From the chair 17


WE`RE GOING ON A TIGER HUNT!

Saturday sees the game of the season so far……. the one everyone put in their diary when the fixtures came out in the summer………the one the Blues must win to maintain their lead at the top of the table……… the one Sedgley Tigers must win to keep in the hunt for promotion……. the one YOU need to be at to lend your voice and support.  It`s going to be fierce, it`s going to be competitive and it`s going to be close!

The top 2 sides in the League battle it out on Saturday at Priory Park, both intent on winning.

Macclesfield & Sedgley are the 2 highest scorers in the league with The Blues on 413 & the Tigers on 380

The 2 sides have the top points scorers with our own Lewis Barker topping the list with 143, closely followed by Steve Collins (S.P.) on 126

The Leagues top try scorer is Sedgley`s Jamie Harrison with 11…….but right on the Tiger`s tail are Elliot Brierley & Mazzer, both with 10.

Historically, matches between these 2 close rivals have been closely contested and this will be no exception.  Sedgley Park always bring large numbers to Macc and they will be noisy in their support of the Tigers. We need YOU to be there to shout your team to victory!

K.O. is at 3.00 so make sure you get there early to take up your position for THE BIG ONE!!

Why not join us for `Lunch & Crunch`- 2 course lunch for £10 plus entry fee.

Home made Soup, followed by Barry`s Festive Pie, Chips & Peas

Book with Bev at the club to ensure you get a place.

The Blues go into the Big Match on the back of 11 straight wins following a hard earned win at monsoon swept Huddersfield last Saturday, securing the bonus point victory with 2 tries from Lewis Barker, 1  for Rhodri Mayor and a first Macclesfield try for Charlie Venables.  Lewis Barker also added 4 penalties and 3 conversions to bring his match day haul to 28 points.  Macclesfield again trailed at half time, but some stern words from Player Coach Marshall Gadd during oranges, had the desired effect and the Macc Lads came out all guns blazing in the 2nd half to secure the 5 points they came for.

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A huge THANK YOU to Kings School for allowing the First team Squad to train on their Astro Turf pitch this week in preparation for this Saturdays must win game.  The club pitches have been deluged in rain making even light training impossible this week. 


MUDDY PITCHES

Despite the valiant efforts of our volunteer Grounds Staff, the heavy, persistent rain over the last few weeks has left the pitches sodden wet. I would therefore, ask all Coaches & Captains to use their common sense when playing/training and also respect the decisions of the Grounds Staff regarding the use of pitches.

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Whilst we realise the situation isn`t perfect, we can`t afford to ruin the pitches and therefore, I ask for your cooperation regarding this matter.   Unfortunately, like many other rugby clubs, MRUFC aren`t in a position to spend thousands of pounds in remediation works…………which brings me onto the next item;

AN OPPURTUNITY TO RAISE £9,000 FOR YOUR CLUB!

It`s that time of year when we ask all our members to sell 3 – yes, only 3! – books of raffle tickets. All money raised will be used directly for the following projects;

  • Continued improvement to the pitches
  • Upgrade to Ladies and Gents toilet facilites in clubhouse
  • And very pertinent at this time of year, a `Board of Remembrance` for all those members of MRUFC who lost their lives during the 2 World Wars.

I can assure you no money will go to paying any players.

To raise this kind of total, EVERY member has to sell their 3 book allocation, so please do your bit.  We simply can`t get near that total unless EVERYONE pulls their fingers out and gets selling.


AROUND THE PARK

The Lions went to Lymm and came away with a close 15-16 loss, the 3rds also had a very close defeat at home to Blackburn and the 4ths were defeated on their trip to Whitchurch.  This Saturday sees the Lions host Vale of Lune, the 3rds are also at Priory Park and take on Altrincham Kersal whilst the 4ths are again on the road, this time at Crewe & Nantwich.  Sunday sees the Colts play away at Rochdale.


THE JERSEY BOYS!

Our `Social sides` are organising a Tour to Jersey at the end of April from 22nd to 24th and I understand all players, ex players and alikadoos alike are welcome.

To book your place, please reply to rupertdixon@gmail.com and pay your £75 deposit soonest 

Jersey Rugby Tour flyer, April 2016

 


BACK IN TIME TO THE OLD CLUBHOUSE IN TYTHERINGTON

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MRUFC 1st XV from Season 1965/66…..50 years ago! Can you name them all? I`ve got 5 (played with at least 2 of them!)

£1,369.26 RAISED FOR EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE & RUGBY CLUB

Thanks to the fantastic efforts of the 10 Rowers, who each rowed 30,000 meters, and the generosity of all those who donated, I was proud to present a cheque for £1,369.26 to Leah Goodhind from East Cheshire Hospice, with a similar figure also going to MRUFC. 

It requires £7,500 EVERY SINGLE DAY to keep The East Cheshire Hospice going, and when you consider all the blood, sweat & tears shed by the rowers (not to mention the endless hours on a rowing machine in training) the £1,369 will keep the place going for about 4 1/2 hours.  The Just Giving page is still open so if you haven`t yet donated, please donate what you can to this terrific and valuable cause.

https://www.justgiving.com/David-Wilkinson38/

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Abrunch-bus-chester-webWAY DAY TO CHESTER £20

Unfortunately, due to a complete lack of interest, the `Away Day` has had to be cancelled.  We can`t organise these trips etc. without the support of our members.  If sufficient interest is shown for the trip to Sedgley Park on the 9th April, we may look at again.


BLUES TV

If you haven`t yet tried out `Blues TV`……….what are you waiting for!  Just click on the link on the Homepage of the club website.  It`s Brilliant!


MRUFC APP!

For those of you with Smart Phones, you can download the MRUFC App.  Just go to the App Store on your device, type in `team App` in search and then type in Macclesfield RUFC. You`ll get all the up to date news, team selections, match videos, results, upcoming events, matches……….the whole caboodle!


SUBSCRIPTIONS

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As we are now over 1/3rd of the way through the season, all annual subscriptions are now well overdue.  If you have somehow not paid, please ensure you do by the end of the month.  Your subs are the lifeblood of the club and without them, the club won`t function.  If you`re lucky enough to enjoy the facilities the club provide, it`s important you pay as everyone else does.  Also, if you are a player, you are not insured unless you`re a paid up member. 


LADIES LUNCH 2016

April 30th – the last game of the season – has been set as 2016 ladies Lunch date……….Bigger & Better than before.  This time, the Ladies will be dining in a 300 seater Marque so there will be room for everyone.  Even so, we expect the event to be as popular as ever, so to ensure your place, put the date in your diary and contact Sarah Davies NOW! 

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Mrs Chairman & future daughter in law sampling the wine!

As ever, ALL profits will go to the Breast Cancer Unit at Macclesfield Hospital.  Can`t promise yet, but we hope to have a `guest or 2` present.  Let`s smash all records this year and fill the place….book a table, tell your friends, book 2 tables! 

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Bev Roberts & Sarah Davies handing over the cheque to the Macclesfield Breast Cancer Unit last year

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MOVEMBER

As many of you will know, this time of year heralds the arrival of hairy top lips for thousands of men all around the country in support of prostrate cancer.  Your very own Clive Kirkham is attempting to grow a moustache (again) and I`m sure he, and all the others, would be extremely grateful of any donations you would like to make.

“Hi Folks,

Over two week in now and counting ! Remember no more dodgy pictures if you donate now , I promise ! I’m getting more and more strange looks and every time my other half looks at me she just sighs and shakes her head ( more than normal ) , but I’m up to £135 so it’s worth it !

Cheers

Clive”Movember -2015-3

 

 


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