott Clark, Frazer Anderson, Thomas Martin, Rob Cook, Adam Nichol, Andrew Cochrane, Ben Purves, Martin Murray.
TOTAL TRIES SCORED: 26. TOTAL CONCEDED: 68.

LEADING POINTS SCORERS (after 13 matches): 31 – David Cassidy (2 tries, 5 penalties, 3 conversions). TOTAL POINTS SCORED: 221. TOTAL POINTS CONCEDED: 449.

MOST APPEARANCES (after 13 matches): 12 – Liam Cassidy, Jamie Turnbull; 11 – Declan Broatch; 10 – Callum Turnbull, Lewis Martin, David Cassidy; 9 – Ruaraidh MacKessack-Leitch, Adam Nichol, Ross McFadzen, Thomas Martin; 8 – Matthew Francis, Ryan Legge, Matthew Stanners, Ruaridh Murray; 7 – Sam Cockburn, Matthew Mackay; 6 - Archie Penman; 5 - Robbie Reilly, Andrew Cochrane, Clark Young, Kieran McGregor, Guy Mallin, Kieran Thomson, Andrew Davidson, Alex Beveridge; 4 – Andrew Cairney, Robert Cook, Fraser Robertson; 3 – Connor Ward, Lewis Sanders, Scott Clark, Nathaniel Armstrong, Lawry Edwards, Gregor Nichol; 2 – Liam Davidson, Ethan McVicker, Frazer Anderson, Hamish Robertson, Andrew Hewat, Moray Haldane; 1 – Andrew McColm, Ben Purves, Peter Forrest, Lewis Hislop, Ross Purves, Martin Murray, A. Cockburn.

 

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