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Roundup on action early
in the 2003 season...
Whitehaven 54 (16) Dewsbury 10 (6)
Tries came from Hill (2),
Hutton (2), Joe, Jacko, Steve Wood, Lester and Fatialofa.
In the end an emphatic victory
for the Haven , secured on the back of a tremendous second half
display , and a deserved place in the Arriva Trains Cup semi
The first half wasn't a great spectacle for the 1500 fans who
turned up ,as Haven made too many mistakes and gave away possesion
to the Yorkshiremen .It was 6 all on the half hour mark with
Cumbrians only try coming from Glen Hutton plus a darren Holt
goal , just before the break Haven added tries from Leroy Joe
and Mark Jackson to establish a flattering 16-6 half time lead
The second half was a differant story as a rejuvinated Haven
totally out classed the visitors It was one way traffic as Haven
scored a further 6 tries through Howard Hill (2) ,Aaron Lester,
David Fatialofa ,Steven Wood with Glen Hutton bagging his second
of the afternoon the scoring was completed with a total of 9
goals from kicker Darren Holt .
A number of eye catching individula performances with David Fatialofa
getting the official man of the match award, though Howard Hill
and Leroy Joe both had outstanding games .
Haven now travel to face Leigh Centurions in the Semi Final on
June 8 th .A tough game and one where they will definitley be
underdogs however there is a steely determination to go one better
than last season when they lost in the semi final to Hull KR
. If they can reproduce today's second half form then Steve McCormacks
men could well progress.
Fielded: Gary Broadbent, Steve Wood, David Seeds, Howard Hill,
Glen Hutton, Leroy Joe, Darren Holt, Gary Smith, Aaron Lester,
David Fatialofa, Dean Vaughan, Spencer Miller, Gary Purdham
Subs: Lee Kiddie, Marc Jackson, Carl Sice, Ryan Campbell
Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick
Excitement and Div One Points
Haven 26 (16-2) 2 Hull
All the action....
In blustery May winds Haven walked
all over the visiting Yorkshiremen.
Unbeaten Record continues
Haven 28-20 (16-8) Chorley
Action from the game
Once again Leroy Joe earned the Man
of Match accolade. He opened the scoring in first half of this
error prone performance by a Haven squad that failed to seize
Joe's opener was converted
by Holt. But soon Redford responded for Chorley, converted by
McCulley. Chorley then inched ahead from a penalty. The off-side
rules didn't seem to apply for much of this first half as Chorley
players took breathers regardless of where the ball was being
played. Nippy Holt created a try and also converted his own effort.
Skipper Aaron Lester then took charge to set up a try for O'Neil
to leave it 16-8 at half time.
In the second half Holt added a penalty following a neck tackle
by a Lynx player.McConnel then made a try for the visitors, this
was converted to make it 18-14. Leroy Joe then nipped and tucked
to dive through for a solo try , converted by Holt. Wallace got
a cheer when he bundled a Chorley defender into touch just five
yards out. Sadly this was not capitalised on and Holt took a
knock which had him walked off injured. Chris McKinney then dramatically
crashed in just by the corner flag. Dave Seeds failed this conversion.
Bretherton got a consolation try for Chorley, which was converted.
The squad welcomed back Mark Wallace returning after a serious
arm injury laid him off for lengthy treatment.
Haven: Broadbent, O'Neil, Seeds, Hill, Wallace, Joe, Holt, Vaughan,
Lester, McKinney, Chambers, Morton, Miller. Subs: Kiddie, L Smith,
G Smith, Fatialofa.
Chorley: McCully, Ramsdale, Redford, Kilgannon, Garcia, Bretherton,
Gambles,Street, McConnell, Whittle, Bloor, Johnson, Hodgson.
Subs: Patel, Bradish,Rowley, Parry.Referee: Julian King (St Helens).
Four tries from the ever inventive and quick thinking Leroy Joe.
Also tries from Aaron Lester, Darren Holt and newcomer Jamie
Stenhouse. Holt kicking five conversions in very blustery conditions.
Gate was just under 1,000. Referee: Mark Dawber
Squad: Paul O'Neill, Steve
Wood, David Seeds, Howard Hill, Jamie Stenhouse, Leroy Joe, Darren
Holt, Gary Smith, Aaron Lester, David Fatialofa, Spencer Miller,
Graeme Morton, Gary Purdham ; Lee Kiddie, Ryan Campbell, Tony
Cunningham, Mike Whitehead
Haven 36 (12-14) 14 Town
The fans saw a lacklustre
first half from Haven that saw Town on top at the interval. In
fact the best side won in the first half.
Coach McCormack must have told the lads to stir themselves. Despite
the best efforts of Lewthwaite the squad followed Lester's lead
and started to rack up a series of tries to lift the spirits
at the Kells end. There was certainly none of the well earned
excitement of the Brow-Town battle! Among those watching Haven's
mixed fortunes was Paul Cullen.
Tries for Haven from Hill, Kiddie, Morton, Tony Cunningham,Lester(2)O'Neill.
Man of the Match quite rightly was Aaron Lester.
Barrow Border Raiders 18 - 30 Whitehaven
A fairly easy win
as Haven confirmed their position at the top of Arriva Trains
Cup North Group. Their third straight win in this competition
however was not plain sailing as the team seemed to lose their
way either side of half time after building up a healthy 18-2
lead in the first quarter .
Paul Oneil opened the scoring in the 3 rd minute as he latched
onto a kick fumble by Barrow to open Havens account. Two well
worked tries by David Seeds and Graeme Morton, both crafted by
Leroy Joe plus three Darren Holt conversions extended the lead
to 16 points by the end of the first quarter. Barrow may have
upped their game or did haven take their foot of the the gas?
You decide !!!!! but the remainder of the first half remained
Some anxious moments for the Haven after the restart as a series
of unforced errors presented the Barrow winger Marshall with
two touchdowns . Both were converted and Barrow were right back
in it at 14-18.
It was the Haven who showed greater composure as try provider
Leroy Joe turned try scorer with two short range tries, plus
a further two Holt goals to put the Haven into a matchwinning
30 -14 lead, only for Barrow to score right at the death to make
the final score 30-18 .
Another solid performance from the Haven, though you get the
feeling that we still have a lot left in the tank .Star men for
the Haven, Leroy Joe once again and Graeme Morton. One cause
for concern Phil Sherwen left the field in the first half and
did not re-appear .
Rhinos had their expected win in the Cup. 46-6 full time. But Whitehaven were not overawed
See all the Action...
Chorley win was Emphatic
Chorley 2-28 Haven
*Meanwhile No slip ups
for Haven after an easy 66-6 win on Sunday over visiting Cottingham.
Tries for the home side from Seeds (3) Hill (3), Holt, McKinney,
Leigh Smith, Phil Sherwen, Miller, Fatialofa and Kiddie.Goal
from Holt (5) O Neil (2)
Over 3,000 fans were
treated to one of the most exciting recent RL contests as Brow
had hearts of Lions to beat the pros from Town 13-12...one drop
goal from Carl Rudd was the clincher. But later there was controversy...for
full details and match report go to sportspecial
Rocking and Rollin
Many new faces in the Haven squad as visiting Gateshead bravely
failed to hold the home side.
Ginger haired Gary Broadbent was soon on the score sheet following
an opener from Graham Morton.
Newcomer John Lebbon was tireless in trying to exploit opening
and got his first Haven try in the second half.
Holt and Leroy Joe worked perfectly together and Mike Whitehead
was a real road runner bursting through on several occasions
to give Haven excellent yardage.
Holt proved as reliable as Steve Kirbride in slotting home the
conversions, even one way out on the wing after Lebbon's touchdown.
Marc Jackson acquited himself well in the second half. He scored
twice as did Lester and Leigh Smith. Howard Hill was chomping
at the bit for his share but didn't make it onto the scoresheet
All in all Haven showed that with a bit more gelling together
they have what it takes to take the cup. Official Man of the
Match was Deano, but several other contenders should have been
in the frame.
The only let down was allowing the late consolation try for Thunder.
Ready for an even better Season...
The League action starts
on Good Friday April 18 when we entertain Salford...
What a Waste!
Things have hit such a low
at Derwent Park that Town have pulled out of the Boxing Day derby
match with their chairman saying the players "won't be fit
enough" according to the News and Star.
Super League becomes Possible
Grant aid and support
from Copeland Council and Rugby League opens up possible SL standard
stadium to put Haven on the map as THE place for top level RL
Signings...full house at 31
Haven have signed Gary
Broadbent (26) from Salford. Broadbent hails from Barrow originally
and is expected to play as full-back.
He joins a Haven side that
goes from strength to strength after the signing of ex Warrington
ace centre Jamie Stenhouse (Warrington's U-21 player-of-the-year
two seasons ago) and ex-Town's Steve Wood.
This followed the long awaited signing of Barrow scum-half Darren
Holt on a two-year deal.
Holt, 25, had been torn between loyalty to Barrow - where he
lives - and the chance of First Division rugby with Haven.
Director Barry Richardson said Haven were delighted to have signed
"Better than the
Oscars" said Director Des Byrne as supporters cheered on
the winners of the season's awards at the Recre on Friday. Among
those giving the congratulations was Paul Cullen up to give his
Leroy Joe rightly won three trophies; Player of the Season; Players
Player and Support Group's Player of the Year.
Gary Purdham was Directors' Player of the Year.
Paul O'Neil won Most Improved Player of the Year award. Mark
Wallace took the Away Supporters' Plauyer of the Year prize and
Ryan Campbell the Academy Player of the Year trophy.
Player Points-last season's
We have updated
the final tally of player points...see
how the season totals ended. Steve Kirkbride still top point
winner but good to see Leigh Smith shooting up the reckoning.
The new Away Strip..Xmas
pressy idea solved
Whitehaven Rugby League FC are pleased to announce a extension
to their current agreement with Sports Wear suppliers Exito Sports
for the 2003 season .Replica jerseys of the new design will be
available for the Christmas market. (Price is £39.99 and
we are taking orders. A deposit of £15 secures ..orders
can be sent to the Club offices at Coach Road)Exito will also
produce an exclusive training wear and leisure wear range featuring
the club colours and logos .
Whitehaven director Dave Farrell
says The playing kit Exito supplied for the 2002 season
proved very popular not only with the players , but also our
supporters who purchased the Replicas in large numbers . We are
delighted that Exito ,who supply a number of Super League clubs
, have chosen to extend their kit agreement with the club, and
look forward to a successful 2003 in Exito kit .
Steven Newell of Exito Sports
said We have enjoyed our association with Whitehaven, are
very pleased to be able to extend it and are looking forward
to bringing a greater range of merchandise to the Club's fervent
Richardson on Friday welcomed aboard 29 year old Steve McCormack,
another Super League coach bringing his skills to Haven.Barry
Richardson said "Whitehaven Rugby League Club are delighted
to announce the appointment of Steve McCormack, who's replacing
Paul Cullen who did an excellent job for Whitehaven before moving
on to Super League Warrington.''Steve was previously coach at
Salford - Super League. He's also been Great Britain's academy
some of the highlights of a great year......2002