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Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’

As the season began for real after the  pre-season games and cup ties it was down to League Rugby for all of the Macclesfield teams on Saturday but sadly none of the games saw victory for any of our sides with the 1st XV losing in a high scoring encounter at South Leicester (47-24) with match report elsewhere in this paper and in the Halbro North West Leagues the Lions (2nd XV) went down 29-5 at Lymm whilst the 3rd & 4th teams also lost to Wilmslow 2nds and Crewe & Nantwich 3rds respectively also in high scoring games but I have no further detail about these encounters.  Hopefully now that the first weekend is done and dusted we can get back to the habit of winning games as the respective squads settle for the season.

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Chairman’s Statement 

Welcome to a new Season and what an exciting one it promises to be!

We all look forward to a year of demanding rugby in the various leagues and age groups throughout the club and relish the challenges off the pitch as well. We also look forward to building on our long-held belief and reputation of giving our all for the cause on the pitch and enjoying ourselves to the full off it. 

This season is particularly exciting as we embrace the `One Club` philosophy throughout the club.  We also welcome a small army of volunteers who have come forward, held up their hands and said `How can I help my club? ` We can never have enough volunteers, so please delve into your inner being and have a think about what you can do for your club, however small it may be.

As you will all know by now, our planning application is on hold for a couple of years at least, making it even more important that we all pull together in the right direction both on and off the pitch.

The Executive Committee has a new look this season as long standing Directors, David Mair & Charlie Halle have stepped down to allow Phil Mason (Chairman of MJ section) & Tom Davenport (recently retired 1st xv stalwart) to step up into the hot seats, giving us a much more diversified committee. Please ensure you give them your full support.

We also have some new (and very welcome!) sponsors on board and I`d like to welcome them all into The Macclesfield Rugby Club Family, and would urge you to support their businesses wherever possible.

With regards to playing our wonderful game, the joy of playing rugby with your mates, the sacrifice of training and the selflessness required to help the team, requires an understanding of your own strengths & weaknesses and an appreciation of your fellow players ability and commitment.  A happy and united team establishes bonds that you will cherish forever, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

I hope the game of Rugby Union brings you all immense pleasure at whatever age or level you play, and that you will always be proud to have worn the Macclesfield shirt.

Those of us unable now to even get into that shirt, still believe we can make all the breaks, kick all the goals, produce try saving tackles and still be man of the match.  Bear with us.

So please, play every game as though it is your last, leave nothing for another day, face the hardest of challenges with passion, courage and humility and relish and embrace the struggle.

Those of us in the `ex player` bracket will be talking nonsense on the touchline and in the bar but believe me…….one day you will too!

However, most retired players do have some insight and knowledge of our great game, and if you ask them you never know – you just might pick up a useful tip or two. Despite the changing face of the game, many basic principles still apply.

Macclesfield RUFC welcomes all oppositions and all our friends to Priory Park and we hope that whatever happens in the game, we can retain a sense of humility, balance & dignity.

Best wishes to all our members and our many opponents for the coming season as we look forward to renewing old rivalries and friendships alike.

Thank you for re-electing me as your Chairman – it is a cherished honour and one which I do not take lightly.


Club Hire

As a reminder, hire of the club’s function rooms is free to all members. It you wish to take advantage
of this fantastic offer, please contact Charlie Halle – charlie@maccrugby.co.uk To peruse the various
menus available, contact Maggie – thebarbecue@gmail.com


Payment Of Membership Subscriptions Season 2018-2019

It is the start of the new season at Macclesfield Rugby Club and with that in mind subs are due to be
paid from 1 st September 2018.

The payment and collection of subs is critical for the club’s financial position. Your subs help pay for
the basic running costs of your rugby club which includes everything from public liability insurance to
cleaning and repairs and maintenance on the pitches and in the clubhouse. This year your subs
include £10 of raffle tickets to be entered in the prize draw later in the season. The raffle is
supported by the RFU with some great prizes.

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Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club – Financial AGM

For the year ending 30th June 2018

In accordance with the rules of Macclesfield RUFC Ltd members are advised of, and invited
to attend, this meeting which will be held in the President’s suite at the clubhouse, Priory
Park, Priory Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4AF on Thursday 27th September 2018 at
7.30pm.

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Macclesfield Blues compete in Canada.

16 months ago, Macclesfield Blues RUFC Forwards, team mates and friends Mike Finnemore & Ben Jones, left the UK shores taking fresh work opportunities in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and Toronto, Ontario, Canada respectively. Both had previously played against each other as juniors, and later together as adults for Club and Cheshire County, travelling the length and breadth of the UK on National 1 and National 2 RFU Championship & Regional competition campaigns.

Canada is not only a welcoming, beautiful, friendly diverse country in its own rite, but holds an intense, passionate rugby following. This is impeded by two of mother nature’s pre-determined barriers that simply don’t exist in the UK; Firstly, A much shorter playing season due to the fierce Arctic chill, that when descended, far exceeds what we would ever dare call a ‘proper winter’ here in Blighty. Last December’s Toronto City New Year’s Eve celebrations were curtailed when the mercury dropped to minus 30-degrees. Move North and the thermometer keeps on tumbling!…  Secondly; The travelling distances involved, that cause Canada Rugby logistical issues in planning their structured competition fixtures, all of which are now moving toward conclusion just as our UK season commences.

However, Canada’s use of technology to live-stream games for the benefit of supporters, friends and family must be commended, well appreciated by the high number of viewers. The many lengthy return coach journeys from Cheshire close to the Scottish Borders, South London and The West Country, simply can’t be compared to these Canadian team trips !  All in the name of a game !

Outside working hours, It wasn’t long before Mike and Ben were on their sporting journey again back in the ‘Rugby Family’, playing for established clubs. Mike with ‘Castaway Wanderers RFC ’ on the very scenic Victoria Island , British Columbia  and Ben with the legendary Lake Ontario shore based  ‘Balmy Beach RFC’. Both teams routing players into The Canadian National squad, currently under the stewardship of ex-Welsh flanker and ex-Sale RUFC Coach, Kingsley Jones. (And whose son  Dorian , Newport Gwent Dragon’s Fly half, by sheer coincidence briefly played as a junior at Wilmslow RUFC with Ben ) Tenacious ‘Beach’ openside flanker Lucas Rumball, also Captain of the National team, being a product of this performance pathway.

Both Mike and Ben applied their trade with usual vigour amongst many new found ‘team mates and friends’ at Beach and Wanderers. This camaraderie remains unique within our noble sport across the globe. Combat with your own team and with worthy opposition forming mutual respect and friendships. Other sports could learn so much here! so … whilst the lads were in contact over social media, neither disclosed until recent weeks, that they had both been selected for Canadian Regional representation of their home clubs with BC Bears and Ontario Blues.

Never a doubt these lads would do one thing and give it their all! Living a time zone and 3500Km apart, both friends came together once more on Thursday 23/8/18 on opposite sides of the battle lines, at The Canada Rugby Championship semi-final held at the home of The Prairie Woolfpack  RFC  Calgary.  In a somewhat spirited game friendship side-lined as focus was maintained on the team business in hand… Get the ‘W’!

At the ref’s final whistle Ontario Blues reached the CRC final with a 56- 38 win over the BC Bears. All occurring under the trained eye of Kingsley Jones on the touch, and Rumball driving The Blues spirit on the pitch. After the heat of battle had calmed, team debriefs done, camaraderie resumed in the bar over a beer or two in the true spirit Webb Ellis intended.  

On Sunday 26/8/18, Ontario Blues went on to win gold medal spot 22-17 against The Rock RFC from Newfoundland and Labrador, in the National final to seize the Gold medal position,  and receive the the McAteer Cup from Kingsley. BC Bears beat Calgary’s Prairie Wolfpack 48-32  for the Bronze Medal spot.

Two further Cheshire players are also presently working in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, In the Great White North, plying their rugby trade at The Wild Oats RFC, namely Josh Brown (Winnington Park RUFC ) and Jonny  Weir (Caldy RUFC) . Both making the 600Km journey South West to watch the Calgary fixtures and afterward have a beer with friends Mike and Ben. (Pic attached) Whilst the guys are over 5500Km from Blighty integrated into the familiar comforts, camaraderie  and competition of their new  home clubs, its nice to know Macc and Cheshire continue to play their part in that representation process… Long may it continue !


Match Day Lunches

Please contact Julia Maxton-Closejulia.maxtonclose@almas-industries.com if you wish to book in
for any of our fantastic, formal pre match lunches. A full list of menus and dates will be available
very soon.

There will be an informal lunch this Saturday before the Chester match, just turn up in plenty of time
armed with £10 for Maggie and much more to spend behind the bar.


Membership Payments

Apologies for the delay with the membership section of the website, we are slowly moving to a
different payment facilitator and it has taken some time to set it all up. It is now live with a fairly
basic functionality – it will allow you pay for your membership for most categories of member.
If you want to pay monthly, please cancel your standing order and follow the instructions on the
membership page of the website. If you choose to pay the full amount from your account, you can do. Just open up the membership page on the website and choose the category that you fall into. It is very simple to use so you should not have any problems, but if you do, please drop Jonathan a line.

If you would rather pay using cash or cheque, please just come and see Jonathan in the office as you
normally would. Also come and see me if you are a LM of LVP and you just want to buy a season
ticket. If you are a LM of LVP and want to pay for membership/donation, please use the website.
Attached are this season’s membership costings, you will notice that it has increased by £10 in most
cases. This season your membership will include £10 worth of RFU raffle tickets, these will be
available from the end of the year. More tickets will be available to purchase.
Sorry for any confusion, it will be a lot easier in the future.
Jonathan – 01625 827899 jonathan@maccrugby.co.uk


Working Group

This summer and ongoing there is a project to decorate the clubhouse.  This started towards the end of last Season when James Jennings grasped the bull by the horns and set up the Facebook Group – Macclesfield RUFC Working Party. Since then the main clubhouse has seen a major overhaul, walls floor and decals updated.  The other end has a polished floor, and the entrance lobby is getting a new suspended ceiling.  The Boiler House has had some urgent repairs / updates undertaken and the hallway / stairs are mid decoration.

Loads of volunteers have helped but there is ALWAYS room for more!!

Great to receive a message today from Tim Riseley (U10’s) – 

1st day if the new season today and, on behalf of the U10’s many, many thanks to all of you who contributed time and effort this Summer to improve, upgrade, decorate our Club House. It looks fantastic … you are all an absolute credit to the Club.Cheers … Tim (U10’s Coach)

Please keep an eye on the facebook group and if you can spare an hour or two, or have a skill to offer please don’t be shy.  It’s one club, our club!!


 

 


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