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Examiner Reports: August 2015

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5th

Substitutes, sorry, interchanges, down from 10 to 8.

The probable introduction of the shot clock.

Not a season goes by without the powers-that-be introducing, re-introducing, or simply changing the laws of our game.

“Players are getting fitter and bigger with harder and more physical contact in the tackle. So we must tire them more by making them spend more time on the field.”

And the ‘shot clock’?

It took me quite some Googling time to ascertain what this meant.

We have all moaned about the time it takes for a team to restart the game at a drop out between the posts. Sometimes we complain about the length of time a player takes to take a shot at goal.

Well, the shot clock puts a time limit on these activities.

If you fail to take the conversion after the designated time [45 seconds has been mooted] you forfeit the 2 points.

This could be even introduced for scrimmages.

Now there’s a term from the past!

Do today’s scrums take any longer than in the days of overweight prop forwards ambling from one scrum to the next?

One major rule addition changed the Fartown club forever.

Back in the mists of time, our loose forward wore the number 14. 13 was considered unlucky.

The substitution rule meant that we had to have a player with 13 on his back!

Are the games’ rules changed for the sake of it?

Or do they actually make for a better spectacle?

Would you rather have unlimited possession? Or be forced to try something on the 6th tackle?

Does the 10 metre defensive line allow for more attacking play? Or should it go back to 5 metre? Or even zero metres as it was pre-1950s?

Should a marker be allowed to strike for the ball at the play-the-ball? And why can’t the tackled player play the ball to himself these days?

Was the 40-20 kick inspired?

The perennial rule moan concerns scrimmaging [are there any lexicographers out there to explain scrummaging and scrimmaging?].

Should they be contested? The rules certainly allow for it!

All in all we have an evolving game. A totally different one from that watched by our forefathers, but one which they would still recognise.

What amendments would you bring in to ensure that Rugby League will still be watched in 100 – or even 20 – years’ time?

Another plug for the end-of-season meal on Saturday 24th. Go to www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk or phone 01484 647120 for details.

‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’ ‘Huddersfield In WW1’, and the ‘Collectors Cards’ can be bought at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk or by phoning David Thorpe [01484 533378].

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26th

Why should our player be banned for 3 matches when so-and-so got a warning?

Sending off sufficient? Our man got 5 matches!

To most fans the vagaries of the Disciplinary Panel seem to depend on the club the summoned player represents.

But is this a fair description?

One man who knows is Neil Shuttleworth.

Neil is a lifelong supporter and was the Managing Director of Fartown when Mick Murphy and Jim Collins took over [ie saved] the club in the late eighties.

He is also a member of the aforementioned panel.

We are honoured to have Neil as our guest next Tuesday [7:30 for 7:45 start at Turnbridge WMC]. In addition, from 7:10 there should be a couple of players for you to chat with.

This meeting will be one of your last chances to buy a raffle ticket for a 2016 season ticket and 3 nights in Perpignan for next year’s match. We have almost sold all 2000 tickets.

So, which of our current crop of players would you least like to leave the club?

One of the academy youngsters?

One of the youngsters who has broken into the first team this season?

Or an old hand?

Now is the time to vote for this year’s Wagstaff Trophy winner.

We are somewhat late in promoting this, so head on over to our website today and vote:
http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Wagstaff

Forms will also be available at next week’s meeting or contact Dave Calverley [07887 878 425].

Mick Sullivan was a winger for us back in the 50s, scoring 93 tries in 117 appearances.

He made a record 46 appearances for Great playing in three World Cups - twice being a winner.

After 5 years with us he was transferred him to Wigan for a world record fee of £11 000.

In 2013, he was made a member of the Rugby League Hall of Fame.

On the 18th of September his biography, “Sully’s Way”, will be launched at the University’s Heritage Quay.

Speakers will include Neil Fox MBE, Danny Lockwood, Norman Wainwright, Douglas Hird, and his daughter Michelle Sullivan.

Anyone not watching our game at Hull will be most welcome to attend [7:30 start].

Remember to book your place for the end-of-season meal on Saturday 24th October. Go to www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk or phone 01484 647120 for details.

We are almost into the second printing of ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’. Be sure to buy your copy before it is completely sold out [at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk or by phoning David Thorpe - 01484 533378].

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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