Welcome to The Hunslet Club March News Letter! This is our new way to document everything we do and achieve. This will be published on the 4th of each month, and will have a summary of our Hunslet Club highlights. The following post will be wrapping up everything that has happened in March!
Imran’s 5 Aside Fundraiser
We are so proud to be able to say our community came out to support this event in full force on Saturday the 5th of March. Luckily, for the first time that week, the sun was shining, which set us up for a great start to the day. We had 20 brilliant teams compete for a trophy over the tournament, as large crowds gathered to cheer from the sidelines. There was something for everyone at this fundraiser as the five-a-side matches were accompanied by a barbecue, sweet stall, tuck shop, music and bar, as well as inflatables and games for all to enjoy.
Seeing everyone come together in memory and celebration of such a fantastic coach and individual, who played such a significant role here at The Hunslet Club, was truly touching and we couldn’t have asked for a better turn out. We celebrated Imran’s life with the sport he loved most, in order to raise money to support those closest to him. By the end of the day we had raised a great amount of money and 100% of the proceeds were given to the cause. Thank you to everyone who attended and made the day possible including; Hunslet Club staff, volunteers and football coaches like, Miller Davies, who donated their time to ensure that the day would always be one to remember.
Our Hunslet Club rogues are working hard in rehearsal for SIX: The Musical: A contemporary and thought provoking twist on the story of Henry the 8th and his six wives. Our brilliant actors are now rehearsing for hours every single week in the lead up to perfect every, song, scene and routine as we edge closer to the 27th and the 28th of May, along with the rest of the cast who are to be announced!
A full cast list and trailer will be hitting our social media pages very soon. To find these, make sure to follow the event on Facebook or follow our Instagram page @TheHunsletClub so you don’t miss out. We can’t wait to see these guys live on stage and you can too! This show is open to the general public as well as club members, so feel free to bring friends and family to enjoy another brilliant community event, centred around an evening of light-hearted entertainment. Tickets range from Free for under 12s to just £3.00 for all adults. A direct ticket link is available at the bottom of this page.
Flying Start to New Season for Hunslet Club Parkside – National Conference League Premier Division – Round 1
Egremont Rangers 0 v 28 Hunslet Club Parkside
Saturday 5th March 2022 at Gillfoot Park, Egremont
The opening Round of the NCL Premier Division 2022 season saw Hunslet Club Parkside make the long journey north-west to take on Cumbrian opponents Egremont Rangers at their picturesque Gillfoot Park ground. A resounding 28 – 0 victory made it an excellent start to the new league season.
Four Betfred Challenge Cup ties had provided a tough “pre-season” for Parkside who, by way of contrast, were playing against a side with just two friendlies played against local teams behind them. The previous weekends tough 4th Round Cup tie against Sheffield Eagles resulted in a number of injuries that saw the Old Boys go into this week’s game shorn of the services of Jamie Fields, George Clarke, Danny Lidbury and Liam Thompson but strength in depth within the camp meant that the players brought in all served the cause well.
A five try to none victory began with wing Will Cohen crossing in the corner in the 12th minute. The first 40 saw two more tries to the visitors going to Ritchie Westwood and Connor Squires, both converted by Andy Hullock for a healthy 16 – 0 half time lead. The second half saw Ritchie Westwood go over for his second try on 56 minutes with Hullock again converting and on 71’ centre Omar Alrawi adding the final try following the sin binning of Egremont’s Pat Wells for a high shot. Hullock’s fourth successful conversion bringing the final score to a handsome 28-0 victory for the team.
Captain Ben Shulver was happy with the win, but thought there was more to come from the team:
“Yes I think that was a really good result, especially coming on the long journey up here and it being the first League game of the season. It’s always good when you “nil” the opposition and I still feel we had a few gears left in us!”
Hunslet Club Parkside: Craig McShane, Will Cohen, Jake Dearden, Omar Alrawi, Connor Squires, Andy Hullock, Ritchie Westwood, Elliot Morgan, Casey Canterbury, Jack Briggs, Kieran Murphy, Harry Dodd, Ben Shulver (c). Subs: Joe Taylor, Kieran Webster, Wayne Foster, Mikey Waite.
Hunslet Club Parkside Player of the Match: Craig McShane
Egremont Rangers: Sam Appleby, Fraser McNee, Leon Crellin, Matthew Hutchins, James Newton, Matthew Bewsher, Kristian Tyson, Tom Horner, Sean Mumberson, Brad Long, Aaron Turnbull, Keiran Glen, Pat Wells. Subs: Toby Corrie, Mitchell Edwards, Jenson Burney, Jake McBride.
Sin bin: Pat Wells for a high shot 70’.
Egremont Rangers Player of the Match: Toby Corrie
– By Guest Writer Phil Goodfield
Youth Club Guest Speaker, Mo
On Wednesday the 10th of March, we had a guest speaker provide a well needed talk to our young people about the dangers of Nitrous Oxide. Nitrous Oxide (commonly known as laughing gas or ‘nos’) is a dangerous recreational drug, which is easily accessible for young people to buy, in the form of ‘cream chargers’; used to whip cream. These products are not made to be inhaled and can cause serious health problems when taken directly for human consumption.
Mo’s story provided a young person’s perspective and gave our attendees a look into the life of someone who had been through the negative effects of Nitrous Oxide use. When he was younger, he developed a B12 deficiency due to using the drug with friends. This caused bruising on the spinal chord, resulting in him eventually becoming paralysed. Mo’s mum also attended to give her perspective and explain how this had effected the family. Luckily, unlike many others who fall victim to spinal chord damage and as a result of drug use, Mo has been able to regain cognitive functions, alongside physiotherapy and years of retraining his muscles.
In order to try to ensure other young people are not tempted by this, Mo is now visiting schools, youth groups, colleges and other centres for teenagers to add some reality to what he described as a ‘myth’ previous to the incident that would change his life forever.
Rugby Juniors Play At Headingley Stadium!
On Thursday the 10th of March, one of our junior rugby teams were invited to play at Headingley Stadium! After a brilliant performance at South Leeds Stadium last month, these guys were ready to get out in front of the audience and show off some of their skills during half time. Again, they went on and made us all proud performing to a very high level for such a young team.
Opportunities like this are so important to encourage young people in sport to chase their dreams and set personal goals . Moreover, they are creating unforgettable memories for themselves and their supporters. The Hunslet Club want to say a huge thank you to Leeds Rhinos/Leeds Rhinos Foundation and their brilliant coaches and volunteers for making this possible.
HUNSLET CLUB UNDER 11’S TAKE HOME THE LEEDS & DISTRICT CUP!
On Sunday the 20th of March, the Hunslet Club under 11’s team won the Leeds and District Cup! This was the result of the highly anticipated final game against Pannal Ash at Whitkirk FC. After a brilliant performance, encouraged by the support of the crowds from the sidelines, they defeated the opposition with a massive 6-1 win. On the morning of the 20th, the team got on a mini bus to the venue as excitement and nerves began to set in. However, once they set foot on the pitch their sights were set on winning the Leeds and District Cup, making history for us all here at The Hunslet Club, as no other junior football team have ever achieved this before!
Flying through the competition this season, the team have been developing and improving like no other junior football team have before. The pace of their progress since their initial foundation (beginning in 2017) has been a brilliant journey for everyone to follow and support at The Hunslet Club.
In the very first round of this competition, these boys set their pace with a 14-1 result against East Leeds Tigers. Their confidence as individual sportsmen and as a team has proliferated rabidly during this time despite difficult draws being consistent throughout. Their focus shifted from simply joining a weekly sports session to playing for their team and making the club, family, friends, coaches and fellow players proud. We can’t begin to explain how proud we are of these young lads, as well as their coaches, volunteers and supporters who are with them every step of the way!
The Hunslet Club Easter Party –
The Hunslet Club is the place to be with your little ones on Easter Sunday!
Throughout the duration of the event from 12:00PM until 2:30PM we are going to have multiple arts and crafts stations, a sweet stall, bun stall, face painting, music, a bouncy castle and even a visit from the Easter bunny, who will give out Easter eggs to some very lucky boys and girls.
We will also be hosting an Easter bonnet competition where you can bring along your best Easter bonnet and show off your decorating skills. Then, when we have all of our submissions, they will be called to the stage where we will pick some very lucky winners to receive prizes!