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Hemel Rugby League

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#3267249 Hemel Stags Sponsors

Posted by Hemel Rugby League on 04 February 2016 - 10:18 AM

Hemel Stags are pleased to announce their portfolio of kit sponsors for the coming season.


Underwoods Solicitors – with offices in Hemel Hempstead & Cape Town – continue as main shirt sponsor.  They also sponsor the town’s Vanarama National League South side and owner Kerry Underwood is a great supporter of local sport in Dacorum


Main Associate sponsor is Suffolk brewers Greene King who become exclusive suppliers to Hemel Stags replacing five previous different suppliers. Greene King Sales Development Manager Tom Ellis commented: "We are proud to be forming a commercial partnership with Hemel Stags which includes support for their National League 1 team. The Pennine Way Sports Ground is a busy mix of rugby league, football, darts and private functions and is therefore a perfect fit for the Greene King portfolio of products."


Essex-based Vendadrink – who is also a sponsor at St Helens RFC – join the Stags in a reciprocal partnership. No sooner had the sponsorship deal been agreed than the Stags were able to offer an immediate return. Stags General Manager Samantha Allum explains that “our old hot drinks machine was far too slow for a busy Pennine Way having dispensed more than 50,000 hot drinks and Vendadrink provided the perfect solution. Their high speed Matrix machine – which can dispense 9 different quality hot drinks – paid for itself in a single day when we staged our annual 5-a-side Christmas football tournament on the Pennine Way 3G pitch. The machine is sure to be a queue-buster on League 1 match days!”


Mark Sullivan – owner of Kensington Balustrade Systems – was introduced to the club by his son Louis who plays for the Stags U15’s and immediately became a fan & supporter of the sport and the club.


Newlyns, an independent company with offices in London, Northampton and the North, have been trading since 1999 and are keen supporters of rugby league, particularly in the South of England.


Lanes Coaches  have supplied the Stags’s transport requirementss for the past three seasons and Owner/Driver Graham Lane takes a keen interest in the sport and acts as Hemel official time-keeper at away matches.


Shaun Douse, a Director of SGD Surveys  and a former Hemel junior, academy and senior player, continues with his support of his local club.

Continuing as the club’s official kit supplier, Raging Bull’s online Club Shop offers a first class service to Stags supporters.


While the Kingstone Press logo appears on all the pro clubs’ shirts, Hemel Stags are the only club in the South who can offer their draught and bottled product 52 weeks a year and this is reflected in the amount of generic and bespoke branding at the Stags’ Pennine Way ground.


Stags CEO Bob Brown commented that “after the disappointments of 2015, coaches Troy Perkins & Colin Baker – assisted by Community Manager Mike Stewart – have done a great job in assembling an exciting playing squad for 2016 containing an intriguing mixture of youth and experience. We’re truly grateful for the support of our team of sponsors whom I’m sure will enjoy the coming season.”


The new kit will be unveiled at the Stags Ipro Cup match against Oxford on February 21.


While kit sponsorship is now complete for the Stags League 1 team there remain opportunities for player & match sponsorship and perimeter advertising opportunities at reasonable rates. 

#3226038 NZ series ticket sales latest news

Posted by Hemel Rugby League on 02 November 2015 - 01:04 PM

Hemel Stags tickets arrived in the post at the club this morning. We still have a handful of £37 tickets (Block 240) available for £15.

#3220875 West Papua (Indonesia)

Posted by Hemel Rugby League on 25 October 2015 - 09:05 PM

Whether it was an uprising or a putting down of an uprising, the Guardian article  indicates more that a million communist sympathisers were slaughtered in Indonesia - all part of the issues that were going on in that region of which Dutch New Guinea/West Irian was just one.


Whatever, New Guinea -  i.e West Irian and Papua New Guinea - should be one nation.


No different to East & West Germany; North & South Vietnam (remember both of them?) and North & South Korea.

#3173880 North South Divide. It's time for RFL North, RFL South.

Posted by Hemel Rugby League on 10 August 2015 - 12:59 PM

At Hemel, we are all conscious that semi-pro rugby league is tough both on and off the field. In the first two seasons we reached the playoffs - not too difficult to do as it was a genuine development league with only three M62 clubs. In 2013 we beat both promoted clubs.The change to a performance based league this season with more stronger clubs, more matches, no blank weekends for recovery etc has been catastrophic for all the southern clubs.


However, the new playing structure  for 2016 agreed by the League 1 clubs last week will help alleviate some of those problems.


The big issue of the lack of a talent pool - which will only be made worse by the arrival of a Super League reserve grade and the virtual disappearance of dual-reg - still needs addressing. For an extremely accurate view on the playing challenges have a look at the interview with Hemel's Troy Perkins in last week's League Express. At least at Hemel (and Skolars) we have access to the London Junior League which is a proven producer of decent players given that there is a strucure for them to stay in the game post 16 years.


Should Hemel be in League 1? Given the infrastructure we have at Hemel it's the right place for us to be as there really is no realistic alternative in the sport. 

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#2996833 Rugby League to hit Indian cinemas next month

Posted by Hemel Rugby League on 16 September 2014 - 06:55 PM

The film will do for Hemel that This Sporting Life did for Wakefield

#2989648 Gateshead Thunder announce Falcons double header (merged threads)

Posted by Hemel Rugby League on 06 September 2014 - 10:08 PM

Some mistake, surely

Hemel Stags have not been consulted on this and we expect to be playing at the International Stadium on Sunday at 3pm. The International Stadium have confirmed they have a booking from Thunder for this Sunday.

#2920880 bronco's into admin

Posted by Hemel Rugby League on 25 April 2014 - 12:06 PM

The view that the RFL have not put any money into London is a little off the mark. At the peak of Sport England funding to the RFL there were 29 fulltime rugby league development people employed in London & the South East who were largely responsible for the creation of a player production line for the benefit of the Super League club and the generation of greater interest  in the sport. In financial terms there was probably around £1 million pa being spent on salaries in London. Those development  posts could have been allocated elsewhere in the country by the RFL, but were not.


In respect to the RFL funding stadiums I don't know the financial arrangements concerning Odsal stadium. However, a glance at the annual accounts of the RFL will show that while it is a profitable organisation it is not a cash-rich organisation partly because it tends to distribute all it surplus fund to its member clubs. If it was to, say, halve its distribution to clubs there would be some funds available for capital projects but there is little chance of that happening for obvious  reasons.


Unless a club has ownership of an existing stadium which can be sold  to enable a new stadium to be built there is little prospect of new stadiums arriving unless there is someone who has a big pot of personal  money to invest. The other alternative is to try and build a ground from grassroots up - no easy task as the people at Hemel can confirm.

#2919119 Where are we for 2014?

Posted by Hemel Rugby League on 20 April 2014 - 02:10 PM

Hemel played their first game on  5 April 1981 v McEntee (Walthamstow) at Pennine Way (Lost 38-0)


They have played all their home games at Pennine Way since then with the exception of three:

  May 1983 v Les Ulis (Paris) at Chaulden Meadow, Hemel as Pennine Way was being used for Hurling

  Feb 1999 v Featherstone Lions at WASPS RFC Sudbury - RL Challenge Cup

  Aug 2002 v Bedford Tigers (RLC) at Hemel RUFC - Pennine Way unplayable


They have always been called Hemel although the name Hemel Stags emerged in the late 90's in place of the cumbersome HHARLFC.


HHARLFC own the ground at Pennine Way where Hemel Stags Rugby League Club Ltd now play in Championship 1.


The club's original logo featured Henry XIII (don't ask -  Hemel FC are nicknamed 'The Tudors') and the first Stag logo appeared when the club joined the Rugby League Alliance in 1991

#2854838 Where are we for 2014?

Posted by Hemel Rugby League on 20 December 2013 - 12:22 PM

Our reserves are in the London Premier and we also have a team in the Championship South U19's competition. Website will be updated when fixtures are confirmed.