From The Chair 22

 E.G.M.

Tuesday 12th January saw the EGM held at the club to discuss the potential development of Priory Park.  I`m pleased to say that the 104  members present, voted overwhelmingly to submit the Planning Application to Cheshire East Council.  This is another important and integral part of the Club Strategy, designed to ensure the sustainability of our Rugby Club for the next 40 – 50 years.

Minutes of the EGM will be published shortly, and members and stakeholders will be advised of the date of the Public Consultation in the next week or so.


THIS SATURDAY- 16th JANUARY V. BROADSTREET

The Blues first home game for 4 weeks is a top v. bottom clash this Saturday 16th January k.o. 3.00pm, when The Blues host Broadstreet. The Blues are desperate to `get back on the horse` following the disappointing loss at Caldy 2 weeks ago and are keen to bag the 5 points needed to ensure they stay clear at the top of the pile. Hopefully Giles will be able to pick from a full squad on Saturday, as the extra weeks rest has given the players the that little bit more time to recover from injuries.  The last time these 2 sides met back in September, Macc prevailed in a 90 point thriller, so make sure you get down to Priory Park for what is sure to be, a great afternoons rugby.

The match is preceded by a 2 course lunch (£10 plus entry) and we are encouraging all former Macc. players of whatever era, standard or age to attend (open to everyone, not just ex players) We already have 5 tables of ex players booked in so why not come and meet some old mates, have a beer or 3 and chew the cud for an afternoon of great entertainment. This lunch is of course, open to everyone (not just ex players) so please make the effort to support the club and have a great afternoon at the same time. Book your place with Jonathan Marsh jonathan@maccrugby.co.uk by  Friday 15th January


NEW BUSINESS DIRECTOR

As you will no doubt now be aware, Bill & Bev Roberts retired at Christmas, from their roles at the club after many, many years service. Although they will be difficult, if not impossible to replace, we need to move forwards and with that in mind, we are taking the opportunity of redefining their roles. Jonathan Marsh has taken over in the office as interim Business Director, but as the title suggests, will be more involved in the business matters of the club (organising functions, lunches, corporate days etc.) raising much needed income and looking at ways of saving expenditure.

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Please give Jonathan your full support as he takes over this very difficult job. However, the role will not encompass some of the jobs Bill has done in the past, including certain duties on Match Days, which means we are once again, looking for volunteers to assist during the week and on a Saturday. your-club-needs-you Please really give this some thought as we are desperate for more `hands on deck` at the club. The more volunteers we have, the less work falls on the shoulders of those who do help their club, and if you ask any of those volunteers, they will tell you that it`s both rewarding and fun.

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If you feel you can help in any way, please let me know – peter@maccrugby.co.uk


Jan M&J 500 Club Draw

The January winners of the Mini & Junior Section 500 Club are;

£40 Jack Smith

£30 Ang Aggersbury

£25 Keith Oliver

£20 James Pearson

£15 Stephen Oakes

Makes a change not to see Matt Harding winning!!


The long awaited return of Macc Rugby Club’s SPORTSMAN’S DINNER

Thursday 28th April, Marquee, Priory Park

Featuring: ex England & Bath Prop , Funny Man, Gareth (Coochie) Chilcott and Cricketing Raconteur Geoff Miller & ex England all rounder, plus many other past and present rugby stars. 

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This event is aimed at a mixed audience,(Ladies & Gents) and is a great opportunity to enjoy a fantastic night out and also support your club.

Sponsorship opportunities exist on a first come, first served basis.  Please contact; david@maccrugby.co.uk 07836 558474 or jonathan@maccrugby.co.uk  01625 827899  for further information on sponsorship opportunities.

Individual tickets are priced at £40 + VAT  Why not get a table of 10 together for a great night`s entertainment? Or just book in yourself and we`ll sit you with folk you know……….everyone welcome!


Cheshire Cup Plate Quarter Finals

As most of Cheshire lounged in bed once again, due to water logged pitches, Macc U12’s made the trip to play Crewe & Nantwich. The main Vagrants ground was un-playable, but fortunately the local U12 management team had managed to secure the option of playing at a local school in Nantwich. This proved to be the best playing surface I have seen in 2 months!

We split the squad into the main Cheshire Plate Quarter Final fixture, and a team of mixed home and away players playing a Barbarians style fixture to keep all the squad warm and enjoying their rugby, focussing on skills development and tackling. This proved to be great fun, and even included two girls from Crewe & Nantwich, who taught the boys a thing or two! This was great to see the boys faces.

The main fixture saw the Macc lads being 3-1 down at half time, who were not tackling and getting to the breakdown quick enough. The Crewe lads had their tails up and were getting the ball wide and scoring good tries.

Firm words at half time from Coach Underpants, coupled with a few tactical changes seemed to “turn the tide” and the Macc lads then managed to gain the upper hand and started to gain control. Tries then followed more freely with some inter-play before forwards and backs.

The final score was 7-3 to Macc, and most importantly the coaching team was pleased with the change in attitude in the second half, which made all the difference.

Man of the Match went to Ryan Newbigging who had a stormer, and a most improved trophy went to Jack Van Vliet, who came into the team as a sub and did himself and the team proud. He has improved immensely over the last few weeks.

For the Barbarians game, awards went to Karl Rackham, who was in his fist competitive game for a number of months and came on as sub in the cup game and did very well in the front row and around the park. Archie Chesworth also picked up an award for excellent attitude, and general all round good play.

Also, worthy of mention were Harry Owens & Jamie Downes, who were all over the park winning ball and tackling as usual, and the return of Charlie Warr who has been injured for a few weeks, and added his impact immediately.

The semi-final needs be played at Macc before 14th Feb vs Ellesmere Port. Here’s hoping for an improvement in the pitch quality.

Paul Underhill


A RUGBY PLAY!

6th Feburary 2016 7.45pm at the Dance House Theatre………… tickets just £12.00 buy your tickets now

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ENGLAND V. WALES TICKETS – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

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