From the Chair 25

NOT ON AT OTLEY

Macclesfield Blues were left frustrated & disappointed, if not annoyed on Saturday, following a trip up to Otley, only to find a waterlogged, completely unplayable pitch, meaning a wasted journey for the players, coaches, physios and the large number of supporters who made the trip.

I`m unsure as to who decides these things, but when there has been as much wet weather as we`ve seen recently, surely it`s reasonable for the home team to have a pitch inspection BEFORE the away team leaves for the journey?

The weather was the only winner this weekend as all games at Priory Park were called off (before the opposition travelled!).  3 other games in National League 2 North were also postponed, Harrogate v. Sedgley Park,  South Leicester v. Preston & Luctonians v. Sale.  Results elsewhere mean Macclesfield still top the league by 14 points from Stourbridge, but have 3 games in hand on the Black Country Boys.  Leicester Lions have quietly slipped up to 3rd place with 61 points, the same as 4th placed Sedgley Park.

With Saturdays late postponement being the 3rd game Macc have lost to the weather, please take a look at the revised fixture list below and make a note. Home games in Bold Type

February 13th  v. Luctonians at Priory Park (pre match lunch – 2 courses £10 + entry)

February 20th v. Sandal Away

February 27th  v. Broadstreet at Priory Park

March 5th v. Harrogate at Priory Park

March 12th v. Preston Away

March 19th v. Leicester Lions Away 

March 26th v. Otley Away

April 2nd v. Huddersfield at Priory Park

9th April v. Sedgley Park Away

16th April v. Chester at Priory Park

23rd April v. Sale Away

30th April v. Stourbridge at Priory Park

Please Note; We now have 2 Home games on successive Saturdays (Feb 27th & March 5th) followed by 3 away games on the trot.  Please try to make it to the home games to see The Blues in action.


MATCH DAY HELPERS WANTED

Following the departure of Bill and Bev Roberts, we are in urgent need of a pool of volunteers to assist with the set-up on match days.  Those attending and assisting will get free entry to the match for themselves and one other adult (kids come free of course).  The jobs are not hard (would take around 30 minutes), and it needs around 4 or 5 people each week.  If we have a pool of 25 or so willing volunteers, that would mean each person has to do only 4 matches per season (that breaks down to donating 2 hours to your rugby club per season).

Of course, many of you already go above and beyond; coaching the kids, admin for age groups and the myriad of other roles.  However we really do need some people to step up and I am suggesting this might be people NOT currently involved in the running of the club – sharing the load fairly through the club .

The tasks are not complex.  

  • Raising the flags up the pole (one person – 10 minutes)
  • Opening the score board (one person – 15 minutes)
  • Switching on the score board and floodlights (2 minutes)
  • Putting out the pitch marker posts (two people – 20 minutes)
  • Then at the end of the match, doing the same in reverse.  .

If you are willing to give up a small portion of time to help YOUR CLUB, please contact Jonathan Marsh (Business Director) on jonathan@maccrugby.co.uk or 07841 114894

If you want a chat about the various jobs please give Phil Mason (Youth Section Manager) a shout (phil@philmason.co.uk or 07738 727638)


England U18 trial comes to Macc

On 21st February, the club has the honour of hosting the England U18 schools and counties trial. This will be a match between North and Midlands division (kick off 2pm) and there will be cracking rugby on display. The club has an extra connection with this team as it is run by Giles Heagerty, our first team coach, and an alumnus of Macclesfield is in the North squad – Matt Peakman.  Matt played in the minis and junior section with the team that dominated county and national competitions for several years.

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So if you want to come and see some of the stars of the future, please come and lend your support – entrance is free, bar is open, food available!


MARIE CURIE DAFFODIL COLLECTION

Traditionally, Macc. Veterans have always done the collection for the Marie Curie Cancer Support in March, and this year is no exception – other than if you`re not a Vet. but would like to join the band of Merry Men, please feel free to join in!

Marie Curie

“Hi Vets,

It’s that time of year again folks!  We have again been asked to don our Vets shirts and rattle some collecting tins/goblets for the traditional Marie Curie ‘Daffodil Collection’ in Macclesfield town centre on Saturday 5th March.  If you can lend a hand by doing a one or two hour stint in the morning (let’s say any time from 9.30 until 2.00), please let me know, with your preferred slots, as soon as you can.  More details of the day’s arrangements will be supplied in due course.

 I’m not very strict about the definition of a Vet so all family and friends welcome.

Thanks, in anticipation,”

Derek

Derek Laidlaw dalaidlaw@yahoo.com


 

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 & ex England all rounder,Geoff Miller plus many other past and present rugby stars. 

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Geoff Miller OBE

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!


SUPER SATURDAY

Last March we had a great “Super Saturday” lunch at the rugby club, so successful in fact that we are going to do it again! As you supported us the first time, we are giving you an early opportunity to register your interest. There are only 80 places up for grabs so please let me know very early as we are hopefully going to be fully subscribed.

 The format for the day is largely the same – Bring the kids too, they seemed to enjoy it last time.

£12 per adult for a 2 course sit down lunch as before. 

 For the young ‘uns it will be a couple for pounds for a hot dog / burger type lunch, as before,  if required.  Your early response will ensure your place – Contact MIKE KEELING; m.keeling18@btinternet.com


 MACCLESFIELD MINI/JUNIOR SECTION GOLF DAY

WHEN? Friday May 13th

WHERE? Davenport Golf Club

WHAT? Bacon butties, coffee, 18 holes of golf, 3 course dinner

HOW MUCH? A bargain £50 a head!!

Contact Rob Oliver for more info or to book your place Robert.oliver@virginmoney.com


 

Macclesfield U15’s win International Match vs Wales  and continue their unbeaten run in 2016 !!

Mold U15’s – 17pts vs Macclesfield U15’s 19 pts

Macclesfield set off on the long trip to a foreign country making 13 changes to the side that beat Wilmslow last weekend.

Macc won the toss and decided to play up hill into the wind for the first half, the referee briefed both sides and after a translation of laws (they are totally different !!) we were told what we couldn’t do and the game began.  

Macc started the stronger of the 2 teams returning the kick off back into the Mold half, great recycling from Alex Turner and Harry King allowed the backs to get an early touch. The New centre partnership of Sam Leonard and Sam Panton were running hard lines against far bigger opponents, we spotted early if we could get the ball to the flying wings of Callum Prendergast and Will Stubs we may be able to get round them.

The Mold pack getting on top and some great tackles from Eden Massey & Ben Holden stopped them scoring. After a series of 5 penalties against Macc Mold inevitably scored through their large forwards. At this point Tony decided to delegate running touch to Coach Niall as he wanted to focus on the game from within the clearly defined technical area rather than assist the Referee, a wise choice Tony.

Mold used the elements well and pinned Macc back in their own 22, Ben Sleath was having a great game at 15 but couldn’t repel all the attacks and clear his lines. Mold then scored again through a strong running centre, this try was converted which put the score at 12-0, Macc responded through some strong runs by Tom Hurst, Charlie Fogg and Jack Faiers. This did drive Mold back but unfortunately a lapse in concentration allowed old to score a 3rd try, the conversion hit the post, this would be critical.

Macc then got the bit between their teeth and produced some excellent rugby recycling the ball many times with the eventual score by Harry Harding. This was on stroke of half time. Macc were trailing 17-5.

Macc made a couple of changes playing with the wind and this did the trick, some great positional kicking by Will Davies and Zak Bowden meant that Mold didn’t get out of their own half for the whole of the second half. Macc scored next with Toby Moule dancing his way over the line, Harry Oliver expertly converted. By now Macc were on top with some huge forward efforts from Tom Hurst (who played the whole game at tight head – well done) Connor making some great runs and the defensive work of Eden Massey and Ben Holden meant that Mold didn’t score. Danny Briggs was his usual effective self in both defence and attack.

The winning try was set up by the pack with a great scrum, James Oliver fed Zak Bowden and with a training ground move allowed Will Davies to expertly off load to Tomasz McNulty who forced his way over the line to score, Harry Oliver added the extras for the win.

This was a hard fought victory, the fact we can make 13 changes to last week’s team and still execute the game plan is credit to the lads and the hard work they put in during the week at training.

Tony said “The game was a tough hard fought encounter, as all games are against Welsh teams. The ref had a blinder he was very generous allowing me to relinquish my touch judge duties and run the team from the technical area, the wind caught my flag and it gusted in the air”

Rob Oliver

 


MRUFC 200 Club January Winners

1st prize- £100 M Hetherington, 2nd prize- £60 P R Jones, 3rd prize- £30 C Dempsey.

MRUFC 200 Club January Winners

1st prize- £100 M Hetherington, 2nd prize- £60 P R Jones, 3rd prize- £30 C Dempsey.

MRUFC 200 Club January Winners

1st prize- £100 M Hetherington, 2nd prize- £60 P R Jones, 3rd prize- £30 C Dempsey.


THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

It’s arrived!!

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Well, not actually in the room, but on the mound!!  Look out for a full sized Elephant arriving shortly and making it`s home on the mound behind the posts! 


LADIES LUNCH 2016

BELIEVE IT OR NOT…………….WE ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT – SO GET A MOVE ON IF YOU WANT A TABLE……….ONLY A COUPLE REMAINING!!!

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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Ladies enjoying Lunch.
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Mrs Chairman & future daughter in law sampling the wine!

As ever, ALL profits will are shared between the Breast Cancer Unit at Macclesfield Hospital & East Cheshire Hospice.  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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