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6th
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27th

6th

Were YOU there?

Were you there, were you there? ‘Where’s that?’ you may ask! The places supporters go of course.

First, on 15th January we had the pantomime, with players taking part in the chorus. A ‘pretty’ sight to see, especially: Brett and Eorl excelling in their dad dancing; and as for Luke George well, ‘Strictly eat your heart out’. If you weren’t there watch out for this year’s date. It really is a smashing night out for the whole family.

Second, on 25th January, we had our Start of Season Dinner at the Maremonte restaurant. Well attended, this was a very jolly night out that started at the Sportsman on Fitzwilliam Street. Everyone who came said how much they’d enjoyed their evening. If you weren’t there consider coming next time, to join in the fun.

Third and last, but certainly not least, Langtree Park, St Helens on 2nd February 2013. Many of us went in hope, rather than expectation, after the pre-season matches. Saints’ fans, on the other hand, were full of expectation after their pre-season. Expectations shattered, many were leaving the ground 15 minutes into the 2nd half, with ungrudging words of praise for our lads, Much was written and many comments made in the media but words cannot express fully the euphoria of the Giants’ fans whose voice could be heard all round the ground. This rose to an absolute roar when Shaun Lunt put the icing on our cake, much to the dismay, we’re sure, of a certain Mr. N Brown.

Being a member of the supporters’ association means that you can go to an away match and chat to folk you may have only nodded to in the past. As we get to know one another better, the bond between supporters grows which, in turn, makes us much more positive and vocal in supporting our players on the field. That encourages the players into better performances; we’ve all heard them say how much the crowd can help to lift a game. Our next match, at which we are having a pre-match junior disco, in the Fantastic Media Suite, from 1.00 pm, is against the Broncos on 10th February, will you be there? We will.

Other dates for your diary are: 17th February, home v Wigan with pre-match band in the Fantastic Media Suite from 1.00 pm; Monday, 4th March, Fans Forum at the stadium, 7.15 pm free to HGSA members and season ticket holders, £2.00 everyone else. See our revamped website, www.giantssupporters.co.uk, for full details.

And finally we send our very best wishes for a speedy recovery, from his hip replacement, to Maurice Oldfield.

 

20th

Our February meeting was supposed to have been Maurice Oldroyd, founder of BARLA. He managed to avoid appearing by opting instead for a hip replacement! We hope you are progressing well, Maurice.

His substitute was the club’s MD, Richard Thewlis. Richard, however, chose to have flu instead.

Thankfully Paul Morgan, Deputy Chairman, managed to stay fit and healthy for the occasion. Not that you were 3rd choice, Paul, we were going to invite you at some stage!

Paul gave us a behind the scenes insight into what happens at Boardroom level. And quite fascinating it was.

Once Paul let it be known that he is a sports psychologist, he was inundated with questions about how the team could avoid its trademark end-of-season slump. He told about various ‘tricks’ which individual players could use to ‘snap out of’ poor play, but the main answer was that we have a different set up now. Baloo [coach Paul Anderson] is in charge!

It was confirmed at the meeting that our new man-mountain, Ukuma Ta’ai, had arrived. On the flight over, Ukuma found it extremely uncomfortable in the aeroplane’s seat. Consequently when he wanted to sleep he lay down in the aisle. When asked if Ukuma was asked to move, Paul replied “Well, would you ask him?”!

Welcome, Ukuma. We hope you have an extremely successful time with us at the Giants.

Sunday 3rd March, ‘Sporting Memories’ match, specifically aimed at capturing people’s past memories of the game and also to promote awareness of dementia.

Monday March 4th, FANS FORUM, 7:00 pm for a 7:15 start, entry free for HGSA members & Season Ticket holders, £2 for others. Answering questions will be the Giants MD, Richard Thewlis, our captain, Mr Inspirational Brough, our Old Boy Chris Thorman [only threatening to appear at the moment, we just need him to say “Yes”], plus one other notable person from the world of rugby. James Deighton [Radio Leeds’ Mr Rugby] will compere the evening.

We shall be inviting teams of 4 from all over Huddersfield to take part in our Big Quiz around Easter time. There will be a charge of £5 per team of 4. There will be one prize – 75% of the evening’s profits.
Finally, membership is now overdue! We have yet again held the fee to £5. This is a saving of at least £5 if you attend our monthly meetings as a non-member! You can now pay or enrol online through our website.

27th

What a fantastic year this is for the town of Huddersfield.

The Giants have made an impressive start to their campaign. “Don’t be too concerned about our early games, we shall only get better” were the words coming out of the club in the pre-season. If that is the case, the mouth waters!

This coming Sunday’s game has been designated a ‘Sporting Memories’ match. In partnership with the Sporting Memories Network, this will allow us to collect oral memories and memorabilia in addition to promoting awareness of dementia.

Teams of children will be on hand to interview spectators. Fans will also be invited to write their memories and pin them onto ‘Memory Boards’.

The members of the Heritage Project are working flat out behind the scenes. You will be able to view the fruits of their labours at the Tolson Museum towards the end of October when a 6 month exhibition will open to the public. Not only will there be rugby memorabilia, but it will also show what life was like in World War One.

In the meantime, why not browse the superb website: www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk.

Shortly after that, Huddersfield will play host to an International RLWC [Rugby League World Cup] Celebration Day. People from all over the rugby world will converge on Huddersfield for this fantastic event organised largely by the Heritage Project.

The day after, the John Smith’s Stadium will play host to the England v Ireland World Cup match.

As part of the preparations for this game, the World Cup itself will be on show at various events and venues throughout Kirklees.

A local brewery, Owenshaw Mill Brewery [Sowerby Bridge] will be brewing an English Bitter and an Irish Stout especially for the occasion!

To bring us right back to the present, next Monday, March 4th, will see HGSA join with the Giants to bring you a Fans Forum.

Doors will open at 7:00 pm for a 7:15 start. Entry is free for HGSA members & Season Ticket holders, £2 for others. Answering questions will be the Giants MD, Richard Thewlis, our captain, Mr Inspirational Brough, our Old Boy Chris Thorman, plus one other special guest. James Deighton [Radio Leeds’ Mr Rugby] will compere the evening.
As you can see, 2013 has plenty to offer, not just fans of The Greatest Game, but also the wider population.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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