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Examiner Reports: November 2016

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Contents

2nd
9th
16th
23rd
30th

2nd

Some of you will immediately turn the page when I mention the word 'Facebook' [other social media networks are available!!], but bear with me.

Yes, it is a marvellous way to not only keep in touch with people and a way of finding long lost friends, but also to learn things from all around the world.

For example, Jenna Brough's latest exploits for the Steve Prescott Foundation.

As you will know, Jenna regularly undertakes mildly strenuous [!] activities on its behalf. This year, despite promising herself last year to never go near a mountain ever again, she was part of the Everest expedition team.

Jenna posted daily photographs on Facebook of her exploits. What a fascinating visual record it turned out to be.

And almost as soon as she returned she went to watch Danny play for his adopted country [and what did England lack against New Zealand??].

Jenna will once again come along to one of our meetings and chat about her adventure. Watch this space.

Facebook also shows how widespread Rugby League is throughout the world: Scotland Wheelchair RL, Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club, Polska Rugby XIII, Amsterdam Cobras, Mate Ma'a Tonga RL, Vanuata RL, Morocco, and the list goes on, almost endless.

It is surely no coincidence that Lizzie Jones was voted Inspirational Woman Of The Year thanks to a Facebook campaign. Would a Rugby League wife have received such national recognition without Facebook?

No, I'm not in the employ of this mega-giant, but merely trying to show that the M62 corridor is not the be-all and end-all of our great game.

The New Zealand Herald gave rave reviews about the staging of the international in Huddersfield – "Take note Australasia – this is how you host a league game".

Your blood could boil when reading Total Rugby League's article "Rugby union: How the 15-man code tried (and failed) to kill Rugby League":

"The French Rugby Union made common cause with the Vichy collaborators – and through them, Hitler's Nazis – to close down all league activity and transfer its assets to the FRU."

Or that in the 1960s, Italian Rugby League had 24 clubs playing our game. It folded when the RU threatened all players with life bans.

Or the fact that the Moroccan RU managed to get a four-match tour by the Student RL Pioneers reduced to a single match by locking the league players out of the municipal stadium.

In the UAE, a person can actually be thrown into jail for organising a RL competition!

Again, the list goes on and on, from Japan, South Africa, Serbia, etc, to Wales and Cambridge.

However, despite the tactics of high-ranking officials from other sports – and some of our own 'cloth-cappers' – the game is growing worldwide.

What it needs is more internationals [take note Australia] and better promotion [take note Red Hall].

Check out http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk for all you need to know about HGSA.

9th

So, no more "You're just a fat Robbie Savage" chants.

No more cheers when the big man enters the field of play.

No more expressions of delight when those golden locks flop over the try line.

No more marauding down the field with opposition players hanging off him.

No more "if only he had a vicious streak in him" comments.

No more going over to the crowd after a game and signing autographs not only for the youngsters but also adults.

In one sense a sad day for the Giants, but what a good move by the club to keep him at the Giants in a commercial capacity.

For the past two decades there cannot have been a more iconic figure, not only in the town of Huddersfield, but in the world of rugby.

Tony Smith played him at centre in the old Northern Ford Premiership in order to bring on his passing ability. Sadly, subsequent coaches did not use this ability to its fullest extent.

Players come and players go, but it is almost unique for someone to play all his professional career at one club, his hometown club at that.

Personally I am in total agreement with Richard Thewlis when he says that Huddersfield RLFC should induct this talisman into its Hall Of Fame. That decision rests with the Players Association, let's hope they make it soon.

There will be tributes aplenty coming from all sources so all that will be said here on behalf of the all supporters is "Thank You, Eorl Crabtree".

December 6th will see Luke Robinson popping along to Turnbridge to chat and make the draw for this year's raffle. Please ensure that all stubs and unsold tickets are returned by then.

Party night will be on Friday December 9th when Santa's reindeer will be running around Turnbridge to see which one is the fastest. Tickets are a mere £5 which includes a pie & pea supper.

Whether you can attend or not, how about buying a reindeer? They only cost £3. Or sponsor a race?

Contact Helen Newsome for further details [07889 863816].

The Fans Forum will be in January at the stadium.

Check out http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk for all you need to know about HGSA.

16th

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23rd

We have just had the centenary of the ending of the Battle Of The Somme.

In recognition of this, somewhat belatedly, here is an extract from 'Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants' remembering Fartown's fallen:

On 15 July the Germans charged, led by bombers and a new weapon, liquid flame throwers. Fred Longstaff climbed onto his fire step just as searing flame shot across the ground and over the parapet. Seriously wounded, he was transferred to a nearby field hospital. He died from his wounds on 22 July 1916 and is buried at Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authile Wood.

Edward Haigh, a nineteen-year-old clerk at Huddersfield Railway Station, and a forward in the second team was killed in Flanders on 1 June 1915. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

A third fatality was Private Joe Taylor from Milnsbridge, who went to the western front with the second line (2/5th) Huddersfield Battalion of the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment on 17 January 1917. He was killed in an attack on the village of Puisieux just over a month later on 28 February. Joe was a 'well-known athlete, having won numerous prizes for running and walking', and played as a wing-threequarter for the Huddersfield'A' team.

Former second team player John Hirst, who had emigrated to Canada and was serving in a Canadian battalion, was killed in January 1918. He had also played amateur rugby for Underbank and cricket for Scholes.

Huddersfield's lost fewer players than some Northern Union clubs. Leeds lost 15 of 51 players who enlisted whilst Hull lost 12 players. As no official figures were compiled for the total number of Northern Union players killed during the war, any overall figures can only be approximations.

In seems somewhat disrespectful to mention frivolous events after such an epitaph, but here goes.

December 6th will see Luke Robinson popping along to Turnbridge to chat and make the draw for this year's raffle. Please ensure that all stubs and unsold tickets are returned by then.

The Giants' Beer Festival will be on Saturday 3rd December at the Greenhead Masonic Hall. Doors will open at 1:30 pm and close much, much later!

Party night will be on Friday December 9th when Santa's reindeer will be running around Turnbridge to see which one is the fastest. Tickets are a mere £5 which includes a pie & pea supper.

Whether you can attend or not, how about buying a reindeer? They only cost £3. Or sponsor a race?

Contact Helen Newsome for further details [07889 863816].

The Fans Forum will be on January 17th at the stadium. It will be free for season ticket holders, HGSA members, and accompanied youngsters. An entry fee will be charged for all others.

Check out http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk for all you need to know about HGSA.

30th

What does one write about in the middle of the close season? Especially when there's not a lot happening.

We've mentioned the Giants' Beer Festival this coming Saturday at the Greenhead Masonic Hall. Doors will open at 1:30 pm and close much, much later!

There's no point reminding you about next Tuesday when Luke Robinson will be coming along to Turnbridge to chat and make the draw for this year's raffle.

You're fed up about us banging on about our party night on Friday December 9th. The fact that Santa's reindeer will be having their annual outing at Turnbridge is totally irrelevant.

[You already know that tickets are £5 including a sumptuous pie & pea supper and that you can buy a reindeer or sponsor a race by contacting Helen Newsome on 07889 863816].

Nope, nothing much happening.

Dale Ferguson has rejoined us.

You will already have bought your tickets for the Giants appearance in Dick Whittington at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Tuesday 10th at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. [The club have actually spelled it 'Whittingon' on their site – what do they know!]

You most certainly won't want to be reminded that it's nearly a year since the last Fans' Forum and that the next one in just around the corner, Tuesday January at the stadium, to be precise.

Ah, one bit of news you probably haven't heard. There's a rumour – and we must stress that it is only a rumour – that we are showing an interest in Australian Jake Mamo.

Mind you, if rumours are to be believed Hull KR are getting Danny Brough's right arm, Hull FC his left, his torso is going to Wigan, his boots to Salford, his….

Mentioning Danny, how lucky are we to have him at the Giants?

If only England were as fortunate!

[By the way, an uncle of mine owes me £10 on a bet that Danny would still be a Giant at the end of the season! I know he reads this column so Pay Up!!]

Hmm, Michael Lawrence got married to one of our earlier guests, Laura Howley. Congratulations are due to both of them and we hope you have many long years together.

Anything else to ramble on about?

Check out http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk for all you need to know about HGSA.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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