There’s no other way to describe it. The Blues took a thumping at Hartpury College. 92-7
In a scrappy game, the Lions took the spoils against Fylde in the Macclesfield sun to finish the season in style. 23-7
The final match of the season is against Esher. The Blues, on a rebound after the Hartpury match, will fancy their chances with this one after a narrow defeat down south in the first match of the season. They wouldn’t let the Cheshire Ladies down, would they? KO 3.00pm
By 4.30pm the 4th team will know whether they have been promoted. They are relying on 4th position Congleton losing to 11th position Linley.
After leading the North of England on Sunday, Cheshire U20s Captain Christian Taylor has been selected to go forward to the England Counties U20 Selection weekend next week.
The North U20 Squad will meet and train on Saturday 29th April and then on Sunday 30th April along with the other 3 RFU Divisions they will train with players from Nottingham RFC under the coaching guidance of former Munster Defence Coach Ian Costello. On Monday 1st May, North U20s will face the South West U20s at Long Eaton RFC.
Christian, formally of the Macclesfield M&Js and Colts hails from the Taylor rugby dynasty. He is presently studying at Lancaster University and chooses Preston Grasshoppers as his club. We hope to seen him back here soon.
We wish him all the best.
Derek Laidlaw – Volunteer of the Year
A huge ‘Congratulations’ to Derek after receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award this week. Well deserved. Derek ensures that the senior teams enjoy clean shirts every week, he cycles back and forth every Monday between loads up to four times (12 miles). He was even knocked of his bike recently by a taxi, luckily he was wearing his armoured shorts. He sued for damages and was awarded £100.
This is the reason that dogs are not permitted within the club grounds. Please pass the message on.
Place your bid for one of our pink shirts today by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org! Money raised goes to Macclesfield Breast Care Unit
A great day of rugby at the Cheshire Festival for Macclesfield U7s! Brilliant performances from all the boys!!
We entered 3 mixed teams played 15 games, won 11, drew 2 and lost just 2 and all without any subs and against streamed teams even at this age!
Across the whole squad we won the trophy for most enjoyment and complimentary Sale tickets for our sportsmanship!
Every single player put everything into the tournament and made coaches and parents very proud!
Cheshire U8’s Rugby Festival 2017
The Cheshire U8’s Rugby Festival was held at the Club on Sunday 23rd April and we hosted a total of 45 teams representing 23 clubs.
The Festival was an overwhelming success, this being down in part to the dedication and organisation of our Festival Committee. Special thanks must go to Jonathan Edwards, Ffion Wilshaw, Sam Brennan and Steph Neal for their unwavering enthusiasm and attention to detail and planning.
Starting at 11.00am, the fixture schedule consisted of playing 16 x games at a time, starting every 15 minutes with each team playing at total of 7 x 8 minute matches during the day.
With RFU Regulation 15 – Age Grade Rugby guidelines being followed this ensured a very friendly and supportive atmosphere from all teams and supporters alike.
The break for lunch between 12.00pm and 1.30pm was a little chaotic! All teams did go for lunch at their allotted time however feeding 400+ kids in 1½ hours proved to be a challenge!
The afternoon session started at 1.30pm concluding precisely at 2.45pm when all teams congregated on the 1st team pitch for the medal ceremony and closing speech.
On a sadder note, unfortunately Nick Evans, the Head Coach for Winnington Park U8’s had unexpectedly passed away a couple of weeks earlier and we were asked if we could kindly read a short passage in memory of Nick. This proved to be a very moving and poignant moment in the day. It was decided that we award the Cheshire Festival 2017 Fair Play Award to Winnington Park in recognition to the commitment and dedication of Nick Evans. The award was presented by Tom Curry, Sale Sharks & England U20 back row.
The Sale Sharks Mascot ‘Finley’ put in a late appearance much to the delight of the kids.
A fantastic day of mini Rugby was enjoyed by all … many thanks again to all involved.
Some post Festival comments: –
‘On behalf of all of the Bowden U8’s thanks a lot for organising and hosting yesterday. Our kids had a great time … got lucky with the weather too!’
Tim Newton – Bowden U8’s
‘Just a quick note to say a big thank you for yesterday. A fantastic festival, well organised and a real credit to Macclesfield Rugby Club’
Mark Atkinson – Wilmslow U8’s
‘Just wanted to say a big thank you from all the Lymm teams. The event was very well organised and a massive success from our point of view. The atmosphere (maybe with new RFU non scoring rules) seemed very relaxed and the timing was excellent through the day. Really appreciate everything done by you and the rest of the organising team. Great Job!’
Mark Davies – Lymm U8’s
‘On behalf of the players, coaches and parents of Winnington Park Under 8’s squad we would like to thank everyone at Macclesfield for what has been a very enjoyable and well organised Cheshire festival today. On our previous visits to Macclesfield we have always enjoyed a warm welcome and a great game and today was no exception.
Thank you to you, Jonathon, and Tim for your support in the build-up to today. As you could probably see on all of our faces the day meant so much to us and it really topped our day being awarded the fair play trophy.
We look forward to seeing you all next season’
Clare Oxley – Winnington Park U8’s
Macclesfield Rugby Club U11’s
Two Festival Reports
2017 Cheshire Cup Champions
In the blue riband event of the rugby calendar, Macclesfield RUFC U11’s entered a team to compete for the Cheshire Cup against 29 other teams from the North West. With 420 players registered, the 13 Macclesfield players needed to be on the top of their game.
The format was intense, 6 leagues, with the Top 10 performers from the six leagues going through to the Knockout Cup Competition, with 10 other teams playing for The Plate, and the remaining 10 playing for The Bowl.
In what can only be described as the league of death, for the last 5 years the winners have been Lymm or Macclesfield, so the draw for our league seemed to be extremely tough with Lymm, Chester, Stockport and a new team to us Oxton. We have historically been slow starters, but following a good warm up, the boys were up for it.
League 1 (Try = 5 points)
(WIN) Macc 5 V Chester A 0 (Macc try in the last seconds)
(WIN) Macc 5 V Lymm A 0 (Macc try in the last seconds)
(WIN) Macc 10 V Oxton 0
(WIN) Macc 25 V Stockport A 0
As undefeated league winners, we were comfortably through to The Cup. The coaches absolutely ecstatic that the team kept a clean sheet with no tries conceded. Our pace and teamwork was outstanding with every player contributing to dominant and classy display. As the boys settled down to lunch, the anxiety as to who would be playing in the next round started to build.
Macc through to the Cup Knockout Competition.
Before the games knockout competition kicked off, a steward’s enquiry as to who had qualified for the Cup. We had been drawn again against Lymm? How could this be after having beaten them in the league?
A challenge was made by Sandbach as to Lymm’s qualification in our knockout round, as Sandbach had also won all their games, the challenge was upheld and Sandbach joined us in our knockout pool. This pushed Lymm into the other Pool leaving Macc to play Sandbach, Widnes and Crewe, all big strong sides.
Knockout Pool 1. (Try = 5 points)
(WIN) Macc 5 V Sandbach 0
(WIN) Macc 25 V Widnes 0
(WIN) Macc 20 V Crewe 0
(WIN) Macc 5 V Altrincham Kersal 0
A totally dominant display yet again and unbelievably after 8 matches not one try conceded, this is unheard of in junior rugby and testament to our superb tackling and defensive line pressure.
Cup Final. (Try = 5 points)
It was a Cheshire Cup Final between Macclesfield and Lymm. Lymm comfortably won the other knockout pool and were flying high with confidence. We had beaten Lymm earlier in the season and earlier in the day, we had real belief for the first time in years that we could win, it was now down to the boys.
This Cup Final Fixture is legendary throughout Cheshire Junior Rugby and it was all set for a great cup final.
Our boys have been practicing attacking moves normally undertaken by players many years ahead. Within the first minute of the Cup Final our boys demonstrated cool heads and cut the Lymm defence in half with one of their planned moves and went over to score early. From then our defence was impenetrable as it had been all day. To top it off we scored another classy try and the Cheshire Cup was making it’s way home to Priory Park.
(WIN) Macc 10 V Lymm 0
Back row from left: Sam Young (Centre) – Jake Jones (Centre) – Oliver Davies (Fly Half) – Dylan Tyrrell (Forward) – Freddie Griffiths (Forward) – Billy Birkett (Full Back) – Toby Wilson (Centre)
Front row from left: Morgan Davies (Scrum Half) – Billy Bridgewater (Forward) – Ben Hall (Scrum Half) – Oliver Jones (Forward) – Fin Arnold (Wing)
Christian Tattum (Forward)
Missed the team photo above as he made his way swiftly to the “winners are grinners” lounge!
Back Right: Sales Sharks Matt Postlethwaite (Forward – Lock) – Presenting The Cheshire Cup
From left: Ben Hall (Scrum Half) – Toby Wilson (Centre) – Freddie Griffiths (Forward) – Dylan Tyrrell (Forward) – Oliver Davis (Fly Half) – Ben Bridgewater (Forward) – Billy Birkett (Full Back) – Morgan Davies (Scrum Half)
Many thanks to Winnington Park Rugby Club for putting on a fantastic tournament and to all the parents for showing their support.
Boys, you made the coaches and parents very proud. A truly exemplary performance with which Macclesfield Rugby Club will be truly proud.
MATLOCK FESTIVAL 2017
Back Row Left to Right: Oli Jennings, tom Brierley, Callum Roberts, Sam Pavey, Geo Edwards, Ed Roden, Kristian Bartlett.
Front Row Left to Right: Zac Wright, Spike Street, Callum “Chopps” Chopping, Ben Ashton, Ben Nadin, Sam Hughes, Ralph McHale, William Whiskard
The U11’s sent two teams over to Matlock to take part in their festival of Rugby. The best part of Matlock Festival is playing teams we do not meet on the Cheshire circuit. Teams from Bakewell, Dronfield, Harrogate, Lichfield, Matlock, Mosborough, Sheffield Tigers, Southwell and West Bridgeford.
Two pools were selected with 7 games for the teams. At this age group we play 9 a-side, and we had 9 players in the Macclesfield Lions, and only 7 in the Macclesfield Tigers. It was clear from the off that every lad was going to play every minute of 7 games – 10 minutes one way – 70 minutes of Rugby!
Some excellent rugby on show from the Lions team. With a full compliment of 9, but ONLY 9 meant they were all involved in every game! The players also had energy left to support the depleted Tigers, demonstrating excellent fitness, and team spirit.
The Lions certainly had the stronger pool to contend with, opposition from Sheffield Tigers, Lichfield and the touring Harrogate side. The Lions started off confidently winning their first two games (Matlock and West Bridgford). Super breaks on the wing from Fenton Bray fed by Spike Street and Ben Nadin from the centre showed a confident start, and some great thinking.
The lions then met a very strong Sheffield Tigers. From the off Sheffield demonstrated excellent skills and put our boys on the back foot quickly. It took a couple of minutes for the forwards (Callum Chopping, tom Brierley and Oli Jennings) to get to grips with their fast pace. Unfortunately the score was too high to recover and finished 5 – 3 to Sheffield. This was no shame however considering the clear strength of Sheffield who deserved every win they got.
The lions regained composure against Bakewell, winning comfortably with Sam Hughes working hard in the centre, and Spike Street looping kicks over the heads of the opposition, and diving on his own ball over the line.
Lichfield got the better of the team by a single try, however normal service was resumed in the final game against Dronfield. Kristian Bartlett nailing some crunching tackles, Tom Brierley and Oli Jennings forcing the opposition to commit more players before recycling the ball out to Fenton Bray or Spike Street.
Player of the festival for this team Spike Street – covering every square inch of the pitch in both attack and defence, massive workrate, lightning attacking runs in and out of opposition, 6 or more tries, and several assists.
A superb effort from the Tigers, seeing them win their first game (Matlock) with good pressure in the centre and working hard to pass the ball wide, using the wings. A convincing win building confidence.
Only having 7 players (for a 9 a-side game) meant the Tigers were always borrowing players (either from our Lions team, or from a tremendously sporting opposition). This was always going to disrupt the balance of the team as we ended up with players in different positions all the time.
Having won the first match, the lads lost the next 5, however each loss was by 1 or 2 tries. In each game there was some superb defence! William Whickard holding the ball up on our line, and Ed Roden clearing the lines with a great kick.
Forwards (Geo Edwards, Ben Ashton, Callum Roberts) fulfilled their roles well – hitting the tackle and securing the ball. I counted 5 turnovers which is an achievement given the strength of the opposition we faced.
Backs (Ed Roden (Cpt), Sam Pavey, William Whiskard, Ralph McHale) were fast and strong when needed. Many playing Back / Centre roles (as only 9 a-side) and we wonder where these lads will find a position in the future.
Player of the festival for the Tigers – Ed Roden – captaining the team and giving 110% game after game despite the difficulties faced. Safe hands and great support for his team, an excellent sportsman on the day.
In summary – the U11’s in TOTAL have huge potential, and I would put money on at least one of them ending up in Premier Rugby – and we WILL have some future 1st XV Macclesfield players in this bunch!!
U16’s remain unbeaten for the whole Season
The U16’s team have remained unbeaten all season, only losing out on a Cheshire Cup Final due to a drawn semi-final game and being the home team don’t go through.
The playing record is
Played 25 games
Won 23 games
Drawn 2 games
Lost – NONE
Points for 936 (that’s an average of 37 per game)
Points against 206 (that’s an average of 8 points per game)
We have a squad of 31 players, 3 played for Sale Sharks Academy, 7 played for Cheshire U16’s & 7 have regularly played U18’s School Rugby.
This season we have beaten Sedbergh School (the National Schools Champions at this age group – who have 2 England U16’s players in their team) The Caymen Islands, every team in Cheshire at least once, the Lancashire Cup finalists, the U16’s Munster Provincial finalists and The Staffordshire County Cup holders.
The team play as a real squad, every player is treated the same, they train hard, play hard and are a real credit to Macc Rugby Club.
Next season 26 players have registered their intention to continue playing for the club next season when they are available. (1 player is moving to Belgium otherwise he would have played!) Plus we already have 2 new players!!
Attached are the team picture and a picture of the Captains of the team, the 7 county players and the 2016/7 squad.
Even with all the other end of season activities going on, we are still having a pie lunch before the Esher game. Get to the bar for 12.30 for a couple of sharpeners before enjoying one of the best pies in the North West.