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Cullen's Widnes pip us at the Post

Play offs September 10 2009
Widnes 26-21 Whitehaven

Haven: Benson, Eilbeck, R Jackson, McAvoy, Calvert, Rudd, Joe, Amor, Mattinson, Edmondson, S Miller, Gorski, Thornley. Subs: M Jackson, C Smith, D Miller, R Fox.
Tries: Joe, R Jackson, Amor; Goals: Rudd 4, 1 drop-goal

Vikings: Dodd, Flynn, Hartley, Grady, Varkulis, Thackeray, Webster, Ostick, Smith, Gannon, Grayshon, Fletcher, Doran. Subs: Kavanagh, Yates, Houghton, Hulme. Tries: Grady, Hartley 2, Thackeray, Webster; Goals: Hartley 3
Sunday September 6 final score.. Leigh 47...Haven 14...

Haven struggled after Jamie Theoharous, Scott McAvoy and Andy Gorski and winger Ade Adebisi have all gone down with the the swine flu bug. Ged Very Disappointed with Haven display....Next round sees Sheffield host Featherstone and Widnes host Whitehaven. Leigh were relegated from the Co-operative Championship. The Centurions will join Doncaster in Championship I in 2010 despite gaining the 47-14 win over Whitehaven.
Meanwhile Town's Dave Bowden admit no new stadium possible for Workington.

Haven 20 Batley 12
(Sunday 16th Aug)
Tries McAvoy, Amor and Theoharous...goals from Carl Rudd and Gregg McNally. Simpson and Mennell scoring for Batley.
Haven: C.Benson,S.McAvoy, C.Calvert, G.Mattinson, K.Edmondson, J.Theoharous, A.Adebisi, P.Ballard, C.Rudd, L.Joe, A.Gorski, S.Miller, H.Hill; K.Amor, G.McNally, R.Jackson, Andrew Thornley.
Bulldogs: J.McGillvary,J.Campbell, P.Mennell, L.Stenchion, C.Potter, A.Lindsay, I.Preece, D.Maur, K.Crouthers, P.Handforth, K.Lythes, B.Smith; D.Tootill, J.Gallagher, J.Simpson, M.Toohey.

Halifax Result
Fax 42 Haven 50
Halifax scorers; D.Larder, P.Smith, J.Haley, (2) R.Worrincy, S. Royston, J.Goddard and S.Penkywicz. Goals L.Patterson.
Haven Tries from Craig Calvert (4), Derry Eilbeck (2), Theoharous, Edmondson and Ian Thornley.
Goals Rudd,M.Jackson (3) Leroy Joe (3).

Squad: Haven; C.Benson, Calvert, S.McAvoy, D.Eilbeck, G.Mattinson, K.Edmondson, J.Theoharous, C.Rudd, L.Joe, S.Miller, A.Gorski,H.Hill; R.Jackson, K.Amor, I.Thornlkey, C.Smith and M.Jackson.
Gate over 2,000.

Eagles beaten

Sunday August 2 2009
Haven 36 Sheffield 34
Attendance 1850

Ref; Rob Hicks

Haven try scorers: Kyle Amor, Andy Gorski, Craig Calvert (2) and Jamie Theoharous (2) Rudd kicked six goals.

Sheffield scorers: Danny Mills, Sam Barlow, Menzie Yere, Brendon Lindsay, Kyle Wood, Mitchell Stringer. Goals from Woodcock and Stringer.
Haven squad: D.Eilbeck,Scott Losthouse, S.McAvoy, C.Calvert, K.Amor, G.Mattinson, K.Edmondson, J.Theoharous, R.Jackson, C.Rudd, L.Joe, S.Miller, A.Gorski;G.McNally, Ian Thornley, H.Hill and M.Jackson.
Sheffield: J.Woodcock, D.Mills, M.Yere, R.Hepworth, C.Cook, A.Szostak, T.Exton, D.Gibson, A.Thackeray, K.Wood, B.Lindsay, M.Stringer, P. Green; T.Ropati, M.Haley,J.Hirst,S.Barlow.

Emphatic Win and record Gate

Haven 28 - Barrow 4

Haven were in Pink power strip for this Derby. Tries from Ballard, Calvert (running the length of the pitch!), Gorski and Rob Jackson (2) Goals (4) by Gregg McNally. Barrow try scorere was J.Nixon. Ref C. Halloran and a healthy gate of 2,708, was that thanks to the CFM boost?
Haven: Ballard, Eilbeck, R Jackson, McAvoy, Calvert, Rudd, McNally, Amor, Joe, Edmondson, S Miller, Gorski, Theoharous. Subs: M Jackson, Hill, McDonald, Mattinson

Tries: Ballard, Calvert, Gorski, R Jackson 2; Goals: McNally 4

Barrow Raiders: Broadbent, Larkin, Bauer, Harrison, Nixon, Luisi, Rooney, McDermott, Mossop, Butler, Bracek, Ostler, Noone. Subs: Ellis, Young, Thompson, McKenna

WHITEHAVEN Rugby League club posted their largest crowd of the season for
the Cumbrian derby win against Barrow – and that was despite the game being
shown on live television.
The official attendance given on the night and in the media was 2,708 – but
that was before the 279 ladies from the midnight walk who’d come along were
added, meaning there were actually 2,987 in attendance. That is over 900
more than have attended any other game this season and only a couple of
hundred short of their record crowd of recent years, when 3,366 turned up
to watch them play Castleford in 2007 -- although that number was without
question swelled by several hundred supporters travelling from Yorkshire.

On Thursday the Recre was rocking and Haven, resplendent in a pink charity
strip, responded with one of their finest performances of the season to see
off title challenging Barrow. The pink kit was in order to raise funds for the Henderson Suite at West Cumberland Hospital – something close to Haven hearts with promising prop
forward Andrew Jones having been treated there. Over £10,000 was raised for the ward – an incredible effort during these difficult economic times.

Chairman Dick Razz, who had flown back from a business meeting in Atlanta
especially for the game said: “I wish to record my heart felt thanks to all
those who came along to the Recre to watch the game last Thursday evening.

“We had a record turn out for the season and managed to raise significant
funds for a much needed and very worthy local cause. It was a fabulous community event, a real spectacle, with dance troupes, youth teams, mascots a drum band.

“What topped it off was a great performance on the pitch and exemplary
support from our fans off the pitch it. Wherever you turned there was a swathe of Pink, everyone entered into the spirit of the event, the atmosphere was positively carnival.
The fans rose to the challenge and did Copeland proud – it was a night to

Haven general manager Nigel Beaty said: “We’ve been trying a few things to
get people along to the games and boost the attendances. It is always a
worry when the game is on TV that people might choose the comfort of their
sofas and the detail of their high definition TVs – but I honestly believe
that nothing beats watching live sport at the ground.

“There were clearly a lot of people who turned out to support us last week
who don’t always come to the home games, for some people it might have been
their first time ever at the Recre.

“I can’t believe that anyone could have failed to have enjoyed the game and
the atmosphere that was created, and all I can now ask is that, if you did,
you come back and support us again in the future.

“Our next home game is against Sheffield on August 2nd, and tickets are now
on sale!”

Amor Signs...

Thursday 9th July 2009

Whitehaven Rugby League Football Club is proud to announce a formal relationship with Super League champions Leeds Rhinos – and that one of our young stars has signed for them. Kyle Amor, who has quickly become the cornerstone of the Haven pack in his debut season with the club, has been snapped up by the Rhinos after a string of top class performances for our club in The Co-operative Championship this season. The deal to take the talented young prop to the champions will see a link up between Haven and the Rhinos, with Amor, 22, being available to play for Haven for throughout the next three years – provided he isn’t on first team duty in Yorkshire – as part of a wider partnership agreement between the two clubs. Director Tim Knowles said: “The club policy is that we never stand in the way of a young player wanting to join a Super League club.
“With the way Kyle has performed this season it was a matter of time before Super League clubs came in for him and all we could do is make sure that we got the best deal possible. We’ve done that – this is the best deal for the club and the best deal for Kyle.”

Calvert the Flying Winger

Clammy heat, but Haven saw off visiting Leigh with a four tries from Craig Calvert, two from Adebisi. Gregg McNally kicked five goals and Leroy added a goal. According to message board pundit:"Theo's 1 on 1 steal when the scores were 22 all was the gamebreaker "
Scorers for Leigh; Alstead, Durbin, Maden and Wtason. Mort was their kicker.
Haven squad: McAvoy, Calvert, McNally, Amor, Theoharous, Edmondson, Adebisi, P.Ballard, R.Jackson, L.Joe, A.Gorski, S. Miller and M. Jackson; C.Smith, M.Tunstall, R.McDonald and H.Hill.
Leigh:Mort, Stanton, Alstead, Hithway, C.Hill, D.Armitstead, Leuluai, Maden, Nanyn, I.Watson, A.Hobson, D.McConnell, A.Smith; M.Morrison, M.Castle, Meekin and Durbin.

Gate was 1310.


Whitehaven 50 Doncaster 12

Haven: Lebbon, Adebisi, McAvoy, R Jackson, Ballard, Rudd, McNally, Radovanovic, Theoharous, Edmondson, S Miller, Hill, Joe. Subs: C Smith, Gorski, Tunstall, Amor

Tries: McNally, Amor 2, R Jackson, Ballard 3, C Smith, Adebisi; Goals: McNally 7

Doncaster: Bauer, Colton, Cody, Opie, Reittie, Weedon, Cook, Haley, Steen, Benson, Castle, Divorty, Bassinder. Subs: Smith, Ellerey, Bovil, Palmer

Tries: Bassinder, Cook; Goals: Weedon 2

Attendance: 1,362

Referee: Gary Dolan

Batley defeat
Batley 48-24 Whitehaven
Batley: Preece; Campbell, Crouthers, Maun, McGilvary; Handforth, Mennell; Watson, Lythe, Potter, Buttery, Smith, Gallagher. Substitutes (all used): Greenwood, Lindsay, Simpson, Toothill.

Tries: McGilvary (5), Potter, Crouthers, Simpson.

Goals: Mennell 7/7 McGilvary 1/1.

Whitehaven: Lebbon; Adebisi, McAvoy, Jackson, Ballard; Rudd, McNally; Amor, Joe, Edmondson, Miller, Gorski, Barker. Substitutes (all used): Smith, Hill, Radovanovic, Miller.

Tries: Adebisi, Joe, Gorski, Rudd.

Goals: McNally 3/3 Rudd 1/1.

Referee: Dave Merrick (Castleford).

Penalties: 9-7.

Attendance: 627.

New Signings and Superleague Prospects

Back on the Haven Board for last night's agm (May 21st
), Mr Ralph Calvin was able to announce new signings to bolster the team. Stating "we have got to have the team performing well to get spectators through the turnstiles" he said a centre was to be signed from Celtic Crusaders for a month's loan, three French players had also been signed for a month's trial on 'good terms' and he hoped to sign three rising academy youngsters this week.(News expected in tomorrows media)The signings come after winger Craig Calvert's broken arm ended his season.

The meeting heard from chairman Dick Raaz that although the accounts up to December 2008 showed a loss of £100,000, and the new board found it had inherited a club "that had been close to demise", and had been "within a hair's breadth of going under" things were now more positive. Treasurer Michael Wood was able to state that HM Revenues had agreed to an 'arrangement over time' with the club over dealing with tax owed.

Mr Raaz said the players had, after hard negotiations, agreed to new contracts. Under the old contracts Mr Raaz admitted that at some games expenses were exceeding income and it had reached a point where "we couldn't afford (financially) to win" because of the winning bonuses that had to be paid. He said the players had come to understand that "the situation was so dire that the contracts would have been worthless to them if they had no club to play for."

Looking to the future Mr Raaz hinted that progress was being made towards a new stadium that would qualify Haven to be considered for superlague in 2011. Both he and fellow director Tim Knowles said that the club's fight for a long lease on the Recreation ground was now backed by the ability to seek a compulsory purchase order. Mr Knowles a powerful figure on Copeland Council's Executive said "We have retained legal advice...ready." But Mr Raaz also said he hoped such a compulsory order would not be necessary to complete negotiations. "We intend to be ready for Superleague 2011, we haven't taken our eye off the ball" added Mr Raaz. Mr Kenny Shepherd asked whether the supporters and shareholders would be consulted before any stadium trust deal was set up. Mr Raaz assured the sudience that: "the club will be able to control its own future whatever stadium trust is set up. There are no backroom deals being done." Coun Cath Giel, another of the new directors brought in after Copeland council stepped in as guarantors for certain loans, said: "We have strengthened the management structure and now have two managers taking the club forward."

The club's profit and loss accounts for the year ended December 31 2008 showed the accumulated loss carried forward had risen from £278,191 for 2007 to £371,765 for 2008.


Away win at Gateshead
Gateshead 34-Haven 38

Two tries each from Calvert and McNally. Rudd, Rob Jackson and McAvoy also touched down. Gregg kicked five goals.

Incredible Amor!

Sky viewers enjoyed an RL treat as the Haven youngsters played out of their skins to send Mr Cullen a sadder man back down the M6.
Full time April 7 2009 Haven 26 (6-12)Widnes 22

Edmondson was a fantastic first half battering-ram giving Gregg McNally space to deliver the first half points that saw Haven 12 -6 ahead. But Jamie Fletcher proved a slippery customer and the chilled fans warmed up as a nail-biting finish looked set to see Widnes fight back. But John Patrick, hurriedly rejoining the side from Scotland grabbed the winning corner try after Dexter Miller had the nowce to ground an incoming bomb that passed clean through Calvert's waiting arms. Smith and Amor seemed to have Red Bull wings for the duration. Haven are back again!
Gate over 2,000.

To Loose in Toulouse
Olympic 38 - Haven 12 on Saturday night in France...

"les Toulousains ont largement vaincu Whitehaven (38-12) et se retrouvent actuellement dans la première partie de tableau"...so now you know! Tries from Adebisi and Mattinson, goals by Manihera (welcome back) and McNally.

How they play in Romania!
Amazing scenes in this video clip!

Second Half Collapse
Haven 16 Featherstone 42
Sun 19 April 2009

Haven 16 Featherstone 42 Tries by McAvoy, McNally and Adebisi (Sunday 19th April)
Haven: Benson, Adebisi, McAvoy, Patrick, Calvert, Rudd, McNally, Amor, Mattinson, Edmondson, S Miller, Gorski, Joe. Subs: Theoharous, McDonald, M Jackson, D Miller

Tries: McAvoy, McNally, Adebisi; Goals: McNally 2

Rovers: Hardman, Smeaton, Kirk, Haughey, Steel, Harris, A Kain, Tonks, McLocklan, Dickens, Dale, Spears, Field. Subs: Lee, Fallon, Blakeway, S Kain

Tries: McLocklan 2, Field 2, Dale 2, Kain, Smeaton; Goals: Dickens 4, Harris 2

Attendance: 1,411/ Referee: Ronnie Laughton

Game of Two Halves..

Haven 18 ( 0-24) 24 Halifax.

Hard on heels of poor showing at Barrow Easter Monday saw Halifax totally dominate the first half. But Haven fought back for a thrilling second half that saw Fax not adding a single point. But superb creative play from young Gregg McNally (Man of the Match) was not enough for the Haven fight back to beat the final hooter. Adebisi made several bold break throughs but none of them had the legs or support to capitalise. Whitehaven were lighter in the pack and Halifax had the looks of a Superleague outfit, at least in the first period. Several high tackles on McNally slipped past the match officials yet Calvert was yellow carded in a second half spat.
Tries so far this season: Gregg McNally 14, Derry Eilbeck 4, Andy Gorski 4, Ade Adebisi 4, and John Patrick 4. GOALS: Gregg McNally 29, Carl Rudd 6, Marc Jackson 5.

Bit late now lad!...Fax try to arrest Gregg after one of his hatrtick tries..

Tries in first half fromBlack, Royston, Gleeson and Barker.Goals kicked by Govin. All Haven tries and conversion were by Gregg McNally.

Gate was just over 2,000
Ref J.Laughton

Dave Larder revisits Cumbria

Haven: Benson, Adebisi, Eilbeck, Patrick, Calvert, Rudd, McNally, Amor, G. Mattinson, Edmondson, Miller, Gorski Joe; M.Jackson, Theoharus, McAvoy, C.Long.

Halifax : Greenwood, Patterson, Barker, Royston,Haley, Watene, Black, James, Penkywicz, Larder, Roberts, Beswick, Gleeson, Tamghart,Worinky,Govin.

Barrow Raiders 18 Haven 12(Good Friday) tries from Leroy Joe and Gregg McNally

Havern Trio in Top Team

WHITEHAVEN coach Ged Stokes has been named League Weekly co-operative Championship Coach of the Month for March following Haven’s run of three wins from three games at the start of the Championship season.

Team of the month in full: Ian Mort (Leigh) Jermain McGilvery (Batley), Lee
Patterson (Halifax), Liam Harrison (Barrow), Paddy Flynn (Widnes) John
Duffy (Widnes) Gregg McNally (Whitehaven), Said Tamghart (Halifax) Andy
Ellis (Barrow) Karl Edmondson (Whitehaven) Dave Larder (Halifax) Michael
Knowles (Gateshead) Leroy Joe (Whitehaven).

Au Revoir
Haven 40 (12 - 24)Toulouse 26
Ref Robert Hicks. Gate 1,225
Andy Gorksi and Ryan McDonald were welcomed back to the starting line up with Chris Smith and Dexter Miller missing out on the side despite playing their part in the match against Featherstone.

Toulouse got off to a flying start and were 18-0 up after 11 minutes with tries from Nathan Wynn, Sebastien Payan and Rory Bromley, Wynn adding the extras to all three. Haven hit back on 14 minutes with Craig Benson going over and Andy Gorski closed the gap further on 30 minutes by grabbing his first try of the season.

Many Haven fans would have settled for 18-12 at half time but Constant Villegas had other ideas and crossed just before the half time hooter sounded to put the visitors 24-12 in the lead at the break.

Haven looked a different side after the restart with Gregg McNally scoring on 52 minutes, his 8th try in just 3 league games. Graeme Mattinson scooted over on 65 minutes and Scott McAvoy crashed over on 69 minutes, McNally adding the extras to all 3 tries.

John Patrick increased the lead on 72 minutes with McNally converting. Ade Adebisi rubbed salt in the wound for Toulouse by crossing in the final minute to deny the visitors a bonus point.


Winning Ways return
While off the pitch grumbles rumble on, the players have regained winning ways. After the Gateshead win Haven had an impressive away win at Featherstone. The front row was lacking regulars but this did not hold back Haven.
Sunday 22nd March 2009

Featherstone 26 (16-32) 52 Whitehaven

32 points for Gregg McNally helped Haven to a 52-26 victory over Featherstone Rovers at the Chris Moyles Stadium. His four tries and eight goals equalled the club's most points in a game record which is also held by Mick Nanyn who also scored 32 points at Batley.Tries: Joe, McNally 4, McAvoy, C Smith, R Jackson, Patrick; Goals: McNally 8!

Haven: Benson, Adebisi, R Jackson, Patrick, Eilbeck, Rudd, McNally, Edmondson, Mattinson, Joe, S Miller, McAvoy, Theoharous. Subs: D Miller, Long, Amor, C Smith.

Featherstone: Hardman, Price, Hirst, Saxton, Smeaton, Harris, Kain, Tonks, McLocklan, Dickens, Dale, Spears, Haughey. Subs: Fallon, Lee, Hesketh, Blakely. Try scorers: Hardman 2, Fallon, Kain, Dale; Goals: Harris 3.

Referee: Craig Halloran

Ged comments

At the fans' Forum on Thursday Ged Stokes outlined the difficulties with bringing over Soni Radavanich and Siai Makisi and his frustration with the RFL. The meeting also welcomed new general manager Nigel Beaty..
Pictures and report from the Fans night at www.Getnoticedonline.co.uk

What a difference a week makes!
Haven 42 Gateshead 18 (March15)
Tries from Edmondson, McNally (3) Eilbeck, Amor and Adebisi. McNally kicked seven goals.
Thunder tries from ThormanMcAlpine and Branighan. Knowles kicked three.

Much praise from fans for trialist Karl Long making his Whitehaven debut. Message board concerns over Lavulavu.

Ref.M. Thomason. Gate was 1,175...better than the 500 at Gateshead the week before!

Cottier Comments March 12.
Fantastic Wath Brow Hornets! What a second half performance! Well done Captain Gary Elliot (Who's dad John played for the Haven). Read more....

Whitehaven were ahead 32-38
when Cup game was allowed to slip.
Challenge Cup away at Gateshead March 8 2009
42 Gateshead - Whitehaven RL 38

Lavulavu red carded and Ex-Wath Brow winger Stewart Sanderson puts the knife in...
Even more embarassing..WATH Brow Hornets pulled off a victory over London Skolars in the Carnegie Challenge Cup - to book a place in the lucrative fourth round draw.

Try scorers for Haven : Jamie Theoharous, Adebisi (2) Benson, McNally (2), Eilbeck. Goals from McNally (2) and Rudd .
For Gateshead...Branighan (2), A.Henderson (2), K. Neighbour, Sanderson (2). Goals; M.Knowles (7).
Haven: Benson, Adebisi, R Jackson, Eilbeck, Calvert, Rudd, McNally, Lavulavu, Theoharous, Edmondson, Miller, Gorski, Joe. Subs: M Jackson, Amor, D Miller, McAvoy.

Referee: Dave Merrick
Attendance: 501

Close Fought
Leigh 24 Whitehaven 22
In front of 1,700 gate Haven almost took an important win. Haven tries from Eilbeck, McNally (2) and Lavolavu. Marc Jacko kicked 3 goals. Had it not been for a late McConnell try we would have been home and dry.Haven: Benson, Adebisi, R Jackson, Eilbeck, Calvert, Rudd, Theoharous, Lavulavu, Mattinson, Edmondson, S Miller, Gorski, Joe. Subs: McNally, M Jackson, Amor, D Miller.

Error prone Haven side were almost
out played by Town.

More action Pix

Haven 26 (6-12) 12 Town
Ref Peter Brook

Pic Jim Davis

The first half ended 6-12 to the visitors as Town had a more fluid style. The scores were stalemated at 12-12 for the opening half of the second spell.
Mattinson, who gained the Man of Match award opened the scoring and Marc Jackson converted while Town responded with a try from Jack Bedley, converted by Carl Forber. Town then went over again as ex-Haven's Neil 'Gus' Frazer scored. Forber again converted. Before a crowd of 1,300 Mattinson missed a chance to feed to three men waiting on the wing and soon after John Patrick dropped the ball just yards from the open line. Eventually Leroy Joe was able to set up John Patrick as Haven started to make inroads into a Town side that looked on the verge of a shock win. McNally converted Patrick's try and a penalty from McNally gave Haven a slender lead. Then Calvert and McNally wrapped it up with McNally converting both late tries.
Haven: Benson,Adebisi, R>Jackson, J.Patrick,Calvert, Rudd, Jamie Theoharus, Lavulavu, Mattinson, Edmondson, Miller, Gorski, Joe; McNally, M.Jackson, Tunstall and Amor.
Town: Frazer, Dawes, Beattie, Mossop, Marshall, Forber Roper, Brindle, Burgess, Stack, Whitehead, Coupar, Hobson,; B.Smith, Robinson, Bedley and Benjafield.

Cott suggests Ged needs to Get Real..surely not!

Whitehaven handed a tough tie away against Championship side Gateshead Thunder in the 3rd round of the Challenge Cup.

The match will be played on the weekend of the 7th/8th of March at The International Stadium, a week before Haven welcome Gateshead to the Recreation Ground for the first Championship game of the season.
36-6 defeat to York away Wednesday Feb 18 2009. Chris Smith try converted by Gregg McNally

Gorski Hat-trick

Haven 52- Batley 30
February 15 2009
Tries Calvert,Mattinson, Patrick,Gorski(3),Eilbeck, Joe and McNally.six goals from Rudd.Goals McNally(2).

Scorers for Batley: J.Gallagher, J.Simpson, D.Cordiss, G.Flanagan.
Goals Barlow (2) Flanagan (2)

Gregg Mc Nally stretchered off with leg injury.
Haven 0 (0-30) 58 Bradford

01/02/09 -Gate: 1856
Referee: James Child

They must feed them on big pies in Bradford!

The Bulls fielded a top side with eight on the bench including young Donaldson. They dominated throughout and Whitehaven were left reeling. To add to Whitehaven woes the referee failed to see when McNally was kicked in the face in the first half. In the second half the talented Haven player had to have his leg in splints as he was carried off the field of play.
Man of the Match for Whitehaven was Mark Bainbridge. Calvert twice rose to the challenge and brought down Bulls breakaways. In the first half John Patrickson achieved a touch down after a neat kick through from McNally but the ref disallowed the try. In the second half Chris Smith made a superb break on the left wing before being bundled into touch. But from start to finish it was an icy reminder for Whitehaven that Superleague is a whole different ball game. Young Donaldson came on in the second half and scored a try and conversion.

Tries: Burgess 2, Sykes, Tadulala 2, Menzies, Cook, Godwin, Deacon, Donaldson; Goals: Deacon 8, Donaldson 1
Haven: C.Benson, D.Eilbeck, R.Jackson, J.Patrick, C Calvert, M.Bainbridge, McNally, McDonald, Mattinson, Edmondson, Miller, Gorski and Leroy Joe. Subs C.Smith, Lavulavu, M. Jackson , J. Walker,Tunstall, Barker, Shackley, Campbell.

Bulls for today: M Platt, R. Sheriffe, C Nero, P Sykes, S Tadulala, W. Jefferies, P.Deacon, S.Burgess, T. Newton,N. Scruton,G. Morrison, S. Menzies,J. Langley. Subs: D.Solomona, N. Godwin, Cook, Kopczak, J. Crookes, Crossley, Worrincy, J. Donaldson.


UK's Border Paranoia scuppers
Danny's chances

29 Jan 2009 - Whitehaven are disappointed to announce that the appeal to keep Dan Russell at the club has failed. The panel who determined the outcome stated: “The Panel considered the additional information provided following the Panel meeting of 9.1.9. The Panel did not believe that the additional information was such as to change their view that the player was not of a sufficient standard to warrant approval under the discretionary criteria.” Dan, who signed from Gateshead Thunder at the end of last season, was effected by the new policy ruling set out by the UK Border Agency. This effectively meant that anyone working on a holiday, student or other temporary visa will not be allowed to register with a sporting body such as the RFL.

Widnes 40 Haven 22
Halton stadium
January 18 2009

Our old friends John Duffy and Richard Fletcher contributed three of the eight Widnes tries in Sunday's friendly clash.
Haven: Bainbridge, D Smith, R Jackson, Eilbeck, Calvert, McNally, Joe, McDonald, C Smith, M Jackson, Gorski, S Miller, Barker. Subs: Benson, Mattinson, Walker, Patrick, Lauvlavu, Tunstall, Shackley, D Miller, Dalton, Fox, Lancaster, Campbell

Tries: S Miller, R Jackson, Eilbeck, Calvert

Goals: McNally 2, Bainbridge 1

Widnes: Yates, Gaskell, Grady, Hartley, Dodd, Thackeray, Duffy, Ostick, M Smith, Thompson, Varkulis, Doran, Fletcher. Subs: Wildbore, Webster, Gannon, Flynn, Simm, Mullally, Robinson, Peet

Tries: Ostick, Duffy 2, Fletcher, Flynn, Varkulis, Gaskell, Thackeray

Goals: Hartley 3, Fletcher 1

Attendance: 1,734

New Board takes the Helm

To rousing applause an extraordinary general meeting of Whitehaven RL Club tonight welcomed a new Board led by cigar chewing US businessman Dick Raaz. Mr Raaz who brings a wealth of professional experience to the post will be joined on the board by Michael Wood, Barry Richardson and Copeland councilors Tim Knowles and Cath Giel.
Mr Raaz thanked outgoing chairman Gordon Grace for his work. Mr Raaz conceded that financially the club had 'sailed close to the wind' but he was adamant; "the cashflow issue is manageable and the club is solvent."

The new team was endorsed at the meeting by Steve Ferres, representing the rugby football league. He said: "These people (the new board) will bring a level of professionalism to this club....as the governing body we endorse what you are doing."

While Mr Raaz is managing director of the Drigg LLW Repository Ltd he said he was "putting his neck on the line as an individual."
Mr Raaz said he felt "extremely proud and somewhat frightened at the potential of what you have asked me to shoulder." He welcomed Mr Wood "as I asked him to help us manage the sometimes tortuous waters of financial solvency..to look after the books and produce a thorough account of company affairs."

Among those in the egm were members of previous administrations, including Mr Ron Batty, Mr Des Byrne, Mr Harry Edgar, Mr Dave Farrell and Mr John Reed. At the outset of the meeting Mrs Giel confirmed the powerful role Copeland Council holds with 30,000 shares in the 1992 company that has a controlling interest in the main Whitehaven RL Ltd. She reminded the meeting that the 1992 company holds over 14,000 of the 20,000 shares of Whitehaven RL.

Haven take Southward Trophy
Sunday January 11 2008
Haven 12 Town 0 at half-time

Scrappy match with Town at first dominating possession but failing to capitalise. Calvert touch down from high kick, McNally converted despite high winds. Then Lavulavu and Edmonson drives let Mattinson reach over. McNally again converted. Grim weather kept many fans away.
Haven extended the lead after the break with a Derry Eilbeck try to extend the lead to
16 nil . But that only signalled a resurgence by a determined Town outfit scoring tries by Mossop and Robinson plus a Kaighan goal to make it 16 -10 . Then John Patrick scored but Jay Duffy responded.Young star McNally was then fed the ball by Matty to wrap up the game for Haven. Graham Mattinson was judged Man of the Match. Tries: Calvert, Mattinson, Miller, Eilbeck, McNally. Goals: McNally 3

Haven: Benson,Calvert, R.Jackson, J.Patrick, D.Eilbeck,G McNally, Joe, McDonald, Mattinson, Tunstall, Gorski, S.Miller, Campbell, Dalton, M. Jackson, Lavulavu, Walker, Fox and Shackley.

Town: Frazer, S. Dawes, P.Coupar, J.Mossop, J. Marshall, Jay Duffy, Steve Roper, Ryan Benjafield, Scott Burgess, Craig Hodgson, Kris Coward, James Robinson, Scott Kaighan, Mark Hobson, Peter Dobson, Robert Scott.

Interesting interview with Paul Charlton

Government Rule Bars Danny

Departing Haven Director says
we may still get new Stadium

Dec 15 2008

Standing down after 12 months as troubleshooter, Mike Graham said that despite the refusal of CISWO to sign over a lease for the Recre, "I do believe that we will see a new stadium in the near future." An emergency shareholder meeting is to be held in January to select new directors. Mr Graham thanked Copeland for their financial support and spoke of "astute signings boding well for 2009."
The shareholders meeting on January 15 will see chairman Gordon Grace stand down. Invitations will be invited for prospective new directors to take over.
Meanwhile... Workington residents voted against a new shared sports stadium in yesterday’s referendum. Out of 18,856 people who were eligible to vote only 723 - 4 per cent - turned out to polling stations yesterday. There were 547 against the stadium idea, 161 agreed with it, while there were 15 spoiled papers. Allerdale council is consulting on plans for a £31.4 million Derwent Valley sports and leisure area redevelopment, which will house both clubs.

This move comes after plans for redevelopment hit a major impasse ....WHITEHAVEN are to take legal action to secure the right to remain at the Recreation Ground after their landlord's parent body refused to agree a long-term lease.
The Championship outfit's lease expired on October 31, and it is expected their case against landlords Whitehaven Miners Welfare will go before a judge within weeks. Miners and Haven had signed the long-term lease that the club sought, which is required for investors to commit large-scale funds to a major stadium redevelopment to Super League standard. But parent body CISWO refused to rubber stamp the agreement. It is unclear why Yorkshire based CISWO has rejected the deal.

Awards 08

Howard Hill’s superb effort this season was named Whitehaven player-of-the-year. Howard was also named away supporters’ player-of-the-year and Directors’ player. The internet supporters’ award went to hooker Graeme Mattinson, and skipper Gary Broadbent, who has now joined Barrow, was the support group’s top player of the campaign.

Manihera on Board

Manihera, will miss the Northern Rail Cup competition for Haven but is likely to be ready for the start of the League season. Read more.....
Also on board..Andy Gorski has signed a new 12-month deal with Whitehaven for next season’s National One campaign.The 28-year-old second-row forward joined Haven early last season, signing from Halifax in April.He started his career with Salford and then spent three years at Rochdale where he was appointed club captain.

Farewells to Broadbent

Gary Broadbent has signed for his home town at Barrow. Barrow Raiders looking set to be a real handful next season as they splash the promo cash.

WHITEHAVEN have signed Aussie playmaker Dan Russell on a one-year deal. Dan Russell, is joining Haven from Gateshead. Russell has been a stand-out this term for Gateshead Thunder

Haven bowed out at the Willows

Tries Spence,Shackley,Adebisi

McNally on Hat Trick Form

Haven win 24-22 at Halifax with nail-biting drop goals
from Manihera and Jacko to clinch it.

Three tries from Gregg McNally at the Shay....

Marc Shackley is in the squad for clash with Halifax at the Shay today (Sept 14) Haven: Broadbent, Calvert, Rob Jackson, Patrick, Adebisi, Manihera, Mcnally, Edmonson,Joe, Fatialofa,Miller,Gorski,Makisi, Barker,Shackley,Mcdonald,M.Jackson

Lookin Back on the Haven Highs and Lows 2008
Leigh Beaten at Home
Action vid from Pro Cam
Revenge was sweet as Haven defeated Leigh 30-24 at Sunday's play-off.

A brace by Ade Adebisi, and tries from Howard Hill and Gregg McNally ensured Haven caused a big upset to progress to the next round of the play-offs. Whitehaven will now play Halifax at the Shay next weekend.

Haven up to Fifth Place

Haven 20.(12-6)..Widnes 16
Despite help from our old friends Fletcher and Duffy, Widnes were defeated at the Recre today ( Sunday August 24) . Tries from Rob Jackson and Scott McAvoy.Goals kicked by Manihera and McNally.Young McNally Man of the Match award winner.

Haven squad was: McAvoy, Calvert, McNally, Edmondson, Mattinson, Broadbent, Adebisi, Makisi, R. Jackson, Manihera, Joe, Fatialofa, Spence Miller; Patrick, Teare, Gorski and Hill.
Vikings: Hardman, Dean,Morrison, Gannon, Gaskell, Dodd, Tyrer, Patterson, Duffy, Beswick, Smith, Fletcher, Snith; Morton, Ostick, Hartley and McLoughlin.

Ref was Steve Ganson, gate was 2,100.

Leigh 32-8 Whitehaven..tries Makisi and Adebisi...3,522 spectators

Haven Bites

Haven 52- (10-2) Sheffield 8

Ged was rightly chuffed as Joe and Manihera got creative with lots of beef from the forwards and Jacko.
No weak links in front of Sky cameras. Tries from Adebisi, Spence in the first half
(10-2) at half time.

In second half Haven totally took control and McAvoy, Broadbent, Manihera (his 1st Haven try), Calvert, Jacko and Mattinson went over. This is a side that should be in Super League!
Broadbent, Calvert, R Jackson, Patrick, Adebisi, Manihera, Joe, Edmonson, Mattinson, Hill, Miller, McAvoy, Makisi Subs: Barker, McDonald, M Jackson, Teare
Ref: G Hewer Att: 1,904


Past the Pelican blues Dewsbury 18...Haven 16

Not even Loser Points for Fax

July 27 2008 Haven 28 - Halifax 12

Thanks says Rob Jackson
While it was 12-12 at half-time the Haven defences held under pressure and with tries including a debut from John patrick the home side continued Ged's run of wins.

Men of the Match were Joe and Broadbent.

In the first half Adibisi opened the scoring by sprinting the length of the pitch in true Calvert style to touch down. Then it was Howard Hill who created a way through for Rob Jackson to complete. Ben Black then scored for Halifax and then Patterson also crossed. Haven again ignored Ged's two fingers to miss a penalty opportunity.

In the second period Makisi scored but for this and the next we were without the steady boot of Manihera. Scott McAvoy also made a great burst through run but there was nobody to act in support. John Patrick then got on the score sheet to leave it 22-12. Leroy Joe kicked through for Calvert? to score the final try for Haven.

Squad: Broadbent, Adibisi, R.Jackson, S.McAvoy, Calvert, Manihera, Joe, Edmundson, G.Mattinson, McDonald, Hill, Miller, Makisi; Patrick, Gorskie, Ford and M.Jackson.


The gate was 1853 with Colin Dawber as ref.

Adibisi outruns entire Halifax team


Haven beat the Welsh

July 19 2008
26-22 victory over Super League Franchise hopefuls Celtic Crusaders at Brewery Field.

John Patrick had his debut as Haven beat the best of Welsh RL..

Spencer Miller was first to score and Tane Manihera added the extras to put Haven 6-4 in the lead.

Haven then scored next through Adebisi thanks to Rob Jackson. The centre drew his man in before passing to Adebisi who ran closer to the posts before touching down. Manihera steady boot gave Haven a 12-4 lead. The Crusaders bounced back thanks to Dalle Corte neatly offloading to Paul Ballard Celtic took the lead before the break with a Ben Flower try. Lennonconverted and it was14-12 to the Welsh at half time.

Celtic watched by TV viewers opened with a Mark Lennon penalty. However Leroy Joe put Haven did the well rehearsed kick through for Craig Calvert to collect and touch down. Soon after big man Ryan McDonald gathered and scored. Unconverted it was 20-16 to Haven. Celtic faught back when Damien Quinn scooted over from close range to touch down by the posts. Lennon added the extras to put Celtic 22 points to 20 in the lead. It was Haven who had the final say of the afternoon though. Gary Broadbent offloaded the ball whilst on the deck to Rob Jackson who saw a gap and dived in for his 7th try of the season. Manihera added the extras with 10 minutes to go. Haven defences then held to the nailbiting finish

Haven Broadbent, Calvert, R Jackson, McAvoy, Adebisi, Manihera, Joe, McDonald, Mattinson, Edmonson, Miller, Hill, Makisi; Subs: Ford, Gorski, M Jackson, Patrick

Ref: Ronnie Laughton
Att: 1870

Whitehaven fantastic 32-14 victory over Sheffield
July 13 2008 at the Don Valley Stadium.

Ged signs for Two Years

WHITEHAVEN RL coach Ged Stokes has been given a big vote of confidence with the award of a new two-year deal with the club.

It will tie him to the Recreation Ground until the end of the 2010 season.

Haven take Rams as predicted
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Whitehaven 24 Dewsbury 16
Sunday, June 29 2008
Tries from Mattinson, Calvert, McNally and Spence Miller with Rudd and Manihera kicking two goals apiece. Dewbury tries from Finn and R. Smith.
Haven: Broadbent, Adebisi, R Jackson, Makisi, Calvert, Manihera, McNally, Edmondson, Mattinson, McDonald, Hill, Miller, Rudd. Subs: Sice, Gorski, McAvoy, M Jackson

Rams: Colleran, Powell, Epati, Hall, Buchanan, Smith, Finn, Trinder, Elston, Maloney, Glassie, Bostock, Weeden. Subs: Haigh, Rourke, Robinson, Walker


Gate: 1,400

Halifax dominate
Halifax 38; Tries from Varkulis,Greenwood , P.Smith(2), Black and Flanagan (2)
Haven 14 Tries from makisi, R.Jackson and Spence Miller, Rudd kicked one goal.

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