Legal eagles hope to see Hawick back in top flight

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HAWICK RFC have raised the bar this week after agreeing that local solicitor Rory Bannerman will become their new president, with immediate effect, and that his father Sandy will be vice-president.

At Monday night’s well attended AGM members agreed that Bannerman Jnr should step into the position following the resignation of vice-president Michael Aitken, as reported in TheSouthern last month.

Aitken was due to take over the presidency from Alister Pow on Monday, but he informed the club in June that he would not be able to do so due to unexpected work commitments.

Aitken was going to name Bannerman Jnr as his vice-president and it was agreed unanimously that, with his consent, he should take over.

Also at the AGM, scrum half Greg Cottrell was named as club captain and Kevin Reid takes over the role of director of rugby from Doug Jackson.

Members also welcomed the decision, made at a meeting the previous week, to form a new limited company involving all the town’s rugby clubs.

Terry Scott, who chaired this meeting, was positive about the new agreement, which was prompted by a discussion paper penned by Borders rugby development officer Brian Renwick, and said: “It was clear that everybody had discussed the options presented by the paper and had agreed that it would be the catalyst for moving forward.”

Greens stalwart Renwick was also delighted with the outcome: “It was a really positive meeting and I am delighted that we are eventually moving forward together.

“From all the feedback I received when writing the paper almost everyone said that we need to work together and the formation of the new company, with equal representation from all the clubs is the first step in this process.”

The new company will be set up immediately with the directors being appointed from the partner clubs.

A director of rugby for the town will also be elected in due course.

As the 2012/13 season draws closer, moves have also been afoot elsewhere in the Borders.

Talented back Gregor Young was announced as team skipper at Jed-Forest RFC at their recent AGM. His vice captain will be David Grieve while the new president is Billy Grieve.

Gregor, along with his twin brother Lewis, have been involved with the Scotland Sevens set-up and it is expected that this will continue, but with much speculation around about the future of the Young brothers, there will be plenty of people at Riverside Park who will be delighted with the news.

Lewis, who played for Scotland’s seven-a-side squad last month along with team-mate Darren Gillespie, has yet to officially show his hand for next season, but we expect to be able to announce something soon on his future.

Roy McFarlane (from Berwick), Garry Elder (from Melrose) and James Brown (from Ellsmere in New Zealand) will be in Jed colours next season, but Chris Laidlaw and Rob Ferguson won’t be returning from New Zealand in time. Andrew Nagle has moved to Melrose and Kevin Aitcheson is going to Duns.

At Kelso, former Melrose and Tynedale fly-half/full back William Massey has signed, while Grahame Cowe will join Eugene Murnane on the coaching team.