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2nd

Three Events

Apart from the normal Tuesday sessions, we have two big events coming up in the near future: one is a repeat of a highly successful event, the other is brand new and has the full backing of the club.

First the Giant Olympics.

Last December we held a phenomenally successful ‘Reindeer Race Night’. If you’ve ever been to a ‘normal’ Race Night then you will know what I mean. If you haven’t, check out the report on our website. Being Christmas, we managed to track Santa down and he loaned us his reindeer for the evening.

Well, on Friday the 13th of July we shall be having our own track and field events – indoors at Turnbridge WMC.

There will be a sprint, hurdles, 1500, marathon, javelin, and discus. To buy an athlete for £2 simply contact any committee member of go online. To make the events interesting, there will be ‘challenges’ for the athletes to overcome during each event.

Should you fancy sponsoring a race – or even the event - please contact Dave Calverley [Chairman] for details.

Our other major event will be a pre-match disco for juniors. This will be held in the Fantastic Media Suite at the Galpharm prior to the Broncos SL match on Sunday 24th of June. We hope to have Big G and several players in attendance.

We are in constant contact with the club and we both feel that we ought to provide something once again for the youngsters. Hence this toe-in-the-water event to see what demand there is for junior involvement.

Further details will be announced in the near future.

The two Magic Breakfast trips are going well. The club one has Robbie Hunter-Paul as the main guest whilst the alternative could well turn into two coaches. As an added bonus, the latter will now cost only £20 for breakfast and travel. Remember to buy your tickets ASAP.

So, the Broncos in the quarter finals it is then. Let’s pull out all the stops and turn out in force to give the lads huge vocal support and encouragement.

9th

We promised our members a moving evening with Paul Kilbride - and it certainly was.

Paul decided to tell his story to a wider audience after his session with us last year. He felt that it would help others come to terms with serious injuries. And from what we heard this night it certainly will.

As a youngster and a teenager, home-life was normal - Mum, Dad, brother, girlfriend, and, eventually, 6th form. Paul's thoughts for a career were to stay involved in sport in some capacity.

Mother's Day 1995 was a Yorkshire League decider against Dewsbury. The team had picked up a few injuries. This list included Paul but because of the shortage of players he decided to play.

During the game a scrum collapsed with Paul underneath. Agony followed agony until the ambulance arrived. [Paul would like it noted that he did win the ball before this event took place!]

It was obvious that some form of back injury had occurred and the ambulance crawled at 5 mph to Leeds General Infirmary.

After X-rays and MRI scans, Paul was informed that he had to have an operation to re-join his spinal cord.

After the operation, Paul told the nurses that he was bored and would they move his bed nearer them so that he could talk to them.

A spell in Pinderfields followed: 6 weeks flat on his back. Being told that he had to learn how to do everything again, Paul realised that it was up to him to recover as much as possible as quickly as possible. Strenuous gym sessions followed.

Paul had always had a knack of helping others and it was in Pinderfields that he realised that there was always someone worse off than yourself. In this case it was a girl who had lain flat on her back with a broken neck for 2 years. She had admired Paul's jumper. Paul offered to get her one the minute she sat up. Within 2 weeks Paul had to stick to his promise.

Once out of hospital, Paul lived with his Mum & Dad but in the garage which had been specially converted for him. He found a job in a bookies, eventually becoming its manager. But then things started to deteriorate.

Eventually Paul applied to Leeds City Council for a flat/house. After months of waiting, they found him one - on a hill thereby requiring a lift and slope to enable him to get from his car to the house door. The lift rarely worked which made Paul virtually a prisoner in his own home.

Unlike in hospital, Paul was no longer in control of his own life.

After 21/2 years of hell, he and his Mum moved into a house together. The Rugby League Benevolent Fund became involved and paid for it to be adapted to Paul's needs. Things were looking up.

He met a wonderful lady and Tim Adams, of the RL Benevolent Fund and the Sporting Chance Clinic. Tim asked Paul if he wanted to try some counselling. He agreed, primarily learning that he should not bottle up his emotions and should not be afraid to say what was on his mind.

Years of bottled up emotions escaped through Paul's eyes on many occasions. He had never cried about his accident before, but now he wasn't afraid to.

He was no longer afraid to talk about his accident. He could now start to rebuild his life. More importantly, he could help others come to terms with serious events in their lives.

Paul has already started touring schools with is story. We learned that night what an inspiration he is. It is a story well worth hearing first hand, you will not be disappointed. Do not hesitate to contact us so that we can put you in touch with Paul.

Again, you will not be disappointed.

16th

Keeping In Touch

So, how do we communicate with our members – and the general public?

When we resurrected the Supporters Association, one of our first priorities was to set up a website – www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

From small beginnings, this is now a mine of information.

There is a report of almost every speaker and event we have held. In addition we have a rogues, sorry, speakers gallery. Other photographs include the last matches at Fartown and Leeds Road, the first game at the stadium, plus other memorable events.

We are particularly proud of our Heritage section where you will read a short history of the club, our Hall of Fame, club and players’ honours, articles by David Gronow, the 1995 Centenary Brochure, programmes from bygone years, and YouTube links to both this season’s matches and earlier clips, one of which dates back to 1939.

Our most recent addition offers you the opportunity to become a member online. You can also now buy the ‘Fartown Fez’ from the comfort of your own home! Wouldn’t it be great if everyone turned up to matches looking equally daft by wearing one!!

Payment for the above [& the ‘Magic Breakfast’] can be made by either PayPal or a debit/credit card.

We have a presence on Facebook. On any Facebook page simply type ‘Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association’ and you will find us.

Disappointingly we only have 80 ‘Friends’, so, if you have a Facebook account, please ‘Like’ us!

We even Tweet!

Yes, we have a Twitter account with regular Tweets [@HGSAdotcodotuk].

For those who are not connected to the interweb, our quarterly newsletter is due to be circulated shortly.

And last, but not least, we are indebted to the Examiner for giving us the opportunity to express our views in this weekly column. If you miss any, guess where you can read earlier ones!

Other news now.

Due to the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations on the 5th of June, we have decided to put back a week our next meeting to the 12th of June.

Prior to the Broncos game on the 24th of June, we shall be having a disco for our younger supporters [maximum age 14].

This will be held in the Fantastic Media Suite at the Galpharm with the doors opening at 1 o’clock. A responsible adult must accompany children and, because of fire regulations, numbers will be limited.

The bar will be open and Big G, along with several non-playing players, will be in attendance.

And what’s more, entry is FREE!

23rd

Well Done

A public ‘Thank You’ and ‘Well Done’ to James, Brammer, Paul Cribb, the inimitable Robbie Hunter-Paul, and the rest of the marketing team at the club.

What absolutely fabulous pre-match entertainment was served up last Friday. There surely was something for everyone.

Apart from on the pitch, in the Fantastic Media Suite there was a special event for those supporters who were born in 1952 and 1953. Aaron Murphy and Tommy Lee were quizzed by the host, Brian Blacker. Back in the 90s, Brian’s signing was seen as a sign, together with Alex Murphy at the helm, that the club was at last on the up.

In addition, David Thorpe, Nancy Beaumont, and Dave Calverley shared their memories of the 50. also, Brian Heywood about what our proud heritage means to the Giants.

Which leads on nicely to the Heritage pages of the website!

As previously mentioned, this is an ever-growing section of the site. One of the most popular is the reproduction of programmes and year books from yesteryear. If anyone has anything they would like to loan, then please get in touch with Dave Calverley.

Please be aware that our next meeting is on the second Tuesday in June, the 12th. We thought that people might like to enjoy Her Majesty’s celebrations in full without having to think about us!

Plugs again for the Junior Disco [June 24th] and the Giant Olympics [July 13th].

30th

Rugby League World Cup 2013

In a little over 500 days England and Wales will host only the ninth ever major World Cup Finals to be held in the UK: the Rugby League World Cup 2013 [RLWC2013].

Plans are already well advanced and the event promises to be a fantastic spectacle for rugby fans everywhere. From Limerick to Perpignan, from Whitehaven to Bristol and Neath, and all areas in between, fans will not have far to travel to watch a match.

In fact, upwards of half a million people are expected to watch the 28 matches live over a six-week period in the autumn of 2013 with a further 20 million viewers from 120 countries tuning in around the world.

The Galpharm is the venue for a game which could well pit family members against each other – England v Ireland. There is a large Irish community in Kirklees so the local rivalry will be intense!

In order to promote the event and stimulate local interest, the Rugby League International Federation has set up a Fans Local Advisory Group [FLAG]. Kirklees has 3 members on this body, which sat for the first time last Saturday.

Already special events and activities are being planned locally. But for or FLAG to function, the views of fans are a necessity. What do YOU want from the tournament? What are YOUR suggestions to make to make the event a success? What would encourage YOU to attend a game; not just the final, but one of the many Group matches?

We all hear about the ‘Rugby World Cup’, so let’s promote RLWC2013 as the Rugby World Cup and make it an event which justifies Rugby League as TGG [The Greatest Game].

For more information head to the website www.RLWC2013.com or, locally, contact Dave Calverley.

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Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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