WELL, the wheels have come off the bus yet again, the Giants are in freefall and whether you like it or not, the Giants’ season is virtually over.
Nathan Brown has had several games to put our defence right and he has failed badly.
He should go now and put Paul Anderson in charge.
And if he can’t sort it out before the end of the season then he and all the ‘won’t tackle can’t tackle’ should go as well.
Come on, top brass, and get it sorted now not next month because if you don’t you will not be able to give season tickets away next year and you will be scratching your head and wondering why.
Well, you have just been told and before I get comments of ‘get behind the Giants’ and accusations of not being a real fan then I would say at this moment I am the only real fan the club has got as I have had the bottle to say publicly what all the rest are thinking.
You should have heard all the mutterings on Sunday but they will just bury their heads in the sand and be happy to be an average side.
Big defensive problem
GIANTS supporters have a sense of déjà vu from previous seasons with a loss to Wigan and Salford in the second half of the season.
It is essential that the coaching staff get to grips with the obvious deficiencies that will compromise success in the Challenge Cup and the play-offs
As an attacking force the Giants are exciting with their ballhandling skills and on a par with the best teams and, arguably, Brough will be competing with Sam Tomkins as player of the season.
Equally, the forwards are well trained and well drilled.
However, the backs are utterly shambolic having no defensive line and being completely out of position.
Equally, there is no commitment or organisation on the highball.
This was apparent during the Wigan game and no change was made for the Salford game which was identical and a major factor in both these defeats.
These weaknesses will be noted by all the other Super League coaches.
Respectfully for the Warrington game, Brown and Gilmour will need to reinforce the backs defence otherwise booking a London hotel will have to be put on hold !
What an embarrassment
WELL, yet another embarrassing performance by the Giants in front of the TV cameras.
Just what is wrong? Perhaps Nathan could explain to us why he wants to resurrect the career of Scott Moore at the expense of one of the best young hookers in Super League who has been farmed out to the Rhinos of all clubs.
Why do we have a plethora of back rowers and only a couple of genuine props?
As a result we are often out muscled in games and why does he insist on playing a right sided centre who is clearly struggling to make an impact?
And, finally, ask the Aussies who has been their best player over the years.
Lockyer, maybe, and who scored five times for his side at the Ethiad and who put Saint Helens to the sword?
Yes, stand-offs are the most important position on the field yet we play with a utility player who lacks the stand-off skills we need.
Yes, we have had some good results this year but once again the cracks are starting to appear.
Hiding the cup
THE report that Town chairman Dean Hoyle slept with the cup under his bed (Examiner , May 29) took me back to 1967.
In that year I was in the police stationed at Featherstone.
Don Fox had just transferred to join his brother Neil at Wakefield Trinity so when Featherstone Rovers won the cup that year he missed out on a winners medal.
After the formal civic reception and dinner, Don and Neil led a ‘raiding party’ from Wakefield to join the celebrations.
At the conclusion of the celebrations the cup was to have been kept in the cells at Featherstone Police Station and I was sent to collect it.
The cup was missing – Don and Neil had mischievously hidden it.
This so upset Johnny Jepson the Rovers chairman that he decided that he would take it to his home for it to be kept under his bed with a request that the night bobby would keep an eye on things.
In the end Johnny stayed up all night and did not go to bed so the cup was ‘guarded’ under the bed by his wife Annie!!
As we know Don never won his coveted medal.
And a big thanks to Ken
CONGRATULATIONS to Town on winning promotion to the Championship.
A special thanks should go to Ken Davy. Without his intervention when the club was hours away from extinction this outstanding achievement would not have been possible
Silence on Euro
STRANGE that the Examiner no longer seems to receive letters from correspondents who purport that we should discard the pound and adopt the euro.
Why’s that then?
Lights cause hold-ups
I DROVE down through the middle of notoriously-congested Holmfirth one morning last week to find absolutely no congestion at all.
The traffic was flowing quite smoothly and quietly and with no hold-up whatsoever. The traffic lights were out of action.
I drove back a few hours later to find traffic lights and congestion fully restored.
A NEW building is nearing completion on the corner of Westgate and St George’s Street.
Its architectural design and choice of materials provides a perfect match for its neighbours and its style is totally in keeping with that of Huddersfield town centre heritage buildings.
How did they sneak that one past the planning committee?
Beating the red tape
AS summer finally approaches and with the Jubilee and Olympics nearly upon us, I would appreciate the opportunity to let your readers know about a new opportunity for community volunteers who find that regulators and rule enforcers are making their lives difficult.
The Volunteer Events theme on the Focus on Enforcement website presents a golden opportunity for ordinary people to speak out against uncaring officialdom but also to give credit where credit is due if someone has been really helpful.
Volunteers are the unsung heroes of our communities but dealing with the way rules are enforced can sometimes be more of a problem than the red tape itself. No-one volunteers to be a bureaucrat.
The Government wants anyone involved in volunteering – from a jumble sale to organising a Jubilee street party to a three-peaks challenge – to feed in their experiences, good and bad, of dealing with local authorities and other regulators as part of the Focus on Enforcement campaign.
Whether it’s an inspection by someone who won’t listen or having to fill in the same form twice – we want to hear about it.
We know there are good regulators out there so we also want you to tell us on the website about the heroes – people who give really good guidance and help your event to happen well and safely.
So I urge you to go to the Focus on Enforcement website and let us know your views so that we can take action.
This is your chance to make a real difference to the way regulations are enforced.
Business and Enterprise Minister
Tailor-made is best
I WOULD agree totally with your correspondent Arthur Quarmby that there is no better fitting suit than one that is made to measure.
As a younger man one of my occupations was working in the tailors shop then known as Jessops so did manage to get a discount but I do remember it being the best suit I ever wore.
The problem these days relative to one’s income compared to those days is that they are unaffordable for most people.
The cost of one being made is at least £500 in the UK.