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Examiner Reports: August 2016

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3rd

Well, here we are in the Stone Age.

What an excellent phrase the Examiner used the other day!

Will Mr Stone weave some magic with the players?

In fact, does he need to use a wand? After all, the starting line up at his disposal is, to all intents and purposes, a top 4 side.

We should be challenging for a trip to Old Trafford.

However, the psychological factor comes in to play.

We are used to losing. The Championship sides, Leigh especially, are used to winning.

All it will need is a couple of "Oh, this will be an easy game" attitudes and we will not even feature in the Million Pound Game!

We most certainly have the players to survive, but do we have the fans?

More than ever, we now have to head down to the John Smith's Stadium – and the away venues – and make ourselves heard.

Yes, we have all been fed up and annoyed with most of the performances this season.

But let's put that behind us. Let US be that 14th players that the likes of Leeds have at their matches.

Now is the time to encourage, not berate.

Now is the time to join in with the superb efforts of the singers and chanters. Don't be embarrassed, don't just sit there. SHOUT, SING, CHANT. Let's make ourselves heard!

And to those of you who, understandingly, have said "I'm not going to pay good money to watch that rubbish", give the team another chance. Show your support.

Show your support for the team, for the club, and, let's not forget, Ken Davy.

Let's make one last big effort and get behind the players for this most crucial part of the season.

Follow the links on our website [www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk] for the Wagstaff Trophy voting form, committee nominations, and a list of prizes for the raffle [incorporating Robbo's testimonial] or ask for a paper version at Turnbridge WMC.

10th

To start with, last Sunday's team did not make mistakes on purpose.

They did not go out onto the pitch with the desire to lose.

However, that performance, as we know and as they know, simply was not good enough.

To prevent the unthinkable from happening, something has to change – if only for certain players to give 100% effort.

Many, many people think that there is something is on behind the scenes and are fed up with the rosy picture presented daily to the Examiner. People want to know more.

Another 'however'. However, the club – along with most fans - does not want to air its dirty washing in the public domain.

But it would be good to have some indication of what is wrong and how it is being tackled.

Having said all that there is absolutely no excuse for certain foul-mouthed individuals to hurl personal abuse at some of our players.

One player in particular was handed a disgraceful tirade. Having a personal opinion and discussing it is one thing. Sunday's outburst is another.

Such people ought to think twice before attending another game.

Rant over, and back to the original article.

Sam Rapira is a quietly spoken gentle Giant.

Well, not exactly a giant in terms of size – which was one of the questions asked of him at last week's HGSA meeting at Turnbridge WMC.

"Compared with the vast majority of props, you are quite small. Why did you choose to play in that position?"

Sam replied "As a youngster I was always big so I was put at prop. But as I got older I didn't grow that much, however I stayed at prop because I enjoyed it so much.".

One questioner tried to press Sam on not only what had gone wrong this season, but why, and how is it now being resolved.

Sam was unsure. "Little things just don't go right; players perhaps don't take that extra step to cover a colleague; the ball is passed a split second too soon or too late. It always seems to happen when a club is at a low ebb."

With regards to two referees in the NRL, Sam said that players get away with absolutely nothing. Even not playing the ball correctly [with the foot] is penalised.

"It is almost impossible to get a hand on the ball [when it is being carried by an opposing player] and strip it away without being caught. Over here it happens quite frequently without the ball-stealer being noticed."

One member queried the players' level of fitness. Sam did not see a problem here at this stage of the season: "All the players are match fit".

In reply to "Was the timing right for removing Paul Anderson, or should he have gone sooner – or later?", Sam thought that Paul had being doing a good job, but it is results that count so his sacking was, perhaps, inevitable.

A whole host of other questions were answered by Sam so be sure to not miss out on inside information by becoming a regular at our monthly meetings.

As an aside, one of our members, James Atherton, arrived at the meeting wearing a nifty trilby, which remained on his head until the end of the evening. James then explained that he had had his hair removed as part of Macmillan's 'Brave the Shave' for their cancer support.

Follow the links on our website [www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk] for the Wagstaff Trophy voting form, committee nominations, and a list of prizes for the raffle [incorporating Robbo's testimonial] or ask for a paper version at Turnbridge WMC.

17th

Write here

24th

Write here

31st

On the one hand it was a great privilege to represent HGSA at a gathering of such ex-players as Tony Johnson, Ian Van Bellen, Mick Major, Bob Tomlinson, Malcolm Branch, and many more.

On the other hand, the occasion was a sad affair – the funeral of Ally Ford.

Personally, I can rarely remember matches I have been to, even less actions of individual players.

But I can vividly recall standing on the high terrace at Fartown sometime in the 60s and gasping in awe as our full back gathered the ball on our 10 yard line at the scoreboard end and promptly racing the length of the field to score a memorable try.

That was Ally Ford.

One of his scrapbooks is available on the Heritage website: http://www.huddersfieldrlheritage.co.uk/Documents/Scrap_Books/Ally%20Ford's%20Scrapbook.pdf.

Whilst there is a wealth of information about Ally once he arrived in Huddersfield, of his early life there is little.

Totally off the subject of rugby, this made me think how sad it was that none of us knew what Ally was like as a youngster.

In fact, how many people know what we were like or got up to as children? Yet again I resolved to record my memories of my early life, not for a book, but for future family generations.

How about you?

Back on HGSA topics, next Tuesday we shall be having the first draw in our annual raffle.

Due to a minor [!] oversight, the RFL prize for a family ticket to a 4 Nations International takes place before the closing date of the raffle.

Consequently we decided to hold the draw for the ticket in September. All tickets sold will be entered and all these tickets, apart from the winning one, will be entered into the main draw in December.

So please make sure that all sold ticket stubs are returned ASAP.

Also of a matter of urgency are HGSA's members vote for this year's Wagstaff Trophy winner.

This will be presented at the Giants Awards Evening in a couple of weeks, so next Tuesday's meeting is the cut-off date for voting. Vote online at: http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/Wagstaff.html.

The trophy will be re-presented at our AGM is on Tuesday 4th October [subject to the player's availability]. Nominations for your next committee can be made at: http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk/Forms/AGM%20Nominations.html.

See you on Friday.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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