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Widnes pip us at the Post
Play offs September 10 2009
Widnes 26-21 Whitehaven
Haven: Benson, Eilbeck, R Jackson, McAvoy, Calvert, Rudd, Joe, Amor, Mattinson,
Edmondson, S Miller, Gorski, Thornley. Subs: M Jackson, C Smith, D Miller,
R Fox. Tries:
Joe, R Jackson, Amor; Goals: Rudd 4, 1 drop-goal
Dodd, Flynn, Hartley, Grady, Varkulis, Thackeray, Webster, Ostick, Smith,
Gannon, Grayshon, Fletcher, Doran. Subs: Kavanagh, Yates, Houghton, Hulme.
Tries: Grady, Hartley 2, Thackeray, Webster; Goals: Hartley 3
Sunday September 6 final score.. Leigh 47...Haven 14...
Haven struggled after Jamie
Theoharous, Scott McAvoy and Andy Gorski and winger Ade Adebisi have all
gone down with the the swine flu bug. Ged Very Disappointed with Haven
display....Next round sees Sheffield host Featherstone and Widnes host
Whitehaven. Leigh were relegated from the Co-operative Championship. The
Centurions will join Doncaster in Championship I in 2010 despite gaining
the 47-14 win over Whitehaven.
Meanwhile Town's Dave Bowden admit no new stadium possible for Workington.
20 Batley 12
Tries McAvoy, Amor and Theoharous...goals from Carl Rudd and Gregg McNally.
Simpson and Mennell scoring for Batley.
Haven: C.Benson,S.McAvoy, C.Calvert, G.Mattinson, K.Edmondson,
J.Theoharous, A.Adebisi, P.Ballard, C.Rudd, L.Joe, A.Gorski, S.Miller,
H.Hill; K.Amor, G.McNally, R.Jackson, Andrew Thornley.
Bulldogs: J.McGillvary,J.Campbell, P.Mennell, L.Stenchion, C.Potter,
A.Lindsay, I.Preece, D.Maur, K.Crouthers, P.Handforth, K.Lythes, B.Smith;
D.Tootill, J.Gallagher, J.Simpson, M.Toohey.
42 Haven 50
Halifax scorers; D.Larder, P.Smith, J.Haley, (2) R.Worrincy,
S. Royston, J.Goddard and S.Penkywicz. Goals L.Patterson.
Haven Tries from Craig Calvert (4), Derry Eilbeck (2), Theoharous, Edmondson
and Ian Thornley.
Goals Rudd,M.Jackson (3) Leroy Joe (3).
Squad: Haven; C.Benson, Calvert, S.McAvoy, D.Eilbeck, G.Mattinson, K.Edmondson,
J.Theoharous, C.Rudd, L.Joe, S.Miller, A.Gorski,H.Hill; R.Jackson, K.Amor,
I.Thornlkey, C.Smith and M.Jackson.
Gate over 2,000.
Sunday August 2 2009
36 Sheffield 34
scorers: Kyle Amor, Andy Gorski, Craig Calvert (2) and Jamie Theoharous
(2) Rudd kicked six goals.
scorers: Danny Mills, Sam Barlow, Menzie Yere, Brendon Lindsay, Kyle Wood,
Mitchell Stringer. Goals from Woodcock and Stringer.
Haven squad: D.Eilbeck,Scott Losthouse, S.McAvoy, C.Calvert, K.Amor,
G.Mattinson, K.Edmondson, J.Theoharous, R.Jackson, C.Rudd, L.Joe, S.Miller,
A.Gorski;G.McNally, Ian Thornley, H.Hill and M.Jackson.
Sheffield: J.Woodcock, D.Mills, M.Yere, R.Hepworth, C.Cook, A.Szostak,
T.Exton, D.Gibson, A.Thackeray, K.Wood, B.Lindsay, M.Stringer, P. Green;
Win and record Gate
28 - Barrow 4
Haven were in Pink power strip
for this Derby. Tries from Ballard, Calvert (running the length of the
pitch!), Gorski and Rob Jackson (2) Goals (4) by Gregg McNally. Barrow
try scorere was J.Nixon. Ref C. Halloran and a healthy gate of 2,708,
was that thanks to the CFM boost?
Haven: Ballard, Eilbeck, R Jackson, McAvoy, Calvert, Rudd, McNally, Amor,
Joe, Edmondson, S Miller, Gorski, Theoharous. Subs: M Jackson, Hill, McDonald,
Tries: Ballard, Calvert, Gorski, R Jackson 2; Goals: McNally 4
Barrow Raiders: Broadbent, Larkin, Bauer, Harrison, Nixon, Luisi, Rooney,
McDermott, Mossop, Butler, Bracek, Ostler, Noone. Subs: Ellis, Young,
Rugby League club posted their largest crowd of the season for
the Cumbrian derby win against Barrow and that was despite the
shown on live television. The
official attendance given on the night and in the media was 2,708
that was before the 279 ladies from the midnight walk whod come
added, meaning there were actually 2,987 in attendance. That is over 900
more than have attended any other game this season and only a couple of
hundred short of their record crowd of recent years, when 3,366 turned
to watch them play Castleford in 2007 -- although that number was without
question swelled by several hundred supporters travelling from Yorkshire.
the Recre was rocking and Haven, resplendent in a pink charity
strip, responded with one of their finest performances of the season to
off title challenging Barrow. The pink kit was in order to raise funds
for the Henderson Suite at West Cumberland Hospital something close
to Haven hearts with promising prop
forward Andrew Jones having been treated there. Over £10,000 was
raised for the ward an incredible effort during these difficult
Dick Razz, who had flown back from a business meeting in Atlanta
especially for the game said: I wish to record my heart felt thanks
those who came along to the Recre to watch the game last Thursday evening.
had a record turn out for the season and managed to raise significant
funds for a much needed and very worthy local cause. It was a fabulous
community event, a real spectacle, with dance troupes, youth teams, mascots
a drum band.
topped it off was a great performance on the pitch and exemplary
support from our fans off the pitch it. Wherever you turned there was
a swathe of Pink, everyone entered into the spirit of the event, the atmosphere
was positively carnival. The
fans rose to the challenge and did Copeland proud it was a night
manager Nigel Beaty said: Weve been trying a few things to
get people along to the games and boost the attendances. It is always
worry when the game is on TV that people might choose the comfort of their
sofas and the detail of their high definition TVs but I honestly
that nothing beats watching live sport at the ground.
were clearly a lot of people who turned out to support us last week
who dont always come to the home games, for some people it might
their first time ever at the Recre.
cant believe that anyone could have failed to have enjoyed the game
the atmosphere that was created, and all I can now ask is that, if you
you come back and support us again in the future.
next home game is against Sheffield on August 2nd, and tickets are now
Thursday 9th July 2009
Rugby League Football Club is proud to announce a formal relationship
with Super League champions Leeds Rhinos and that one of our young
stars has signed for them. Kyle Amor, who has quickly become the cornerstone
of the Haven pack in his debut season with the club, has been snapped
up by the Rhinos after a string of top class performances for our club
in The Co-operative Championship this season.
The deal to take the talented young prop to the champions will see a link
up between Haven and the Rhinos, with Amor, 22, being available to play
for Haven for throughout the next three years provided he isnt
on first team duty in Yorkshire as part of a wider partnership
agreement between the two clubs. Director Tim Knowles said: The
club policy is that we never stand in the way of a young player wanting
to join a Super League club.
With the way Kyle has performed this season it was a matter of time
before Super League clubs came in for him and all we could do is make
sure that we got the best deal possible. Weve done that this
is the best deal for the club and the best deal for Kyle.
the Flying Winger
but Haven saw off visiting Leigh with a four tries from Craig Calvert,
two from Adebisi. Gregg McNally kicked five goals and Leroy added a goal.
According to message board pundit:"Theo's 1 on 1 steal when the scores
were 22 all was the gamebreaker "
Scorers for Leigh; Alstead, Durbin, Maden and Wtason. Mort was their kicker.
Haven squad: McAvoy, Calvert, McNally, Amor, Theoharous, Edmondson, Adebisi,
P.Ballard, R.Jackson, L.Joe, A.Gorski, S. Miller and M. Jackson; C.Smith,
M.Tunstall, R.McDonald and H.Hill.
Leigh:Mort, Stanton, Alstead, Hithway, C.Hill, D.Armitstead, Leuluai,
Maden, Nanyn, I.Watson, A.Hobson, D.McConnell, A.Smith; M.Morrison, M.Castle,
Meekin and Durbin.
EAGLES 28 V WHITEHAVEN 24
SATURDAY 13th JUNE,- DON VALLEY STADIUM
Whitehaven 50 Doncaster 12
Haven: Lebbon, Adebisi, McAvoy, R Jackson, Ballard, Rudd, McNally, Radovanovic,
Theoharous, Edmondson, S Miller, Hill, Joe. Subs: C Smith, Gorski, Tunstall,
Tries: McNally, Amor 2, R Jackson, Ballard 3, C Smith, Adebisi; Goals:
Doncaster: Bauer, Colton, Cody, Opie, Reittie, Weedon, Cook, Haley, Steen,
Benson, Castle, Divorty, Bassinder. Subs: Smith, Ellerey, Bovil, Palmer
Tries: Bassinder, Cook; Goals: Weedon 2
Referee: Gary Dolan
Preece; Campbell, Crouthers, Maun, McGilvary; Handforth, Mennell; Watson,
Lythe, Potter, Buttery, Smith, Gallagher. Substitutes (all used): Greenwood,
Lindsay, Simpson, Toothill.
(5), Potter, Crouthers, Simpson.
7/7 McGilvary 1/1.
Lebbon; Adebisi, McAvoy, Jackson, Ballard; Rudd, McNally; Amor, Joe, Edmondson,
Miller, Gorski, Barker. Substitutes (all used): Smith, Hill, Radovanovic,
Joe, Gorski, Rudd.
3/3 Rudd 1/1.
Dave Merrick (Castleford).
New Signings and Superleague Prospects
Back on the Haven Board for last night's agm (May 21st),
Mr Ralph Calvin was able to announce new signings to bolster the team.
Stating "we have got to have the team performing well to get spectators
through the turnstiles" he said a centre was to be signed from Celtic
Crusaders for a month's loan, three French players had also been signed
for a month's trial on 'good terms' and he hoped to sign three rising
academy youngsters this week.(News expected in tomorrows media)The signings
come after winger Craig Calvert's broken arm ended his season.
heard from chairman Dick Raaz that although the accounts up to December
2008 showed a loss of £100,000, and the new board found it had inherited
a club "that had been close to demise", and had been "within
a hair's breadth of going under" things were now more positive. Treasurer
Michael Wood was able to state that HM Revenues had agreed to an 'arrangement
over time' with the club over dealing with tax owed.
said the players had, after hard negotiations, agreed to new contracts.
Under the old contracts Mr Raaz admitted that at some games expenses were
exceeding income and it had reached a point where "we couldn't afford
(financially) to win" because of the winning bonuses that had to
be paid. He said the players had come to understand that "the situation
was so dire that the contracts would have been worthless to them if they
had no club to play for."
to the future Mr Raaz hinted that progress was being made towards a new
stadium that would qualify Haven to be considered for superlague in 2011.
Both he and fellow director Tim Knowles said that the club's fight for
a long lease on the Recreation ground was now backed by the ability to
seek a compulsory purchase order. Mr Knowles a powerful figure on Copeland
Council's Executive said "We have retained legal advice...ready."
But Mr Raaz also said he hoped such a compulsory order would not be necessary
to complete negotiations. "We intend to be ready for Superleague
2011, we haven't taken our eye off the ball" added Mr Raaz. Mr Kenny
Shepherd asked whether the supporters and shareholders would be consulted
before any stadium trust deal was set up. Mr Raaz assured the sudience
that: "the club will be able to control its own future whatever stadium
trust is set up. There are no backroom deals being done." Coun Cath
Giel, another of the new directors brought in after Copeland council stepped
in as guarantors for certain loans, said: "We have strengthened the
management structure and now have two managers taking the club forward."
profit and loss accounts for the year ended December 31 2008 showed the
accumulated loss carried forward had risen from £278,191 for 2007
to £371,765 for 2008.
win at Gateshead
tries each from Calvert and McNally. Rudd, Rob Jackson and McAvoy also
touched down. Gregg kicked five goals.
viewers enjoyed an RL treat as the Haven youngsters played out of their
skins to send Mr Cullen a sadder man back down the M6.
Full time April 7 2009 Haven 26 (6-12)Widnes 22
was a fantastic first half battering-ram giving Gregg McNally space to
deliver the first half points that saw Haven 12 -6 ahead. But Jamie Fletcher
proved a slippery customer and the chilled fans warmed up as a nail-biting
finish looked set to see Widnes fight back. But John Patrick, hurriedly
rejoining the side from Scotland grabbed the winning corner try after
Dexter Miller had the nowce to ground an incoming bomb that passed clean
through Calvert's waiting arms. Smith and Amor seemed to have Red Bull
wings for the duration. Haven are back again!
Loose in Toulouse
Olympic 38 - Haven 12 on Saturday night in France...
"les Toulousains ont largement vaincu Whitehaven (38-12)
et se retrouvent actuellement dans la première partie de tableau"...so
now you know! Tries from Adebisi and Mattinson, goals by Manihera (welcome
back) and McNally.
How they play in Romania!
Amazing scenes in this video clip!
16 Featherstone 42
Featherstone 42 Tries by McAvoy, McNally and Adebisi (Sunday 19th April)
Haven: Benson, Adebisi, McAvoy, Patrick, Calvert, Rudd, McNally, Amor,
Mattinson, Edmondson, S Miller, Gorski, Joe. Subs: Theoharous, McDonald,
M Jackson, D Miller
McNally, Adebisi; Goals: McNally 2
Hardman, Smeaton, Kirk, Haughey, Steel, Harris, A Kain, Tonks, McLocklan,
Dickens, Dale, Spears, Field. Subs: Lee, Fallon, Blakeway, S Kain
2, Field 2, Dale 2, Kain, Smeaton; Goals: Dickens 4, Harris 2
1,411/ Referee: Ronnie Laughton
of Two Halves..
18 ( 0-24) 24 Halifax.
on heels of poor showing at Barrow Easter Monday saw Halifax totally dominate
the first half. But Haven fought back for a thrilling second half that
saw Fax not adding a single point. But superb creative play from young
Gregg McNally (Man of the Match) was not enough for the Haven fight back
to beat the final hooter. Adebisi made several bold break throughs but
none of them had the legs or support to capitalise. Whitehaven were lighter
in the pack and Halifax had the looks of a Superleague outfit, at least
in the first period. Several high tackles on McNally slipped past the
match officials yet Calvert was yellow carded in a second half spat.
Tries so far this season: Gregg McNally 14, Derry Eilbeck 4, Andy Gorski
4, Ade Adebisi 4, and John Patrick 4. GOALS: Gregg McNally 29, Carl Rudd
6, Marc Jackson 5.
Bit late now lad!...Fax try to arrest Gregg after one of his
Tries in first half fromBlack, Royston, Gleeson and Barker.Goals kicked
by Govin. All Haven tries and conversion were by Gregg McNally.
was just over 2,000
Dave Larder revisits Cumbria
Adebisi, Eilbeck, Patrick, Calvert, Rudd, McNally, Amor, G. Mattinson,
Edmondson, Miller, Gorski Joe; M.Jackson, Theoharus, McAvoy, C.Long.
: Greenwood, Patterson, Barker, Royston,Haley, Watene, Black, James, Penkywicz,
Larder, Roberts, Beswick, Gleeson, Tamghart,Worinky,Govin.
Barrow Raiders 18 Haven 12(Good Friday) tries from Leroy Joe and Gregg
Trio in Top Team
coach Ged Stokes has been named League Weekly co-operative Championship
Coach of the Month for March following Havens run of three wins
from three games at the start of the Championship season.
the month in full: Ian Mort (Leigh) Jermain McGilvery (Batley), Lee
Patterson (Halifax), Liam Harrison (Barrow), Paddy Flynn (Widnes) John
Duffy (Widnes) Gregg McNally (Whitehaven), Said Tamghart (Halifax) Andy
Ellis (Barrow) Karl Edmondson (Whitehaven) Dave Larder (Halifax) Michael
Knowles (Gateshead) Leroy Joe (Whitehaven).
Haven 40 (12 - 24)Toulouse 26
Ref Robert Hicks. Gate 1,225
Andy Gorksi and Ryan McDonald were welcomed back to the
starting line up with Chris Smith and Dexter Miller missing out on the
side despite playing their part in the match against Featherstone.
got off to a flying start and were 18-0 up after 11 minutes with tries
from Nathan Wynn, Sebastien Payan and Rory Bromley, Wynn adding the extras
to all three. Haven hit back on 14 minutes with Craig Benson going over
and Andy Gorski closed the gap further on 30 minutes by grabbing his first
try of the season.
fans would have settled for 18-12 at half time but Constant Villegas had
other ideas and crossed just before the half time hooter sounded to put
the visitors 24-12 in the lead at the break.
a different side after the restart with Gregg McNally scoring on 52 minutes,
his 8th try in just 3 league games. Graeme Mattinson scooted over on 65
minutes and Scott McAvoy crashed over on 69 minutes, McNally adding the
extras to all 3 tries.
increased the lead on 72 minutes with McNally converting. Ade Adebisi
rubbed salt in the wound for Toulouse by crossing in the final minute
to deny the visitors a bonus point.
the pitch grumbles rumble on, the players have regained winning ways.
After the Gateshead win Haven had an impressive away win at Featherstone.
The front row was lacking regulars but this did not hold back Haven.
22nd March 2009
26 (16-32) 52 Whitehaven
32 points for Gregg McNally helped Haven to a 52-26 victory over Featherstone
Rovers at the Chris Moyles Stadium. His four tries and eight goals equalled
the club's most points in a game record which is also held by Mick Nanyn
who also scored 32 points at Batley.Tries: Joe, McNally 4, McAvoy, C Smith,
R Jackson, Patrick; Goals: McNally 8!
Haven: Benson, Adebisi, R Jackson, Patrick, Eilbeck, Rudd, McNally,
Edmondson, Mattinson, Joe, S Miller, McAvoy, Theoharous. Subs: D Miller,
Long, Amor, C Smith.
Featherstone: Hardman, Price, Hirst, Saxton, Smeaton, Harris,
Kain, Tonks, McLocklan, Dickens, Dale, Spears, Haughey. Subs: Fallon,
Lee, Hesketh, Blakely. Try scorers: Hardman 2, Fallon, Kain, Dale; Goals:
Referee: Craig Halloran
At the fans'
Forum on Thursday Ged Stokes outlined the difficulties with bringing over
Soni Radavanich and Siai Makisi and his frustration with the RFL. The
meeting also welcomed new general manager Nigel Beaty..
and report from the Fans night at www.Getnoticedonline.co.uk
a difference a week makes!
42 Gateshead 18 (March15)
from Edmondson, McNally (3) Eilbeck, Amor and Adebisi. McNally kicked
Thunder tries from ThormanMcAlpine and Branighan. Knowles kicked three.
Much praise from fans for trialist Karl Long making his Whitehaven debut.
Message board concerns over Lavulavu.
Ref.M. Thomason. Gate was 1,175...better than the 500 at Gateshead the
Comments March 12.
Wath Brow Hornets! What a second half performance! Well done Captain Gary
Elliot (Who's dad John played for the Haven). Read
were ahead 32-38
when Cup game was allowed to slip.
Cup away at Gateshead March 8 2009
42 Gateshead - Whitehaven RL 38
Lavulavu red carded and Ex-Wath Brow winger Stewart Sanderson
puts the knife in...
Even more embarassing..WATH Brow Hornets pulled off a victory over London
Skolars in the Carnegie Challenge Cup - to book a place in the lucrative
fourth round draw.
scorers for Haven : Jamie Theoharous, Adebisi (2) Benson, McNally (2),
Eilbeck. Goals from McNally (2) and Rudd .
For Gateshead...Branighan (2), A.Henderson (2), K. Neighbour, Sanderson
(2). Goals; M.Knowles (7).
Haven: Benson, Adebisi, R Jackson, Eilbeck, Calvert, Rudd, McNally,
Lavulavu, Theoharous, Edmondson, Miller, Gorski, Joe. Subs: M Jackson,
Amor, D Miller, McAvoy.
Referee: Dave Merrick
24 Whitehaven 22
front of 1,700 gate Haven almost took an important win. Haven tries from
Eilbeck, McNally (2) and Lavolavu. Marc Jacko kicked 3 goals. Had it not
been for a late McConnell try we would have been home and dry.Haven: Benson,
Adebisi, R Jackson, Eilbeck, Calvert, Rudd, Theoharous, Lavulavu, Mattinson,
Edmondson, S Miller, Gorski, Joe. Subs: McNally, M Jackson, Amor, D Miller.
Error prone Haven side were almost
out played by Town.
More action Pix
(6-12) 12 Town
Ref Peter Brook
Pic Jim Davis
The first half ended 6-12 to the visitors as Town had a more fluid style.
The scores were stalemated at 12-12 for the opening half of the second
Mattinson, who gained the Man of Match award opened the scoring and Marc
Jackson converted while Town responded with a try from Jack Bedley, converted
by Carl Forber. Town then went over again as ex-Haven's Neil 'Gus' Frazer
scored. Forber again converted. Before a crowd of 1,300 Mattinson missed
a chance to feed to three men waiting on the wing and soon after John
Patrick dropped the ball just yards from the open line. Eventually Leroy
Joe was able to set up John Patrick as Haven started to make inroads into
a Town side that looked on the verge of a shock win. McNally converted
Patrick's try and a penalty from McNally gave Haven a slender lead. Then
Calvert and McNally wrapped it up with McNally converting both late tries.
Haven: Benson,Adebisi, R>Jackson, J.Patrick,Calvert, Rudd, Jamie Theoharus,
Lavulavu, Mattinson, Edmondson, Miller, Gorski, Joe; McNally, M.Jackson,
Tunstall and Amor.
Town: Frazer, Dawes, Beattie, Mossop, Marshall, Forber Roper, Brindle,
Burgess, Stack, Whitehead, Coupar, Hobson,; B.Smith, Robinson, Bedley
suggests Ged needs to Get Real..surely not!
Whitehaven handed a tough tie away against Championship
side Gateshead Thunder in the 3rd round of the Challenge Cup.
The match will be played on the weekend of the 7th/8th of March at The
International Stadium, a week before Haven welcome Gateshead to the Recreation
Ground for the first Championship game of the season.
defeat to York away Wednesday Feb 18 2009. Chris Smith try converted by
52- Batley 30
February 15 2009
Tries Calvert,Mattinson, Patrick,Gorski(3),Eilbeck, Joe and McNally.six
goals from Rudd.Goals McNally(2).
for Batley: J.Gallagher, J.Simpson, D.Cordiss, G.Flanagan.
Goals Barlow (2) Flanagan (2)
Gregg Mc Nally stretchered off with leg injury.
Haven 0 (0-30) 58 Bradford
01/02/09 -Gate: 1856
Referee: James Child
fielded a top side with eight on the bench including young Donaldson.
They dominated throughout and Whitehaven were left reeling. To add to
Whitehaven woes the referee failed to see when McNally was kicked in the
face in the first half. In the second half the talented Haven player had
to have his leg in splints as he was carried off the field of play.
Man of the Match for Whitehaven was Mark Bainbridge. Calvert twice rose
to the challenge and brought down Bulls breakaways. In the first half
John Patrickson achieved a touch down after a neat kick through from McNally
but the ref disallowed the try. In the second half Chris Smith made a
superb break on the left wing before being bundled into touch. But from
start to finish it was an icy reminder for Whitehaven that Superleague
is a whole different ball game. Young Donaldson came on in the second
half and scored a try and conversion.
Tries: Burgess 2, Sykes, Tadulala 2, Menzies, Cook, Godwin, Deacon, Donaldson;
Goals: Deacon 8, Donaldson 1
Haven: C.Benson, D.Eilbeck, R.Jackson, J.Patrick, C Calvert, M.Bainbridge,
McNally, McDonald, Mattinson, Edmondson, Miller, Gorski and Leroy Joe.
Subs C.Smith, Lavulavu, M. Jackson , J. Walker,Tunstall, Barker, Shackley,
Bulls for today: M Platt, R. Sheriffe, C Nero, P Sykes, S Tadulala,
W. Jefferies, P.Deacon, S.Burgess, T. Newton,N. Scruton,G. Morrison, S.
Menzies,J. Langley. Subs: D.Solomona, N. Godwin, Cook, Kopczak, J. Crookes,
Crossley, Worrincy, J. Donaldson.
Border Paranoia scuppers
Jan 2009 - Whitehaven are disappointed to announce that the appeal to
keep Dan Russell at the club has failed. The panel who determined the
outcome stated: The Panel considered the additional information
provided following the Panel meeting of 9.1.9. The Panel did not believe
that the additional information was such as to change their view that
the player was not of a sufficient standard to warrant approval under
the discretionary criteria. Dan, who signed from Gateshead Thunder
at the end of last season, was effected by the new policy ruling set out
by the UK Border Agency. This effectively meant that anyone working on
a holiday, student or other temporary visa will not be allowed to register
with a sporting body such as the RFL.
40 Haven 22
January 18 2009
friends John Duffy and Richard Fletcher contributed three of the eight
Widnes tries in Sunday's friendly clash.
Haven: Bainbridge, D Smith, R Jackson, Eilbeck, Calvert, McNally, Joe,
McDonald, C Smith, M Jackson, Gorski, S Miller, Barker. Subs: Benson,
Mattinson, Walker, Patrick, Lauvlavu, Tunstall, Shackley, D Miller, Dalton,
Fox, Lancaster, Campbell
Miller, R Jackson, Eilbeck, Calvert
2, Bainbridge 1
Yates, Gaskell, Grady, Hartley, Dodd, Thackeray, Duffy, Ostick, M Smith,
Thompson, Varkulis, Doran, Fletcher. Subs: Wildbore, Webster, Gannon,
Flynn, Simm, Mullally, Robinson, Peet
Duffy 2, Fletcher, Flynn, Varkulis, Gaskell, Thackeray
3, Fletcher 1
Board takes the Helm
rousing applause an extraordinary general meeting of Whitehaven RL Club
tonight welcomed a new Board led by cigar chewing US businessman Dick
Raaz. Mr Raaz who brings a wealth of professional experience to the post
will be joined on the board by Michael Wood, Barry Richardson and Copeland
councilors Tim Knowles and Cath Giel.
Mr Raaz thanked outgoing chairman Gordon Grace for his work. Mr Raaz conceded
that financially the club had 'sailed close to the wind' but he was adamant;
"the cashflow issue is manageable and the club is solvent."
team was endorsed at the meeting by Steve Ferres, representing the rugby
football league. He said: "These people (the new board) will bring
a level of professionalism to this club....as the governing body we endorse
what you are doing."
Raaz is managing director of the Drigg LLW Repository Ltd he said he was
"putting his neck on the line as an individual."
Mr Raaz said he felt "extremely proud and somewhat frightened at
the potential of what you have asked me to shoulder." He welcomed
Mr Wood "as I asked him to help us manage the sometimes tortuous
waters of financial solvency..to look after the books and produce a thorough
account of company affairs."
Among those in the egm were members of previous administrations, including
Mr Ron Batty, Mr Des Byrne, Mr Harry Edgar, Mr Dave Farrell and Mr John
Reed. At the outset of the meeting Mrs Giel confirmed the powerful role
Copeland Council holds with 30,000 shares in the 1992 company that has
a controlling interest in the main Whitehaven RL Ltd. She reminded the
meeting that the 1992 company holds over 14,000 of the 20,000 shares of
take Southward Trophy
January 11 2008
Haven 12 Town 0 at half-time
match with Town at first dominating possession but failing to capitalise.
Calvert touch down from high kick, McNally converted despite high winds.
Then Lavulavu and Edmonson drives let Mattinson reach over. McNally again
converted. Grim weather kept many fans away.
Haven extended the lead after the break with a Derry Eilbeck try to extend
the lead to
16 nil . But that only signalled a resurgence by a determined Town outfit
scoring tries by Mossop and Robinson plus a Kaighan goal to make it 16
-10 . Then John Patrick scored but Jay Duffy responded.Young star McNally
was then fed the ball by Matty to wrap up the game for Haven. Graham Mattinson
was judged Man of the Match. Tries: Calvert, Mattinson, Miller, Eilbeck,
McNally. Goals: McNally 3
Benson,Calvert, R.Jackson, J.Patrick, D.Eilbeck,G McNally, Joe, McDonald,
Mattinson, Tunstall, Gorski, S.Miller, Campbell, Dalton, M. Jackson, Lavulavu,
Walker, Fox and Shackley.
Frazer, S. Dawes, P.Coupar, J.Mossop, J. Marshall, Jay Duffy, Steve Roper,
Ryan Benjafield, Scott Burgess, Craig Hodgson, Kris Coward, James Robinson,
Scott Kaighan, Mark Hobson, Peter Dobson, Robert Scott.
interview with Paul Charlton
Rule Bars Danny
Dec 15 2008
Departing Haven Director says
we may still get new Stadium
Standing down after 12 months as troubleshooter, Mike Graham said that
despite the refusal of CISWO to sign over a lease for the Recre, "I
do believe that we will see a new stadium in the near future." An
emergency shareholder meeting is to be held in January to select new directors.
Mr Graham thanked Copeland for their financial support and spoke of "astute
signings boding well for 2009."
The shareholders meeting on January 15 will see chairman Gordon Grace
stand down. Invitations will be invited for prospective new directors
to take over.
Meanwhile... Workington residents voted against a new shared sports
stadium in yesterdays referendum. Out
of 18,856 people who were eligible to vote only 723 - 4 per cent - turned
out to polling stations yesterday. There were 547 against the stadium
idea, 161 agreed with it, while there were 15 spoiled papers. Allerdale
council is consulting on plans for a £31.4 million Derwent Valley
sports and leisure area redevelopment, which will house both clubs.
This move comes after plans for redevelopment hit a major impasse
....WHITEHAVEN are to take legal action to secure the right to remain
at the Recreation Ground after their landlord's parent body refused to
agree a long-term lease.
The Championship outfit's lease expired on October 31, and it is expected
their case against landlords Whitehaven Miners Welfare will go before
a judge within weeks. Miners and Haven had signed the long-term lease
that the club sought, which is required for investors to commit large-scale
funds to a major stadium redevelopment to Super League standard. But parent
body CISWO refused to rubber stamp the agreement. It is unclear why Yorkshire
based CISWO has rejected the deal.
Howard Hills superb effort this season was named Whitehaven
player-of-the-year. Howard was also named away supporters player-of-the-year
and Directors player. The internet supporters award went to
hooker Graeme Mattinson, and skipper Gary Broadbent, who has now joined
Barrow, was the support groups top player of the campaign.
Manihera, will miss the Northern Rail Cup competition for Haven
but is likely to be ready for the start of the League season. Read
Also on board..Andy Gorski has signed a new 12-month deal with
Whitehaven for next seasons National One campaign.The 28-year-old
second-row forward joined Haven early last season, signing from Halifax
in April.He started his career with Salford and then spent three years
at Rochdale where he was appointed club captain.
Broadbent has signed for his home town at Barrow. 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
SALFORD 62 (42-6) 18 WHITEHAVEN.
on Hat Trick Form
win 24-22 at Halifax with nail-biting drop goals
from Manihera and Jacko to clinch it.
Three tries from Gregg McNally at the Shay....
Marc Shackley is in the squad for clash with Halifax at the Shay today
(Sept 14) Haven: Broadbent, Calvert, Rob Jackson, Patrick, Adebisi,
Manihera, Mcnally, Edmonson,Joe, Fatialofa,Miller,Gorski,Makisi, Barker,Shackley,Mcdonald,M.Jackson
Lookin Back on the Haven Highs and Lows 2008
Leigh Beaten at Home
vid from Pro Cam
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.
Whitehaven 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
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.
Steve Ganson, gate was 2,100.
32-8 Whitehaven..tries Makisi and Adebisi...3,522 spectators
52- (10-2) Sheffield 8
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
(10-2) at half time.
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,
Ref: G Hewer Att: 1,904
the Pelican blues Dewsbury 18...Haven 16
Not 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.
the Match were Joe and Broadbent.
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.
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
was 1853 with Colin Dawber as ref.
Haven beat the
July 19 2008
26-22 victory over Super League Franchise hopefuls Celtic Crusaders at
John Patrick had his debut as Haven
beat the best of Welsh RL..
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
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
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.
It will tie him to the Recreation Ground until the end of the 2010 season.
Haven take Rams
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
Powell, Epati, Hall, Buchanan, Smith, Finn, Trinder, Elston, Maloney,
Glassie, Bostock, Weeden. Subs: Haigh, Rourke, Robinson, Walker
38; Tries from Varkulis,Greenwood , P.Smith(2), Black and Flanagan (2)
Haven 14 Tries from makisi, R.Jackson and Spence Miller, Rudd kicked one
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