In Touch

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Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’

The short trip to Heywood Road proved a hurdle too far for Macclesfield on Saturday as the high flying home side edged it in a hard fought encounter by 19-3 and the match report can be seen on these pages but this now means that we have lost the last five games and it clearly gets no easier this weekend as an ever improving South Leicester visit Priory Park.

South Leicester ended Tynedale’s unbeaten start to the season at their Wigston Magna home last Saturday by 25-17 whilst the now only unbeaten outfit left in Two North – Stourbridge – beat their City colleagues Leicester Lions by 27-13 to go clear at the top of National Two North.

At the ‘wrong end’ of the table Sheffield lost again to make it 6 from 6 defeats and next up from the bottom before us Wharfedale went down 43-27 in a high scoring encounter at Lockwood Park.  However only eight games gone out of 30 so there  is clearly much to play for and hopefully that much needed ‘W’ by the Blues will not be that far away – your support at Priory Park this Saturday could just help that cause………. – read more >>


Albert Simpson

As previously mentioned, Albert will be stepping down from his post as Referees Contact at the end of this season after many years of sterling service. We are currently searching for a suitable successor to fill his boots. Please read the job description below and if this is something you would like to take on, contact the office in the first instance – jonathan@maccrugby.co.uk

MACCLESFIELD RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL CLUB (MRUFC)
JOB DESCRIPTION: REFEREES’ CONTACT WITH
MANCHESTER & DISTRICT RUGBY UNION REFEREES’ SOCIETY (MDRURS)

Annually

(June/July)

  • Post 2nd/3rd team Home fixtures as notified by North West Intermediate League’s website onto MDRURS website
  • Post Colts Home Fixtures from Raging Bull Colts League website onto MDRURS website

You will need to be listed as Club Contact (mobile and landline telephone numbers only) with MDRURS in their Handbook which you will receive and which lists all officials’ and referees’ details (mobile, landline telephone numbers and postcode only). You will have to be authorised by MDRURS before posting on their website.

Weekly

  • Double-check weekly Home appointments on MDRURS website with Home fixtures on MRUFC website
  • Notify referees by email accordingly for Home appointments with opponents/colours of strip/date&time of kick-off and directions to ground – see attachments
  • Notify by email MRUFC Officials (Managers/Captains/JohnWebster/JonathanMarsh) – see attachment
  • Notify by email Colts referee and Colts manager with, in addition, as above plus mobile numbers – see attachment
  • Referees’ contact is usually made by email on a Tuesday. However, it is usual to monitor MDRURS website daily for changes of referees and action accordingly
  • Be aware of Cup appointments and additional fixtures for Colts which are not known at the start of the season
  • If attending games refereed by MDRURS referees, introduce yourself.

Club Maintenance

We are always striving to keep the club at an acceptable standard but there are many constraints, manpower and money are the two biggest issues. If you notice something that is in need of repair please contact the office, we cannot guarantee that the work will be completed quickly or even at all, but at least we are aware of the problem and a decision will be made about effecting a repair.

As an alternative, if you spot a problem and you can fix it (safely) please do so, or if you know of someone that could repair it please ask them to do so. An excellent example of this occurred a few weeks ago whist the U14s were training one evening, Paul Underhill reported that posts had collapsed on the smaller back pitch. Before our regular groundsmen had a chance to lift them back into place, Carl Downes, with the help of Cheshire Demolition had not only returned the posts to the original position but he had also welded to joints! This type of help from members is always appreciated.


Macclesfield Colts

Congratulations are due to the Colts who have now been promoted to the Halbro Colts B League for the remainder of the season, an outstanding performance! Our first game is against Wirral at home on 5th November.

Well done to the following lads who have been selected for the Cheshire U18’s squad for the coming games

Toby Moule
Harry Oliver
Marcus Pyle

The following players have been selected for the Cheshire U17’s squad in January 

Harry Harding 
James Oliver


Floodlit Festival

The U12’s organised a mini festival under lights on Friday 20th October, and thankfully the rain held off from 3PM to 9PM as ordered!  

Hosting teams from Sandbach, Chester, Sheffield and Stockport all the lads had a great run out playing 4 games each.  The theme of the night was to let the lads coach and manage themselves.  With no coaching from the touchline the U12’s had to make their own decisions on position, substitutions, tactics.  It was great to hear them talk and sort out their thoughts to try and gain an advantage over the opposition.  

Under heavy conditions all teams played some extremely competitive and strong rugby.  Excellent play and effort from everyone on the field and the parents watching from the stands showed their appreciation.  

Scores were not kept as for this occasion that was not important, and we awarded players for demonstrating the Spirit of Rugby (for Macclesfield Josh Hough and Ollie Jennings) and an overall Team Spirit of Rugby award – Chester RUFC.  As I ran the touchline at times it was fascinating to hear the communication between the subs and the players on the field working out when was best to bring certain people on.  They were really starting to work out how best to play the game!!!!

The evening was a phenomenal success, supported by Sale Sharks players Johnny Leota, Matt Sturgess & Nic Dolly.   


Formal Lunch

Our next formal lunch is on the 9th December before the Luctionians match. Not only will you enjoy great food and beer but comedian Scott Bennett will be entertaining us with own brand of humour. Scott is a rising star on the UK circuit and will get us in the mood for some excellent rugby.

All this for just £15 + your normal entry fee!

Main: Roast Gammon with apple sauce and stuffing Roast potatoes Garden peas Carrot & Swede

 

To Finish: Cheese and biscuits with celery and grapes

Book early! – Click HERE to book your space.


Gunpowder

Some of the eagle eyed amongst our readers will have noticed our very own Wilkey in the first episode of the BBC drama ‘Gunpowder’. Rumour has it that he is hung, drawn and quartered in the final episode. Worth waiting for! He is holding a MRUFC plastic mug in his left hand but, didn’t manage to get it in shot.

Wilkey is a regular at Macclesfield Amateur Drama Society and also had a part in the film Fantastic Beasts. He started his career as Laa Laa in The Teletubbies.


League Table

 


Pie Lunch

We have a pie lunch this Saturday. No need to book, just roll up, pay Maggie and enjoy one of the best pies in the North West. Wash it down with a pint and get out on the terrace to soak up the atmosphere as South Leicester challenge the Blues.


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