Welcome to Lockwood Park
The 2022/23 season is now upon us and the spectre of Covid now seems like something from the distant past, (and let us hope it stays that way!).
A warm welcome goes out to all our visiting teams and their officials and supporters. I hope you all enjoy your visit to us today, but not too much!!
The last campaign was not easy for us, but already this coming season is looking a great deal better. The atmosphere amongst the senior players has a much improved “Buzz” about it now. They are training hard in good numbers, and are competing for places in the starting line ups. We have had a number of past players return to us having been, how shall I put it….., led astray by other clubs, not least the talented and motivational duo of “Irish” and Gav Rhodes who will be leading the rebuilding of our Falcons development team, and we also have many new faces joining our senior squad, and I am sure they will be a very welcome addition during the season as absences and injuries take a toll on our players.
The new league structure means that we will have 2 fewer home games, and in total, four extra weekends without a 1st team game. On the other hand, with now eight Yorkshire teams in our league the number of local derbies is a mouth-watering prospect, and I hope that many of you will make the shortish journeys to support our team on the away fixtures. For some of the longer 1st XV away games there will be a coach with spare seats that those who wish can, for the token sum of £10, avail themselves of. All support for the teams helps whether it is for the 1st team, Falcons, George Hinchliffe’s boys in the 3rd XV, Academy, Ladies, or mini and Juniors. Please come on down and encourage the teams in our famous White, Claret and Gold shirts. Yes, that’s right “White, Claret and Gold shirts”! We are reverting to the traditional kit, along with white shorts for all our senior teams this season, along with a new black kit for away games.
Finally Ladies and Gentlemen, I am confident that this is going to be a great rugby season, all the components have been put in place. Let us put the trials and tribulations of the past campaign behind us, and look forward with optimism. Let’s get behind all our teams and cheer on every one of our players. I want to hear ringing out at every pitch where a Huddersfield team are playing ….… UP THE FIELD
Huddersfield RUFC President