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Contents

4th
10th
17th
31st

4th

After the furore caused by the 'Fartown v Giants' debate, let me say that what follows are merely matters for thought. They do not represent the views of anyone, let alone HGSA.

The question is, 'Why is there not a game of rugby?'.

To the stalwarts of both League and Union, a joining of the codes is sheer hypocrisy. However…

Since the introduction of professionalism, rugby union has gradually developed into a faster, free-flowing game. Becoming more akin to our beloved sport.

This has been due, in no small measure, to the involvement of Rugby League coaches in the 15-a-side code.

Rucks and mauls to the League fan are a total waste of time. They slow the game down to a snail's pace. Then there is the game of tennis played by the full backs when they incessantly kick the ball to each other. But at least the scrums are 'proper scrums'.

The play the ball in our game certainly opens up the play, but what happens after the 5th tackle? Almost every time the ball is kicked deep into the opposition's half. Predictable? Boring? You chose.

And our scrums. What is the point of them? Is the lineout, when the ball goes into touch, such a bad thing?

Our crowds are decreasing. We have little money. Union, it would appear, has a bottomless pit of cash.

We struggle to get a mention in a national media which falls over backwards to drool over Union.

Is it not about time that at least some thought ought to be given to an amalgamation in the future? Otherwise how can we hope to stem the tide of soccer?

Surely such a staunch Rugby Union club as Huddersfield YMCA has the right idea for the future. It now has teams in both codes. A sign of things to come?

Just a thought.

Head for Turnbridge WMC a week on Friday for our Annual Reindeer Race Night. Doors open at 7:30 for an 8 o'clock start. The £5 ticket includes a buffet supper.

Tuesday 6th, our first regular meeting of 2015;
Tuesday 20th, Fans Forum;
Friday 30th, our Pre-Season meal at Bradley's Restaurant.

Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk. And remember our design-our-home-page competition!

10th

Some disappointing news to kick off with.

Due to an outbreak of Reindalious flu, Santa has, unfortunately, had to keep his reindeer in isolation in order to ensure that they are fit for the big event.

Consequently we have reluctantly decided to postpone this year's Reindeer Race Night until early 2015.

It is a while since we talked about the Heritage Project, so here is an update.

Many man hours of research have finally reached fruition. 'Huddersfield In World War 1' is about to hit the bookshelves.

To be more precise, next Monday, 15th December, sees the launch of this superb book. So, head down to the University's Heritage Quay for 6:30 pm with £15 in your pocket and come away with a history of how Huddersfield coped with life 100 years ago.

Should you be unable to attend next Monday you can buy the book online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk.

If you cannot do either, contact David Thorpe on 01484 533378 and he will make arranges for you to purchase the book.

There are still a few Collectors Cards available. Follow one of the above three routes to purchase them.

The team is currently putting the final touches to another book all about the history of Huddersfield RLFC. The vast majority of this book will contain never-before published material. Its release will be in January.

Speaking of January, that is when the project officially ends.

However, the core of the team which has worked so tirelessly over the past 2 years is keen that what has been achieved is built upon.

There are various ideas in the pipeline. However, it all hinges on YOU!

Work commitments and health challenges, in addition to the untimely loss of stalwarts Keith Burhouse and David Gronow, have depleted the original working party to such an extent that new members are actively being sought.

Opportunities are there for people to be dynamic members leading the project onwards and upwards. Help is also required for those of you who do not want to attend meetings, but are quite prepared to work behind the scenes.

The sad truth is that if people do not come forward, all that has been achieved in the last two years will simply stagnate.

Come on. We are not only the birthplace of Rugby League. We are not only one of the oldest Rugby clubs in the country. We are one of the oldest football clubs in the country.

Something to be proud of.

Keep our heritage alive.

Diary Dates:
Tuesday 23rd December, final check up on Santa's team to determine whether they will be fit to pull THE sleigh;
Tuesday 6th January, Super League referee Robert Hicks will be our first guest of 2015;
Tuesday 20th, Fans Forum;
Friday 30th, our Pre-Season meal at Bradley's Restaurant;
Tuesday 3rd February, Marcus St Hilaire, our former player;
Tuesday 3rd March, Sammy Lloyd, Castleford and Hull FC, a goal-kicking, second row forward in the 70s and 80s.

Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk. And remember our design-our-home-page competition!

17th

An Ode To Santa

Groans all round this week!

Santo comes, Santa goes
At this time of year
His reindeer has a big red nose
He loves him very dear.

So just what will Santa bring
To the Giants in 2015?
A huge big crowd that will sing and sing?
Some silverware for the team?

The entire team is hoping
That the physio's magic sponge
Will keep them fit and fighting -
Which will give the crowd a buzz.

Captain Brough has asked for
Some brand new rugger boots
Which will enable him to score
Every time he shoots.

Vice-Captain, our Luke Robbo,
Has a simple wish this year.
He's asked Santa to keep his torso
Supplied with plenty of spares.

Brett Ferres is our other top bod,
And Santa knows him well,
He's answered every wish so good
That in Ozzyland Brett was swell.

3 team members have asked Mr Clause
To be extra kind to them.
They all want the crowd's applause
To help them in defence.

Scott Grix, the Smurph, and new boy Connor
Are chasing number one.
Their dearest wish to Father Santa
Is that the other two be gone!

Our two young centres, to Mrs Claus,
Are in her dreams each night.
She tells her hubby that these two boys
Must get their hearts' delight.

Winger Jerry frightens Santa
[He saw him play last year]
The fat man knows that he oughta
Give the big man even less fear.

The flying man, Jodie B,
Has finally settled in,
His wish is simple, it is to be
A regular spot on the wing.

Our glorious team has its very own hulk
Big Eorl, he's the man.
So Santa dare not let Eorl sulk
He'll give him all he can.

Sean Lunt, Sean Lunt, what can he want
With clubs chasing him from all over?
His wish is simple, to be at the front
Of the try scorers next October.

Gentle Bruno has wished that he
Has a starting place guaranteed.
He is the team's great tackling machine
A great wall on the field.

And what of OO-Ukuma?
What is he wishing for?
He will be asking dear old Santa
For some tries that he can score.

Sorry, lads, to all I've missed
The reason is quite simple
T'Examiner's rules, you might have guessed,
Have said I've written…
…enough.

Diary Dates:
Tuesday 6th January, Super League referee Robert Hicks will be our first guest of 2015;
Tuesday 20th, Fans Forum;
Friday 30th, our Pre-Season meal at Bradley's Restaurant – book now place NOW, please;

Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

31st

We at HGSA trust that you have all had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you a Prosperous New Year.

HGSA Diary Dates:

Tuesday 6th January, Super League referee Robert Hicks will be our first guest of 2015.

Tuesday 20th, Fans Forum featuring Paul Anderson, Craig Huby, Chris Taylor [new director], and Danny Lockwood [publisher of the Rugby League newspaper League Weekly]. Entry will be free for HGSA members, season ticket holders, and accompanied children otherwise a nominal fee of £2 will be charged.

Friday 30th January, our Pre-Season meal at Bradley's Restaurant. Meet at the Sportsman, Fitzwilliam Street 5 o'clock onwards ready to dine at 7:30. The cost will be £14.50 with at least a £5 deposit payable by the 24th. Booking in advance is essential. Full details, including the opportunity to pay, on the website.

Tuesday 3rd February, Marcus St Hilaire, our former player.

Tuesday 3rd March, Sammy Lloyd, Castleford and Hull FC, a goal-kicking, second row forward in the 70s and 80s.

Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

The Heritage Project's book, 'Huddersfield In World War 1', is selling well. It is a bargain at £15 and is ideal for those Christmas presents you forgot to buy. It can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

Finally keep your eyes peeled for the Players' Association's Masters Matches. Sadly the one against the B'Aht 'Ats had to be postponed, but the re-arranged date will be publicised shortly.

And finally finally, COYG!!!

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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