FOLLOWING the disappointment of losing their RBS National Under-18s Cup final against Stirling County last weekend, Selkirk Youth Club players have come together to thank their army of faithful supporters.
After a promising start on Saturday, the game got away from the young Souters and they lost 60-12. But full credit goes to the local team who notched two tries from man of the match Callum McEwan and one conversion from skipper Josh Welsh.
The players received their runners-up medals from none other than Jenifer Darling, mother of Selkirk 1st XV captain Neil, who was representing RBS. Before the game international winger Lee Jones was on hand to give the squad their jerseys in the Scotland home dressing room, something they will all remember.
In a combined statement to The Wee Paper, Selkirk Youth Club players said: “It was a great experience for us to have the opportunity to play on the national pitch and we will remember it for the rest of our lives.
“We would like to thank everybody who has supported the team throughout the season and especially to those who were at Murrayfield on Sunday; also for all the good wishes players received beforehand. We have all had a tremendous season and hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as we have as a team.”
This weekend, the youngsters head to Riverside Park where Jed Thistle will host the last sevens tournament of the semi-junior season.
Gala Wanderers have already won the series, having secured five points for reaching the semi-final stages at last week’s Youth Club tournament. The hosts, clearly keeping their first choice players fresh and fit for their national final, went out in the first round to Duns Colts.
In the final, Wasps came out on top against Jed to record their first tournament win of the series. Although the top place has now been decided, the race to be second is very tight with only five points separating Selkirk, Melrose, Kelso and Jed. Youth Club play Haddington Colts in the opening round tomorrow. First tie 1.30pm.