End of Season Newsletter

SEASON ENDS ON A HIGH FOR MACCLESFIELD RUFC

A long and hard season of rugby is coming to an end and there are a lot of positives to report for all sections of our club.  Taking into account, league positions, titles, cups, this is the single most successful season for MRUFC in its 139 year history.  Congratulations to everyone involved in the clubs success and a massive THANK YOU to everyone. 

Next week, I’ll be publishing a Roll of Honour, so please ensure you e-mail me with any details of leagues, cups, tournaments etc. won this season.

Enjoy the summer and let’s build on this success at all levels of the club.

BLUES FINISH IN STYLE

The Blues got straight back on the horse following the disappointing game at Sale the previous week, and totally dominated the game against Stourbridge, running out winners by 43-19 & scoring a Magnificent 7 tries in the process. This was sweet revenge following the first day of the season defeat at Stour on September 5th and the final try of the season was fittingly being scored by Tom Eaton on his 200th league appearance for The Blues.  Tom now joins Sam Moss in the exclusive 200 League Appearance Club – Congratulations Tom.

AROUND THE PARK

The Lions finished the season unbeaten at home, following a 29-15 win over Fylde and haven’t been beaten since November 28th!  The 3rds season finished the week before and the 4ths ended their season with a defeat at Old Bedians.  Well done to all or Senior Teams for a fantastic season…enjoy the break!

GREAT WEEKEND

The weekend started on Thursday with 180 + in attendance for the first Sportsmans Dinner in over 8 years. A fantastic night was had by all who attended and there 2 great speakers in Geoff Miller & Gareth Chilcott. Huge Thanks must go to David Mair, who had the courage & vision to suggest we should organise the event, and to all those who worked tirelessly to make the event a resounding success, in particular, David Mair, David Wilkinson, Bill Roberts & Jonathan Marsh…well done guys, you’ve now got yourselves a job next year!

Saturday saw the 4th Annual Ladies Lunch, where 222 Ladies donned their best Lunching Outfits and had a thoroughly nice afternoon, raising thousands of pounds for the Breast Cancer Unit at Macc Hospital.  The success of this event is staggering and each year it grows, (75 in the first year) mainly down to the hard work of Sarah Davies and Bev Roberts…Thanks ladies for all your efforts – well worth it. 

Ladies Lunch  April 30th 2016 Report by Sarah Davies

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Last week the Blue of Priory Park turned ‘Pink’ to welcome 222 Ladies to the Ladies Lunch in aid of the Breast Cancer Unit Macclesfield.

LADIES LUNCH3
Welcome drinks and entertainment by Dougie… set the scene for what was an enjoyable afternoon of fun, friendship and fundraising.

LADIES LUNCH2

Dr Michael Crotch Harvey ( BCUM) expressed his thanks for all the support we have given to the Unit over the last few years and explained the developments and plans for future monies raised.
Mike finnemore , Lewis Barker and Elliot Millar-Mills ( 1st team  ) kindly gave their time, enthusiasm and charm to sell raffle tickets. Many thanks to all those companies who donated prizes…

Special thanks to Maggie and her team for the catering and Gery and the Bar staff .

The final figure raised on the day exceeded £3000, my personal thanks go to everyone who supported the event and made it such a fabulous day but inparticular to Bev Roberts who worked passionately sometimes behind the scenes to ensure the day was so successful.

A huge thanks the following companies and indiviuals for their support on the day.

COMPANIES

  • Abi Beauty Rooms, Prestbury
  • 2 tempting Hat Hire
  • Alderley Edge Golf Club
  • Arighi Bianchi
  • Bodytech Sports Injuries Clinic
  • Boots (UK) Macclesfield
  • Chair Covers NW
  • Cheshire Balloons
  • Cheshire Biker Training
  • Cheshire Demolition
  • Chestergate Cosmetics
  • Cinta
  • Dougie Francis
  • Elspeth Mills Clothing
  • Energi Leisure Parks
  • Fitness 4 All
  • Jo’s Tea Rooms
  • John Douglas
  • John Lewis Cheadle
  • Joseph Holts Brewery
  • Macclesfield Golf Club
  • Marks & Spencer Group PLC
  • Mawson Hairdressing
  • Mottram Hall
  • P.R. Jones Jewellers
  • Prestbury Flowers
  • Prestbury Golf Club
  • Superbowl UK (Macc)
  • Tesco’s Hibel Road
  • The Mustard Seed
  • The Wild Bunch Florists
  • Toni & Guy

INDIVIDUALS

  • Cath Thomas
  • Claudia Frederico
  • Diane Faiers & Ladies from U 15`s
  • Tara Worthington
  • Amber Owens

RAFFLE TICKET SELLERS

  • Mike Finniemore
  • Elliot Millar Mills
  • Lewis Barker

SOME SAD NEWS

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Phil Jones, Father of Micky & Dids and husband to Greeba.  Phil was a long standing member and supporter of Macc Rugby Club for well over 50 years, as well as being the founder of P.R. Jones Jewellers on Mill St.  Phil will be sorely missed by all who knew him and our heartfelt condolences go out to Greeba, Micky, Dids and the rest of the family.  Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly on the club website.


MACCLESFIELD UNDER 13’S WIN CHESHIRE PLATE FINAL IN STYLE

Macc Under 13s 39 Hoylake U 13s 7

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What a way to finish a truly fantastic season. Having beaten every team we have come up against this season and only losing 2 games on return fixtures and one of those being Stockport who were out for revenge we couldn’t really ask for much more; a last minute tour to London, with memories that will last a long time (too long for some!!).

To beat Hoylake 39 -7 in the Cheshire Plate Final and for the full match day 22 to all take part is credit to the squad and how hard they have all started to work for each other. Every player in my eyes saved their best until last and played the best rugby of the season in the final. A good balance of pace, power and skill throughout the side will serve this squad of players well in the years to come. We had tries coming from right across our team from our half backs to our back row, centre, fullback and wings. Credit must go to the forwards for yet again standing up to a much bigger pack, absorbing the pressure and taking the play right back to the opposition. It is fair to say that Hoylake had the advantage in the forwards due to their greater physical size, but as we’ve seen so many times this season our boys stood up to the onslaught, geed on by the likes of Dempsey, Droy, Langley and Smith who really enjoy the physical aspect of the forward battle.

Once the ball was secured the half backs of Davies of Bowden controlled the game with great maturity, mixing up wide ball, short ball and good use of the boot to relieve pressure. Renshaw was used as a battering ram when required, but also reminded us of the pace and strength he has for a great solo try, with his centre partner Gray providing the guile to release the outside backs of Frith, Jakubowski and Pester in the first half, and Beeston and Dow taking over in the second period, ably supported by Langwallner who took over the kicking duties. Fresh legs were much needed in the pack as is the case with any final and Martin, Lucken, Marchington and McLeod came into the mix to relieve Smithy at tight head, the second row paring of Evans and Gascoigne and flanker Langley who had put in a mighty shift in the first half. Usually that many changes can have a negative effect; but not today, everyone wanted the win that they set out for right back at the beginning of the season and it was clearly evident they were not going to let this one slip! Well done boys, we are all very proud of you. Big thanks to Will Richardson as well who has been blighted with injury this season, but has turned up to most games to support his team from the touchline.

On behalf of all the other coaches I’d like to thank all the players and parents for your support throughout the season, we have a great age group both on and off the pitch and I’m already looking forward to next season and integrating the new players who have recently expressed an interest in joining us.

What a way to finish a truly fantastic season. Having beaten every team we have come up against this season and only losing 2 games on return fixtures and one of those being Stockport who were out for revenge we couldn’t really ask for much more; a last minute tour to London, with memories that will last a long time (too long for some!!).

To beat Hoylake 39 -7 in the Cheshire Plate Final and for the full match day 22 to all take part is credit to the squad and how hard they have all started to work for each other. Every player in my eyes saved their best until last and played the best rugby of the season in the final. A good balance of pace, power and skill throughout the side will serve this squad of players well in the years to come. We had tries coming from right across our team from our half backs to our back row, centre, fullback and wings. Credit must go to the forwards for yet again standing up to a much bigger pack, absorbing the pressure and taking the play right back to the opposition. It is fair to say that Hoylake had the advantage in the forwards due to their greater physical size, but as we’ve seen so many times this season our boys stood up to the onslaught, geed on by the likes of Dempsey, Droy, Langley and Smith who really enjoy the physical aspect of the forward battle.

Once the ball was secured the half backs of Davies of Bowden controlled the game with great maturity, mixing up wide ball, short ball and good use of the boot to relieve pressure. Renshaw was used as a battering ram when required, but also reminded us of the pace and strength he has for a great solo try, with his centre partner Gray providing the guile to release the outside backs of Frith, Jakubowski and Pester in the first half, and Beeston and Dow taking over in the second period, ably supported by Langwallner who took over the kicking duties. Fresh legs were much needed in the pack as is the case with any final and Martin, Lucken, Marchington and McLeod came into the mix to relieve Smithy at tight head, the second row paring of Evans and Gascoigne and flanker Langley who had put in a mighty shift in the first half. Usually that many changes can have a negative effect; but not today, everyone wanted the win that they set out for right back at the beginning of the season and it was clearly evident they were not going to let this one slip! Well done boys, we are all very proud of you. Big thanks to Will Richardson as well who has been blighted with injury this season, but has turned up to most games to support his team from the touchline.

On behalf of all the other coaches I’d like to thank all the players and parents for your support throughout the season, we have a great age group both on and off the pitch and I’m already looking forward to next season and integrating the new players who have recently expressed an interest in joining us.

MATT BOWDEN


Successful end to the Season for the U15’s

The U15’s celebrated another tournament win on Sunday 8th May to follow up winning the Cheshire Plate last weekend against Wilmslow.

 

U 15S

They won the Heaton Moor 7’s Comp

This was a team effort, not the 12 who played but the whole squad. The training that Matt Bowden has been delivering made the difference both in fitness and technical ability on the day. All players were rotated in every game (no other team did this) because we could and we had confidence in the whole 12 players in the squad, they stuck to their jobs, no-one moaned and they all very mature offering to be subbed when tired.

Macc were in the “group of death” against Lancashire Cup runners up and a very strong Heaton Moor team

Results

We won all 4 of our group games and qualified for the cup semi’s

MRUFC 28 vs Southport A 0

MRUFC 38 vs Bury 0

MRUFC 28 vs Heaton Moor 14

MRUFC 42 vs Southport B 0

Semi Final – MRUFC 36 – Stockport 7

Last year’s winners waited for us in the Semi, Stockport boast several Sale Sharks players, county sprinters and excellent players, Macc stuck to their guns and the technical ability of the lads shone through.

Final  – MRUFC 48 – Old Crossliens 10

The final were against the well fancied Old Crossliens from Yorkshire, Macc got off to a slow start and conceded first, the lads rallied and composed themselves the scores started to follow. The next 10 mins was near perfect 7’s with Macc eventually scoring 8 tries to win the tournament.

Too many individuals to mention, Callum Greaves in his first tournament for the club, James Oliver’s kicking, Zak Bowden for his tackling, Ben Sleath for his running, Sam Panton for his defence….. the list goes on

Macc U15’s host their annual 7’s tournament on Sunday where we have to do it all again, some down and watch if you fancy watching some great rugby !!

So that’s 220 points for and conceded just 31 points in 7 games of rugby, not too shabby !!

ROB OLIVER


UNDER 10’s

The Under 10’s have had an amazing season, and it seams an age since we had to call the Air Ambulance on the first Sunday of the season (thankfully all was OK).  

Since then the lads have been building their development this season and every one of the 38 players has progressed.  Following the RFU Continuum rules,  this season saw the introduction of the ruck (1 on 1) and uncontested Scrum (3 on 3).     The early festivals were a steep learning curve with the lads missing out at Stockport and a superb performance at Manchester, narrowly missing out on the Cup by reaching the final and losing to Lymm.  However Sandbach organised a fantastic “festival under lights” and the U10’s entered a two team’s One Macc Team and one  barbarians squad.  The main team played some of the best rugby we have seen, complimented by many clubs and coming out overall winners on the night.  A great experience and one for Macclesfield to consider hosting in future!   The end of season festivals saw the U10’s putting out three teams (Hurricanes, Crusaders and Stormers) into Cheshire, Vale of Lune and Wilmslow.  

At the prime Cheshire Festival (this year organised at Sandbach) the Hurricanes lost one in the group stages putting them into the Plate competition which they eventually won.  The Crusaders lost out in the group stages whilst the stormers progressed into the Plate knock out competition losing out to Sandbach  in the semi finals.

The Hurricanes entered the Wilmslow festival and due to strange interpretations of the Laws (playing 9 opposition players and dropping the ball over the line) the hurricanes lost two tries to one, and progressed to the Plate final.  They overcame Irish U10 Champions Blackrock 3 tries to 1, to win the Wilmslow Plate!

We also entered the Crusaders and Stormers into the Matlock Festival (new format – no winners) – however they won 4 out of 5 games each, playing some new teams and represented the club well.

We all know winning isn’t everything and there will be much debate about the new RFU format for Mini competitions, however all in all a great season with 38 lads still loving their rugby and their club eager to return at U11’s – and KICKNG!!!!!

Summary:

Manchester – Hurricanes – Cup runners up

Vale of Lune – Crusaders – Plate runners up Cheshire – Hurricanes – Plate Winners; Stormers – Progressing to the knock out stages Wilmslow – Hurricanes – Plate Winners

Matlock – Crusaders & Stormers – 4/5 games won.


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U10S2

PHIL MASON


MRUFC U7’s Season 2015-16.

MRUFC U7’s have shown tremendous improvement, week on week, during their first season playing against other clubs. Facing opposition such as Lymm, Warrington, Stockport, Leek, Bowden and Knutsford the Rugby skills developed by the Boys & Girls culminated in two very successful end of season festivals at Bowden and Wilmslow

Macclesfield U7’s took four teams to Bowden to compete in their first Cheshire Festival.  The Boys and girls were very excited to partake in their first real competition with a total of 62 teams entered. 

Three teams progressed through to the Plate competition and one team to the Bowl.  The competition was very tough with most matches decided by a single try difference, however all four teams successfully managed to progress to the quarter finals with two of these teams progressing to the Semis.  

The Leopards played their way through to the Final in the Plate competition with two ‘come from behind’ wins and an undefeated record.

The final against home team Bowden was an epic end to end encounter which ended 8-8 after normal time – and an additional five minutes extra time culminated in a 3-3 draw.  The match was to be decided by a sudden death ‘Golden Try’ with a bounced ball start, Bowden got the lucky bounce and after a valiant eight tag defensive stand by the Leopards, Bowden scored the ‘Golden Try’.  The Leopards were emotional at the end as they had put every ounce of effort, energy and heart into the final game.

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MRUFC U7’s 2015 / 16

The culmination of our season was a trip / tour to Newcastle to watch Sale Sharks play the Falcons. The weekend also involved lots of other activities including Crazy Golf, Swimming, Bowling and running, diving and tackling on the Newcastle Falcons 3G Pitch after the match!!

An absolutely fantastic weekend away where all of the kids behaved impeccably, representing and promoting MRUFC as a top club in Cheshire

TIM RISELEY

 


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