Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Laund Hill for the return of knockout rugby. Following on from last season’s splendid run in the Papa John’s tournament the club returns to action within its home county and competes in The Yorkshire Silver Trophy. A competition we have twice won in the past in seasons 1982-83 and 1995 -96
An especially warm welcome today to our opponents from Lodge Lane, Dinnington Rugby Union Football Club.
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. No doubt Dinnington will be keen to reverse the result when they visited us two weeks ago for the scheduled Yorkshire 1 fixture. Laund Hill ran out winners but by a narrow margin, 29 -26. Let’s hope we aren’t so generous to our visitors in the second half today.
A quick mention also for Jack and Kyle Sharp. At the tender age of 28, the author thinks this is the first time they have both made the Men’s Senior XV squad together. Twins! We had another set of those in the recent past I think…
Keep your 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. The senior men’s Second XV at Halifax and especially the minis tomorrow at Bradford Salem. We also look forward to seeing our senior Roses XV in action again after a battling performance at Gainsborough 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