Minutes of the Meeting of the PFU, held on May 3rd 2005|
There isn't usually an official welcome, but the chair thought it good and proper to acknowledge the presence of those whose heads have not been turned by the youthful upstarts at DAPr. The PFU can't offer the red carpet treatment with a glossy launch at the Savoy down in London, so thanks to the representatives from Leeds, Warrington, Salford - Karl Harrison in particular - Bradford and London.
We understand that the Leigh club have defected en masse to DAPr, protesting about their treatment by the PFU in light of the Wilkes affair. Widnes, who also play a former winger up front in Matt Whittaker, joined them. Other clubs have yet to make a decision, although DAPr are thought to have targeted individual players as well. We will be canvassing registered members and offering incentives as we see fit to reward loyalty.
Two new applications have been processed - Messrs Jones-Buchanan and Peacock of Leeds and Bradford respectively. Both have been promoted from the ranks of the back row and are welcomed aboard. However, we must remind both of their duties. Mr Jones-Buchanan was spotted throwing out a defence splitting cut-out ball against Huddersfield that led directly to a try. All well and good when playing in the back row, but not the stuff the PFU like to see. As a new member, he escapes with a caution this time.
Warrington approached the chair with a proposition regarding Ben Westwood. If the union were to withdraw the threat of sanctions, Mr Westwood would be deployed elsewhere in the pack and Warrington would sign up with the PFU despite them being targeted by DAPr given the dispute between club and union. This has obvious benefits, as the union would not have to go looking for a replacement treasurer were Mr Hilton to switch to DAPr. The negotiations were a success and we welcome Warrington aboard.
The Leeds club were high on the list of clubs which the PFU wished to retain as whole entities given their recent record on fisticuffs. Mr McDermott of Leeds took on Mr Seu Seu of Wigan a few weeks ago and Mr Bailey was up against Mr O'Neill of Widnes the week after. There is nothing finer than the sight of prop forwards dishing out the knuckle to one another and all four men are to be congratulated - although we subsequently had to withdraw the commendation from Mr O'Neill after Widnes defected.
Seu Seu, J def. McDermott, B - points.
Bailey, R def. O'Neill, J F - knockout.
News reaches us from our Antipodean cousins of a further breach of footwear guidelines by Mr Rauhihi of Townsville. Having been warned over the fluorescentness of his boots, he appeared last week in an even brighter pair. The chair will meet with the local branch of the union to discuss appropriate action.
While on the subject of footwear, it should be noted that, following his personal appearance at the judiciary, Mr Tootill of Leeds - and latterly Oldham - made good on his promise to ditch the silver and yellow numbers for more sedate attire.
There being no more business, delegates headed outside to beat up on any DAPr campaigners that might be lurking.