£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.
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.
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.
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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 email@example.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
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
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,
Chairman Macclesfield MRUFC