Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Laund Hill for the return of home league action following the festive break.
An especially warm welcome to our opponents today; Middleton based Leeds Corinthians RUFC from 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 league result from earlier in the season when we secured a win at their ground with a 21 – 43 point victory. Let’s hope we aren’t so generous this time out. We gave away needless points later on in that game. The home game in November in the Yorkshire Silver Trophy qtr final followed a similar pattern when we secured a semi-final spot away at Halifax Vandals by beating Corinthians 31 – 21. The players and coaching team were particularly disappointed with last Saturday’s defeat away to Dinnington where we lost by 33 points to 14 and have worked hard this week in an effort to get back to winning ways and a to put in a performance more reflective of the talent we have available.
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 Bramley this afternoon which was hastily organised as Corinthians were unable to raise a second XV to travel, the Under 12s Girls at Rochdale on Sunday and all the other mini teams at West Leeds, also on Sunday
We also look forward to seeing our senior Roses XV in action again on February 11th when they entertain Glossop women. 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.
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