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Calvert's T'rrific Try
HIGHS AND LOWS 2008
2008 was the season that saw
the club go to the brink of financial meltdown (once again, echoes
of 1992!) But sponsors and Copeland Council rallied round and
2009 may see stadium dreams rise again.
On the field, critics of incoming coach Ged Stokes had to eat
their hats as Haven stormed through to the semi finals of the
Cup and fifth place in the league above
Broadbent has signed for his home town at Barrow (October 12
2008). 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
Sept 19 2008
SALFORD 62 (42-6) 18 WHITEHAVEN.
After a fantastic victory against Halifax, the odds were always
stacked against Haven. Full time professionals Salford started
the game quickly and soon raced to a 30-0 lead. Haven did manage
to hit back with a Spencer Miller try, but even at this point
the game was over.
Two further tries from Marc
Shackley and an Ade Adebisi, effort which was eventually given
after video ref Steve Ganson had a word in Richard Silverwoods
ear, was never going to be enough to get Haven back in the game.
In an emotional end to the game, David Fatialofa was lifted by
the players and the fans clapped off a true Haven legend in his
last ever game for the club after over 10 years service.
Squad: Broadbent, Calvert,
R Jackson, Patrick, Adebisi, McNally, Manihera, Edmonson, Joe,
Fatialofa, Miller, Barker, Makisi: Gorski, Shackley, McDonald,
Beaten at Home
was sweet as Haven defeated Leigh 30-24 at Sunday's play-off.
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.
will now play Halifax at the Shay next weekend.
up to Fifth Place
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.
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.
was Steve Ganson, gate was 2,100.
32-8 Whitehaven..tries Makisi and Adebisi...3,522 spectators
52- (10-2) Sheffield 8
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.
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
the Pelican blues Dewsbury 18...Haven 16
even Loser Points for Fax
27 2008 Haven 28 - Halifax 12
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.
of the Match were Joe and Broadbent.
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.
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.
Broadbent, Adibisi, R.Jackson, S.McAvoy, Calvert, Manihera, Joe,
Edmundson, G.Mattinson, McDonald, Hill, Miller, Makisi; Patrick,
Gorskie, Ford and M.Jackson.
gate was 1853 with Colin Dawber as ref.
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
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
Haven Broadbent, Calvert, R Jackson, McAvoy, Adebisi, Manihera,
Joe, McDonald, Mattinson, Edmonson, Miller, Hill, Makisi; Subs:
Ford, Gorski, M Jackson, Patrick
Ref: Ronnie Laughton
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.
will tie him to the Recreation Ground until the end of the 2010
take Rams as predicted
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
Colleran, Powell, Epati, Hall, Buchanan, Smith, Finn, Trinder,
Elston, Maloney, Glassie, Bostock, Weeden. Subs: Haigh, Rourke,
38; Tries from Varkulis,Greenwood , P.Smith(2), Black and Flanagan
Haven 14 Tries from makisi, R.Jackson and Spence Miller, Rudd
kicked one goal.
Deal struck with the
Miners' Welfare for a 50 year long lease on the Recreation Ground.
This could open up the prospect of major new investment in the
home of Haven.
Plans above (2007) by architects Day Cummins for
two new stands for the Recreation Ground.
Gregg McNally selected to play for the summer's Aussie tour at
the age of 17.
scores on his
romped home in the first half and kept an increasingly frustrated
Featherstone away from bonus losers points. Man of the Match
by sponsors Hertel was the magic boot of Tane Manihera.
celebrates his Snatch and Grab try
'There you go mate', was the message from McNally as he carved
a way through the defence and neatly passed to Spence Miller
for his testimonial try. It would have been jam on the cake if
McNally had in the second half completed a break away run for
the try line in the dying minutes. Howard Hill opened the scoring
in the first three minutes.
Spence then scored and Manihera converted both. Ade Adibisi then
presurred the Rovers to allow him to
grab a kicked through ball over the visitor's try line. Saxton
then came back to reply for Rovers and Dickens converted. Craig
Calvert then scored followed soon after in the first period by
Scott McAvoy. Adibisi then had his second try of the match to
make it 30-6 a reflection of Haven's smart play and control of
the first period.
In the second period skipper Dickens scored for Rovers but soon
after the frustration saw Adebisi knocked out cold and
soon after Rovers no 7 was sin binned. Barker held his head in
disgust when he let McNally down when he should have been put
in for a try when Barker had only the fullback to beat. Haven
ignored their boss in not kicking one penalty but took the two
points on the next penalty awarded. In the closing stages Hughes
got a consolation try but no bonus points.
Meanwhile...Workington Town blew an 18-6 interval lead to
lose at Sedgeley Park as Swinton Lions came back to win 33-24.
As good as Town were in the first-half, they were awful in the
recruit Andy Gorski was axed from Whitehavens squad.
Haven: Broadbent, Adebisi, R.Jackson,Makisi, Calvert,Manihera,McNally,
Smith, M.Jackson,D Barker, Ford.
Ref T. Alidert
Try Debut for McNally!
the Salford Reds with a 26-(16-18) 22 show fit for Sky TV. Schoolboy
Gregg McNally left the Sky pundits in awe as he ran in three
fantastic tries. Our Men of theMatch were McNally (of course)
but also Howard Hill, Marc jackson and Broadbent after he made
up for his first half slip up. Ged Stokes fully vindicated for
allowing the young bloods to have their day.. Oh and another
Man of the Match award for Manehera for rock solid kicking! The
trainee French ref Thierry Alibert was also spot on, apart from
disallowing Adebesis cool downing of the ball. In second half
an increasingly desperate Robbie Paul and the Salford side kept
hammering at the door but the Haven defences held. Calvert almost
completed one of his famous bursts through the defences .
Reds tries from Stapleton, Sidlow and White.
say Don't let Gregg Go!
Afterwards Club director Mike Graham said: As things stand
Gregg is on our books until July next year, we will be doing
everything in our power to keep Gregg and the rest of our promising
young Academy players, in their best interests as well as the
The starting line up for Thursday May 29 was follows:
1 GARY BROADBENT FULLBACK
2(5) ADE ADEDESI RIGHT WING
3 ROB JACKSON RIGHT CENTRE
4 SAIA MAKISI LEFT CENTRE
5(2) CRAIG CALVERT LEFT WING
6 TANE MANIHERA STAND OFF
7 GREGG Mc NALLY HALF BACK
8 KARL EDMONDSON PROP
9 GRAEME MATTINSON HOOKER
10 HOWARD HILL PROP
11 ANDY GORSKI
12 SCOTT McAVOY
13 SPENCER MILLER
14 CHRIS SMITH HOOKER
15 DAVID FORD PROP
16 DANNY BARKER LOCK
17 MARK JACKSON PROP
18 JOHN LEBBON
Batley defeat: 36-20..Haven tries Eilbeck
and Broadbent, with goals from Manihera
show how its Done
Jackson and the reserve side show the first team how it should
be played with 52-34 win over Rochdale. Haven team:1 Craig Benson,
2 Paul Lancaster, 3 Dan Smith, 4 John Patrick, 5 John Lebbon,
6 Gregg McNally, 7 Martin Gambles, 8 Andrew Jones, 9 Chris Smith,
10 Marc Jackson, 11 Craig Hodgson, 12 Stephan Fox, 13 Marc Shackley;
14 Nathan Mossop, 15 Brad Crellin, 16 Tony Burns, 17 Steve Ormisher.
Another Blackpool trial signing?
Ormesher, the former Blackpool Panthers and Workington Town prop
forward, has joined Whitehaven on a months trial. Ormesher
has only had one training session at the Recreation Ground so
is not included in the Haven squad for Sundays trip to
Batley. Last season Ged Stokes signed Ormesher for Workington
Town while he was head coach at Derwent Park and the 6ft 5ins
forward settled in well, although he was sent-off on two occasions.
Pie Eaters swallow Haven
106...Haven 8 at the JJB Monday May 12
Wigan: Richards, Calderwood, Goulding, Carmont, Colbon, Barrett,
S Tomkins, Coley, Higham, Paleaaesina, Bailey, Hock, OLoughlin.
Subs Mathers, Fielden, Hansen, Prescott.
Tomkins 5, Barrett 3, Hansen 2, Paleaaesina 2,Calderwood 2 OLoughlin,
Higham, Richards, Bailey. G: Richards 17
Broadbent, Adebisi, Jackson, McAvoy, Calvert, Rudd, Bainbridge,
Edmondson, Mattinson, McDonald, Hill, Miller, Makisi. Subs Eilbeck,
Ford, Barker, Teare.
Ged persuade Lester to Return?
by John Walsh
Friday, 09 May 2008
had an exclusive interview with Whitehaven coach Ged Stokes in
which he explains how he has had talks with former Recreation
Ground legend Aaron Lester.
also discusses his new signings Tane Manihera and Martin Gambles;
what his targets are for the rest of the season; the big contracts
which put Whitehaven in severe financial difficulty; preparations
for Wigan on Monday and how he has coped with his time out of
hear the interview in full just switch to our audio section and
click on the Rugby League link for Ged Stokes.
forget you heard it first on getnoticedonline.co.uk
anger on the club message board that when the Club is in trouble
and needed 50 year lease to develop, all the Miners' Welfare
did was offer 15 year lease and slap on a rent rise....With friends
like these what chance has Haven. Miners' Welfare trustees may
have false hopes the land is ripe for residential valuations...highly
unlikely on a high flood risk area!
key players Injured
28 (8-16).Leigh 16
had an initial lead destroyed with Haven tries from Makisi, Rob
Jackson, Calvert, Adebisi and Rudd. Rudd kiced four goals. Haven
were helped in the second period by the red carding of Mike Morrison.
But the game will impact on future games as playmaker Leroy Joe
and prop David Fatialofa both broke arms while hooker Sice fractured
a bone in his hand.
Ref Jamie Leahy
Calvert, R.Jackson, Bainbridge, Edmondson, Joe, G.Mattinson,
Adebisi, Makisi, McDonals, Miller, Hill, Rudd; Sice, S.McAvoy,
AGM Concerns for Haven Ltd
The accounts: See for yourself the problems
faced by the Board
accounts for 2007 for Whitehaven RL were on April 30 2008 revealed
at the AGM. Local media reports potential losses of £200,000.
Soon after Barry Richardson resigned.
Meanwhile Haven signed Tani Manihera.
aboard for Gorski!
Andy Gorski was included in the squad
against Salford Reds. Salford City Reds 36...Whitehaven 10 (tries
from Calvert and Hill) Gate 3,252. Full Haven squad: Broadbent,
Calvert, Rob Jackson, Sice, McAvoy, Makisi, Adebisi, Joe, M.
Jackson,S.Miller, Hill, Rudd; Mattinson, Edmondson, Fatialofa,
round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.
away for Whitehaven.
the Lezignan match vid...
from the fifth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup will be played
on the weekend of 10 and 11 May. The two televised ties will
be St Helens V Warrington Wolves on Saturday 10 May (BBC 1, kick
off 15:00) and Hull KR V Huddersfield Giants on Sunday 11 May
(BBC 2, kick off 13:15)
years final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday
full draw is:
KR V Huddersfield Giants
Raiders V Wakefield Wildcats
Rams V Oldham
Bulls V Catalans Dragons
Warriors V Whitehaven
Vikings V Hull FC
RL V Leeds Rhinos
Helens V Warrington Wolves
the Pro Cam video against Crusaders
get grip on Welsh/Aussie Superleague hopefulls.... Full
time 44-16, Half-time..Haven 22-6 Celtic Crusaders...
Tries from Hill, Calvert and Adibisi (2).Rudd , Spence and Fordy
Celtic tries from Blackwood, Lennon &Dalle Court.
Haven: Broadbent, Calvert, Makisi, R Jackson, Adebisi, Joe,
Bainbridge, McDonald, Mattinson, M Jackson, Miller, Hill, Rudd:
Sice, Edmonson, McAvoy, Ford
has quit as an assistant coach at Whitehaven citing differences
with new boss Ged Stokes.
check local Media
to Downing Street over RL
is a petition building to try and end the The Yo-Yo
system between League and Superleague.
out more and see if you agree......
Only try from Saia
Makisi on 2 minutes..only consolation...Town beaten by Blackpool
S.McAvoy, Broadbent, Makisi, Adebisi, R.Jackson, Joe, McDonald,
Sice, Eilbeck, Hill and M.Jackson.
Oldham: Langley, Littler, O'Connor, Mercille, Goulden,
Grundy, St Hilaire, Nanyn, Halliwell, Roden, Coyle, Boults, Joseph;
C. Baines, Robinson, Tamghart, Hoyle.
Watch the Pro Cam
Adibisi (2), Makisi and Carl Rudd, who also kicked six. Viking
tries from Hartley, Dean Gaskell (4), Grady and M. Smith.
Widnes: Yates, Gaskell, Hardman, Hartley, Dodd; Paterson, Duffy;
Morrison, Smith, Gannon, Hill, Noone, Beswick. Subs: Grady, Gallagher,
Donoghue, Kavanagh. Haven: Broadbent, Calvert, Makisi, Jackson,
Adebisi; Rudd, Joe; McDonald, Mattinson, Edmondson, Miller, Fletcher,
McAvoy. Subs: Sice, Eilbeck, Hill, Ford.
of Ged Stokes
Mar 2008 - Whitehaven RLFC were today pleased to announce the
appointment of Ged Stokes as Head Coach until the end of the
current season. The news met with some initial negative voices
on the Club's 'unofficial' message boards.
a not so Good Friday...Featherstone Rovers 28 Whitehaven 6, Haven
went down 6-19 to visiting Batley on an icy Easter Monday. Unable
to make any headway through the Batley defences the sole home
try from Craig Calvert, converted by Rudd. Scores for Batley
from Fogborun, Maloney and Henderson. Goals (4) from K.King.
the Pro Cam video of the Batley game.
to the rescue Again?
Copeland Borough Council has today(March14 2008)announced it
is to underwrite a West Cumbria Development Fund loan into Whitehaven
RLFC as part of its plans for the regeneration of the Pow Beck
Valley in the town.
The West Cumbria Development Fund has agreed, subject to the
Councils underwriting, to loan Whitehaven RLFC £75,000
to secure their immediate future. Copeland Borough Council has
agreed to underwrite this loan to safeguard the future of the
Pow Beck Valley regeneration plans. These plans would see a redeveloped
Recreation Ground as one of the centre pieces of a new sports
Tim Knowles, Copelands portfolio holder for regeneration,
said, Whitehaven RLFC are a major player in the Pow Beck
plans, and the club will be instrumental in the success of the
project. Therefore Copeland Council felt it was important to
support the club by underwriting the loan. This means that we
can continue to move forward with the Pow Beck proposals, with
all partners keen to implement the vision for the area. Without
the involvement of Whitehaven RLFC, the plans for the development
would have had to be reconsidered, which would have severely
delayed the project.
The loan to Whitehaven RLFC was agreed by the West Cumbria Development
Funds board meeting, which took place on Wednesday this
week. The funding was provided to Copeland Borough Council, who
in turn have passed it to the clubs accountants. Without
the loan, the clubs immediate future was in jeopardy.
Gordon Grace, the Chairman of the Whitehaven RLFC caretaker board
of directors, said, We are delighted that Copeland Borough
Council and the West Cumbria Development Fund have been able
to support us. It is well documented that we have been in a tight
financial situation, and this funding will help the club to progress
to a sustainable future.
Copeland Borough Council is Whitehaven RLFC Groups single
biggest shareholder. The Council owns 45% of the shares in Whitehaven
1992 Ltd, the holding company which owns 70% of the club. The
Council will now be calling an extraordinary general meeting
of Whitehaven 1992 Ltd. The club are due to hold an annual general
meeting during April 2008.
March 2008 WHITEHAVEN have been handed good news over the
Recreation Ground, with the capacity rising by over 1,000 to
8,500 for the new league season.
Cup Haven thru but
Wath Brow ousted
we won't be seeing a Brow-Haven game as Swinton came up the M6
and beat Wath Brow 14-40, despite tries from King and Amor.(Sunday
Leigh Miners 14- Haven 40....tries from Fletcher(2), Eilbeck,Joe,
and Calvert. Goals Rudd(1) Fletch (5)
Haven team against Leigh Miners was: Broadbent, Calvert,
R Jackson, Eilbeck, Adebisi, Joe, Finch, McDonald, Mattinson,
Edmonson, McAvoy, Fletcher, Rudd Subs: Sice, Ford, Hill, Teare.
the problems in the boardroom Board room Changes
(March 2 2008) the squad ensured points at Keighley; Keighley
16 Haven 32....Rudd (2) Makisi (2), Calvert, while neighbouring
Town went down 86-6 at Halifax!
Duffy is leaving Haven for Widnes.
John Duffy made 27 appearances for Haven in his first season
at the Recre, scoring 11 tries. He followed up with another good
year last term, crossing 10 times in 24 appearances This comes
at a time of financial woes off the pitch.
We won't be showing the video it's too upsetting!
the Shay 48-16 to Halifax
from Calvert (2), Adebisi, and Broadbent. Rudd kicked two goals.
Action shots from
from Blue Sox were Larder (2), A.Smith, Royston, Penkywicz,
Patterson and Goddard (2) Holroyd kicked seven goals.
Ref. was Mr Ganson.
Haven Team: Broadbent, Calvert, Makisi, Eilbeck, Adebisi, Finch,
Duffy, M Jackson, Mattinson, Fatialofa, Miller, Fletcher, Rudd.
Subs: McAvoy, Joe, Edmonson, Hill
man in the chairman's seat is Gordon Grace. As rumoured recently
on the message boards Des Byrne has stood aside as chairman after
many years loyal work for the club. Des will stay on the board
and the board sees the return of Barry Richardson to strengthen
the top table. Also stepping in to help bolster Haven is Mike
Graham from GM Supplies and Billy Rudd from Unique Sports.
According to News and Star: "Byrne has been replaced by
Gordon Grace, a former Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy,
prominent Haven fan and sponsor.The exact state of club finances
is not yet known, as the new board is awaiting the latest accounts.
But it is believed that Haven's financial situation needs attention.
And respected former chairman Barry Richardson, credited by many
as the architect behind the club's transformation in to the game's
leading part-time club, also returns to the board, to take charge
of all financial matters. Grace, 60, paid tribute to the work
of the departing chairman, who will remain a club director, and
stated his intent to place Haven on a more stable financial footing.
are very tight in rugby league and Whitehaven is no exception,"
said Grace, who, after leaving the Navy, went on to senior management
roles with Marconi Simulation, the UK paper industry and more
recently in launching GEN II Engineering and Training at Cleator
Status Quo to Rock the Recre
Well known rockers Status Quo
are coming to a live show at the Recreation ground. Saturday
August 2. To find out more see Whitehaven.org.uk
Kiwis Testimonial Game
of 700 watched Haven beat a NZ3 Select side 42-10 at the testimonial
for Aaron Lester, David Fatialofa and Leroy Joe. Lester, who
retired late last season, narrowly missed the match as he is
getting married in New Zealand.
Welcome to Haven for Tongan Saia Makisi from North Sydney Bears
on a 12-month contract.
The 25 year old is a 6ft 3ins centre, weighing in at 16-stones.
fans have high hopes for the coming season as Haven are joined
by Tongan Saia Makisi
The 2007 Season's Awards
Players player of the year:
Player of the year: Gary Broadbent
Junior Supporters player: Carl Rudd
Pro-Cam try of the season: Craig Calvert V Leigh
Most Improved Player: Derry Eilbeck
Young Player of the year: Marc Bainbridge
Supporters player of the year: Gary Broadbent
Support Group player of the year: Richard Fletcher
Away Supporters player of the year: Richard Fletcher
Internet Supporters player of the year: John Duffy
News and Star readers player of the year: Craig Calvert
player of the year: David Ford
Coaches player of the year: Craig Benson
Directors player of the year: Chris Smith
Supporters player of the year: Marc Bainbridge
Washington Group International, the main sponsor of Whitehaven
Rugby Football Club has yet again pledged its support for the
club with an increased sponsorship package for 2008.
company announced at the club's annual Presentation Night (Nov
9) that it is increasing its sponsorship to £42,000 for
the new campaign. Iain Irving, West Cumbria Operations Director
of Washington Group, said, 'We are often asked why we have been
such a long term sponsor of the club, particularly since we have
no great gain in simply trying to advertise our brand to a wider
range of potential customers by having our names on the shirts.
We have after all only one real potential customer in the UK
nuclear industry, the Nuclear Decomissioning Authority - and
they know us pretty well already!' 'Our reasons for sticking
with Haven for so long are based around our admiration for what
the club does for the local community in Whitehaven and how much
it means to the people of the town. You cannot over estimate
the sense of pride in the people of Whitehaven when the team
is doing well and the focus it brings on the town when we are
marching towards major finals. Let's not forget the source of
income that the club is to the town and if we manage to achieve
our goal of Super League status we will help to transform the
town's fortunes significantly. This club is a major player in
the marketing of all that is good about Whitehaven and West Cumbria.'
'The extensive community activities that the club carries out
on a routine basis are exemplary and extremely important to us
as a sponsor. From the rugby coaching in schools, inclusive clubs
for those with physical and learning difficulties, Try Times
with hard to reach children or those at risk in secondary schools
, to Sports Mentoring programmes, Summer Camps, Transition and
Development Days and Pride in Cumbria Libraries, the list of
community based benefits this club brings to Whitehaven is phenomenal.
So many of the kids in Whitehaven dream of playing for the club
some day and the club serves that role model status with distinction.
So, why wouldn't anyone want to sponsor a club like this?'
Des Byrne, Chairman of Whitehaven RLFC, said 'Once again we are
immensely grateful for Washington Group International's continued
support of the club. This will be the eighth year that they have
been our main sponsors and that makes them one of the very longest
serving sponsors in Rugby League. The club is rightfully proud
of all the activities and benefits we bring to the town, but
none of this would have been possible without the backing of
Washington Group over the past eight years'.
Read the full and fascinating story of how these three key players
came half way round the world to play for Whitehaven. The testimonial
book is glossy and great value at £5 at Unique Sports...Overeseas
orders for £7 can be placed by emailing Billy Rudd at firstname.lastname@example.org
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