BLUES UNDONE BY INDISCIPLINE
The Blues played host to Wharfedale on Saturday in front of a large Festive crowd, but went down by 24 – 32 despite leading by 17 – 12 at the break. The visitors took full advantage of Macclesfield having 2 players sent to the sin bin by scoring 20 unanswered points in the time Macc had 14 (13 at 1 point) players on the pitch. That was undoubtadly the difference and is another harsh lesson for The Blues to take on board………at this level, indiscipline and mistakes will be severley punished. There was some encouragement for the injury hit Blues (without several experienced plyers again) in that they scored 4 well worked tries and looked extremely dangerous on occasions. The home side`s cause wasn`t helped by some “difficult to understand” refereeing decisions, but that`s something you have to live with. Next up is Cinderford away followed by another road trip, this time to Fylde befor returning to Priory Park on January 3rd where we host Esher.
RESULTS AROUND PRIORY PARK
As mentioned, The Blues hosted Wharfedale and lost 24 – 32, the Lions travelled to Sandbach and won 24 – 55, the 3′s were away to New Brighton 2′s and won 22 – 23 to go top of the table, and the 4ths/Vetss were at home to Linley & Kidsgrove and won 26 – 12 with the evergreen Matt Harding rolling back the years and scoring 2 tries (both length of the field efforts I`m reliably informed!). This game also saw another veteran of MRUFC playing his 300th game for the club – Congratulations Fozzy! On Sunday the Colts lost with the last kick of the match at local rivals Stockport, 18-20.
A big Thanks to all of those who attended the Christmas Lunch on Saturday (120+!) with all areas of the club represented. Also huge Thanks to those who worked tirelessly to ensure the day ran smoothly, including Maggie, Barry & all the waiting on staff, Gery, Elaine, Becky, Amanda, Sonia and the rest of the team behind the bar for keeping our glasses filled and last but not least, Seasond Greetings and Thanks to Santa Wilkey who M.C.`d the event impeccably (although he did get a little drunk later in the day – must have been at the Christmas sherry).
Following Saturdays game, the club house was reminicscent of Kings College Chapel, Cambridge on Christmas Eve, as the room was filled with the wonderful sound of Christmas Carols, lead by the angelic voices of the 1st XV, all suitably attired in Christmas sweaters, and joined by the dulcet tones of Bad Santa and an array of others would be choristers.
RUGBY THIS WEEKEND
The Blues travel to the Forest of Dean to take on fellow strugglers Cinderford, whilst the remainder of the sides all play at home on Saturday with the Lions taking on Sedgley Park in what is always a fiesty affair, 3rds entertain Burnage and the 4ths/Vets host Northwich 3rds. All home matches kick off at 2.15 (should be an interesting fight for hot water in showers at 4.00!!)
Next Home Game for Blues
January 3rd sees the visit of Esher for what will be The Blues first home game in a month. There will be a 2 course lunch charged at £10 per head plus entrance, so if you fancy starting the New Year with a bite to eat, a spot of fresh air and a great game of rugby, then put in your new diary ASAP. Book lunch via Bev email@example.com
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 NEED UPGRADING, SO PLEASE MAKE AN EXTRA EFFORT THIS SEASON………….WE`RE ASKING YOU TO SELL 3 BOOKS!!
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.
Macclesfield Colts 18 Stockport Colts 20
The Colts were beaten by the last kick of the game in a tight encounter against local rivals Stockport. Bouncing back from conceding a try in the first minute, the Blues turned round at half time 10 -5 in front. Matt scored the first try, cutting inside from a pass from Mike after the backs had shifted the ball down the line, following some straight running from Ben. Ollie secured the extra two points with a well judged conversion from wide out. George’s straight running gave the Blues momentum until he had to retire with concussion after a heavy tackle. Will pressed and harried his opposite man in defence, giving him little room to manoeuvre and forcing the knock on. Ollie’s penalty conversion was the other score in the half after the opposition had infringed at the breakdown.
Now playing up the hill, the Blues extended their lead with another Ollie penalty, after Stockport had entered a ruck illegally. Two minutes later, the Blues were back on the scoreboard again. Tom spotted space behind the Stockport back line and kicked ahead. Aled won the chase to the touchdown just as the ball rolled into the in goal area, beating the defence and Tom’s dive for the score. Stockport them clawed their way back into the game with two tries, despite some desperate defence by the Blues on their own line. Jacko’s covering tackle prevented a certain score, as he raced across the pitch from the opposite wing to stop the attacker in his tracks. With the clock on 38 minutes, and one point in it, Macclesfield were caught offside just outside their twenty two. With no time for a lineout, Stockport went for the penalty shot at goal. The ball hit the crossbar and fell the wrong side for the Blues.
Nobody could be singled out as Man of the Match due to committed performances by the whole squad. However, there are lessons to be learnt about how to close out a tight game.
Squad: (1) Lewis Jones (2) Scott Greenway (3) Joe Stubbs (4) Matt Price (5) Doug Swallow (6)George Hodkinson (7) Lewis Pierce (8) Ben Hadfield (9) Harry Grant (10) Tom Leicester (11) Mike Green (12) Will Gregory (13) Callum Davies (14) Aled Williams (15) Ollie Aston (16) Elliot Jones (17) Callum Wright (18) Alex Soltau (19) George Jackson
Macclesfield Colts: Try: Matt Price (4) – 8m Conversion: Ollie Aston (15); Penalty: Ollie Aston (15) – 22m
Stockport: Try: (10) – 1m
Macclesfield Colts: Penalty: Ollie Aston (15) – 3m, Try: Aled Williams (14) – 5m
Stockport: Try: (7) – 18m, Conversion: (12); Try: (15) – 30m; Penalty: (14) – 38m
Under 7`s away at Altrincham Kersal
On the first particularly cold and miserable Sunday we’ve had so far this year it was off to Altrincham for Macclesfield Rugby Under 7’s. We took four teams of 5 or 6 players with us and on arrival found Altrincham had three teams. We quickly got some high energy training exercises going to keep all the lads warm while Altrincham organised themselves. Two games started fairly quickly and immediately Macclesfield looked to have the stronger teams Will Oliver was on fire showing some fantastic footwork despite the boggy conditions and Macclesfield’s defence was awesome with all players looking to relentlessly tag opponents this pressure lead to lots of turnovers which were converted into tries for Macclesfield.
After what seemed like an age we finally managed to get a third game underway which followed a similar pattern to the other two in that Macclesfield’s pressure defence and attacking prowess were just too much for a very ragged Altrincham side who really weren’t up for it in the cold conditions. Dylan Reens had his best game yet scoring a great try, and also doing some fantastic tagging. At the final whistle Altrincham informed us that was it and that particular team had had enough and were calling it a day which left us with one team having not played at all. We quickly rallied round there other teams and luckily they managed to find four players who agreed to play one more game so at least all our teams had played. A great game ensued with both teams showing some superb skills it was very evenly matched until an Alty player got injured all there other players had gone so Austin Keogh agreed to play for them and probably just tipped the match in their favour with a couple of brilliant tries. All in all not the most enjoyable Sunday we’ve had but credit to all the Macclesfield Players who despite the awful conditions showed 100% commitment to play regardless.
Gusty weather brings out a gutsy performance!
Macclesfield Under 12s 35 – 0 Didsbury Under 12s
Although the weather was absolutely atrocious the boys stuck to their task and really took it to Didsbury. The most pleasing thing about this match were the words of encouragement being exchanged between our players on the pitch when we perhaps pushed things too hard and they didn’t quite come off due to the conditions.
The hits were going in, the hands were cold, the kit soaking wet, but we never gave up. We are getting so good at holding up the bigger lads over our try line, excreting every bit of energy to deny the opposition scoring. It’s so easy to give up a little in that situation when you’re cold and wet and dominating a team. However we are proud of our defensive play and it certainly showed today.
All the lads got good game time and despite the conditions they all came off happy that the win was secured and our try line was not breached. Some boys got the opportunity to play in new positions which was great to see. This didn’t disrupt things as the core skills of all the boys are getting better and better by the week. Your hard work is paying of lads keep it up!!!
Training this week on the astro at the club 6pm – 7pm.
I have very little detail other than the U14’s played Warrington (Lancashire Champions last season) and matched them toe to toe even though they had 1 player was was 6ft 3inches at aged 14 !! The match ended a draw after some generous refereeing decisions, Macclesfield won on points !!!. Harry Harding (Son of Matt) played the game of his life and matched his Dad by scoring 2 tries.
Definitely a team Harding weekend !! (Even Megan his daughter turned up to watch!)
CHANCE TO EARN SOME MONEY!
We have a vacancy for a self motivated, driven person to work on a generous commision basis to find sponsors, partners and advertisers for MRUFC. If you feel you fit the bill, please contact myself in the first instance firstname.lastname@example.org
This `job` is as big as you want it to be and would benefit both the club and the individual financially.
CLUB HISTORIAN(S) SOUGHT
Macclesfield RUFC is heading swiftly towards it`s 140th anniversary (founded in 1877) in 2017 and has a rich and interesting history. As other clubs have, it would be great if we were to have a `Club Historian` to gather information, pictures, memorobilia etc and put together something in time for the 140th anniversary. Whilst this may seem a daunting task if taken on by one person, it may be an interesting, exciting and rewarding project for a group of people. If you feel you could assist in any way, either by being part of the team or providing information etc. please advise me in the first instance and hopefully we can put something together.
This picture is from the 1934/35 season………….80 years ago! and seems to be taken in front of a school pavillion (Kings?)
A CHRISTMAS TREAT!
Paul Bartle (club member and teacher at Kings School) and Fred Taylor (2nd team & Colts coach) are organising a try festival for Tuesday 23rd December when a Macclesfield Select take on a Kings Former Pupils team under the lights at Priory Park. It will fun, fast & furious! Kick off time and final details to be decided, but put in your diary now!
Please feel free to e-mail any news, items etc. related to the Rugby Club (to; email@example.com) and if appropriate, I`ll be happy to add to this column.
All The Best,
Chairman Macclesfield MRUFC