Category: The Team

Leeds Hunters – A Players perspective

Like an older brother that leads the way,

the Hunters are our rivals, our friends, our family. They were there at the birth of the Roundheads and the bonds of brotherhood, care alongside competition, have always been strong between us; and like a younger brother, the chance to compete, the opportunity to show our progress, the desire to win, was burning strong within us.

There was a chill in the air as we walked from the changing room to warm up. As always happens, it passed in a blur of stretches, drills and run-throughs. Our first home game and the nerves and the adrenaline were high. From on the pitch it is hard to talk about whole games, but from the off this was a battle. The Hunters are a formidable opponent and the bravado of the players and the enthusiasm of their supporters were clear for all to see and hear.

Undaunted, the Roundheads walked onto the pitch ready to give heart and soul. From the kick, the Hunters dominated possession of the ball. The tackles were brutal, and many a player was left bloodied and bruised before the ball was lost or secured. The forwards of both teams were waves of strength, courage and determination, collisions and carnage ensued. The Roundheads’ forwards’ performance, if not rewarded by victory, was noticed by Billy the Captain who demanded each and every forward be awarded a pint for Forward of the Match. However, this level of intense play could not last without injury and both sides lost players in he first half. José hobbled off to applause for his energetic performance on the pitch, his broken ankle, proof of his commitment to the game.

Whilst the forwards fought for ground in the centre of the pitch the Hunters consistently utilised their superior speed and the space on the wings to get the ball through. Not to say they went unchallenged. The backs had a hard game of it too, all having to take on players, sometimes two, with experience and usually weight on their side. Morgan, Toby and Joe all gained a tie for playing their first game for the team, and we’re proud to have them sport our colours.

There are moments of imperceptible change within the game sometimes, and whatever it was, the last ten minutes seemed to bring about a renewal within the team and they threw themselves into the last moments with reckless abandon. Finally, it was a back that allowed the Roundheads to avoid a clean sheet. Back of the Match, Nath, broke through and scored a hard won try. As one of the Hunters said “it took them 80 minutes to score” which is the truth. But this only serves to prove the Roundheads determination. Our heads don’t drop and our spirits don’t die because the whistle is looming. Both teams ultimately lived up to their reputations, the Hunters deserved the win, but both teams left the pitchheads held high and with smiles on their faces.

Newcastle – A Players perspective

With a belly full of butterflies

and bouncing with nervous pre-game energy, I joined the team as we made our way from the changing rooms to the pitch. The atmosphere was at once jovial and serious, momentous but merry. Some faces were set in a contemplative composition, while for others the excitement of the game to come broke out in broad beaming smiles.

I was feeling both. Wearing grins or grimaces, we began warming up in the September sunshine. Shouts, chants, calls and whistles filled the air, as we stretched and ran through our drills. Liam catching the ball with his face (something that is becoming a bit of a training tradition) reminded the boys of home and provided a sense of comfort, rather than the sense foreboding of danger to come. A quick huddle, a positive word or two, a reminder to have fun and the game was off: Ravens V Roundheads. Writing days later: the memories are a blur of black and yellow.

The first moment of clarity comes as a player goes down, the previous pain forgotten, Liam limps off with ligament damage. As the game progresses, the Ravens must have wondered which hospital the Roundheads had raided to fill out the team. Subs were rolling more than Tina’s river, Steven taking a knock to the head and Jose biting bloody chunks out of his own cheeks. The Ravens took an early lead, but fighting back, the Roundheads pushed forward allowing Nath to show off some of his skill when it comes to running, dodging, palming off the enemy and getting the first try for the team in yellow. He was met back on our side of the pitch with jubilant handshakes and proud pats on the back. It really was a battlefield, and tackles were hard and fast. Both teams taking them in their stride, but Ben’s Back of the Match winning performance was noteworthy for the courage and agility he showed in taking down opponents that dwarfed him on the pitch. Thommo’s presence is always felt by both teams: intimidating opponents and spurring us on, gaining him his third award for Forward of the Match. Ian scored a cheeky try, in the second half that revived the Roundheads energy and passion, but too soon the game was over and the Ravens had won.

The constant praise and advice from the strong Captain and Vice-Captain and their leading examples of good play alongside good sportsmanship ensured the team left the pitch with our heads held high and smiles on our faces. The Ravens were humble and kind in victory, their magnanimous attitude makes it clear to see why they are one of the most well liked teams in the league, and we could not hold their well-earned victory against them. The fought hard and won. Our first IGR League game was over, but out thirst for the game was realised. Our passion re-ignited. Our enthusiasm renewed. I hope the Hunters are ready.

 

2019/20 IGR North Fixtures Announced

To mark the start of what promises to be an eventful road to Bingham 2020, the Roundheads travel to the home of the IGR North’s current champions the Newcastle Ravens, followed by our yorkshire brothers, The Leeds Hunters.

Friendly and Developmental games will be updated soon.

To stay up to date check out our full fixtures list HERE

Player Sponsorships now available

We are happy to present a very real and unique opportunity to change the lives of others for the better/make a difference to The Hull Roundheads and the LGBTQA+ community in Hull & East Yorkshire.

We are excited to present our plans for our first season starting in September 2019 to August 2020 culminating with the Bingham Cup. With the help of valued contribution we are aiming to raise £25,000 to send 25 Hull Roundheads players to Ottawa, Canada to compete and represent the city of Hull and the East Yorkshire region at the Bingham Cup.

Meeting this goal is vitally important to bring about these beneficial results to raise travel, accommodation and competition funds. Therefore, we are asking you for much-needed help by opening up individual player sponsorship.

If you are interested you can download PDF of our pack below.

 

Roundheads Chairman Invites Teams to the Inaugural Humber 10s Tournament

As many of you know, the days following The Hull Roundheads RUFC kit launch has prompted a lot of media attention and coverage for us – all in reaction to some stupid but sadly typical homophobic trolling. The most recent and brilliant piece about it all appeared on SkySports to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

To thank all of our IGR brothers-in-scrums for the terrific support and love they’ve shown since we formed, we want to invite any and every team that can make it to join us at our first birthday celebrations, on August 31st, in the very first Humber 10s tournament. We’ve seen huge support from the local rugby community in our region too, and we want this event to bring together players from different communities, near and far, to demonstrate the true meaning of inclusivity in rugby and to demonstrate our unity against homophobia in sport.

If you can make it, we’d love to have you here (and show you a little of why this place became UK City of Culture too). So to register your interest, or just to get more information, please email humber10s@hullroundheadsrufc.co.uk or contact us on the Hull Roundhead Facebook page.

With huge love and pride,

David Eldridge
Chair of the Hull Roundheads

The Humber 7s tournament to take place on August 31st at the home of Hull Ionians Brantingham Park In celebration of our 1st Birthday. Clink on the Facebook event above to attend.

Hull Roundheads Launch 2019/20 Kit

We’re massively pleased to announce that Pride in Hull are the main Shirt sponsor of The Roundheads.

Chair of Pride in Hull, Matt Walton said:

“At Pride in Hull, we’re here to help build communities and tear down barriers. Sport is an incredible way for people to get out there and meet people, but we know that sometimes people find engaging with sport difficult.

“We’ve already seen that the work the Roundheads are doing to get GBT+ people out of their homes and onto the pitch has made a massive impact on their lives. We’re incredibly proud to sponsor the group and help them get their kit on.”

And what a mighty fine kit it is too.

The Roundheads launched the kit in stages throughout the day, starting off with a Photoshoot at the Beverley Gate, where famously the Roundheads denied the King access to the city.

This was followed up with another photoshoot inside the famous Plotting rooms.

We started the evening events off with the official launch in front of press at Furleys, Hull where Chairman David spoke.

“LGBTQ+ individuals can often feel alienated, not ‘fitting in’ to hetero norms or to the gay scene.  But every year Pride in Hull has brought people together on a massive scale to celebrate the vibrant diversity we have here in this city.  That’s the same spirit which inspired and moves our team.  In a team like the Roundheads, everyone has a part to play, everyone belongs – in a safe space where we can all play and learn and grow in confidence, and truly be part of something “bigger and brighter”

“This sponsorship is exactly what the Roundheads needs. It enables us, literally, to wear our pride in Hull on our chests – which we will display to others around the country and around the world.”

We finished the night off with 2 Parties, each at one of our sponsors Saville & Star.

The Roundheads are a team of men of any sexuality, who come together for the love of the sport. Whether you have played rugby all your life or never played before, you’ll be welcomed into the Roundheads family – and look rather dashing in the new kit.