Updates from the Supporters
Trust on new signings...
Reasons to be Cheerful
4/9/2016 FT: Dewsbury Rams 12 Whitehaven 56
FT: Dewsbury Rams 12 Whitehaven 56......Town 24...Haven 28.......
Relegation Beckons & Haven Coach Departs
17/8/2016:To all concerned. "Unfortunately the Board of Directors have decided that due to recent circumstances we are left with no option but to relieve the Head Coach of his duties, with immediate effect. We wish James all the best in the future". Signed; Amanda Hewer, GM
Nine games without a win for Haven after they lost 18-46 to Bradford
Bulls who cruised to an ultimately comfortable win in this Championship
Super 8 Shield opener(7/8/2016).
Sixth Defeat in a Row
This defeat was another nail in Whitehaven RLFC season as they slumped
to their sixth consecutive defeat as Sheffield Eagles won 32-14 in the
Kingstone Press Championship on Saturday (24/7/2016). Another game where
the team failed to put in a peformance for the full 80 minutes leaves
question marks not only over the teams fitness but also their ability
to perform at this level.
Haven beaten by 12 man Town
Whitehaven after this defeat today(17/7/2016) are now on the dangerously
close to relegation into Championship 1 after an injury time defeat at
Derwent Park. Haven will never have a better chance of getting the points
in a Derby game as Town had forward Olstrum dismissed for Foul Play as
early as the 8th minute. However an unispired Haven were unable to make
the numerical advantage count and in the end Town just about deserved
the two points .
The club is delighted to announce the signing of both Jessie Joe Parker and Dion Aiye. Jessie on a two year deal and Dion on a one year deal. The club football committee along with Gary Eilbeck and Mark Stamper have been working hard on these signings and these things take time and patience. It's a great boost for the club before going to Derwent Park on Sunday. It shows that these two players are committed not only to the club but to the town itself, they are immensely popular with the public. Lets hope the signings spur on the team for victory" Amanda Hewer G.M.
BRADFORD Bulls comprehensively thumped Whitehaven 64-18 notching up 11
tries in their biggest win of the season . For Whitehaven this lacklustre
display was their sixth game without a win and with Oldham and Sheffield
both winning they drop to 11th in the Championship with relegation now
looking ever more likely . New signing for the Bulls, Dane Chisholm shone
on his debut, as he helped his new club to the biggest win of the season
with Ethan Ryan grabbing his first professional hat-trick as well.
Whitehaven coach James Coyle is to stand down at the end of the season
Extra work commitments with his expanding business have meant that Coyle has told the club that he does not wish to be considered for the coaching position next season. Whitehaven chairman Tommy Todd said: "James informed us of his position and we will be advertising the post, possibly as early as next week in the trade papers.
"I think there would have been a case for keeping-on James next year, bringing some continuity to the club in the coaching position. There have been some very good performances this season and I think we would have been further up the table but for the injury situation which have obviously affected us."
Coyle is in his second season as Whitehaven coach but as well as his business involvements, he and his wife became parents for the third time earlier this year so family commitments are also involved in his decision. "I think the travelling is starting to affect him as well, because he's got that on top of his work and his family. It's quite understandable. What he is determined to do is end his Whitehaven career on a high by keeping the club in the Championship," said Todd.
Widnes Vikings Head coach, Dennis Betts and his assistant Mick Cassidy at the Recreation Ground on Thursday August 6th for the Summer Training camp.
This was in Support of recently announced partnership with the RFL and Cumbria Storm programme to help develop the game in the West Cumbria Region and provide more opportunity for players to fulfil their potential within the sport, Widnes Vikings in conjunction with the club have started an open access training camp at Whitehaven RLFC.
Haven 50..Dons 18
Whitehaven chalked up their biggest win of the campaign with an emphatic victory in Yorkshire(28/6/15) ,winning for the third time in four games to enhance their chances of a top 8 finish in the Kingstone Press Championship .
Whitehaven ran in nine tries in a 50-18 victory as they condemned hosts Doncaster to a 23rd successive defeat.
Scott McAvoy touched down twice before half-time and Dave Allen, Grant Gore, Chris Taylor, Jesse-Joe Parker, Jordan Sigismeau, Ben Davies and Dion Aiye got the others.
Louis Jouffret kicked seven goals, while Doncaster's tries all came in the second half through Paul Mennell, Jansin Turgut and Kyle Kesik.
June 21 2015: Haven 24...Batley 12..tries Calvert (2) Gore and Jouffret.
Haven builds Catalan Entente
Whitehaven RLFC recently had the pleasure of hosting Christophe Jouffret to the Club ,the chief executive of Super League Catalans Dragon and father of Havens recent French signing Louis Jouffret . He received a very warm welcome and thought the people and the town were both amazing. As a result Whitehaven are now looking to build and develope links with Christophe and the Catalan Dragons: with Louis Jouffret and Jordan Sigismeau making a big impact at the club ,these links could potentially see future player recruitment from the Catalans Feeder club UTC X111 . There have even been talks of a possible 'mini' tour to the South of France that would involve playing possibly three French clubs and a pre-season Training camp . Of course the timing of such a tour would be a little difficult but it would a tremendous boost to the club and a great opportunity for the fans to visit France on a great trip and watch rugby league. Amanda Hewer General Manager.
Whitehaven RLFC have received a massive boost confirming that PNG International
Dion Aiye has signed a new contract for 2016 , Subject to Visa requirements
. Half back Aiye joined the club in the close season and has played in
16 games scoring 3 trys and has established himself as a big favoutite
of the Haven Fans . Football director James Robinson commented " We are
working really hard to hit the ground running next season . Dion is a
quality assett to the club and has setlled really wll into the local community
, and its great to have him , along with others already in place for 2016.
Haven 16-Leigh 46
Haven tries..Davies, Johnstone, Lepori. Two goal from Jouffret.Leigh tries from Pownall(2), Sarsfield,Brierley(4), Higson and Worthington
Whitehaven Push High Flying Sheffield Eagles
Third-placed Sheffield tightened their grip on a crucial top-four spot with a hard-fought 26-16 victory over spirited Whitehaven in the Kingstone Press Championship.
Whitehaven, 11th in the table, trailed 16-4 at the break at Castle Park but fought back to level with two Scott McAvoy tries before touchdowns from Scott Turner and Misi Taulapapa - his second of the match - settled Eagles nerves.
Quentin Laulu-Togagae and three-goal Kyle Briggs also crossed for the South Yorkshire side while Whitehaven's other try came from Craig Calvert.
report by John Walsh
Blackpool...Town 26...Haven 20.Haven tries..Gore,Sigismeau,Jouffret and Burns.goals(2)Joufret. Town tries...Stack(2),Shackley,Murphy.Goals(5)Forber
After a poor pre season, losing two games and cancelling a third game at Newcastle ,Whitehavens plans for the 2015 were thrown into further turmoil with the apparent disappearance of Head Coach Steve Deakin from the club .
It is understood that Steve Deakin left the club on Friday afternoon and drove back to his home in Oldham.
As such Deakin did not take the normal Friday night Training Session at the Recreation Ground last night and that the Saturday Morning Training Session was cancelled today for the first time since pre season got underway in November. In his absence Assistant Coaches Brett Seymour and James Coyle took control of the session .Seymour who was at the Egremont v Wath Brow cup game today , refused to comment when asked if Steve Deakin had left the club .
No official comment from the club has been made .
Workington regained the Ike Southward Trophy (25/1/15)with an easy win
over Whitehaven, scoring four tries to nil.For the second week running
Haven left their loyal fans hugely disappointed with a lack lustre display
The Town team did not feature their recent Australian signing Fifita and Horton , but Haven included props Jaso Hand and Ben Davies who did not feature in last week's game at Barrow. Town kicked of with the wind at their back , Haven started brightly and more than matched the Town for the first quarter without ever really looking like scoring , however it was Town who got on the scoreboard first with a try by Stack converted by Forber to take a 6 nil Lead . After that Town grew in confidence and dominated proceedings forber added another penalty to give Town an 8 nil lead at the half . The second half however was a major disappointment as Haven fell away badly . They started to drop off too many tackles which Town took full advantage of to score through Callum Phillips , Ritson and Mossop all converted to see Town win by a comfortable margin.In possesion Haven for all their effort , rarely looked like scoring .
Following on from last weeks defeat at Horror Show at Barrow , Haven once again were found lacking in all departments . In two games they have conceded 68 points and have scored only one try . Not the start that was anticipated , and Coach Steve Deakin and the player must now find a massive improvement in their performance for next weeknds trip to take on a resurgent Newcastle Thunder otherwise their pre-season record will show played 3 lost 3 ! Haven: Lepori, Wilde, Bannister, Holliday, Burns; Seymour, Aiye, Robinson, Newton, Hand, Allen, McAvoy, Brocklebank Subs: Hepi, T Coyle, Davies, Horner
Investment in Recreation Ground Approved
Gary Eilbeck Director for Ground Improvements at Whitehaven RLFC said we are delighted to announce that work can commence on improvement's to the Recreation Ground after securing funding from Energy Coast West Cumbria Ltd (trading as Britainís Energy Coast) who agreed several years ago to hold funds approved by BNFL for much needed improvements to the Whitehaven Rugby League stadium. This was before the Pow Beck initiative. The unspent funds have remained available for the club for when it was able to demonstrate a viable investment proposal to ensure the stadium retains its ability to host Championship level games. WRLFC have now satisfied Sellafield Ltd and the BEC board that the funds should be released for such a proposal. BEC officials are working with the club on a programme of investments over the coming months which will satisfy the Rugby Football League and will guarantee the town can host Championship rugby next season and beyond.. This move honours an early agreement and is not a part of BECís forward plan for investments into the local economy. Work has commenced on refurbishing the Kells end and also creating a new home changing room under the Grandstand and to refurbish the current changing rooms into one for away teams use . Further work will be undertaken during 2015 to meet the RFL requirements on number of seats required in the Championship and also upgrading the floodlights. The club had agreed to play our Annual friendly against Gateshead at home on the 1st February 2015 however due to the renovations this game will be played at Kingston Park home of Newcastle Falcons Rugby Union on Saturday the 31st January 2015 with a 3pm kick off.
Jordan Hand agrees season-long loan with Whitehaven
St Helens prop Hand is returning to The Recre on a season-long loan after spending the 2014 season as a dual-registration player. The 21-year-old made 20 appearances for Whitehaven last season, scoring two tries. Whitehaven boss Steve Deakin has labelled the return of loan star Jordan Hand as a Ďmassive endorsementí for the work the club is doing. ďHe has enough talent to be offered a new deal by St Helens and the fact that they are also prepared to loan him out to us endorses their faith in what we are doing up here,Iím absolutely delighted to get a prominent, up-and-coming prop as part of our side" Deakin said.
Ready for the Off
Workington Town and Whitehaven will kick-start the inaugural Summer Bash for the Kingston Press Championship t Blackpool. Tickets for the Blackpool week-end, held over the spring Bank Holiday in May, have now gone on sale. Town's clash with neighbours Whitehaven is one of four matches on Saturday, May 23, including the first ever final of the League One Cup, while there will be three more Championship games on the following day. More information...
Whitehaven have appointed former Catalan Dragons reserve boss Steve Deakin as head coach on a two-year deal. More
Whitehaven started this game knowing that a win was a must, and that anything less would mean relegation. In the end they romped to an emphatic win over the Lions , but even then they had to rely on Keighley's by Featherstone to secure their Kingstone Press Championship status with a 44-18 win at Swinton. Scott McAvoy, Carl Foster, Jordan Burns, Jesse Joe Parker, Cain Southernwood, Lee Mitchell and James Newton scored tries for the Cumbrians and Australian half-back Brett Seymour kicked eight goals.
Tries from Martin Ainscough, Kevin Penny and Richie Hawkyard could not prevent Swinton ending the season with a 10th straight defeat. So it will be Championship rugby next season for the Haven and a fresh set of challenges, but for the moment Haven can savour this final day win in front of over 250 ecstatic travelling fans.