Selkirk squad up for cup after Super Saturday

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IT was Super Saturday for Selkirk last week – and the club are now hoping for a fabulous Friday to cap a perfect seven days.

Nearly 100 people mucked in to clear the Philiphaugh pitch of around three inches of snow on Saturday morning, with the players responding in the afternoon with an 8-6 win over league leaders Watsonians.

But attention turns to the Border Regional Cup tonight, when the Souters will claim the trophy and a place in the National Cup quarter finals with victory at Peebles.

Coach Ewan Robbie told The Wee Paper: “The guys are really targeting the cup.

“We know if we can overcome Peebles we have a home tie against a British and Irish Cup team in the quarter-finals, and we will be two games away from Murrayfield. It is a great incentive.”

Selkirk are expected to be at full strength, apart from Neil Darling, who has retired to become a self employed mobile shepherd.

Robbie paid tribute to Darling, but said the club has a ready replacement.

He told us: “I describe him as a last of the old school players – he is a leader and a good speaker, while the younger guys coming through seem to have a different aura about them, they are a lot more laid back.

“Ewan MacDougall has really come through this season and has been pushing for a starting place.

“He is a great replacement, and like Andrew Renwick, who has also done really well, is still a young guy.”

Reflecting on last week’s snow-clearing, Robbie added: “It was a great effort by everyone concerned and it turned out to be a really good day for the club.

“There was a headcount at one point of 95 people who had volunteered to clear the pitch.”

Tonight’s match kicks off at 7.30pm.

z Darling tribute and match report, p15.

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