It was a case of “deja vous” as The Blues lost by 36 points to 7 at home to Rosslyn Park on Saturday. As last week at Blackheath, the score certainly flattered the London club as Macc played host to the 2nd placed team in the League. We were in with a shout and trailed by 5 points with seconds of the first half remaining, when as last Saturday, the opposition scored a try right on the half time whistle. 2 sin binnings didn`t help the Macc cause, but the boys stuck manfully to the task and only conceded 1 try during this time. Just before the final whistle, a turnover on Park`s 5 metre line and a length of the pitch breakaway try ensured the score looked far worse for Macc than they deserved.
A couple of extracts from the Rosslyn Park website confirm Macc`s charactar and determination;
“This was far from the easy win that the final score suggests, with Macclesfield showing great spirit despite their lowly position and constantly making life difficult for Park”
“Macclesfield to their great credit simply refused to just lie down and launched an all out attack. Park appeared to have defended successfully until, following a scrum, home winger Matthew King sneaked a try in the corner and fly half Tom Eaton nailed a quite brilliant conversion for 31-7.”
“But Macclesfield, still searching for their first league point, were a lot better than the final tally suggests”
We now have a crack at some of the teams in the lower half of the League and a couple of wins will do wonders for the team`s confidence as well as see The Blues move off the bottom of the table – the next 5 matches are all `8 pointers`! – Loughborough, Albanians, Blaydon, Wharfedale & Cinderford.
Elliot Brierly was awarded the Claphams Landscape Services Man of the Match award for a terrific defensive display, together with some dangerous breaks in attack.
RESULTS AROUND PRIORY PARK
Pride of place at the weekend, must go to the Colts who were the only winners, with victory over Waterloo by 25 – 10 with the Man of the Match award going to Sam Black. Well done guys on another fantastic victory! The Lions will be bitterly disappointed at going out of the cup against fierce rivals Chester, the 3rds game with Warrington was called off and the 4ths/Vets had a game of rugby of sorts, against Lymm, with the opposition turning up with 9 men and the 4ths forced to play with 10 and uncontested scrums – Hardly surprising the younger more sprightly Lymm side prevailed against a side reknown for robust forward play and scrummaging in particular…… Rugby, but not as we know it!
RUGBY THIS WEEKEND
The Blues face Loughborough Students away with a 2.00pm kick off
The Lions entertain Burnage 2nds at 2.15, I`m unsure at this stage what the 3rds are up to and the 4ths /Vets have no game and are holding a lunch prior to supporting The Lions – places still available but please book now! (details below)
NEXT HOME GAME FOR THE BLUES
Saturday 22nd November sees The Blues entertain Old Albanians in what is the proverbial `8 pointer`and we need your support. The Charity Lunch booked for that day has been cancelled and therefore, we are holding a “Lunch & Crunch” at £10 plus entry fee. Menu is;
Steak & Ale Pie
Hand Cut Chips
Selection of English & Continental Cheeses
Please do your best to support these Lunches, they`re great value, great Craic and set up the afternoon perfectly!
SINCERE BEST WISHES
Sometimes Rugby results, league positions and the problems of running a rugby club take second place to the realities of life, and at this time, our thoughts and best wishes go out to Tony & Michelle King (Tony is a former player and Chairman of the M.J. section and currently coaches the under 14`s including son Harry). Michelle required a new kidney and last week, Tony donated one of his kidneys to Michelle in order that she can lead a normal life again. An act of courage, love and sacrifice which shouldn`t be taken lightly and I`m sure you`d all like to join me in wishing Michelle & Tony a speedy recovery.
I understand the Under 14`s parents have cooked 3 weeks worth of meals in order that they don`t have to cook for a few weeks – great gesture and I`m sure the rest of the club will rally round when needed. I understand Tony is now home and hopefully, Michelle will be able to join him later this week.
Although there is a lot of time and hard work in being Chairman of MRUFC, there are one or 2 perks too! I was invited to attend the `X Factor` on Sunday evening and was asked to attend the back stage party after the live broadcast, where I had the fortune to bump into Cheryl Fernadez -Versini and she insisted I take a `selfie` with her!
BABY CHANGING FACILITIES
As part of our plan to make the Rugby Club more `Family Friendly` we have recently installed Baby Changing facilities at the club. There is now a changing table located in the disabled toilet by the front entrance to the club. Please feel free to use this facility, but dispose of nappies, wipes etc in the bin provided, not down the loo!
The Blues v. Coventry match saw a raffle with a fantastic prize – Two £85 tickets for the England V. Australia international at Twickenham on Saturday 29th November. The lucky winner of the tickets – for a £5 ticket! – was Colin McCormick………………..Well done Colin!
Big Thanks to Barry Limb who not only has identified the season – 1966/67 – but has named all but one of the players.
Back Row, left to right;
Phil Jones; Alun Evans; Unknown (It`s not Barry Blythe is it??); Roger Stebbings; Bob Cross; Norman Hodgkinson; Alan McInnes; Keith Oliver; Jim Hamer; Peter Jones;
Front Row, left to right;
Chris Shingles; John Gawthrop; Mark Cohen; Eric Whiston (President); Barry Limb (Captain) ; John Robinson;
If you or your child are playing rugby or football at Macclesfield RUFC, then you need to pay your annual subscription. This is now OVERDUE and we will be cracking down on those who think they are OK to play without paying – please contact Bev at the office or pay online NOW if you haven`t already paid.
The MRUFC Christmas Lunch is to be held on December 6th for the visit of Wharfedale. Unfortunately, due to the way the fixtures have fallen, this is the last home match before Christmas, however, hopefully it means more people will be able to attend before other Christmas functions take over. There will be some fantastic raffle and auction prizes, plus believe it or not……………..Santa Claus himself will be in attendance!
Price is a bargain at £25 plus normal gate entry cost.
THERE ARE JUST A FEW PLACES LEFT, SO IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND, YOU NEED TO CONTACT BEV ASAP. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BOOKED, YOUR PLACE ISN`T SECURE UNTIL IT`S PAID FOR – PLEASE ENSURE YOU PAY BY FRIDAY 21 st NOVEMBER OTHERWISE YOUR PLACE MAY BE OFFERED TO SOMEONE ON THE WAITING LIST.
We will shortly be distributing the RFU raffle tickets for EACH AND EVERY MEMBER TO SELL. 90% of the takings – potentially £9,000!!! – goes to the club and ALL MONEY raised will be allocated to a specific project to improve the facilities at the club NOT TOWARDS PLAYERS WAGES as is a popular misconception. We are in desperate need of funds to prolong the life of the astro turf in order that it can keep producing much needed income for the club. The newly laid pitches require better drainage and care. To repair the astro turf and upgrade the playing pitches will cost in the region of £6,000…………… We average around £3,000 each year in ticket sales, (which means only 1 in 3 of our members are pulling their weight) and need twice that to carry out these essential works. Please ensure you sell your allocation as you can see how desperate we are for the money.
A CHRISTMAS TREAT!
Paul Bartle (club member and teacher at Kings School) and Fred Taylor (2nd team & Colts coach) are organising a try festival for Tuesday 23rd December when a Macclesfield Select take on a Kings Former Pupils team under the lights at Priory Park. It will fun, fast & furious! Kick off time and final details to be decided, but put in your diary now!
AUTUMN INTERNATIONALS INFORMAL LUNCH
Mike Keeling has organised an informal lunch for THIS Saturday November 22nd for anyone who wants to come along, players, ex players, wives, ex wives, girlfriends, supporters, alikadoos, in fact you don`t even have to be a member, so bring your neighbour, the bloke you met in the pub last night, anyone!
WHY? Why not?
WHAT’S ON? The 1st XV are away that day, the seconds are scheduled to be at home and there is rugger on the telly as Wales play Fiji and Scotland attempt to take on the All Blacks on normal TV.
Wales v Fiji, 14:00-16:30 BBC One
Scotland v New Zealand, 17:00-19:30 BBC Two
Highlights: England v South Africa, 19:00-20:00 BBC Three
Cost? £12.00pp including a HOT POT Lunch
Raffle and a 1 free entry into a prize draw for everyone who attends.
contact Mike Keeling – firstname.lastname@example.org or 07870 846 269
A brief sit down lunch, rugger on the telly or live action outside if preferred, lots to drink, old friends to chat to, new friends to make.
Quiz Night …
The mini and juniors quiz night returns, on Friday 21st of November the Under 14′s, 12′s and 11′s will be hosting a quiz night. £5 per person, teams of 4. Last season this evening sold out very quickly – contact Rob Oliver for details – email@example.com
SUPPORT YOUR SPONSORS
The Saffron Room in Prestbury is now taking bookings for the Christmas & New Year period as well as celebrating it`s 4th Birthday with a Party Night, including glass of fizz on arrival, Live Singer, Belly Dancer & 2 wonderful courses.
Go and see Sam and the staff at The Saffron Room Prestbury (opposite Legh Arms) for a fantastic night out
STOP PRESS! Unfortunately the Charity Ladies Lunch has been cancelled.
Charity Ladies Lunch Val Jackson, former favourite bar maid at Priory Park and keen supporter of MURFC, is holding a Charity Ladies Lunch in aid of `Action For Sick Children`, on Saturday 22nd November at Priory Park, prior to the Old Albanians game. These type of events are always great fun and help raise much needed funds for local charities. Tickets are selling fast so if you`d like to attend or book a table, please contact Val directly at your earliest opportunity; firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to e-mail any news, items etc. related to the Rugby Club (to; email@example.com) and if appropriate, I`ll be happy to add to this column.
All The Best,
Chairman Macclesfield MRUFC