As any supporter of a sports club knows, the season is usually a rollercoaster ride with good wins and bad losses. Ours has been no different.However, on the season as a whole, the team put in a magnificent effort in getting into the top four. This was also recognised by the wider rugby community with Richard and Brandon being nominated for their respective awards which were thoroughly deserved.
The Reserves season was again one of uncertainty over fixtures but in each game, they played with their hearts on their sleeves, with a particular standout performance in beating St Helens at Ovenden Park. The true benefit of having a Reserves team was once again evident with Will Calcott making his first-team debut in 2017. The really good news is that we will have a Reserves Squad for next season which will, of course, be fully supported by your Trust.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU to you all for your support this season as without it we would not have had a Reserves Squad.Your Trust Board will now be carrying out a full review of the year and putting together plans for next season and the details will follow once they have been finalised. If you have any thoughts, ideas or wish to get involved please do not hesitate to contact us, the details are at the bottom of this page.
The Trust was proud to continue its sponsorship of the Reserve Squad and would like to thank all our fans for their support and generosity. We thank all who have sponsored the Team, and also 3 of the home games. We were also able to sell shirts from previous seasons, (raiding Hilda’s cupboard!) plus auctioning a shirt signed by the 1987 Cup Winning Team, all raising a substantial amount. We have been able to increase our number of Raffles this year and we thank the Club for allowing us to do this.
Once again we are indebted to Peter McNamara for his on-going support of our Quiz Nights and the Fun Day at the Ivy House, and likewise to Neil Arber for his continuing contributions from his Away Coach Travel and Club 1873. Neil has also paid for a part of the away travel for the Reserves directly from this income. Thanks also to Stephen Thomas for continuing his Fantasy RL, all who helped on the Market Stall, and Donations given by supporters. Others to thank include Hilda’s Every Penny Counts and Sue’s Meal Deal.
Not to be forgotten are our loyal fans, who regularly chip into our Blue Buckets on match days and contribute in many other ways, including monthly Membership payments of varying amounts.
We’re looking forward to supporting our Reserves in 2018 – we wish them and the first team good luck and every success in the coming season.
Zach and Alicia Kelsall
Margaret Schofield & Barbara Scott
Alan Bennett & Jo Crossley
John & Linda Kitson
Adrian Rose Consulting
2017 Fundraising efforts (to 30th September)
Membership subs £2271
Pledge collections £2516
Away Coaches & Club 1873 £2901
Sponsorship of reserves £1825
Entrance Fees to reserve matches £2581
Auctions/sale of shirts £1692
Meal deal £940
Fantasy RL £710
Market Stalls £347
Other income £253
2017 Spending (to 30th September)
Donations to HRLFC £19,352
Reserve Players Support for Internationals x 2 £200
Supporters direct subs £100
FCA subs £60
Trust website £52
Accounting Fees £175
Fantasy RL Prize Monies £40
Other sundry expenses £510