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Contents

5th
12th
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5th

Well, this week's meeting was the last in 2014 with a guest speaker. Friday December 12th will be our Annual Reindeer Race Night at the Turnbridge Course.

So, what memorable snippets has each of our speakers given us?
Even though Angela Powers hails from Warrington, we warmed to her. She passionately believes that women are a huge, untapped resource in our game. We have a family product, yet there are few of the female variety involved.

Oh, and she also arranged for our raffle winner to have a day out with the Sky team.

Greg Austin kindly spared us some of his time whilst over here from Australia. He is the world record holder – in both codes - for the number of tries by a centre in a season, 52.

In February we hosted another of Rugby League's glamour girls, Tanya Arnold. She was told that her first live interview was to be with Town's manager Terry Yorath and his assistant Paul Jackson. It was only when she was on air did she realise that their managerial positions were the opposite to what she had been informed.

Kieron Purtill came to us during that awful start we had to the season. He pointed out that for most of pre-season training, there was only half the first team squad present. This was due to the World Cup and post-season operations. "We shall be up there at the end of the season, just you see" he told us.
Our boss of the youngsters, Andy Kelly, hoped that his experiences whilst at Wakefield [in financial troubles], Gateshead [ran out of money], and Featherstone [ran out of money] would not be repeated at the Giants!

Gary Hetherington was a man we loved [when playing for us] who turned into a less than favourable person [!] as the MD for Leeds Rhinos. However, he turned us round with his common sense talk and ideas at our June meeting.

It costs a small fortune to hire Malcolm Lord's services for an event, yet our hard working speaker secretary, Mick Beevers, got him for free! For those who have come across him, he was as entertaining as ever. For those who have yet to hear him, you missed a real treat. We all hope that Mick will entice Malcolm back in the near future.

The hierarchy of Rugby League administrators take some stick. However, if they would listen to Phil Caplan, and act upon his suggestions, then the game would be in a far healthier state. Phil's talk can be read in full on our website.

One of the Examiner's former Rugby League reporters returned to the town in September. Many were the tales he told of his time reporting the events at Fartown – including the fact that his wife banned him from going out with the players after Thursday evening's training. Those who remember the Amsterdam Bar will either side with Mr or with Mrs Huxley.

Whilst Danny Brough did not attend our AGM to be presented with the Wagstaff Trophy [he was too embarrassed to admit that it was lost in his garage]**, David Faiumu did come along for his special presentation. Unlike John H, Fuey intimated some of the current goings on at the club!

And finally to Peter Roe. A former player with some extremely forthright views – and not afraid to air them! He argued that the game was at its peak in the 70s and early 80s – up until Wigan turned into full time professionals.

So, remember to look at the details of our Reindeer Race Night and next year's guests at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

** To be fair to Danny, he was up in Cumbria with the Scotland squad – and congratulations to him and his team on gaining the coveted 4th spot in the next 4 Nations competition.


12th

So, what does a rugby supporter do in the off-season?

Why, watch rugby of course!

This coming Friday at Laund Hill, there is a feat of floodlight Rugby League. Two matches, in fact.

Kicking off at 7:15, Emley Moor Masters take on a Huddersfield Inter-Town Masters team. And then at 8:15, some of our heroes [ex-Fartowners] will play the West Yorkshire Police Masters.

Masters games are growing fast – especially the age of the players! They are for older players who do not want to retire from the game we all love.

Basically there are 4 short colours:
- White, worn by players aged 35 to 39 years;
- black 40 to 49 years;
- red 50 to 59 years;
- gold 60+ (with tags).

Players must wear the shorts of their age group - players can choose to play in a short colour of an older age group if they want or need the extra protection. [Or they can choose to walk round the pitch with their boots hidden in a plastic bag!]

This Friday's formula is a first in Rugby League, and we in Huddersfield should be proud to have people like Damon Scholes and Tony Johnson who have the foresight to instigate such an entertaining event.

So, spread the word, wrap up warm, and we'll see you at Laund Hill on Friday evening.

Another initiative which is gaining ground is the idea of flags at Giants' home games. Here is a letter I've received from Eddie, the editor of the Fe Fi Fo Fum Fanzine:

"I have been thinking about this for a while and I think HGSA and 4Fs should set up a fund for some flags! We could do it as crowd funding so people put money in and as people see them going up around the stadium I think interest will grow. I think if we have a way of donating on both the 4Fs webpage and HGSA, draw up some designs so people know what they will be 'paying for'. I think the stadium lacks C&G and with this it could really boost the way it looks on game days! What do you think?"

Watch this space!

Finally, another event to get you out of the house is our Reindeer Race Night [Friday 12th December at Turnbridge WMC]. Tickets are selling fast for this experience extraordinaire, so book your place either online or contact Dave Calverley [07887 878 425].

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

And remember, keep the faith that the club knows what it is doing! And if oyu have not already done so, buy your season ticket TODAY!


25th

It is a good job it is the off-season otherwise I would have to have missed a match at the weekend. Without giving too much away, I reckon even the likes of Leroy's runs were not a patch on mine!

Hence the lack of your regular, weekly entertainment last week.

Sadly, I have to report what a bad year it has been.

Our poor website has gone virtually updated for the whole of the season.

Once you have taken the decision to 'do it next week', a couple of months have gone by and the task becomes even harder. However, a start has now been made in readiness for next season.

One of the main changes to be undertaken is to update the home page. It has become somewhat dated, and needs a total makeover.

So I challenge you to design a new homepage.

Total free rein.

What would it look like if you were its creator?

You don't have to employ any web-design tools, just simply draw and colour it.

And to thank the winner for his/her efforts, there are two free passes to the post-match bar so that you can mingle with the players.

e-mail your designs to da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk or post them to Dave Calverley at 27 Foster Avenue, HD4 5LN.

Santa's elves are at this very moment putting the finishing touches to the wrapping of presents.

His head trainer is fine-tuning Donna, Blitzen, and the rest, in readiness for their big event on December 12th. So make sure you are there to cheer them on.

Yes, our Reindeer Race Night is almost upon us. Turnbridge WMC is the venue. 7:30 for an 8 o'clock start. The £5 entry includes a buffet supper.

Please put these provisional January dates in your diary:
Tuesday 6th, our first regular meeting of 2015;
Tuesday 20th, Fans Forum;
Friday 30th, our Pre-Season meal.

Full details can [soon!] be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

After last week's postponement of the Masters matches due to waterlogged pitches, the event should be up-and-running again this week. Laund Hill play the host. Free entry [or at least it was last time]. 2 matches. 7:15 start.

Remember, the season ticket discount price runs out soo. Do not get caught out. Buy your season ticket TODAY!


Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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