A veteran of 12 seasons with Bradford Northern (now Bradford Bulls), and a two-time Yorkshire Cup winner, Jon Hamer paid a visit and gave a captivating talk to the Men United group at Halifax RUFC about his playing days, his time with the police force and much more.
In his playing days, Jon lined up alongside the likes of Brian McDermott, Steve McNamara and Brian Noble, also featuring in the 95th staging of the Challenge Cup final on Saturday 26 April 1996 when Bradford Bulls and St Helens went head to head.
It was all eyes on Jon as he told the men’s group how he strived to be the best he could be after being told that he wasn’t strong enough, fast enough and good enough to make it, which made him even more determined to succeed and ultimately helped him along on his journey.
The talk wasn’t all about rugby though, with Jon going on to tell the group about his time with the West Yorkshire Police as a Community Officer for Ovenden, Illingworth and Mixenden as well as undergoing training for the Diving Squad and what the role involves.
Questions were openly asked throughout and a number of members took the chance to speak about some of the interesting things they had done themselves before Jon joined them for a group photo to end a very memorable and enjoyable morning.
Daniel Marham, Ovenden Initiative said:
This was my first time working alongside the men’s group and what a great way it was to be introduced. I was instantly made to feel part of the group and I could have chatted to them and listened to Jon all day.
I’m certainly looking forward to working with the group in the future and would highly recommend it to any men who enjoy a chat over a hot drink with like-minded people or just want something to do on a Wednesday morning.
The group meets every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm at Halifax Rugby Union Club, Ovenden Park, Keighley Road, HX2 8AR and sessions cost just £2 with the first one being FREE.
Whether you like to play Dominoes, Cards and Board Games or enjoy more active based activities such as Indoor Kurling, Indoor Golf or even if you just want to chat you’re sure to enjoy it so what are you waiting for?
If you would like more details, please ring either Joe on 01422 246980, or Dennis on 01422 248734 who will be more than happy to tell you all about the group.