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Examiner Reports: February 2015

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Contents

4th
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25th

4th

What an excellent evening we had at Northern Taps for our Pre-Season meal.

The food and service were both excellent. A venue which we can all recommend [and no, they are not paying for this free advert!].

The only downside was that our Speaker Secretary, Mick Beevers, and his family were not able to attend. Mick had had a minor stroke. Whilst he is at home now, he is not very well. I am sure you will all endorse the comment 'Get Well Soon Mick'.

We must also send our deepest sympathies to the St Hilaire family.

Marcus was due to be our February guest, but had to cancel at the last minute due to the unfortunate passing away of his sister. Our thoughts are with Marcus, Junior, and the rest of the family.

On a brighter note, the new season is about to start.

Yes, summer rugby is back! Remember to dig out the sunscreen lotion - the stadium is a renowned sun trap!

For those of you with season tickets, turn to the end section and you will see that there is a 'Bring A Buddy' voucher. This will enable you to bring a new spectator to the match for only £15 [£10 if a concession].

Why not use it!

There is a small group of volunteers currently trawling the town attempting to sign people up to the club's monthly draw. Their efforts are proving quite successful. However, it is a small group, so if you want to help the Giants with this venture please contact the club – you will be in good company, for MD Richard Thewlis has signed up.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd March when Sammy Lloyd will be our guest. Sammy played for Castleford and Hull FC in the 70s and 80s, and was a goal-kicking, second row forward. As usual, this will be open for all to attend, with non-members paying a mere £1.

Everyone is welcome at all our events. Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk or contact Dave Calverley on 07887 878 425.

The Heritage Project's 'Huddersfield In World War 1' can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

 

 

11th

What is your match day experience?

Do you go for pre-match socialising at Turnbridge, the Gas Club, somewhere nearer home? Or do you go straight to the ground?

Speaking personally, Turnbridge has a warm, friendly atmosphere, a good place to meet and hear the latest gossip.

It is a short, pleasant walk to the stadium – on a sunny day. Somewhat less pleasant when the wind and rain are blowing.

As the stands come into sight, it warms the heart cockles to think that most of the country's, nay, the world's stadia are based on our ground-breaking design.

The concourse is always a hive of activity, but does it suit you? Would you like to see and hear buskers dotted about the place? Or some jugglers? Or a real ale tent?

Have you ever had to queue for tickets?

We did on Sunday, and what a frustrating experience it was! Our fault. We knew we had to pick up tickets, but we did not allow for queueing time – and kick off was fast approaching.

Do you have any suggestions as to how this could be improved?

As a club, we buy in to a mass produced programme. Do you buy one? Do you read it? Should we revert back to a smaller, Giants-only one? Or do you like to keep up-to-date with what is happening elsewhere in Super League?

Once inside, what are your opinions of the food outlets? Is their fare too cheap, too expensive, or just about right?

Would you use them if there was a wider choice of 'non-fast' food?

What about entertainment on when the teams are not playing – brass band? rock band? circus skills? nothing?

And after the game, do you walk away or have to wait in your car? It is certainly good to be able to walk and not have to dodge traffic.

But you car drivers, once you are allowed to move, do you get frustrated with the flow – or lack of it – once you start leaving the ground? Should the traffic lights be co-ordinated to allow cars to leave quicker?

Food for thought. The final question is, will you put your thoughts down on paper and respond? Hope so.

 

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd March when Sammy Lloyd will be our guest. Sammy played for Castleford and Hull FC in the 70s and 80s, and was a goal-kicking, second row forward. As usual, this will be open for all to attend, with non-members paying a mere £1.

Everyone is welcome at all our events. Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk or contact Dave Calverley on 07887 878 425.

The Heritage Project's 'Huddersfield In World War 1' can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

18th

So, what happened at our meeting with the Directors last week?

We asked about the lack of Christmas party for the juniors.

Apparently the one held in 2013 was poorly attended so it was decided to give it a miss this time. However, plans are in the pipeline for other events where youngsters can meet their heroes. Details should be forthcoming presently.

In addition, we are looking at ways in which The Zone can be utilised for events for both teens and youngsters.

We were asked if we had heard reports about the marketing van.

This is a removal-sized wagon with an A-frame attached. It wanders around the town advertising matches. If you see it, point it out to others.

In addition, does anyone know of a suitable lay-bye where the driver can park it whilst he has a cup of coffee?

There followed a discussion about the band.

This, as you know, is a novel idea for our club. Unfortunately the person guiding the players became ill and could not attend the match, leaving the band members to play what they thought was appropriate.

For future matches, Daz volunteered to organise the 'singers' to liaise with the band in order to make the crowd's experience of them positive.

It was suggested that the website ought to have more appealing clips of previous matches and this was agreed.

Social media reared its ever-present head.

Whilst we have a reasonable Twitter following, our Facebook page has fewer followers than most other clubs. The upshot of this is that if anyone would like to spend some time at the stadium promoting the club via social media, James Brammer [01484 484114] will welcome you.

Speaking of volunteers.

If anyone is willing to give up some time to re-stick the 'Reserved' stickers on seats, you also will be welcomed. The ones attached earlier in the season have somehow been removed!

Another area where you can help is in the preparation of the ground on match days.

There are lots of little jobs to be done as well as the somewhat larger task of placing the BondIt covers over seats. Sundays 10 until 1 and weekdays 4 until 6 are when you are required.

"But why should we do the jobs that the club should be doing?" I hear you ask.

Simple. We do not have large enough crowds to employ the same number of backroom staff that the likes of Leeds and Wigan do. So, the more we, as fans, can help out, the better it is for all of us.

I hope that the cat has not been let out of the bag too early with the above comments, but it might put some pressure on you to volunteer and us to follow things through.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd March when Sammy Lloyd will be our guest. Sammy played for Castleford and Hull FC in the 70s and 80s, and was a goal-kicking, second row forward. As usual, this will be open for all to attend, with non-members paying a mere £1.

Everyone is welcome at all our events. Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk or contact Dave Calverley on 07887 878 425.

The Heritage Project's 'Huddersfield In World War 1' can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

25th

We are currently looking at expanding what we offer to our members, and have come up with the following ideas.

A trip round Holmfirth Vinery.

This will take place around June when the weather WILL be warmer! A date has to be finalised, but, as places will be limited, a deposit of £2 per person will be required in order to secure your place. Obviously if the date turns out to be unsuitable, your money will be refunded.

Ossett Brewery is also on the cards.

The cost for this will be around £20 and will include the coach and guided tour [including a drink or two]. Again, a £2 deposit will guarantee your place on what promises to be a popular outing.

A couple of years ago we held a successful Games Night at Turnbridge. A good laugh was had by all – apart from those who gritted their teeth in an attempt to win! Should this event be repeated?

Over the weekend, in a discussion about HGSA and how to attract more members, someone asked why we do not run other activities and teams.

This particular person agreed to set up and run a Giants Badminton Club if there was any interest. Other suggestions quickly followed: Giants Quiz Team, Giants Darts Team, Giants Pool Team, to name but three.

This has not yet been discussed amongst our wider membership, so if you are interested in anything like these, please let Dave Calverley know [da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk, 07887 878 425] or leave comments on our Facebook page [search for 'Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association'].

The greater the participation in such 'Giants' clubs and teams, the more successful the parent club will be.

Sadly our Bunny Hop has had to be cancelled. However, Reindeer Race Night is back on the calendar in December.

With regard to the band, discussions are going well as to what should be played and when.

Whilst not all the musicians come from a Giants background, they have agreed to outplay their South Stand opponents at Leeds on Thursday! So, when they play a familiar tune, let us all join in and sing along!!

Thanks to Eddie and the Fanzine, the flags' initiative is taking off. They were clearly visible at Wigan the other week.

Should you wish to swell the coffers to buy more flags, use the 'Donate' button on Fee Fi Fo Fum's homepage [http://4fsfanzine.giantssupporters.co.uk/index.html].

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd March when Sammy Lloyd will be our guest. Sammy played for Castleford and Hull FC in the 70s and 80s, and was a goal-kicking, second row forward. As usual, this will be open for all to attend, with non-members paying a mere £1.

Everyone is welcome at all our events. Full details can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk. For those of you without access to a computer, contact Dave with any comments you want to make.

The Heritage Project's 'Huddersfield In World War 1' can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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