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

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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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