HALIFAX, HUDDERSFIELD Union team manager Chis Mear will be hoping his senior side can avoid a similar catastrophic start their Junior side encountered when they open their Inter-Union account with a match against Bradford at Shipley tomorrow.
The Juniors crashed to a 31-5 defeat against Leeds at Headingley last week, and Mear will be anxious his team start this year’s campaign in positive fashion.
On paper, the Halifax/Huddersfield side looks just about as strong as it could be with the Union’s Matchplay champion Matthew Colcombe joined by the top four players in the PS Cockcroft Strokeplay tournament, half of Fixby’s Championship-winning Scratch Team and newly-chosen England Under 18 Jamie Bower.
Last year the home Union were beaten 22-14 in the corresponding fixture at Bingley St Ives, one of four defeats for Halifax, Huddersfield.
The full team is: Brad Tupman, Andy Shaw and Aaron Schnacke (all of Huddersfield), Jamie Bower (Meltham), David Stafford (Halifax West End), Matthew Colcombe (Longley Park), Tom Calvert (Willow Valley), Ben Adamson (Crow Nest Park), Tom Goodair, Adam Cryer (both Woodsome Hall), Toby Garret (Crosland Heath), Iain Powell (Hebden Bridge).