18/11/23 – Wath Upon Dearn

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 Moor Road, Rotherham

Wath-Upon-Dearne Rugby Union Football Club.

Club officials, players and spectators from Wath are very welcome to join us for what we hope will be a keenly contested game of fast-flowing rugby. Wath finished 4th in Yorkshire 2 last season winning 17 and losing 5 of their fixtures and will be keen to test themselves against us today, especially since we have the second meanest defence in the division after North Ribblesdale.

Wath made a tremendous start to this season and currently sits at the head of our division despite losing their last two fixtures at home to Baildon and away to Ossett. Prior to that, they opened their campaign with 7 straight wins and are the leading points scorers. 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 almost half of our fixtures, the race is on to see who wants promotion to Yorkshire 1 the most and a place in the Papa John’s cup competition that has it’s final at Headquarters.

Also, welcome today are our past players for their annual past player’s reunion. This season, the featured team are the men of the First XV that secured promotion to National League 3 North 10 years ago following promotions in 3 seasons out of 4.

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 Nomads were at home last night against Baildon

The Women’s First XV (Senior Roses) host Aldwinians tomorrow

The junior section has a busy morning on Sunday too:-

All teams are training at Laund Hill from Under 6’s to Under 12’s boys and girls

Coming soon will be Rugby Tots sessions for children aged 2-7

And walking rugby for players of all ages and abilities

Keep your eyes on social media for updates

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 seanbarrett26@outlook.com and giving something back to the club which may well have provided you with years of enjoyment on or off the field

Defendere Collis

 

 

Club Captain season 2023-2024  Ed Black

I would like to wish all a warm welcome to today’s senior men’s first-team fixture at Laund Hill and hope you enjoy our hospitality and the game. I have now played at Laund Hill for 9 seasons and this season, was proud to accept the role of club captain. A huge honour and a massive highlight in my rugby career to date. As captain, I hope to be able to steer the team back up the leagues to where I started playing at Laund Hill, whilst also encouraging and helping the younger players in the club into open-age rugby and being a soundboard for any advice or help they may need, rugby related or not. I love playing at this club and being in the environment that comes with it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and you are made to feel welcome for today’s fixture. UTH

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