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Examiner Reports: June 2015

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Contents

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10th

Poor, little Jared Simpson!

What an amazing debut from the 19 year old. He had every right to stand with his hands on his hips taking deep, slow breaths during the last section of the match.

He looked absolutely shattered, but still moved impressively around the field.

Impressive is hardly a word which can be associated with everyone’s favourite referee.

Yet another appalling display from what is supposed to be one of the top referees in the country.

By the way, still no reply from the RFL to our earlier open letter regarding Mr Child.

Most marketing and PR people would have a field day with our game – especially our big three events: Magic Weekend, Challenge Cup Final, Grand Final.

Fans from all clubs turn up and share banter.

We were told that there were 20 police officers at Magic Weekend, a reduction of over 200 from a normal soccer game. They, and the match stewards, could not get their heads round the fact that fans from different clubs were allowed to mingle and sit with each other.

No segregation.

Pubs and cafes in and around Newcastle were equally amazed with the comradery of the Rugby League family.

Why does the RFL not make more of this harmony amongst our fans?

The club have teamed up with the NHS to offer men over the age of 65 a free, yes FREE, screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Around 1 in 25 men aged between 65 and 74 in England have problem. Small and medium aneurysms are usually monitored following diagnosis. Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious.

Contact Paul Cribb at the Giants if you would like to take advantage of this exemplary offer.

This coming Sunday’s match against Warrington has been classed as our Heritage Celebration Game.

Tony Johnson [Chairman of the Players Association] has persuaded over 50 past players to attend the game.

Such is the strength of the Fartown/Giants brand that people will be coming from all over the country to meet up again: including Bob Valentine from Scotland and Peter Cramp from dahn sarf.

Turn up and give them a cheer.

Volunteers are needed to help sell “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants” at this match. Please contact Dave Calverley [07887 878 425, da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk] if you are available.

Everyone is welcome at all our events. On Wednesday July 1st we shall be visiting Holmfirth Vinery. Contact Trevor Kaye [01484 328121] for details.

Full details of all our events can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk. For our Facebook page, search in F/b for ‘Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association’.

Both Heritage books can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

17th

On Sunday 14th June 2015 the Huddersfield Giants played the Warrington Wolves for the 4th place in the Super League. The fans of both sides became enveloped in a game that epitomised all that the sport of Rugby League is about. There was undoubted balletic skill. There was hard physical confrontation and there was controversy. It was all summed up in 3 words; great sporting action.

What we witnessed on Sunday afternoon was a maturing of the town’s rugby league team into a side that could go all the way to the “Grand Final”.  For the Giants exhibited the kind of “Will to win” that turns good teams into great ones. The Giants were not going to be denied their double win; certainly not Warrington nor their fans nor the referee. For perhaps too long Giants sides have been undoubtedly skilful but perhaps a bit too “gentlemanly”? To Warrington’s shock all that went out of the door last Sunday afternoon. Huddersfield not only took what the opposition tried to hand out but gave it back to them with interest. If Tony Smith did not like it then for once he can lump the fact that the Huddersfield Giants won the physical collision and displayed the necessary attacking skills to score the winning points.

Some of it was not very pretty but when the will to win takes over a team everything else goes by the wayside. The Giants were good, skilful and hard. They are 4th in the Super League table and the town really needs to get behind this potentially great team for Huddersfield has a premier division side deserving of full support.

On another matter perhaps it’s time for the Giants’ fans to end what is fast becoming a vendetta against the game’s officials. Let’s face it the officials are part and parcel of the game and we should respect them for their contribution. Without them we do not have a game. They are only human and make mistakes but they do try to be fair and impartial. All right we all know that the referee on Sunday decided that Danny Brough’s drop goal attempt in the Challenge Cup 2 years ago against St Helens would not stand thereby losing us the game. However is it not time for the fans to call it day over that one? We are trying to encourage new people to the game. What would they (not knowing the history) make of the sight of a referee being booed onto the pitch before the ball had even been kicked off? Having handed out this sort welcome we then continue to complain when marginal decisions do not go Huddersfield’s way! It’s maybe time for a change in our attitude.

24th

So, if you won't join us at home, why not come to an away game? **

You'll be amazed. The atmosphere is outstanding.

Apparently it was Ken Davey who wanted a band amongst the crowd in an attempt to increase audience participation. The initial response was, shall we say, unenthusiastic.

However, working with the band - thanks mainly to committee member Daz Eastwood - this has taken off big time.

It has given the hard core of singers renewed enthusiasm resulting in almost non-stop singing and chanting throughout a match.

This in turn has resulted in the vast majority of travelling fans joining in.

It has been widely reported how the players appreciate this and it was clearly demonstrated on Sunday. Not only did the fans give the players a long, standing ovation, but the latter seemed reluctant to leave the celebrations - no doubt they had some of their own later!

It really is a pleasure to be amongst such a crowd.

So yet another "Well done Ken".

For those who can't get enough of watching our sporting heroes, the now annual cricket match is nearly upon us [July 12th].

There is fun for all the family. There is entertainment on and off the square (cricketing term for pitch).

It’s a game where Baloo Anderson becomes Slogger Anderson!

HGSA hope to have a 'Buy & Swap' stall. Simply being along any unwanted Fartown/Giants/rugby related items and swap them for others on display (for a small fee, naturally!). Other people might even buy them.

Following on from the Ipswich Branch’s article last week about referees, Sunday was a classic example.

To all intent and purposes I saw Hanbury throw a punch at Brett Ferris to which Brett returned a left uppercut. Whilst Brett deserved to be sent off, Hanbury started it.

Wrong again, Mr Silverwood.

The video clip shows Brett push Hanbury, Hanbury push Brett, who then used his right hand.

Oops. Correct again Mr Silverwood – and I like to think I’m objective with my views!!

Everyone is welcome at all our events. On Wednesday July 1st we shall be visiting Holmfirth Vinery. Contact Trevor Kaye [01484 328121] for details.

Full details of all our events can be found at www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk. For our Facebook page, search in F/b for ‘Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association’.

Both Heritage books can be purchased at The Zone, online at www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk, or via David Thorpe [01484 533378].

** Not intended to offend, simply to attract readers!

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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