Despite the valiant efforts of our volunteer Grounds Staff, the heavy, persistent rain over the last few weeks has left the pitches sodden wet. I would therefore, ask all Coaches & Captains to use their common sense when playing/training and also respect the decisions of the Grounds Staff regarding the use of pitches.
Whilst we realise the situation isn`t perfect, we can`t afford to ruin the pitches and therefore, I ask for your cooperation regarding this matter. Unfortunately, like many other rugby clubs, MRUFC aren`t in a position to spend thousands of pounds in remediation works…………which brings me onto the next item;
AN OPPURTUNITY TO RAISE £9,000 FOR YOUR CLUB!
It`s that time of year when we ask all our members to sell 3 – yes, only 3! – books of raffle tickets. All money raised will be used directly for the following projects;
- Continued improvement to the pitches
- Upgrade to Ladies and Gents toilet facilites in clubhouse
- And very pertinent at this time of year, a `Board of Remembrance` for all those members of MRUFC who lost their lives during the 2 World Wars.
I can assure you no money will go to paying any players.
To raise this kind of total, EVERY member has to sell their 3 book allocation, so please do your bit. We simply can`t get near that total unless EVERYONE pulls their fingers out and gets selling.
10 OUT OF 10 FOR IN FORM BLUES
Macclesfield Blues made it 10 wins from 10 starts on Saturday when they had a convincing 43-0 win over 5th placed Leicester Lions on a freezing cold afternoon at Priory Park. Although there was a slight disappointment in not breaking past the 50 point mark, the players were over the moon at `nilling` the Lions – the first time a team have prevented the opposition from scoring in all 176 matches played so fAR in National League 2, both North & South. The Blues were so dominant that the visitors were limited to 1 long range penalty attempt, although they did come close to scoring a try in the last 15 minutes when they threw the proverbial kitchen sink at Macc, but the home teams defence was more than a match and kept the first clean sheet of the season.
Although it was the forwards who took the plaudits by scoring 5 of the 6 tries, (Mazzer with another 2!) it was a complete team performance and everyone played a huge part, making the choice for Claphams Man of the Match award, a difficult call, although the winner, Lewis Barker, thoroughly deserved his award. In addition to Mazzer, tries were scored by Ryan Parkinson, Harrison Lewis, Frankie Barker & Matt O`Regan who was on the end of a terrific team effort, with Lewis Barker chipping in with 5 conversions and a penalty to add 13 points to his seasons tally of 115 points with 41 conversions from 55 attempts (11 ahead of nearest rival)
Following the game, Leicester Lions’ Director of Rugby, Ken Whitehead, said “This was a good performance by a skilful and effective Macclesfield side. They are by far the best team we have played this season. “
Special mention should be made of Ms Claire Hodnett, the referee on Saturday, who had a fine day with the whistle. I`d go so far as to say that Claire was the best referee I`ve seen at Priory Park all season, allowing the game to flow when needed and having complete empathy with the players throughout the 80 minutes.
The Blues have now scored 55 tries in 11 games (with 2 players on 10 each – Elliott Brierley & Dave Marwick) – which is more than any other team in The Premiership, The Championship, National League 1, & National League 2, both North & South.
I stand to be corrected here, but I can only recall 4 Yellow Cards (sin bins) for The Blues this season, which may go a long way to explaining the success………….15 men on the pitch is far better than 14!
TIGERS HUNTING FOR BLUES BLOOD
The next home game is `The Big One` against fierce rivals and title contenders, Sedgley Tigers on 5th December. This match is the proverbial `10 pointer` – we win with a bonus point and we`re 11 points clear, Sedgley win with a bonus and we`re down to a 1 point lead! We really need your support – both physically and vocally as Sedgley will, as always, bring a large number of partisan fans to Priory Park.
Why not join us for `Lunch & Crunch`- 2 course lunch for £10 plus entry fee.
Home made Soup, followed by Barry`s Festive Pie, Chips & Peas
Book with Bev at the club to ensure you get a place.
AROUND THE PARK
Last Saturday saw the Lions gain revenge up at Fylde in the League by winning 28 points to 17, the 3rds lost away at Burnage in a close encounter, 24 – 29. The 4ths & had a great win over Northwich 3rds, whilst the Colts lost at Liverpool Collegiate by 39-20.
This week sees the Lions travel to Lymm, the 3rds entertain Blackburn 2nds, the 4ths are away at Whitchurch 3rds and on Sunday at 2.00, the Colts host Lymm in the Cheshire Cup.
Macclesfield are proud to have 5 lads selected for the County U15’s side.
The U15’s coaches are proud of them all, good luck lads in your games against Yorkshire, Lancashire and Kent
Best of luck boys! I`m sure you`ll all do well and represent your club with pride.
BACK IN TIME TO THE OLD CLUBHOUSE IN TYTHERINGTON
£1,369.26 RAISED FOR EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE & RUGBY CLUB
Thanks to the fantastic efforts of the 10 Rowers, who each rowed 30,000 meters, and the generosity of all those who donated, I was proud to present a cheque for £1,369.26 to Leah Goodhind from East Cheshire Hospice, with a similar figure also going to MRUFC.
It requires £7,500 EVERY SINGLE DAY to keep The East Cheshire Hospice going, and when you consider all the blood, sweat & tears shed by the rowers (not to mention the endless hours on a rowing machine in training) the £1,369 will keep the place going for about 4 1/2 hours. The Just Giving page is still open so if you haven`t yet donated, please donate what you can to this terrific and valuable cause.
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. Cost is £20 p.p. including the brunch or £15 for coach only. If you are planning on going, please contact Bev ASAP in order that we can assess the uptake.
November 200 Club Winners
£100 J.H.Pearson, £60 Chris Dempsey, £30 John Brown
November Min & Junior 500 Club Winners
£45 – Brian Willis £35 – Matt Bowden £25 – Keith Oliver £20 – Jill Harding (blooming Harding`s again!!??)
For those of you with Smart Phones, you can download the MRUFC App. Just go to the App Store on your device, type in `team App` in search and then type in Macclesfield RUFC. You`ll get all the up to date news, team selections, match videos, results, upcoming events, matches……….the whole caboodle!
As we are now over 1/3rd of the way through the season, all annual subscriptions are now well overdue. If you have somehow not paid, please ensure you do by the end of the month. Your subs are the lifeblood of the club and without them, the club won`t function. If you`re lucky enough to enjoy the facilities the club provide, it`s important you pay as everyone else does. Also, if you are a player, you are not insured unless you`re a paid up member.
LADIES LUNCH 2016
April 30th – the last game of the season – has been set as 2016 ladies Lunch date……….Bigger & Better than before. This time, the Ladies will be dining in a 300 seater Marque so there will be room for everyone. Even so, we expect the event to be as popular as ever, so to ensure your place, put the date in your diary and contact Sarah Davies NOW!
As ever, ALL profits will go to the Breast Cancer Unit at Macclesfield Hospital. Can`t promise yet, but we hope to have a `guest or 2` present. Let`s smash all records this year and fill the place….book a table, tell your friends, book 2 tables!
As many of you will know, this time of year heralds the arrival of hairy top lips for thousands of men all around the country in support of prostrate cancer. Your very own Clive Kirkham is attempting to grow a moustache (again) and I`m sure he, and all the others, would be extremely grateful of any donations you would like to make.
Over two week in now and counting ! Remember no more dodgy pictures if you donate now , I promise ! I’m getting more and more strange looks and every time my other half looks at me she just sighs and shakes her head ( more than normal ) , but I’m up to £135 so it’s worth it !