It started well (again) for the Blues and there was a chance of valuable home win, but the visitors came back with a late flurry of tries. 24 – 36
The Lions lost out to a strong Sedgley Park home team. 27 – 10
The 4th team travelled to Bowdon and won their tie in the cup. The ¼ finals are on 25th Feb. 10 – 29
A day trip to SW London is on the cards for the Blues as they test Rosslyn Park’s new artificial pitch. Park took the honours in October at Priory Park 18 – 36. The difference now, is that we need to win, they don’t. 3.00pm KO
No match for the Lions could mean the Sedgley Park take the coveted top spot in Conference A!
After last weekend’s rest, the 3rd team visit Burnage. Smithy’s lads will be keen to get back in the promotion zone with and away win. 2.15pm KO
The 4th team enjoyed a tight win against Sandbach earlier in the season and will be looking to consolidate that with a home win on Saturday. 2.15 KO
Annual Sporting Dinner
Tables are selling fast for the Sporting Dinner on 26th April, make sure you don’t miss out on the event of the year. You can book online via the club website if you wish and pay using Paypal or Worldpay. You don’t have to book a full table, we are taking bookings for individuals too. Click here for more information or to complete your payment.
Last Sunday Macclesfield U16’s had 7 players representing Cheshire U16’s vs Lancashire. Cheshire won both games.
The B team game was won 29-0 with our own Harry Oliver scoring a try and Will Davies, the Captain for the day kicking 3 conversions.
The A team game was a much tighter affair with Cheshire winning 31-29, James Oliver did the club proud coming off the bench for the last 40 minutes to help turn round a 7 point deficit into a winning score
Pictured are the players after the game, good to see someone else’s pitches are the same as ours!!
L to R – Will Davies, Harry Wheelton, Lewis Halliday, Harry Oliver, Toby Moule, Harry Harding.
This week sees the U16’s travel to the Wirral in the Cheshire Cup ¼ finals.
Club Dinners – Bob Jenner
WHAT WAS OLD FOOD LIKE?
Actually that’s not a health and safety question but one that occurred as I perused the clubs collection of Menus and Tickets of Dinners in the past. Timely with the upcoming Sportsmen’s Dinner selling out fast!
So what did I learn? The first official Annual Dinner was hosted at the long since closed Macclesfield Arms Hotel on Friday 3rd December 1954. Surprised me that it had taken so long for what would become a long standing tradition to start. This copy of the menu is uniquely autographed by the Committee of the day and the Guest of Honour was the then President of the RFU W.C.Ramsay. The menu promised Cream of Tomato soup, a choice of Fillet Sole Bonne Femme (now there’s posh), Chicken, Duck or Pork with a dessert of Fruit Melba (and they don’t make it anymore!).
After dinner was taken up with not one but five toasts. I wonder if they had a sweep stake on ‘speaking time’
The following year the ante was upped as Minestrone Milanaise and Poached Sole with shrimp sauce were introduced and the fruit melba gave way to Coupe Jacque. Innovations that would find less support in these Brexit days. Obviously the changes were well received as the following years Dinner had exactly the same menu! The 1956 Dinner was particularly special as L Dexter made a first (?) presentation of the Thomas Dexter Memorial Cup. Sadly I have no other information about this Cup but would welcome it if anyone out there has it.
The innovations continued with Consomme Julienne and Welsh Rarebit making an appearance, the latter after the Peach Melba! And possibly of greater interest was the continued appearance of WJ Siggins, who proposed a toast to the Guests. WJ Siggins was of course a significant driving force in re-establishing MRUFC in 1926! And of course all this reverie took place on Friday nights in the middle of the season. I for one can testify to the dramatic impact that had on physical performance during the following day’s game. This was to change.
The club house is starting to show its age and the pitches are looking tired but we have to make the most of what we have for the time being. The possibility of a new clubhouse is a couple of years off, in the meantime please look after the present one.
- Please use the many waste bins that are placed around the club to dispose of your litter, if you see litter lying around, please pick it up.
- Do not go upstairs in the clubhouse whilst muddy.
- Return glasses to the bar.
- Before you leave the club, make sure you have all your belongings.
It’s your club, look after it!
Guess the Score
The competition was won by the President of Cambridge RUFC! Stephen Bowller guessed 26 – 36. He very kindly put his £50 winnings behind the bar to buy beer for the players.
Ladies Charity Lunch
Please book your tables with Sarah Davies for this year’s Ladies Charity Lunch. Payment can be made through the club office using cash, cheque or card. You can transfer money directly or use Paypal if you prefer.
Mini & Junior Section Lunch
This year’s lunch is prior to the Plymouth game on 1st April, please book early, last year was a sell-out. You can now secure your place online here.
Please take a little time to post your opinions or views on the plans for the new clubhouse and grounds.
Every comment, positive or negative is valuable. For more information on the planning application you can read our dedicated blog post here.
Storm Brewery Evening
An evening at Storm Brewery has been organised for Friday 3rd March starting at 7.30pm. Local band Dazed & Confused will be playing, you can tour the brewery, enjoy beer and pies and listen to Mike Keeling and Dave Teale sing. It can’t really get much better!
The cost is only £20.
Please contact Kevin Wright to book – 07836 508805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org