Supporters' Association

Examiner Reports: May 2013

Examiner articles by year:

2012

March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

2013

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

2014

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

2015

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

2017

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

2017

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Contents

1st

8th

15th

22nd

29th

1st

First of all, a huge thank you to all the replies we’ve had over the past couple of weeks.
We have had numerous suggestions for both the songs and how to improve attendances and the atmosphere at the stadium.
Here is one person’s comment who cannot understand the lack of local support:
“As season ticket holders my wife and I drive a 400 mile round trip to Huddersfield to watch the greatest game and the best team. That is our commitment to Huddersfield Giants and Rugby League. As a Far "off" town supporters I urge all the good people of Huddersfield to go to their iconic stadium and support the team, the club and the HGSA.”
Almost as if in response to this, the club have announced two absolutely fantastic deals:

  1. Attend the Leeds cup game for only £8;
  2. If you are a non-season ticket holder, watch both the Warrington AND Leeds games for only £25.

There really is no excuse for any supporter of TGG [The Greatest Game] to have two glorious weekends of Rugby League!

Once again, Thank You from both HGSA and the Giants to one and all who took the time to air their views. They really are most welcome.

It is not too late for your opinions to be heard. You can e-mail them via the website or phone Dave Calverley for his address and post them.

Here at the Giants we have one of the most iconic of recent Rugby players.

What he has achieved in the game is beyond most people’s wildest dreams – World Club Challenge trophies, League Championship trophies, Challenge Cup trophies, Great Britain caps.

Well, here is your chance to hear some of his many fantastic stories. Oh, you can even ask him about how he got the nickname ‘Baloo’!.

Yes, Paul Anderson will be our guest next week at Turnbridge. Keep Tuesday evening free and come down and join us; 7:30 for a 7:45 start. All are welcome, though there is a £1 charge for non-members.

Reminders:

Have you bought your ‘Giant Teaser’ yet?

We have special offers on all RLWC2013 [World Cup] matches.

Join HGSA for only £5.

8th

First of all, a huge ‘Well Done’ to Kruise Leeming who showed against Warrington what an exciting prospect he is. To score after only a couple of minutes with his second touch of the ball must have sent his confidence sky high.

Despite the result, the future looks good here at the Giants.

On a larger scale, the world of Rugby League is expanding. It is now played in over 40 countries world-wide.

It is thriving in the Pacific countries of Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and the Cook Islands. Did you know that over 30% of NRL players are of Polynesian heritage?

Last year Thailand played the Philippines in the first ever Asian international. Japan should soon be turning that event into a tri-nations series.

Our sport is starting to take off big time in the US and Europe having its own expansion in the form of Norway, Malta, and Latvia among others.

It has been decided that the World Cup is now to be played every 4 four years.

So, how lucky are we in this country to be able to witness some of these fledgling nations in action, not only how they compete with each other but also to see how they fare against the well-established nations.

‘RLWC2013’ should be on everyone’s lips. Especially to us lucky enough to be living in the Huddersfield area, for the Rugby League World Cup 2013 organisers agreed that the home of Rugby League should play host to an England game – one of only 3 that the team are guaranteed to play.

Outside of the ‘big’ events, the England v Ireland game here at the John Smith’s Stadium is, so far, the fasted selling of the tournament. You would be well advised to purchase your tickets in advance.

Even more so if you want to attend the final at Old Trafford. Tickets sold for that match are approaching the 50 000 figure.

Not only is the game flourishing on the world stage, but it is growing within these shores.

More and more youngsters are playing the game. Grass-root clubs are expanding. The new Championship clubs are steadily finding their feet. Almost every University plays the game – there’s even an Oxford v Cambridge University Varsity Game.

So we in the M62 corridor need to make sure that our heads are not stuck in the sand. We also must look forward and not rest on our laurels.

The world is waking up to Rugby League, are we?

Reminders:

Have you bought your ‘Giant Teaser’ yet?

We have special offers on all RLWC2013 [World Cup] matches.

Join HGSA for only £5.

15th

Last Saturday’s match is on BBC’s iPlayer. No matter how many times I watch it, we still win – with 12 men!
What an outstanding performance.
I spoke with Eorl’s Dad, Jerry, down at Turnbridge WMC just before kick off. I said that I hoped we would turn up this week not like last. He just smiled and said “They’ve got it all planned”.
And who was the master planner?
Our head coach, Paul Anderson, HGSA’s guest last Tuesday.
Paul was asked about Warrington’s 14th man, the yellow man. It transpires that it was Richard Marshall, one of our ex-players.
Paul explained the situation as follows:
“The rules state that a coach can go onto the pitch to inform a player that he is about to be substituted, and can stay there for 3 plays of the ball. However, I do not agree with this, and always tell Chris [Thorman] to get off immediately.”
One of the things which Paul aims to do is to get coaches to understand what referees want and, in return, for referees to understand how coaches work. To this end, he had the top brass of the refereeing fraternity down at the stadium last week.
Another interesting comment from him with regard to the Challenge Cup was to re-introduce the ‘Plate’ competition. Each 4th round loser would enter a second cup competition with the final being held at Wembley. Not only would this give added interest to more clubs, but would also help to sell out Wembley.
There is more about Baloo, his comments, and some photos on our website.
The World Cup [RLWC2013] is fast approaching. You will no doubt have now seen the dates of the matches, kick off times, and the television and radio schedules.
What you might not have seen is the ‘Six Book Challenge’.

Whilst this is an ideal way to encourage youngsters to read, it is open to anyone of any age.

Find out more at www.RLWC2-13.com or readingagency.org.uk/sixbookchallenge. So, start reading!

Reminders:

June 4th meeting: Tim Jones and Steve Hardisty will “discuss the scholarship programme, fixtures/ results, up and coming players etc... maybe a few fun stories too”.

Have you bought your ‘Giant Teaser’ yet?

We have special offers on all RLWC2013 [World Cup] matches.

Join HGSA for only £5.

22nd

First of all a HUGE “Thank You” to the people who have recently stated how much they enjoy reading this column. It does give an inner glow to know that the weekly struggles are worthwhile!

Part of my involvement with the Heritage Project involves me meeting a whole host of people with past and present connections with the club. Last week I had the pleasure of hosting Jeff Slevin for the day.

Jeff, who now lives in Stafford, is a Wiganer, but I did not hold that against him as he came to talk about his father, Ted.

Ted was from Castleford, but grew up in Wigan. He travelled two and three times each week across the Pennines in pre-M62 days to train and play for our beloved club.

In fact, he was one of 2 players who appeared in both the 1953 and 1962 Challenge Cup Finals [the other being Peter Ramsden]. Both Ted and Peter have been recognised for their services to the club by being members of our Hall Of Fame. A fantastic achievement when you consider that there are only 19 others in this illustrious group.

Whilst Jeff is very knowledgeable about his father’s playing career, he said that he has learned a lot more from the Project’s website.

I’ve suggested to the club that Jeff be invited to every match, since the game he watched was that fabulous victory over Leeds! He thoroughly enjoyed himself, especially meeting such luminaries as Ken Davy and Eorl Crabtree. He would also have liked to meet Robbie, but he was, as usual, busy filming with the BBC!

One of the ways in which some fans discuss the club is via online forums. On one of these [www.rlfans.com] someone suggested that people pledge to become members of HGSA. Thanks to Boomer’s effort, we have had a flurry of new members!

Remember, HGSA is not a closed shop. We are an ever-expanding group of like-minded people who meet regularly to chat about the Giants [and Fartown, but that’s another story!] and listen to monthly speakers.

In addition, we are a gateway to the club. The committee has regular meetings with the hierarchy at the Giants and pass on people’s views and opinions, whether they be from members or not.

The greater our membership, the louder our voice, so why don’t you make a pledge to join us? After all, it is only £5 for a year’s subscription.

Reminders:

June 4th meeting: Tim Jones and Steve Hardisty will “discuss the scholarship programme, fixtures/ results, up and coming players etc... maybe a few fun stories too”.

Have you bought your ‘Giant Teaser’ yet?

We have special offers on all RLWC2013 [World Cup] matches.

For further information on HGSA please visit our website, www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk, or contact Dave Calverley on 07887 878 425.

For more on Ted Slevin visit www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk.

RLWC2013 website - www.rlwc2013.com.

29th

Yet again, what an absolutely fabulous event Magic Weekend turned out to be.

People often have a right old moan about the RFL, sometimes justifiably, sometimes not. But with this event they have just about got it right – in my humble opinion! Perhaps a non-Bank Holiday weekend might increase the attendance?

There was an excellent turnout by the Giants fans.

More than half of us were sat in the sunshine at the halfway line. This made for excellent viewing, but…

We rarely used our vocal chords in the same manner as most other clubs.

Congratulations to the two teenagers who spent almost the whole match attempting to get us chanting and singing.

Even the much maligned [in some quarters] oldies tried to get us going.

The main problem was that the area in which we were sitting was not solely ours. A third of the seats were taken up by other supporters who were also keen to have the best seats in the stadium.

“So what?” you might ask. “I want the best seats to watch the rugby.”

Fair enough.

But how much better would it be if we had all been seated at, say, the 30m line?

We could almost have made this section our own. The singing leaders would then have all been together instead of being spread around the stadium. We could then have made some noise to compete with the likes Widnes and Bradford.

So, next year, please consider leaving the best seats for the fans of other teams who just want to watch TGG [The Greatest Game]. HGSA will liaise with the club and our other fans and advise people where to sit so that we can make the noise the team has come to expect at away matches!

Reminders:

June 4th meeting: Tim Jones and Steve Hardisty will “discuss the scholarship programme, fixtures/ results, up and coming players etc... maybe a few fun stories too”.

Have you bought your ‘Giant Teaser’ yet?

We have special offers on all RLWC2013 [World Cup] matches.

For further information on HGSA please visit our website, www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk, or contact Dave Calverley on 07887 878 425.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
Back to TOP