15th Oct 2022, Match Day Programme
From the Chairman
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Laund Hill at the start of a new era for our club.
An especially warm welcome today to our visitors from Shay Lane, Heaton in Bradford, Bradford Salem RFC. Their officials, players and spectators are very welcome to join us for what we hope will be a keenly contested game of fast flowing rugby. Salem finished just above us in the league last season when we were fortunate not to be relegated. I’m sure that retaining our place in this division has contributed towards the rebuild that has begun at Laund Hill where there is a more positive atmosphere week by week.
In season 2021/2022, Salem beat us 52 – 24 at their ground in April, and by 31 – 46 at Laund Hill in March. The teams currently stand at joint 4th and 10th in the division, Salem having won one game so far and LH currently on a run of 3 wins on the bounce. Salem are sure to give us a stern test today and will provide a further measure for us to gauge our progress in the senior men’s game
Good luck to both teams and to Salem for the rest of their season. I’m sure everyone looks forward to a keenly contested tussle today at Laund Hill played within the laws and spirit of the game we all love.
From the Director of Rugby
I’d like to welcome you all to Laund Hill for the 2022/23 season, our first as Huddersfield Laund Hill RUFC. Whilst we may have a new name, our proud history, ethos and values remain. We are a community club, and remain committed to offering top class coaching, facilities and opportunities to play and develop to all of our members, in a welcoming, open, family friendly atmosphere .
We have a strong culture of ‘growing our own’ at Laund Hill. With many of the current men’s and women’s 1XV’s having come through our minis &/or junior sections. Our minis section – the future stars of our men’s and ladies senior teams, is going from strength to strength and train at Laund Hill on Sunday mornings from 10.30am – 12pm all year round. All of our minis coaches are RFU Safeguarding qualified and fully DBS checked. The sessions are fun and focus on the core skills of Rugby Union. For more information please contact Richard on 07947 835197.We currently run three senior men’s teams and one senior ladies team. The men train Tue & Thur from 7pm-8.20pm, whilst the ladies train Tue & Thurs from 7.30pm-8.30pm. New recruits are always welcome. For those who’d like to train more socially we have a mixed (male and female) social Touch Rugby training session on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-8pm with pizzas and drinks in the bar afterwards. Again, all are welcome. Unlike many Rugby Union clubs, none of our players are paid to play. We believe strongly in the vision of our former President Maurice Mosley that amateur sport should be played for the love of the game and enjoyment, and that instead of financial inducements, we should foster a sense of belonging, a real family atmosphere and invest money instead in our equipment, facilities and youngsters, we support and fund courses for members who wish to complete their RFU coaching qualifications, enabling them to give back to the club and ensuring that we are sustainable.
On the pitch, all teams aim to play an exciting brand of free flowing, fast paced rugby and to uphold the core Rugby Union values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. I’d like to say a massive thanks to all of the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our club what it is and to help it continue to grow. Non of what we do would be possible without your efforts and valued input. A huge thank you also to our Sponsors whose generous donations ensure we are able to provide the opportunities that we do for our community.
Yours in sport
From the Club Captain
After a long stint of unsuccessful campaigns, coupled with the pandemic and its impact on player retention we’re finally in a place, thanks to the new Chairman, DOR, coaches and committee, where we have 20+ enthusiastic players at training twice a week and a full first and second team available regularly. Although we narrowly lost our first 2 games, we managed to pick up the maximum amount of bonus points and the feeling is generally positive so we’re confident that our first win is only around the corner.
It’s been a pleasure to be involved in pre-season this year and we have the foundations for a great season, with a quality setup up of head coaches James Tindall and Joe Ford, supported by Matt Fell our defence coach and Lloyd Bentley our punishment co-ordinator. Dale Earnshaw, the 1st Team Manager, is also doing a brilliant job in the background, working away at the things that largely go unnoticed like liaising with the league secretary, reporting team sheets and results, managing the kit and equipment and transitioning his colts’ team from last season into senior rugby. This on top of his role as fixture secretary, which is a massively valued effort.
I’m into my 6th year as 1st Team Captain now and can honestly say I’m enjoying this one a lot more than I have in the last 6 years. Which is partly because it feels like we now have direction on the field with the systems and details our coaching team are implementing, but also because of the general positivity around the club and at training. In the past we’ve found it hard to recruit players, due to what other clubs in the surrounding area can offer players who are more transient. This year we’ve had players turn up to training through word of mouth who have been met with a well thought out session and a feeling of belonging that our players offer. Our ethos has always been to retain players because of the club’s culture, rather than the “perks” we can offer, and finally that’s starting to pay off.