Clubman: Great last gasp, win in cup match

On the field it’s wonderful seeing teams representing all age groups with four senior sides, a ladies section, walking rugby for super experienced regulars.

Great last gasp, win in cup match.

A fantastic result away at Sandbach; Macclesfield won 30-31 with a very late penalty. The side we put on the field was really young, average age 21 it was a proper Macc lads team twelve of them coming up through our Junior and Colts.

Andy Appleyard, head coach, was so full of enthusiasm and admiration for the boys when he texted the result afterwards. Our defence was so strong he said for which his appreciation goes to the boys’ efforts, there are still many improvements that we will be focusing on. There were lots of interchanges so we saw all the youngsters and new signings in action.

It was tight all the way, Sam Stelmaszek was the man of the match, captaining them in Tom Morton’s absence.

All the management team were ecstatic over the way the training ground moves so often developed the ball with excellent interplays between forwards and backs. The fact that the rearmost three + 13, Centre Harry Oliver, full-back Myles Hall and both wingers James Oliver and Smith Coates were involved in many moves had the Macclesfield supporters in full voice anticipating the coming season with relish.

Macclesfield Second Team.

A further explanation to the fixtures for the Second Team. Pete Langley PE teacher at Kings School will be player/manager/coach of the 2nd explained the format of the North West Premiership.

There are 12 club second teams they play each other home and away. Then in the New Year, the Division splits and the top six play each other and the bottom six likewise. Thus a Champion side emerges. Last season we finished runner up to Caldy.

This season obviously we hope to go one better. Langley is in an excellent position because being at King’s he is able to draft in players from his school side, they finish their own rugby fixtures at half term in February.

Giles Hetherington, head of rugby at the school is also very keen to foster this liaison with MRUFC to firm a symbiotic relationship, something we have been seeking to facilitate for a number of seasons.
Our Director of Rugby Pete Davenport realises the importance of having Kings School as a marvellous feeder for us. Some rugby clubs do suffer from a recruitment crisis and are reduced to only one or two sides, Davenport is determined that Macclesfield does not suffer this fate.

500 Club

In our Spiral Lounge, there’s an honours board of 24 names of men who have turned out more than 500 times in senior matches. This is a considerable feat, it really means that players will have completed over 20 seasons to reach that tally. Obviously most continued into Veterans or Stags sides.

Rick Jones, first-team defence coach is very proud that his own name along with his father’s name appears. Another father and son duo are the Harper’s, Peter Senior and our present club President Peter Junior. Both these combinations played together regularly in the same teams and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Actually, in both instances it was the fathers who encouraged their sons to acquire the enjoyment of consuming beer as well as the love of rugby!

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Clubman took the opportunity of interviewing Sam Moss our first team hooker. This week he is returning to light training after abdominal surgery, he’s hoping to be available for selection in September.

Tell us about your background and career so far.

I was born in Macclesfield 32 years ago and went to Fallibroome School, which is a marvellous academy but not a rugby playing school so I learnt by playing minis, juniors and Colts here at Priory Park. I’ve been a one-club man, making my first-team debut aged 19, so I’ve been fortunate enough to have12 seasons of first-team rugby (325 appearances) all at hooker.

I see you run your own business so how much time during the week does that leave you to commit to rugby?

We have squad practise sessions twice a week which is completely full-on, then I go to the gym twice a week so with Saturday’s match I’m flat out 5 times a week and don’t forget hooker is a tough position to hack.

My two-year-old labrador is a voracious runner. Every day I run with her either in Macclesfield Forrest or Middlewood Way.

My job as a bespoke joiner creating kitchens, bedrooms, windows and doors is physical involving lots of lifting, all this keeps me in good shape. I started my woodworking career as an apprentice joiner and carpenter straight from school and pride myself that I can make pretty much anything out of wood. SJM Joinery has been going now for 4 years and it’s the best career decision I’ve made.

And outside rugby and work how is your time occupied?

I’m a family man with a 7-year-old daughter Chloe. With my fiance Steph, we all go occasionally to the beer garden and during the summer I sometimes play at Macclesfield Cricket Club, these fixtures are very family-friendly affairs.

What about our club and clubhouse?

The best two Captains I’ve played with have been Ross Winner and Tom Eaton. When they crossed the line onto the pitch the only important thing was winning. Geoff Whappett was a great coach, I feel so lucky to have played under him, I learnt such a lot. Now Apps and his team are excellent coaches, all of them dovetailing together in their different aspects brilliantly. I’m looking forward to being Vice Captain and as one of the more senior players, I want to assist our young squad to reach its full potential.

Also with Apps acting as general manager, the place is so busy on Saturday afternoons. It would be wonderful to see it used every day.

Thank you Sam, good luck with your rehab, we all want to see you back on the field as soon as possible.

Finally

What a fantastic weekend of sport. It goes down as the best couple of days in recent memory. England overwhelming Ireland at Twickenham, on Sunday, winning so spectacularly the Ashes Cricket at Headingly, Macclesfield winning right at the end against a very good Sandbach. All this success and Clubman was awarded a winning rosette at Poynton Show for his watercolour painting of an osprey catching a fish and clutching it in his talons.


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