CUP FEVER RETURNS TO LAUND HILL – Papa John’s North Shield Final V Newcastle (Staffs) RUFC



(If you cant make the game you can stream it here!)

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By no means strangers to knockout rugby, it is some time since the senior men’s First XV had the distinction of representing the club in a final

This season, they have reached the final of the Papa John’s North Shield and will be playing in the final tie at Darlington Mowden Park in the prime slot at 3.00 pm this Sunday, May 7th

Victories over Southport, Leigh and Roundhegians take the team into Sunday’s final on the back of an unbeaten run of seven matches. A fine achievement considering the challenges they have faced during their league campaign

There are finals at 11.0 am, 1.00, 3.00 and 5 pm, and the 1.0 pm match features Bramley Phoenix, a team we will face in next season’s league campaign in Yorkshire 2

There are places still available to travel by coach to the match for the very modest fee of £10

This link will take you to the appropriate page on our website to book your place and enjoy a Grand Day Out

Don’t be left behind. Come along and support the team in their attempt to bring some new silverware to our trophy cabinet

Sunday’s opposition are Newcastle (Staffs) RUFC. Another team we haven’t; as far as the author knows, faced before at senior level.

Newcastle finished 7th in their division of 12 teams where they faced the likes of Luctonians, Tamworth, Edwardians and Stafford. Again. Teams that the author believes we haven’t faced in the past. They won 10 of their 22 games this season, 8 of which were home wins and their cup run has featured victories over Barkers Butts by 42 – 15 and Spartans (Midlands) by 30 – 26 in the semi-final and a HWO over Birstall.

In their league campaign they scored 7 bonus point wins and had a total points defecit of 169 and gained one losing bonus point compared to our own record of 6 wins, 2 draws, 14 defeats and a points defecit of 191. However, our winning bonus points total of 7 and 5 losing bonus points demonstrated the grit we have shown at times this season to keep the defeats to a low margin. Grit we will need on Sunday to secure a victory.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a dry and sunny afternoon as our first season as Huddersfield Laund Hill RUFC closes and that everyone can enjoy, what we hope will be a keenly contested game of fast flowing rugby.

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 on Sunday. I’m sure everyone looks forward to a keenly contested tussle played within the laws and spirit of the game we all love.

Also give your full support to 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 and give something back to the club which may well have provided you with years of enjoyment on or off the field

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