BLUES AMBUSHED IN FOREST
The Blues made the long trek to Cinderford in The Forest of Dean on Saturday and were met with an early onslaught which had the game in the bag for the Foresters in the first 25 minutes. The Blues were caught defending too narrow on a couple of occasions leading to cross kicks being turned into tries, add in some poor tackling and some pinpoint conversions and the deficit was 35 points before the Blues had shaken off the coach journey. The second half saw Macc come out in a much more determined mood as they laid seige to the home try line and were rewarded with a try for Dean Williams, reaching out like Inspector Gadget to just about cross the whitewash. However, some extremely well organised defence from Cinderford ensured that would be the last time Macc troubled the scorers and the game ended with more injury worries as both Tom Eaton and Sam Moss had to leave the field before the second half.
The final match of 2015 for the Blues, is away to 3rd placed Fylde – a tough place to get a result, particularly in light of che lengthening injury list. If you are intending to go up the St. Annes to watch the game, I`m sure the team will apreciate all the support they can get in front of a very hostile & partisan crowd, kick off 3.00
RESULTS AROUND PRIORY PARK
As mentioned, The Blues travelled to Cinderford and lost 5 – 42, the Lions suffered a rare defeat against Sedgley Park 12-26, the 3′s hosted Burnage and won 34 – 10 to remain top of the table, and the 4ths/Vets were also at home to Northwich 3rds and ran out 24 – 10 winners.
RUGBY THIS WEEKEND
The Blues travel to the Lancashire coast to take on high flying Fylde, the Lions have the day off to complete the Christmas shopping (or help the 3rds and 4ths put out teams!!?) table topping 3rds play host to Warrington in the only game at Priory Park and the 4ths/Vets travel down the A6 to Heaton Moor 2nds.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CHANCE FOR THE RUGBY COMMUNITY TO PULL TOGETHER THIS CHRISTMAS
Please see below a message from the Chairman at Rochdale RUFC, Iain Coates. This is especially poignant at this time of year, particularly when a lot of us have sons or daughters of Tom`s age and this must be ecvery parent`s worst nightmare. It is impossible to imagine the torment Tom`s family are suffering and any assistance from the rugby world would be gratefully received. Many of you reading this will have played against Tom`s dad, Kevin as he captained Rochdale 1st team back in the 80`s and also captained their Veterans side when we had the Vets League, indeed, many of you may well have played rugby against Tom when you came across Rochdale. Please see what you can do to assist on this very sad occassion in the true spirit of our great game……….Thank You.
“To lead any organisation sometimes has its difficulties and sadly as Chairman of Rochdale RUFC this is one of mine.
Tom Thornton grew up in the family of Rugby here at Rochdale. His father Kevin is a former 1st Team Captain and Tom progressed right through the Minis and Juniors to represent our club at senior level. He is a mid-twenty year old lad living with his partner Chantelle and together they are expecting their first child in January.
However tragedy has struck. Tom has cancer of the bowel, liver and into his abdominal wall which means it is inoperable and the only treatment is palliative.
Tom and Chantelle are getting married on the 20thDecember and both families have pulled out all the stops to make this happen.
Tom’s, Chantelle’s and close friends of the family here at the club have got together and formed a Committee to establish a ‘Blueprint’ to assist, as best we can, in the short, medium and long term.
In the short term we have agreed that our club will endeavour, using all the methods we can, to ensure Tom and Chantelle get the most out of every minute and we will try to remove as much peripheral stresses as we can.
This is where you can help by way of a donation to Rochdale RUFC to help us to help Tom:
Sort Code: 05-07-22 Account Number: 24990316 (referenced Tom Thornton) or cheques can be made payable to RRUFC
Following on from this it is our intention to set up a Foundation/Trust and I will be contacting all members with the details of this and any events to be held moving forward.
Thank you in Anticipation”
Iain R. Coates
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!!
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 (U 12s) 68 – 7 Marple
Great display of running rugby today from the boys in blue. There were tries from all over the pitch involving all the players. I did start a list of scorers but got lost half way through!! I know Harry Marchington started the scoring and Morgan finished it!!
Well done boys and a great finish to the first half of the season. We have a nice deserved break now for Christmas, with some tough fixtures and festivals to look forward to in the New Year.
The Quarter Final draw for the Cheshire Cup is being made today so we should find out who our opponents are early next week as the results are posted on line. As soon as I know I’ll ping an email out.
No training this week.
Sunday is Lads V Dads (and or Mums!!). Fancy dress for all parents and coaches is Disney Characters. Meet at 10.30am on our usual pitch.
Lastly, it was great to see all the boys sit down together in the club house and enjoy the food put on by our hosts Marple, eating together, singing together (yes singing!!) and enjoying the atmosphere. Also a big well done to Smithy, our tight head super star. Smithy won man of the match for his superb body position in the rucks, picking and going and general work rate throughout the morning. Smithy chose a J2O for his prize and was quickly encouraged to down it in one by his team mates!! Not sure where they get these ideas from!!
Did anyone pick up jacko’s rugby bag today? Old style rucksack with AJ embroidered on it. It was left inside the door to the clubhouse and had gone later. Full rugby kit and jacko seniors phone – argh!!
This Sunday is Lads and Dads (or I gather other teams have arranged fun / novel matches for the older ones)
Please encourage as many to attend as possible as it makes for a great Rugby Atmosphere down at the Club.
- Fancy Dress (Disney Characters) for the Coaches (and anyone else willing and able)
- Approximately £600 prizes in the Christmas 500 club draw!
- Male Voice Choir
- Food available
CHARITY: We will be supporting the http://joiningjack.org charity on the day – FINES for coaches not in suitable attire, and asking people to put a small contribution into the collection. Please see the site for information/
In terms of the Raffle – Late notice I know – but one prize per age group should be achievable. Doesn’t have to be anything big! Please bring on the day – let Ange know what you manage to scrounge prior to the day please.
See you all there – 🙂
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 email@example.com
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; firstname.lastname@example.org) and if appropriate, I`ll be happy to add to this column.
All The Best,
Chairman Macclesfield MRUFC