In Touch 50

Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’

Rugby football takes a back seat this weekend due to tragic events at Priory Park on Saturday afternoon just as the final whistle was about to blow on the Macc v. Tynedale encounter when long standing member and supporter of the club Ron Townley collapsed in the clubhouse with what appeared to be a Stroke and although the Paramedics arrived and gave him all the support they could sadly there was little that could be done and Ron passed away shortly afterwards.

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500 Club

Oct 2017 results are

£40 – Niall Campbell
£30 – John Curwen
£25 – Vicky Brierley
£20 – John Curwen
£15 – Andrew Bradshaw

Projected pot for the Christmas draw will be a massive £850!!


Coaches Required

On Sunday 26th November there is a MRUFC Ladies Team “come and have a go event”

– http://www.macclesfieldrufc.co.uk/2017/10/macclesfield-rugby-club-ladies-team/

The team are looking for a coach / coaches to take them forward, onwards and upwards.  We have plenty of experience within the club and it would be such a shame if the team has to source a coach from outside the club.

On the 26th November, the event will be very “softly softly” to ensure people are not put off!!! – The intention is to form a full on Women’s Rugby Team for the club – which will be a massive boost to our standing and something that has been missing for a long time!

However, moving forward the team require experienced coaches able to give up time to help them develop their skills.  Maybe a team of two or three to share the workload would work?

If interested, please contact Mary Thorp marythorp94@gmail.com

The club is 100% behind this, so it may be a ticket to further coaching qualifications if that is required / wished for?


Graham Simpson

It is with sadness that announce the untimely loss of former player Graham Simpson at the age of 46. Graham had suffered with illness for some time.

Our deep sympathy goes to Albert and Cynthia and the rest of his family and friends at this difficult time.


MACCLESFIELD LADIES RUGBY GIVE IT A GO

Date: 26th November 2017
Time: 13:00-15:45

We are very excited to announce the details of our ‘LADIES RUGBY GIVE IT A GO’ event on Sunday 26th November. 

This event will mark the beginning of our brand-new Ladies team at Macclesfield Rugby club. We’re hoping to give you a taster of Women’s Rugby and a chance to meet the club and ask any questions you may have about signing up.

There is no charge for the event and your participation will earn you a FREE DRINK! 

What to bring: Yourself, a water bottle, money for the bar (there will be a drink provided but if you want anything extra, food and drink will be on sale!).

What to wear: T-shirt, jumper, leggings/shorts, trainers/boots, rain-coat – any clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy. Make sure you wrap up warm – rugby is a winter sport! 
Order of events: 

13:00 – 13:10 Welcome introductions 
13:10 – 13:30 Warm up touch game
13:30 – 14:30 Rugby ‘taster’ stations
14:30 – 15:00 Touch game
15:00 – Clubhouse for food, drinks and sign ups! 

In the clubhouse you’ll have the chance to ask questions, have a well-earned drink and discuss the next steps of getting the team off the ground. We’ll also be collecting email addresses so you can sign up and find out more.

We hope you’re sold by now and ready and raring to go. Just come along, bring family and friends, and in the meantime just spread the word, get excited and we’ll see you on the 26th!

Any questions please contact marythorp94@gmail.com


Luctonians Lunch

We have just two tables left for the lunch prior to the Luctonians match on the 9th November. This is going to be great fun with comedian Scott Bennett entertaining the diners. So whether you can get some friend together or you just want to come on your own, make sure you book with Jonathan as soon as you can.

 


Old Boys Lunch

The annual ‘Old Boys Lunch’ this season will be before the Stourbridge game on the 21st April. Three tables have been reserved but, there is still a bit of room left depending on the girth of the diners. A barrel of guest beer will be available and high jinks are expected. Please register your interest as soon as you can with Geoff Rushton – geoff.lawyer@btinternet.com

 


Remembrance

Two minutes silence was impeccably observed by MRUFC Mini’s, Juniors and Colts on Sunday 12th November 2017.  Prior to the silence, Toby Jarratt (U11) played the Last Post on the bugle.  Following the silence Tom Brierley (U12) read an extract from The Fallen.  Toby then signalled The Reveille.  A small delegation of Mini and Junior players then proceeded to the Lounge where Tim Peakman read the Roll of Remembrance for those from Macclesfield Rugby Club who fell in WW2.

A demonstration of how the generations following those who gave their lives; for our freedom and to allow us to play our wonderful game, will never forget.


Ron Townley

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long standing Club member – Ron Townley.

Ron’s playing career ended at Redcar RUFC in the 70s due to injury but, he still managed to stay in touch with the sport when he became a member and season ticket holder at Macclesfield RUFC. Although he suffered with illness in recent years he was always available for a beer and friendly post-match debate. He will be missed by all those that knew him.

The funeral is to be held at Rainow Parish Church on Wednesday 22nd November at 2.00pm. Ron’s family have asked that all his friends from the rugby club wear their club ties. The left hand side of the church will have pews reserved for rugby club members

Our thoughts go out to Robina and the rest of his family at this time.

Robina would like to express her personal thanks to all those at the club who helped to look after Ron after the match on Saturday.


Sale Sharks

We are delighted to announce that eight Macclesfield U14 lads have successfully been accepted into the Sale Sharks DPP Development Player Program

http://www.salesharks.com/rugby/dpp.php#.WgxizGeypMy

Ryan Newbigging
Ethan Quinn
Charlie Warr
Oliver Thompson
James Miller
Harry Owens
Will Plant
Edward Ford
 

Four other boys who were nominated, narrowly missed out on selection, but will be re-evaluated next season:-

Jamie Downes
Ellis Underhill
Lewis Johnson
Conall Lynch

There are 10 skills sessions that run on till the end of March 2018, culminating in a festival in April.

Well done to all the lads, and keep on learning and progressing within our beautiful game!


From The Chair 34

SCINTILLATING DISPLAY OF ATTACKING RUGBY ENDS IN 6 TRIES

Macclesfield Blues finished a gruelling 30 game season at Richmond on Saturday in a thrilling display of Barbarian style rugby from both sides.  The Blues showed some fantastic attacking flair and no little skill in scoring 6 fantastic tries against their illustrious hosts, but still ended up on the wrong end of the result.  Both teams played some scintillating rugby in perfect conditions, with the Richmond pacemen making the difference between the 2 sides, but with The Blues taking the honours for team work and attacking skills…. some of the offloading and backing up was sublime.

 

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Tom Morton collects Tom Eatons chip and heads for the line

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Tom Morton dotting down under the posts

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It`s Mossy doing his Jerry Guscott impression again!

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Elliott squares up the defence

 If this is a sign of the kind of rugby we can expect at Priory park next season, I for one, can`t wait for September to come around.  Giles has completely transformed the attacking options for The Blues and National league 2 sides had better watch out.

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Phil Williams flies high (whilst Billy admires!)

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Kingy launches another attack on the Richmond line

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Franky goes blind (?!?!)

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Mazzer shows he` can still fly (with a little help from his friends)

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A long season comes to an end for the Management team

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And you thought our blazers were loud!!

 LIONS TAKE THE TITLE, BUT CHEATED OF ONE LAST GAME

The Lions ended up as Bateman BMW League Champions on Saturday, but not as they had wanted to with Caldy `crying off` on Friday evening to leave the Lions and their supporters frustrated.  Still, by all accounts, they made the best of a bad job and had a great afternoon and evening celebrating.  Congratulations to Zack, Fred and all the rest of the team………great season! 

GILES ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNINGS

Yesterday, Head Coach Giles Heagerty has made his intentions clear for next season by announcing the signing of 2 key forwards – in former Priory Park favourite, Ryan Parkinson and huge Prop Marshall Gadd, who has signed from Championship side Rotherham.

Ryan spent last season with Sedgley Park but is relishing the chance to play for The Blues this coming campaign.  Season 2013 -14 saw Ryan lead the National Leagues with 30+ tries for the Blues

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The familiar site of Parky scoring for The Blues

Marshall, who has played at Rotherham for the past 3 seasons following spells with Manchester (when they were in the Championship) and Moseley, is joining Macclesfield as a player coach, bringing with him, his vast knowledge and experience of forward play at Championship level.

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Marshall Gadd will bring his vast experience to Macc. both on & off the field

Both players are key signings for Macc and bring massive amounts of experience and playing ability and I`m sure you`d like to join me in welcoming Parky & Marshall to Priory Park.  Added to that, the return from injury of hugely influential prop Tom Mantell, together with the emerging talents of youngsters Ben Jones, Max Smith and Elliott Millar Mills (all of whom have come on leaps and bounds over the latter part of the season and now have the experience of competing in National League 1 ), and The Blues will have a pack to be feared by all those who await in National League 2 North.  Add that to the potentency The Blues backs have been showing recently and you have a brand of rugby to bring smiles to all the Priory Park faithful.

MINI & JUNIOR REPORTS

These are too numerous to include here, so please check the website for reports from the Festivals, Cups etc.  Well done to all Macclesfield teams!


4TH OFFICIAL STILL REQUIRED

We are still on the lookout for a 4th Official for next season now Albert has retired.  Please consider yourself for this position as we are required by the League Rules to provide a 4th Official.  If interested, please contact myself in the first instance. peter@maccrugby.co.uk


BOOT CAMP

Now that the holiday season is almost upon us (unless your name is Charlie Halle and the whole year is Holiday season) why not make the effort to get that beach body you promised yourself??  Boot Camp at Priory Park will not only get you in shape, you will be helping your club raise much needed funds.

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.00 pm – it`s fun, it`s social, it`ll make you feel great! For Ladies & Gents, Young & Old, Fit or Fat……….All welcome and catered for!

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From This…………..

shemar_moore_body

……….To This!!

http://www.thepersonalfitnesscompany.co.uk/bookings/category/macclesfield/

The trainers are Nationally and Internationally recognised in the fitness industry and they will provide all the motivation and encouragement you need.

Sessions are 60 minutes
We recommend you turn up at least 10 minutes prior to the start time.

So if you are ready to make a commitment to improving your fitness or to losing weight, this is the perfect way to get started, so what are you waiting for sign up to one of Cheshire’s Bootcamp classes today.


END OF SEASON PLAYERS AWARDS NIGHT

There are still a few places left for this dinner, please contact Bev if you fancy attending.

Lets see the season out with a smile and celebrate the good things about our club and the great game of rugby!

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The above is a menu from the Dinner 40 years ago –   Anyone else at that dinner going to this one??!!


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

 


 WORLD CUP TICKETS

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  • England Rugby 2015 Limited (“ER2015”) is the organising committee of Rugby World Cup 2015, due to take place in England and Cardiff from 18 September 2015 until 31 October 2015. Rugby World Cup Limited (“RWCL”) is the Tournament owner of Rugby World Cup 2015.  
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Where can you buy official match tickets? 

Where can you buy Official ticket-inclusive hospitality packages?

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  • There is no guarantee that Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets (and/or ticket inclusive packages) purchased from any source other than RWCL, ER2015, RTH  (or those listed above) are genuine tickets (and/or ticket-inclusive packages).
  • Fans who purchase tickets and/or ticket-inclusive packages from unauthorised sellers run the risk of paying over the odds for a non-existent ticket, ending up disappointed by not getting to see the match they paid to see, and risk having their personal and credit card details stolen for use in other crimes.

Points to note about unauthorised activity:

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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

 


From The Chair 32

THRILLER AT THE PARK

Macclesfield Blues were unable to secure the elusive win at Priory Park that they so desperately wanted on Saturday, despite scoring 5 tries.  Cinderford proved to be just to powerful in the pack and ran out 31 -44 winners to bag 5 invaluable points for the team from Gloucestershire.  Despite the defeat, The Blues played some fantastic rugby and scored some scintillating tries – one superb individual effort from Ollie Fewtrell really sticks in the memory.  It`s been a tough, uncompromising season for The Blues squad and it doesn`t get any easier with an away trip to the famous Richmond Club in London next week, to finish off a disappointing season. 

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Ben Jones takes into contact

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Mossy doing his Brian O`Driscoll impression

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Rhodri Mayer scores for the Blues!

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Captain Fantastic leading the charge

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Man of the Match Jordan Brookes scoring first of 2

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Ollie Fewtrell on his way to the `Try of the Season`

The match on Saturday was the last as a Blues player in front of a home crowd for club stalwart Chris Jones, who is assisting Giles with the coaching next season,  the last as 4th official for Albert Simpson and also the final match at Priory Park for Caron Doyle in her role as Head of Rehabilitation. I`m sure you`d like to join me in thanking all 3 for their services and in wishing them well for the future.

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C.J. signs out at Priory Park

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Caron will be missed by all…….best of luck!


 LIONS MAUL TIGERS

Macclesfield Lions (2nd XV) came from behind to completely overwhelm title rivals Sedgely Tigers on Saturday by 40 points to 11, to be in touching distance of the League title.  A home win against Caldy on Saturday is all that stands in their way, so if you`re not going down to leafy Richmond on this weekend, come to Priory Park and see the Lions take the title – kick off 3.00pm – entry free.

 3rds CROWNED CHAMPIONS

Macclesfield 3rds thrashed Northwich 2nds by 76 – 5 to take the title and win promotion, smashing through the 1,000 points scored barrier in the process.  Congratulations to Skipper Nick Smith and everyone else who contributed to the success………well done all!

4ths FINISH IN FINE FETTLE!

The 4ths/Vets finished the season in style by seeing of Crewe & Nantwich at Priory Park by 44 -14 to finish the season in a creditable 4th place.  Well done to Jason Walker, Boz and the numerous players who have turned out for the 4ths this season……..many of them Vets having one last fling!

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Coach Iain (Fred) Taylor watched nine Colts play their last game of youth rugby for Macclesfield after playing and coaching together for ten years. See picture below of a very proud Fred with the 9 players who now move into Senior rugby after 10 years together in Mini/junior & Youth rugby. – click here to read the report

MINI – JUNIOR SECTION REPORTS

All reports from tours, competitions, festivals & tournaments will be in a separate newsletter later in the week –  too may to fit on this one and still waiting for some reports, so if you want your team mentioned, please send me details by return peter@maccrugby.co.uk


RUGBY THIS WEEKEND

 The Blues finish a gruelling 30 game season down at Richmond on Saturday, we wish them well and hope they can finish on a well deserved high with a victory.  As mentioned, The Lions take on Caldy at Priory Park and a win will see them crowned Champions……..come down and give them your support, they play some fantastic rugby.:lol:

The 3rds & 4ths are now enjoying a well earned break and will hopefully be down at Priory Park to cheer on The Lions.


A.G.M. May 20th

Notice is hereby given that the A.G.M. is to be held on Wednesday May 20th 7.00pm.


UNDER 14`S 7`S TOURNAMENT

Macclesfield are hosting a 7 a side festival on Sunday 17th May at Priory Park, a game for young bloods apparently played on a full sized pitch with only 7 players each side !!  We have 16 teams playing including sides from Barrow in Furness, Coventry and even Kent !! That is 192 players at the club, almost as many players that played in Mark Marshall’s last game. 

We could do with some help on the day manning the car park from approx 8:15 until approx 10:30

If you could give up a few hours to help out on the car park that would be great – please contact Robert Oliver robert_oliver05@tiscali.co.uk


200 CLUB WINNERS

The following lucky folk have won money in the latest 200 Club Draws – you have to be in it to win it!

March 2015 – Doug Fletcher £100, Keith Bennett £60, Bob Jenner £30   

April 2015 – John Brown £100, Tom Rochford £60, Peter Warrington £30


4TH OFFICIAL REQUIRED

After too many seasons to remember, Albert Simpson is hanging up his track suit for the final time this Saturday.  Albert tried to retire from the position of 4th Official a couple of seasons back, but stayed on (Thankfully) as we were unable to find a replacement for this key role.  I`d like to take this opportunity to say `Thank You` to Albert for his sterling work as 4th Official over the last few seasons – Albert, we appreciate the great job you`ve done and wish you well in `retirement`.

This clearly means we are looking for a replacement as 4th Official for Home Games, something we are required to supply, so if you are interested in filling this vitally important position please e-mail me peter@maccrugby.co.uk. I believe Albert has volunteered to steer the `new boy` (or girl!)  in the right direction for the first weeks.


BOOT CAMP

Now that the holiday season is almost upon us (unless your name is Charlie Halle and the whole year is Holiday season) why not make the effort to get that beach body you promised yourself??  Boot Camp at Priory Park will not only get you in shape, you will be helping your club raise much needed funds.

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.00 pm – it`s fun, it`s social, it`ll make you feel great! For Ladies & Gents, Young & Old, Fit or Fat……….All welcome and catered for!

three-men-with-beer-bellies-at-the-beach

From This…………..

shemar_moore_body

……….To This!!

http://www.thepersonalfitnesscompany.co.uk/bookings/category/macclesfield/

The trainers are Nationally and Internationally recognised in the fitness industry and they will provide all the motivation and encouragement you need.

Sessions are 60 minutes
We recommend you turn up at least 10 minutes prior to the start time.

So if you are ready to make a commitment to improving your fitness or to losing weight, this is the perfect way to get started, so what are you waiting for sign up to one of Cheshire’s Bootcamp classes today.


CAN YOU HELP?

Giles is in conversation with a `key player` for next season and we are keen to assist in finding him a job.  He is graduating this June and is predicted a 2:1 in Business Management and is ideally looking for a career in the Marketing/Advertising business.  If you are able to assist by way of offering an interview, pointing him in the right direction etc. please contact me peter@maccrugby.co.uk  Thanks in anticipation. 


END OF SEASON PLAYERS AWARDS NIGHT

This event is selling out fast, so if you want to attend (open to all including none players) please let me know ASAP peter@maccrugby.co.uk  

The End Of Season Players Dinner & Awards night is being held on May 14th 7.00 for 7.30.  Last seasons dinner was a sell out with over 100 in attendance so book early (and please pay!) at your earliest opportunity so you don`t miss out!  £20 gets you 3 course dinner, Rugby Speaker (to be confirmed) and a comedian, plus all Players awards from 1st team to Colts (Players Player, Most improved)

Lets see the season out with a smile and celebrate the good things about our club and the great game of rugby!

 menu

The above is a menu from the Dinner 40 years ago – which was the last time we held the dinner on a Friday during the season – I seem to recall all 5 sides got stuffed by Winnington Park the next day!  Anyone else at that dinner going to this one??!!


DIRECTOR OF YOUTH RUGBY

I`m pleased to say we have had now had 3 very strong applicants for this important post and we are moving towards interviews. 


CHESHIRE SCHOOLS FINALS AT PRIORY PARK

The King`s School have reached the final of the Cheshire Cup at Under 14`s & Under 16`s and are playing the finals at Priory Park on Wednesday April 29th.

The Under 14`s take on St. Ambrose at 5.00 pm followed by the Under 16`s against Altrincham Grammar School at 6.10 pm.

Come down and watch the stars of the future on the main pitch – FREE ENTRY FOR ALL – £2 for car parking. Bar open and food available.


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

 


 WORLD CUP TICKETS

 

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Apologies if you have previously received this alert; however as stated below, this alert will be re-sent regularly leading up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Action Fraud, together with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and the City of London Police, are working in partnership with Rugby World Cup 2015 organisers to disrupt those entities seeking to sell Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets without permission from the official provider. We would like rugby fans and the general public to be aware that they should only purchase tickets from official sources and avoid being scammed. Purchase tickets from an official source and avoid losing your money.

  • England Rugby 2015 Limited (“ER2015”) is the organising committee of Rugby World Cup 2015, due to take place in England and Cardiff from 18 September 2015 until 31 October 2015. Rugby World Cup Limited (“RWCL”) is the Tournament owner of Rugby World Cup 2015.  
  • RWCL/ER2015 wants to ensure that the public is not misled, by unauthorised ticket sellers, into believing they have purchased genuine Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets.

Where can you buy official match tickets? 

Where can you buy Official ticket-inclusive hospitality packages?

  • These can only be purchased through the official hospitality programme, operated by Rugby Travel & Hospitality Ltd (“RTH”) at www.rugbyworldcup.com/hospitality.

Where can you buy Official ticket-inclusive Supporter Tours (i.e. travel packages)?

How do you ensure that you are buying Rugby World Cup 2015 match tickets, supporter tours or hospitality packages from an official channel?

  • To check whether a company or a certain website is an official Rugby World Cup 2015 channel, use the ‘Official Checker’ tool which is located at www.rugbyworldcup/buyofficial.

Can you buy official Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets, supporter tours or hospitality packages elsewhere, other than as outlined above?

  • There is no guarantee that Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets (and/or ticket inclusive packages) purchased from any source other than RWCL, ER2015, RTH  (or those listed above) are genuine tickets (and/or ticket-inclusive packages).
  • Fans who purchase tickets and/or ticket-inclusive packages from unauthorised sellers run the risk of paying over the odds for a non-existent ticket, ending up disappointed by not getting to see the match they paid to see, and risk having their personal and credit card details stolen for use in other crimes.

Points to note about unauthorised activity:

  • It has been shown from the 2012 Olympics and other major events in the UK that ticket touts are often linked with other forms of criminality.
  • The unauthorised sale, or offer for sale, of Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets (and/or ticket-inclusive packages) may constitute an infringement of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 or Fraud.
  • All official Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets are subject to ER2015’s ticket terms and conditions, located at: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/ticketing/t-c
  • Tickets are STRICTLY NON-TRANSFERABLE and MUST NOT BE SOLD OR OFFERED, EXPOSED OR MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE, OR TRANSFERRED OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED. ER2015 reserves the right to cancel without refund any tickets which ER2015 reasonably believes have been or are intended to be resold, offered, exposed or made available for sale, or transferred or otherwise disposed in breach of the ticketing terms and conditions.
  • Any person attempting to use Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets which have been resold in breach of the ticket terms and conditions risks being refused entry to or ejected from the relevant match venue.

How do I report unauthorised use of Rugby World Cup assets?

  • To report the sale of unauthorised general public tickets, please contact ER2015 at legal@england2015.com.
  • To report the sale of counterfeit Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets or the unauthorised sale of ticket-inclusive supporter tour/hospitality packages, please contact rwcrightsprotection@img.com

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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


From The Chair 31

3 MATCHES LEFT IN TOUGH SEASON

Macclesfield Blues have 3 matches remaining this season and are looking to finish the season with a flourish.  The 3 matches are against Wharfedale (A), Cinderford (H) and Richmond (A)………..all are winnable and Coach Giles Heagerty will be looking to take something into the close season to build on for next September.  With only 1 Home game (18th April) left, please come along and show your support for the guys who, although they have had a torrid season, have always played with immense spirit and courage.  Get behind The Blues and hopefully see them to the Home victory they deserve.  With visitors Cinderford also struggling to stay in this Division and desperate for any points they can muster, it should be a cracking encounter.

As we speak, The Lions are trying to arrange a 5.00 pm kick off at Priory Park against title rivals and old foes, Sedgley Park, a match that may well decide the destination of the Batemen BMW League title.  Why not come down to Priory Park and see 2 fantastic games for the price of 1!?!

RESULTS AROUND PRIORY PARK

In the only match at Priory Park over Easter, the 4ths/Vets beat Oswestry 2nds 33 -21.

RUGBY THIS WEEKEND

The Blues travel to the Yorkshire Dales to take on Wharfedale, The Lions begin a run of 3 consecutive Home games when they entertain Chester 3.00 k.o., the 3rds are also at home and take on New Brighton 2nds whilst the 4ths/Vets are away at Linley.  Sunday sees the Colts entertain Wilmslow with a 1.00 pm kick off.


4TH OFFICIAL REQUIRED

After too many seasons to remember, Albert Simpson is hanging up his track suit for the final time on the 18th April.  Albert tried to retire from the position of 4th Official a couple of seasons back, but stayed on (Thankfully) as we were unable to find a replacement for this key role.  I`d like to take this opportunity to say `Thank You` to Albert for his sterling work as 4th Official over the last few seasons – Albert, we appreciate the great job you`ve done and wish you well in `retirement`.

This clearly means we are looking for a replacement as 4th Official for Home Games, something we are required to supply, so if you are interested in filling this vitally important position please e-mail me peter@maccrugby.co.uk. I believe Albert has volunteered to steer the `new boy`  (or girl!)  in the right direction for the first weeks.


LADIES LUNCH

 Bev has pointed out to me that in last weeks Newsletter, I inadvertently missed saying Thank You to the following Companies, People, so here goes;                                                                                                                                           

Charlotte Wilson

Macclesfield Golf Club

Mawson Hairdressing

Mottram Hall

P.R. Jones Jewellers

The Wild Bunch Florist

Thorntons

 

I also mentioned  Jenny instead of Jonny for the kitchen staff – Sorry Jonny!!

 


 LAST HOME GAME APRIL 18TH

Macclesfield Under 14`s are hosting Dorking Under 14`s as a curtain raiser for the 1st team game and

to encourage Mini/Junior sections to support the under 14`s and we are offering the following;

FREE entry for the kids in kit (and siblings)

£5 for ALL adults accompanying players in kit

Food before the match (£2.50 served in the Presidents Suite)

ALL get to flag the first team onto the pitch

Skills demonstration at half time

Post match team photo


 END OF SEASON PLAYERS AWARDS NIGHT

The End Of Season Players Dinner & Awards night is being held on April 14th 7.00 for 7.30.  Last seasons dinner was a sell out with over 100 in attendance so book early (and please pay!) at your earliest opportunity so you don`t miss out!  £20 gets you 2 course dinner, Rugby Speaker (to be confirmed) and a comedian, plus all Players awards from 1st team to Colts (Players Player, Most improved)

Lets see the season out with a smile and celebrate the good things about our club and the great game of rugby!


MORE REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS FOR MACCLESFIELD JUNIOR SECTION

“Hi all

I am very pleased to be able to announce that one of our intermediate colts, George Williams, has been selected to play for England U17s against France in Lyons on 11th April.

George has played for Macc right through the mini and junior age groups most recently at loose head or tight head prop.  Despite now attending Kirkham Grammar having left Fallibroome last Summer, George still plays for us whenever he can.

George Williams


DIRECTOR OF YOUTH RUGBY

I`m pleased to say we have had now had 3 very strong applicants for this important post and we are moving towards interviews. 


CHESHIRE SCHOOLS FINALS AT PRIORY PARK

The King`s School have reached the final of the Cheshire Cup at Under 14`s & Under 16`s and are playing the finals at Priory Park on Wednesday April 29th.

The Under 14`s take on St. Ambrose at 5.00 pm followed by the Under 16`s against Altrincham Grammar School at 6.10 pm.

Come down and watch the stars of the future on the main pitch – FREE ENTRY FOR ALL – £2 for car parking. Bar open and food available.


BATHS HOTEL

Saturday 18th also sees one of our sponsors, The Baths Hotel, have Cherry Valentine performing live music from 8.30


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

 


 WORLD CUP TICKETS

MORE TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE FOR RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 MATCHES

For immediate release: Tuesday 31 March 2015

Issued on behalf of England Rugby 2015

Fans from around the world will have further opportunities to buy tickets for Rugby World Cup 2015 matches with more tickets on general sale today, Tuesday March 31, via tickets.rugbyworldcup.com.   In addition to the 10 matches currently on sale, it is expected that tickets for a further 20 matches will be available including the Tournament’s opening match at Twickenham Stadium – England v Fiji, New Zealand v Argentina at Wembley Stadium, France v Ireland at Millennium Stadium and South Africa v Scotland at St James’ Park.    In total over 70,000 tickets will be available from today. These include just under 50,000 tickets currently on sale and over 20,000 new tickets which are a mixture of seats released from ongoing venue planning and configuration, handbacks from the Tournament’s commercial programme and unions, and tickets that have been registered for official resale by fans who can no longer attend matches. Further tickets will be released for general sale over the coming months and details will be released in advance of sale.   The official ticket resale service, which opened on March 24, allows fans to sell tickets for matches they can no longer attend at face value, through a secure, transparent and authorised system at tickets.rugbyworldcup.com. Tickets posted for official resale before March 30 will go on sale today (March 31). Tickets posted from March 31 will go on general sale at tickets.rugbyworldcup.com within 72 hours. The official resale programme will run up to and during the Tournament. Any ticket posted and not sold through resale 24 hours prior to a match will remain the property of the selling fan for them to use to attend the match.   In order to enjoy the best possible spectator experience and not be let down or misled, Rugby World Cup 2015 is urging fans to only buy tickets from official sources. For more information and to check whether a company or certain website is an official RWC 2015 channel, fans can use the ‘Official Checker’ tool located at www.rugbyworldcup.com/buyofficial.   Fans can also buy tickets via the official travel (domestic and international) and hospitality programmes. More details on these programmes can be found at www.rugbyworldcup.com/ticketing.   ENDS 

Editors Notes

As part of the Tournament, MasterCard, the Preferred Card and Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Payment System, are creating Priceless Surprises for MasterCard cardholders and Rugby fans around the world, from tickets to signed merchandise.  For more information search for #PricelessSurprises on Twitter or Facebook. About MasterCard: MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Cashless Pioneers Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau. 

 

It’s time to make England proud and Twickenham Stadium a fortress at Rugby World Cup 2015. England Rugby Travel has official ticket-inclusive packages to all of England’s pool matches, including the mouth watering showdowns against Wales and Australia. Don’t miss it. Availability is limited so guarantee your seat today by calling 0844 788 5000 or visiting www.englandrugbytravel.com/rwc2015 to be part of history. The country is calling you.

England v Fiji

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England v Wales

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England v Australia

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England v Uruguay

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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


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,

harpo-sign

Pete Harper

Chairman Macclesfield MRUFC


From the Chair 27

£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 UNDONE IN FIRST HALF

The result of Saturdays top v bottom clash at Priory Park on Saturday may have turned out as many would have expected, although I doubt many watching would have expected the sprirted and competetive 2nd half put in by the Blues which saw them match the visitors with 7 points each.  The gulf between the clubs with money and those without was clear and evident in the first 40 minutes and Macc did well not to cave in  after they went in at half time 6 tries down.  Trailfinders are intent on returning to the Championship having being relgated last season, and several of their players earn half The Blues entire playing budget – something clubs like Macc cannot hope to compete with.

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 RESULTS AROUND PRIORY PARK

The Lions hosted Sale FC and won 36-24, table topping 3rds won away at Stockport by 26- 5 and the 4ths/Vets lost at home to Marple by 24 points to 3


RUGBY THIS WEEKEND

The Blues are looking to do the double over Loughborough Students – k.o at 3.00, the Lions and 4ths have a day off (use your season ticket to come and support the Blues!) and the 3rds bid to consolidate their lead at the top of the tble when they travel to Toc H

Prior to the Blues game, the Mini/Junior section hold their inaugural lunch to raise money for that very important section of our club – good luck to those who have organised the event, and I`m sure you`ll all have a great day.


HONOUR FOR DOM

Congratulations to Dominic Sherratte, Macclesfield and Cheshire U20`s hooker  who has  been  selected to represent the North of England at the Divisional Festival at Wellbeck College over the Easter weekend…………no prizes for guessing where Danny & Fran Sherratte will be spending Easter!  Dom has played all the way through the mini/junior section at Macclesfield and is a great credit to that section of the club.   Well done Dom, fully deresrved for all the hard work put in.

Dom


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!

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!


Blue followed by the Pink take the spoils!!

This Sunday the U12s managed to field 2 teams with the help of our neighbours at Congleton.

Congleton only have 8 in their age group, so we invited them along to join forces with our squad and make two teams, our opposition for the day was in the form of Marple and Sale FC.

We split into two teams Macc Blues, and Macc Pinks.  Five of the Congleton lads had made the journey over and joined the Pink team. Their first game was against Sale whilst the Blues played against Marple. Both teams seemed to be scoring tries at will. Thomas Langley was back in the centres after his recent foray in the forwards and came up with a total of 4 tries. Well done young man! Will Richardson stepped in and played fly half for the Pink team, much to the delight of his father who reminisced of the days when he could once side step, run, catch, pass and order the backline about without fear of breaking a sweat or tweaking a hammy!!!

Needless to say both sides won their opening games with relative ease and only conceding 1 try a piece. The opposition switched over and the Blues faced Sale. After working out and putting into practice all the things they had been covering in training they ran in eight unanswered tries in the first half!!! We shuffled things about a bit and put players out of position to try and make the game a bit more of a contest, but this made things worse!! Alex Davies moved to fly half and Jacko Jnr to scrum half. Alex D had so much more time at fly half he scythed through the Sale defensive line to score instantly. Jacko the jackler, now being even closer to the breakdown won numerous turnovers and has really made this his speciality; look and learn forwards, you can’t be outdone by a back!!!!! I’m not sure what the final score was but it was somewhere in the region of 14 tries to nil! Great performance lads.

The Pink team eventually ran out winners against Marple in a more evenly contested game as Marple got into their stride. A great morning of rugby was had by all the lads. Even those on the losing sides came of the pitch with a smile, such was the spirit the games were played in. The Sale coaches were aghast at some of the audacious back line moves orchestrated by our boys which resulted in some fantastic tries and a great spectacle of running rugby.

Quote of the day “ I’m not passing the ball to the backs anymore, I passed it twice and they dropped it!!” Carl Droy who has been encouraged to off load a little more. Looks like we’ll have to try and convince him all over again!! In the backs defence Carl passes like he runs; well hard!!!!

Well done lads, great team spirit.

Matt Bowden


Rotary Club Swimathon

Please see below from Gery, our fantastic Bar Manager.

“The ladies of the bar will be fielding 1, possibly 2 teams in this years Rotary Club Swimathon on 8th March 2015 at Macclesfield Leisure Centre. We’ve already had a fair few quid pledged / donated and would obviously like to get as much as possible, 50% of which will go direct to the Rotary Club and the remaining 50% to our chosen charity – more than likely East Cheshire Hospice.”

Look out for sponsorship forms arounfd the club or contact Bev in the office

 

OHS-Jantzen-beach


 OLD MEN NEED HELP!

March 14th 2015 sees a re-match between Macclesfield Vets XV & Leamingtonians Vets VX, with the game being played at Priory Park. Mark Fearn is looking for a few more players to assist next week, so if you fancy a run out and a bit of fun (full match or just a guest appearance for a few minutes) please contact Mark Fearn – mark.fearn@openreach.co.uk

Kick off at 1.00 pm followed by Lunch and England V. Scotland on t.v. If you`re not going to Albania to watch first team, why not come down to watch some real old fashioned rugby skills!!

IT`S LIKE RUGBY BUT SLOWER!!


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 – 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


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

irb_rugby_world_cup_2015_logo

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


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


From The Chair 26

 A WEEK ON SUNDAY TO RAISE £9,000!

Raffle tickets need to be sold by March 8th!  Please make an extra effort to sell yours………..we desperately need the money to improve the playing pitches for the benefit of the Mini Junior Section & Football section.  See further down for table of who has (and more importantly hasn`t!) sold tickets.


BLUES OUT MUSCLED AT THE ROCK

A plucky performance by The Blues against a very powerful Rosslyn Park side, wasn`t enough to stop the London side securing a victory in their search for promotion.  A very dubious penalty try opened the scoring for Park, but Macc`s top try scorer Matt King, produced some individual magic from the resultant kick off, snatching the ball from the sky and canrering over untouched in the corner.  Park came back strongly and had secured the bonus point before half time.  An early strike at the start of the 2nd half saw the hosts stretch their lead,  but a tenacious 2nd period meant the Blues had the lions share of possesion & territory for the last 35 minutes and were rewarded with another Matt King try (number 15 for the season).

Another great effort from the Treacle Town boys, but not in the end, enough points on the board.  Special mention should be made of Marshall Gadd, playing on the tight head side of the scrum for the first time, and young Josh Hearn who came on at prop, soon after the start to replace Shane Heffanen, who himself had started in place of Billy Robinson who pulled out just prior to kick off.

I have now lost count of the number of times I`ve been told afterthe game byopposition fans, players and officials “I can`t believe you`re bottom of the League, playing like that”

RESULTS AROUND PRIORY PARK

The Lions travelled to Fylde where they won a really tight tame 25-22, table topping 3rds beat Bowden 38-5 at Priory Park and the 4ths/Vets conceded to Eagle.


RUGBY THIS WEEKEND

The Blues host top of the league Ealing at 3.00, the Lions are also at home and face Sale, the 3rds travel the short distance to Headlands Road to take on Stockport  whilst the 4ths/Vets entertain Marple at Priory Park.

Prior to the Ealing game Lunch & Crunch will be served at around 1.30 – £10 plus entry for 2 courses…….great value!! Menu is;

Beef Bourguignon with Colcannon mash followed by a selection of English & continental cheeses from the cheese board.


NEWS ITEMS

Please could I ask those in charge of teams, from Under 6`s to The Lions, including the Football section, to send me items of interest, news, results etc. etc. I can`t mention your sucesses, events, festivals, tounaments, news items unless you inform me of what`s happening.


FEBRUARY 200 CLUB WINNERS

£100- D.J Smith

£60 -Nick Hynes

£30 – Phil Adshead


Lunch Dates for remainder of season;

As mentioned above, Lunch & Crunch this Saturday for the visit of Ealing and with only 1 `formal` lunch left available this season, the chnces to dine and watch a great game of rugby are running out.  With the last formal lunch being the `Ex Players` Lunch, we already have 3 tables of former players booked in, plus Cinderford have indicated they will want a table or 2, so if you want to watch the last match at home this season, get your skates on!

28th February – Ealing Trailfinders (re scheduled) Lunch & Crunch (Beef Bourguignon with colcannon mash followed by cheese and biscuits) £10 plus entry

7th March – Loughborough Students – Mini/Junior/Youth Lunch plus Lunch & Crunch £10 plus entry

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!


BIRTHDAY WISHES!

I`m sure you`d all like to join me in wishing one of our fantastic barmaids – Elaine – a Happy Birthday for Wednesday. 

Feel free to sing Happy Birthday on Saturday, or better still……………..buy Elaine a drink!!

Elaine shares her Birthday with other noteable folk such as;  Edward Plantagenet, the 17th Earl of Warwick (25 February 1475 – 28 November 1499) the son of George Plantagenet the 1st Duke of Clarence, and a potential claimant to the English throne during the reigns of both Richard 111 (1483–1485) and his successor, Henry v11 (1485–1509);

and also Tranquilino Luna (February 25, 1849 – November 20, 1892),a Delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the Territory of New Mexico, who was born in Los Lunas, New Mexico!!


Junior Blues Turn Blue!!!!!!!!!!!

Rochdale 28 – 28 Macclesfield

On a bitterly cold and wet winters day the Junior Blues travelled up to Rochdale. Previous meetings have seen the Macc Under 12s comfortably beat our opponents by 30 odd points a time. However, everyone involved in rugby knows it’s how well you play on the day that counts, not history!!

Playing in to a gale force wind the hail started to fall (or fly sideways!!) and the game started at a furious pace. Rochdale fired the ball out to their giant of a centre who just tucked it up his jumper and swatted our noticeably smaller backs out of the way for the first try. Such was his power and pace he would not look out of place in our U14s or possibly U15s side! This happened a further 2 times in the first half despite some good tackle attempts from our backs and we soon found ourselves 21 – 0 down. Not good for moral!!

It must be said Rochdale didn’t have it all their own way. The territory was definitely with Macc, but any spilled ball was quickly picked up and shipped out to the Rochdale backs. Although we managed to contain the main threat most of the time, we just ran out of numbers on occasion as we were physically overpowered. Just on the stroke of half time though our forwards had decided enough was enough and really took it to the Rochdale pack in the scrum. A powerful drive gave Alex Davies enough time and space to score a trade mark try from 5m out. This seemed to lift the spirits just in time for the break.

Half time saw a number of positional changes and personnel changes to ensure everyone got on for a run about. This time with the wind at our backs and our tails up after our late score we took to the field with a little more confidence. We started to spin the ball wide quickly to give our wingers more time and space to attack. This worked to great effect as you don’t have to ask Morgan twice to turn on the speed. Within seconds of the restart Morgan had set the pitch alight and scored our second try of the afternoon. This lifted the entire team as Morgan let out a roar of delight as he touched down. He enjoyed it so much he did exactly the same again from the kick off!!! This put us all square at 21 – 21.

Some good positional play from Ben and Louie interchanging at standoff had led to a Rochdale lineout deep in their own 22m area. A thumping hit from Max Demspey on their big prop saw him spill the ball and the ever present Harry Marchington (I swear there are sometimes two of him on the pitch!) pounced like a cat on the loose ball, scooped it up and burst through the cover defence to score. 28 – 21 to Macc!!!

Rochdale were not happy and clearly saw their chances of victory slipping away. The next 5 minutes saw them battering our line with their big centre. Max Langley did a quick look to the heavens before he threw his body in the path of the oncoming centre, although not a truly orthodox tackle he gave everything he could to stop the try being scored. The collision was a big one and Max had managed to cause a knock on and save a try. However, somehow Rochdale ended up with the scrum and from 5m out the result was inevitable, they passed the ball down the line to the big lad who powered over for his, and Rochdale’s forth try of the morning.

Not content with a draw we took it straight back to Rochdale and from another sniping run Alex Davies was inches short of the try line (he did actually say that on a warm, dry day he would have scored, he didn’t want to knock on, very clever for a young man). Unfortunately the resulting ruck led to a Rochdale scrum and they cleared their lines with a thumping kick down field. This was quickly picked up by Morgan who set off again at breakneck speed only to be brought down by their big centre, who to be fair was a very good player.

This is where the game finished after a mighty comeback from the Under 12s. Well done boys, games like that build character and show the true meaning of being part of a team. We could easily have crumbled in the face of the wind, sleet, snow and Goliath in the centre! But we didn’t, we fought on and did the shirt proud!

Matt Bowden


PLEA FOR REFEREE.

The under 15`s are looking for a ref. for their cup game on Sunday March 1st, 11.00am kick off at Priory Park. If you are able to assist, please contact Eldon Burke; eldontooth@aol.com


MINI/JUNIIOR 500 CLUB

The results of Feb’s M&J 500 club draw;

£40 – Andy Noble

£30 – Joanna Bennett

£20 – Andy Noble (the benefit of buying more than 1 ticket per month J)

£15 – Mathew Bowden (well his wife Rachel took the cheque !!)


Rotary Club Swimathon

Please see below from Gery, our fantastic Bar Manager.

“The ladies of the bar will be fielding 1, possibly 2 teams in this years Rotary Club Swimathon on 8th March 2015 at Macclesfield Leisure Centre. We’ve already had a fair few quid pledged / donated and would obviously like to get as much as possible, 50% of which will go direct to the Rotary Club and the remaining 50% to our chosen charity – more than likely East Cheshire Hospice.”

Look out for sponsorship forms arounfd the club or contact Bev in the office

 

OHS-Jantzen-beach


World Beach Rugby

Would your team like to participate in our Beach Rugby Tournament at the city of Alcudia in Majorca, Spain, the 6th and 7th of June 2015?

World Beach Rugby is proud to organize the most International Beach Rugby Tournaments.

We will be hosting male and female teams from all around Europe. The best teams as well as elite players will be at our Tournament. Elite players will perform rugby clinics during the Tournament. It will be a great opportunity to learn from the best!

Come and enjoy rugby with us!

Please, do not hesitate to contact us at info@worldbeachrugby.comfor any enquiry. http://www.worldbeachrugby.com/

 


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 check the MRUFC website for details in the next few days.


£9,000 FOR MACCLESFIELD RUFC!!

Sounds great doesn`t it!! Just think what we could do with £9,000??!?! Improve the pitches to the benefit of all sections, repair and improve the astro turf in order that we can prolong its life and produce much needed revenue, improve the totally inadequate toilet facilities.

Well, £9,000 is sat there in your kit bag, on the mantlepiece, in the kitchen draw, in your jacket pocket and it will stay there until you sell your RFU raffle tickets.

Please don`t come complaining 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

As you can see from the table below, it`s been a pretty poor effort so far!

 

Players

Books

Sold

%

1st XV

22

60

60

100%

2nd XV

20

60

 

0

3rd XV

20

60

 

0

4th XV

20

60

35

58%

U6

17

51

15

29%

U7

29

87

21

24%

U8

40

120

 

0

U9

41

123

32

26%

U10

28

84

21

25%

U11

35

105

4

0

U12

20

60

 

0

U13

27

81

7

9%

U14

32

96

52

54%

U15

28

84

 

0

U16

29

87

 

0

Colts

21

63

 

0

VP’s

156

468

204

44%

U8 (F)

13

39

 

0

U10 (F)

19

57

 

0

U11 (F)

11

33

 

0

U12 (F)

35

105

 

0

Total

663

1983

421

21%

 

We have until Sunday 8th March to sell our tickets !!

The following teams haven’t sold a single book!!

2nd XV, 3rd XV, U8, U11, U12, U15, U16, Colts, ALL the Football section

There are £8,100 worth of tickets still out there to be sold

3 books of tickets!! That`s all we`re asking! Why is it so difficult to sell £15 worth of tickets?? If you can sell more……..fantastic, but make sure you sell 3 books.


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


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, MRUFC Secretary; Pete Harper – MRUFC Chairman; Charlie Harper – youngest Harper; Jonathan Marsh- Retail Sales Manager Halliwell Jones BMW Wilmslow, Kevin Wright, Captain Chaos (Steve Branch), Nick Cooke and Charlie Jenkins.

Could do with a couple of Ladies to even up the balance a bit…………come on


VETS RUGBY REVIVED! (Well, for 1 game anyway!)

March 14th 2015 sees a re-match between Macclesfield Vets XV & Leamingtonians Vets VX, with the game being played at Priory Park.

Kick off at 1.00 pm followed by Lunch and England V. Scotland on t.v. If you`re not going to Albania to watch first team, why not come down to watch some real old fashioned rugby skills!!

IT`S LIKE RUGBY BUT SLOWER!!


RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015

irb_rugby_world_cup_2015_logo

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


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


From The Chair 24

BRAVE BLUES BEATEN AT BUTTS

Saturday saw The Blues travel to promotion chasing Coventry (unbeaten in 19 matches) at the Butts Park Arena and after a sluggish start which saw Macc concede 21 points in as many minutes, the Macc Lads took the game to their much vaunted hosts and finished the 1st half in the ascendancy, scoring 1 try and being very unlucky with 2 more chances.  In the end, that was the difference between the 2 teams, Coventry turning every chance into points whereas Macclesfield had the lions share of possesion and territory, but were unable to penetrate the home defences.  They also had the fastest rugby player I`ve seen in a long time, in Dan Rundle, who scored a scintillating hat trick to seal the match for the hosts.

RESULTS AROUND PRIORY PARK

Priory Park was ice bound on Saturday, meaning the 2nds & 4ths games were postponed and the 3rds lost away at Crewe & Nantwich 15-30Lions


RUGBY THIS WEEKEND

The Blues host `Club` Blackheath 3.00 k.o., The Lions travel to Cheshire rivals Chester, the 3rds entertain Glossop at Priory Park and the 4ths/Vets are away at Trafford M.V.  All k.o. at 2.15.  Good luck to all our teams this weekend.

The postponed game v. Ealing has been re scheduled for February 28th at Priory Park. 3.00pm k.o. Lunch & Crunch £10 plus entry (2 course sit down lunch for £10!)

As mentioned, this Saturday 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.

There are still a few places left……………….

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


NEWS ITEMS

Please could I ask those in charge of teams, from Under 6`s to The Lions, including the Football section, to send me items of interest, news, results etc. etc. I can`t mention your sucesses, events, festivals, tounaments, news items unless you inform me of what`s happening.


Lunch Dates for remainder of season;

28th February – Ealing Trailfinders (re scheduled) Lunch & Crunch £10 plus 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


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 check the MRUFC website for details in the next few days.


£9,000 FOR MACCLESFIELD RUFC!!

Sounds great doesn`t it!!  Just think what we could do with £9,000??!?!  Improve the pitches to the benefit of all sections, repair and improve the astro turf in order that we can prolong its life and produce much needed revenue, improve the totally inadequate toilet facilities.

Well, £9,000 is sat there in your kit bag, on the mantlepiece, in the kitchen draw, in your jacket pocket and it will stay there until you sell your RFU raffle tickets.

Please don`t come complaining 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

 As you can see from the table below, it`s been a pretty poor effort so far!

 

 

Raffle Ticket Distribution 2014 – 2015

 

 

%

 

Players

Books

Numbers

 

 

1st XV

22

60

30051 – 30350

60

100%

2nd XV

20

60

30351 – 30650

 

0

3rd XV

20

60

30651 – 30950

 

0

4th XV

20

60

30951 – 31250

 

0

U6

17

51

31251 – 31500

9

6%

U7

29

87

31501 – 31935

21

24%

U8

40

120

31936 – 32500

 

0

U9

41

123

32501 – 33100

18

15%

U10

28

84

33101 – 33500

9

11%

U11

35

105

33501 – 34000

 

0

U12

20

60

34001 – 34300

 

0

U13

27

81

34301 – 34700

7

9%

U14

32

96

34701 – 35180

46

48%

U15

28

84

35181 – 35600

 

0

U16

29

87

35601 – 36035

 

0

Colts

21

63

36036 – 36350

 

0

VP’s

156

468

36351 – 38690

186

40%

 

 

 

39796 – 41015

 

0

U8 (F)

13

39

38691 – 38985

 

0

U10 (F)

19

57

38986 – 39270

 

0

U11 (F)

11

33

39270 – 39735

 

0

U12 (F)

35

105

39270 – 39795

 

0

Total

663

1983

 

356

18%

 

The following teams haven’t sold a single book!!

2nd XV, 3rd XV, 4th XV, U8, U11, U12, U15, U16, Colts, ALL the Football section

There are £8,100 worth of tickets still out there to be sold

3 books of tickets!!  That`s all we`re asking!  Why is it so difficult to sell £15 worth of tickets??  If you can sell more……..fantastic, but make sure you sell 3 books.


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


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, MRUFC Secretary; Pete Harper – MRUFC Chairman; Charlie Harper – youngest Harper; Jonathan Marsh- Retail Sales Manager Halliwell Jones BMW Wilmslow.


 VETS RUGBY REVIVED!  (Well, for 1 game anyway!)

March 14th 2015 sees a re-match between Macclesfield Vets XV & Leamingtonians Vets VX, with the game being played at Priory Park. 

Kick off at 1.00 pm followed by Lunch and England V. Scotland on t.v.  If you`re not going to Albania to watch first team, why not come down to watch some real old fashioned rugby skills!!

IT`S LIKE RUGBY BUT SLOWER!!

 


  RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015

irb_rugby_world_cup_2015_logo

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


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


From The Chair 23

WEATHER HIT WEEKEND

Unsurprisingly, all home matches were called off on Saturday & Sunday due to Priory Park being under a 4″ covering of snow, which looked really pretty but made any kind of rugby impossible.  Once the snow and ice have melted, the pitches are going to be waterlogged and muddy with the volunteer groundsmen having their work cut out to make the pitches playable over the next few weeks. Please be supportive of their efforts and respect any decisions made regarding not using pitches (not taken lightly) made by them. 

Which brings me onto another subject……………., specifically, the lack of RFU Raffle Tickets being sold to raise money to improve the pitches and astro turf.  To date, 7% of tickets have been sold, 7%!!……….and the majority of those have been sold by VP`s, not players or parents who will benefit from the improved pitches.

We need you to start selling your allocation of tickets…………….don`t come complaining 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 – If you haven`t received yours, please contact Bev in the office –  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………….

RESULTS AROUND PRIORY PARK

Lions were away to Preston Grasshoppers and won a tight encounter 12-13.


RUGBY THIS WEEKEND

The Blues visit 2nd placed Coventry, the Lions host Caldy, table topping 3rds are away at Crewe & Nantwich whilst the 4ths/Vets entertain Oswestry.  Unsure where Colts are this weekend.

The postponed game v. Ealing has been re scheduled for February 28th at Priory Park.   3.00pm k.o. Lunch & Crunch £10 plus entry (2 course sit down lunch for £10!)


NEWS ITEMS

Please could I ask those in charge of teams, from Under 6`s to The Lions, including the Football section, to send me items of interest, news, results etc. etc.  I can`t mention your sucesses, events, festivals, tounaments, news items unless you inform me of what`s happening. 


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

28th February – Ealing Trailfinders (re scheduled) Lunch & Crunch £10 plus 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


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


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, MRUFC Secretary; Pete Harper – MRUFC Chairman; Charlie Harper – youngest Harper; Jonathan Marsh- Retail Sales Manager Halliwell Jones BMW Wilmslow.


RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015

irb_rugby_world_cup_2015_logo

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


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


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


Deano 1_n

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

irb_rugby_world_cup_2015_logo

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,

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Pete Harper

Chairman Macclesfield MRUFC