END OF AN ERA AT MACC.
It is with great sadness I have to announce that, for family reasons, Bill and Bev Roberts will be stepping down at Christmas from their respective roles with the rugby club. Bill has been associated with the rugby club since 1973, when I had the pleasure of playing with him, in the first Colts side at Macclesfield.
Bill went on to grace the 1st XV for many seasons and since finishing his playing career, has filled just about every role through the various committees, culminating in being appointed as Club Chairman in the 1990`s. He took up his current administrative role some 20 years ago and was joined by Bev over 10 years ago.
It’s hard to overstate their commitment and contribution to the club and they have been a constant during a period of considerable change as rugby has embraced a professionalism that has affected the game profoundly at all levels. Bill and Bev have been friendly, efficient faces for anyone coming to the club – their office door is always open and the first thing many see is Bill or Bev feverishly sorting out some issue or engaged in conversation with club members. On a Saturday, Bev is glued to the computer managing the considerable administration burden ranging from gate receipts to team sheets whilst Bill will be outside sorting everything from touch flags to ball boys. What many people don’t see is the huge contribution they make during the week. Perhaps the best compliment we can pay them is that they are real rugby people in the old-fashioned sense.
It’s hard to imagine that we can replace them but we will require a highly talented and organised individual to fill such big shoes. We are carefully defining the job specification with Bill and Bev’s assistance and we will be advertising and interviewing in the New Year. This is such an important appointment that we will follow a formal and transparent process. In the interim we have been very fortunate that Jonathan Marsh will fill the gap until the new appointment. Jonathan is a long-standing club member with a proven track record in administration and sales and he will be working with Bill and Bev over the next few weeks to handover the processes and systems. Please give Jonathan every support and a little forbearance as we make the difficult transition.
It only remains for me to personally put on record my enormous thanks and appreciation of the efforts of these two club stalwarts, and their support of the various Management Committees they have served under. They will always be welcome at the club and we hope to see them on Saturdays when they can come and simply enjoy the game and hospitality. We will be recognising Bill and Bev formally but will make announcements on this in the New Year.
Pete Harper, Chairman.
BLUES WINNING RUN ENDED
Macclesfield Blues suffered their first defeat since the opening day of the season on Saturday, when 24 unanswered 2nd half points by Sedgley Park, saw the Tigers come away with a deserved win. The Priory Park faithful turned up in numbers and must have been delighted at The Blues first half performance, but their delight was turned to despair when Sedgley scored 2 cracking tries straight after the restart. They say momentum is important in sport, and the visitors had it all in the 2nd period, leaving the Blues to contemplate on what might have been.
The good news is that The Blues still top the table by 2 points and will have learnt from this game. Other good news is that last seasons leading try scorer, Matt King, made his long awaited return from a prolonged injury break and seemed to suffer no side effects. Welcome back Kingy!
The Macc Lads have to get back on the horse this Saturday at Cheshire rivals Chester, so why not make the short journey over to West Cheshire to see if we can get back to winning ways. k.o. is at 2.15.
The Blues next Home game is against Sale F.C., a game which completes the first half of the season and one Giles and the boys will be desperate to win before the short Christmas break.
The match is preceded by the Christmas Lunch which again is sold out with a long waiting list. If you have booked a place, or a table;
YOU MUST PAY IN FULL BY MONDAY 14TH DECEMBER OTHERWISE YOUR PLACE(s) WILL BE SOLD TO THOSE ON THE WAITING LIST – THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
On the day of the game, we will be selling raffle tickets at £5.00 a strip, the winner will receive;
2 tickets for the 6 Nations match between England & Wales at Twickenham on
March 12th 2016
The draw will take place at approximately 5.00pm after the game and the winning tickets will be on display behind the bar and published on the website for 2 weeks. If they aren`t claimed after 2 weeks, there will be a re draw. Tickets will be on sale during the lunch and behind the bar until 5.00pm.
AROUND THE PARK
The Lions got back to winning ways with a convincing 43-7 win over Vale of Lune 2nds at Priory Park, the 3rds lost at home to Altrincham Kersal by 15-29 whilst the 4ths match at Crewe was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The Colts lost 22-8 at Rochdale.
This weekend sees The Lions travel the short distance to Stockport, the 3rds make the even shorter journey to play Wilmslow 2nds and the 4ths are at home to Bowden 3rds – all 2.15 kick offs. On Sunday The Colts host Fylde at 2.00pm
Last Saturday saw some confusion at the gate with people claiming they were at Priory Park to watch the Lions or the 3rds, and were unhappy at being charged the entry fee. All Senior players who have paid their subs receive a complimentary Season Ticket for this very occurrence. If you have a family member or friend wanting to enter Priory Park when The Blues are at home, please ensure you let them have your season ticket to save any embarrassment at the gate.
THE GATE TEAM ARE DOING THEIR JOB – PLEASE RESPECT THEM.
If of course, you haven`t paid your subs,
a) you shouldn’t`t be playing
b) you won`t have a Season Ticket to give to friends and family.
WHAT COULD WE DO WITH £9,000??!?!
- Improve the pitches?
- Improve the toilet facilities within the clubhouse?
- Provide better facilities for all our members?
- Provide more kit, training aids etc for players of all ages?
- Send more Mini/Junior section coaches on courses?
- Install a`Board of Remembrance` for all those members of MRUFC who lost their lives during the 2 World Wars.
The simple answer is …….all of the above if EVERYONE sells their allocation of raffle tickets.
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 above projects;
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.
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 date 30 people have said `yes` to touring. All different age groups from 18 to 55 +, both playing and non playing tourists. So we are on target for around 40 (probably cut off at 40 as Jersey might feel they are being invaded!).
To book your place, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and pay your £75 deposit soonest
AWAY DAY TO CHESTER
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.
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!
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!
As we are now almost half 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!
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!