BLUES 31 PRESTON GRASSHOPPERS 3
The Blues secured their 2nd win at Priory Park in successive weeks with a commanding performance against a game and sometimes feisty Grasshoppers side and secured the first bonus point of the season, crossing the whitewash 5 times.
A powerful display by the pack ensured Macc were always on the front foot allowing The Blues to show some delightful running rugby. The visitors came under extreme pressure from a dominant Macc front row, meaning what little possession they won, they were always under pressure, allowing Macc to keep Preston down to just 2 attempts at goal, with only 1 being successful. The Blues tries were distributed between backs and forwards alike with Ryan Parkinson (is Parky going for 30+ again this season?!), Elliott Miller Mills, Claphams Landscapes man of the match Jordan Brookes, full back Mat O`Reagan with the bonus point try & Mazzer all bagging one each. Fly half Lewis Barker adding to the tally with 3 conversions.
To illustrate the kind of rugby The Blues are playing, I can`t recall a single penalty attempt at goal – exciting stuff!
This Saturday sees The Blues visit the Midlands to take on winless Broadstreet. For anyone traveling to the game, please note kick off is 2.30 and Broadstreet play at the wonderful facilities at The Ivor Preece Field, 105 Rugby Road, Binley Woods, Coventry, Warwickshire CV3 2AY. Why not travel and support The Blues, with ko at 2.30 you will be back in Macc for the England v. Wales crunch game in The Rugby World Cup at 8.00!
The Blues game was preceded by The Lions entertaining great rivals Sedgley Park on the main pitch in front of a large crowd and they didn`t disappoint;
Lions 48 – Sedgley Park 17
The Lions took to the field on Saturday knowing that they had a stern test of their credentials ahead of them. Unfortunately for Park, the Lions raised their game from the previous week’s demolition of Birkenhead Park and produced some fine rugby to grace the main pitch, supported as ever by a lively crowd.
From the outset The Lions showed determination and team work to unlock last year’s Premiership runner ups within the first 2 minutes of the game when Walker crossed for the first score. It is this year’s trait that The Lions like to keep the opposition in touching distance and scores were swapped throughout the first half with the Lions always keeping their noses in front but allowing Park to always be close in score. So after the first score Park responded with one of their own after some poor defensive work by the Lions. The game then became very attractional and neither team could stamp their authority so when Thorpe crossed for the second score on 19 minutes, Sedge were allowed to respond within 5 minutes. At half time the scores were evenly poised at 14 -14.
Once again the Lions can out after the break and played some fantastic rugby with all players stepping their game involvement and scored a further 34. Tries were scored at regular interval by Barnes, Lomax, Watkins and Robinson, with Taylor converting all the scores and a couple of penalties, if fact only missing 2 attempts all day.
To date the Lions have scored 29 tries with only 4 scored against in 3 league games.
The Final score ending up at 48-17 with the Lions once again heading the league table. This Saturday the Lions entertain unbeaten Waterloo at home with a 3pm kick off
15 D Lomax 1 Try 14 C Burke 13 J Taylor 2 Penalties, 6 Conversions 12 K Watkins 1 Try 11 P Hardwick
10 S Sheratte 9 J Walker 1 Try 1 J Hear 2 D Sheratte 3 W Robinson 1 Try 4 G Barnes 1 Try 5 P Milne
6 M Thorpe 1 try 7 J Palmer 8 O Kenny 16 J Kenny 17 R Higginson 18 B Lewis
This Saturday the Lions entertain unbeaten Waterloo at home with a 3pm kick off. If you`re not planning to travel to Broadstreet, come down and watch The Lions…………it`s great rugby!
AROUND THE PARK LAST WEEK
As mentioned above, both the Blues & Lions were winners on Saturday, however, the thus unbeaten 3rds came second best against Crewe & Nantwich 2nds in a close encounter and lost 19-24. The 4ths travelled the short distance to local rivals Congleton and had a great win against their 2nd team coming out on top by 36 points to 5.
PRIORY PARK ACTION THIS WEEKEND
The Blues are at Broadstreet in National League 2, Macc. Lions entertain unbeaten Waterloo in the Premiership, the 3rds visit Wirral to take on their 2nds in Division 1, and the 4ths host local rivals Lymm at Priory Park in Division 4. All games kick off at 3.00pm
PRE MATCH LUNCHES
Why not book a table with mates, wives, husbands, girlfriends, neighbours, or just a place for yourself and we`ll try to sit you with some of your contemporaries.
- 3rd October v. South Leicester – Formal Lunch (3 courses, £15 + entry) followed by World Cup Dinner England v Australia 8pm (see below)
- 17th October v Otley – Otley Pie Lunch (2 courses, £10 + entry)
- 7th November v. Sandal – Formal Pre Match Lunch with Guest Speaker (3 courses £15 + entry)
Book your place via Bev in the office.
A gentle reminder that subs are due, so please ensure you`re not one of those being chased for none payment in the weeks to come. Please note, playing membership carries a £20 surcharge if not paid by 15th October and a free season ticket is included if paid by the 15th so go to the website, click on `The Club` tab, scroll down to `Membership Forms` and become a member.
CAN YOU HELP WITH EMPLOYMENT FOR PLAYERS?
We currently have 2 players with signed contracts, looking for employment in the Macc area. If you have any (or know of any) vacancies, please contact myself in the first instance, and I`ll pass on details to Giles.
WORLD CUP KICKS OFF AT PRIORY PARK
Last Friday saw a sell out 3 course dinner at Priory Park prior to England kicking off the World Cup with a victory over Fiji. A huge vote of thanks to everyone who attended or helped, with special mention in dispatches for Mike Keeling who once again, organised the event. Part 2 sees England v. Australia. I believe there are a limited number of places still available so get in touch with Bev to book your place.
MRUFC FINANCIAL AGM
Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club
For the year ending 30th June 2015
In accordance with the rules of Macclesfield RUFC Ltd members are advised of, and invited to attend, this meeting which will be held in the President’s suite at the clubhouse, Priory Park, Priory Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4AF on Tuesday 29th September 2015 at 7.30pm.
- Apologies for absence
- To approve minutes of the Financial General Meeting held at the Club House on Monday 30th September 2014
- Welcome by Chairman – Pete Harper
- To receive and approve a Financial Statement for the preceding Financial Year ending 30th June 2015 – presented by the Director of Finance Peter White
- Treasurer to respond to questions raised by members – by permission of the chairman
- Any other business relevant to this meeting – by permission of the chairman
Secretary Macclesfield R.U.F.C. Ltd
LUCTONIANS OCTOBER 24TH
Macclesfield Blues travel to the beautiful Herefordshire countryside on Oct 24th to take on Luctonians. This is always a very social occasion and Lucs are great hosts. Why not take advantage and make a weekend of it by staying at The Bateman Arms? They are offering special rates (see below) and even offer a courtesy car to take you to & from the ground.
“We are situated in the village of Shobdon a 5 minute drive from the club. We have 6 rooms (3 Double (£65), a Twin (£80), a Triple (£120) (can be used as a twin ) and a Family room with 2 double beds. All are ensuite and the prices include breakfast. We have two Chefs who prepare very tasty food that continues to give us good reviews. Friday evening is darts night so there is plenty of life here and we offer a drop off and pick up from the Rugby Club on Saturday so the guests don’t have to “abstain” in order to drive.
We have a website that can be viewed at www.thebatemanarms.co.uk
If anyone would like to book ask them to call directly and I’ll see if we can apply a discount for a two night stay.
Good luck for the season and hopefully I’ll have time to get down a meet you on 24th if you travel with the team
01568 708 374″