Eleven tries, including three from Matty Welham, saw Hull FC Reserves comprehensively defeat South Wales Ironmen 58-6.
The Hull centre had two in the first half before completing his hat-trick in the second in a clinical display from Richard Horne’s side.
Cameron Scott, Marvin Lee and Mike Adlard all registered braces, with Jack Downs and Jack Wray also getting their name on the scoresheet.
The Reserves’ win rounded off the fan day at Brantingham Park for Hull&Proud Week, with Feka Palea’aesina’s testimonial All-Stars taking on a Hull FC Legends team beforehand.
Welham had his first when he was sent over by Josh Wood and Scott touched down shortly after to make it 12-0.
Lee followed Scott by scoring the first of his double, and the half-back played a part in Downs’ four-pointer as the Black and Whites continued to dominate proceedings in the first half.
The Airlie Birds’ attack was making inroads in the South Wales defence and that showed again when Adlard went in for a quick double to increase the advantage even further.
Welham added his second and Hull’s seventh try of the first half with a few minutes remaining in the first 40, with the hosts taking a 40-0 lead into the interval with them.
The winger completed his hat-trick in the early stages of the second half, which followed with Lee doubling his try-scoring tally for the afternoon off the back of a break.
Hull were in complete control having amassed over half a century of points but the Ironmen avoided the whitewash when they crossed for the first of the game.
However, Scott sealed his brace before Wray, who converted seven of Hull’s 11 tries, earned himself a try in the final few minutes of the game. But the half-back was unable to convert his own score.
Hull FC Reserves: Adlard; Sanderson, Bower, Scott, Welham; Lee, Wray; Osborne, Wood, Matongo, Westerman, Bastiman, Downs. Subs: Cook, Gilbey, Silk, Marquez-Laynez
The first meeting with ABP and the artists was very useful and extremely busy as much ground was covered regarding the documentation for the commission and what coverage of the project I will supply.
Dave Eccles showed us the original documentation and Rachel and Laura from ABP discussed the amendments they had made which will mean a whole new book to be produced by Dave due to the extensive changes to it.
Anna Kirk-Smith was very helpful to meand I thought my presentation as it were to the group was very well received as I explained what coverage I can provide for this project.
Laura seemed quite happy with the idea of coverage at least in part by Browse magazine who I am doing work experience with and it was explained to me that social media, particularly Twitter and Instagram, will be quite important when needed.
The artists all seemed very receptive to my ideas which will include video, photography and social media and they have no objections to me interviewing them as well.
I mentioned the idea of a documentary charting the story from conception to unveiling and that got quite an enthusiastic response from all parties so it is something I will certainly look to develop.
I spoke to Dave Eccles later and he has agreed to provide me with documentation, both original and new which he is working on as I type this, and I have said I will provide Anna and Laura with a list of my press contacts so we can discuss coverage more in-depth at the next meeting.
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Actor Marc Graham has spoken about the Middle Child Theatre Company panto which is a Dave Windass written adaptation of Aladdin and has a special guest appearance by Hull rapper Nineties Boy.
The production, which runs from 21st to 29th December at Fruit, is the fourth time the Hull-based company have teamed up with the prolific writer for their take on the mad-cap world of pantomime and has, once again, seen Middle Child parody a popular Christmas advert, with their version of a girl making friends with Nineties Boy on the moon after seeing him through her telescope. Trailer
Looking relaxed back with the company Marc is best known for working with, after his sojourn to Hull Truck Theatre to appear in the sensational Dancing Through the Shadows, you get a definite sense of contentment as he says: “Middle Child feels like home, it’s what I’m used to, where it started for me and where I get the most enjoyment.”
Laid back on two chairs oozing the professionalism the company is known for and showing the attitude of a major star he then speaks about how the Nineties Boy connection came about: “We do a quiz at Fruit every month and Nineties Boy was on the sort of panel we have for it once so we just asked him to be in it.
He carried on in his relaxed mood: “He’s playing Wishy Washy but it’s an alternative production so it’s a very Nineties Boy Wishy Washy.”
Then we got onto the subject of working with Dave Windass for a fourth year in a row so Ensemble 52 got mentioned as I asked if he could see the two companies working together in future to which the reply had a hint of the unknown: “I don’t know, maybe but I’m not sure what we’d have to offer each other, which is a shame.”
Then he told me about the challenge of doing three different types of shows every day: “It’s really hard work doing three different performances in a day.
He continued: “Christmas is secondary because you have to be really focused on what you’re doing. Panto is really fun, you might spend the rest of the year doing really deep stuff like Mercury Fur, then panto comes along and it’s really good fun but you have to work really hard to get to that, you have to know it better than every other show you do that year.
“We try and make it completely up to date so it’ll be different every time.”
The performances will also include a band on stage which will have a different name every time and Northern Lights Drama Children’s Choir will be involved as well.
Tickets are priced at £8 Adults £6 Concessions/ £10 Adult Shows Tickets and £24 Family Tickets which is for 2 Adults and 2 Children and can be purchased on the Middle Child Website or Hull Box Office Tickets
Hull’s Chameleon Players are back at the Northern Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) with another treat for theatre-goers with their take on the classic Wife After Death by Eric Chappell.
The production deals with the funeral of Dave Thursby, a lovable rogue actor who has a few skeletons in his cupboard which he managed to keep very well hidden until his untimely death.
Most of the action revolves around Dave’s two best friends Harvey (played with great distinction by Allister McNulty) and his wife Vi (played with great poise by Paula Branton) and the dialogue between these two is very dynamic and builds up the first impression of the recently deceased man with great composure.
Laura (played with great attitude by Kathy Smith) is the widow and she fits beautifully into the dialogue with her entrance which is a credit to her timing and the way her entrance is set up by Branton and McNulty. The ensuing conversation with her talking about her dead husband which causes a few heart flutters on stage.
The strong acting by Branton and McNulty expertly develops the other characters even before we see them and when we do they are exactly as you expect them to be.
Kevin (played with great elegance by Steve Willis) is the dead man’s long suffering agent and when he enters you know what to expect and the building-up to the point of him looking in the open coffin is superbly skilfully handled by Willis and McNulty.
Harvey is the writer who has written a lot of work for the dead man and the life and character of a writer are expertly delivered by McNulty in an outstanding performance with fantastic wit to go with it.
The character of Jane (played with wonderful presence by Joanne Gallagher) is very strong at first but is unraveled expertly on stage as the revelations which are a big part of the production keep coming.
The entrance of Kay (played with excellent conviction by Sharon Burton) changes the whole dynamic on stage with a fantastic development of Dave’s dim and distant past which nobody will see coming.
Despite all the tragedy about the death of the popular entertainer and the shocks in stall there is a wonderful sense of comedy timing about the whole thing.
Everything is beautifully ramped up just before and after the interval and you honestly wonder which way everything is going to go.
The background is changed in the 2nd half after Harvey has an idea of what he’s going to do in the near future but then comes the biggest shock of all which is a very hot brick which is superbly handled by the whole cast.
The final piece in the jigsaw also fits in extremely well with everything else that has happened and brings the whole production to a predictably unpredictable ending.
Wife After Death is on stage at NAPA on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November as well with tickets available on the door, you would be very well advised to go and enjoy this treat of a production.
Super League club Hull FC have launched their Community Champions initiative at their #BeAHero day breakfast event at The Deep.
The purpose behind the initiative is to help underprivileged children turn their life around through the power of sport.
The club have set a target of raising £15,000 by the end of today and increasing that to £50,000 by the start of the 2016 Super League season in early February.
The presentation was made by Hull FC chairman Adam Pearson who revealed some frightening facts explaining: “Some of the areas of Hull are in the top 1% of deprivation in the country.
He also said: “44% of children in those areas of Hull live in poverty.”
The idea for the initiative is to give children complementary Season Pass memberships through the Hull FC Foundation, they will be picked up on match days, taken to the KC Stadium, given food and pre match entertainment, see the match and taken home afterwards.
Children aged 5 to 19 will also be given access to education and training to further help their future development.
Alan Johnson MP for Hull West and Hessle is supporting it and made an appearance at the breakfast launch and spoke about the importance of sport to help children he said: “This is a fantastic gesture from Hull FC and a worthwhile campaign that will allow us all to become Community Champions and reach out to young people in our region to give them the opportunity that otherwise would pass them by.
He also said: “I am extremely proud to be to be an ambassador for this project which will make a difference to the lives of many young people and I’m sure will leave a legacy in terms of promoting fans and players of the future and healthy and happy lives.”
Hull FC and former New Zealand international Iafeta Palea’aesina will be another ambassador for the initiative.
Another club community champion Jon Hilton gave a talk about his background and why he is also supporting the initiative with an impassioned speech which resonated with all who were present at this emotionally charged event.
FC Voices representative at the launch Lisa Jewitt said: “It’s a great initiative, FC Voices are proud to commit to this and help raise the money the club needs for it.”
The club need people to spread the word and get people and businesses to commit to this and leave a lasting legacy for the generations moving forward, people and businesses can pledge anything from £5 upwards and the club will match the donation.
The initiative will also be run in memory of former Hull FC and England youth player Bradley Parker who tragically died in a car accident earlier this month.
People can pledge by calling Ash Foster on 01482 327200 and you can find out more and pledge online at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/hullfc
The session about reporting on the royal family was another eye-opening and very interesting power point presentation from our newlywed lecturer and was our last teaching session of this semester.
We learnt that the nations relationship with the monarchy has totally changed since the silver jubilee in 1977 and is indeed absolutely unrecognisable from the days of the Queen’s coronation.
However it was mooted that the media seems to want to take the British people back, Canute fashion, to our more royalist past.
We were made aware that at least a quarter of Brit’s believe we would be better off without the royal family, more than 50% want an end to its state funding and 2/3rd want the royal household opened up to more scrutiny.
Apparently media now reports on members of various royal families in much the same way as it reports on celebrities.
It was asked whether journalist’s celebrate or just report on royal events like the jubilee, a royal wedding or a royal birth which threw up some interesting discussion about what would be expected of us in that situation.
It was somewhat expected when we were told that there are strict rules and regulations when it comes to reporting about the royal family and that they have PR Officials who oversee the families media activities and that someone like BBC Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell spends time nurturing professional relationships with press officers.
A royal rota allows a small group of journalists to follow the public engagements of Queen Elizabeth 2nd, the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry ‘Close Up’ reporting for TV, Radio, Print and Online on a pool basis.
Almost all TV footage of the Queen is filmed on behalf of the main UK broadcasters by a palace appointed camera person. You can request interviews but they don’t usually do them they normally do documentaries.
There are two press offices, the one at Buckingham Palace represents the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Princess Royal.
The Clarence House/St. James’ Palace press office represents the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Finally we learnt that if we’re ever researching a royal story we should start with the websites of the royal press offices where most questions will probably be answered.