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Examiner Reports: October 2016

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Contents

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6th

Our much heralded 2016 AGM took place this week at Turnbridge WMC.

A crowded room sat patiently and attentively through the official proceedings before being entertained by Andy Kelly.

The various officers of the Association gave their reports on how this past year had progressed.

Then came the most exciting part of an AGM ever – the election of officers!

Two positions were being contested!

Both Mick Beevers and the incumbent Dave Calverley fought it out for the role of Chairman!

Dave won out on that one with Mick fighting off a challenge to retain his position as Vice-Chairman.

After a small amount of cajoling, all the other committee places were filled [visit our website for the complete list].

After a short break – necessary to allow the assembled throng's nerves to recover – the Giants' Head Of Youth Development, Andy Kelly, took centre stage.

Andy and two of his brothers played professional Rugby League back in the 80s. However, unlike their modern day counterparts, the Burgess Boys, they did not take the field in the same team.

As everyone will know, Andy played for Wakefield, Hull KR, and Illawarra Steelers. What surprised people was the little known fact that he also played for us!

Towards the end of his playing career, Andy was shipped out on loan to Fartown, then playing at Leeds Road.

He had the distinction of having one Alex Murphy as his coach and would have played alongside our very own Brian Blacker.

Unfortunately for Andy, he soon fell victim to an injury, cutting short his very promising career at our illustrious club.

His lifelong goal to be part of the world's most famous club [not exactly his words!], eventually came sometime later when, as previously stated, he was appointed out Head Of Youth Development.

Andy was elated a week and a half ago when Danny's drop goal sailed between the post, but was left with an empty feeling for his former club after another drop goal incident last Saturday.

However, it was pointed out that, in his playing career for Hull KR, he was instrumental in beating Wigan by dropping a goal from 40 yards out!

Whilst Andy stated that he would be truthful, though perhaps diplomatic, with his questions, the odd chuckle here and there in response to certain answers did give the game away somewhat!

Replying to a question about the fitness of the players, he said that our previous coach had gone from wanting big players to lean players to big players over a 3 year period. Andy's opinion was that players' bodies could not handle such drastic changes in such a relatively short time period.

Space prevents a full report on Andy's part of the evening, but a mention must be made of his charitable efforts.

Some 10 years ago Andy was diagnosed with a tumour on his kidney. The organ was subsequently removed.

Since then he has undertaken at least one demanding physical task each year for charity.

In 2009 he walked the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to raise money for the men's charity Orchid.

Last year he and Steve Hardisty cycled 120 miles to Newcastle for Magic Weekend, raising £5000 for the Forget Me Not Children's hospice.

This year he personally raised £1000 for the Alzheimer's Society by taking part in the Great North Run.

And lots more.

Andy really is the sort of person whom youngsters in his care can look up to and be inspired to follow.

Thank you for being our special guest, Andy Kelly.

HGSA's next meeting is next Tuesday November 1st; Annual Dinner with the Legends – Saturday October 29th; Reindeer Race Night – Friday December 9th.

13th

Chairman's Report 2016

Well, what to say about this last year!

After a run of finishing in the top 3 for a number of years we have certainly come down to Earth with a bump!!

As far as HGSA is concerned, a corner has been turned.

Perhaps due to apathy, there had been quite a few, shall we say, clerical issues creep in to the running of the association but that seems to have now been resolved. It was, to all intents and purposes, too few volunteers undertaking too many jobs. But, as the year progressed, together with the influx of new committee members, we are once again on an even keel.

But, as far as I am concerned, an even keel is not good enough for the way ahead. We need to do more – especially to attract younger members.

Your committee has again worked tirelessly over the last 12 months deserve a special mention for their enthusiasm and commitment beyond the call of duty.

We re-instated the Reindeer Race Night. Whilst numbers attending were a disappointment, an excellent evening was had by all. Tickets are now on sale for this year's BIG event on Friday December 9th. As usual, we need people to buy reindeer and sponsor races – PLEASE ask around.

I must mention this year's raffle. We decided to make this a joint venture with Luke Robinson to raise funds for his testimonial. Daz, Trevor, and myself were asked to be members of Luke's fund-raising team and we have done our best to help when asked.
However, the sale of tickets has not gone as well as expected. This, coupled with the fact that we have not been able to find a sponsor for the Catalans trip, means that we will not be making as much money for the club as in previous years.

IF every member had taken 1 book [and there is still time to sell them] we would have been able to donate a huge amount to the development of juniors in the town in general and at the club in particular. Ideally we need someone who will take the bull by the horns and spend his or her time seeking sponsors for next year's draw.

We now have an excellent working relationship with both the Legends and the Players Association. We joined with the Legends for their end of season meal at Greenhead Masonic last October. It was an outstanding success. This year's will be on Saturday October 29th.

Finally, I'd like to thank David and his staff here at Turnbridge for continuing to make us feel welcome – not only on meeting nights, but also on match days.
The following members were elected:
Chair - Dave Calverley
Vice-Chair - Mick Beevers
Secretary - Trevor Kaye
Assistant Secretary - Tonia Ellis
Treasurer - Helen Newsome
Assistant Treasurer - Joe Newsome-Yates
Publicity Officer - Tonia Ellis
Assistant Publicity Officer - Sharon Ellis
Speaker Secretaries - Mick Beevers & Darren Eastwood
Membership Secretary - Helen Newsome
Social Secretary - Nathaniel Wood
General Members - James Atherton, Nathaniel Wood, Paul Hollins, Anne
Crabtree, Martin Eastwood

HGSA's next meeting is next Tuesday November 1st when Ian McGregor will be our guest.

20th

Do you remember the horrendous events of two years ago?

The cancellation at short notice?

Well, this year we have taken additional steps to prevent it happening again.

Santa has agreed to have Rudolph and the rest vaccinated against influenza – at his own expense!

This means that our Reindeer Race Night will go ahead as planned.

Turnbridge WMC will once again open its hallowed turf and paddock for the evening.

A sumptuous supper of the very best pies and delicious mushy peas will be served to the assembled throng [vegetarian options will be available].

Punters will be allowed into the concourse at 7:30 pm in readiness for the first race at eight o'clock.

So, as was once said on national TV, "Come On Down".

Yes, come on down to Turnbridge on Friday 9th December for an evening with the reindeer.

You won't regret it.

Prior to that, Ian McGregor will be our guest on Tuesday 1st November.

Ian is a Match Commissioner for the RFL. He is the guy who makes sure that everything is ready for when the players enter the arena.

Tuesday December 6th is the date of the raffle draw. Luke Robinson will be present to ensure that it runs smoothly.

So be at Turnbridge at 7:30 in readiness for a prompt 7:45 start. Non-members are welcome, but we ask you to pay £1.

A non-HGSA event which deserves a mention is the Wheelchair Sports Club held at Almondbury Sports Centre on Thursdays, 5:15pm - 7:15pm.

ViveSport run this activity and has the backing of the Giants. There are still vacancies, so spread the word.

The Heritage Group is continuing to work behind the scenes.

A numbered register of players since 1895 is nearing completion. The final process is to check what has been done. Volunteers, please?

In addition, interviews carried out during the project are now being posted on the website – www.HuddersfieldRLHeritage.co.uk.

Listen to the likes of Fartown legends Ian Van Bellen and Tony Johnson, lifelong supporters Nancy Beaumont and Keith Burhouse, to say nothing of Ken and Jennifer Davy.

27th

From our Ipswich fanbase.

All Giants fans have spoken of the relief they felt when the team managed to remain in Super League for 2017. It seemed that over the course of 2016 other Super League teams had moved on both tactically and strategically but for some reason the Giants remained where they Ire. In 2015 I Ire winning games and riding our luck. In 2016 I Ire losing games and our luck was starting to run out and so I found ourselves competing in the Middle 8's.

I never ever want to see our team in that situation again. I would suggest that the restructuring of the Super League was born out of the 2008 recession and brought about by the media, the RFL and Super League's paymasters. The original franchise system worked and had a lot going for it but its critics raised their voices. In a recession Super League could not sustain a 14 team league. There was limited competition. The system confined teams to the loIr leagues and did not give them a chance for promotion. The RFL accepted the propaganda that reform was needed. A lot of money was spent to come up with a reform package whereby the number of clubs in the Super League was reduced to 12. There would then be 3 new competitions at the end of the season. The top 8 clubs after 23 Super League rounds could compete for a chance to win the Grand Final. The bottom 4 clubs would go into the middle 8's to compete for a place in Super League with the top 4 clubs of the Championship. The third competition does not concern the Giants and I hope it never does. You may recall that when this end of season competition was introduced no one understood the proposals. I had waves of print and social media pieces explaining how it was all supposed to work. Since the competition structures Ire difficult to explain you would not be criticised if you came to the conclusion they Ire probably flaId from the beginning.

When the Northern Rugby Football Union was founded on the 29th August 1895 it was done so on the principle of bona fide payment for broken time only. Over time Rugby League became a semi professional, then an open and fully professional sport. There Ire trophies to play for some of them now abandoned. HoIver there are still 3 main competitions in Rugby League: the League Leaders Shield, the Challenge Cup and the Super League championship decided by the Grand Final. Thanks to the reform a 4th competition has been introduced – the Keeping Your Job Salver!

Players should not have to play for their jobs over several Ieks of sustained and growing pressure. That is immoral and unconscionable and not what Rugby League has ever been about. Players play for trophies and the honour of winning them. The do not play to survive and hold onto their careers. The principle of payment for play is enshrined in the original constitution. To turn around this principle and make it payment to survive is plainly wrong. I are not against promotion and relegation as such. What I are against is the length of time it takes to decide these issues in an unnecessary competition which puts far too much mental and physical pressure on the players. I are supposed to be protecting our players and that means looking after their Ill being both physical and mental.

So here are some positive proposals. I are no longer in a recession and the world has moved on. Much as I would advocate it I do not think there is sufficient support to return to the Franchise system. So let's reinstate a 14 club Super League and have the teams play 27 rounds plus the Magic Iekend. If Super League must have promotion and relegation then let it be done in the time honoured way. At the end of 27 rounds let the bottom club of Super League play the top club of the Championship for a place in Super League the following season. Make the Grand Final a "double header" with the promotion/relegation (Million pound) game played at Old Trafford immediately before the Grand Final. For the team that is bottom of the Super League after 27 rounds there can be no complaint. For the team at the top of the Championship there is a chance for promotion on a big stage. This package is simple, straight forward and something everyone understands and for the "money-men" it is also a "real money spinner".

 

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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