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A Year of Champions....when
Super League beckoned
Grand Final Dream Shattered by one
Leigh stole the game in extra time with 32-16 win after Haven
almost took the prize.
It was 16 apiece at full-time
Half-time saw Leigh ahead
by a measly drop goal . Haven tries from Wes Wilson(2) with the
game of his life and Craig Calvert.
Penalty goals from Nanyn.
HAVEN: Broadbent, Calvert, Seeds, Nanyn, Wilson, Joe, Obst, Jackson,
Lester, Fatialofa, Davidson, Hill, Walsh. Subs: Miller, Sice,
Turley, Smyth, Halliwell, Cooper, Alstead, Duffy, Martyn, Knox,
Rowley, Sturm, Larder, Wilkes, Knott. Subs: McConnell, Cruckshank,
Cooper 2, Martyn, Turley
Turley 6, plus 2 drop-goals. Rowley drop-goal, Martyn one drop-goal
Ronnie Laughton (Barnsley)
No way through a rock solid defence for visiting Featherstone.
Haven tries from big Paul Davidson, Walsh(2), Obst, Wes Wilson
and Nanyn. Gate of 2,300 plus. Man of Match was Craig Walsh.
No way Through at Leigh
Haven were almost ahead
at half-time, but it was not to be.
Final score Leigh 30 (14-14) 16 Haven.
Elimination semi at the Recre Sunday October 3.
Wet and Slippery Slog
Haven 24 (8-12) 16 Featherstone
A crowd of just over 2,000 had to watch as for a crucial early
second half 15 minutes the home side were log jammed 12-12 by
Featherstone. The visitors were nippy on their feet in the greasy
conditions and Haven's defences often took four or fives slipped
chances before each attack could be floored.
Once again Sam Obst was superb
and rightly M of Match, but Walshy proved equally inspirational
in the first half. Once again speedy Craig Calvert was an important
rising star in the side. He got one important try after the ball
bounced back from the Rover's post and Seeds was able to think
quickly and scoop it for a pass to the winger.
Leroy Joes neat kick into the
corner was touched down by Seeds.
Apologies to Leroy Joe for
our earlier report that he had been sin-binned, in fact the target
for the card was Aaron Lester.
We seemed to gift them quite
a few too many penalties. After the 12-12 stalemate it was Nanyn
who broke the spell and luckily also broke the Rovers spirit.
Tries from Walsh, Calvert(2),
Nanyn and Seeds. Nanyn kicked two goals.
Haven: Broadbent, Calvert, Seeds, Nanyn, Wilson, Joe,
Obst, Tandy, Lester, Fatialofa, Davodson, Hill, Walsh. Suns Sice,
McKinney, Jackson and Vaughan.
Oldham going Nowhere
Watched by over 2,000 fans Haven dominated throughout a slow,
often uninspiring game. Newcomer Ryan Tandy earned his spurs
with two first half tries that got Waltzing Matilda playing over
the Tannoy. He was joined on the score sheet by Sam Obst and
Aaron Lester in the first half. The second half saw no points
on the board for some 15 minutes and some sloppy play as the
summer rains made for slippery conditions. Leroy Joe replied
to an Oldham try with a decisive break through. Nanyn kicked
all bar one of the conversions. To cap the quiet second period
Craig Calvert did another high speed sprint to grab a neat kicked
to the corner punt.
Scorers for Oldham were Martin
McLaughlin, Lee Dunn and Dodd. Man of the Match was Aaron Lester...Three
coaches already full for the big away game next Sunday!
Norman Lofthouse set off ahead
of the starting gun to make sure he beat Lee Skelton in a charity
dash across the Recre at the interval for Hospice at Home..
Head to Head
Whitehaven's Mick Nanyn and Leigh Centurions' Richard Marshall
will be going head-to-head for the LHF Healthplan National League
One title when the two heavyweight sides clash at Hilton Park
All eyes will be on The Coliseum
when this game kick's-off on Sunday 5th September at 3.00pm,
as the winner of this fixture is likely to be crowned LHF Healthplan
National League One Champions and gain crucial home advantage
for the play-off finals. Season honours currently hang in the
balance for both clubs. A win for Whitehaven in Leigh's back
garden would send them clear at the top of the table with no
way of being caught, whilst Leigh have to win all of their remaining
fixtures to guarantee finishing in the number one spot.League
sponsors, LHF Healthplan brought together Marshall and Nanyn
this week to whet the appetite for what is building up to be
the game of the season.
Batley 22- Haven 48
Winger Calvert shines
Haven 38- 8 Hull KR
Craig Calverts astonishing
100-metre try started from his own try line and an entire Hull
side couldn't catch him..against Hull KR yesterday is being hailed
as one of the most spectacular ever scored at The Recre.
Howard Hill and Craig Walsh
(two tries) also came in for praise in this excellent showing
DIRTY DONS DEFEATED
Haven 42 (26-12) 18 Doncaster
Man of the Match
Mick Nanyn was everywhere and thanks to excellent feeds from
a 'back on form' Leroy Joe he soon had the Dragons struggling
to hold their line.
The visitors tried a physical intimidation aproach with a series
of high tackles, one flooring Nanyn out cold briefly. But Haven
would not allow the frighteners to be applied. Doncaster were
barely a threat in the second half so ended up using unecessary
violence that merely generated extra penalties for Haven and
saw one of their heavyweights red carded. Lester was inspirational
in the important opening stages of both halves. Sam Obst continues
to be brilliant Sparkie that leaves defences looking like they
have concrete boots. Speed king Calvert also treated us to a
Kells End touch-down. Over 1,800 fans saw this truly quality
A sunny victory made all the
sweeter by the bizarre Leigh result of Nil Points...
Building for the Future
WHITEHAVEN RLFC have
the capture of highly-rated Aussie forward Ryan Tandy in a major
boost to their bid to bring Super League rugby to West Cumbria.
Haven hope to have the 23-year-old prop or second-rower, who
weighs in at 16 stones, over from Australia within a few days
so he can watch them in action at The Recre on Sunday against
Doncaster before making his debut for them at Halifax next week.
Tandy played six NRL games for St George last season .
Keighley Win...Obst Strikes Again!
Keighley 16 (4-12)24 Whitehaven
July 25 2004
Tries from Sice, Obst, Nanyn, Leroy Joe and goals from Nanyn
(6) and a Sam OPbst drop kick to ensure a suitable finale.
HAVEN have signed Wath
Brow Hornets pair Carl Rudd and Derry Eilbeck
- two of the amateur game's brightest young talents. Both featured
in the Brow's National Cup final win in Blackpool in
May, with stand-off Rudd named Man-of-the-match .
Rudd went on to star for BARLA
Great Britain Lions on their tour of
Back to Winning Ways!
Haven 30 (4-10) 14 Rochdale
July 11 2004
After a first half slog, dramatic turnaround in round two and
debut for Calvert a runaway sucess as he takes two tries. Craig
Walsh working alongside Sice in second half to break the Hornets.
Tries from O'Neil, Calvert (2) Walsh, Morton and Obst. Man of
the Match David Fatailofa
Whitehaven: Wesley Wilson, Craig Calvert, David Seeds, Ryan Campbell,
Paul O'Neill, Leroy Joe, Sam Obst, Chris McKinney, Aaron Lester,
David Fatialofa, Spencer Miller, Howard Hill, Craig Walsh
Subs: Gary Purdham, Carl Sice, Graeme Morton, Tony Cunningham
Rochdale: Michael Platt, Andrew
Saywell, Mark McCully, David Alstead, Chris Campbell, John Braddish,
Bobbie Goulding, Rob Ball, Darren Robinson, Gareth Price, Andy
Gorski, Darren Shaw, Dave Cunliffe
Subs: Janan Billings, Tommy Hodgkinson, David Newton, Lee Hanson
Referee:Julian King (St Helens)
Haven opened scoring with
a penalty and the home side made a promising start but soon Leigh
scored against the run of play and Phil's son David Larder scored.
He took the opportunist opening after a headbutt on a Haven player
that the ref failed to notice.
Robbed by Mr Martyn.
Haven 30- Leigh 34
June 27 2004
That man Turley converted. Turley then scored two tries and converted
in the stiff breeze.(2-18)
Jamie Marshall then had a wonderful
gifted ball from a Leigh mis-pass. He legged it with the Leigh
pack baying at his heels. Nanyn converted ((8-18)
A smooth pass from Joe set
up Wes to see Haven fight back.
Danny Halliwell responded for the visitors to leave it 14-22.After
the turn around Haven fought back and Jamie Marshall again showed
pace to score making it 18-24. Tensions rose as Damian Munroe
replied making it a nail biting 20-28. Sice had a great chance
but Leroy Joe was unable to take the off-load. But soon after
the pressure paid off and Sam Obst , who deserved his Man of
the Match spurs broke through to score (pictured). Nanyn converted
and this plus penalty left it a hung 28-28. A lucky award of
penalty gave us the narrowest lead at 30-28 but then Mr Martin
went over after slipping the Haven defences.Attendance was 2049
and the big draw winner was Mrs Karen Atkinson netting £10,000.
Bitter Pill for the Bulldogs
Batley caught Haven napping in the first half, but cheered on
by the Kells End crowd the home side took the game by the scruff
of the neck and kept play in the Batley half for much of the
During the interval the Recre crowd cheered GB and Haven
Immortal Dick Huddart on a return visit to the UK.
In the first half Hill scored
first for Batley after a Haven defensive error ran the ball into
touch. Then Haven's own Hill responded thanks to a feed from
Lester. Nanyn converted. But Batley were the more pacey side
in this first half and moved the ballabout to generate a try
from Richardson after two Haven players failed to tackle him.
Eaton converted and then added a drop kick to give the half-time
Initially Batley still moved
the ball about better and Bryn Powell scored. This was however
the Bulldog's last score as Haven moved up a gear and took hold.
The possession stayed largely in the Batley half of the firled
from here on in. Nanyn broke the log jam powering across. He
converted his own try. Broadbent, who had a superb game throughout,
drove in at the corner and nanyn converted (20-17) as the Kells
End sensed the game had dramatically turned.
Nanyn scored a further try
, followed soon after by a Craig Walsh touchdown. Action pictures
Ref. Peter Taverner
Man of the Match for Haven was the ever-improving Fatialofa.
Onwards in the Cup
Batley 16-Haven 22 Thanks to
tries from Seeds, Walsh and O'Neil. Nanyn kicked
some good action shots see the Batley site...
Very Important Away Win
12 Haven 26
Nanyn silenced critics
of his kicking skills by clocking up five goals. Tries from Sam
Obst (2) and Fatialofa.
Homecoming for Haven star
Dick Huddart will touch
down in town at the weekend after 30 years in Australia. The
West Cumbrian second-row, who featured for St Helens and later
the great St George team, in Sydney, after leaving the Recreation
Ground, is returning home for a holiday and will be a special
Haven's home game against Batley on June 13.
Walkover despite the Ref?
The crowd (gate of 1648) were
perhaps understandably baying for Mr Morris's blood at the interval
after Nanyn was denied a clear try scored after he had a tap
on the ankle and then ran on over the Blue Sox try line. Overall
Haven never let the visitors, including a very subdued Jon Roper,
see any daylight.
After an initial ten minutes
of stalemate it was the ever reliable Seedsy who sprinted home
to put points on board. Nanyn converted this but later let slip
extra points. Jamie Marshal leaned over to grab a second important
touchdown. Halifax were given a penalty which they scored to
see it 10-4 at half-time.
In the second period the Laal
Aussie dynamo of Sam Obst scored a try from initial play by Man
of Match Lester. This was converted. Sice came on for a spell
that tok the pace up a notch as Craig Walsh scored. Soon after
a Halifax, despite the hard-to-stop Cumbrian Davidson, flagged
and Lester drove over making it 26-4 after the conversion.Nanyn
then scored a high speed drive in the right corner and Walsh
made it a pair just before the happy hooter. More
Never an easy place to
visit is Doncaster, Dragons coach St John Ellis always has his
troops fired up and boy do they make it difficult for you . So
to lose this one though disappointing doesn't mean we played
poorly, far from it!
The Dons caught us early doors , to use the soccer parlance ,
going 12-nil up before we found our feet . But we did well to
claw our way back into the game , tries from Brett McDermott
and Sam Obst brought us back into the game at 12-10 . We certainly
seemed to be getting the measure of the Dons when disaster struck
when Brett McDermott got involved in a tackle with Marlon Billy
and was sent from the field for alleged use of the elbow .
As I say its hard enough at Donny but to lose a man with 60 minutes
left to play , well things looked pretty bad for the Haven .
The performance thereafter was at least commendable. A try for
Mick Nanyn just before the hooter saw us only one point adrift
at half time as the Haven team battled heroically to keep themselves
in the game .
In the second half the 12 Haven players took the game to the
Dragons as Paul Oneil and Jamie Marshall scored two well crafted
tries to establish a 24-17 lead .At this point the home side
looked pretty ordinary as they made numerous mistakes in the
driving rain . You began to think that maybe just the Haven might
hold on for a famous win against the odds .
It wasnt to be however, ironically the sin binning of their main
play maker Graham Holroyd with 15 minutes remaining ,saw Donny
up their game . A tiring Haven started to make mistakes setting
the Dragons up for two close range trys that edged them infront,
this while both teams only had 12 men on the field Donny 25 Haven
24 . After that Haven visibily tired before your eyes and it
was the Home team that scored again to take the points in this
pulsating clash .
Ultimately the Crucial event in this game was Brett McDermotts
dismissal , the remaining 12 players really put 110 % in to keep
us in the game for next 50 minutes , ultimately they ran out
of steam in the last 10 and the Dragons took full advantage .
If they were honest they will count themselves fortunate to get
the points , for with a full 13 on the field I have no doubt
Haven would have taken this one .
Whitehaven maintain their
100 per cent record with a 38-6 win over Keighley,though the
scoreline doesn't reflect the game the visitors pushed Haven
hard .With 60 minutes on the clock the score was only 14-6 ,
however a late flourish from the Cumbrians saw them win a game
they never really dominated as expected .
Man of the Match Craig Walsh opened the scoring with a fine individual
try then Sam Obst finished some fine passing to extend the Haven
lead to 12-nil before the visitors hit back with a try to make
the score 12-6 after 20 minutes , indeed it took a knock on to
deny the Cougars of an eqaulising score just before half time
. Another Mick Nanyn extended Haven half time lead to 14-6 .
The first 20 minutes of the second half the Cougars put the Haven
defense under pressure , their 8 point lead looking very fragile
. Again a dropped ball denied them a score with the line wide
open . But another blistering run on 60 minutes saw Craig Walsh
bag his second try of the day to extend the Haven lead to 20-6
and that was the game over as a competition .The visitors efforts
took their toll as they visibly tired allowing the Haven to score
further tries from Aaron Lester,Graeme Morton and Carl Sice while
Walshy bagged his hatrick of tries right on time to seal the
All credit to the visitors for a committed display , that at
time boiled over , three sin-binnings , Haven deserved their
win but still room for improvement if they are to continue their
winning sequence at Doncaster next week.
One of the club's most
dependable backers has returned to the Board. Welcome back on
board to Ron Batty of B and H Motors.
Ron has already served
Haven as a director for 14 years on previous boards. Also welcome
to new director John Rowlandson.
The Draw for the Arriva trains quarter finals once agian
sees Haven on the Road , with yet another away tie , their fifth
away tie from the last six cup draws . For the second time this
season the Haven will travel to Mount Pleasant to take on Batley
in this quarter final clash .
A tough game is in prospect as the Bulldogs will see this game
as a chance for revenge for their Challenge cup defeat last month
, when they claim they played poorly . Steve McCormack while
giving the opposition respect will once again expect his team
to progress at the Bulldogs expense .
Game will played Sunday 6th June .
Onwards and Upwards
Whitehaven confirmed themselves
as NL1 form team with this comprehensive away victory over a
plucky but ultimately outgunned Rochdale Hornets.
Haven took an early lead as centre David Seeds crossed after
five minutes with Mick Nanyn adding the extras. The 15th minute
sin-binning of Rochdale's Anderson proved crucial as the Haven
took advantage and Nanyn (2), Paul O'Neil, Sam Obst all crossed
with three Nanyn conversions giving the visitors a commanding
Michael Platt responded with a try for the home side but they
went into the interval 26-6 down.
Obst danced through for his second try shortly after the restart
and the Hornets backline was again exposed as Craig Walsh collected
his own kick to score.
All credit to the Hornets they never gave in and Lee Birdseye
finished off a fine move with a try he then converted.
Whitehaven responded as Carl Sice collected Obst's astute kick
to score a try converted by Nanyn. Howard Hill sent Lee Kiddie
through a huge gap to wrap up the scoring.
A very competent display on the road from the Haven, despite
several personnel changes the team carried on where they left
off against Leigh. Sam Obst again caught the eye while Wesley
Wilson had a great game in the number 1 jersey.The strength in
depth of the Haven looks like being a key factor in achieving
a successful campaign. Already Hull KR and Halifax have faltered,
dropping league points. If Haven can maintain their momentum
over the next few weeks, heading the NL 1 table in early May
looks very likely and deserved.
Workington Town 10 Whitehaven
A near 1500 gate turned out for this derby game that had been
written off by many in the run up to the game. A classic it wasn't,
but there was something for both clubs to take from this keenly
fought derby Game.
For Haven: Several fringe players got some game time in a pretty
competitive clash and we beat the old enemy despite fielding
a much-weakened squad
We maintained our 100 % record in the ATC North Group
For the Town: Their squad gave a gritty display that made a nonsense
of the debacle at Barrow the previous week
Whitehaven 74 -16 Gateshead
April 4 2004
Tries from Kiddie, Obst, Marshall, Lester, Wilson, McKinney,
Jackson, Broadbent, Walsh,& Nanyn.
And sadly Town lost 48-0 to Barrow
Over 5,300 gate and on
Grandstand....Haven gave Superb showing
March 28 2004
After what has been a tremendous day for Whitehaven RLFC, we
can only echo Coach Steve McCormacks comments"........the
Players effort could not be faulted indeed." Indeed every
one gave 110% for the cause and that's all we can ever ask of
the players. The result of the game was realistically only what
could be expected when a top NL1 club meet a Top four Super league
Though matching each other in the early exchanges the normally
imposing Haven defence just couldn't stymie a Wolves pack that
continually caught Haven on the back foot with quick play the
balls and incisive running from the Dummy half. Once they had
established a go forward a Sweeping passing movement from a penalty
saw winger Wilshere beat the Haven's scrambling defence to open
the Wolves account. Haven then conceded another try before a
dropped ball near the Wolves line saw Lee Kiddie race over for
a try to pin the score back - Haven 6 Wolves 10. Hope for the
home team as the half time hooter approached , in the next attack
Mick Nanyn gathered a kick through and looked as though he could
have scored himself but chose to pass and the opportunity to
take the lead evaporated.
Indeed it was the Wolves who struck the Killer blow in first
half injury time as Nathan Wood robbed the ball from Gary Broadbent
to score a very debatable yet crucial try. 14-6 to the Wolves,
was this to much leeway for a brave Haven to claw back ?
To have any chance of making a game Haven had to score first
after the break however it was the Wolves who broke Haven hearts
with two quick trys from Sibbitt and Woods. Though Mick Nanyn
scored a fine individual try after that it was only a consolation
score as the Wolves showed real class to romp home 10-42.
Well done to all the lads for giving their all, on today's showing
the improving Wolves outfit will be thereabouts at the end of
the season. They had that bit extra in every facet of their game
, Marginally quicker in speed of though, passing and running,
and with key players performing well through out they always
had that edge over a gallant Haven effort. The cumulative results
of this was that Haven were stretched to breaking point by a
very well organised and competent Wolves team that is a tribute
to the work Paul Cullen has put in there.
So we now have to move on and much hard work lies ahead .Not
for the Haven the futile deception of turning in a good performance
in the midst of a conclusive defeat, other clubs are welcome
to that . The events of the last few weeks now means that the
Holy Grail of a Super League place is perhaps more sought after
now than ever, the club is making rapid strides in many areas,
but the lesson from today is that the time, effort and resources
must now be invested in the playing side in the years and months
to come to enable to the club to take advantage of any opportunities
that may be made available to us.
Sadly the cup will be staying
south of Cumbria this year.
And another young gun,
Daniel Smith, signs up...
The fantastic win at Batley
and the subsequent reward of a home draw with Warrington Wolves
was all and more the club could have hoped for. Todays news that
the game will be televised live on BBC Grandstand on Sunday 28
March really was the icing on the cake for Players officials
and supporters of the club , and is a fitting recognition for
the progress the Haven have made on and off the field in recent
"We decided that the Whitehaven-Warrington tie had a lot
going for it, commented the BBCs Rugby League editor Carl
The BBC will screen a match from Cumbria for the first time since
the days of Eddie Waring, who retired from the BBC in 1981. Previous
televised games from the Recre included v Bradford Northern in
the John Player cup semi final in Jan 1975 and a BBC 2 floodlight
trophy game v Salford in Oct 1977
The game will also see ex-Haven coach Paul Cullen return to the
club he served so well between 2000 and 2002 . Both the Whitehaven
club and Cullen as a coach made significant progress in that
Paul welcomed the draw but sounded a warning to his players ahead
of the clash .He said they would have to apply themselves much
better than they did in the last round against Oldham . Whitehaven
player he predicted ".....would become 6 ft 4 inches and
bullet proof ..." for the game, warning that if his charges
did not apply themeselves properly Haven ".....would stick
it on them."
Though still clearly having great regard for his old club Cullen
is nothing but professional giving clear warning to the haven
that on the day ".....the gloves will be off ."
Meanwhile the club are currently working on the detail for the
big day, match tickets will available from the end of the week,
and a big promotional marketing effort featuring Haven and Warrington
players is being timetabled.
6 Haven 29
came to the Recreation Ground with spirits high after their recent
exploits however their Young Guns had the misfortune to run into
a Haven Team playing their best rugby of the campaign thus far
Two tries in the opening 4 minutes really set the scene on a
great day for the Haven and one the Town will want to forget.
Throughout the game a valiant but ultimately outclassed Town
team had no answer to the Haven, who upped the pace and momentum
of the game whenever they chose . The bemused Town defence were
left stranded as Lester , Joe and Kiddie prompted the attacking
plays that invariably had the visitors would-be tacklers clutching
at thin air. Seven first half tries from the Haven must have
left Town coach Ged Stokes with an unenviable task of lifting
his team for the second half and avoiding potentially a bigger
drubbing than last weeks result against Leeds.
Credit to the visitors who made a better fist of things at the
start of the second half keeping Haven at bay for 16 minutes
before Mick Nanyn went over . But there was to be no second half
heroics from the Town this time as Haven scored two further tries
to seal an emphatic win though Neil Fraser did bag a consolation
effort for the Town late on . Great preparation for the Haven
ahead of next weeks big Challenge Cup tie at Batley , a very
important game which will really test the teams capabilities
but one we are capable of winning on todays showingWhitehaven
made light work of visiting Town. Haven showed some good pacey
moves and held the visitors on nil points for half the first
half. Chris McKinney had to pull out with a shoulder injury early
Tries from Leroy Joe, Lee Kiddie (2)(Man of Match), Wes Wilson(2),
Garry Broadbent(3) Mick Nanyn, Spence Miller. Action
was 2,150...Tickets for the important away game against Batley
are £11, details from Steve Shepherd
East Hull 4 Haven 14
Four tries disallowed and
a long journey made for a tough cup game but ultimate victory
and onwards towards a big crowdpuller at Haven after we pay a
call on Batley.
Haven eased to a pretty comfortable win at Gateshead in this
Arriva Cup - north group game. In a bitterly cold Thunderdome
the Haven controlled the game throughout, competing well not
only against a lively home team but also the elements that included
bright sunshine and heavy snow showers.
Haven opened the scoring with a Mick Nanyn try which he converted
0-6. Then after 25 mins Lee Kiddie went over converted by Nanyn
0-12 Gateshead hit back score in the 28th minute the try scored
by Peers converted by Thorman Gateshead 6 - Whitehaven 12
tries from the Haven just before the interval from Graeme Morton
and then Craig Walsh supporting a great David Seeds break - and
with one converted by Nanyn, we went in 22-6 to the good , a
scoreline that perhaps didn't reflect the home teams contribution
The second half started with a second Mick Nanyn try to extend
the Haven lead to 6-26 as the Haven dominated proceedings.
Other second half tries came from Graeme Morton, Howard Hill
and Spencer Miller while Craig Walsh showed what a dangerous
finisher he can be, by completeing a hatrick of tries late in
the second half. Mick Nanyn added afurther 4 goals while the
Home side added to more tries, to make the final score Gateshead
Thunder 14 Whitehaven 54.
A workmanlike performance by the Haven against a spirited Thunder
team who payed better than the scoreline would suggest .Official
man of the match for Haven was Carl Sice though Lee Kiddie must
have pushed him close . DF
Tiger for Haven
The club can confirmed
reports on Teletext that they are close to signing Aussie Half
back Sam Obst form the West Tigers club .
For more details on Sam go to the following link http://weststigers.rleague.com/profiles/obst.htm
The signing has yet to completed and is dependant on Immigration
Procedures being completed, however it is hoped that he will
officially become a Haven player very soon . More Details to
Catch Nanyn if you can!
rightly chosen as Man of the Match, Mike Nanyn showed he was
unstoppable in just the opening minutes by romping in for the
first Haven try. Sadly his kicking skills need some fine tuning
and many conversions went begging.
The second try was a Nanyn
set-up and pass on to Howard Hill. English had replied for Swinton
with neat kick through and touchdown. O'Neill then made it 14-6.
A very live wire Brett MacDermott created his own tocuh down
just before the half-time hoot. During the break the Recre crowd
of just over 1,000 welcomed aboard 16 year old Mark Bainbridge
on his three year Haven deal.
In the seond half tries
came from Jamie Marshal showed great flair to nip through then
kick and score.Again Nanyn missed the conversion.Craig Walsh
scored before the Lions got a consolation thanks to Ayres. (28-10)Jamie
Marshall took a ball from Nanyn to make it 32-10. Thn O'Neill
passed out to Broadbent to score, Steve Wood made the conversion
on the final hooter.Match action
Whitehaven RLFC announce
£2 million re-development of
Whitehaven made it through
to the fourth round draw after a lack-lustre showing against
amateurs Thatto Heath Crusaders at Knowsley Road. They ran out
First half tries from Lee Kiddie and David Seeds, plus three
Mick Nanyn goals saw us lead 14-6 at the half .
A good 15 minutes at the start of the second half saw Lee Kiddie
get his second try with John Lebbon and Criag Walsh crossing
the line, Haven were comfortably ahead at 26 -6 before a late
try from the Home side
concluded the scoring .
Not a great performance by Haven though take nothing away from
Thatto Heath , whose robust enthusiastic approach knocked us
out off any real pattern for long spells .
None the less we took our place in round 4 were we will visit
Humberside to take on amatuers once again in the shape of East
Hull who knocked Swinton out of the competition.
Another tricky game , but one we should win if we apply ourselves
to the game plan , with a potential money spinner in the next
round as the reward
the Recreation Ground Stadium.
The club will be constructing a new 1,800
seater stand on the popular side of the stadium and when it is
completed it will help lift the capacity on the north side of
the stadium to 3,700.
Planned into the new stand development
are a function suite, corporate hospitality facilities, press
and media facilities, a classroom-creche, dressing rooms and
a purpose-built disabled fans viewing area.
When the new stand is completed that,
together with other planned works will see the stadium capacity
lifted from a little more than 5,000 to approximately 9,500.
Club secretary Dave Farrell said: "We
are ambitious club and when our plans are completed it will see
our stadium developed to stage where our application to admittance
to Super League could be considered if we won a National League
"Our popular side stand was demolished
several years ago and we believe that this development will keep
the club at the forefront of professional Rugby League not just
in Cumbria but in the rest of the country too".
Barrow 18 Whitehaven
Four tries from Nanyn proved
the club has made a key signing. Haven tries from Nanyn (4) Seeds
(2) and Fatialofa. Full details...
Whitehaven wound up their
pre season schedule with an easy win over Gateshead Thunder .
The Cumbrians took an early 10 nil lead with tries from Brett
McDermott and John Lebbon but the visitors worked hard in defence
and limited the Haven to one other first half try from Mark Wallace
In the second half Haven stepped up a gear and scored tries through
Stephen Woods, Gary Smith ,Carl Sice And Howard Hill , leaving
coach Steve McCormack with plenty of Selection options ahead
of the season opener at Barrow on Feb 1st Season Opener
The 2004 season launch
night will be held next Thursday 22nd January in the Haven Club,
Meet the players, Q&A forum, features on the Club Scholarship
Squads and the community club of the year award. Procam video
will be along hopefully with a Big Screen to show some of the
highlights of 2003 season , and club merchandise will be on sale
It promises to be a great night it gets underway at 7.30 admission
is free .
Whitehaven RL Pride on Aussie
with pride around Australia's Gold coast....Whitehaven RL car
stickers...Thanks message from fan Harry Cornish: "Many
Thanks for the car stickers, they will take pride of place in
the window whilst driving round the Gold Coast. Enjoyed standing
in the Kells End again to see the game with Manly. Wishing you
all a very successful season and look forward to listening to
the games on the internet."
Home side Victory in Seat Challenge
December 28 2003
On a bitterly cold afternoon
the Haven warmed the hearts of their faithful supporters with
a convincing win over a useful Oldham side to take the inaugural
The home team got off to the best possible starts . On 2 minutes
stand off Craig Walsh showed pace and awareness, using his team
mates as a foil to dummy his way over for a try from close range
. On a blustery afternoon a seemingly successful Paul Oneil conversion
was blown wide at the last moment . 4-nil to the Haven .
The home side continued to dominate matters with Craig Walsh
and Spencer Miller playing well. Indeed these two featured in
the 10th minute when Graham Morton supported well to score the
second Haven Touch down 8 -nil to the Haven .
Haven dominated the rest of the half with Oldham struggling to
find any real foothold in the Haven half. Just before the half
time hooter, full back Gary Broadbent supported a break from
Carl Sice to score by the post . Paul ONeill Added the extras
and Haven were well worth their 14-nil lead .
Early second half pressure saw centre Ryan Campbell score to
extend Havens lead to 18-nil . After that a Ian Watson led Oldham
came back into the game scoring a try through Gareth Barber making
the score 18-4 with 20 minutes remaining.Thereafter a very solid
Haven defence denied an increasingly lively Oldham team any real
scoring opportunities. Making the final score Haven 18 Oldham
As with the Manly game it is early days yet, but another very
confident performance from a Haven team short of several key
players. Brett McDermott tackled himself to a stand still , Spencer
Miller ran well while Craig Walsh showed enough in the no 6 jersey
to warrant further inclusion in this position.
The haven line up for the game
will be: Gary Broadbent Jamie Marshall Howard Hill David Seeds
Paul O'Neill Craig Walsh Lee Kiddie Chris McKinney Carl Sice
Mark Jackson Spencer Miller Graeme Marton
Brett McDermott Dean Vaughan Steven Woods Gary Smith Ryan Campbell
John Lebbon Gary Purdham
He kicks like Jonny W...
Welcome to ex-Hornet
ace kicker, Mick Nannyn. With 123 goals last season, Nanyn is
top NFP1 goal kicker.
Shirts now in stock
The 2004 Haven replica
shirts are now in stock.
Player Ryan Campbell tries out the new design by Exito sports
which stays faithful to the club's traditional Jersey designs
and colours while featuring the Sponsors logos of Washington
, B& H Motors , Bargain Madness and Bar Martinique.
With the price remaining at £40 for Adults sizes, £35
for childrens for the third successive year this represents great
value and would make an ideal Christmas present for all Haven
The Shirt are on sale both at the Recreation Ground and at the
Bargian Madness store in Whitehaven
You can also buy the jersey online by visiting www.moorsports.co.uk
Free car stickers
stock car stickers for marras.co.uk and Whitehaven rugby league..we
have already despatched one to a loyal Haven fan in Austalia....to
get one free simply email your address
Seat sponsor Friendly for December
Band M Motors and Seat cars
are backing a friendly as we welcome Oldham on Sunday, December
28 k.o.3 pm.
The club were saddened this week to learn of the death last Friday
of former player Joe Flanagan at his home in Keighley.
Joe was loose forward in the first ever team Haven team that
defeated Hull FC 5-0 in August 1948. He had the distinction of
kickig the first ever points for the club in that game. His stay
was but a Brief one he returned to his home town club Keighley
later in 1948 . But in the passing years he still returned to
the club from time to time and only two seasons ago was at Cougar
Park when Haven were the visitors .
Whitehaven RL have confirmed
admission prices for next season , with ground admission going
up by £1 from £8 to £9.Announcing this Chairman
Barry Richardson said : "This is the first increase since
2001 and is comparable to other NL One clubs, who charged last
season, for ground entrance alone, between £9 and £11.
There will be no increase in admission prices for concessions
(students and pensioners).
It will remain at £5
and for children under 16, frozen at £2.
Adults can beat the price increase
by purchasing their season tickets before December 31, at £98
for the four home Arriva Trains group games and all home NL One
games, at a saving of £19. The price from January 1 will
be £105, a saving of £12.
Concessionary season tickets
will remain at £50, children under 16 at £15.
Season tickets go on sale from today (December 4th) and are available
from the Club office at Recreation Ground B&H Motors, High
Street, Whitehaven, Barwise Chippy, Kells and Farrell Sports,
46 High Street,Cleator Moor
A very competitive game for
the Haven side against the Manly Sea Eagles Development Squad
(Sunday November 23 ). Missing regulars, Lester,Joe,Broadbent,Fats,Seeds,
Morton and McKinney it was a chance for the other players to
The visitors came into the game unbeaten and with former Aussie
international Cliff Lyons at no 6 they looked as though they
may cause the Haven a few problems. Indeed it was the Sea Eagles
who crossed the line first, a cut out pass from that man Lyons
putting winger Latimer in for a well taken try. Howard Hill opened
the Haven account and then Craig Walsh showed great awareness
and pace to score from about 35 Yards. Paul ONeill's goal made
it 10-4 at the half way point.
The Haven dominated the second period playing solid football
to enable new comer Jamie Marshall to bag 2 well taken
tries along with Craig Walsh, Carl Sice getting the other. Paul
O'Neil kicked another goal to make the final score Haven 28 Manly
Mention must be made of the Haven Defence in the second period
, which was quite outstanding as they repulsed some determined
attacking play from Manly most of which came from the Wily veteran
Not a bad crowd of 1003, M.O.M
went to to Lee Kiddie who certainly benefitted from his European
Nations cup duty with Scotland while the two new signings Jamie
Marshall and Brett McDermott had very useful debuts .
Haven side was :- O'Neil,
Subs,Jackson,Chambers,Gary Smith ,Miller.
NEW signing Jamie Marshall
has been released early from his Barrow contract and will make
his Whitehaven debut in Sunday's (Nov 23 2003)friendly against
Australian visitors Manly Sea Eagles (3pm kick-off).
The winger last week signed a two-year deal at the Recreation
his Barrow contract runs until November 30, so Haven had to ask
to allow him to play.
Choc Blue and Gold
The first opportunity to see the new Whitehaven Home Jerseys
for 2004 , once again made by Exito who as well as supplying
the New Jersey will be sponsoring the club for Playing Kit and
Players team wear to the tune of almost £6,000.
The new design retains the clubs traditional White with chocolate
blue and gold Hoops and once gain features Washington Group as
the main shirt sponsors . Other sponsor include on this jersey
are B&M , B& H Motors-Seat and Bar Martinique who recently
won the shirt sponsors draw.
The new replica jerseys will be available for the Christmas Market
, delivery expected mid December .
Washington backing Haven
HAVEN have secured
a new five-figure sponsorship deal with US
backers Washington International for next season.
The club landed a deal for
a fourth year with the United States-based
engineering and construction firm, despite Washington cutting
Sellafield operation. Barry Richardson, Haven chairman, said:
"Washington's support has been great for us, and we appreciate
their faith and willingness to continue with the relationship.
It means so much to us to have a major sponsor guaranteed at
this stage. They have had very positive feedback about the direction
the club is
More sponsors are also coming
forward to back the first division Cumbrians.
Bar Martinique will have its
name emblazoned on home shirts next season,
including replicas, alongside that of Washington, after it was
first out of
the hat in a club draw. Superdec will appear on the away shirts.
Brian's Taxis, Pristine Condition and Harsh Environmental Services
each won a pair of season tickets.
Tickets costing £10,
which includes a three-course meal, are now available
for a Vice-President's night on November 7.. Phone the club
on 692915 for details. All welcome.
Cumbria let outright Victory
Cumbria almost took
a win against the New Zealand squad in the big crowd-puller (gate
of 4,000) at Whitehaven on Sunday. It was 18-0 to the Cumbrians
at half-time but the Kiwis fought back for the score at the hooter
to be 24-24 draw. The teams were: Cumbria: Gary Broadbent, Matt
Gardner, David Seeds, Brett McDermott, Ade
Gardner, Rob Purdham, Peter Lupton, Ryan McDonald, Carl Sice,
Graeme Morton, Craig Chambers, Howard Hill. Subs: Paul Davidson,
Walsh, Marc Jackson, Jon Roper.
Kiwis: Lusi Sione, Nigel Taumoli,
Vila Apu'ula, Hale Va'Asa, Ricky Henry,
Gavin Bailey, Steve Buckingham, George Tuakura, Shane Beyers,
Faitala, Jesse Royal, Tyrone Pau, Karl Edmondson. Subs: Aoterangi
Wayne McDade, Johnny Limmer, Taylor Pelenise.
Year of Highs and a few Lows (2003)
from the early 2003 season....
Plus See some of the highlights of a great
Pride of Five Lottery draw
The club are delighted at the
response to this new lottery membership now up to nearly 1700,
but there a re still plenty of memberships available so if you
havent joined their still tioem to join. Remember in addition
to the £500 weekly prizes there will also be an annual
Jackpot prize of £10,000 .
You can get your application form online
here at marras.co.uk
Statistics for Marras web
Unique Visitors 5,079
Forecasted Impressions 10,306
Forecasted Unique Visitors 5,314
Be seen to be supporting
Haven as well as helping the club... For more details contact
the club or email webmaster
Call at Bargain
Madness...they have lots of Haven goodies on sale!