Overall another bleak weekend for Macclesfield Rugby Club with just two games played on Saturday with the Senior Squad going down in a Barbarians style game at Priory Park to Sheffield Tigers in a tryfest by 45-55 with no fewer than fifteen tries scored seven of which came from the Blues with an outstanding ‘hat trick’ from Sam Parry but the game was marred by a serious leg injury to Blues Captain Max Smith which stopped play for a lengthy spell but credit to Referee Michael Harris who blew up instantly to stop play and the players from Sheffield and Macc who gave assistance to him on the field until he went to Casualty.
Clearly our thoughts are with Max and his family at this time and hopefully he will make a full recovery. When these things happen it is good to see that skilled assistance is on hand to assist until the ambulance arrives and, of course, all clubs are obliged to have this available on match days.
Back briefly to the game as you will find a match report elsewhere and it has to be said that Macc handed several first half tries to Tigers through their own errors and at this level be assured that errors will be punished and despite their current injury problems – now magnified by Max’s injury – we need to get organised with difficult fixtures to come starting at Heywood Road this weekend to high flying Sale FC who’s DOR is former Macc stalwart Jonathan Keep.
Sale FC went down in a close ‘top of the table’ encounter up at Corbridge by 7-5 on Saturday and will be looking to get back into winning ways come 3.pm. Saturday whilst leaders Stourbridge accounted for Huddersfield by 32-17 to make it 7 out of 7 along with Tynedale. Sedgley Park in third spot won another high scoring game at Otley by 57-45. I must say that with our 100 points total at Priory Park and that 102 at Otley I have played in many cricket matches when less runs have been scored !! At the ‘wrong end’ of the table Sheffield lost to Chester (24-14), Wharfedale lost at home to Blaydon (27-19) who themselves are just below us in the bottom four. There is much to be done albeit still early in the campaign but those sides at the top have already set the standards which we must seek to achieve here at Priory Park.
It is clear that as well as the 1st XV we have some issues that need to be addressed as last Saturday the Lions (2nd XV) lost out at Wilmslow by 33-28 in Round 1 of the ‘Brooke Edgley Specialist Technical Services Cup’ (surely they could have come to a shorter name!!) but sadly the 3rd XV had to concede their tie to Preston Grasshoppers which meant under the league rules that the 4th XV also had their game against Moore taken from them.
This is a cause for some serious concern despite the fact that injuries up the club have caused issues and I cannot recall when such an event has happened in the recent past and it brings to mind an interesting article in the ‘Rugby Paper’ of last Sunday by Bradford & Bingley Director of Rugby Martin Whitcombe about the fact that in some areas ‘grass roots’ rugby is dying. I can concur with some of his comments as when I came to Macclesfield RUFC back in 1974 at the old Tytherington ground the club ran no less than seven (7) regular Saturday teams – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Harts, Vets & Stags – the latter two being for the ‘older’ players many of whom continued playing into their fifties and in certain cases some a little later…………….
Oh for a bit of that now but sadly I do not see any signs on the horizon and we must encourage all who currently play to keep up the traditions of this great game – watch this space.
Games for this Saturday:-
- 1st v. Sale FC – Away – 3.pm.
- 2nd v. Fylde – Home
- 3rd v. Lymm 2 – Away
- 4th v. Winnington Park 3 – Away
For those travelling to Sale FC they play at the old Sale Sharks ground in Heywood Road, Brooklands, Sale. Post code M33 3WB.
That’s it for now – enjoy your Rugby – I do,