BLUES BLOW AWAY TYNEDALE
In a dominant 2nd half performance, Macclesfield Blues scored 35 unanswered points (5 converted tries) and at times were sublime in their execution and power, ensuring another full bag of points. If the Blues had played the same way in the first half, the score might heave been embarrassing, but Giles is still waiting for that elusive 80 minutes of concentration. Another enforced change in the starting lineup meant there were first time starts for Jake Evens at scrum half and Dan Lomax at full back, with Max Smith making a welcome return to the squad and having a big impact in the 2nd half. However, perhaps the biggest impact was made by returning prop, Marshall Gadd who dominated the tight play in the 2nd half and was rewarded with a rare try.
Josh Fowles grabbed a 2nd half hat trick to add to the opening try of the game and there were tries for both Elliott`s, Brierley & Millar Mills again!, and a classy individual try from Welsh fly half Lewis Barker who also slotted 6 out of 7 conversion attempts. Once again, The Blues showed there attacking intent by not taking any kicks at goal from penalties.
AROUND THE PARK
The Lions thrashed Sandbach 84-0 to get back to winning ways and have the opportunity to gain revenge on Sale when they visit Heywood Road on Saturday, the 3rds & 4ths had to concede games due to a lack of players and take on Liverpool Collegiate (H) and Eagle (A) respectively. Sunday sees the Colts entertain Manchester ko 2.00pm
As you may be aware, we host ambitious Sale FC on Saturday 19th December and the match will be preceded by our ever popular Christmas Lunch. As the Christmas lunch is always oversubscribed, with several members being disappointed, we have given some thought as to how we can try to ensure loyal supporters of the lunches are given priority.
With this in mind, and to be fair to everyone, we will be offering priority to those who attend a Lunch on either the 17th October v. Otley or November 21st v. Leicester Lions.
Therefore, if you are planning on booking a place at The Christmas Lunch, please ensure you book a place for the Otley or Leicester lunches ASAP
- 17th October v Otley – Formal Pre Match Lunch – 3 courses £15 + entry (still some places available)
- 7th November v. Sandal – Barry`s World Famous Pie Lunch at 1.30 – 2 courses for £10, plus entry
- 21st November v. Leicester Lions – Formal Pre Match Lunch – 3 courses £15 + entry
Why not get a table together with some pals and enjoy the `craic` before the big event?? Contact Bev in the office to reserve your place.
CHESHIRE CUP SEMI FINAL
Macclesfield RUFC take on local rivals Sandbach in the semi final of the Cheshire Cup on Saturday October 31st with a 12.00 pm kick off (to be confirmed). Sandbach play at;
YOUR RUGBY CLUB NEEDS YOU
Ten members of Macclesfield Rugby Club will each row 30,000 meters in relay over 24 hrs. using a single rowing machine set up at the Rugby Club to raise money for our club and for the East Cheshire Hospice. The pace needed to achieve the challenge is 6,354 meters every 30 minutes.
50% of all the money raised will be donated to the East Cheshire Hospice as part of our duty of care in the community and in recognition of the valuable work they do. 50% will go towards the purchase of kit and equipment needed by Macclesfield Rugby Club and to support the improvement of the Club’s facilities for the community.
The 24 hour challenge starts at Macclesfield Rugby Club at lunchtime on Friday 30th October 2015.
The Big Finish at lunchtime on Rugby World Cup Final Day, Saturday 31st October 2015. Please support these good causes and encourage friends, family, relations and work colleagues to donate through the Justgiving site and let’s raise as much as we can for our club and our community hospice.
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UNDER 13`S REPORT
UNDER 13`S REPORT
Strong display blows Warrington away!
The Junior Blues (U13s) travelled over to Warrington on Sunday for what has always stood to be a tough fixture. Over the years the scores have been very close between the two sides with usually only a score either way deciding the victor
On a perfect sunny, Sunday morning we selected a strong starting XV from our squad of 21 and had the luxury of a very strong bench. From the whistle it was plain to see that the Blues wanted to continue where they left off the previous week against Chester and within 15 minutes had fired into a 19 point lead!
The sight of the rampaging Renshaw up the middle of the park was enough to put the frighteners up the Warrington defence; and if that wasn’t enough when he was eventually hauled to the ground the Warrington boys had the task of dealing with the physicality of Smith clearing out vast numbers of Warrington players at the ruck and forming an immoveable object over the ball. This display of power combined with the deft handling of Gray in the centres gave the wings Morgan and Tom acres of space to eat up the turf as they galloped down the touchline. Matty was eventually yellow carded for a team offence of persistent off side. Wonder why he was picked on?
On a slightly more serious note though we have to remember to stay behind the back foot at rucks and mauls to avoid giving away easy penalties!!
Young Jakubowski, once again showed off his strengths under the high ball, his razor sharp place kicking from all angles and his fearless tackling. The half backs of Davies and Bowden had much more time this week given the solid platform provided from the forwards. One particular high light was how they worked their exit strategy out, with Davies controlling the forwards and firing a 15 yard bullet pass to Bowden in the 22 who put left boot to ball and sent Warrington back to the half way line for a line out. Great play, vision and execution from the two young players.
We made several changes to the starting team and this always causes a little disruption no matter who comes on or goes off and is just part of the game, but the boys soon settled in and got to work. It was great to see Cameron Dow for his first game of the season and what a strong display he treated the spectators to; with hard running, physical hits, great ball placement in the tackle and some good defence. Alex Martin came on to give Marchington a much deserved rest and put in some big hits with great grit and determination. King Carlos had a stint at No8 and was part of a flowing move which ended in a try. Carl has become a bit of a master at the turn-over, whether it is at the ruck or merely ripping it out of the oppositions arms, however this year he has added a good pass to his skill set and is using this to good effect.
Although I had to leave early after the match it doesn’t stop recognition being given where it is due. Although there are many boys who could of won the Man of the Match, my choice would be to award it to Max Langley who seems to have mastered the chop tackle after bringing down player after player on the Warrington side and works tirelessly from start to finish. This coupled with his shadow Dempsey, is becoming an effective combination in loose play. It was a tight decision and so it must also be mentioned that the moment of the match for me was the handoff from Will Smith which sent the would be Warrington tackler hurtling into next week!!
Another great team performance in which the whole squad played a part in a 40 – 19 victory! Next week it gets tougher again as we visit Lymm who we have also drawn in the cup. Lymm always provide stern opposition and although we beat them early last season, they managed to beat us the last time we met at the Wilmslow Festival. We will need a strong performance from the squad to have success next week!!!
Well done again lads, and thanks to Warrington for hosting us.
TRAINING THIS WEEK, WEDNESDAY 6PM – 7.30/8PM ON THE FIRST TEAM PITCH UNDER FLOOD LIGHTS.
“WILL & PIE CLUB”
In the light of the extremely generous donation left to the club by Peter Brown when he passed away last year, former MRUFC President and Hon life Member, Tony Close, has come up with a particularly novel and painless way of raising funds for the club.
In a nutshell, members pledge to leave some money in their will to the Rugby Club, in return, they are entitled to 1 lunch every season (until the will kicks in!!). The amount pledged is confidential and isn`t disclosed until the will is published – no minimum figure (or maximum!!). Tony already has 21 members signed up and the first meeting of the “Will & Pie” club is for the lunch on November 21st v. Leicester Lions.
Tony originally wrote to those members over 60, but the club is open to anyone who likes the idea – just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be pleased to fill you in on any detail.