Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Laund Hill for the latest fixture of the Men’s senior First XV league season 2023-24. Our first venture into Yorkshire 2 for some years. 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 Grosmont Terrace, Bramley, LS13,
Bramley Phoenix Rugby Football Club.
Today is President’s Day at Laund Hill where the current incumbent, David Mosley is carrying on a proud family tradition and has kindly sponsored the pre-match meal in our function room where invited guests from Bramley, Vice Presidents and guests will enjoy lunch and each other’s company. Rugby Union is, after all, a sociable sport and our club aims to be at the heart of the local community
Also today, we welcome some of our Junior players to watch the Men’s First XV with a parent who will get free entry to the match
Club officials, players and spectators from Bramley are very welcome to join us for what we hope will be a keenly contested game of fast-flowing rugby. Bramley finished 8th in Yorkshire 2 last season winning 8 and losing 14 of their fixtures and will be keen to test themselves against us today. They also made it to a Papa John’s Final at Darlington Mowden Park playing in the match immediately prior to our own where they lost 28 – 30 to Belper from Derbyshire
Bramley have made a difficult start to this season and currently sit at the foot of the table with 3 bonus points from their 7 defeats and will no doubt be keen to impress and make us work hard for a positive outcome. We have already seen this season that unless we perform to the best of our ability for the full match, the opposition will be quick to capitalise and we must learn to be more ruthless and close out games when we are ahead. There are a group of teams below Wath who are all capable of beating each other on their day and with today’s encounter completing just over a third of our fixtures, the race is on to see who wants promotion to Yorkshire 1 the most.
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:-
- The 2nds (Mighty Ducks) are visiting Bramley Phoenix this afternoon
- The Women’s First XV (Senior Roses) visit Glossop tomorrow
- The junior section has a busy morning on Sunday too:-
- The Under 6s (Mini Monsters) and Under 10s are training
- The Under 8s are hosting Doncaster Knights and
- All the other teams are hosting West Leeds
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 giving something back to the club which may well have provided you with years of enjoyment on or off the field