Due to the popularity of the Rugby World Cup final Macclesfield RUFC had no matches on Saturday. This allowed players, supporters and guests to watch the game on the large screens and enjoy their breakfast. The Clubhouse was completely rammed with people at 8.00am having breakfast, ready for the kick-off at 9.00.
The match itself proved the old adage in rugby that forwards win games, the backs merely decide by how many points, and so it was. The England pack was under huge pressure in the set scrums, conceding several penalties. When a side is under such intense examination it’s difficult to remain competitive, mistakes happen, and points are handed to the opposition.
Many column inches have been written about South Africa’s superiority, all that remains is to agree that the best side on the day won. The packed Clubhouse supporters were obviously subdued and disappointed with the result; but it was still a great day for the Club.
1st Team Squad
Knowing the sides had no fixture, the coaches, Andy Appleyard and Rick Jones used a variation in their squad training and instead took everyone away from the pitches for a full gym training session at Club sponsors 5S Fitness who gives us full access to their facilities. Apps is very thorough, he devises separate schedules for each player and they are able to utilise correct weights and exercise repetitions, plus cardio bursts to maintain high heart rates and calorie burns.
Next week the 1stXV entertain Alnwick and the seconds go to Lymm, our teams will be champing at the bit and have the benefit of the Coaches additional gym session – why not join us for lunch.
Less we Forget
On Saturday we will remember those that lost their lives in all conflicts and in particular our members that lost their lives in the two World Wars. Their 13 names are now permanently gilded on our Remembrance Board in the Clubhouse. There are also two large displays that tell of their deeds and the circumstances of how they met their fates.
George Lewis RIP
The Club has recently received the sad news of the passing of George Lewis; his memory will be linked with the minute’s silence on Saturday. George’s family will be at the Club for lunch, to treasure the recollections and enjoy the afternoon. Back in the 70s and 80s George founded MRUFC’s Junior and Colts sections. He originally hailed from the Welsh Valleys and was passionate about rugby. Back in those days it wasn’t possible for the Referees Society to provide officials for the lower teams, so George was always a wiling volunteer. It took Clubman half a season to learn George’s name, it was always ‘Sir’ on the pitch and indeed in the Clubhouse. Thank you George Lewis for the contribution you made to Macclesfield Rugby.
Minis, Juniors and Colts
Visit Priory Park on Sunday mornings, when our youngsters swarm across the pitches just shows how bright the future of the club is.
We have age groups for every year from Under 6 up to Under 17 and then they graduate to Colts. Phil Mason, Chairman of the section who overlooks these boys and girls is such an enthusiast. There are currently in excess of 300 members actively playing our sport. On Sundays the touch lines are full with all the mums, dads and grandparents encouraging the youngsters on.
These young folk are the future of Macclesfield Rugby Club, not all will continue a lifetime of rugby, but it’s a great start to enjoy sport, get muddy and learn discipline, respect and team-ship. We are very proud to provide the opportunity and fulfil our stated aim of being a community club with our motto of: ‘one badge, one club, one voice’.
See the mission statement in our programmes to be a welcoming, inclusive and successful family Rugby Club at the heart of the Macclesfield community. We are committed to doing this within our financial means, in the spirit of co-operation, enjoyment and excellence in order to provide friendship and family values.
1stXV v Alwick home, 2ndXV v Lymm 2ndXV away, 3rdXV v Bowdon 2ndXV away and 4th v Lyndney home