Well here we are – late Sunday after a day out in Carnforth and a great walk on Arnside Knot to clear the lungs and the final ‘Clubman’ of the 2017/18 season and what a campaign it has been. A fraught start and languishing at the wrong end of National Two North followed by changes and a climb up the league to mid table security and another season to look forward to at this excellent level of Rugby Football and whilst the final scoreline in the last game of the season was not what the Priory Park faithful would have liked it meant at least that our opposition – Wharfedale – edged that little but closer to league safety as results elsewhere saw Blaydon lose out in the North East in a high scoring encounter with Hinckley 36-40 which sadly means that despite the bonus points they join Sheffield in the Northern Premier League next time round but it is down to what Luctonians do in their remaining two games after they hammered already relegated Sheffield 76-12 to give themselves sight of survival starting this weekend at Hinckley. Watch this space in August!!
At the top Sale FC claimed the title and deserved promotion to National One following a 37-5 mauling of Leicester Lions and Sedgley Park will travel to Chinnor in a play off for the other promotion spot with Cinderford from National Two South already assured of promotion. Coming in from the North and Midlands Premier Leagues next time will be Preston Grasshoppers and Birmingham Solihull with Hull and Peterborough playing off for the third promotion spot so all change for the 2018/19 campaign.
Coming down from National One are Fylde who have struggled most of the season and Hull Ionians together with Old Albanian who will join National Two South so come Septembers fixtures it will mean that several new clubs will be again visiting Priory Park.
With several of our Senior Squad moving on to retirement or other clubs it will be interesting to see the format of The Blues for the next campaign with hopefully some new faces to don the jersey when training resumes after the break.
As for Clubman it is now down to watching Cricket for the Summer and a trip to Menorca in June as well as following the progress of ‘The Wire’ in that ‘other’ code before even thinking about next season but I hope again to be putting pen to paper giving information on the progress of the Senior Squad at Macclesfield as well as information on the other club sides which I have not been able to do this season apart from the results which I pick up from the respective leagues as no-one has given me detail of the games played despite my requests.
Having got that gripe off my chest it has been a pleasure reporting on Macclesfield Rugby for the past eight months and the progress made and hopefully it will be more of the same come September.
Watch this space – see you then,