A NEW year, a new start, a new competition and hopefully new weather, writes Fiona Scott.
That’s what Selkirk RFC are looking forward to this weekend as they prepare to launch themselves into the second round of the revamped national cup competition.
Having already beaten Morgan Academy 57-5 in the opening round of group games, Selkirk are sitting in top spot of Pool G, separated by points difference from Hawick who beat Kelso 47-9 in the previous round.
Tomorrow the two clubs meet at Philiphaugh (ko 3pm) and the hosts are looking to reverse the outcome of their last meeting with the Greens.
President Donald Macleod told The Wee Paper: “We were well beaten by Hawick in the league on October 30. This week, however, it’s a new competition. We haven’t had any rugby since November 20, but the players have been working hard and after such a long break, we are starting with a clean sheet and no injuries. Getting revenge over Hawick would be a great start to 2011.”
Rugby convenor Dennis Henderson was also in an optimistic frame of mind.
“If the weather forecast is right then we should definitely see a game of rugby on one of our two pitches on Saturday,” he told us.
“As well as Philiphaugh we have Burnmill, just across the road, which has hardly been played on this year and is in really good condition. If we were to play there we would have to change the kick-off time to 2pm and let Hawick know well in advance, so a decision will likely be made today.”
Pro players are not permitted to play in the cup competition so the teams will be competing on a level playing field.
“We have had as much training during the break as everyone else and all the players are fit to play so we are looking forward to a great derby game,” added Henderson. “It’s a big game for us before we get back to league business.”
Selkirk will have their work cut out for them, though, as on Monday Hawick beat Jed-Forest – which included Selkirk prop Rob Taylor who was called in to help Jed out as a last-minute replacement – by 57-19 on the PSA’s Burnfoot pitch.