Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Laund Hill for the opening of the Men’s senior First XV league season 2023-24
Our first venture into Yorkshire 2 for some years and a division that has, in the past, seen us launch several successful campaigns into league and knockout rugby. Everyone at the club; from the Monster Minis upwards, is geared up towards an enjoyable season.
An especially warm welcome today to our visitors from Queens Terrace, Ossett Rugby Union Football Club
Ossett have a proud history and playing record in Yorkshire rugby with their roots and traditions being traced to the 1890’s when the then Ossett team won the Yorkshire Challenge Cup. They beat Hebden Bridge 13 – 3. One of the Ossett players at that time, Charles Wimpenny, the then captain, was awarded his CountyCap & represented Yorkshire on six occasions.
It wasn’t until 1931 that Ossett again saw success when they defeated Keighlians 6 – 0 in the final of the Yorkshire Challenge Shield. The following season saw them as beaten finalists in the same competition to the Gloucestershire Regiment.
The outbreak of World War II saw the demise of rugby. Ossett did have a brief record of activity in 1946 but it wasn’t until 1979 that the Club breathed new life, thanks to some local rugby enthusiasts who reformed the town’s rugby heritage.
In 1992 – 93 Ossett reached the Final of the Yorkshire Silver Trophy and in doing so became the first team to have played in all three of the Yorkshire Cup Finals. Although they were defeated by Aireborough the team did have the distinction of being undefeated in all League fixtures that season.
The club has had a nomadic existence, playing on several pitches in the area, until recent times when their home park became Springmill, and more recently Southdale. With a compliment of young and not so young players Ossett believe that they are well placed for the future.
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. Ossett were in Yorkshire 3 last season and will be keen to test themselves today against a side who were 2 divisions above them last term so we will need to perform to the best of our ability to secure the win and carry on the unbeaten run that we finished last season with.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a dry and sunny afternoon. 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.
Great strides have been taken over the last 2 years towards 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 everyone taking to the field this weekend in Laund Hill colours, especially the men’s senior second XV and the minis tomorrow. We especially look forward to seeing our senior Roses XV in action and to seeing them make further progress this season. They have a great attitude to their rugby and numbers are on the increase at their well structured training sessions
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 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