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Examiner Reports: April 2012

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Contents

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5th

Calendar 2012

So, what is the programme for the remainder of 2012? The following is up-to-date at the time of going to press.

May

Tuesday 1st, Turnbridge WMC;

Paul Kilbride [RFL Benevolent Fund].

Paul, along with Stewart Walker & Craig Mosedale, made such an impression last year that an impromptu raffle was organised, raising over £60 for the RFL Benevolent Fund. Can you imagine playing Rugby League in a wheelchair? Paul & Stewart do!

June

Tuesday 5th, Turnbridge WMC;

How Sports Science is Important to Rugby League

Sunday 24th, Noon in the Fantastic Media Suite, Galpharm Stadium;

Junior Disco

July

Tuesday 3rd, Turnbridge WMC;

We’re trying for an extra-special guest!

Friday 13th, 7:00pm at Turnbridge WMC;

Giant Olympic Games.

This is similar to the fabulously successful ‘Reindeer Race Night’ we held last December. This time the races will be themed around the Olympics.

We need people/organisations to buy 36 athletes at £2 each. In addition, we need 6 events sponsoring.

Cost - £5.50 [TBC] to cover buffet supper.

August

Tuesday 7th, Turnbridge WMC;

Jason McCartney, MP [on the RL Parliamentary Committee].

A non-political evening!!

Cricket Match - Giants Supporters v SO Else [a fancy dress spectacular] [date & venue TBA].

September

Tuesday 4th, Turnbridge WMC;

Matthew Wood [ex-Yorkshire Cricketer].

October

Tuesday 2nd, Turnbridge WMC;

AGM.

Friday 19th, Turnbridge WMC;

Charity Quiz Night Challenge.

This event will be for any team of 4 people. [Proceeds to the RL Benevolent Fund].

November

Tuesday 6th, Turnbridge WMC;

Stuart Cummins [Controller of Referees].

Dare you attend and listen in silence?!?

December

Friday 7th, 7:00pm at Turnbridge WMC;

Reindeer Race Night;

We need people/organisations to buy 36 athletes at £2 each. In addition, we need 6 events sponsoring.

Cost of buffet supper approximately £5.50.

Please note that the Turnbridge events are 7:30 pm for a 7:45 pm start unless otherwise stated.

Student Rugby League

Not particularly HGSA news, but certainly a snippet about Giants’ supporters.

Student Rugby League is a tremendously popular sport. Last Saturday at Nottingham University, a tournament was held between the six regions of English Student RL.

fter a somewhat disappointing start in the competition, Yorkshire emerged as the overall victors, beating the South East in a thrilling final.

This final boasted four ex-Greenhead students; James and Will Wallace were in the victorious Yorkshire side, whilst Ben Calverley & Ben Quigley played for the South East.

Well done Yorkshire, Huddersfield, and Greenhead. Commiserations to the Oxford duo.

For further information visit www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk or contact Dave Calverley on 07887 878 425.

 

19th

Donation To The Giants

At Friday’s match against Salford, Dave Calverley, Chairman of the Association, presented a cheque for £250 to the Giants’ Chairman Ken Davy.

This is the third time in the last twelve months that we have donated such a sum to the club. We stipulate that the money be put towards the youth development at the Giants.

Laura Crane Trust

Our latest guest at Turnbridge was Pam Thornes from the Laura Crane Trust.

Back in the 1990s, Laura was a fit and active teenager. At the age of 15 she was diagnosed with 4 different types of cancer. Laura passed away 2 weeks after her 17th birthday.

Despite all the loving care from friends, relatives, and hospital staff, Laura’s mum was disappointed to find that youths older than 16 had to be treated on adult wards. Consequently she decided to start raising money to help teenagers with cancer through their experiences.

Today, the Laura Crane Trust is a nationwide charity raising money for support mechanisms for young people in hospital. It is the only charity which directs funds into cancer research for 13 to 24 year olds.

As well as having Catherine Tate as its patron, the charity has had the Giants on board as a major partner.

You may – or may not! – have ogled at the rippling muscles on the bodies of the players who posed for this year’s club calendar. Part of the money raised from this venture went to the Trust. [Ladies, if you do not have a copy, search one out!]

Last year a group of fans, including Ken Davy, took part in the Giant Strides sponsored walk to the Shay Stadium. This year, Robbie Hunter-Paul will be leading [so he thinks!!] another Giant Strides, this time to Odsal when the Giants play the Bulls on the 22nd of April.

In addition, if you fancy a bit of adventure, then there will be a Giant Zipslide at the Galpharm on Saturday 8th of September – “a thrilling 65 feet high, 500 feet long zipslide across the pitch of the Galpharm Stadium.

Magic Weekend

The alternative breakfast coach is rapidly filling up. To secure your place a minimum £10 deposit is required ASAP. [Cost of coach and breakfast is £22.]

Remember to buy your tickets as soon as you can from the club.

For further information about the Supporters Association or any of the above, please visit www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk or contact Dave Calverley [via 07887 878 425 or da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk].

 

26th

TGG

How great is Jon Wilkin? And do we support TGG?

Last Saturday I attended Oxford University’s Annual Rugby League celebrations.

The afternoon saw tag games with the teams containing a mixture of Old Boys, current team members, and girls from the University’s women’s RL branch. This was followed by a full-blooded match between the Old Boys and the Varsity winners.

But it is the evening which will forever stay in my mind.

You might be surprised that such a Union dominated university has a League team.

Not only that, but they are playing the expansive style of rugby that we are used to watching at the Giants.

Hearing the players talk you would again be surprised about the code of rugby they are playing.

But when you listen to what they are saying you then realise that you are amongst friends.

Guest speaker at the dinner was Jon Wilkin, the Saints star forward. His tales had everyone rolling with both laughter and disbelief. I would really like to recount some of them, but he swore us to secrecy!

Now comes the amazing part which alludes to TGG.

Jon is an accomplished after-dinner speaker so he naturally was being paid. However, in the bar afterwards he put a huge, and I mean huge, sum of money behind the bar for players’ drinks!

Here was a Northern guy from Hull in the company of the prospective great and good and having a great time.

TGG with TGPI! The Greatest Game with The Greatest People Involved! I hope you are proud to be one of them.

By the way, Jon has agreed to come and talk to HGSA, but I doubt whether he will recount some of the stories I heard that evening!

Next Speaker

Next Tuesday, 1st May, we shall have Paul Kilbride as our guest down at Turnbridge.

Paul came along last year and made a huge impression with his story. He was a fit and active RL player until a freak accident left him wheelchair bound. Grit and determination ensured that Paul played RL again, this time in a wheelchair.

Whatever he talks about this time, he will move you. A tremendous, moving evening can be guaranteed so let’s fill the room with members and guests.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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