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6th

GIANTS WHEELCHAIR SPORTS CLUB

The Giants have teamed up with The Cardinals Wheelchair Rugby Team and ViveSport (a company that specialises in inclusive sport and fitness for all ages and physical abilities).  ViveSport, The Cardinals, and The Giants have set up a wheelchair sports club.

The first sports team to be coached at the new club is The Huddersfield Giants Wheelchair Rugby League Club. The team has already played a few matches.

The official first session is on the 7th August 5:15 – 7:15 pm at Almondbury Sports Centre. These sessions are for everyone: all ages, able bodied, wheelchair users –absolutely anyone who wants to come along and participate. 

The Rugby League will run for six months to coincide with the rugby season, then during the rugby off-season ViveSport will be running Huddersfield Giants Wheelchair Basketball club. 

For further details please contact Glenn Holdsworth [The Zone, 01484 484134] or Helen Calverley [ViveSport, 0783 622 6545].

In addition, there has already been someone who has made enquiries about setting up a fan club for the team. We would be grateful if this person would contact Dave Calverley [07887 878 425, da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk] to discuss the matter.

How good was that first half on Sunday?

It certainly helped to erase the trauma of entering the ground!

Apparently people were having their bags searched. Those who had opened drinks bottles were not being allowed to enter until the liquid had either been drunk or poured away.

Unopened bottles and empty containers were being allowed in and people were told that they could refill them inside.

The reason?

The liquids were being seen as a terrorist threat! Even though people were drinking them to prove otherwise!!

“The government have upgraded the terrorist threat to include all sports stadia, and the liquid could be an explosive” an official steward said.

As the Giants know nothing of this, an official complaint has been lodged with Wakefield on behalf of all our fans.

2014 Giant Teaser Quiz –only £1 - now online to either download of answer:
http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Giant_Teaser.html

Wagstaff Trophy - who would youleast like to see leave the club?

2nd of September - John Huxley [RL Journalist].

Challenge Cup Final BBQ - £5 including food – drinks will be available – book via Dave.

And the run-in to the Grand Final continues…

13th

What an outstanding evening we had last week when listening to Code 13 journalist, Phil Caplan.

Code 13?

One of Phil's points was that we should stop using the term 'Rugby League' because it advertises rugby.

So what?

Well, to the uninitiated, 'rugby' is imply another word for 'rugby union'.

Just think about it.

Last year there was a Rugby League World Cup. Next year there is a Rugby World Cup.

Yes, we know the difference, and we know the liberties the people at Twickenham are taking, but how many non-RL folk are as knowledgeable as us?

Up to 1895, the north was the hot-bed for successful rugby. When the spilt occurred, we became the Northern Union to distinguish ourselves from the Rugby Union.

In the 1920s, the Aussies told the Northern Union to adopt their phrase of Rugby League, because the Northern Union Touring Team was advertising, guess what, rugby union in Australia!!

So, full circle!

Our game has nothing whatsoever to do with the town of Rugby. Web Ellis did not invent the game. We do not fall over producing mountains of men in a game. We do not play tennis with a rugby ball on a rugby pitch. We do not lift players to gain an advantage when trying to catch the ball. So why should we keep the word 'rugby' in our title?

We have a fast-flowing sport with some of, if not the, most superb athletes in the world.

We have a superb spectator game.

Our top sporting venues are superb and second to none.

So, what about 'Super League'?

There could be a Super League Super League; a SL Premiership; a SL Championship; etc, etc.

Ah, those Aussies would not want that. They had problems a few years ago with a 'Super League'!

Hence, at the start of the article, 'Code 13'?

By the way, another by-product of The Split, or rather the administrators of the game at that time [where have you heard that before!], was the stagnation of rugby football, and the growth of association football!

Phil's talk could have used up a year's worth of meeting, such was the thought-provoking nature of his ideas of which these are a small minority:
• Franchising was a good idea with flawed policing;
• The new structure has missed the chance of real innovation and forward thinking– eg will French TV want a new French side to start at the bottom of the structure?;
• The introduction of a Coventry side comes exactly 100 years after the original Coventry side was 'allowed' to fail [they still play at the same ground];
• There were 2 professional sides in London many years ago – which were given no support [déjà vu?];
• Why hasn't there been an international scene set up to build on the success of RLWC2013?

We simply must have Phil return as our guest in the future.

2014 Giant Teaser Quiz –only £1 - now online to either download of answer:
http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Giant_Teaser.html

Wagstaff Trophy - who would you least like to see leave the club?

2nd of September - John Huxley [RL Journalist].

Challenge Cup Final BBQ - £5 including food – drinks will be available – book via Dave Calverley [da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk or 07887 878 425].

27th

Mr Robinson – Heath to his friends – would have applauded the efforts of committee members Tony Townend and Dave Calverley last Saturday. In fact, he would have awarded them his prestigious 'Gold Medal for Innovation'!

Saturday saw the inaugural Giants-Not-At-Wembley BBQ.

Plans were made in almost minute detail: food and drinks were ordered, tickets sold, people were advised to 'bring your own chair', there was even an almost dummy run with the big screen.

However, the finer points of an outdoors big screen were not fully appreciated until the big day!

Suspending a fairly heavy screen to a far from stable gazebo frame was the first challenge. Luckily, years of making-do-and-mend with Scout tents really came to the fore!

That gazebo would have supported a Ford Mondeo from its frame once the intrepid duo had finished!

It is now fully appreciated why curtains are drawn when projecting an image onto a screen. A two-walled gazebo simply does not shield enough daylight for the picture to be seen. Neither does a three-walled gazebo – not even when the walls are double thickness.

So, after more 'quick' thinking, a large groundsheet was used as an extension to the gazebo in order to darken the viewing area – necessitating the use of a garden hoe as a tent pole! The outcome was also reasonably successful.

This cover also protected the audience when the rain finally arrived.

The next challenge did not become apparent until Castleford were about to score their first try. The stream froze. Yes, we had the final pass, but not the touch down!

Enduring this lack of action several more times in the first half prompted technician Tony to turn to the trusty iPlayer for the second period of play. Another success.

We have not mentioned these trials and tribulations to the attendees. They are best left in the dark. All they know is that they had an excellent afternoon. Sheila Kaye told how a lot of her friends thought the idea was excellent and how disappointed they were that they could not attend.

They could have, quite easily. All they had to do was become members of the Supporters Association.

A mere £5 entitles members to free entry at our monthly meetings, the ability to attend members only events, and to be able to vote in HGSA's prestigious Wagstaff Trophy – who would you least like to see leave the club?
http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Wagstaff.html

2014 Giant Teaser Quiz –only £1 - now online to either download or answer:
http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Giant_Teaser.html

2nd of September - John Huxley [RL Journalist].

14th October – Annual General Meeting.

In closing, rumour has it that a certain Giants family gained access to the Tower Of London last week – with three opened bottles of water…

 

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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