2003 A Year of Highs
and some mid season Lows!
On Tuesday, September 30th
2003 Haven were voted Community Club of the Year by the RL at
the National League Awards Dinner. Onwards and Upwards!
Hornets just escape a Stinging
Backed by superb fans support
(including the Got Your Number Duo....) Haven had the home side
staring at defeat ..but they were saved by the hooter...Full
Play-offs here we come!
Haven 68 (30-6) 12 Dewsbury...match
would like to congratulate Tom Morley on his tremendous achievement
in winning the Televised Junior Eurovision Song contest on Saturday.
Tom kicked off our pre-match entertainment earlier this year
and he certainly did very well then ,a smashing young man who
had the crowd captivated
He was superb on TV and did his family and the area proud .Well
done from all at Whitehaven RLFC,and all the very best in the
final in November
Three Whitehaven players
- David Seeds, Lee Kiddie and Graeme Morton - will share a testimonial
year, now confirmed by the Rugby League.
First event is planned for September 27 and in a year's time
the trio plan to donate a quarter of the money raised to a trust
fund for community rugby.
All three are in the current Whitehaven squad and have a committee
in place to run regular events for them.
The media report an
away draw...Dons 34-34 Haven ...Tries from Lebbon, Seeds, Wood,
Hill & Chambers.
A Bit Better Lads
Haven 24 (16-10) 20 Oldham
August 24 2003
The home crowd was thin at 1132, which was understandable after
last week's showing. However Haven showed more determination
and the new pack seemed to have the centre of the field under
control. However it was a different story on wings as Oldham
perfected passing after they had been tackled to throw the home
defences into confusion.
Paul Oneill was generously given his second by Leroy Joe and
could have been given a hat trick to give the home fans a break
from the stress of the last ten minutes as Oldham would not cave
Steve Woods who enjoyed a good game generated the opening penalty
kick from Kirkbride. A high tackle by a sparkie Lester gave the
visitors possession and their first opportunity to see Johnson
go over in the corner.
Haven replied with good pressure and Lester was able to drive
under to score. Kirkbride in good kicking form converted. O'Neill
then made his first with kirkbride converting a long kick. Broadbent,
who was chosen as Man of the Match, made a great tackle to halt
what looked like a certain try for Oldham, but soon after Haven
defences slipped and Doran scored for the visitors. Morton who
was part of the winning combination in the centre then made a
superb drive and won a penalty after he could only be stopped
by a rogue Oldham tackle. Kirkbride kicked the resulting penalty.
In the second half Haven started to crank up the volume with
that man David Seeds flying in on the wing to touchdown after
some good teamwork. Leroy Joe having found open spec clear to
the line generously passed out to O'Neill for his second. Then
came the defensive errors including several Haven players busily
bundling off an Oldham player they mistakenly thought still had
the ball. Meanwhile the visitors touched down and with a conversion
left the Haven fans to sweat out the last five minutes.
Lets not pull any punches here,
while I really felt for the team after last weeks defeat at Batley,
no one should have any sympathy at all regarding yesterday's
feckless offering at Post Office Road .
"A devastating result" and " a totally unacceptable
performance from the team " . Coach McCormack's frank assessment
of yet another away day disaster .
This was a game were you knew early doors that it was going to
be a bad day at the office. Our main playmakers toiled but without
any real spark and the rest of the team,well they made a succession
of silly schoolboy errors. Really we did well to go in at the
half only 16-2 down, though Paul O'Neill looked to have scored
just before the break only for the ref to rule no try .
After that it just got embarrasing as the home side run amock
, taking advantage of some pretty poor tackling . Late tries
from Kirkbride and Morton didn't even put a modicum of respectabilty
on what was a dire performance .
No referees to pin the blame on this week, the buck stops with
the players and coaches. The team took all the compliments earlier
on this year they now have to have a long hard look at themselves
and attempt to put things right , easier said than done ! The
crazy thing is that with three games remaining we still have
every chance of making the play offs,but it's going to need a
big turn around in performance to achieve that .
CAN YOU DO IT LADS ? I think
you can !!!!! But It really is over to you for the next fortnight,
only you can sort it now !!
The rot continues despite brave
work by O'Neill again.
BATLEY 26-16 HAVEN
Whitehaven left Mount Pleasant after this game their third defeat
in a row , feeling very annoyed at the way a deserved victory
was denied them by one of the poorest refereeing decisions seen
in a long time
This was a game both teams needed to win and true to form the
advantage of the Mount pleasant slope was the governing factor
as the game unfolded . Haven had the advantage of the slope in
the first half and dominated the game territorially tries came
from Leroy Joe and Steven Kirkbride who also kicked two goals
, as we took a 12-2 interval lead . But would this be enough
against a useful looking home team who would be running with
the slope in the second half .
As expected the bulldogs got on top and ran in three converted
tries in the first 20 minutes of the second half . Just when
you thought the Haven were losing it we put together two good
sets and Paul ONeill went over unopposed on the wide left . Batley
20 Haven 16 .
With maybe only 5 minutes remaining the game then turned on a
very poor decision from Referee Pete Taberner. A high bomb from
the Haven was not defused by the home full back and from nowhere
Paul ONeill collected the fumble and touched down under the posts
. Mr Tabenener did not award the score but spoke to his touch
judge and to the fury of Haven players officials and supporters
the try was disallowed for offside .
In the ensuing furore the Home side marched down the field and
scored a further converted try to seal the game .
A real sickener this for the Haven who despite not playing well
did enough to win this game only for the outcome to be ultimately
decided by the Referee and touch judges . A close inspection
of the video afterwards confirmed that Paul ONeill ran from an
ONSIDE position to collect the fumble and with no other Haven
player in the frame the offside decision looks to be totally
Having said that the result will not alter and Haven now have
to pick themselves up for the remaining four games which on todays
gutsy display can be won , providing they can show the same determination
and application and if the match officials give them a fair crack
report on Batley website.....
Defeat again, this time against Rochdale...
Not a Sonny Day for Haven!
Haven8 (2-4)20 Leigh
Craig Walsh is tackled. Starting only his second comeback game,
Craig is sidelined again with a hamstring injury. Mike
Despite Seedsy going through the pain barrier for Haven the pace
of Leigh was too much for Haven. Holt started with promise with
the penalty goal that for so long was the solitary result for
the home side. Leigh opened up their scoring through a kick from
the left wing across to Munroe who must, by the laws of Mathematics
have been off side. But the try was allowed unlike another Leigh
breakthru which was disallowed for a double movement.
Lester seemed tired when they came out for the second half and
Fats, who had had an excellent first half started dropping vital
passes. As Leigh started to dominate through players like Turley
and Sonny Nikel tensions blew and no 9 for Leigh and Leroy Joe
were both shown yellow cards. Just as disappointed home fans
made for the door Howard Hill powered over and Holt converted
to wipe away that embarrassing 2 from the scoreboard.
Man of Match Broadbent.
Walsh Hat Trick
Dewsbury Rams 18 18 Whitehaven
Haven confirmed themselves as National league Draw specialists
with this result their 4 th draw of the campaign .
They got off to the best posssible start when Craig Walsh scored
in the first minute , Darren Holt added the extras and we were
6 nil ahead Somehow we never quite took the advantage on from
there , and though Craig Walsh added two more trys before half
time we allowed a rather mediocre home team to rattle up a try
and three goals to leave us with a slender lead at the break
After the interval we made plenty of opening but just couldnt
finish . Dewsbury pulled to within 2 points with another penalty
, though it seemed Graham Mortons try with 10 minutes remaining
made it 18-12 , maybe that would see us through to a narrow victory.
Not to be as the Rams scored a late converted try to share the
Great to see Craig Walsh back to somewhere near his best , he
really is a talent. Overall though it has to be a disappointing
results ,Dewsbury had not won a game since Easter Monday ,though
Steve McCormack stated afterwards that "it was a point gained".
We did outscore them 4 trys to 2 and had enough of the game to
win :maybe if Darren Holt had his kicking boots with him it would
have been a differant story . Next weeks its Leigh at the Recre
and another big game which will have to see us performing better
than today ,
Tries: Walsh (3) Morton
Broadbent, Wallace, Walsh, Hill , Fraser, Joe , Holt , Fatialofa,Lester,McKinney,
Whitehead , Miller , Purdham
Subs ; Kikbride ,Woods, Vaughan, Cunningham
Rochdale 43 (25-12) 26 Haven
HAVEN: Broadbent, Wood, Seeds,
Hill, Wallace, Joe, Holt, Vaughan, Lester, Fatialofa, Miller,
Morton, Purdham. Subs: Kiddie, Jackson, Walsh, Whitehead
HORNETS: Owen, Nanyn, Bunyan, Roper, Billy, Bowker, Watson, Southern,
Pachniuk, Price, Larder, Smith, Ball. Subs: Hamilton, Leigh,
Haven tries: Seeds 2, Broadbent,
Joe, Miller. Goals: Holt 3
Hornets tries: Nanyn 2, Bowker
2, Ball, Long, Leigh, Southern
Goals: Nanyn 5, Ball, one drop-goal
Att: 800 Referee: Ben Thaler
Well Done! Haven back
Salford 26 -26 Haven
Haven turned in arguably their best performance of the season
to gain a well deserved point at table topping Salford City Reds.
With coach Steve McCormack returning his old club ,and last weeks
home reverse against Doncaster still fresh in the memory the
Haven had lots of points to prove . Leroy Joe was back in after
injury, as was Spencer Miller and both played their part in this
sterling performance .
In hot summner weather both teams served up a game that was a
great advert for NL 1 , there was never more than one score in
the game ,
We took the lead early doors with a Holt penalty while a good
Spencer Miller try again converted put our marker down to the
Salford team . The home side answered in a very positive manner
and ran in three trys in the middle of the first period : would
they overun our lads ? Not on your life , Haven dug deep and
came back with a Mike Whitehead try on 33 minutes we went in
at the break 16-14 and right back in the game
The second half was nip and tuck , the home team edged further
ahead , Leroy Joes try tying the score at 20 points all .Then
with 10 minutes remaining Salford regained the lead with a converted
try . A grandstand finish with 4 minutes left Never say die Haven
came back yet again .Salford couldn't defuse a Haven bomb the
ball was fed to Neil Fraser to score wide out and with Darren
Holt kicking a touchline conversion the game ended all square
at 26 all and the Haven sent their travelling fans home in good
The team rose to the task magnificently today against a team
looking strong favourites to be playing Super League next year
.The half backs played well and the forwards worked tirelessly
, none more so that Aaron Lester who had his best game for some
time in a man of the match performance . So Rochdale next , and
two points ? DF
Tries from: Morton, Whitehead,
Arriva Cup Semi
Leigh 39-18 Haven
Try scorers for Haven: Whitehead Morton Broadbent
Action from the game...
Haven 46- Featherstone 6
June 1 2003
Thanks to tries from Leroy
Joe (3), David Seeds (2) Hill (2) and Ryan Campbell... Holt kicking
Haven 31 (10-6) 12 Batley
May 25 2003
Pix from the action
A crowd of 1,430 enjoyed a sunny afternoon in which Haven were
always the dominant part of the equation.
The half-time score should
have shown more for the home side's steady domination. Leroy
Joe opened the scoring and saw his try converted by Holt. Then
the Big Fella Howard Hill made Haven's second. Lester had a try
disallowed for a double movement. Just seconds before the half-time
hooter Batley had one of their rare flashes of inspiration as
three Haven defenders let Mark Sibson sprint half the length
of the pitch.Haven were always in the visitor's half of the pitch
but seemed unable to capitalise.They intitially had to make do
with a penalty from Holt and drop goal from Joe until Batley
cracked Steve Woods is a try scoring dynamo at the moment and
he took a high kick just under the Kells End sticks to make it
17-6. Holt converted and soon after Jacko stormed over . Holt
again converted. Campbell got the next which with the conversion
gave the home side their finale. Batley's no 15 got a last minutes
consolation which was converted. Man of the Match was Darren
Action from the early
some of the highlights of a great year......2002