Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Laund Hill for the last senior men’s First XV home fixture which is the semi-final of this season’s cup competition for our club; The Papa John’s North Shield.
The winners of today’s match go on to the final on Sunday May 7th at Darlington Mowden Park. Kick off at 3 pm.
There are 4 finals on the day kicking off at 11.00 am, 1.00, 3.00 and 5.00 pm so the winners today have prime spot at 3.00 pm
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 The Memorial Ground in Roundhay, Leeds, Roundhegians 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. Roundhegians are familiar to us, unlike our opponents in the last two rounds. They finished at the foot of our division this season and will join us in Yorkshire 2 next season when both clubs, will, I’m sure, look for a swift return to Yorkshire 1.
‘hegians beat Bolton at The Memorial Ground in the quarter finals by 40 points to 17 and therefore, like ourselves, come into today’s match on the back of a home win. In the previous round, they had a home walkover over Silloth.
This season’s league matches against ‘hegians show that we will have to hit our best form to progress to the final and show the self discipline that we demonstrated that we have when running out clear winners at Southport the other week.
Back in September 2022, we secured a victory at their ground by 42 points to 34 but were turned over at home in February this year 23 points to 26 in a match we could have won (purely the opinion of the scribe!)
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 coordinator, Sean Barrett. He can be contacted by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and give something back to the club which may well have provided you with years of enjoyment on or off the field