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Wow, what a wonderful night we had last Friday down at Turnbridge Working Men’s Club. Our reputed Reindeer Race Night that is, compered, almost impeccably, by the fairy from the top of the Christmas tree, with able assistance from elves Izy and Ben Simpson. The gates opened at 19.00 hours; horses were bought; bets places; races run; prizes handed out. All in an atmosphere of festive cheer and jollity accompanied by a super supper. A huge thank-you to all who came along and helped make the night such a success and to Huddersfield Giants and other sponsors for providing the prizes. I must also thank the following individuals, for their help in organising the race night: Helen and Chris Simpson for pulling a couple of rabbits out of the hat; James and Liz Atherton for sheer dedication; Brendan Callaghan reindeer maker extraordinary; Paul Hulin for music and the tote; Mick Beevers for his work on the tote; Howard Taylor and Paul Roberts for their help on the night. Here’s to the Reindeer Race Night 2013, see you all there.

I was ever so excited to see the full squad list, a solid mixture of youth and experience, mega pack with established players well augmented by new signings, slippery established backs who’ve had time to learn to play together; and the golden triangle of Brough, Robinson and Lunt. The coaching team, Paul Anderson, Kieron Purtill and Chris Thorman, three totally dedicated individuals, have been working hard to bond the players, set boundaries and inculcate a strong work ethic. This combined with the recent army-training trip has created a hugely positive outlook amongst the players. I can feel the excitement rising just at the thought of the approaching season. I’m sure it will be worth every penny of investment in a season ticket.

HGSA’s next speaker is Danny Lockwood, publisher and driving force behind League Weekly. A man with plenty of tales to tell .Come and hear him on Tuesday, 8th January 2013, 19.30 at Turnbridge Working Men’s Club, St Andrew’s Road (Wakefield Road end) where there is plenty off parking. Then there is our start of season meal on Friday, 25th January 2013 at the Marimonte, Viaduct Street. I’ll be getting in touch with members about this after Christmas.

Don’t forget the Giant Panto on Tuesday 15th January, a real treat for all, It’s Cinderella this year. What antics will the players be up to this time? Tickets are available from the stadium tel. 01484 484123, details are on the club’s website http://www.giantsrl.com.

Keep the dream love the Giants. All the best Margaret Callaghan

28th

YOU will have read or heard about Sport England’s decision on funding allocation leading up to the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The sports that achieved their targets in London 2012 are to receive their funding while the less successful have lost out.

Sport England says it’s nothing to do with success, the key is grassroots participation.

That got us thinking about how the Giants’ Supporters Association would fare.

HGSA meetings have featured some fantastic speakers, who have given an incredible insight into the game, its passion, toughness, heartbreak and joy.

Other events have included an Olympic race night, the fantastic Junior Disco and our renowned Reindeer race night.

They are all enjoyable events, though some were less well attended than we’d have liked.

This is disheartening when time and effort are put in.

But on a brighter note, we have developed and strengthened our links with the Giants.

This is a hugely positive step forward to enable the HGSA to run more matchday events for fans.

The balance to this happy news is the fact some fans seem to have the impression the HGSA is a closed organisation, one in which everybody knows everybody else and what the committee says goes. Not at all!

The HGSA welcomes all Giants supporters to HGSA events.

The committee wants to hear your views on the best ways to develop HGSA’s support of the Giants, on how to bring club and supporters closer together.

The HGSA is about raising funds to support youth development at the Giants, to help bring on our great players of the future while having a good time.

To do this we need you onboard. So why not come to the next meeting, listen to the speaker and give us your views and ideas on how to muster Giants fans.

You don’t have to be a member, though we welcome a donation of £1 if you’re not. Membership is a bargain at £5.

You can join at any of our meetings or online at www.giantssupporters.co.uk

So, how would HGSA do with Sport England?

We’d like to think that it would hang onto its funding though the report may say ‘should do better’.

Come and help us grow those grassroots better.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, is the date of our next meeting. It starts at 7.30pm at Turnbridge WMC, St Andrew’s Road, where there is plenty of free parking. The speaker is Danny Lockwood, publisher and driving force behind League Weekly, a man with plenty of tales to tell.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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