From The Chair 28

£9,000 FOR MACCLESFIELD RUFC!!

If anyone out there has a better idea on how the club can raise £9,000 for much needed repairs and improvements to the pitches and astro turf, other than the RFU raffle, please could you advise me at your earliest oppurtunity. I`m staggered that people can`t (won`t) sell 3 books of raffle tickets FOR THE BENEFIT OF THEIR OWN CLUB!

Please don`t come complaining to me about the state of the pitches unless you`ve sold your full allocation and asked others to sell their`s.


BLUES BAG BONUS POINT

Macclesfield Blues came away with a deserved try bonus point on Saturday following a flattering scoreline for the home side. The match was a microcosm of The Blues season, where small mistakes were punished, chances were created but not finished and the bounce of the ball was always in favour of the opposition.  Playing into the teeth of a freezing gale (blowing straight from the Ural mountains in Russia) the Blues were under the cosh from the start, but stuck to the task manfully against a side which certainly had the luck with them – a couple of dropped passes and one unbelievable bounce of the ball leading directly to scores for Albanian – and finished the half strongly with a try under the sticks.  The second half started as the first had ended and The Blues scored right at the start to be in with a shout, however, the home side were always looking to attack and manaaged to stay a couple of scores in the lead due to creative play and great skill shown by their backs.

The Treacle Town Boys never gave in and enjoyed some long spells of pressure which resulted in a further 2 tries to secure the bonus point.

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Take a look at the conditions of the pitch at Old Albanian on Saturday, then compare with our pitch (below)

RESULTS AROUND PRIORY PARK

With the 2nds & 3rds not playing at the weekend, the 4ths went to Lymm and lost heavily by 50 – 0 and the Colts came away empty handed on Sunday when they visited Stockport in the cup.  The only game at Priory Park on Saturday was a thrilling, high octane encounter between Macc Vets and Old Leamingtonians Vets, which resulted in a narrow win for the visitors and a number of bruised and battered bodies for the home side.  I believe a great time was had by all and several gallons of ale were drunk over various discussions about how great the game was, and how they are going to do it all over again next season (just enough time for bodies to recover).


RUGBY THIS WEEKEND

The Blues have a well earned rest this Saturday before taking on Blaydon at priory Park on the 28th, The Lions entertain Preston Grasshoppers, and the 3rds are also at home and entertain Liverpool St. Helens.

As you may know, there is a pre match lunch this Saturday, prior to the Lions game against Preston, which is expected to produce a large crowd to watch booth the 6 Nations on the TV and to support the 2nd team- however, due to the condition of the main pitch, the Lions game may well be played on one of the outer pitches.  Please respect the decision of the grounds men regarding the condition of the pitch.

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DIRECTOR OF YOUTH RUGBY

As s you may well be aware, as part of the Strategic Plan for MRUFC, it was recognised that in order to ensure the continued success of our Junior/Youth sections, and to create a pathway for these players to move into senior rugby, a Director of Youth Rugby would be appointed.  We are now in a position to offer that post and would ask for applications to be sent in confidence to myself. 

A panel comprising Executive members, First team Coach and other Senior figures within the club will be set up to review aplications and interview candidates.  Please see below for a brief job description for this extremely important position. 

  • The post holder will be responsible to the Executive Committee.
  • Appointment would be fixed for a period of 2-3 years with a full appraisal and review of objectives after 12 months. This would be conducted by the Chairman following input from the Senior Coaching personnel, Management committee and the Junior and Mini Chairperson.
  • Primary Responsibility is for the Youth and Junior playing development of the club in line with the clubs philosophy, Policies and RFU Guidelines. Primary Objective is to direct, manage and deliver a structure that can support the development and transition of junior players that can play Senior Rugby in the National Leagues for Macclesfield.
  • Position is, ideally, to start ahead of the 2015/16 Season.

ACTUAL DUTIES INVOLVED:

  • Lead the coaching and management of the Youth Playing sides (16 to 18).
  • Develop and implement a coordinated coaching programme throughout the junior (13 to 16) and Youth (16 to 18) section of the club. This does not include the mini section which is 6 to 12 age groups.
  • Define, liaise and coordinate with the First Team Head Coach and Management Committee the implementation and ongoing management of the Club’s “agreed playing philosophy for Junior and Youth Rugby” and prepare them for the transition to Senior Rugby.
  • Responsible for coordinating Junior and Youth Coaches Including future recruitment, education and development.
  • Maintain strong links with the RFU, Cheshire Youth Rugby, Macclesfield First Team Coaching personnel within the club, local Schools and the local Rugby Community.
  • Identify, select and lead the skills development of “elite” players aged 13 to 18 including 1-2-1 mentoring and maintaining individual review files
  • Develop succession planning to ensure that qualified coaches are appointed to the Junior and Youth teams and receive the appropriate training required by attending designated coaching courses.
  • Attend the Rugby sub-committee (to be created) so that rugby policy is understood, properly disseminated to all levels and translated into practical action.
  • Report to the Clubs Management Committee on rugby matters and make recommendations on improvements/ initiatives that need to be implemented.
  • Set behavioural standard policies for the Junior and Youth teams and members at the start of the season
  • Be aware of all administrative procedures regarding player registration and eligibility.
  • Identify and use appropriate tools, resources both internal and external that can help with player development regarding, wellbeing, fitness, dietary etc.
  • Manage Junior and Youth playing budget effectively and report to Treasurer accordingly.
  • Liaise and communicate with Youth Sponsors when appropriate

ACCOUNTABILITY

  • To deliver development targets (to be agreed) for the successful transition of players from Youth to Senior Rugby at Macclesfield
  • Assist First Team Coach to produce and prepare players for Senior Rugby at Macclesfield and with the First Team Coach make them feel part of the Club

MEETINGS TO ATTEND:

  • Management Committee Meetings when appropriate to do so
  • Annual General Meeting
  • First Team Coaching Meetings and Selection
  • Mini and Junior Section Meetings
  • RFU forums and meetings if appropriate

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Expenses to be within an budget agreed by the Management Committee
  • Payment to be defined
  • Agree time commitments weekly/monthly/Match days and off season.
  • Club Training Apparel will be provided

FUTURE SCOPE

  • Full Academy creation subject to Management Committee, Requirement, Playing Numbers, League Status, Budget and Sponsorship.

NEWS ITEMS

Please can I ask anyone with match reports, future events, tournaments etc to send me the details so I can publish here for all to see – if you don`t send to me I can`t publish.


LAST CHANCE TO LUNCH

There is now only ONE chance to have a pre match lunch this season, and what better occasion could there be for you join in the fun for The Blues last home game of the season, which is also the Ex Players Lunch – always a noisy occasion!

Although this is aimed at getting former players of all ages and abilities down to the rugby club, the li=unch is open to anyone who wants to attend so please book your table ASAP.

28th March – Blaydon – Ladies Day Lunch plus Lunch & Crunch £10 plus entry SOLD OUT *

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

* All proceeds from the Ladies Lunch go to the local Breast Cancer Treatment centre at Macclesfield Hospital. If you are able to assist with donations, raffle prizes, auction items, please contact Bev in the office.


CAN YOU HELP?

One of our regular first team players is looking for employment as a warehouseman, driver or similar. If you are able to help in any way, please contact me in the first instance and I`ll pass on details – He (and we!) could do with it being a job which doesn`t involve working Saturdays for obvious reasons!


MISTAKES COST THE BLUES DEARLY!!!!!!!!!!

 We travelled to Wilmslow full of expectation and confidence after only having lost once this season. From the kick off Wilmslow threw absolutely everything at the young Blues. After a number of phases and six minutes of play their large pack led by their huge South African second row David Van Der Linde powered over the whitewash to the delight of the Wilmslow crowd. 

The Blues were shell shocked by the ferocity and determination of the Wilmslow pack, every breakdown was contested to the absolute maximum to the credit of the Wilmslow boys. Shortly after the first try we ended up on our own five metre line with a line out. No problem, so we thought; we practised defensive line outs and we are/were good at them!!! It all went horribly wrong and the panic mode set in with the ball be thrown all over the place instead of being taken in, secured and our lines cleared. The result……. Try to Wilmslow, their back row pounced on the lose ball, five more points to the Wolves. At whatever age you play, when you get to the final stages of a competition you can’t afford to make mistakes or you will be punished by your opposition. Wilmslow capitalised on these errors and took their chances well.

A quick pick me up, heart-warming talk from Mark Droy (before the watershed so can’t write it!!) woke the boys up and after some good ball play we scored our first points through our winger Morgan, and it was successfully converted by our Irish boy, Kieran ( oh how Ireland could have done with him yesterday!!) Back in the game at 14 – 7!!!!! 

As we all know, you are most vulnerable straight after a score, unfortunately  an uncharacteristic spillage of the ball from the kick off led to another Wilmslow try. This was the turning point in the game and settled the Wilmslow boys who were now comfortably in the lead with a couple of minutes to go before half time. Another quick try before the break really dented the Blues chances of progression in the cup. 28 – 7 at half time.

Half time saw us playing down hill and potentially out of the cup. A few substitutions saw us take the game to Wilmslow. The back line consisting of our standoff Louie Gray (man of the match) and the centres of Ben Bowden and Kieran started to cause problems for the opposition. However the Wilmslow back line defence was as good as the lads from Macc, nothing passed all day, and both back lines nullified each other. The difference was in the forwards, the Wilmslow boys wanted it more than the lads from Macclesfield. At times we dominated and showed what we can be capable of, but we weren’t consistent enough and if we gave Wilmslow an inch they took full advantage of it to their credit. 

A dubious last minute score saw Wilmslow win the match 35 – 7 which in actual fact didn’t reflect the way the game was played. Although Wilmslow had the vast amount of possession we defended valiantly and attacked with vigour. Unfortunately we started to play a little to late which has been a trait of ours for a while now. However we have taken a great deal from the match and have learnt some hard lessons. We will be stronger for this defeat, that I am sure. We set ourselves a target last year and achieved it. We’ve just set next years, guess what it is?????  We’ll achieve that too, it will be hard work, but with the coaches and players we have, nothing is out of reach. 

Well done lads, we were beaten by the better team today, but we can be the better team tomorrow!

Good luck to Wilmslow in the final, see you all WEDNESDAY on the astro 6pm – 7pm.

Matt Bowden


STUART SURRIDGE ORDERS

We have managed to negotiate with kit suppliers, Stuart Surridge, for a free delivery service to the club for items ordered on the website. PLEASE ORDER AS NORMAL ON WEBSITE, BUT ALL GOODS WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE CLUB – PLEASE ENSURE YOU ADVISE BILL OR BEV IN THE OFFICE OF YOUR ORDER TOGETHER WITH CONTACT DETAILS.


Super Saturday – This Saturday!

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


Row to Twickenham for the World Cup Final

Already signed up are for rowing; Tim Peakman, MRUFC Secretary; Pete Harper – MRUFC Chairman; Charlie Harper – youngest Harper; Jonathan Marsh- Sales Manager Halliwell Jones BMW Wilmslow, Captain Chaos (Steve Branch), Nick Cooke, Charlie Jenkins, Simon Dempsey, Paul Jacko & Dave Notley.

We now require;

  • 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.

Please contact Bev if you are able to assist, and watch this space for info on the 10 rowers.


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


The Hunters Gin MRUFC Tour Annual Golf Day

Friday 8th May 2015,  Davenport Golf Club, Poynton.

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A great way to end the season with a round of Golf with friends..
Prizes

  • Team Competition
  • Nearest the Pin in 2
  • “Strongest” team
  • Nearest the Pin
  • Longest Drive
  • Putting Competition

Cost per team of 4 – £180 (£45 per Golfer)

  • Bacon Bap & Coffee on arrival
  • 18 holes of golf at the excellent Davenport Golf Club
  • 3 Course Dinner in the evening

Hole Sponsorship – £30 per hole, your Logo will be displayed on the hole you sponsor and inside the programme. You will be able to advertise your company on the day to over 100 people

We are looking for every team (Mini, Junior & Senior) to enter 1 team at this event.

To reserve a team or Sponsor a hole or please email Robert.oliver@virginmoney.com

Cheques payable to Macclesfield Rugby Club – Hand to Bev / Bill in the office


 

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,

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Pete Harper

Chairman Macclesfield MRUFC


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