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
- 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.
BLUES TAKE MAXIMUM POINTS AGAIN
Macclesfield Blues continued their impressive winning streak to make it 4 on the bounce and 20 points from the last 4 games with an average of 6 tries per game. South Leicester pitched up at priory Park with what must be the biggest, heaviest pack in National League 2 and put down a marker in the scrum and maul. However, The Blues got off to a fantastic start with a Mazzer try after just 3 minutes following some sleight of hand by Jordan Brookes, and then continued to up the pace throughout the game to run in further tries by Sam Moss, Elliot Brierly, Elliott Miller Mills, skipper Mike Finniemore, the ever improving Lewis Barker and Mazzer with his second. Having already beaten Chester away and Sale at home, South Leicester were a tough nut to crack and the Blues had to work hard to earn the points, particularly with several changes from the previous 2 games starting line ups. Martin Kent came in at loosehead to replace injured Marshall Gadd, Harrison Lewis made his starting debut in the 2nd row (Ben Jones dropping to the bench), Matt Thorpe made a deserved 1st xv season debut following some great games for the Lions, Tom Eaton returned at centre with Jake Evens starting on the wing. The exciting Charlie Venables came off the bench with 25 minutes to go for his debut, as did Shane Heffernan following a stint with the Irish Rugby League team.
It bodes well that The Blues put 47 past a strong South side without the likes of Marshall Gadd, Tom Mantell, Franky Barker, Rhodri Mayor & Matt King.
This Saturday, Macclesfield make the long trek up to Corbridge to take on Tynedale, a club relegated with Macc at the end of last season, and a notoriously difficult place to get a result. However, the Blues will be buoyed by recent results and by the fact they won there last season.
AROUND THE PARK
The Lions went over to Heywood Road and lost their unbeaten record to Sale when they suffered an unexpected defeat by 32-5, The 3rds entertained Bolton 2nds and came out on top by 25-20 and the 4ths had a great result away at Trafford MV where they won by 25-8.
This Saturday sees the Lions trying to get back on track at priory Park where they host local rivals Sandbach, the 3rds travel up into Lancashire to take on Rossendale whilst the 4ths are at home to Linley 2nds. All kick offs 3.00pm.
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.
Thanks for taking the time to visit our JustGiving page. https://www.justgiving.com/David-Wilkinson38/
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
“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.
MACCLESFIELD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB
As part of our process to build bridges and integrate with the community of Macclesfield and with other sporting bodies within our town, we are offering free entry to all Macclesfield Town season ticket holders for the visit of Otley on October 17th, providing they wear either a Macc Town or Macc rugby shirt. I would urge you to treat any and all Macc Town supporters as potential future club members (players!) and make them welcome at Priory Park and help them appreciate our great game of rugby.
Macclesfield Town are looking at reciprocating the offer at The Moss Rose ground later in the season, but in the meantime, if you can`t make it to watch The Blues at Tynedale on the 10th October, The Silkmen are playing Kidderminster at The Moss in a game televised live by BT Sport and all Students and Under 18`s are admitted free for the game.
September 500 Club Winners
£40 Angela Aggersbury, £30 Mavis Conroy, £20 Joanna Barton, £15 Paul Barton
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
MINI & JUNIOR SECTION REPORTS
The MJ section has kicked off in style with several of our teams taking part in tournaments, see below for Match Reports.
Manchester Festival – Macclesfield Under 7’s
A great day was had by all at our first Festival, 19 of the squad (boys and girls) created 4 teams and played against Chester, Heaton Moor, Fylde, Altrincham Kersal and Bowden.
All the players gave 100% and it was great for parents and coaches alike to witness that the skills being learnt on the training ground are transferring nicely in a match situation.
Well done the Under 7’s
We took 14 Under 11s to the Stockport RUFC Festival today to represent our 33 strong cohort against the best clubs in Cheshire, and a couple of Welsh touring sides.
Our lads must have stayed up with their dads watching the England vs Australia game on Saturday because they were asleep on their feet during their first game vs the Stockport A team in a game best forgotten. By our second game, the lads were beginning to wake up in a close fought game versus Lymm RUFC. By our third group game they had remembered the 3-man quick rucking and mauling that we’d spent September developing and our defending both at the breakdown and in receiving tactical kicks (something still unfamiliar to us) became superb
That put us in the semi’s for the Plate, the 2nd of the 3 cups up for grabs. The boys turned over Rhyll RUFC 6 tries to nil in a hard fought game with their reward being a berth in the final against Bowdon RUFC. It was an intense final in which I’m pleased to say the boys “clicked” with some polished rugby on display, resulting in a 2 try to nil victory. In the way the festival was organised this season, this meant that we were runners up in the overall festival
All 14 lads (Will Barton, Albert Bradshaw, James Budd, Josh Evenden, Road Elliott, Sam Davies, Joe Hartley, Haydn Keogh, Oliver Ransom, Finlay Usher, Edward Whittingham, Matthew Whylie, Dan Williams and Tom Wilmot) each made a superb contribution and it has been absolutely a pleasure watching them develop, whether over the last season or the last five. Special mention for today goes to Dan Williams as top scorer with 4 tries and a masterclass in quick reactions down the left wing; Tom Wilmot for some superb power runs towards the end, at one point carrying both the ball and half the opposition 10m up field through sheer determination; and Roan Elliot for scoring two tries and giving a masterclass in hard and low tackling. Bring on the season!
U12’s Stockport Festival 4th October 2015
On a gloriously sunny Sunday morning at Stockport Rugby Club, the Macc U12’s arrived half asleep for their first day of competitive rugby for the 2015-16 season.
We were drawn in a group with Sandbach, Waterloo and Didsbury Toc H.
The lads initially lost to a much improved Sandbach and then Waterloo, but after a mid tournament “pep talk” from the coaches secured a win over Didsbury Toc H.
This strangely qualified us into the semi final of the 2nd tier competition of the Plate, where we met old rivals Wilmslow. The boys were definitely up for this encounter and controlled the game in every department, taking a half time lead of 1-0 with a fantastic side to side flowing move with the ball going through all hands to score in the corner. Wilmslow snatched a dying seconds draw with a charge down, but Macc progressed to the final on the “scoring first” rule.
The final was vs Waterloo, who eventually ran out winners against a tiring Macc side.
Macc collected their medals, and even met up with “Sharky” in the afternoon sun.
I was really proud of the boys, who eventually showed great spirit and teamwork, in their first outing to the newly released U12 rules!
Thanks go to the festival organisers, who pulled off a great day played in a lovely friendly atmosphere.
Bring on the Manchester Festival next weekend! Unders
Chester U13s blown away by storming Blues!
This was always going to be a tough match for our boys. After years of being on the wrong side of the result we managed to beat Chester twice last year in two very closely contested matches. Chester rocked up early with an enormous pack and the mood was dampened a little in our squad. Would the tables turn back in Chesters’ favour? In short ….no. Our new No 8, Will just looked at them and shrugged his shoulders as if to say ” no problem”, Wills physical presence combined with that of Matthew in the centres really boosted the teams spirits.
We have always had great ball handling ability, mix this with some pace and rampaging running and you start to build a balanced side. Not relying on one or two players to do all the work we really performed as a tight unit today. The big runners took the ball up the middle ably supported by the swarming back row of Marchington and Langley and once the ball was secured at the ruck the skilful backs of Davies at 9, Bowden at 10 and Gray at 13 released the pace boys out wide. Morgan had a lot of work to do, but left many a Chester player in his wake as he opened the scoring with a scorching run down the wing.
Straight from the kick off, our technical training paid off and Matty was given a go to attack the Chester line. He broke several tackles and made a dash from the half way line to score under the sticks. A great display of strength, power and pace.
Again from the kick off the forwards drove hard through Dempsey and Gascoigne, the backs ran cleverly into space drawing defenders and making holes all over the Chester line such was the speed and aggression in attack. This resulted in Will powering over the line with a number of Chester players desperately trying to fell him!
A lapse in our defensive work let Chester in at the corner and we turned around at half time 19 – 5 up. Don’t give the opposition a chance!!!!
In the second half more of the same was requested from the boys and following some fanciful play in which nearly every player touched the ball, Carl drove hard and low over the line to score.
Following a reshuffle and getting all the boys on, Chester clawed a try back with a clever chip and chase which bounced kindly into their wingers arms who scored out wide after a sprint to the line. Not to be outdone we stuck to our guns and moved the ball around with great skill. There were line breaks, changes of direction, clever running lines, big hits, off loads and pace!
Jacko finished off the Blues scoring with fantastic skill, rounding off a great performance from the young man. Tackling well above his weight all day, taking high balls, low balls, darting runs and nailing 5 out of 6 conversions he deservedly won the Man of the Match.
Chester managed a consolation try out wide, but it had little effect on our lads moral who had played out of their skin all morning.
Although there were a few unsavoury incidents from our visitors, we stuck to our game and played rugby. Two years ago we would have capitulated in the face of such physical play, but it was so satisfying and pleasing to see the boys stick together, play hard, play fair and come away thoroughly deserved winners!
Well done lads a 33 – 17 win over Chester is a good start to the season, proud of you all!!
Warrington AWAY on Sunday. Let me know if you are not available.
MJ SECTION QUIZ NIGHT
Great raffle prizes, almost as good quiz prizes and a fantastic auction. All this and more due to take place on Friday 16th October at Maccelsfield RUFC annual quiz night.
This general knowledge quiz is for everyone. Come and enjoy an evening of great fun at our annual quiz night. Bring parents, friends, neighbours or even complete stranger!
There is a chance to win some great prizes and support YOUR rugby club at the same time. With an entry cost of £5 per person and max teams of 5 people put yourself up to the challenge.
Address: Macclesfield RUFC, Priory Park
Date: Friday 16th October 2015
Entry cost: £5 per person
For more information and to enter a team contact Robert Oliver at:
email: email@example.com or call: 07855257071