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

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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


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


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