Challenges anew for flood-threatened Philiphaugh side

FOLLOWING all their hard work trying to keep their club from flooding again last week, Selkirk RFC were able to enjoy a relatively calm AGM last Thursday night.

Entering his second year at the helm, President Eric Forster said: “I look forward with hope to a new and challenging season.”

He paid tribute to the coaches and players last season and hoped that the club would continue to hold its own in the new reconstructed season ahead.

New players were expected to join the 1st XV, while the 2nds would be involved in tougher competition.

The President also congratulated Lee Jones on winning his first cap and welcomed Cameron Cochrane to the coaching staff after Michael Jaffray took up a new post with the fire service.

He thanked everyone who had helped in the past year.

Rugby director Dennis Henderson revealed that there were plans to bring a new Romanian prop to play at Philiphaugh, along with two players from New Zealand.

It was necessary these days, he said, to strengthen the playing side, while two players showed their loyalty by rejecting moves to other clubs.

George Thomson presented the financial report and subscriptions remain unchanged.

Mr Forster was re-appointed as president with John Rutherford as vice-president, Ian Walker as secretary, Mr Thomson as finance secretary and Mr Henderson as rugby board convener, with Bill Jackson continuing temporarily as membership secretary and Gus Boag standing down as shop convener. The latter two posts remained unfilled at present. Mick Craig and Elliot Henderson joined the general committee as hospitality conveners.

Prior to the meeting, a show of unity was evident at the club as once again water from the nearby Long Philip Burn threatened the clubrooms.

Thanks to defensive sand-bagging and some hard work by a small group of club members, the venue remained unaffected.