From The Chair 22

  BLUES TRIUMPH AT TYNEDALE 20 – 22

Macclesfield Blues made the long trek up to Corbridge in freezing cold Northumbria on Saturday and came away with the spoils in a close encounter with our old friends Tynedale.  It was good to see the guys triumph after coming so close last week against DMP.  They say the best time to take the lead is right at the death and that`s what happened on Saturday with Tom Morton slotting a real pressure kick with less than 90 seconds on the clock to put The Blues in front 22 – 20.  The restart saw Tynedale throw everything at Macc, looking for either the chance of a penalty or a drop goal to snatch the match.  However, resolute and committed defending saw The Blues hold oput for a well desered victory.  I`m unsure of the penalty count against Macc, but I do know it was far lower than the last few games and we kept 15 players on the pitch for the entire 80 minutes – albeit due to injuries ,we had props playing in both the 2nd and back rows towards the end of the game.

Saturday`s win looks like being the last  for Dean Williams for a while, as he flies out to New Zealand in a week or so to play rugby in the Land of the Long Cloud, thus fulfilling a dream Dean has held for some years.   I`m sure you`d all like to join me in wishing Deano all the very best on his trip Down Under and we look forward to hearing his tales when he returns in December – hopefully to pull on The Blue jersey of Macclesfield once again.

Deano has become something of a `cult figure` at Priory Park over the past few seasons and he will sorely be missed, as will the chants of “DEANO! DEANO” ringing from the crowd.  Come down to Priory Park on Saturday and say your farewells do the Big Man and be present as we mark his time at Priory Park with a momento after the match.

Dean-Williams
Deano on the charge

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Another take from the Big Man

A familiar site, Deano ruling unchallenged in the lineout

TOM MORTON

Blues dual registerd fly half has been called up to the England U 20`s squad for the upcoming 6 Nations Championship……congratulations to Tom on this fantastic achievement! 

RESULTS AROUND PRIORY PARK

As mentioned, The Blues won at tynedale to secure 4 valuable points, The Lions & 3rds rested up,  the 4ths/Vets lost in the Cup away at Duckinfield 21-26 whilst on Sunday, The Colts went down manfully against Newcastle.


RUGBY THIS WEEKEND

The Blues entertain table topping, promotion chasing, big spending Ealing Trailfinders at Priory Park 3.00 k.o. The Lions visit Preston Grasshoppers, top spot 3rds host Glossop and the 4ths/Vets travel to Lymm


Junior Blues (U12s) into the semi-finals!!!

Macclesfield 26 – 7 Sandbach

After my own disappointment of being knocked out of the cup on Saturday, I could at least still live the dream a little longer through the Under 12s!!!

We must apologise to the U14s coaches, who’s session was completely disrupted by the excitement of our game on the adjacent pitch. At one point I think the entire U14 squad was on the side line cheering on the U12s which was absolutely fantastic to see. The U14s seemed thoroughly disappointed when they were summoned back to their training session!!!

On a bright Sunday morning Sandbach U12s descended on Priory Park looking to cause an upset in the cup. From the first whistle it looked like it could have been possible. Under a new coach Sandbach came galloping out of the blocks, with good hard tackling, fast rucking and silky hands. Our lads knew they were in for a tough morning!

With Sandbach camped on our line we won the scrummage and looked set to clear the danger zone. However an uncharacteristic mix up between our half backs saw the ball spilled and the Sandbach boys took their chances and scored a well-deserved try through the defensive pressure they created. This seemed to wake our lads up  and they soon started firing the ball around like we’re used to seeing. A couple of good quick rucks sucked in the Sandbach defensive line, leaving the blind side open for Alex Davies to sprint clear from the half way line and settle our nerves with the first try.

Although we scored a further 3 tries through Harry Marchington, Morgan and Jacko Jnr we didn’t have it all our own way. Sandbach put up one heck of a fight and the game was much tighter than the score line suggests. Notable performances came from Jake who has really taken to rugby since starting only a few months ago. His lines of running and defensive play are a joy to watch. Harry M was back to his disruptive best, making tackle after tackle and using his newly honed jackal technique to win numerous turnovers. Morgan with his blistering pace kept the Sandbach defence busy all morning, and the solid “body on the line” defence from Jacko is something we are all pleased to see. The forwards played their part with Harry G leading his pack and Max D putting in some colossal hits which could be felt from the side-line!

Although we created numerous chances to score, we lacked a little accuracy with our final pass which didn’t quite go to hand and our eagerness to get our hands on the ball sometimes meant we were a little flat in attack. Not to worry though as we always work extremely hard on our handling and even the best sides can be a little off target now and again!

The most pleasing thing to see was the gaining confidence of decision making on the pitch by the boys, right or wrong, a decision was made and this is how we learn the game.

Well done lads, into the semi-finals!! Can we make the final??? It’s up to you now!!!!!

Good luck to Sandbach as they enter the Bowl competition.

Big thanks to all the subs especially those who didn’t manage to get on. We’ll make it up to you over the coming weeks and ensure you get plenty of game time.

TRAINING THIS WEDNESDAY ON THE RUNNING TRACK AT THE LESUIRE CENTRE 6.30PM – 7.30PM (Kev take note of the times and day!!!)

SUNDAY NO FIXTURE AS YET DUE TO OTHER CUP MATCHES BEING PLAYED. I’LL KEEP YOU POSTED.

Matt Bowden


 Super Saturday – 21st March

On the 15th of November we had a tremendous informal lunch at the rugby club, so successful in fact that we are going to do it again. The last one was with the Autumn Internationals on the telly and second team rugby live on the 1st XV pitch with a terrific win for the home side on the day – ably assisted by the support from the balcony!!! This time it is 6 Nations Super Saturday.

What: The format for the day is very simple

  • A 2 course, sit down lunch for the grown ups – hot dog / burger type lunch for younger ones if required.
  • Raffle
  • FREE entry into the prize draw
  • Have fun, watch rugger, chat with friends old and new, eat, drink and be merry.

WHO: Players, ex-players, friends, husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, mums, dads, kids ………. everyone welcome.

COST: £12 per adult for the 2 course sit down lunch. For the youngsters it will be a couple for pounds for the hot dog / burger type lunch, if required.

There are only 80 places up for grabs so please let me know very early as we are hopefully going to be fully subscribed.

Super Saturday – 21st March 2015

LIVE RUGBY – Macclesfield Lions (2nd XV) – v- Preston Grasshoppers

TV schedule =

Italy v Wales at Stadio Olimpico, Rome 12:30pm (GMT)
Scotland v Ireland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh 2:30pm
England v France at Twickenham, London 5:00pm

THE PREVIOUS SUPER SATURDAY WAS A SELL OUT, SO ENSURE YOU BOOK EARLY

CONTACT Mike Keeling 07870 846 269 or m.keeling18@btinternet.com


RFU RAFFLE

A desperately disappointing start to the RFU raffle with only 7% of tickets sold to date!! This money is for the benefit of all the sections of the club, so please do your bit and get selling. If you are one of those who has complained about the lack of decent pitches to play on, do something about it! 3 books per person!! Come on, surely you can sell 3 books!!

What with the lack of tickets sold and still people not paying subs, any wonder the club struggles for money??!!

There are still 1,696 books still to be sold, that is worth £7,632 to the club !

 

Team

No of

Members

Books isssued

Books Sold

% of Books sold

1st XV

22

60

60

100%

2nd XV

20

60

0

0

3rd XV

20

60

0

0

4th XV

20

60

0

0

U6

17

51

6

8.5

U7

29

87

18

21

U8

40

120

0

0

U9

41

123

16

13

U10

28

84

0

0

U11

35

105

0

0

U12

20

60

0

0

U13

27

81

7

7

U14

32

96

33

34

U15

28

84

0

0

U16

29

87

0

0

Colts

21

63

0

0

VP’s

156

468

147

31

U8 (F)

13

39

0

0

U10 (F)

19

57

0

0

U11 (F)

11

33

0

0

U12 (F)

35

105

0

0

Total

663

1983

287

7%

  • Proceeds go towards the new pitches
  • Proceeds go towards Updating the astro turf
  • Everyone just needs to sell 3 books each !

BLUES V. `CLUB`

February 14th sees the visit of the oldest `Open Rugby Club` in the world when Blackheath come to town. To mark the occasion, we are holding a full pre-match lunch priced at £15 plus entry. Menu is;

Winter Vegetable Soup

Roast pork, Potatoes and Vegetables.

Cheese Platter.

What better way to spend a Valentines Day? Come as a couple, family, group of mates, on your own (you`ll soon have mates!) Raffles prizes, draws, bit of `Craic`followed by Blues v. Blackheath……sounds perfect to me!

We only have 3 tables left so don`t delay, book today!

Usual format for booking; bev@maccrugby.co.uk or call the office 827899.

Lunch Dates for remainder of season;

14th February – Blackheath – 3 Course Lunch £15 plus ground entry

7th March – Loughborough Students – Mini/Junior/Youth Lunch

28th March – Blaydon – Ladies Day Lunch

18th April – Cinderford – Ex Players Lunch – 3 courses £15 plus ground entry

As you can see, there are very limited chanches to enjoy some pre-match `craic` so look at the list and book your places ASAP


Row to Twickenham for the World Cup Final

The final of the 2015 rugby world cup will take place on 31st October this year. A team from Macclesfield Rugby Club is going to row the distance from the club to the stadium finishing an hour before kick-off to raise money for the club and for East Cheshire Hospice.

Are you interested in taking part?

What is planned?

  • It’s exactly 305 km (305,000 mtrs) from Priory Park to the gates of Twickenham.
  • We will put together a team to row the distance on static rowing machines, beginning in the afternoon of 30th October and finishing just before kick-off of the final on Saturday 31st.
  • We will seek sponsorship from local companies and from individuals to raise money for East Cheshire Hospice and for priority projects for the club (including improving disabled access, improving the drainage on the new pitch and improving the ladies’ toilets)

What do we need?

  • A team of 10 rowers (ideally of mixed age and sex) prepared to commit to the training over the coming months, to complete the weekend event, and to raise sponsorship money.
  • Support staff:
  • A physiotherapist to support the rowers over the actual event weekend.
  • A sponsorship manager to obtain sponsorship (either financial or in kind) from local organisations and to establish the necessary infrastructure for individuals to sponsor the team.
  • A logistics manager to organise all aspects of the event on the day and to provide communications to sponsors and members over the course of the year.

If you are interested what should you do?

  • Simply send your name, age and contact details and the role you would like to take, to Bev Roberts at the club at bev@maccrugby.co.uk.
  • If we get sufficient interest, we will contact you by the end of the month for a meeting to discuss the project in more detail.

It’s a fantastic way to get fit, an opportunity to be part of a team and to raise money for really good causes – apart from a stone or two, what have you got to lose?!

Already signed up are for rowing; Tim Peakman MBE, MRUFC Secretary; Pete Harper – MRUFC Chairman; Charlie Harper – youngest Harper; Jonathan Marsh- Retail Sales Manager Halliwell Jones BMW Wilmslow.


CHARITY SPRING BALL

Please see below, a letter from Rhona Marshall, long time supporter of MRUFC, asking for help with a charity ball. If you can assist in any way, please contact Rhona – details at bottom of letter.

“Dear Peter,

We are extremely pleased to announce that CRU will be hosting a Charity Spring Ball on Saturday 7th March 2015 at the Tytherington Club, Dorchester Way, Tytherington, Macclesfield SK10 2JP.

We need our professional contacts and friends old and new, to Partner with us in this event and help raise much-needed funds to continue the care and education of hundreds of Ugandan’s poorest children many of whom are deaf.

Come along and have a ball. Top class, live music from “Undercover”, scrumptious 3 course meal, dancing, charity auction and raffle. Our goal is to make sure everyone has an enjoyable night, and most importantly, achieve the target set to ensure the continuation of our project.

Ticket price £40 per head. Come as an individual, couple or a crowd and make our first Spring Ball a huge success!

Business owners – Network your business/service at our event. Choose from the offerings below and help us, while we help you network to a local and receptive audience.

Sponsor Packages

Gold Package £500

  • Sponsor logo on tickets (deadline 20thJan 2015)
  • Sponsor logo on dinner menu
  • 2 x spaces for company banners displayed at the event
  • Full page advert in programme
  • Full big screen advert (there will be a big screen used throughout the night and advertising will take place during the meal)

Silver Package £250

  • Half page advert in programme
  • 1 x space for company banner displayed
  • Big screen advert

Bronze Package £100

  • Logo in programme
  • Quarter page advert in programme
  • Big screen advert

How else can you help

Donate

  • Items/Services to be Auctioned (by 20th February 2015)
  • Raffle prizes
  • Table gifts

The donors of any gifts for the raffle will be featured in the programme and sponsors will also be able to display pop up banners. There will be a big screen used throughout the night, and sponsors advertising will take place through the meal. We are open to other ideas, and requirements can be discussed and agreed.

Contact either Rhona Marshall or Diane Turner, who will provide all the information you require.

Partner with our volunteers to make our first Spring Ball a night to remember for the poorest children in Uganda.

With Thanks and Best Wishes

Rhona Marshall MBE (Event Co-ordinator) Diane Turner (Event Co-ordinator)

52 Rugby Drive, Macclesfield, SK10 2JD

Tel: 01625 618319. Email: rhona_cru@talktalk.net Tel : 01625 610499

Web Site: www.christianreliefuganda.org Email: diane.turner@live.co.uk”

 


RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015

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2015 sees the Rugby World Cup held in England and the chance for everyone to get tbehind their team for this once in a generation occassion. MRUFC will be planning various events to celebrate, mark the event so please look out for further information to make the World Cup a memorable occassion


BOOBS N BALLS CALENDAR 2015

boobs n balls

The 2015 “Boobs N Balls” calendar is now on sale behind the bar – priced at a ridiculously low price of £7.50 ) All proceeds


RFU RAFFLE

We need you to start selling your allocation of tickets…………….don`t come complaing to Management over the state of the pitches unless you have sold your entire allocation………and pushed your team mates, friends, colleagues into selling theirs as well

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.


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

 

All The Best,

harpo-sign

Pete Harper

Chairman Macclesfield MRUFC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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