Merry Christmas to one and all!
It’s a pleasure to welcome everyone to Laund Hill for the annual over 35s charity game against our foe’s friends frenemies from Lockwood Park. If the First XV are regarded as the heart of a rugby club then the over-35s are the pacemakers.
As a town Huddersfield should be proud that it can accommodate two great rugby union clubs both with a rich history and equal success at their respective semi-professional and amateur levels.
Today’s match is a charity event and like gladiatorial events from the Roman times the arena sees two rival clubs face up against each other for what promises to be a long 80 minutes for the referee as he tames players of various ages, fitness levels, abilities and blood alcohol levels to create a spectacle of entertaining rugby.
At the final whistle, today’s game should transcend local rivalry as both clubs come together to raise money for The Wooden Spoon. A children’s charity that was set up to positively transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people through the power of rugby. I hope that we can raise over £500 for the charity that is founded on rugby core values. Namely; passion, integrity, teamwork and fun.
Regardless of your club’s colours on and off the field please support the spirit of today’s game. The players are here to entertain and inspire (in less than equal measure).
One day we will all be too old to play the sport we love and when we are we will look back in the nostalgic belief that we were better than what we might remember.
For those no longer playing I quote Kevin Sinfield, “I think part of our job as ex-players and teammates is that when we get too old, we have to continue to look after each other“.
I look forward to sharing a beer in the clubhouse with you and take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
David J. Mosley
President HLH RUFC
Eyup and a warm welcome to everyone ahead of today’s Festive Charity fundraiser between Huddersfield Laund Hill and Huddersfield over 35’s.
The fixture has become a regular feature over the past five or so years and offers an opportunity for both sets of players to entertain the crowds with their athletic prowess and skill on the pitch, have a catch-up and a pint in the bar afterwards and raise a bit of brass for a very worthwhile cause.
Over the years there have been many players who’ve represented both of our town’s clubs with distinction, and currently, both men’s 1XV sides are captained by Ed’s who played their junior rugby at the other club (Ed Black LH skipper played his junior rugby at Huddersfield, whilst Ed Barber, Huddersfield skipper played his junior rugby at LH).
I’d like to extend a particularly warm welcome to the Huddersfield players, our great sport is famous for the lifelong bonds and friendships formed in the heat of battle and I’m sure players on both teams are looking forward to reacquainting themselves with former teammates both on the pitch and in the bar afterwards for the games ‘third half’.
Today we are raising funds for the Wooden Spoon Charity, who raise funds to support children through the power of rugby, ensuring every child and young person had access to the best life opportunities, no matter what their background – a mission that perfectly aligns with our club ethos, so please donate what you can.
Finally, a massive thank you to our team of volunteers, who work tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the year, organising events and ensuring that everything runs smoothly, many of whom will today be rattling buckets and selling raffle tickets during the game, they are the true heroes of our club and community sport as a whole could not survive without their selfless dedication and efforts.
I hope you enjoy the game!
Andy Jim (DOR)
Welcome everyone to what is officially the first game between Huddersfield Laund Hill RUFC and Huddersfield RUFC to be held at our home ground.
Since our club re-formed out of the ashes of Huddersfield YMCA there has been a huge period of transition, both on and off the field.
However, the one constant has been the sense of club and community that has seen everyone pull together to get us back where we need to be.
And that ethos will be displayed in no greater place than out on the field today.
As the club has gone from strength to strength in rebuilding our mini, junior and women’s section, our over 35s (or Nomads) have also seen huge growth and with a big squad on display today, the future is looking bright for these wise old camels!
Over the years, this fixture has raised thousands of pounds for charity and we hope to do the same today with funds going towards the Wooden Spoon charity – a charity that is know is close to a number of players hearts in both teams.
Please dig deep by buying loads of raffle tickets and emptying your pockets of loose change into the buckets.
I’m sure the action out on the field will loosely resemble a game of rugby, only slower, but the commitment will be that of spring chickens, so please give all of the players your fullest support.
As always though, it will be a good afternoon of drinking interrupted by a game of rugby, so we’ll see you all in the bar afterwards!
Yours in rugby
1st XV Manager