Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Laund Hill for our first home fixture in this season’s cup competition;
The Papa John’s North Shield.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a dry and sunny afternoon as our first season as Huddersfield Laund Hill RUFC draws to a close, the start of a new era for our club. Regular patrons will know it’s seldom warm out on the field at Laund Hill Stadium but that there is always a warm rugby welcome in the bar for players, spectators, match officials, past players and anyone else who wants to enjoy a drink and discuss the sport of rugby union.
An especially warm welcome today to our visitors from Hand Lane; Leigh RUFC.
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. Leigh, like ourselves, finished third from bottom in their league and have also had the misfortune to be relegated. Hopefully, both clubs will use this as a footing to re-build and return stronger, fitter and with a complete skill set and understanding of the game we all love.
Today’s winners will progress into the the semi-finals of this competition, where a victory would secure a spot in the final, to be held at Darlington’s Mowden Park.
As far as anyone the author has spoken to can remember, our club’s haven’t previously met on the field at the senior men’s level. However, there is a possibility we have met at Age Grade levels in the past. If Malcolm Brennan is present today, perhaps he will recall if this is in fact the case. It’s a sad fact that this season has seen us lose so much in terms of our verbal history with the passing of Messrs Mosley, Larkin and Roebuck. Their stories and memories will be sadly missed. However, great strides have been taken this season to securing a bright future for Huddersfield Laund Hill with the mini section being invigorated by a team of determined and committed volunteers who have worked tirelessly to recruit a huge number of new members who will grow with the club and have their own set of memories to treasure in the coming years both on and off the field.
Good luck to both teams today. I’m sure everyone looks forward to a keenly contested tussle at Laund Hill played within the laws and spirit of the game we all love.
Also welcome today is/are the match official(s), without whom, we wouldn’t be playing at all.
Everyone is asked to give them their full support and to have a chat with them in the bar after the match if they have something to discuss with them. The match officials are also here to enjoy their rugby and often travel many miles to ensure that we have a game each week. I’m sure they welcome your congratulations and will happily discuss any salient points over a beer or two, especially if you are paying!
Huddersfield Laund Hill RUFC is a community club and is striving to provide an opportunity for everyone in the community to enjoy their rugby in whatever capacity they can manage whether it be playing, volunteering, taking on a role of responsibility, bringing along their children or simply turning up to support our players.
Your club is always desperately short of volunteers so if you can spare an hour or two each week, why not get in touch with the club volunteer co-ordinator, Sean Barrett. He can be contacted by mailing email@example.com and give something back to the club which may well have provided you with years of enjoyment on or off the field
Leigh has travelled to Huddersfield today, following a very impressive win against a strong Cumbrian side, Creighton, last week at home, to take on for the first time at Senior Level, Laund Hill, who recorded a resounding 75 – 10 win away at Southport last week.
Both clubs competing today appear to be similarly structured Community Clubs with thriving Mini and Junior, Girls, Ladies, Colts and Senior Men’s Sections.
The Leigh side today is made up of players from across all three of the Men’s Teams and it was a very similar outfit that produced last week’s victory. Let’s hope that they can repeat that today.
No matter which Club emerges victorious I’m sure the day will produce some entertaining, end of the season, rugby.
May the best team win!
Yours in rugby,