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Contents

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1st

We don't, as a rule, comment on matches in this column, that is the job of the Examiner reporters.

However, in this instance we shall make an exception.

Because the performance was diabolical. It was disgraceful. We even got a team warning.

And I'm not talking about the players on the pitch.

It all centres around 'that' try. Where a cross field kick was about to be taken by Aaron Murphy when he was bundled unceremoniously into touch by one of our own players.

The Widnes winger went for the ball, kicked the ball, was in touch, and then scored.

From where I was sitting, the ball itself, I am totally convinced, never went into touch. The winger most certainly did.

Was he in touch whilst the ball was in his possession?

Having watched the replay frame by frame on the Super League Show, the answer is unclear.

What was clear was that the touch judge was inches away from the incident and said 'play on'.

Our players gave up ["play to the whistle, lads"] and the winger went on to score.

What happened next was the disgraceful situation.

Well over 50% of our 'supporters' started, and continued for quite some time, an obscene chant directed at the touch judge.

As mentioned, the touch judge was right on the spot, our nearest fans were at least 20 yards away from the incident. Those who started the chant were at the back of the stand, some 30 or 40 yards away.

We pride ourselves on being a family club. What came out of the mouths of this crowd was far from family friendly. It was, to repeat the word, disgraceful.

It even warranted a reprimand over the loudspeakers that foul language would not be tolerated.

If you were one of those who joined in, I hope that you are now fully ashamed of what came out of your mouths.

We had excellent vocal support throughout the game, but this left an extremely sour taste in the mouths of the party I was with – and many others, I have no doubt.

To those taking part, remember, there are children who watch Rugby League. There is absolutely no part – and no excuse – for foul language in our game.

Robbo's having a Donkey Derby at the Railway [Bradford Road] on Saturday, 7:30 start.

Our next speaker will be Colin Morris, a former first grade referee and is now employed at the RFL as a match commissioner and time-keeper. [Tuesday 5th July, 7:30, Turnbridge WMC].

8th

The 100th anniversary of the Battle Of Jutland has recently been commemorated throughout the country.

The following extract is taken from our Heritage Project's book, 'Huddersfield In WW1' and narrates is what was happening at Huddersfield Cricket & Athletic Club at the time.

By the summer of 1916 Huddersfield's northern union rugby club was struggling financially, a loss of £455 partly explained by a fall in membership from 1295 to 788.

Huddersfield NURFC limped on into 1916-17. There were now fewer fixtures requiring long railway journeys, but fulfilling them became an increasing struggle. On 23 September they were still looking for players ten minutes before kick-off at Batley and predictably lost, 16-7. The Huddersfield Daily Examiner asked supporters to…

... charitably remember that a full hard week's work - in some cases long hours of exhausting overtime - does not conduce to fast movements on a football field . when personal inclination must often turn to rest rather than vigorous football. The pace of football today is a war-time pace, and, in justice to our munition players everywhere, don't let us overlook this fact.

Seeking further solace after a fifth straight defeat, the HDE commented:

We have seen the days when Huddersfield could win, like sportsmen, and it was even more pleasing to see that they could take their gruel, and it was a stiff dose, with a smiling face and unflagging spirit.

I am sure every Huddersfield man on the ground would be delighted with the way the wearers of the claret and gold accepted such an unprecedented situation.

Reinforced by a few rugby-playing guards stationed on the east coast, they finally won at the sixth time of asking, 28-2 at York.

November's match at Bramley started late owing to delays on the railway, and the 'Northern Union fiasco' of 25 November 1916 showed a game on its knees.

The players were "all mixed up" so that many clubs had foreign help, three games were abandoned because of the weather, in one match only fifty three minutes' play took place, in another the players "went in" because of the rain - an unheard of thing in serious football - and refused to come out again; whilst still another match [Bramley v Hunslet] ended in a free fight.

Huddersfield's match at Hull KR started 15 minutes late and ended 22 minutes early as it was 'too dark to continue.' Seven days later Huddersfield's return match against York kicked off with only 19 of the requisite 26 players on the park, of whom York had eight.

You might not be aware [!] but this book is still available via www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk or from David Thorpe [01484 533378].

Our next speaker will be Colin Morris, a former first grade referee and is now employed at the RFL as a match commissioner and time-keeper. [Tuesday 5th July, 7:30, Turnbridge WMC].

15th

Our sad opening this week is to wish our Under 19 player, Ronan Costello, a full recovery from the injury he sustained at the weekend. We cannot begin to imagine what his family are going through and our thoughts are with them.

Come on Ronan, you can do it.

On a brighter note, the Giants are backing a Wheelchair Sports Club.

This takes place on Thursday afternoons at Almondbury Sports Centre, in the High School's grounds, by ViveSport.

ViveSport is a relatively new company run by avid Giants fan Helen Calverley.

"We think everyone, no matter age or physical ability, should be able to participate in, and more importantly, enjoy sport and fitness" is Helen's philosophy.

Running the sessions is another Giants supporter, Jack

Our next speaker will be Colin Morris, a former first grade referee and is now employed at the RFL as a match commissioner and time-keeper. [Tuesday 5th July, 7:30, Turnbridge WMC].

29th

So, the Giants are once again trend-setters.

No sooner are we without a permanent helmsman than the government has no one in charge [technically incorrect, I know].

Neither has Her Majesty's opposition an effective leader [not a political comment, merely stating a fact].

The nation's 'favourite' sport is now rudderless.

Turbulent times indeed!

What the Giants do the country follows!

So where do we go from here?

Dealing with the most important and pressing issue first [and only concentrating on this], there have been many hats thrown into the ring – more than 20, so it has been reported.

Past favourites Brad Drew and Brett Hodgson have been mentioned. However, neither has coached at the highest level. Come to think of it, neither had a certain Tony Smith…

An insider? Chris Thorman? A man with the club dear to his heart and who already knows the players and is respected by them.

And so the list goes on, ad infinitum, so it seems.

Who'd be Ken Davy at a time like this!

As the middle-eights draw ever closer, another event of great importance and significance is raising its head above the parapet.

The annual Cricket and Family Fun Day.

On Sunday July 10th, yes, a week on Sunday, head over to Honley Cricket Club's hallowed auditorium for an afternoon of unbridled fun and good cheer – and boy, do we all need cheering up at the moment.

The usual requests for help, both from the club [contact James Brammer: 01484484114, james@giantsrl.com] and HGSA [Dave Calverley: 07887 878 425, da.calverley@PhotoLens.co.uk].

In addition, do you have anything you want to put on our sales table? A 1914/15 team jersey, for example?

And do you have any interesting and exciting games/activities which we could use on the day?

Without your help such events could not succeed, so please consider – and offer- lending a hand.

Our next speaker will be Colin Morris, a former first grade referee and is now employed at the RFL as a match commissioner and time-keeper. [Tuesday 5th July, 7:30, Turnbridge WMC].

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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