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A View from the Stands by Guest Writer cagmartian

Ask not what your country can do for you but rather ask what you can do for your country. Change country to Club and that is how I see the position at the Giants.

Who are you? You may well ask! I am a fan who faded from the Fartown fold in the eighties but returned recharged with the change of venue to the then McAlpine Stadium in 1994.

The new stadium then the change to “summer” rugby was not appreciated by all but I along with others found we had a proper home again and a sport that aligned itself with the end of one century and the start of another.

Super League, with the inclusion of a French team in both the Challenge Cup and the Super League system, created an opportunity for fans to spread their wings and see the world (well France). Following Team GB to Australia and New Zealand was an expensive option for fans, but now each Super League team had a game in France.

Sadly PSG was not a success, too far from the homeland of rugby league in the south of France, but with the introduction of the Catalan Dragons and their vociferous, if domestic, followers Perpignan became a sunny home from home.

Huddersfield Giants: the team; coaching staff; office staff; management; Chairman, Ken Davy, and his wife have been doing their bit for the club for many years. All their efforts are coming to fruition. So now is the time to get behind all these hard working people and support your home town team and help to push them on to greater things in the coming months.

One of the groups that is trying to help is the Huddersfield Giants’ Supporters’ Association. This group, through its efforts, raises money for the development of young, up and coming, players in the Giants’ scholarship and academy training schemes.

Help the club by joining the association and supporting its efforts. You can find out more at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk or ring the HGSA chairman Dave Calverley on 07887 878 425.

If you have been, thank you for reading.   cagmartian.

The Giant Teaser Quiz has been won by P Taylor of Marsh.

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Huddersfield Giants Heritage Project is asking for help in researching local female Rugby League.

Huddersfield Rugby League: A Lasting Legacy is the heritage project for Huddersfield Giants. It has been developing a variety of exciting activities over the last 12 months and is now researching local female Rugby League and female involvement in Rugby League itself.

With a Tolson Museum Exhibition starting in October 2013 and the publication of a book planned for 2014, both activities will include a section recognising the development of women’s Rugby League, the involvement of local women in Rugby League, and how this has progressed over the decades.

If you have had any kind of involvement in women and girls’ Rugby League, the project is keen to hear from you to collect photos, memorabilia, general knowledge, or be interviewed. Alternatively, if you are, or know of, a local Huddersfield woman that has dedicated a great deal to Rugby League at any level, trained interviewers would be keen to ask some questions about their personal involvement so this can help build a bigger picture of the impact of women in the game.

Heritage Steering Group member, Laura Hanson, commented ‘The first recorded date of a Huddersfield female team playing is at Odsal in April in 1980. This is in living memory which provides us with a unique opportunity to record events and developments in the sport from the very beginning. To be able to capture interviews with a variety of local people and in particular women who have dedicated a lot to Rugby League is an exciting and unique prospect. Huddersfield Giants already provide some recognition to some key ‘Local Women in League’ on the community section of their website, this will allow us to take this even further ’

For anyone who can help, there is an evening get-together on Thursday 15th August from 7pm at The Zone, off St Andrews Road, Huddersfield. Bring your photos and memorabilia; share your stories. The Heritage Project will be on hand to take copies, collect information, and host interviews.

For further information please contact laura.hanson@thezone.uk.com.

Sunday August 4th: Junior Disco, Fantastic Media Suite. Come along and get the players to join in the dancing and games between 1:00and 2:30.

Tuesday August 6th: Jason McCartney MP, a non-political event explaining his role within the Parliamentary RL Group.

Tuesday September 3rd: Giant Quiz night. Teams of 4 with the first 16 teams having a player as a guest member. The questions will cover a wide range of topics including some ‘Wally Questions’! £8 per team with money for the winners.

Tuesday October 2nd: AGM, presentation of the Wagstaffe Trophy, and a fun social.

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Well, at least we can now concentrate on the World Club Challenge after Christmas!

Yes, we’re all extremely upset, but let’s not forget there is an awful lot to play for. So let’s continue to get behind the team like we did at Warrington.

Shortly after our season climaxes, the 2013 World Cup will get underway.

The organising team have been doing a fantastic job. The cup has travelled the length and breadth of the country – including a stop at No 10 along with our very own Hulk Of Huddersfield [Eorl].

A little nearer home, a team within Kirklees has been planning activities for over 12 months now. These are about to be unleashed on you, the unsuspecting public!

First up, to promote the ‘100 Days To Go’ will see a number of rugby balls placed around the area. Clues about their location will be issued throughout the day. Keep an eye out for further information over the next few days.

As far as Kirklees is concerned, our activities will climax on Friday November 1st, culminating in the England v Ireland match the following day.

November 1st?

The John Smith’s Stadium will play host to a day-long ‘Fans Celebration’.

A free event will permit people to browse heritage items brought along by a dozen top clubs [including ours].

For £10 you can be part of a conference-style occasion. Speakers from around the world will share their thoughts and views on a variety of subjects. The price includes a buffet lunch. Even us Yorkshire folk can’t complain at that! [Book now to avoid disappointment!]

The evening ’s activity will be a dinner held for the charity RL Cares. Again, there will be guest speakers. A mere £35 will gain you entry to this meal.

On Saturday morning, Leeds Road Playing Fields will host the finals of junior rugby matches held over the previous weeks – a true ‘Festival Of Rugby’.

And Saturday afternoon? Why not visit our Heritage display at the Tolson Museum.

Before this Sunday’s match, we shall be having a session for youngsters where they will be able to make banners, badges, and rattles. The banners will be put up in the players’ dressing room as they prepare for matches. This will last from 1:00 until 2:30 in the Fantastic Media Suite [swimming pool entrance]. Numbers will be limited.

Sunday August 4th: Junior Disco, Fantastic Media Suite. Come along and get the players to join in the dancing and games between 1:00and 2:30.

Tuesday August 6th: Jason McCartney MP, a non-political event explaining his role within the Parliamentary RL Group.

Tuesday September 3rd: Giant Quiz night. Teams of 4 with the first 16 teams having a player as a guest member. The questions will cover a wide range of topics including some ‘Wally Questions’! £8 per team with money for the winners.

For HGSA information please visit www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk & the Heritage Project , www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk.

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Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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