20th June 2018


12midday kick-off at Lockwood Park on Saturday as the Giants U19s side take on the City of Hull Academy

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Huddersfield Giants Head of Youth Andy Kelly spoke to about the next fixture for the Giants U19s, a home clash at Lockwood Park against the City of Hull Academy, kick off 12midday this Saturday.

Fresh from a 34-18 victory over Catalans Dragons last Friday, Kelly is ready for another big test on Saturday from the City of Hull Academy:

“The City of Hull Academy are amongst those teams that we class as a top four academy side, certainly where the table is concerned, and we’ve not beaten a top four team this season. I think it’s a real test for our academy, we talk about pre-season goals and one of our pre-season goals was to get into the top six and win more games than we did last year. To get into the top four we need to broker some kind of winning relationship when we come up against the teams that actually occupy those spaces.

“Jack Flynn has been back from injury for two or three games now and I think he’s scored on every occasion. He’s worked really hard with Will Carlos and Adam Megretton to get himself ready to get into training and return to play. It looks like they’ve done an excellent job and his attitude towards his rehab has been exemplary.

“The boys are doing a good job getting players back on the field, give or take a few absentees we’ve got a bigger rotation to look at and select from, so we do look a lot healthier this week.”

Speaking on the victory over the Dragons last time out, whilst pleased to pick up the two competition points, Kelly spoke on the resolve to overcome an 18-6 half-time deficit:

“You can look at the negative side of it with the points that we conceded and the slow start that we made. But I think once the boys established themselves through the middle of the field with some more direct running, and once we got on level terms points-wise, I think Catalans wilted at that point whereas we had shown enough resolve not to do that when they had a commanding lead in the first-half.”

The Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association support and run academy home fixtures and Kelly highlighted the importance of support for the youth department:

“I think it’s important to support every aspect of the Club, irrespective of what that is, whether it’s a physical presence on a rugby league field, an offer from the Chairman to come and spectate for free or it’s a half-time raffle that helps academy funds. It’s important we support every aspect of the Club through the good and bad times. The academy always relishes the fact that there is a decent crowd and there’s people that get behind them, it’s important to us. The more people we get there, the more the players are encouraged to perform consistently.”

With the season past the mid-way stage, Kelly reflected on the progression he’s seen from the U19s Academy and how this season has panned out:

“I’m pleased as I think we’ve seen a lot of young men develop into pretty good players. We’ve had some success with players being selected for the first-team but we’ve also had success with some first-year players now getting regularly selected to make the starting line-up for the academy. Ben Tibbs and Dom Young probably epitomise that as players who have regularly featured this season.

“We set some goals at the start of the season and we’re on course to meet them but you can very quickly fall away from that. If you put it into perspective when we talk about top four sides, we’ve played seven out of eight of those games, the last of which comes this Saturday against the City of Hull Academy. After that game we will have played all the top four teams home and away, then we start to look at games where we should be focusing on our consistency in our performance and making sure that our preparations for a game is administered during the full eighty minutes. If the players get it right mentally then physically and tactically they’re right where they need to be.”

The address for Lockwood Park is:

Lockwood Park

Brewery Drive



Admission prices are:

£3 - Adult Giants Season Ticket Holder

£3.50 - Adult

£2 - Concession Giants Season Ticket Holder

£2.50 - Concessions

U16 - Free of charge


Heikki Kovalainen




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