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David Seeds takes charge as Coach
The Big Fixture
Whitehaven will start next season on minus-nine points as a penalty for going in to administration. However the RFL has accepted the new club 'Whitehaven 2010', into the fold. Red Halls decision has removed the last major obstacle to the club coming out of administration.
There is a proposal from a consortium headed by former chairman Dick Raaz to take over the club. The American businessman and fellow consortium member Michael Wood met Red Hall officials in Leeds last week to outline their plans. And an application to the RFL to have the new club accepted as a member has now been submitted. Haven need to be out of administration to host the Garry Purdham memorial game, when Cumbria face England, in front of an anticipated four-figure crowd on October 3. The only consolation for Haven has been the reserves emphatic 46-12 Grand Final win over Featherstone Rovers
Whitehaven Rugby League club went into administration to stave off a winding up order over a £64,000 tax bill. HM Revenue & Customs is demanding payment in full and the club, with debts of around £250,000, cannot afford to pay, the clubs AGM heard on Thursday, August 26. It looks likely Copeland Council may have to lose £125,000 over the debacle.
But shareholders were told of a potential rescue deal with chairman Dick Raaz and directors Ralph Calvin and Michael Wood preparing to form a consortium to bid for the club. Raaz claimed that the club could continue to operate in administration. Meanwhile Supporters started a campaign to offer their own bid option, but News and Star reported any such supporters trust will not bid to buy Whitehaven and is instead to throw its weight behind chairmans Dick Raazs consortium.
of the Season
Haven: D.Barker, L.Hamzat,A.Thornley,S.Ackerley, J.Rossi, D Miller, S.McAvoy, G.Mattinson, S Miller, S Fox, H.Hill,D. Skee, L.Joe; . Subs: C.Smith, K.Amor, B.Crellin, K.Wilton.
28 (4 - 28) 29 Whitehaven
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Dewsbury Rams 48
Rams romp past Haven Dewsbury celebrated their survival with an eight-try rout of relegated Whitehaven at the Recreation Ground. Keegan Hirst and Dominic Brambani both scores two tries in a 48-10 victory while Pat Walker kicked six goals. The defeat was a 13th successive for the the Cumbrians. Just over 500 witnessed Whitehavens latest reversal, although they did see a spirited effort by Haven for the most part.
Haven tries Skee and
Mattinson. Skee kicked the goal.
Haven 0...Featherstone 48
Tries from Hardaker (2), Finn, Dickens, Smeaton(2), Briggs, Kain, Tonks, Hardman.
- 16 Whitehaven
Halifax; S.Royston,D.Nash, R.Worrincy,A.Bowman, L.Branighan,R.Beswick,N.Cherryholme, L.Patterson,J.Goddard,G.Holroyd,D.Maloney,D.Wrench,D.Larder; S.Barlow,B.Black,F.Watene,S.Bannister
Vikings thrashed Haven 40-4
Widnes: Flynn, Gardner, Grady, Haggerty, Varkulis, Thackeray, Coyle, Heckenberg, Smith, Gannon, Doran, Allen, Gerard. Subs (all used): Kavanagh, Houghton, Netherton, Craven.
Referee: Rob Hicks
Toulouse 34 (12-12) Whitehaven 12:
Haven: Tony, Calvert, R Jackson, McAvoy, Eilbeck, Rudd, Skee, Johnson, Mattinson, Thornley, D Miller, Hill, Barker. Subs: Joe, Bibb, Amor, Wilton.
Tries: Calvert, Barker; Goals: Rudd 2/3
Toulouse: Bromley, Mendes Varela, Planas, Ormeno, Payan, Houlès, N Wynn, Griffi, Mitchell, T Wynn, Tisseyre, Maria, Anselme. Subs: Mencarini, Larroyer, Gigord, Pelo.
Tries: Bromley (2), N Wynn, Mitchell, Anselme, Pelo; Goals: N Wynn 5/7
Referee: Tim Roby
Sombre tributes as doves of peace released before the game in honour of Garry Purdham, victim of the Cumbrian killer.
Haven 14 (4-0) 24 Sheffield
30(6-0) 0 Whitehaven
Tries: Ballard, McDermott, Rooney, Ostler, Bracek. Goals: Rooney 5.
Referee: Rob Hicks.
WHITEHAVEN have unveiled two new signings as they attempt to shore-up an injury-ravaged side.
A Samoan, who has represented New Zealand, was paraded at the Recreation Ground this afternoon while a young forward from St. Helens will join tonights training session. Motu Tony, 28, (pictured) is a New Zealand international full-back who can also play centre, wing or stand-off and who most recently has been playing rugby union in England for Hull RUFC. Read more at Getnoticedonline..
of Hope...Dashed by Disputed Try
Haven players had
their best performance of the season, and feel they have been denied a
vital win by an officials error. Haven were leading narrowly 8-6
when Kiwi star Robbie Paul scored a converted try for Leigh and home coach
Ged Stokes claimed the visitors had 14 players on the field in the build-up
to the score. We
lost the ball that led to a scrum that led to the winning try for Leigh
and they had 14 men on the field, claimed Stokes. Former
Whitehaven scrum-half John Duffy was the 14th man involved and the confusion
arose because the fourth official was not notified correctly that he was
joining the game. Duffy was involved in the tackle that prompted the scrum
that led to Pauls decisive score. Duffy was red-carded when match
commissioner Jackie Beech managed to communicate with referee Craig Halloran
and explain what had gone on. Stokes had been the one who alerted the
match commissioner. Leigh coach Ian Millward saw it differently
There is just no question that we cheated. It didnt happen
like that. It was quite bizarre but the player was coming off the field
and not involved in the play.
Haven: Veivers, Eilbeck,
R. Jackson, Tony, Calvert, Rudd, Skee, Thornley, Mattinson, Johnson, S.
Miller, Hill, Joe. Subs (all used) Smith, Amor, Shackley, Barker.
Batley Hammer Haven as Slide Continues
Coach Ged Stokes was quizzed for around 10 minutes by dejected fans after struggling Whitehaven were hammered 54-6 at Batley yesterday.(May16 2010) The coach took time to speak to around 40 travelling fans gathered behind the sticks at one end of Mount Pleasant. They had seen their under-strength team ripped apart by the rampant Bulldogs and wanted to know why Haven had slumped so dramatically this term.
May 9 2010
Whitehaven sees the departure of general manager Nigel Beaty.
Beaty left Whitehaven at the end of April 2010 as a cost cutting measure, while Whitehaven have also agreed to release two players Gary McDonald and Mick Govin. The official club statement, issued by chairman Dick Raaz, said: The board of directors are sad to announce that general manager, Nigel Beaty will be leaving the club. Nigels last day will be Friday, 30th April 2010. The financial situation at the club is no secret. The directors and staff have worked tirelessly to maximise income opportunities; develop the team and facilities, improve the overall sporting experience at the Recreation Ground and service the legacy debts. Unfortunately our appalling start to the season and early exit from both the Northern Rail Cup and the Challenge Trophy has severely impacted our cash flow and we must cut our cloth accordingly.
Onwards and Downwards?
Blackpool 64 Haven
Haven tries by Marc
Jackson, Craig Calvert (2) and Rob Jackson . Rudd kicking four goals.
D.Barker,M.Derby,J.Veivers, D.Eilbeck, C.Calvert, R.Jackson, C.Rudd, K.Amor,
D.Skee, S.Miller, Leroy Joe, G.Mattinson; C.Smith, M.Jakcson, H.Hill,
Wasted trip to the Seaside..while Stevo and Barrow celebrate
Blackpool 24- Haven
The reigning champions of the Co-operative Championship fought back from 28-12 down to become the first lower-league club to beat a Super League side in the Cup since 2006, and only the third in the Super League era to do so away from home, setting up a home fifth-round tie with Co-operative Championship One side Hunslet Hawks.
"Of course it puts a bit of magic back in the cup," said McCormack after the game. "We definitely thought, without being over-confident, that we could come here and win." He added: "I think a lot of times you come to a Super League club just expecting a nice day out, but we expected ourselves to do well. "Sometimes you don't put any pressure on teams, but I put quite a lot of pressure on the players to come here and win this week, and they've done that. "The Challenge Cup is the best cup competition in the world and I think shocks very rarely happen now with the difference in salary caps and money spent, so we're very proud that we've achieved something which doesn't normally happen."
An Away Win at Last!
Dewsbury 12 - 20
Dewsbury;A.Faals, S.Turner, S.Sanderson, T.Wandless, A. England, M.Emmett, K. Hurst, J. James Lockwood, P. Walker, Lingard, B. Powell, A. Bostock, D.Brambani;L. Stenchiuon, A. Robinson, A.Moody, L. Blake
Widnes 48 Whitehaven
Vikings: Ford, Flynn, Kohe Love, Grady, Gardner, Gerrard, Thackeray, Davies, Smith, Gannon, Varkulis, Strong, Doran. Subs: Kavanagh, Yates, Hulme, Thompson
Tries: Thackeray, Ford, Doran, Gerrard, Kohe Love, Gardner, Hulme, Grady, Flynn; Goals: Grady 6
Referee: Jamie Leahy
Blues even with Gregg on Start Sheet
On the bench (but why is Sice always kept waiting?):Carl Sice,Reece Fox,Richard Farrar.Andrew Thornley
Town 22 (6-4) 14 Haven Tries from Mattinson and Calvert
36 Swinton 12
The Vikings fell behind to an early try but hit back through Matt Gardner and Shane Grady. The Lions, to their credit, made a game of it in the first half, but a moment of opportunism by winger Shaun Ainscough near half time gave Widnes the breathing space they needed.
Paul Cullen's side put in a professional performance in blizzard-like conditions in the second half to keep out their Championship 1 opponents, while adding 16 more points themselves, the pick of the bunch a well taken Mark Smith try after a powerful break by prop Gareth Haggerty.
Whitehaven ended a disappointing Northern Rail Cup campaign with a surprise defeat at local rivals Workington. Town led 4-0 after a tight first half, through two penalties, but a Graeme Mattinson score put Whitehaven in front at the break. But in a topsy turvy second half, Workington came out on top in a miserable return to Derwent Park for Haven's former Town boss Ged Stokes. After the game, Stokes played down his disappointment, saying: "I thought that the defensive effort of our forward pack was outstanding."
The postponed games today mean that the qualifiers for the quarter finals remain uncertain, with only Widnes confirmed in the final eight so far.
54 Doncaster 10
26- Batley 34
get Second Half Traction
the first half, but an error allowed our visitors to grab the momentum
in the second half. Two tries from Michael Coady and a fine display from
Paul McShane saw the Rhinos fight back . Man of the Match was Marc Jackson.
The gate of 2,250 a big help to the coffers and fans were delighted with
the Saturday night meet the Rhino first team stars. Haven tries from Rudd,
Rob Jackson (2) and Craig Calvert. Rudd kicked the conversions. Craig
Benson had an excellent game.
Referee: Ian Smith
Hill Testimonial shows
The 2010 launch night
will be held at the newly refurbished JJ McKeown bar on Thursday 28th
January 7pm start. The players and head coach Ged Stokes will be on hand
to give their thoughts on the season ahead. Chairman Dick Raaz and the
directors will update you on the clubs progress off the field. Player
sponsorship - The evening will include the auction of player sponsorships
beaten again in Derby game
Referee: Gareth Hewer
Squad numbers: 1 Craig Benson, 2 Craig Calvert, 3 Rob Jackson, 4 Scott McAvoy, 5 Derry Eilbeck, 6 Carl Rudd, 7 Leroy Joe, 8 Marc Jackson, 9 Graeme Mattinson, 10 David Ford, 11 Howard Hill, 12 Spencer Miller, 13 Mick Govin, 14 Dylan Skee, 15 Reece Fox, 16 Andy Gorski, 17 Andy Thornley, 18 John Patrick, 19 Dexter Miller, 20 Soni Radovanovic, 21 Chris Smith, 22 Richard Farrer, 23 Stephen Fox, 24 Ryan MacDonald.
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