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Examiner Reports: September 2016

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Contents

7th
14th
21st
28th

7th

We might have had just about enough room if we had booked the Town Hall. As it was, Turnbridge was full to overflowing – standing room only.

Why?

Rick Stone was in town!

After giving a brief background of himself, Rick went on to answer questions from the assembled throng.

In order to answer questions with total honesty, Rick asked that his answers should remain within the room, so no juicy bits here! You should have been there!

Rick came across as an honest, genuine person. He knows the immense task in the immediate future, but has total confidence in our Super League survival. In order for this to happen, defence must prevail, flair will have to wait.

"Player for player, we are better than any side in this current competition. We've just got to play as a team and back each other." More or less a summary of what Rick said. [Hope you don't mind that report, Rick!]

And he is looking forward to this coming weekend's arm-wrestle with Leigh.

Rick has put his various thoughts on how to take the club forward to the powers that be, both on and off the field.

And he has also stated that he is his own man!

However, I've probably already over-stepped the mark, so no more! You should have been there!

Some photos of the evening can be found on our website.

The result of an administrative error and a lack of foresight by the committee [!], was that the raffle prize donated by the RFL of a family ticket for a 4 Nations match, was drawn at the meeting.

The winner is Chris Farrell, ticket number 0839. It was sold at the Cricket & Family Fun Day.

Or next meeting is on October 4th. It will be our AGM where we hope to present the Wagstaff Trophy to this year's winner.

In addition, the committee for the forthcoming year will be selected. Vote now via our website.

In fact, our website, http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk, contains all you need to know about HGSA.

See you at Leigh on Saturday.

14th

After all the hype at last week's meeting with Rick Stone, we have come down to Earth with a bump.

No, we have come down to Earth with an earthquake!

Two indecisive players allowing the ball to go dead from the kick off.

Kicking the ball out on the full from the restart.

But what sums up the attitude of some of the players was when one dropped a pass with the line beckoning and, instead of turning and dropping on the ball, he carried on running forward. Leigh went downfield and scored.

The Huddersfield lads and our ex-captain – and only one or two others - showed the commitment which was promised.

To be brutally honest, if a players doesn't want to play for the club, bring the youngsters in and blood them for next year – wherever we may be playing.

For the first time in my life, I was on the verge of abandoning the match at half time and heading home.

As Rick Stone said "We need to do some deep soul searching".

A couple of errors have crept into this column over the last few weeks.

Back in July Harold Wagstaff was said to have played for Upperthong!!

Right valley, wrong side!

Of course, Harold was born in Holmfirth and played for Underbank.

Secondly, the RFL's 4 Nations family raffle ticket is 8039, not 0839. Chris Farrell is still the winner!

Just for the record, 0839 remains unsold. Will you help sell it?

Or next meeting is on October 4th. It will be our AGM where we hope to present the Wagstaff Trophy to this year's winner.

In addition, the committee for the forthcoming year will be selected. Vote now via our website.

In fact, our website, http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk, contains all you need to know about HGSA.

See you at Leeds match on Sunday.

21st

What a change a week can bring!

Optimism again.

And what a different atmosphere there was at the Giants Awards Evening to what it would have been had Sunday's result gone the other way.

Yes, there were admissions that the season had been poor, and that we are not out of the wood yet, but confidence abounded with regard to the forthcoming visit to Hull KR on Saturday.

Let's hope that the confidence is fulfilled – unlike that which exuded from Rick Stone's visit to our meeting two weeks ago.

But what of the Awards Evening?

It was mentioned in this column last week that the lads from Huddersfield were in a minority for showing the necessary level of commitment in a match. This was reflected on Monday night.

Jermaine McGillvary received HGSA's Wagstaff Trophy for the player our members would least like to leave the club.

Michael Lawrence was voted the Giants On Tour Player of the Season.

And Leroy Cudjoe was given the double accolade of Supporters Player of the Year and acknowledged by his team-mates as being their Player of the Season.

Not only can the Giants and Huddersfield feel justifiably proud for three home grown players to be the recipients of such prestigious awards.

But also an extra special mention must be made of Newsome Panthers, from whose ranks these three came.

A huge "Well Done Newsome Panthers". Keep the production line going.

It is a shame to end this week's column on a sour note – especially after such high points, but a single word will sum up a lot of supporters current angry feelings.

Sky.

Personally, two weeks ago I arranged a short break which would have ended with passing through Hull on Sunday.

The very next day it was announced that our crucial match would be played on Saturday.

All I can say is "thank you very much Sky".

And there are many more disgruntled fans.

HGSA's next meeting is on October 4th. It will be our AGM.

The committee for the forthcoming year will be selected. Vote now via our website, http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk, where you will also find all you need to know about HGSA.

Sorry, I won't see you at Hull on Sunday, but go if you are able, and shout for me.

28th

I was watching 'Emergency Ward 10'.

Worldwide, people of a certain age know exactly what they were doing when it was announced that President John F Kennedy had been shot and killed.

Now there is another momentous occasion which people will remember.

I was in a bar in Pickering along with my regular Giants mate, a couple of Hull FC supporters, and two KR fans.

They were some of the most horrendous 70 minutes of my life.

My heart was beating so hard you could hear the vibrations on the floor as the blood pumped through my feet.

I have never felt tension like it.

I only manged one pint in each half, I was so focussed on the game that I could not bring myself to drink anything.

WhatsApp messages from both my son and daughter [they were watching at different venues elsewhere] went unanswered for the same reason.

Both sets of fans from Hull discussed the game – I haven't a clue what they said.

70 minutes?

Yes. Halfway through the second half I managed to calm down and relax. That was when I realised that we were going to lose and I just thought "What the heck!".

Danny's drop goal suddenly re-awoke the tension.

"Drop another Danny" both my mate and I kept saying.

The final whistle brought all that is good about our game.

Not only did the FC fans shout for KR during the game, but we all discussed the match in an amicable manner with a KR chap stating that we had had a couple of bad decisions against us.

As one lady said during the post-match chat, "this would never have happened in football" – two sets of lifelong rivals and two sets of match-day combatants talking in a reasonable manner about what they had just experienced.

Goodness knows what the KR people were going through under the surface, it took me, from the winning side, 4 hours to come round.

Oh, and another message to Sky: the reason Eorl wasn't playing was not because he's leaving the Giants, but that he has a/some broken rib/s. Do your homework.

HGSA's next meeting is next Tuesday, October 4th, 7:30 for a 7:45 start at Turnbridge WMC. It will be our AGM.

The committee for the forthcoming year will be selected. Vote now via our website, http://www.giantssupporters.co.uk, where you will also find all you need to know about HGSA.

Phew, see you in Super League next season [but continue reading our thoughts until then].

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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