From The Chair 34

SINCERE APOLOGIES

In last weeks Newsletter, I inexcusably and unwittingly gave incorrect details of the passing of Alan Hollinson, by naming Peter Hollinson.  My sincere apologies for any distress caused to the Hollinson family for my mistake.


TITLE IN TOUCHING DISTANCE FOR BLUES!

The Blues narrow win on Saturday at rivals Sedgley Park, sets up the possibility of Macclesfield being crowned  National League 2 North Champions in front of their own fans at Priory Park this Saturday after going 20 points clear at the top. Chester are the visitors and Macc require just 1 point from the game to secure the League title, however, Giles and the team will be desperate to take the title in style with a bonus point win against the Cheshire side.

Those lucky enough to witness the drama at Darlington Mowden Park 2 years ago, when The Blues snatched the title with the last play of the season, will never forget that afternoon.  Well, you can all be there this time round to support the team and cheer them on to the title with 3 games of the season still to play.

Why not get the day off to the perfect start by joining us for the pre match lunch priced at £10 plus entry – places still available I think.

We are encouraging as many people to attend as possible, and are offering half price entry to anyone arriving with a member, so bring your mates, bring your neighbours, bring your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend – just bring someone!  Kids who turn up in a Macclesfield shirt will be able to be photographed with the team after the game and entered into 2 draws…1 for the signed match ball – the one used to win the League! –  – and one for a signed copy of the team photo.  Kids…make sure your parents take you on Saturday.

It`s going to be a great afternoon…Get there early to ensure a seat…Be there and be part of it


BLUES SLAY TIGERS

In what was an absolutely enthralling, nail biting and extremely competitive match, The Macc Lads came out on top – just! – against 2nd placed Sedgley Tigers on Saturday.  In a match that twisted and turned, with the lead changing hands 6 times, The Blues went into the last 6 minutes knowing that if they could keep their 8 point advantage, the League title would theirs.  However, Sedgley came storming back with a converted try to ensure the title would be put on ice for another week. Indeed, Tigers had a chance to snatch it with a last gasp penalty, but the kick fell short and Macc came out on to win by the slenderest of margins, 33-34.  This match was a great advert for National League 2 rugby and I wish Sedgley Tigers all the best in the play offs against either Cambridge or Albanian later in the season.

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Parky secures the ball despite close attention from a large Tiger!

Praise must be given to Giles and his coaching staff for the brave selection of playing No. 8 Ryan Parkinson at inside centre, with normal fly half Lewis Barker playing outside him.  It proved to a master stroke and went a long way to nullifying Tigers powerful backs. Parky with a brace of tries and Lewis with 6 out of 6 from the kicking tee, added to a wonderful team try finished by Charlie Venables, an opportunist try from Jordan Brookes, and some resolute defending, saw the boys from Priory Park to the cusp of the title.

Get down to Priory Park this Saturday to watch the boys finish the job.


LIONS ROAR

Wednesday night (13th) sees  The Lions go to Sedgley Park knowing a win against their fiercest rivals would see them win the Cotton Traders Premier League.  The Lions  have been unbeaten since November and victory at Sedgley would top off a fantastic season for the 2nd team.  If you fancy going to watch, kick off is at 7.45 pm


AROUND THE PARK

The Third team won away at Altrincham Kersal 19 – 42. The Fourth team won 31 – 19 against Crewe & Nantwich  

As mentioned, The Lions go to Sedgley Park on Wednesday evening, ko 7.45, on Saturday the 3rds entertain local rivals Wilmslow 2nds and the 4ths travel the short distance to play Bowden 3rds.


CHESHIRE CUP FINAL TUESDAY 19th APRIL

Macclesfield take on Caldy in the Final of the Cheshire Cup on Tuesday 19th April at Sandbach RUFC, kick off 7.45pm.  Please register your interest with Jonathan (jonathan@maccrugby.co.uk) if you’d like to go on the supporters coach – cost dependant on numbers, but in the region of £7 a head.

Get behind YOUR TEAM and see if we can make it a League & Cup double!


SPORTSMAN’S DINNER

Still tables, places available for the BIG ONE!  Book now to avoid disappointment!


 THE HALLIWELL JONES

Macclesfield Rugby Club

Friday 13th May 2016 Davenport Golf Club

Join Macclesfield’s rugby and business golfing fraternity for a fabulous day on Davenport’s beautiful golf course. 

£200 per 4 ball includes: Coffee & Bacon Sandwich on arrival, 18 Holes of Golf and a great 3 Course Dinner – plus the opportunity to win a  hole in one – a brilliant day in May! Come and have a great day, let me know and I’ll reserve you a 4 ball, alternatively if you can’t manage to raise a 4 ball and you fancy playing let me know and we can make a 4 Ball, it’s just about having some fun and playing a round of golf !!

Loads of prizes on the day including the chance to win a brand NEW Mini !!

Cost per player – £50 or for a 4 Ball £200

We do have some sponsorship opportunities, let me know if you can help out

This is a great day out with your pals or entertaining clients and friends in a fantastic environment – and if last year is anything to go by, some great craic! 

Please give me a call or email me to book a team/discuss these sponsorship opportunities.

Robert Oliver

Robert.oliver72@btinternet.com

07855 257071


 


PUB GAMES

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We now have a dart board in the lounge for use of members and guests.  If anyone fancies organising a fun league between teams, please contact Jonathan in the office.  This also applies for dominoes, crib etc.  – who knows, we could even enter teams into the Pub Leagues!


Notice of Annual General Meeting – 2016

This is formal advice, that in accordance with the current Rules of Macclesfield R.U.F.C. Ltd., the Annual General Meeting of the Club will take place at the Clubhouse, Priory Park, on Tuesday 31st May at 7.00 p.m.

Agenda

1. Introduction and welcome to Members present, apologies Pete Harper
2. Rememberance of members deceased in the year Pete Harper
3. Approval of minutes of AGM held 20th May 2015 Pete Harper
4. Chairmans report Pete Harper
5. Finance report Pete White
6.

Reports:

  • Blues
  • Lions XV
  • Social Rugby
  • Mini and Junior Rugby
  • Youth Rugby

Dir.Rugby

Iain Taylor

Captains

Phil Mason

Chris Jones

7. Election of Executive Committee  
8. Confirmation of election of honorary members  

Notes:

  • Only full members of the club (appropriate subscription paid for the 2015-16 season) are entitled to vote on matters considered at the AGM.
  • Nominations (with a second) for Executive Officer positions should be received in writing to the secretary (Tim Peakman – tim.peakman1857@gmail.com) by 30th April.
  • Members should forward questions in writing to the secretary at least 48 hours before the meeting.
  • The redacted version of the minutes from the 2015 meeting is included with this notice will be available on the night.

[1] The current positions and incumbents on the Executive Committee are: Chairman – Peter Harper, Director of Finance – Peter White, Director of Commercial Activities – David Mair, Director of Sales/Marketing – Charles Halle, Secretary – Tim Peakman

 


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