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 1995f -96
An especially warm welcome to our opponents in today’s quarter-final tie; Leeds Corinthians RUFC based in Middleton, Leeds
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 they will be keen to reverse the result from earlier in the season when we came away from their ground with a 21 – 43 point victory in the league. Let’s hope we aren’t so generous to our visitors this time. We gave away needless points later on in that game
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 Old Brodleians up the road in Hipperholme, Halifax and especially the minis tomorrow. We also look forward to seeing our senior Roses XV in action again after a defensive battle last weekend at home to Aldwinians where the points were shared 5 – 5. Everyone is keen to see 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.
Talking of women’s/girl’s rugby. Tomorrow sees the first full fixture for our new Under 12s girls’ team!
Get yourself down to Laund Hill for 10.30 tomorrow morning, grab a bacon butty and a drink from Debs, watch the Minis training and playing and then support this team when they kick off at 11.00 am against Dronfield. They have great potential and are showing considerable promise for such a new team.
Also playing are our senior roses against Stockport RUFC which is a 2.15KO at Laund hill.
The ever-flourishing Minis section has visitors from West Leeds, Colne and Nelson and Old Crossleyans visiting us tomorrow with the possibility one of our teams making the short journey across town to face Huddersfield at the time of going to press…
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