HALIFAX-HUDDERSFIELD Union celebrated their victory in two of Yorkshire Inter-District Union's four championships with a special dinner at Halifax West End Golf Club.
Having won the YIDU junior league in 2018, with seven wins out of seven – the first time they had worn that crown - they annexed their level's six-man team championship last summer, again for the first time, while the seniors ended a 25-year wait for only their second league triumph.
Team manager Frank Greaves gave an emotional speech in which he thanked everyone involved in the union's dual 2019 success, from players and officials through to supporting parents and partners.
Huddersfield Golf club member Greaves had an excellent record as a union player and has managed to instil in his players the same sense of pride and commitment in wearing their colours that he displayed when competing on the course.
“One of the things I've said often is that it has helped tremendously that the guy who's leading them actually has some knowledge of what it takes, how to do it, and has some focus and some determination,” said Greaves. “That's important to me, otherwise it's just empty words.”
His speech was warmly received and the union come into 2020 under the presidency of Crosland Heath's Andy Taylor confident that they can achieve further success under Greaves's committed and highly competent leadership.