Christmas Greetings From the Chair

23rd December 2014

BLUES

Despite a gritty showing in the first 40, Macclesfield Blues ended up on the wrong end of a second half onslaught from the home side and came away empty handed.

RESULTS AROUND PRIORY PARK

As mentioned, The Blues travelled to Fylde and lost 57 – 5, Lions were Christmas shopping, the 3rds had a good win in the top of the table battle with Warrington 49 – 3 whilst the 4ths/Vets lost to a strengthened Heaton Moor 2nds (see match report beloew)


RUGBY IN NEW YEAR – Jan 3rd

The Blues host Esher, Lions travel to Sedgley Park looking for revenge, 3rds visit Sefton, 4ths / Vets entertaoin Old Bedians whilst on Sunday the Colts go to Bolton

Next Home Game for Blues

January 3rd sees the visit of Esher for what will be The Blues first home game in a month. There will be a 2 course lunch charged at £10 per head plus entrance, so if you fancy starting the New Year with a bite to eat, a spot of fresh air and a great game of rugby, then put in your new diary ASAP. Book lunch via Bev bev@maccrugby.co.uk


4ths/Vets at Heaton Moor

Looking at the website, it would appear that Heaton Moor 2nds have lost their last 4 games and are fourth from bottom.  Roundly beaten by teams that the mighty 4’s have dispatched with ease.

So it was with an air of confidence that Jason mustered a team of 3 front row,  a scrum half, an old fat 10, 2 backs and 8 sundry back rowers to fill the gaps!

However it would appear that the stats do lie.  Theirs was a team of forwards almost a match for ours but with a backline that could run tries from everywhere given half a sniff of the oval pig’s bladder.

By coincidence their 1st Team had no game.  Strange that.

2 tries for us from excellent driving mails was all we could manage and poor old Elliott suffered what appeared to be a career threatening injury, but after the screaming turned out to be a badly twisted knee.  He was a little despondent as his girlfriend and her hockey team chums had promised him a game of “Naked Twister with baby oil” for Christmas.

Well done to Florence for his excellent defence out of position at 15, without which we would have conceded at least 3 more tries.  It may not sound like it, but believe me, it’s fun on the mighty 4’s.  Come along and join us.  Jason is always glad of the support.

Have a Merry Christmas and see you all in 2015 for more.

 Mike Keeling


Mini/Junior 500 Club

The End of Year Mini & Junior 500 Club Draw was made at the Carol singing on Sunday, the draw masters were a 7ft Elf and various Coaches dressed at women, oh and Kevin Santa Claus Wright

 The winners won cash and a copy of the Amanda Rossers Boobs & Balls Calendar (available to purchase in the New Year – keep an eye out for this its great!)

 £150 – Chris Heyward

£100 – David Mair

£75 – Amber Owens

£75 – Howard Terry

£50 – Mr W Lambett

£50 – Amanda Rosser (Yes she wins one of her own Calendars)

£50 – Matt Harding

£50 – Annette Oliver

 Thanks to everyone who supports this 500 Club, all proceeds are spent on the Mini & Junior Section

 


CHANCE FOR THE RUGBY COMMUNITY TO PULL TOGETHER THIS CHRISTMAS

Please see below a message from the Chairman at Rochdale RUFC, Iain Coates. This is especially poignant at this time of year, particularly when a lot of us have sons or daughters of Tom`s age and this must be ecvery parent`s worst nightmare. It is impossible to imagine the torment Tom`s family are suffering and any assistance from the rugby world would be gratefully received. Many of you reading this will have played against Tom`s dad, Kevin as he captained Rochdale 1st team back in the 80`s and also captained their Veterans side when we had the Vets League, indeed, many of you may well have played rugby against Tom when you came across Rochdale. Please see what you can do to assist on this very sad occassion in the true spirit of our great game……….Thank You.

To lead any organisation sometimes has its difficulties and sadly as Chairman of Rochdale RUFC this is one of mine.

Tom Thornton grew up in the family of Rugby here at Rochdale. His father Kevin is a former 1st Team Captain and Tom progressed right through the Minis and Juniors to represent our club at senior level. He is a mid-twenty year old lad living with his partner Chantelle and together they are expecting their first child in January.

However tragedy has struck. Tom has cancer of the bowel, liver and into his abdominal wall which means it is inoperable and the only treatment is palliative.

Tom and Chantelle are getting married on the 20thDecember and both families have pulled out all the stops to make this happen.

Tom’s, Chantelle’s and close friends of the family here at the club have got together and formed a Committee to establish a ‘Blueprint’ to assist, as best we can, in the short, medium and long term.

In the short term we have agreed that our club will endeavour, using all the methods we can, to ensure Tom and Chantelle get the most out of every minute and we will try to remove as much peripheral stresses as we can.

This is where you can help by way of a donation to Rochdale RUFC to help us to help Tom:

Sort Code: 05-07-22 Account Number: 24990316 (referenced Tom Thornton) or cheques can be made payable to RRUFC

Following on from this it is our intention to set up a Foundation/Trust and I will be contacting all members with the details of this and any events to be held moving forward.

Thank you in Anticipation”

Iain

Iain R. Coates

Rochdale RUFC


RFU RAFFLE

You should, by now have received 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.

IT`S YOUR CLUB AND YOUR FACILITIES THAT NEED UPGRADING, SO PLEASE MAKE AN EXTRA EFFORT THIS SEASON………….WE`RE ASKING YOU TO SELL 3 BOOKS!!

COME ON!


PLAYERS SUBSCRIPTIONS

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.


CHANCE TO EARN SOME MONEY!

We have a vacancy for a self motivated, driven person to work on a generous commision basis to find sponsors, partners and advertisers for MRUFC. If you feel you fit the bill, please contact myself in the first instance peter@maccrugby.co.uk

This `job` is as big as you want it to be and would benefit both the club and the individual financially.


CLUB HISTORIAN(S) SOUGHT

It looks as though we have made a start with this.  I have a `WIILLING`volunteer who will head up this project, but requires the assistance of others……….More news to follow so watch this space.

5 Season 1934-35

This picture is from the 1934/35 season………….80 years ago! and seems to be taken in front of a school pavillion (Kings?)


A CHRISTMAS TREAT!

kings

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!


 

I look forward to receiving any articles, news etc for publishing in the New Year so please ensure you forward your news to me.

It just remains for me to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year.

All The Best,

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Pete Harper

Chairman Macclesfield MRUFC