HI, it’s Luke here.
And I hope you’ve enjoyed this week as much as the players have.
It’s not every day you lift the Super League Leaders’ Shield, so this is obviously a special time for everyone at the Giants.
We’re all well aware the main part of our season has still to take place, with the goal of trying to win the Super League Trophy at Old Trafford next month getting under way at home to Wigan next Thursday.
But having collected Huddersfield’s first piece of major silverware in 81 years has made us even more hungry to achieve a lot more. We’re a greedy bunch by nature, and we want to prove that by gobbling up the trophy.
This success has also brought the squad even closer together, with the bond and the spirit tightening by the minute.
Oh, sorry, I tell a lie there, because one very close friendships, in particular, has just been tested to the full.
The special relationship under strain is the one between Jason Chan and Shaun Lunt, with Lunty apparently going to great lengths to put Channy back in his place – in the name of big business!
Just recently, Lunty has been promoting products by Herbalife, a company specialising in nutrition, weight management and skincare.
It was going well for Lunty until Channy turned up the other week promoting a rival product. We can’t remember the name, so we just refer to it as Channylife.
But that’s understandably put pressure on the bromance and almost resulted in cold-blooded murder.
I don’t know if any of you are aware, but we’ve now got a shooting club at the Giants, with several of the squad having been given their gun licence and enjoying the experience of firing live rounds.
Last week, Lunty, Channy, Eorl Crabtree, Anthony Mullally and Jacob Fairbank – the farmer in Bobby makes him a natural for such a pursuit – went off as part of a shooting party and enjoyed a good day out.
At the end of the day, it was time to relax, with Lunty spending time cleaning his weapon.
But all of a sudden, the gun went off and wasn’t that far off taking Channy out, with Lunty immediately claiming he thought he had the safety catch on.
Well, we’ll never know whether it was an accident or not, but we’re certainly treading very carefully around Lunty at the moment, just in case!
Far too often this season the Giants have been criticised for their lack of support.
Obviously, we’d love to play in front of capacity crowds every week. That would be the ultimate dream.
But I still think the criticism has been a bit unfair, because our fans this year have been absolutely amazing.
Their support has played a big part in our success, especially over the last few weeks.
Our backing at Wigan was incredible and the atmosphere they helped create for last week’s home game against Wakefield when we clinched the League Leaders Shield is something I’ll never forget.
As a result, I think the fans deserved this success as much as any of us. Well, them and Ken Davy, in particular.
For so many years, they have been starved of success, and I hope what we have done this season has helped to ease some of that long-suffering pain, even though our main job this year is still to be done!