Frank’s men are relishing challenge against champs

Actions from the Ogden Cup at Halifax Golf Club. Pictured is Jamie Smith.
Actions from the Ogden Cup at Halifax Golf Club. Pictured is Jamie Smith.

Frank Greaves, team manager of the local Union’s representative team, says he is excited by the potential of the team ahead of Sunday’s opener.

Halifax-Huddersfield finished third in the Yorkshire Inter-District League and have the toughest possible fixture to start with away to champions Sheffield.

The sides clash at Worksop and the Steel City men will be out for revenge after losing to Halifax-Huddersfield in the final match of last season, when the pressure was off the visitors with another title already secured.

Greaves said: “There is no doubt that Sheffield will wish to put us in our place but the lads will be aware of that.”

The side has been boosted by the returns of Aaron Schnacke, Mark Birkett, Sam Bridges and Jamie Smith.

However, three-times match play champion Richard Broadley and current stroke play champion Steve Martin are unlikely to feature this year due to work commitments.

Sunday’s team includes Josh Morton, who was a member of the Yorkshire team which beat Northunberland last Saturday, the same day that Josh McAspurn set a new course record of 65 at Meltham.

Greaves added: “Of course I’m excited by these guys and the challenge ahead but they do believe they can do well.

“With the juniors winning both of their games this season, including against Sheffield last weekend, wouldn’t it be great to do what we did in 2009 and beat both their teams in the same year!”

Halifax-Huddersfield: Aaron Schnacke, Josh Morton, Adam Robinson (Huddersfield); Graham McLean, Josh McAspurn, Tom Hunt (Meltham); Issac Turner (Woodsome Hall); Mark Birkett and Jamie Smith (Halifax); Sam Bridges (Bradley Hall); Matthew Colcombe (Longley Park); Scott Minto (Hanging Heaton).