Well, this week’s meeting was the last in 2014 with a guest speaker.
That’s because Friday, December 12 will be our Annual Reindeer Race Night at the Turnbridge Course.
So, what memorable snippets has each of our speakers given us?
Even though Angela Powers hails from Warrington, we warmed to her. She passionately believes women are a huge, untapped resource in our game. We have a family product, yet there are few females involved.
Greg Austin kindly spared us some of his time whilst over here from Australia. He is the world record holder – in both codes - for the number of tries by a centre in a season, 52.
In February, we hosted another of Rugby League’s glamour girls, Tanya Arnold. She was told that her first live interview was to be with Town’s manager Terry Yorath and assistant Peter Jackson. It was only when she was on air did she realise the managerial positions were the opposite to what she had been informed!
Kieron Purtill came to us during that awful start to the season. He pointed out that for most of pre-season training, there was only half the squad present because of the World Cup and operations. “We shall be there at the end, just you see” he told us.
Our boss of the youngsters, Andy Kelly, hoped that his experiences at Wakefield (in financial troubles), Gateshead (ran out of money), and then Featherstone (ran out of money) would not be repeated at the Giants!
Gary Hetherington was a man we loved (when playing for us) who turned into a less than favourable person as the MD for Leeds Rhinos.!
However, he turned us round with his common sense talk and ideas.
It costs a small fortune to hire Malcolm Lord’s services, yet our hard working speaker secretary, Mick Beevers, got him for free! For those who have come across him, he was as entertaining as ever.
The RL hierarchy take some stick. However, if they would listen to Phil Caplan and act upon his suggestions, the game would be in a far healthier state.
One of the Examiner’s former RL reporters returned to the town in September, with John Huxley telling us some right tales of his time reporting the events at Fartown.
David Faiumu came along for his special presentation before Peter Roe ended proceedings with some extremely forthright views on the game.