PC guided Haven into the First Division
Below are just
some of the highs and lows of 2002... Don't forget you can always
browse our match reports files...
Chorley dealt with to
put us in Top Division
Haven 52 (34-1)25 Chorley
Haven now have
31 points in contrast to Town's 26 and Barrow's 23 in the Cumbrian
NFP honours. To see
the full tables go here..
Howard Hill was Man of the Match with a hat-trick of tries as
Haven dominated the first half. Patel floated over a drop goal
for the Lankies only first half point.The rest of the half it
was one-way traffic as Lester ran in a hat-trick of tries and
Garry Purdham, Howard Hill and Leroy Joe also crossed.Steve Kirkbride
converted five of them. they increased their lead with further
tries by Hill, David Seeds and Graeme Morton. In the second half
Hill got his third.
Dragons Not even on the ScoreBoard!
Paul Cullen had
left champagne behind the bar for the lads if they won and they
earned their champers with a rampant 56-0 win. Full details shortly
plus action pictures , some underwater! Man of Match Seedsy seen
here ready to dive in literally...Full details
Exit for Paul Cullen
August 14 2002
As was long feared,
Warrington have offered Paul Cullen the job of Coach. He could
not refuse...Peter Smith takes over with help from Peter Roe.
Haven win over Barrow
home win against Barrow ended the run of defeats. Whitehaven
tries thanks to Chris McKinney, Mark Wallace, Leigh Smith and
Lee Kiddie. Steve Kirkbride converted all the tries and kicked
Batley 15-6 Haven
To quote a certain
Whitehaven school head, a "pathetic" performance from
Haven after holding to a 6 point lead at half-time. The sole
try from Aaron Lester, converted by Steve Kirkbride...
Why oh Why?
Rochdale 30 (8-16)
We thought we had it
in the bag when Lee Kiddie scored to make it 24-28 in the dying
minutes, but then Rochdale did a Jackson break away to rob Haven..
Cox had a great game and Sturm proved his worth, but the last
minutes beggar belief. Tries from: Cox ,Purdham, Joe, Kiddie
Saved from Farce
Haven 20(10-6)17 Oldham
Awash with talent Haven
came within a whisker of ridiculously throwing the game away.
But even as despondent fans left Rob Jackson proved the fittest
man on the pitch as he ran the length of the Recre to give Haven
a desperately needed win.
For much of the game Haven
were the stronger side, but their play often failed to gel and
although he got Man of the Match and the opening try, Warren
Stevens was among those making errors. Steve Kirkbride converted
this first, but he failed to convert Spence Miller's second try.
In the second period Leroy Joe saved one crucial defence break
by Oldham, but soon after Leigh Smith did not have the legs to
complete a break through. Haven should have hammered home their
domination of much of the play. But the game hung in the balance
until Lester furiously burrowed his way across the line and it
seemed as Haven would atrt to get their ryhthm. But it was soon
thrown to the winds as former Saints man Joey Jones nipped in
on the right wing. Then the normally reliable Howard Hill let
the Oldham left winger through to leave it a grim 16-16. Soon
after Oldham got a blazingly obvious drop goal and all seemed
lost. But then the Kells End had their final joy as Rob Jackson
out ran the entire Oldham pack.
NB This Sunday against Rochdale is an away fixture....
86-10 to Huddersfield...
Better than the World Cup!
Haven13 (4-12) 12 Leigh
IT was a more exciting than the
World Cup. Haven and Leigh were both determined to win and Haven
had to dig deep, especially in defence to successfully hold the
The two Jackson's proved vital. New arrival Rob for the try that
levelled the scores in the second half battle and our own Marc
for the killer drop goal that gave us victory.
Man of the Match was well earned by Warren Stevens, but many
deserved equal praise, starting with the ever active and alert
Leroy Joe. Morton also enjoyed an excellent game as did powerhouse
Lupton. Also welcome back to the unstoppable Howard Hill. If
only the ball had got out to him more the scoreline would have
been a more relaxing one for Haven. Lester was only firing on
three cylinders in the first half, but got back onto full speed
in the crucial second half. But all in all Haven were as good
as Brazil when and where it matters.
Full action pix
Cullen encourages RL
Haven organised a successful
RL Fest for local primary children on June 27, click on the picture to
see larger views of the day's fun...
The Boys are Back!
Haven had a double
whammy, beating Town 60-6 in the Academy
and then the first team beat Hull KR 20-5...featuring tries
from Leigh Smith, Seeds (Welcome Back!) and Fats...Conversions
from Steve Kirkbride and bonus penalty goal from Paul O'Neil.
M of Match award well earned by Leroy Joe. Pictures
from the game....
Also See the team
picture from the St Pats win over Jericho in the interval game.
Oldham 46-12 Haven
Aaron red carded early
in first half and Haven's 12 remaining men turned over at Oldham.
Scoring tries for Haven were Dean Vaughan, Graham Morton and
Ryan Campbell. Ref. Silverwood.
Haven stuck in the centre
Haven 26(16-6)34 Swinton
action pix .
Just not Good Enough
Town 30- 14 Haven
The wind was behind the home side in the first half and Haven
were missing Lester, Hill, Seeds and other key players. But there
were no excuses for a poor showing.
At half time (20-2)the only points on the board for Haven were
from a penalty kick by Steve Kirkbride. In the second half Leroy
Joe kept starting moves but the run of play just would not gel
for Whitehaven. Lee Kiddie gained a try thanks to an opening
by Kirkbride. Kirkbride converted. But then Samuel responded
for Town. Leroy Joe made a well earned try and Kirkbride again
converted, but that was where any come back hopes ended. Page of Action
Hope killed by two drop goals
Hull 22(16-8) 20 Haven
Cheered on by a strong
army of fans Haven dominated much of this game but were certainly
not helped by doubtful decisions by match officials.
Haven opened the scoring with a try from Leroy Joe courtesy of
Seeds...Hull responded thanks to McLaren but soon after Leroy
Joe set up another winning move for Seeds to touchdown on the
19th minute. (4-8)Then Hull took chances and help from the ref
to score two tries and a conversion to see the scorleine 16-8
to Hull at the whistle.
In the second half Hull's Kane
made a couple of drop kicks, which later proved vital. David
Fatialofa bulldozed thru for a Haven try which Kirkbride converted.
And in the dying minutes Steve Kirkbride took a ball from Joe
and scored a try, which he converted. But it was too late..
Haven from: McKinney, Cunningham,
Fats, Joe, Morton, L.Smith, Jackson, Miller, Stevens, Hill, Kirkbride,
O'Neill, Purdham, Wallace.
Nail Biting Second Half.
Whitehaven 23 (22-4) 22
It took the golden boot of
Steve Kirkbride following a grabbed opportunity from David Fatialofa
to end a second half of heart stopping palpitations for the Haven
fans. Go to
our page of action pictures...
A sunny first half almost started
to look like a romp for the home side, but then Barrow came out
of the changing rooms for the second half and seemed to leave
the Haven defences snatching at shirt tails. There were several
lucky escapes for Haven as Cameron Bell's team fought back in
this end to end quarter finals of the Buddies-sponsored competition.
Haven had nine players are sidelined through injury. Tries from
Leigh Smith, Steve Kirkbride, Aaron Lester, Kirkbride and Tony
Cunningham. Steve Kirkbride kicked three conversions and the
drop goal that snatched the points just a minute before the hooter.
Miller, Hill, Smith, Joe, Kirkbride, Warren, Jackson, Fatialofa,
Purdham, Morton, Lester, Kiddie, Cunningham, Vaughan,Stevens.
National Cup only draws a crowd
Poor showing by Haven
in front of a crowd that shows a lack of interest in the Cup
Swinton 29-20 Haven
Tries for Haven from Lester, Lee Kiddie, David Fatialofa and
Ian Devlin. Kirkbride making only two of the conversions.
Haven 26 (10-6) 16 Barrow
Try scorers: Seeds, Hill (2), Purdham, Joe. Kirkbride kicked
three conversions and Aaron Lester was Man of the Match. Paul
Cullen's verdict was that he was happy with the result but not
the performance. "Fans pay good money and deserve to see
Haven:O'Neil, Wallace, Seeds, Hill, L.Smith(Devlin)Joe, Kikrbride,
Cox(G.Smith, Cunningham) Jackson, Stevens (Fatialofa)Purdham,
Morton and Lester.
Haven 35-(18-12)18 Leigh
Good enough for Sky
Haven are providing such classy play these days they have reached
the Sky screens....There was a TV camera from SKY TV at Sunday's
Highlights( Brief ones probably) will be shown on Skys RL World
Magazine programme which goes out on Wednesday evening at 6.00
pm on Sky sports 3
our page of action shots.and match details....
Seeds record breaker
as Haven totally dominate Batley
Tries run in as Haven
welcomed new arrivals Hutton (one try) and the Big Fella Warren
Stevens. Finals score 46-10
See our pic
of David Seeds heading for his record breaking try and more action
shots from the win...