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Examiner Reports: June 2017

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Contents

7th
14th
21st
28th

7th

What an honour and a privilege it was to be present and photograph my heroes of yesteryear on Sunday.

It has become something of a tradition that our Heritage match is against Warrington, and so it was this year.

Over fifty past players were present: from 60s legend 'Tiger' Finnan through flying [?] winger Peter Cramp's era to more recent stars like Paul Reilly.

During the lunch session, Danny Sculthorpe and Jimmy Gittins explained the State Of Mind project.

A short time ago, that hard man of Rugby League, Terry Newton, sadly – and inexplicably at the time - took his own life.

Danny and Terry were best friends and Danny explained how that awful tragedy could have been avoided.

In a nutshell, Terry had hit rock bottom, feeling worse than depressed.

Danny looked into this and wondered why so many more men than women committed suicide.

As a result of this, Danny realised that he too had mental health issues, but he also found out the ways to cope with it. If he had known then what he knows now, Terry might have been saved.

Danny gave a list of what to look out for. Check it out at the State Of Mind's website, http://stateofmindsport.org.

Well done to Tony Johnson and Derek Wroe for persuading so many of the ex-players to be introduced to the crowd at half time by walking round the pitch.

And what a glorious afternoon it was!

Only to be spoilt, yet again, by a small section of the crowd being homophobic.

If they had been in the audience listening to Danny Sculthorpe they might have realised the effect their comments have on people who are gay.

As was written the other week, ours is a family game where everyone is supposed to be – and feel – welcome.

The club is aware and stewards are on the lookout for these idiots who will be dealt with accordingly.

Finally, Brian Blacker continues to be impressive in his interviewing role.

On Sunday he put Daniel Smith through his paces in the HD1 Bar.

Thanks to Brian, and thanks to Daniel for 'volunteering'!

Contact us through our website: www.GiantsSupporters.co.uk.

14th

Here's one out of a Christmas Cracker for you.

What do you call someone who climbs Kilimanjaro and says "Never doing altitude again!" then goes up Everest?

Answer: Jenna Brough!

Jenna devotes a lot of her spare time to the Steve Prescott Foundation [SPF] and last year's challenge was Everest and she came along to last week's meeting to tell us about it.

The trek was from Lukla to Nepal Everest Base Camp and then continue to "Kala Pattar" to reach a finishing height of 5645 metres above sea level.

This was totally different to the Kilimanjaro experience.

At Kilimanjaro everything had to be carried.

Everest is so popular that there are restaurants, shelters, people. Pure luxury! [Slight exaggeration here!]

There is even an airport to take you to the foothills.

An airport where one end of the 500 metre runway stops at a mountain wall, the other end drops away into the valley below, and planes can only take 18 people at a time. Lukla is the most dangerous and tragedy stricken airport in the world!

Jenna yet again suffered badly with altitude sickness.

One night she felt really ill. After she managed to steady herself, she ran down the corridor of the hostel, flung open the toilet door, and was horrendously sick.

She then look up and saw…

…a chap crouching over the hole in the floor, covered with her sick!

He was, however, fully understanding of her plight!

On Kilimanjaro communicating with the outside world was impossible with a phone. Everest is totally the opposite, with phone calls easy to make – if your fingers are warm and loose enough to operate it!

When Jenna reached their goal, she sent a video of her at 5645m back to Danny who was on Scotland duty at the time. He showed the Scotland team coach, Steve McCormack, who played it in the team's dressing room before their match.

How inspiring would that have been!

To cap it all, Jenna is joining the SPF's journey up Kilimanjaro again this year.

Their goal?

To add the world's highest game of soccer to their record of the world's highest game of rugby!

Brilliant Jenna!

21st

HGSA was set up, amongst other things, to help the Giants.

Not being as well supported as, say, Leeds, the club does not have a particularly big backroom staff.

They all work extremely hard but, sadly, there are not enough hours in the day to do as much as they would like.

That is where HGSA comes in.

Actually, not just the Supporters Association, but all fans.

There are many jobs which volunteers could do. One of them is at the Cricket Day this coming Sunday.

We shall be staffing our own stall and also others such as the Tombola.

So that we can enjoy the game as much as anyone, we are asking for more people to join our rota.

Please contact Dave Calverley [07887 878 425 or dave@PhotoLens.co.uk] if you can spare an hour.

It is also that time of year when we start selling raffle tickets.

This was mentioned the other week, but now is the time for members to take a book of 10 and sell them, please.

The academies play their home matches at Lockwood Park.

If you would like to watch the games for free, offer to help on the gate. Without HGSA committee members doing this job, the club would not take hundreds of pounds at each match.

So again, please take some of the workload off your hard-working committee members.

We have laxed lyrical about Jenna Brough's fund-raising exploits. Well, we do have another wonder-woman in our midst.

Mrs Robbo [Laura] will be coming along later in the year to tell us about her exploits going up and down the UK's 3 Peaks. She will be bring Lizzie Jones along as well.

28th

The gods looked down kindly on Sunday. All, that is, apart from the injury-god who, thankfully, decided to have a day off.

Yes, the Giants Cricket Day enjoyed the warmth of the Sun [cue the Beach Boys for those old enough to remember!].

All the players seemed relaxed and to be enjoying themselves. They strolled around, chatting with people, signing autographs, and drinking their chilled lemonade.

On the field of play, however, it was a different story. Super League competitiveness came to the fore.

None more so than that ultimate competitor, Danny Brough.

Enough to say that he was the bowler who got his own son out! [Young Brough was making a guest appearance for the opposition, the club's partners.]

It was, perhaps, inevitable that the Giants won the match. After all, they fielded a team almost entirely of Aussies [slight exaggeration!].

Rick Stone led by example and Ryan Hinchcliffe once again showed his sporting versatility.

But take a moment to show sympathy for our latest recruit, Jordan Rankin.

Not only was he whisked from Dubai to Lockwood Park on Saturday. He was commandeered into the starting line up at Honley Cricket Club on Sunday!

Jet lag? What's that!

Prior to that feeling of defeat on Friday, that inimitable colossus of self-aggrandisement [sounds a bit like the Good Old Days!], Mr Brian Blacker, presented his regular player interview for his HD1 audience.

Last week's foil was Tom Symonds.

Honestly, it has to be worth the fiver's membership to be allowed into that hallowed hall just to be in the company of Mr B.

Next week, on Tuesday 4th of July, we shall be having a special guest down at Turnbridge WMC. Turn up at 7:30 to be surprised.

Finally, and to put it bluntly, we need more raffle ticket sellers.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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