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Contents

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16th

Good News? Bad News?
We Giants people are used to both these concepts – although recently it’s been in the form of ‘Good Half Season, Bad Half Season’!
Anyway, this was the theme chosen by our latest guest, Danny Lockwood of the League Weekly.
It is excellent news that  RL has a superb trade press, League weekly is solvent, it looks like Salford will be saved, and the game has people like Ken Davy.

The economics of sport is that it is in a dire situation. Not just our beloved game, but all sports. However, comparing League to Union, we are in comparatively safe hands.

These days, Union is not our main competitor, it is the NRL over in Australasia.

They have just negotiated a £670 million deal over 5 years. That is £134 each year. Compare that to our Sky deal of £90 million – over 5 years! Let’s keep it to ourselves, but this means that the NRL can afford anyone whom they choose!

More good news. A British player has been voted the best player in the world – and Kevin Sinfield is staying put. [You had to be present to detect the irony in some of this comment!]. The bad news is that Leeds will probably win the World Club Championship again. [For our Leeds’ readers, we could hardly tell what Danny was saying due to his tongue being firmly lodged in his cheek!]

RLWC 2013 [the Rugby League World Cup 2013] will be a success – unfortunately we’re not going to win it! How can we compete with all the resources that New Zealand & Australia have? True, they do not have the almost perfect half back like we [England] do in Danny Brough, but, sadly, it looks like we will not play him either!

Danny [Lockwood] proved to be an excellent and entertaining guest. It has been judged sensible to not relate all that he told us! So, as Mick Beevers said at the end of the night, “Thank you Danny, and here is your HGSA honorary membership certificate”.

Forthcoming Events.

Friday, 25th January, our annual Pre-Season Meal. This year we shall meet in the Sportsman from 6:30 and transfer to the Marimonte [Viaduct Street] for 7:30. The event is almost sold out. Contact Margaret Callaghan [07414 270 760] for details.

Prior to the London match on the 10th of February, we shall be having a disco for the juniors.

23rd

It is an old cliché, but isn’t ‘Summer Rugby’ wonderful!

Baloo’s [coach Paul Anderson] team have the potential to go far – and let’s hope that we improve on the practice matches right up to, and including, the Grand Final!

In contrast, the Supporters Association are starting the year off with a bang!

We have already have heard some blunt insights from League Weekly boss, Danny Lockwood. Next month you will have the chance to hear all about our MD’s [Richard Thewlis] favourite RL team and how he became involved at the club. He might even answer a question or two!!

This Friday, 25th January, will see us savour our annual Pre-Season Meal. We shall meet in The Sportsman [St John’s Road] from 6:30 and transfer to the Marimonte [Viaduct Street, opposite Tesco’s] for 7:30. The event is almost sold out. Contact Margaret Callaghan [07414 270 760] for details.

We held an extremely enjoyable Junior Disco prior to the London Bronco’s match last year. We shall be repeating it again on Sunday 10th of February immediately prior to, again, the London Bronco’s game. It will be in the Fantastic Media Suite at the stadium starting at 1:00 pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult. And, wait for it, entry is FREE!

Sunday 3rd March has been designated a ‘Sporting Memories’ match. Teams of people will collect oral, written, and visual memories from spectators together with a memories board onto which supporters can pin up images/memorabilia/memories or write memories. This will help with the setting up of Reminiscence Boxes for use in care homes. It is the first ever Rugby League match specifically designated to promote mental health issues and is being organised in partnership with the club, Heritage Project, and the Sporting Memories Network. It is specifically going to promote awareness of dementia.

Monday March 4th will see the return of the immensely popular Fans Forum. HGSA has teamed up with the club to hold the event in the Revell Suite at the stadium. Meet at 7:00 pm for a 7:15 start. Entry will be free for HGSA members & Season Ticket holders whilst a nominal £2 charged will apply to others. Please note that this will be our March meeting.

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 due – in fact it is 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.

30th

The Heritage Project is going from strength to strength.

50 people have now been interviewed with their comments in the process of being transcribed for inclusion on the website. An example of what you can expect, read what Maurice Oldroyd [an original founder member of BARLA] had to say. Truly fascinating.

Of particular note, and also causing quite a stir, are the two sets of cards depicting past and present players:

Set 1 is a Heritage Set of Huddersfield players through the club's history. This includes the 21 players from the club's Hall of Fame plus a further 29 greats.

Set 2 contains current and recent professional players who began their careers at one of Huddersfield's amateur clubs.

These are unique in the world of not only rugby, but, we think, sport as a whole.

Each set will cost a mere £5 and already people are reserving them.

The cards are almost ready to be launched and it is anticipated that they will sell out very quickly. So, if you want one or both sets and would like to be informed of their release, please complete the form on the website.

For the second time the website has been mentioned. In 4 short months it has grown into a vast collection of photographs, programmes, year books, testimonial brochures and much, much more. It really is worth a browse – but only so long as you have a few hours spare!

Visit www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk.

Last Friday was our annual Pre-Season Meal. Despite all the threats of a white-out, a near-capacity crowd savoured the delights of the Marimonte restaurant on Viaduct Street. A full report and photographs will appear on HGSA’s website.

Sunday 10th February. Junior Disco, Fantastic Media Suite,1:00 pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Entry is FREE!

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, James Deighton from Radio Leeds 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 due – in fact it is 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.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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