From The Chair 12

28th October 2015

YOUR RUGBY CLUB NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

Whilst you enjoy a couple of `early doors` pints, or go out for a meal followed by a good night`s kip and a lie in on Saturday morning, spare a thought for the intrepid rowers who will be rowing through the night to raise much needed funds for The East Cheshire Hospice and your Rugby Club.  Starting at noon on Friday, the 10 rowers (all members of the rugby club) will each row a total of 30,000 metres (almost 19 miles!), rowing in relays, trying to get some sleep between stints and working their nuts off to raise some cash.  All the training, the aching muscles, the blood, sweat & tears (not to mention sore backsides!!) will all be in vain unless people support the causes with cash donations.

The 10 members trying to make a difference are (in no particular order);

  • Tim Peakman – Ex player (had to retire from playing at Macc when he fell off his roof and broke his thigh 2 years ago – checking the roof was safe to work on!!!) Tim is now MRUFC Secretary and instigator of the project – probably because he does loads of rowing to keep fit since his embarrassing incident. 
  •  Charlie Jenkins – Former Army Officer & all round good egg, former player for Macc Vets who retired far too soon.  Best rear end of a pantomime horse in Cheshire – allegedly.
  • Paul Jackowbowski (Jacko) – Player at Macc, Junior Coach & Rugby master at Rileys School, also assisting Director of Youth Rugby CJ.  Jacko has told me he`s a natural athlete and will find this marathon event a doddle!
  • Stephen Branch – Captain Chaos to all who know him. Ex Army Officer and legendary Veterans Captain at Macc (his words).  Chaos by name, and Chaos by nature.  Great rugby tourist and good bloke to have around.  Failed miserably in trying to get major sponsors for this event.
  • Jonathan Marsh – Another ex army man, says the training is easy as it reminds him of his days in the S.A.S. when physical challenges were part of his daily routine.  Has taken a sabbatical from work in order to commit to the training. Mr. Organised (complete opposite to Chaos)
  • Simon Dempsey – (Dempse) Dapper Dempse is the `go to` man of the team, if folk are flagging, Dempse has volunteered to do their stint as well as his own.  Recently retired from rugby due to sustaining a serious injury when showing off on the beach in Portugal!
  • Amanda Grey – Brings a feminine touch to the team, but steely determination and grit are her trade marks. Amanda`s commitment is personified in her decision to cut short her Caribbean holiday to fly home in time to row at 12.00 on Friday
  • Dave – Never played rugby, but great supporter of Macc, travelling from Leek each week to watch and also keen volunteer, helping out with various projects at the club.  Think he`s now wondering if this is one `volunteer` to far!!
  • Charlie Harper – Youngest member of the team (21) and currently living the Student life in Sheffield (drinking, laying in bed, drinking, laying in bed) Has been on a rowing machine twice since May.  Most laid back person in the world bar none and will probably find the challenge a piece of cake.
  • Pete Harper – (Harpo) Oldest member of the team and Charlie`s Dad (Harper, not Jenkins!)  Chairman of MRUFC and former 1st XV Captain. Body completely knackered after playing over 40 seasons of senior rugby at Macc, and will be looking to Dempse to help out! 

SUPPORT STAFF

  • Phil Adshead – (AKA Florence) The rub man.  Still playing for the 4ths at the age of 55 – that`s the benefit of being a physio……..Phil`s been rubbing himself for years! Will be administering advice and medical attention in similar quantities and has also volunteered to assist in the rowing.
  • Pippa Peakman – Wife of Tim, and Event Manager. Has kindly volunteered to keep tabs on distances rowed, timings etc. and has also, very bravely volunteered to wake people up when it`s their time to row.

pete-harperAs mentioned, 50% of all the money raised will be donated to the East Cheshire Hospice as part of our duty of care in the community and in recognition of the valuable work they do. 50% will go towards the purchase of kit and equipment needed by Macclesfield Rugby Club and to support the improvement of the Club’s facilities for the community

 Please support these good causes and encourage friends, family, relations and work colleagues to donate through the Justgiving site and let’s raise as much as we can for our club and our community hospice.

Thanks for taking the time to visit our JustGiving page. https://www.justgiving.com/David-Wilkinson38/

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WORLD CUP FINAL AT PRIORY PARK!

Well, not literally, but we will be showing the final between New Zealand & Australia at the club, full bar service and food available.

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MAGNIFICENT 7!

Macclesfield Blues made it 7 from 7 on Saturday when they came away from Herefordshire with a hard fought bonus point victory over a stubborn and tenacious Luctonians side.  Dave Marwick started the scoring with his 8th try in as many matches,  Elliott Brierley also touched down again to keep level with Mazzer on 8 tries, and there was one each for the Barker Boys, Frankie & Lewis, with 3 conversions from Lewis Barker making the final score 26 – 8.    Following Sedgley Park`s defeat at Leicester Lions on Saturday, The Blues now top the table by 3 points with 7 wins from 8 games, the only blip being the 1st match of the season at Stourbridge.  Once again, the Macc Lads won without a single penalty kick at goal – it really is exciting to watch!

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`Mazzer` on the charge

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Tight head prop Elliot Millar Mills takes it to the opposition

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Ben Jones rises higher than the stand!

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Full back Charlie Venables takes on 2 defenders

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A worried looking couple of Alikadoos!

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Fly half Lewis Barker scores the all important bonus point try following some dazzling footwork and turn of speed.

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Happier Alikadoos & wives after bonus point try

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League leaders in a huddle after the game

The Blues have a week off from League duties on Saturday, when they play Sandbach in the semi final of the Cheshire Cup (details below) but then have some tough home League matches against teams in the top third of the League;

7th November v. Sandal Home (4th place)

14th November v. Harrogate Away (8th place)

21st November v. Leicester Lions Home (5th place)

AROUND THE PARK

The Lions continued their winning ways with a hard fought 24-13 victory over Preston Grasshoppers, the 3rds lost to the same opposition by 39-7, the 4ths lost against Holmes Chapel 3-14 and the Colts lost on Saturday at Manchester by 10-38

This Saturday, there is a Southern Hemisphere tussle meaning the only match for Macclesfield is the Cup game at Sandbach, kick off @ 12.00

CHESHIRE CUP SEMI FINAL AND WORLD CUP FINAL

Macclesfield RUFC take on local rivals Sandbach in the semi final of the Cheshire Cup on Saturday October 31st with a 12.00 pm kick off (to be confirmed).  Sandbach play at;

Bradwall Road
Sandbach
Cheshire
CW11 1RA
Tel: 01270 762475
Why not come down to Priory Park in the morning to see how the rowers are doing (hand over some cash for the cause!) before heading over to Sandbach, returning home in time to watch the World Cup Final!

CHRISTMAS LUNCH

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As you may be aware, we host ambitious Sale FC on Saturday 19th December and the match will be preceded by our ever popular Christmas Lunch.  As the Christmas lunch is always oversubscribed, with several members being disappointed, we have given some thought as to how we can try to ensure loyal supporters of the lunches are given priority.

With this in mind, and to be fair to everyone, we will be offering priority to those who attend one of the following lunches

Therefore, if you are planning on booking a place at The Christmas Lunch, please ensure you book a place for one of the following;

  • 7th November v. Sandal – 2 courses for £10, plus entry
  • 21st November v. Leicester Lions – Formal Pre Match Lunch – 3 courses £15 + entry
  • December 5th  `Le Crunch` against fierce rivals, SEDGLEY PARK – 2 courses for £10, plus entry

   Why not get a table together with some pals and enjoy the `craic` before the big event??  Contact Bev in the office to reserve your place.

AWAY DAY TO CHESTER £20

We are trying a coach trip to the Chester game on 12th December with brunch at the club – Buffet style cooked breakfast including tea, coffee, fresh juice etc. –  and return coach included in the cost.  We need a minimum of 25 to make this work, so please make the effort to join us for what is always a fiercely contested game  against our rivals from the west of the county.


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October 500 Club Winners

£45 Graham Evans, £30 Matt Harding, £25 Matt Harding, £15 Shona Day


Three big clubs and two big games for the Under 13`s!

With Heaton Moor cancelling due to half term and a lack of numbers, the Under 13s were on the scrounge for a game. Our neighbours Stockport kindly invited us over to play a triangular fixture with Preston Grasshoppers.

We kicked the morning off against Stockport in what was a fast and furious match. It would be a good test against the current Cheshire Champions and a chance to see where we stand in the county. Both teams played hard in attack and defended valiantly. The dead lock was broken when, Morgan playing at full back, spotted a gap between the centres and a lovely little pop pass from Ben saw our flyer tear through the Stockport back line and sprint to the posts unopposed from the halfway line.

This obviously sparked the Stockport boys into action as they do not go behind often. They started throwing everything at the Blues, and a lapse in defensive line speed and some half-hearted tackles saw their centre Sam run across the pitch and right around our back line. To be fair he took his opportunity well, but we should have snuffed out this lateral run far quicker to prevent him gaining momentum.

The game was played out with no further scores, but the boys saw the importance of preventing the opposition scoring close to the posts. We scored under the posts, we prevented Stockport getting too close to the posts and the final score ended up 7 – 5 thanks to Jacko keeping his cool and adding the conversion to our try. A good lesson in never giving up!

Next up was Preston. We seemed to start this game very slowly and moved away from our usual fast flowing handling game and tried to “arm wrestle” with their big pack. After  10 minutes we realised this and started to play a more expansive game. Christian was running well on the wing along with fellow backs Cameron and Kieran. Big Matty in the centres started to pass before contact, which brought another dimension to the attack and the forwards played a magnificent spell of rugby, offloading to each other down the 15m channel and making a good 40-50m. The pick of the forwards being big Will Smith, Harry Gascoigne and Thomas Langley who worked tirelessly throughout the morning running good attacking and support lines. We ran in a good few tries against Preston and kept a clean sheet which was pleasing.

All in all a good mornings rugby against two big clubs. Stockport will no doubt want to prove a point when we meet them in a few weeks for a full fixture, so we’ll have to be at our very best to get a result. Greater line speed, stronger tackling and confidence in going for the ball in the air and on the ground to secure possession will go a long way to helping us achieve this. Belief is what we need now and there should be no reason to not believe!!

Well done boys you’ve done us proud again today, two very good, hard earned victories!!!

MATT BOWDEN

Hat-trick hero Davies leads the charge! (Apologies, this is from last week!)>

A hat-trick from young u13s scrum half Alex Davies was one of the highlights of the mornings rugby as Macclesfield travelled over to Lymm. When we last met the green and whites we lost to them 15 – 0. Albeit this was on half a pitch with 13 aside. The young Blues have really taken to 15 a-side rugby played on full sized pitches this season as results would suggest.

What is really pleasing to see is the camaraderie building in the team and the encouragement between players to constantly push the boundaries of play. After the opening 15 minutes the score was 22 – 0 and we encouraged the boys to start trying things out of their comfort zone. We wanted to see what ideas the boys would come up with and what they thought they could achieve. This rapidly brought about further tries with clever little chips, one-handed off-loads and great running lines from support players as the boys relaxed in to their rugby.

Don’t get me wrong this increase in high risk rugby brought about some mistakes, but the pleasing thing was that they had the vision and comfort to try things. Our job as coaches is to identify and develop these skills within the players and help them improve their skill set and execution.

It’s always pleasing to hear the response of some of the opposition supporters and following one of our tries where almost all our lads had touched the ball following great support and offloads, the Lymm parents said “that was fantastic rugby and a joy to watch”. Brilliant!!!

Another great result from the boys. We play Lymm in the first round of the cup in about 3 weeks time and we must remain grounded. Lymm are a very proud club and they will not like the look of this score line. Expect the cup match to be completely different from this game. Lymm will bounce back and certainly be out for revenge, they’ve done it before and there is nothing to suggest they won’t do it again!

MATT BOWDEN